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The 9 funniest lines from a coal kingpin's lawsuit against John Oliver

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry.

The document accuses Oliver of a "ruthless character assassination" of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation's largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy.

SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver

It didn't exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more or less dared the notoriously litigious coal boss by mocking an earlier cease-and-desist letter from his company on the show. And at least one first amendment lawyer has said Murray doesn't have much of a leg to stand on.

But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the absurd spectacle of the legal team for the man Oliver described as a "geriatric Dr. Evil" trying to out-bombast the HBO comedian's signature hyperbolic wit in dry legalese.

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Bid for environmental rights pact to kick off in Paris

Paris (AFP) - Politicians, legal experts and activists will launch a campaign in Paris on Saturday for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

The end goal, organisers said this week, is a legal treaty under which states can be brought to justice for flouting the rights of a group or individual.

The initiative comes just weeks after President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the United States out of the 196-nation Paris Agreement on curbing dangerous global warming.

The new pact, being blueprinted by top legal minds from several countries, should eventually be put to the United Nations for adoption, and impose legally-binding obligations on signatory states, its drafters say.

"We already have two international (human rights) pacts... The idea is to create a third, for a third generation of rights -- environmental rights," said French...


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Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails To Serve Ads - Gizmodo Australia

Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users' inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It's a sleazy business model, but Google certainly isn't alone: Most other free email services (and, hi, social media platforms) do the same thing.

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But Google has finally decided to end the practice of scanning emails for advertising, according to a blog post published Friday by Google Cloud senior vice president Diane Greene.

The search giant's stated reason for the change is simple: Google Cloud sells a collection of enterprise office products, called GSuite, and Greene told Bloomberg that paying customers were concerned that Google was mining their data for advertising. Even though Google has only scanned the emails of free Gmail accounts (and not those belonging to paying customers) the change needed to be made in order to promote trust.

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NASA Just Called Out Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop 'Healing Stickers' - Fortune

This story has been updated to reflect comment from Goop and Body Vibes.

NASA has a bone to pick with Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop.

In a post on Thursday, Goop promoted "wearable healing stickers" that are sold by a group called Body Vibes, CNN reports. In a portion of the product's description on Goop's website, which has since been removed, Goop said that the stickers are "made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut's vitals during wear."

But NASA representatives told CNN that it doesn't use use carbon material to line its suits, and its current spacesuit has no carbon fibers in it at all.

In addition, Mark Shelhamer, former chief scientist at NASA’s human research division, told Gizmodo that the description was "a load of BS," adding, "not only is the whole premise like snake oil, the logic doesn’t even...


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Audi plans new e-tron model - Newburgh Gazette

24 June 2017
Rambus Inc (RMBS) Shares Needle Moving 1.11%
Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a "buy" rating on shares of Spectra Energy Partners, in a research note on Thursday, May 11th.

24 June 2017
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) recently sold by insider BILLINGSLEY LEE T
Yet another important factor while evaluating a good buy/sell decision for Abraxas Petroleum Corp. (AXAS) is at 27.34. Its mean Altman Z-Score: -0.20 during the last 7 years, while average Beneish M-Score: -4.38 during the last 7 years.

24 June 2017
Splash! Timberwolves get All-Star Jimmy Butler from Bulls
The gap between those two players in no way makes up for the gap between Butler and the players the Wolves dealt to get him. Minnesota landed a legitimate top-15 player in Bulls...


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Nintendo Says The Switch Shortages Are "Definitely Not Intentional" - Newburgh Gazette

Amongst accusations of "false scarcity" that have begun to make the rounds online, Scibetta wants to set the record straight, regarding the amount of Nintendo Switch consoles available for purchase. "We're making it as fast as we can", the corporate communications director said. About 2.7 million units of the Nintendo Switch were sold in its first month, and Nintendo targeted 10 million units sold by the end of its fiscal year on March 2018, but it has so far not been able to keep up with the demand for the device.

"If it's right for gamers, we're going to entertain it".

"Every week now we've been shipping out units in large quantities to strive to meet demand". Back in 2007, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime addressed the same conspiracy in regards to the Wii and said at the time "there is no secret plan to store Wiis in a warehouse to spur demand". At the time...


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Release Date In Late-September Makes Much More Sense, Here's Why - International Business Times

After the recent barrage of reports claiming Samsung had plans to release its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone on weekend dates in August, a new claim from tech informant Evan Blass suggests the manufacturer may instead unveil its upcoming smartphone in late September.

While the new claim remains unconfirmed by Samsung, it sounds a lot more plausible than the Galaxy Note 8 being released on a Saturday. Blass was unable to pinpoint an exact date for the supposed September launch, but this time frame would likely allow Samsung to continue hosting a standalone unveiling event for its premium device.

There has been a considerable buzz about the Galaxy Note 8 release date, primarily because of fallout due to the Galaxy Note 7. Pundits and fans are anxious to see whether Samsung will maintain the August timeframe, under which it has unveiled Galaxy Note devices for the last two years, or if the...


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Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders - Engadget

Now, after revolt by players including a campaign of bad ratings for the GTA games on Steam and a Change.org petition with over 77,000 signatures, Rockstar Games may have worked out a solution. A post on its support forum today said that Take Two has agreed that it will "generally" not take legal action against third party projects as long as they meet certain guidelines.

After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar's PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project.

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Windows 10 S Doesn't Appear To Be As Invulnerable To Ransomware As Microsoft Claims - Gizmodo Australia

Microsoft's tall claim that "no known ransomware" will run on its Windows 10 S operating system has been weighed, measured and found wanting.

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In a report published Friday by ZDNet, Hacker House security researcher Matthew Hickey reportedly broke through the operating system's security in a little over three hours. Hickey was able to attain a level of remote admin control allowing him to disable the system's various security systems leaving it wide open to a malware attack.

Hickey's hack began with an old technique known as DLL injection, whereby malicious code is run within a process the operating systems views as non-threatening — in this case, a Word document with built-in macros allowed him to bypass restrictions on the Windows operating systems designed to prevent the use of apps not found in the Microsoft Store.

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SpaceX's successful launch opens weekend doubleheader - The Indian Express

By: Bloomberg | Published:June 24, 2017 12:42 pm

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SpaceX successfully fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year.(Source: Bloomberg)

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The year’s not half over, and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is about to launch more missions than it completed in all of 2016. SpaceX successfully fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year. Its next launch is scheduled just two days later, with the ramped-up cadence putting the company on track to achieve the 20 to 24 total missions it’s targeting for the year.

The quickening pace of launches illustrates how SpaceX has bounced back after one of its rockets and a customer’s satellite blew up on a Florida launch pad in September. The company was grounded for four months in the...


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Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

WASHINGTON (AP) — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth's temperatures and the world's seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. That likelihood increases, they say, if the United States doesn't follow through on promised cuts in heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. President Donald Trump this month said he'd withdraw the United States from the climate deal , prompting leaders of vulnerable islands to talk about their future with a mixture of defiance, hope and resignation.

"If we really push into action, we can save some (small islands) but we may not be able save all of them," said Hans-Otto Poertner, a German...


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New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris (AFP) - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

The deal was signed at the International Paris Air Show with German company OHB as the prime contractor, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in charge of navigation systems.

The ESA signed on behalf of the European Commission, which owns and funds the system.

"Europe's Galileo navigation constellation will gain an additional eight satellites, bringing it to completion," the ESA said in a statement.

Eighteen Galileo satellites have been placed in Earth's orbit to date, with four more due for launch later this year.

With the last eight satellites to be built and tested by OHB, the 10-billion-euro ($11-billion) constellation will ultimately comprise 30 orbiters.


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US halts Brazil beef imports after failed safety tests

New York (AFP) - The United States announced Thursday a halt to all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the world's second-largest producer, citing "recurring" concerns after large shipments failed food safety tests.

The ban will remain in place until satisfactory corrective actions are taken, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement that will again put the reputation of Brazil's industry under the spotlight.

All meat imported to the US from Brazil has been inspected since March, when some of the country's top meat producers became embroiled in a tainted-meat scandal.

During that time, the US food safety and inspection service rejected 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef, compared with only one percent of quantities from other nations, it added.

"My first priority is to protect American consumers," US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

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Which 2018 Toyota Camry Trim Should I Buy: L, LE, SE, XSE or XLE? - Cars.com News

CARS.COM — The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry turns the best-selling car for 15 years on its head with a significant reworking from the ground up. If you asked me which one I'd choose after driving nearly every version, the answer would be the entertaining 301-horsepower XSE V-6 — but that's a $36,000 car. There's a lot to like in the more frugal versions, so we sorted through the 2018 Camry's trims to find the perfect balance of safety, technology and convenience features for the money.

Related: 2018 Toyota Camry Review: First Drive

The Camry is already off to a good start with a stout safety package standard, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and high-speed adaptive cruise control. That's right, on every Camry — even the least expensive — is Toyota Safety Sense P.

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SpaceX launches first satellite in doubleheader - CBS News

In the first of two rapid-fire weekend launches, a Falcon 9 rocket using a previously flown first stage boosted Bulgaria's first communications satellite into orbit Friday, clearing the way for another SpaceX flight Sunday, this one from California, to put 10 Iridium telephone relay stations into space.

The first stage launched Friday first flew in January when it helped boost another set of Iridium comsats into an orbit around Earth's poles before flying back to a pinpoint touchdown on an off-shore droneship.

It pulled off the same feat Friday, landing on a different droneship stationed a few hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral, despite a high trajectory needed by the satellite payload and the most extreme re-entry heating and stress yet experienced by a returning booster.

In fact, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted before launch there was a "good chance (the) rocket booster doesn't...


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NASA to Gwyneth: Your Goop 'energy stickers' are not made with NASA material - The Sydney Morning Herald

NASA just schooled Gwyneth Paltrow about "wellness stickers" promoted on her lifestyle blog, GOOP.

GOOP said in a post that the stickers, which are sold by Body Vibes, are "made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut's vitals during wear" and can target energetic frequency imbalances in the body, according to Gizmodo.

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Here are the best titles announced at E3 set for release in the future - NEWS.com.au

REGARDLESS of your gaming affiliation, there were several significant announcements and a number of titles debuted at the world’s biggest video game conference, E3.

Our reporter was on the ground at the show, so here are his picks for the best games to come out of E3 2017:

SEA OF THIEVES (Rare; Xbox One, PC)

A shared multiplayer experience where you and your friends crew a pirate ship together and go out in search for treasure, adventure and drink. The cartoony graphics belie the great experience this game offers, ranging from encouraging teamwork to crew the ship to making even spectacular disasters memorable and fun. The insiders program is still open and it looks to be a game with a strong community that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so is definitely worth checking out.

FAR CRY 5 (Ubisoft; PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)

The latest entry in the Far Cry series takes players to the...


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Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders - Engadget

Now, after revolt by players including a campaign of bad ratings for the GTA games on Steam and a Change.org petition with over 77,000 signatures, Rockstar Games may have worked out a solution. A post on its support forum today said that Take Two has agreed that it will "generally" not take legal action against third party projects as long as they meet certain guidelines.

After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar's PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project.

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Google to abandon scanning emails to personalise ads - The Australian Financial Review

Google plans to abandon its long-standing practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising.

by Dausuke Wakabayashi

Google plans to abandon its long-standing practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising.

Google said it does not scan the email of paying corporate customers of its G Suite of services, but it made the policy change – announced in a company blog post Friday – on its free consumer version to eliminate confusion and create one uniform policy toward Gmail.

As it builds its Google Cloud business for selling internet infrastructure and services to corporate customers, Google is trying to ease concerns it will use data from corporate customers to help its mainstay advertising business.

Google said it plans to carry out the changes to the Gmail ad policy "later this year." It will continue to scan Gmail to...


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Windows 10 S Doesn't Appear To Be As Invulnerable To Ransomware As Microsoft Claims - Gizmodo Australia

Microsoft's tall claim that "no known ransomware" will run on its Windows 10 S operating system has been weighed, measured and found wanting.

Photo: Getty

In a report published Friday by ZDNet, Hacker House security researcher Matthew Hickey reportedly broke through the operating system's security in a little over three hours. Hickey was able to attain a level of remote admin control allowing him to disable the system's various security systems leaving it wide open to a malware attack.

Hickey's hack began with an old technique known as DLL injection, whereby malicious code is run within a process the operating systems views as non-threatening — in this case, a Word document with built-in macros allowed him to bypass restrictions on the Windows operating systems designed to prevent the use of apps not found in the Microsoft Store.

After evading Word's anti-macro protection by...


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