Kushner readies for spring launch of US Middle East peace plan

Washington (CNN)The United States is beginning to prep allies for a spring rollout of its plan for Middle East peace, with President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, outlining the timing and methodology of the plan at the Middle East security conference in Warsaw, Poland. The silence surrounding the plan has become a source of frustration and uncertainty that some diplomats worry could eventually scuttle the proposal’s chances. Fears about the plan Kushner has rebuffed major US allies’ requests to circulate the plan, one diplomat said, as he and his team are reportedly fearful that its contents would leak out and the proposal would be scuttled before they have a chance to roll it out. But the diplomat …

Peloton pedals toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaSs new highs

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a treat. We had TechCrunch’s own Connie Loizos in the studio along with your humble servant and General Catalyst’s Niko Bonatsos. A fine group for a busy week. We had to pare our topic list some for length, but after working out what qualified as the biggest news from our usual orbit, we decided to touch on: Peloton’s bank shopping: Peloton, the popular in-home cycling service, is looking for banks to help take it public. We riffed on its revenue, revenue growth, its possible margins and price points. Peloton has become a big name in recent quarters due to its …

New Environmental Report Shows Just How In Danger We All Are

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a damning report on the current state of mainstream political proposals, saying they have much to be desired when it comes to tackling the crisis we are facing. And while we have seen some progress, much still needs to be done. “Human-induced environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace and the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic outcomes in societies around the world is rapidly closing,” the summary of the report states. “These outcomes include economic instability, large-scale involuntary migration, conflict, famine and the potential collapse of social and economic systems. The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake.” The researchers …

The Latest: 1,000-plus gather to honor Parkland victims

More than a thousand people gathered at a South Florida park on the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre to honor the 17 victims killed. Thursday evening’s interfaith service at Parkland’s Pine Trails Park opened with a video highlighting dozens of service projects launched in honor of the victims, including plantings at a beach to halt erosion, a campaign to help abandoned animals and the remodeling of a dance studio. Among those gathered was 13-year-old Sydney Mills, who used to dance with shooting victim Jamie Guttenberg. She said she had written notes to her friend and to some of the other victims at another park earlier in the day. __ 5:50 p.m. Hundreds are gathering in a South …

Mum and daughter saved from crash by Snapchat

They were unable to get out of the car, and she says every movement they made threatened to rock the car closer to the running water. Image copyright SWNS Image caption “I held her hand and said that things were going to be OK,” says Gemma about waiting for rescue Gemma says her knowledge of first aid helped her keep her daughter calm, but on the inside she was beginning to panic. “The thing that was heart-wrenching for me was when Martha turned to me and said ‘It was nice to have known you mummy’. “That will stay with me for the rest of my life without a doubt.” Gemma says she has previously had concerns about sharing her location …

Facebook may face a record-setting multi-billion-dollar fine from the FTC

The Washington Post is reporting that Facebook’s row with the FTC could result in fines an order of magnitude larger than any levied against a tech company by the regulatory body before. While the talks appear to be ongoing, The Washington Post spoke with two people familiar with the situation who said the FTC is negotiating with Facebook over a possible “multi-billion dollar fine” — an amount more in line with the FTC’s massive $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over emissions cheating in 2016. In 2012, Google paid a record-setting $22.5 million to settle with the FTC over its own privacy infractions, an amount that is hardly a drop in the bucket by today’s terms. As we’ve previously reported, an …

The Female Reproductive System Is Like An Obstacle Course For Sperm

It ain’t easy being a sperm. Each load of semen in humans contains between 60 million to 100 million sperm – but there’s only one mature egg per cycle. To weed out the weak sperm and source only the best-of-the-best, the female reproductive tract is essentially an assault course, rigged with obstacles and booby traps. Ultimately, there can be only one winner.  Reporting in the journal Science Advances, scientists at Cornell University in New York have detailed how sperm navigate the structure of the female reproductive tract. They discovered a series of microchannels and tight spots (also called strictures) inside the female reproductive tract that were developed to encourage fierce competition between sperm, ensuring only the most nimble and able make it to …

Luke Bryan Adopts 18-Year-Old Rescue Dog That Previous Owner Left At The Pound

The dog, named Poochie, was surrendered to a dog pound by a family who said they had developed allergies, the Proverbs 12:10 animal rescue said on its Facebook page. The Nashville-based rescue group pulled Poochie from the pound, expecting that he would be “a forever hospice foster”:   That was until the Bryans saw his photo online, fell in love and submitted an adoption application. People magazine. “Caroline Bryan has graciously given us updates on our sweet boy.”  Sounds Like Nashville website said.

New York politicians slam Amazon as it drops HQ2 plan

Like the initial HQ2 plan, today’s news that Amazon will no longer be setting up shop in Queens has been met with a flood of mixed reactions. Business advocacy and real estate are decrying the retail giant’s decision to pack up and leave. I know I’ve been flooded with responses from various corners all afternoon. Local politicians, on the other hand, appear to be placing the news squarely at the feet of Amazon . In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Mayor Bill de Blasio took Amazon to task for the move in a customary bit of New York saltiness. “You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good …

Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier. Broken down, that’s 171 requests to preserve account data — up from 79 requests in 2017, and 581 requests to produce user data — up from 231 requests. Reddit said it complied with 77 percent of requests to turn over user data, and  Amazon’s barely-transparent transparency report somehow gets more opaque Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Michelle Obama’s Grammys Text Message Chat With Her Mom Is The Sweetest

But the former first lady’s star turn didn’t appear to faze her mother, Marian Robinson. In fact, according to a sweet text message exchange between the pair that Obama shared to Instagram on Wednesday morning, Robinson seemed more interested in whether her daughter had met “any of the real stars.” Check out the full post here: Obama — who appeared on stage at the ceremony alongside Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez — captioned the post “When your mom doesn’t think you’re a ‘real’ celebrity.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 10, 2019 at 5:44pm PST my role model” and an “amazing woman.” And on Mother’s Day in …

Daily Crunch: Apples subscription fix

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple’s iOS update makes it easier to get to your subscriptions Moving the Manage Subscriptions menu so that it’s just one click away from your App Store profile might seem like a minor change, but it was needed: As more mobile apps have adopted subscriptions as a means of generating revenue, it’s become critical to ensure consumers know how to turn off their subscriptions. Plus, Apple is expected to launch some subscriptions of its own, namely for its streaming video and news services. 2. Instagram confirms …

Japan Calls On Its Citizens To Help Collect Old Electronics To Create 100% Recycled Tokyo 2020 Medals

TeamUSA The committee states on their page that they are aiming for 100% recycled content, which will be a first in the game’s history: “We will target a 100% recycling rate in the refining of gold, respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals, and employing Japanese technological expertise.” TeamUSA While using some recycled materials is not an entirely new concept the committee wanted to take things a step further by involving their citizens in this environmentally friendly push, another first for the games. Citizens within Japan will be able to donate their consumer electronics directly to the cause. Shutterstock Donations for the Medal Project began in October of 2018 with a goal of 2,700 kgs …

Lizards Re-Evolve To Lay Eggs, After Having Already Evolved To Give Birth To Live Young

A family of lizards has achieved something very unexpected, evolving to give birth to live young, before going back to egg laying. Most remarkably, the zoologists who observed this think it is possible they rediscovered laying eggs multiple times. “Dollo’s Law states that once you lose something it is really hard to regain it. For example, species that adapt to living in caves and lose their eyesight are extremely unlikely to get it back,” explained Damien Esquerre, a PhD student at the Australian National University, in a statement. As with most biological “laws”, this one isn’t as rigorously enforced by nature as those of physics, but it is still a surprise to see it violated. However, Esquerre reports in Evolution that this …

Michelle Obama Got Roasted By Her Own Mom Betches

Moms – they refill your debit card comfort you in times of need, feed you in times of hunger, and roast you when it’s time to stay humble. This goes for teachers, coal miners, billionaires, and apparently even first ladies. We all remember Michelle Obama’s iconic Grammys appearance this week, but one person who was less than impressed was Michelle’s own mother, Marian Robinson. Like the true GOAT, Michelle shared a screenshot of her and Mrs. Robinson’s post-Grammys text exchange, and her mom definitely seemed less than impressed. A post shared by Feb 12, 2019 at 10:35pm PST Damn. The savagery. First of all, if Michelle Obama isn’t a “real star” then who the f*ck is? Second of all, I’m …