Game of Thrones actor on joining the Call of Duty pantheon
- The latest DLC addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, a Zombies mode called “Dead of the Night,” is a campy, extraordinary map filled with undead mayhem — notable as well for starring four very well-known actors.
- It’s been a couple of years since the Call of Duty series released a game in which it cast recognizable actors as characters in its main games.
- By contrast, the Zombies mode has consistently cast well-known actors as its roles, the zenith of which was probably the first Black Ops‘s “Call of the Dead”, in which the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, and George A Romero (yeah, that George A Romero) played themselves.
Apple is staffing dozens of doctors amid a greater medical focus
- Apple has hired between 40 and 50 doctors in recent years, shedding more light on the tech giant's plans to upend healthcare, per CNBC.
- These doctors are scattered across Apple's health initiatives, including the Apple Watch team, the Health Records group, and the team running AC Wellness, Apple's employee medical clinics.
- Apple now lists 156 healthcare institutions on its site that support integration with the Health app, and signed up six more health systems just last week, according to a Tweet from Apple Clinical and Health Informatics Lead Ricky Bloomfield.
- Apple's not the only tech giant dipping into the medical field for new hires.
- Google recently poached Geisinger Health System CEO David Feinberg for a newly appointed role overseeing the tech giant's healthcare initiatives.
How the Trump administration looked at the end of 2017 and how it looks at the end of 2018
- President Donald Trump's White House saw more firings, resignations, and reassignments of top staffers than any other young administration in modern history during its first year.
- In the past 12 months alone, the Trump administration has seen nearly a dozen top officials be dismissed, resign, or change positions: Hope Hicks resigned as White House communications director amid multiple controversies in February, Rex Tillerson was fired as secretary of state in March, Mike Pompeo shifted from being CIA director to becoming secretary of state in April, VA secretary David Shulkin was fired in March, H.R. McMaster was ousted as national security adviser in April, scandal-plagued EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned in July, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley abruptly resigned in October, White House counsel Don McGahn left his position in a frustrated hurry this past October, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of the president in November, and John Kelly's departure as White House chief of staff was announced in December (with no replacement named).
DOJ veterans say Trump's latest defense in the Michael Cohen case is rarely successful and could spectacularly backfire on him
- The campaign finance violations stemmed from two payments made to women who allege to have had affairs with Trump.
- The second payment was made to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who Cohen paid $130,000 in October 2016 to keep her from discussing what she says was a 2006 affair with Trump.
- Trump's attorneys argued the Daniels payments were a "simple private transaction" and did not constitute campaign finance violations because they were made to protect Trump's family and businesses.
- Prosecutors also have tape recordings of Trump and Cohen discussing the payments and setting up shell companies, as well as referencing David Pecker, the head of AMI.
- Trump's tweets suggest that his defense to charges that he violated campaign-finance laws rests on the fact that he did not directly use campaign funds to pay off McDougal and Daniels.
The Michael Cohen controversy reached a climax as he was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty and implicating Trump — here's a full timeline of events
- President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a list of federal crimes he committed while employed by the president.
- Earlier this year, on August 21, Cohen cut a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, and two counts related to campaign-finance violations.
- Cohen said under oath that Trump directed him to violate campaign-finance laws just before the 2016 presidential election to boost his candidacy.
- Later in the week, The Wall Street Journal reported, federal prosecutors investigating Cohen granted immunity to Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker, who struck the deal with McDougal.
Groggy Darren Criss, more react to SAG nominations
- The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominations for its annual award show Wednesday, to the delight of some big-name stars.
- Criss received two prior nominations for his work as a member of the "Glee" acting ensemble.
- John David Washington also thanked his fellow union members for his nominations.
- The "BlacKkKlansman" actor received two nominations, one in the ensemble category and one for best male actor in a leading role.
- Double nominee Alison Brie was also up early (or had properly prepped for the honor).
- Brown, who scored two nods for "This Is Us" and one for being part of the "Black Panther" ensemble, was also seemingly in a good mood after finding out about his three nominations.
- Awkwafina, who was on hand to make the nominations announcement alongside Laverne Cox, had the honor of reading aloud the nomination for "Crazy Rich Asians," in which she co-stars.
Infowars' Alex Jones slams Google CEO Pichai outside a Congress hearing for its 'evil' China project
- Google CEO Pichai testified in font of the House Judiciary Committee in Congress on Tuesday to answer questions about Google's plans to make a censored search engine for China called Dragonfly, and discuss allegations of anti-conservative bias.
- In the hearing Pichai was asked by Congressman David Cicilline whether Google were talking to the Chinese government about launching a search engine, after The Intercept published an article saying Pichai met with a Chinese government official in December 2017.
- The project, Dragonfly, was exposed by investigations website The Intercept in August, and stated Pichai and a top Chinese government official had in fact met in December 2017 to discuss Google's re-entry into China.
- The progress of the search engine had been top top secret, and Google were reportedly furious when a memo detailing plans for Dragonfly was circulated between employees, the report says they were told to delete the memo immediately.
Blippar's CEO held an emotional crisis meeting and furious insiders are terrified the firm won't survive the week
- Blippar's chief executive Ambarish Mitra held an emotional internal meeting with employees on Monday, warning them that the beleaguered company is perilously close to collapse as it desperately tries to raise new cash.
- The source said Mitra was too emotional to finish his speech and had to hand over to the firm's new chief operating officer Libby Penn to finish.
- Mitra told The Financial Times in 2015 that the company was worth $1.5 billion after he turned down an acquisition offer, which appeared to put Blippar firmly among the ranks of British unicorns.
- But Blippar sources cast doubt on Blippar's numbers and financial status in April last year, telling Business Insider that the firm was close to running out of money.
- Sources told Business Insider that Blippar tried to sell itself towards the end of last year, as the extent of its financial woes became clear.