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bethel park native’s home videos become youtube sensation

Paul Petroskey - also known as “Weird Paul” - had been waiting for something like YouTube for decades. Petroskey considers himself the “Original Vlogger.”The 47-year-old Bethel Park native had hours of video tapes that he recorded in the ’80s and ’90s that included homemade music videos starring his family, a review of McDonald’s breakfast items, homemade award shows and whatever else the teenager found interesting. “As soon as YouTube came about, I said, ’This would be great. We didn’t have this when I was making these back in the ’80s,’” Petroskey says. “I wanted to put it on YouTube because I knew it would be something interesting for people, because not everyone was alive then and the people that were, not all of them had video cameras.” However, he had no idea how…

chinese exporters scramble to cope with us tariffs

Chinese exporters were scrambling to cope with a plunge in U.S. sales while China’s state press shrugged off the impact of Washington’s tariff hikes in a spiraling technology dispute. The impact of last week tariff hikes on the world’s second-largest economy should be limited, according to private sector analysts. But President Donald Trump’s measures targeting Chinese medical, construction and factory equipment hit exporters that say price-conscious American customers have stopped buying. The general manager of a medical device exporter that makes 15 to 20 percent of its sales to the United States said he plans to fly there this week to negotiate with customers who stopped ordering its syringes and other equipment. Wuxi Yushou Medical Devices Co., Ltd., with a workforce of 500, stands to lose 30-40 million yuan ($4.5 to $6 million)…

drake has 7 of the top 10 songs on billboard hot 100 chart

Drake officially owns the Billboard charts, where seven of his songs currently sit in the Top 10. All 25 tracks from Drake’s ultra-popular “Scorpion” album, released on June 29, are on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His former No. 1 hit, “Nice for What,” returns to the top of the chart, while “Nonstop” debuts at No. 2. Drake’s other songs in the Top 10 are “God’s Plan,”“In My Feelings,”“I’m Upset,” “Emotionless” and “Don’t Matter to Me,” which includes previously recorded vocals from Michael Jackson. Drake’s new feat breaks the Beatles’ 1964 record, when five of their songs reached the Top 10 in the same week. Overall, Drake has 31 Top 10 hits, tied with Rihanna. They only trail behind The Beatles (34) and Madonna (38). “Scorpion” sold 732,171 equivalent albums — based off album sales…

movies & tv shows

Ready Player One Steven Spielberg brings us a science fiction adventure, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller. The film focuses on an expansive virtual reality universe, in which people in 2045 find salvation as their world is on the brink of collapse. When the creator of this vast universe dies, he leaves his fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg, hidden in his universe, a contest that grips the entire world. FIVE FACTS: 1. Steven Spielberg commented that this was the third most difficult movie has had to make, after Jaws and Saving Private Ryan. 2. Others considered to direct the film include Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright. 3. The music score was originally going to be composed by John Williams, who has worked with Spielberg on a…

in ‘skyscraper,’ the rock towers over action tropes

I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of “Skyscraper,” the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirling, woundedly mumble, “Hey, that’s my gig.” But in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s thriller, there is Johnson steadily — and without too much trouble, really — swinging up a 100-story-high crane to then leap across a mammoth chasm and land in an open window on the burning 220-story tower where his wife and twin kids are trapped. It goes without saying that if you’re the sort to scoff at a tale’s implausibility, “Skyscraper” may not be the movie you’re looking for. Experts in fields including physics, thermodynamics and screenwriting should proceed cautiously. But then again,…

softbank raises stake in yahoo japan in purchase from altaba

Japanese internet company SoftBank Corp. is investing about $2 billion to raise its stake in Yahoo Japan through an acquisition from U.S. investment company Altaba Inc. SoftBank has been boosting its collaboration with Yahoo Japan, a search-engine company, to strengthen its e-commerce, smartphone services and other businesses. The deal, announced this week in a statement from Softbank, will raise its stake in Yahoo Japan to 48 percent from about 43 percent. The three-way transaction between Altaba, SoftBank and Yahoo Japan will cut the stake of Altaba, which was formerly known as Yahoo, to 27 percent. SoftBank, a leading Japanese telecommunications company, has financial-technology, ride-booking services, solar energy and the Pepper human-shaped companion robot among its widespread businesses. It also owns British semiconductor company ARM, an innovator in the “internet of things,” and a Japanese…