Flavored vapes draw FDA ire, with some exceptions

Flavored vapes draw FDA ire, with some exceptions

Today, the Food and Drug Administration took another step towards limiting the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes in places where kids can buy them. But public health experts wonder if the move will be enough to make a dent in the massive increase of youth vaping. After announcing plans in November to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes that come in kid-friendly flavors, the FDA today issued what’s called a “draft guidance” that starts to spell out…

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned Oculus VR is experiencing issues related to the outage. Earlier in the day, WhatsApp appeared to be fine…

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Senate passes resolution to end US role in Yemen war

Senate passes resolution to end US role in Yemen war

The measure will surely pass the House, too, but Trump will likely veto it. The Senate just voted to end America’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen — rebuking President Donald Trump and likely forcing him to veto the measure within days. Despite a Republican majority, the resolution passed by a 54 to 46 margin. It will now go to the House of Representatives where it’s very likely to pass, as Democrats control the…

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Apple reportedly close to adding HBO, Showtime, and Starz to upcoming video service

Apple reportedly close to adding HBO, Showtime, and Starz to upcoming video service

Apple is expected to reach deals with HBO, Showtime, and Starz in time for its March 25th event, which will mark the debut of the company’s anticipated subscription video service. Finding content partners is proving critical, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, because the vast majority of TV shows and movies on the new service at launch will be from third parties. Apple has been pouring money into original programming and has signed deals with plenty…

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Twitch streamer Ninja reportedly earned $1 million for promoting Apex Legends launch

Twitch streamer Ninja reportedly earned $1 million for promoting Apex Legends launch

When Electronic Arts’ battle royale shooter Apex Legends surprise-launched early last month, it seemed like the entire gaming community started paying attention at once. Part of the reason for the immediate surge in interest was that EA paid top Twitch streamers to promote the game. And, in fact, one of those streamers, Fortnite extraordinaire Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, may have earned as much as $1 million for doing so, according to Reuters. Ninja’s live-streaming and social…

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Marvel hires Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the MCU’s first Asian-led film

Marvel hires Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the MCU’s first Asian-led film

Marvel has brought on director Destin Daniel Cretton to helm a film about kung fu master and superhero Shang-Chi. It will be the first Asian-led superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Cretton is known for directing 2013’s Short Term 12 and 2017’s The Glass Castle, and his next film, Just Mercy, is due out next year. Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin in the 1970s, Shang-Chi is a Chinese criminal…

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The interactive Syfy project Eleven Eleven will make you want to watch the same story six times

The interactive Syfy project Eleven Eleven will make you want to watch the same story six times

When Netflix debuted Black Mirror: Bandersnatch late last year, it put a spotlight on interactive storytelling outside the traditional gaming industry. Bandersnatch’s “choose your own adventure” format is one method of telling these interactive stories. For another flavor, you could try Syfy’s Eleven Eleven: a virtual and augmented reality project that premiered at SXSW this week and will get a limited release in May. Eleven Eleven is a series of six interlocking stories set during…

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Jack Dorsey’s endorsement of anti-vax podcaster highlights Twitter’s misinformation problem

Jack Dorsey’s endorsement of anti-vax podcaster highlights Twitter’s misinformation problem

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is facing criticism for promoting a fitness writer and podcaster who has spread fears about vaccines. Dorsey tweeted his endorsement of the podcaster, author Ben Greenfield, after appearing on his show, noting that he was grateful for all of the work Greenfield does to “simplify the mountain of research focused on increasing one’s healthspan.” A Twitter spokesperson alleged that Dorsey wasn’t aware of Greenfield’s views on vaccines. Despite pushback, Dorsey has…

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How to install the Android Q beta on a Google Pixel

How to install the Android Q beta on a Google Pixel

Android Q has been announced, and you can now download and install the first developer preview on your Pixel device. Since this is a beta intended primarily for developers, you might want to think twice before installing it on your personal phone. Past beta phases for Android 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie eventually became fairly stable for day-to-day tasks, but only after a few months of availability. If you want to download the new…

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