April 25 (Reuters) – Juul Labs Inc said on Wednesday it was spending $30 million to support state and federal initiatives to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to over 21, a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a crackdown on the sale of its products to minors.
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The Texas Rangers placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled with a hamstring injury, the team announced Wednesday. The 39-year-old Beltre injured his left hamstring while running to first base after a single in Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The escalation of violence against land rights activists in Brazil is of “deep concern”, the United Nations’ environment chief said on Wednesday, calling for a full and impartial investigation into the recent killings of three of them.
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Last quarter, Facebook said it was focusing its platform going forward on more meaningful interactions, changes that would reduce the time users spend on the service. Today, during its first-quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said changes that emphasize those kinds of connections have resulted in a decline of passive consumption of video.
“We’ve observed increases in some types of [content] sharing,” Zuckerberg said. “Overall, these changes are doing what we expected they’d do: helping people connect more and increasing meaningful connections. We think that this is going in the direction of building a stronger community.”
However, when pressed on the question, Facebook executives wouldn’t reveal any usage or engagement numbers, or data about users’ time spent on the platform.
A report issued yesterday suggested that user engagement has increased in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but concluded that most of the increase was likely due to users reviewing their privacy and security settings.
Today, Facebook reported its first-quarter earnings, saying it had brought in $11.97 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $1.69, both of which handily beat expectations.
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One of the most harrowing stories of this trend is that of Hannah Wright, a 14-year-old from the UK who committed suicide in 2014 after writing hateful messages about herself on social media.
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The students who survived the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, were honored along the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kobt and Ronan Farrow at the TIME 100 Gala.
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When three of Hollywood’s biggest names came together in the small cattle town of Marfa, West Texas to film Giant in 1955, it was an explosive mix of egos, anxieties, and sexual tension.
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