Plastic shower hose pulled from dead dolphin's stomach
- The seven foot male dolphin washed ashore on Fort Meyers Beach in Big Carlos Pass, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced on Friday.
- The dolphin was found a week earlier, and during the necropsy a two-foot plastic shower hose was discovered inside the animal.
- On April 23, a baby female rough-toothed dolphin had a piece of a balloon and two plastic bags in its stomach.
- On the same day the FWC announced the dolphin death, in Italy, a young sperm whale was found dead with several kilograms of plastic in its stomach.
- Hawaii was the first state in the United States to ban plastic bags in all counties in 2015.
- California and New York have also implemented a statewide ban on plastic bags.
- This week it was announced that plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned in England from April 2020.
Feds say New Jersey man posted that he wanted to 'bomb Trump Tower'
- Washington (CNN) - A man facing charges for supporting Hamas and making threats online said he wanted to "bomb Trump Tower" after visiting President Donald Trump's signature property, federal law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday.
- In an announcement from the US attorney for New Jersey, federal officials said Jonathan Xie, a 20-year-old from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was arrested Wednesday morning and was due in the afternoon to appear in a Newark court before US Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.
- The FBI surveilled Xie outside of Trump Tower in New York last month, and Xie later said, "I want to bomb Trump Tower" on Instagram.
- The complaint against Xie said the FBI became aware in January that Xie had posted about his support for Hamas online and that Xie expressed interest in gunning down supporters of Israel.
- Later in April, he visited Trump Tower and made his comment about wanting to "bomb" the property.
The massive company that owns Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, and Pret a Manger is buying another sandwich chain
- Krispy Kreme, Panera, Pret a Manger, and Peet's Coffee are some of the most beloved chains in America.
- JAB owns chains including Krispy Kreme, Panera, Caribou Coffee, Au Bon Pain, and Pret A Manger, as well as Keurig Dr. Pepper and bottled-water brand Core.
- On Wednesday, Pret a Manger announced it had reached an agreement to acquire British sandwich chain EAT.
- JAB also owns Caribou Coffee Co., which it acquired in 2013for $340 million.
- JAB struck a deal in 2013 to buy the coffee company D.E. Master Blenders 1753, which had been spun out of Sara Lee Corp.
- JAB also bought Einstein Noah, a Colorado-based bagel company, in a $370 million deal.
- JAB reached a deal worth more than $300 million to buy Espresso House, the leading coffee chain in Sweden and Norway, in 2015.
- That December, JAB announced plans to buy Keurig for about $13.9 billion.
A 90-day reprieve from the US government helps Huawei avert almost certain disaster
- In the wake of the US Commerce Department's decision to place Huawei on an "Entity List," which prevents US companies from selling components to the Chinese telecom without a government license, the agency has issued a 90-day "temporary general license" to allow some companies to continue working with Huawei, according to CNBC.
- The new "temporary general license" allows US companies to supply Huawei with the products necessary to perform software updates on existing Huawei devices and those needed to maintain existing networks.
- While this stockpile would give the Chinese firm time to find a new supplier, it also highlights that Huawei isn't completely prepared to provide all of its own hardware; Huawei supplies over half (54%) of its own smartphone modems.
U.K.’s EE will launch 5G on May 30 as Australia’s Telstra offers free 5G
- To get free lifetime 5G service, Telstra customers will need to purchase either the 5G Hub, S10 5G, or any other 5G-enabled device the carrier offers before it launches new 5G plans in June.
- The carrier’s late June plans will give “everyone” access to free 5G for 12 months, a compromise designed to let customers experience the service “when they are in a 5G coverage area.” Based on Telstra’s 5G maps, 5G coverage currently varies wildly between cities, in some cases covering only parts of neighborhoods, while in others blanketing large areas.
- After 12 months — presumably enough time to offer proper citywide coverage — 5G will remain free to users of Telstra’s top two plans, while everyone else will pay a AU$15 ($10) monthly premium.
What to expect at Computex 2019
- Then there's the issue around Intel's failure to get its new production processes working well to make new CPUs. The company has held up the entire PC industry after failing to get 10-nanometer chips working properly.
- Intel said that its long-awaited 10-nanometer Ice Lake chips will begin shipping in June, at least in mobile variants.
- Then, last year, the chipmaker announced the Snapdragon 850, a slice of silicon specifically designed to run Windows on mobile hardware.
- And, AMD, which will provide the beating heart of the PlayStation 5, is looking to push its advantage over Intel with a new chip process of its own.
- The company's big Computex keynote is likely to focus on the Zen 2, a new 7-nanometer chip with a crazy number of cores.
- And we're hoping to see the potential uses for all these new, far faster chips, better graphics and innovative designs.
EE will beat Vodafone with launch of UK’s first 5G network on May 30th
- EE’s 5G network will launch in the UK next week on May 30th, a month before Vodafone launches its rival service on July 3rd.
- EE’s service will be available in six cities at launch — London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester — and the operator says it plans to add ten more cities in 2020.
- Although EE’s network is launching first, Vodafone’s network is due to be available in more cities initially.
- Vodafone’s network will be available in seven cities at launch — Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, and London.
- Along with EE’s launch, this means that residents of Cardiff, Birmingham, and London will soon have two 5G networks to choose from.
- The launch of the UK’s first 5G network next week comes almost two months after Verizon launched the first 5G networks in the US in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis.
Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections
- According to a new report by online activist group Avaaz, networks of fake accounts, pages, and groups have been spreading divisive, white-nationalist, anti-immigrant content throughout Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain.
- Avaaz says those pages had nearly 6 million followers among them, three times as many followers as the actual far-right groups in those countries combined.
- They looked for signs that the pages, groups, and accounts connected to this content might be violating Facebook's policies around authenticity, violence, or hate speech, and shared their findings with Facebook.
- In Germany, for example, Avaaz says Facebook took action against 131 fake accounts, many of which propped up the far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD.
- Finally, in the UK, Avaaz says Facebook removed 132 posts, pages, and groups listed in its report.
Mid-range flagships like the Honor 20 Pro are giving premium phones a run for their money
- The creeping cost of premium handsets is pretty high on that list, which flagships now routinely topping $1,000 from many of the big names.
- A new crop of mid-range flagships, however, are giving them a run for their money and serving as an important reminder that a quality handset doesn’t need to be priced in the four digits.
- The Honor 20 Pro fits nicely in the latter camp, joining the likes of the recently announced OnePlus 7 Pro and Asus ZenFone 6 in demonstrating that premium specs can still be had for what was once considered a reasonable flagship price.
- Huawei bans aside, it will be interesting to see how this new crop of more affordable premium devices impacts the rest of the big names up top.
PayPal's CFO says its new partnership with Facebook Marketplace could dwarf the business it does with eBay
- To be sure, eBay, which is one of PayPal's largest customers, representing $60 billion of total purchase volume, has also considered new partnerships.
- In January 2018, the online marketplace announced intentions of moving to Dutch-based Adyen as its primary payments processor when its operating agreement with PayPal ends in 2020.
- However, customers looking to use their PayPal accounts on eBay after the agreement ends will still have the option, as the two sides made a new deal that will last until July 2023.
- However, Adyen will serve as the primary payments processer, handling all credit and debit purchases, a job previously held by PayPal. Rainey cited companies like Uber and Airbnb as partnerships PayPal hopes to continue to foster.
- He compared eBay's declining volumes to that of the next 20 largest marketplaces and merchants PayPal works with, which represent $90 billion in total purchase volume.