Big names and big doubts as Luminary launches subscription podcast app

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. On Tuesday the company “will join Stitcher Premium as the only two large subscription services featuring podcasts, and it hopes to be a friend to everybody in the ecosystem.” For instance, both the free and paid versions of the app promise access to “hundreds of thousands of shows you already listen to and love.” The paid version adds access to “40+ Luminary Originals coming this year.” But there’s a problem… Here’s the hard part Today’s “Podcast Wars” headline was inspired by The Verge’s Ashley Carman. On Monday she reported that “the industry hasn’t accepted Luminary or its …

Notre Dame’s 180,000 Bees Survived During The Fire

Last week, the world watched with a gaping mouth as a blaze ripped through the Notre Dame in Paris, France. While the cathedral’s cross-shaped roof has been largely destroyed and its iconic spire has fallen, much of the cathedral managed to avoid substantial damage during the fire. However, it wasn’t just the highly flammable Gothic architecture that got off lightly. Since 2013, the rooftop of the Notre Dame has been home to over 180,000 bees as part of a city-wide initiative to boost declining bee numbers. Against all odds, all three hives managed to survive and appear to be enjoying the spring sunshine once again. “The bees are alive. Until this morning, I had had no news,” Nicolas Geant, the Notre Dame’s resident beekeeper, told AFP on Thursday. “At first I thought that the …

Planting 1.2 trillion trees could reverse a decade of climate change. Heres how to do it.

via Flying Horse Farms / Flickr Ecologist Thomas Crowther and his colleagues at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university, have determined that planting 1.2 trillion trees would cancel out a decade of carbon emissions. The researchers have also estimated that the planet has over 3 trillion trees, about seven times more than previously thought. “There’s 400 gigatons [of CO2 stored] now in the 3 trillion trees,” Crowther said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington, D.C. last February. “If you were to scale that up by another trillion trees, that’s in the order of hundreds of giga-tons captured from the atmosphere – at least 10 years of anthropogenic emissions completely wiped out,” he continued. The effects …

Rapper YNW Melly could face the death penalty in Florida killings

(CNN)Florida prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in connection with the killing of two men. ‘They took my brothers from me’ YNW Melly was arrested after the deaths of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., both of Vero Beach, Florida, according to Miramar Police. On October 26 at 4:35 a.m., police said, Henry drove up to the Memorial Miramar Hospital with both victims in the vehicle. They had multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. Henry gave a statement to police, but the facts discovered during the preliminary investigation did not match what was presented to detectives, police said. Further investigation and forensic evidence found that YNW Melly shot and …

Another Trump Supporter Arrested After Death Threats Against 3 Democratic Lawmakers

Donald Trump has been arrested after death threats — this time against three Democratic lawmakers. In each of the voicemail threats, investigators say, the caller also viciously attacked Rep. posted 9/11 footage in a tweet targeting the Muslim congresswoman. interstate transmission of threats following calls to presidential candidates Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), as well as to Rep. statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. shut the fuck up about 9/11,” according to the complaint against him. This “ain’t Trump’s fault … it’s all your people’s fault,” Kless allegedly added. “You definitely don’t tell our president, Donald Trump, what to say.” throw her right off the Empire State Building.” Heather Heyer. “put a bullet” in Omar’s “skull.” Following …

Northern Ireland police free 2 men held in reporter’s death

McKee was fatally wounded during rioting Thursday night in the city of Londonderry. Police say she was probably hit by a bullet someone fired at police. Video from the scene showed a gunman wearing a black face mask aiming at officers. The two teens were arrested under an anti-terrorism law on Saturday. Their release means authorities are still seeking the person who pulled the trigger. McKee’s funeral is scheduled to be held in her native Belfast on Wednesday. Trending in World Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tinder Bans George Zimmerman From Dating App, Citing User Safety

George Zimmerman ― the Florida man acquitted of murder charges after fatally shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 ― barring him from using the popular dating app in order to protect its users. “At Tinder, we take our users’ safety very seriously and our team has removed this profile from our platform,” the representative said. The app also works on ensuring user safety with the Match Group Advisory Council, a group dedicated to fighting sexual violence. The council, as the name suggests, is Its aim is to seek guidance from experts, such as #MeToo movement founder In the past, Zimmerman has faced and stalking. In 2017, Screengrabs published online last week by  “I’m also down for a quiet night …

This artist is using tons of plastic garbage to make an urgent point about waste.

Over the past several years, artist Benjamin Von Wong has been on an amazing journey inspiring people to reconsider what they throw away. It started with a trip to Guatemala and an up-close photoshoot of a massive trash heap there, and quickly morphed into a series of projects designed to confront people with various aspects of the world’s waste problem. As an artist, however, he wanted to do it in a way that would get people to look first before he unloaded harrowing facts about waste on them. There’s so much alarmist news out there about what we’re doing to our planet that, frankly, after a while, many of us end up turning off to the problem. Von Wong’s method …

Golf club’s first female captain in 117 years

“I was extremely humbled and thrilled to be asked,” she said. Club manager Stuart Finlay said the appointment was “very significant”. Women’s golf thrust into the spotlight Open winner Hall hopes to inspire The women who have had an epic 12 months “The industry has recognised that it has to change in order to attract more females into golf,” he said. “Golf has been a male-dominated sport for a number of years but the introduction of the women in golf charter, along with the efforts of the governing bodies to develop and advocate beginner programmes in Wales, is having an impact. “There is still work to do but the club is committed to developing female involvement in golf which starts …

George Conway Calls Trump A Cancer, Says Congress Must Impeach Without Delay

George Conway, husband of White House counselor Donald Trump a “cancer” ― and urged Congress to act “without delay” to remove him from office via impeachment.  Robert Mueller’s report, Conway wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Thursday evening.  the special counsel’s report “damning” for the president. Mueller wrote:  But as Conway noted, the report did not do so.   Conway laid out the case that a president has a “fiduciary obligation” to put the country over himself but that Trump didn’t when he interfered repeatedly with the investigation, as Mueller detailed Then he compared Trump unfavorably to former President Richard Nixon. Today, he said, Trump himself is the cancer in the presidency.  Conway has been a frequent Trump …

Equity Shot: Pinterest zooms into the public markets (and yet another tech company files for an IPO)

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is a relaxed, Friday, Equity Shot. That means Kate and Alex were on deck to chew through the latest from the IPO front. We’ll keep doing extra episodes as long as we have to, though we’re slightly sorry if we’re becoming a bit much. That’s a joke — we’re not sorry at all. So, three things this week. First, Fastly filed an S-1 (Alex’s notes here); second, Zoom completed its highly anticipated IPO (Kate’s post here, Alex has notes too); and third, Pinterest went public too (more from TechCrunch here). Ultimately, Pinterest’s stock offering valued the company at $12.6 billion (higher than …

Mueller Report Is Bad News For Trump Ally And Blackwater Founder Erik Prince

The Erik Prince, who is best known for founding a military contracting firm called massacred 14 Iraqis in 2007 and who is the brother of Education Secretary Congress about conducting an unsophisticated effort to connect the White House and the Kremlin, according to the redacted report of special counsel Steve Bannon and George Nader, a convicted pedophile who works for the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. ally, and reviewed text messages, emails and other relevant data. The report doesn’t explicitly say Prince lied under oath, which is in keeping with a so-called “queen for a day” immunity offered to those interviewed in the investigation. Mueller also did not indict Prince, as he did other associates of President sub-Saharan Africa ― …

Facebook now says its password leak affected millions of Instagram users

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others.” “Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed,” the updated post said, but the company still has not said how it made that determination. The social media giant did not say how many millions were …