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Bill Gates passes Jeff Bezos on list of world's richest people
Pineapple Studio/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has reclaimed the title of richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates had been the second wealthiest individual in the world for more than two years, trailing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. As of Friday, Bloomberg's data shows Gates is worth $110 billion, while Bezos is just behind at $109 billion.Bloomberg updates its rankings each day after the U.S. markets close. Gates' worth has climbed in recent weeks, following the Pentagon's decision to award a cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All...
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Nod Hill Brewery Is Connecticut's First Solar Powered Brewery
Nod Hill Brewery (Ridgefield, Conn. ) -- Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield, Connecticut is the state's first and only 100 percent solar powered brewery. Started in 2017 by Rob and David Kaye, a father-son team, Nod Hill Brewery powers their equipment with a 287 kilowatt, 700 panel photovoltaic array on the roof of their building. The array went online on April 4th and off-sets 100 percent of the brewery's electrical usage, along with the usage of two other businesses in the building. "One of the reasons that we wanted to do it from the beginning is because we actually brew...
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Twitter outlines sweeping details of ban on political ads
RomanOkopny/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Twitter unveiled its new wide-reaching policy regarding political ads ahead of 2020, after co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced the platform would ban political advertising as social media giants grapple with the veracity and influence of online ads. The policy outlines how the changes will apply to the political sphere and defines political content as content that references candidates, political parties, elected or appointed government officials, elections, referendums, ballot measures, legislation, regulation, directive, judicial outcome or fundraising. The ban also explicitly blocks super PACs and 501(c)(4)s. Twitter announced will no longer allow political ad on the...
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United joins American and Southwest in extending 737 Max cancellations into March
Robert Michaud/iStock (NEW YORK) -- United is joining American and Southwest Airlines in extending cancellations tied to the Boeing 737 Max into March.The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft after it was involved in two crashes in Indonesia and in Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people. Although the timing ultimately will be up to regulators, including the FAA in the U.S., should the airlines stick to these plans, the Boeing 737 Max could resume commercial service just a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, 2019. The FAA grounded the...
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Defense Secretary says $10B Pentagon cloud contract 'conducted fairly,' despite Amazon dispute
iStock/Kiyoshi Tanno (WASHINGTON) -- Amazon is not backing down after the Pentagon awarded Microsoft a lucrative cloud contract deal worth up to $10 billion, saying there was "unmistakable bias" in the government's decision-making process.Defense Secretary Mark Esper, however, defended the Pentagon's decision in a news conference Friday with South Korea's Defense Minister, saying that the awarding of the contract was "conducted fairly.""I’m confident it was conducted freely and fairly without any type of outside influence," he told reporters. "I will leave it at that."Amazon has submitted a notice to the Court of Federal Claims indicating it will protest the Pentagon's...
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Are Google, Twitter and Facebook doing enough to protect the 2020 election?
alexsl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In less than a year, Americans will head to the polls in the 2020 presidential election. Last time around, the FBI says, Russian trolls, in coordination with the Russian government, engaged in a sophisticated attempt to influence the American electorate to vote for Donald Trump. While the effectiveness of the campaign is unknown, three years later, there's no indication that Russia has relented. Former FBI director and special counsel Robert Mueller, during a hearing before Congress last July, testified to the stark reality: “They’re doing it as we sit here,” he said. “And they expect to...
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Entrepreneur, 14, creates natural hair program to empower future curl bosses
Curlanista (NEW YORK) -- Lexi P., 14, knew she wasn't the only one in need of help taming her tresses. So the 14-year-old did something about it.The teen launched her line of Curlanistas products in 2018 after realizing the important need to empower other young girls who had curly hair like her own. "I was bullied as well as teased about my hair, and I just hated it," she told ABC News' Good Morning America.Lexi, who is from Washington, D.C., recalls damaging her natural hair by sneaking to straighten it with hot tools. "I thought if I had straight hair...
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ColourPop releases "Frozen 2" makeup collection
ColourPop (NEW YORK) -- Right in time for the release of Frozen 2, there's a new makeup collection underway.On Nov. 15, ColourPop and Disney are releasing a full cosmetics line inspired by Anna and Elsa's princess powers.The latest launch includes eye shadow palettes, lip gloss, lipstick and glitter."Fit for a an ice queen!," ColorPop captioned a video on Instagram announcing the new collection.Prices range from $8 to $70, and each piece has a unique name such as Elsa Little Snow Luxe Matte Lipstick or Anna Waterfall Glitterally Obsessed.There is also a rich variety of cool blues, browns and sparkling golds...
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Nike debuts new sneakers for nurses, doctors and home health providers
Nike (NEW YORK) -- Nike's latest sneaker drop pays homage to hardworking medical workers who deserve it.Officially releasing on Dec. 7, the new Nike Air Zoom Pulse shoe gives nurses, doctors and home health providers a way to trade in their rubber clogs for something that can really trek through long 12-hour shifts, the company said in a press release.These sneakers are laceless and easy to slip on. They also have an elastic strap for flexibility and comfort, a rubber outsole for easy cleaning and Nike's Asterix logo that's symbolic of the company's belief that "If you have a body,...
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Motorola relaunching its iconic Razr flip phone
Motorola (NEW YORK) -- Motorola is bringing back its iconic Razr flip phone in 2020, but with a price tag of $1,500.The phone that was the envy of every teen in the early 2000s will still possess the satisfying flip feature, but this time with a 6.2'' touch screen that can close itself in half.The revamped phone will also feature two displays: meaning you can view and respond to notifications, take pictures and more while the phone is folded closed. You can also flip it open to access the full display for reading articles or watching movies.The Android phone boasts...
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Travelers beware of 'juice jacking' at public charging stations
Lokibaho/iStock (LOS ANGELES) -- Keys, wallet, cellphone -- check. But what about your charger?As people prepare to travel during the busy holiday season it could be more important than ever to double check that devices are fully charged or at least ensure you have a power adapter base and chord before leaving the house. ‘Juice Jacking’ Criminals Use Public USB Chargers to Steal Data - learn more: https://t.co/OCJW39UVpt#FraudFriday #fraud #fraudalert #crime #scams #scamalert pic.twitter.com/RMG94vhEfC — Los Angeles County District Attorney (@LADAOffice) November 8, 2019The Los Angeles County district attorney's office issued a new warning against those popular public charging stations...
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Feds bust brothers who allegedly made $6 million off counterfeit iPhones, iPads
Nikada/iStock (SAN DIEGO) -- Federal authorities unsealed an indictment Wednesday alleging that 14 members of an international criminal organization have been ripping off Apple to the tune of $6 million.The organization, led by three brothers, is accused of importing over 10,000 counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China and then going to Apple stores in states across the country and Canada in order to exchange them for the real thing. They would then ship the real Apple products back to China and other foreign countries to sell them at a premium, according to the indictment.Apple believes it was duped out of...
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