Mauricio Rubio

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China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.<p>At least 125 people have been killed in four …

China

Silenced? The "No" Side Is Getting Four Times The Media Coverage Of The "Yes" Side

Exclusive: Media analysis provided to BuzzFeed News shows the "no" side in the marriage equality debate is getting a lot more media attention than the "yes" side.<p>An analysis of a week's worth of media coverage of the postal survey debate reveals the "no" side is getting much more attention than the …

Same-sex Marriage

10 reasons this Icelandic music festival should be on your radar

Getting inspired in the land of fire & ice<p>In recent years, visitors from around the globe have flocked to Iceland for its dramatic natural wonders …

Iceland

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.<p>The more intense scrutiny of the applications …

Public Policy

Airlines pocketed $44.6 billion in passenger fees, frequent flier revenues and commissions in 2016

The world’s biggest airlines collected an estimated $44.6 billion in passenger fees and commissions last year, with some low-cost airlines generating nearly half of their total revenue from charges for bags, food entertainment and other extras.<p>Airlines around the world are making more and more …

Airlines

This Is the Most Annoying Thing People Do at an Airport, According to Anthony Bourdain

Just to make <i>Parts Unkown</i> possible, Anthony Bourdain has to spend a lot of time in airports. Even if he didn't travel outside of shooting the show, …

Anthony Bourdain

Elephone S8 Review: All Screen, At Quad HD Resolution

Clones in popular culture — whether on the big screen, small screen, or comic books — are almost always depicted as inferior to the original (unless you count Wolverine’s clone in the film <i>Logan</i>, which actually, uh, killed the original). That has been mostly true in the Chinese smartphone realm too. …

Phones

Hey Google: Your devices are showing.

On October 4, we were pretty sure Google would reveal a phone -- or two. But now, we're wondering if the company will have any surprises at all.<p>Droid Life, a long-running Android news site, is reporting that it managed to get its hands on pictures and prices for <i>not one, not two, but five</i> new Google …

Google

Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature

In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about.<p>BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header …

Marketing

Twitter removed 299,649 accounts tied to terrorism in the first half of 2017

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down.<p>U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including …

United States

Tomorrow looks to make it easier to draw up plans for a will and life insurance

Talking about filling out a will and setting up life insurance is probably one of the more sensitive subjects you’ll tackle as you get older — but Dave Hanley says it’s something that a lot of people end up dodging altogether.<p>That’s why he started Tomorrow, a company that makes it easier to set up …

Insurance

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. (Check out a few more lesser-known iOS 11 features here.)<p>It turns out …

IOS 11

Google Has Finally Addressed Gmail's Most Annoying Feature

If you're a Gmail user on your smartphone, you're probably used to the following routine: A friend sends you an email with the address of the place you're trying to go. You attempt to highlight it carefully, selecting only the address text and nothing else to copy and paste into Google Maps in …

Google

Uber is in trouble after yet another sexist promo

Oh, Uber.<p>Uber has come under fire again for a sexist campaign it ran for UberEats in India, to mark Wife Appreciation Day, which falls on Sept. 17.<p>"Dear Husbands, a gentle reminder — Today is Wife Appreciation Day!" the note issued to customers in Bangalore said.<p>"Order on UberEats and let your wife …

Uber

There’s no ‘female Mark Zuckerberg,’ and that’s a problem for women in tech

Canaan Partners investor Maha Ibrahim says the lack of obvious female founder role models is setting women back.<p>Getting rid of sexual harassers in tech is challenging enough. But getting the men who are left to take away the right lessons about women is a whole different ballgame.<p>On the latest …

Diversity

Gmail now converts addresses and phone numbers to actionable links

Gmail finally auto-converts addresses and phone numbers to links.<p>Google is adding a new feature to Gmail and Inbox that brings a much-needed feature …

Google

New Fitness AR app lets you explore your Strava rides, runs and hikes in 3D

If you enjoy reviewing your cycle rides, runs or hikes in Strava, a new app lets you do this in augmented reality.<p>Fitness AR projects a 3D terrain map of your path onto a table-top, and allows you to walk around it, viewing it from different angles, as well as move in close to check out details …

Augmented Reality

Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growth

Electric scooter maker Gogoro has closed a massive $300 million Series C round to expand its service.<p>The company has sold scooters in its native Taiwan since 2015, and it Europe it offers them on a short-term rental basis. That’s in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, where Gogoro provides a …

Electric Vehicles

The price of Bitcoin has a 91% correlation with Google searches for Bitcoin

The current price of Bitcoin has a 91% correlation with the volume of Google search requests for Bitcoin-related terms, according to a study by SEMrush, a search engine marketing agency.<p>The study used a database of 120 million US keyword searches linked to the cryptocurrency. It showed that the …

Cryptocurrency

Tim Cook on the $1,000 iPhone X: 'It's a value price, actually'

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Good Morning America on Tuesday, and host Robin Roberts got to ask him a question that lots of people are wondering about.<p>Isn't the $999 iPhone X a little pricey for a lot of people?<p>His response?<p>"It’s a value price, actually, for the technology you’re getting,” Cook said. …

Tim Cook

tbh Is the Newest Popular App That Lets You Review Your Friends

Lately there have been a number of apps that have popped up for reviewing everything from your friends to your last boyfriend. Now a new review app …

Rhode Island

The ex-Googler who started self-driving cars wore a puppy harnessed to his chest at a startup conference

It felt like a scene from the HBO parody "Silicon Valley," but the speaker on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Tuesday morning was real, as was the dog harnessed to his chest.<p>It's not entirely clear why Sebastian Thrun, a legendary tech entrepreneur and inventor, chose …

Machine Learning

The hot new Nest Thermostat E is finally in stock on Amazon

The brand new Nest Thermostat E could very well be the best bargain in the smart home market. For just $169, you get all of the features that make …

Home Automation

Amazon's new $150 Fire HD 10 could mkae you reconsider splurging on an iPad

Amazon’s been on a bit of a roll with its cheap tablets; this year’s Fire HD 8 being an one of the best you can buy on a tight budget. Now the company is bringing the same value at a larger screen size with the new $150 Fire HD 10.<p>I was able to briefly demo the tablet in person, and it looks like …

Tablets

Bose's Google Assistant headphones reportedly appear in the wild (but you can't buy them yet)

Google is expected to bring its voice assistant directly to headphones — and the first pair of cans with the AI helper might have accidentally hit store shelves before an official announcement could even be made.<p>Multiple pairs of Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones have been spotted at Best …

Headphones

Google's miniature Home leaks ahead of Pixel event

Google Home : Amazon Echo :: Google Home Mini : Amazon Echo Dot<p>Google is reportedly working on a smaller version of its Home smart speaker, the Home Mini, and it appears to have just leaked out ahead of the company’s October 4th event, via <i>Droid Life</i>, which discovered the upcoming product.<p>The Home …

Google Home

Patreon, one of the most interesting media startups of the last few years, has raised $60 million.

The service, which lets fans pay creators, will process more than $150 million in contributions this year.<p>Patreon, which helps fans fund their favorite podcasters, video makers and other content creators, is getting new funding itself.<p>The four-year-old startup has raised $60 million from a group …

Startups

Some apps won’t work on iOS 11 — here’s how to check which ones

iOS 11 is almost here, and it’ll bring a host of new features to your iPhone or iPad. Also coming in the new update is the final switch for Apple from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps, meaning that if an app you’ve been using hasn’t been updated for the more modern software architecture, it won’t work at …

iOS

The Truth About Whether Airlines Jack Up Prices If You Keep Searching the Same Flight

<i>Originally published by TIME</i><p>To make sure the right ads get to the people most interested in it, Google shows ads based on its users’ search history. …

Air Travel

Startup investment grows 60 times in five years: Research

Investment in startup firms has grown 60 times in Indonesia within the last five years, according to a research conducted by Google and AT …

Venture Capital