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Evan Spiegel encourages Facebook to ‘copy our data protection practices also’

Spiegel pours salt on the wound in his long-simmering fight with Instagram.<p>Evan Spiegel actually <i>wants</i> Facebook to copy part of his business: His company’s privacy policies.<p>The Snap CEO poured salt on the wound on Tuesday evening when he called out Facebook, which famously copied Snapchat’s Stories …

Social Media

Every Game Release Date in 2017

This year is packed with some of the biggest new games to play, including heavy hitters like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Persona 5, and much more. To help you keep track of everything coming out, we've compiled the release dates of all …

Bulk collection clearly violates global rights to privacy and free speech, and now, with a case before the European court of human rights, is the time to stop it<p>In recent weeks, the Hollywood film about Edward Snowden and the movement to pardon the NSA whistleblower have renewed worldwide attention …

Surveillance

Trump echoes the ravings of an anti-Semite

As his rage becomes more intense, Donald Trump's words increasingly resemble the anti-Semitic ravings of Father Coughlin. Both men exploited the latest technology to foment ancient fears. The Radio Priest failed. So will Mr. Trump.<p>Charles Edward Coughlin was Canada's unhappiest export to the United …

A New Cuba

President Obama’s plan normalized relations. It may also transform the nation.<p>One afternoon last spring, President Obama sat on a stage at La Cervecería, a high-ceilinged beer hall on Havana Harbor, where he had been invited to preside over a gathering billed as “an entrepreneurship and opportunity …

America is obsessed with happiness — and it’s making us miserable

A Brit on life in America: “The pursuit of happiness” has gotten out of hand.<p>I’m at the gynecologist for my Pap smear, feet in stirrups, idly wondering what Emily Post might have suggested as appropriate small talk for those moments when the person you are speaking to will be replying to your …

Turns out Australia isn't where you think it is

The country happens to be located on one of the world's fastest-moving tectonic plates, traveling about 2.7 inches north per year.<p>That's almost three times as fast as the plate on which the US is positioned, which only travels around one inch per year.<p>According to Dr. Lucia Perez-Diaz from the …

What to say (or not to say) to your overweight child

As a parent, you care about your child’s health. Given the public-health focus on childhood obesity, it would be hard to <i>not</i> be concerned if your child is overweight. The question many parents in this position are grappling with is “Should I say something to my child about the weight — or …

Binge Eating

Trump Foundation under investigation for suspected 'impropriety'

<b>New York's attorney general says he is investigating Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's foundation over suspected "impropriety".</b><p>Eric Schneiderman said his office wanted to ensure the foundation is "complying with the laws that govern charities in New York".<p>The Trump Foundation has …

Syria cease-fire deal rife with legal, liability questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deal crafted by the U.S. and Russia to halt the Syrian civil war and focus efforts on rooting out extremists is rife with legal …

For a gay Syrian refugee living in Hamilton, Ont., disconnect and loneliness bring new challenges

In his three years as a refugee, Julian, who is gay, suffered several assaults. He now lives in Hamilton, Ont. (Photos by Annie Sakkab)<p>As he sits cross-legged on his apartment floor, Julian plays a video on his phone of a group of gay men at an underground party in Damascus. The men are clad in …

What motivates a Canadian jihadist?

A study stresses real religious zeal, not loners seeking a way out<p>A new study based on interviews conducted over social media with foreign fighters …

Snowden made Canadian spies review contractor policy | Toronto Star

Two weeks later, another memo to Forster complained about a “pervasive lack of knowledge and understanding, in the public realm, of CSE’s role and …

Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They’re peddling bad history<p>An abridged history of the American gun culture, told from legend and popular memory, might go like this: We were born a gun culture. Americans have an exceptional, unique, and timeless …

Donald Trump is a fraud: I am a member of the white working class, and we must not fall for his lies

<b>Donald Trump (AP/Keith Srakocic)</b><p>When you are one illness or broken-down car from losing everything, it’s scary. But Donald Trump is not the answer<p>Stephanie Land<p>April 16, 2016 7:00pm (UTC)<p>I get it. As members of the middle- to lower-class, as people living in poverty, we are angry. We are angry and …

Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago<p>It’s a bright February morning at the Proud Archivist (now the Proud East), a coffee shop facing the canal just off Kingsland Road in London, and …

Coffee

A solution to literary writers’ income problem is already here, even if they don’t like it

My colleague, the novelist Camilla Gibb, recently published in these pages a lament for the declining income of literary writers. She pointed out many truths: that something has happened, in the past 20 years, to the publishing industry; due to various forces (the rise of free entertainments, the …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Liberals commit to cutting bill on consultants, adverts | The Star

OTTAWA—The Liberals are trying to rein in Ottawa’s ballooning bill on consultants and contractors, committing to cut $170 million annually from the …

Canada

UN whistleblower remains behind bars alongside war criminals she tried to expose | Toronto Star

PARIS—A UN spokeswoman-turned-whistleblower is behind bars at the same prison complex with many of the war criminals she spent her career trying to …

Gastronomy Of Genius: History's Great Minds And The Foods That Fueled Them

Genius and food have a lot in common. Both nurture, inspire and occasionally intimidate. Some appeal to almost everyone instantly. Others are acquired tastes. So perhaps it's not surprising that, scanning history's greatest minds, we find many were inspired by certain food or drink, repulsed by …

Albert Einstein

Single By Choice: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before

Marriage is losing ground in America. According to the U.S. Census, the proportion of married adults dropped from 57 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2009. For the first time ever, single adult women outnumber married adult women in the U.S.<p>Rebecca Traister says the declining marriage rates among …

Six reasons to downgrade retirement savings as a financial priority

There are more important things than saving for retirement.<p>Not many, but some.<p>Monday marks the deadline for contributing to a registered retirement savings plan and getting a deduction for your 2015 tax return. What a judgmental time of year this is. Smart people contribute to an RRSP or tax-free …

27 reasons Istanbul residents believe they live in the best city on Earth

1. Our city is legendary.<p>If our city walls could talk, they’d recite hundreds of legends involving mythological gods, prophecies fulfilled, and tales …

European Travel

The Secret to True Love According to Three Old Grandmas

"I absolutely think you can find 'the love of your life,'" says 71-year-old Honey. "But yes, love is just as scary when you're old as it is when you're young."<p>At 28, I've finally started to feel like a grown-up. When I was in my early 20s, I dated sleazy photographers or DJs who never introduced me …

The Fantastically Strange Origin of Most Coal on Earth

This is a story about trees—very, very strange looking trees—and some microbes that failed to show up on time. Their non-appearance happened more than 300 million years ago, and what they didn’t do, or rather what happened because they weren’t there, shapes your life and mine.<p>All you have to do is …

Nature

War is Unavoidable—and Other Hard Lessons from Homer’s Iliad

The epic tells us that the world is never going to revert to a peaceful state.<p>Homer’s Iliad—a 3,000-year-old epic poem—continues to shape how we think about war. “Every adjective evokes the destruction and tragedy of war,” says Caroline Alexander, author of The Iliad: A New Translation. Alexander, …

Want to rewrite Canadian democracy? Hold a referendum

For as long as there's been a Canada, Canadians have voted according to what's known as first-past-the-post. Each voter gets one vote, and each electoral district gets one member of Parliament. In each of Canada's 338 federal districts, the candidate who has the greatest number of "X"s beside their …