Friday, August 23rd, 2019
G7 Summit, Titanic Disappearing & Android Changes
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G7 Summit & Amazon Fires: The G7 summit starts this weekend in France. Leaders from the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan will meet. For the first time in its history, the leaders don't plan to put out a joint statement or agreement at the end. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for the G7 leaders to make it a priority to discuss the fires burning in the Amazon rainforest. He calls the fires an "international crisis."
Read more (Amazon Fires): The Washington Post, BBC, AP, Twitter, Instagram Post
Read more (More G7): CNBC, Axios, Reuters
Robocall Pledge: Attorneys general from every state and several large telecom companies have signed a pledge to prevent scam calls. Cell phone companies say they’ll work with state law enforcement to investigate where the calls come from and give customers free call-blocking technology. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, CenturyLink and seven other companies are on board, but no deadline was set.
Read more: TechCrunch, WSJ
Sanders + FOX News: President Trump's former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is going from the White House to the news desk as a political commentator and analyst for FOX News. She’ll debut on Fox and Friends next month.
Read more: Fox News, NYT
Giraffe Trade Regulations: Dozens of countries, including the U.S., are pushing to protect giraffes as an endangered species. The countries voted to put stricter regulations on world trade involving giraffe parts. The goal is to keep better track of the animals and save the population. Conservation groups say the number of giraffes in Africa has dropped by 40 percent in the last 30 years.
Read more: AP, BBC, The Hill
College Football & U.S. Open: The college football season kicks off tomorrow with two games: Miami will play Florida and Arizona plays Hawaii. Meanwhile, Serena Williams is about to play her main rival in the U.S. Open for the first time. She’ll play Maria Sharapova on Monday.
Read more (College Football): Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports
Read more (U.S. Open): ESPN
DoorDash Tips: Food delivery app DoorDash now says its delivery drivers can keep 100 percent of their tips. The change in policy comes after media coverage and public backlash. The changes are set to go into effect by the end of next month. DoorDash is the biggest food delivery app in the country, but it’s not the only company that’s dealt with backlash about tipping policies.
Read more: The Verge, NYT
Android OS & Logo: The new Android operating system has a name: Android 10. Google has been naming them after desserts for 10 years, including Pie, Oreo, Nougat and Marshmallow, but not this time. The new version of Android was supposed to start with the letter Q, but some think the company couldn’t come up with any Q desserts. Google just says it was time for a change. Also, there's a new Android logo that Google says is more modern.
Read more: The Verge, CNET
Apple's New Tech: Apple is reportedly coming out with a bunch of new tech this fall, including new iPhones, an iPad upgrade and its largest laptop in years. The tech giant is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones at an event next month. The biggest upgrade is to the rear-facing camera, which will now have a sensor to capture ultra-wide angle photos and videos. Apple is also apparently working on a new iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, and a new (16 inch) MacBook Pro.
Read more: CNBC, Bloomberg
Titanic Decaying: For the first time in more than a decade, divers explored the wreckage of the Titanic. They found that the ship is rapidly decaying. Experts say it’s part of the natural process but it may disappear within a few decades. The ship has been at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean since 1912. This new trip to the wreckage was part of a filming project for a documentary called Mission Titanic, which will air on National Geographic next year.
Read more: National Geographic, USA Today, Newsweek