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where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger. But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give it a try. Now she is sold, and grateful for the handful of ride-hailing companies that have emerged to resolve a dilemma many parents face: How is it possible to pick up children from schools that end at 3 p.m. and drive them to multiple activities across town, all while holding a full-time job? The ride-hailing companies enable parents to summon a car — and in some cases childcare — for their little ones through smartphone apps.…

2 minutos
google reins in political advertising

Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for more specific groups — for instance, using information gleaned from public voter logs, such as political affiliation. The change will take effect in the UK in the next week, before the general election, and in the European Union before the end of 2019. It will apply everywhere else in early January. Google reiterated that ads making false claims are prohibited, adding that so-called deepfakes — realistic but false video clips — are not allowed. Neither are “demonstrably false” claims that could affect voter trust in…

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apple cancels premiere of ‘the banker’ over ‘concerns’

Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival. In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some concerns” surrounding “The Banker” and needs “some time to look into these matters.” An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate. The based-on-a-true-story film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Mackie plays Bernard Garrett who in the 1950s and ’60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds. The film is Apple’s boldest step yet into moviemaking. A theatrical release is scheduled for Dec. 6, after which it would be a part of the company’s…

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sibling rivalry, affection rule new season of ‘the crown’

Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, aka Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret in Netflix’s “The Crown,” are perched royally atop folding chairs as they hold court in a hotel suite serving as an interview room. The actresses chat and laugh easily together, a contrast to their characters’ often tense exchanges in the drama’s third season, released this week. Sibling rivalry and loyalty within Britain’s House of Windsor are key elements, involving the steady Elizabeth and her flamboyant sister as well as Elizabeth’s two older offspring, Charles and Anne. Margaret,described in one episode as essentially a leading lady forced to play a supporting role, is upset over allowing her personal life to be constrained by duty (last season, she bowed to pressure to break off an engagement) without benefit of glory. “Why…

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paypal buying shopping and rewards company honey for $4b

Payments platform PayPal says it is buying shopping and rewards company Honey Science Corp. for $4 billion. Founded in 2012, Honey helps people find online coupons and discounts while they shop online. It has about 17 million monthly users. PayPal Inc. said Wednesday the acquisition will help its merchants attract new customers by offering personalized deals and offers. It says it also hopes to reach shoppers earlier, not just when they are paying at checkout. PayPal says Honey will keep its headquarters in Los Angeles and its co-founders will join PayPal, which is based in San Jose. The acquisition comes amid growing competition in the online payments market.…

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china bats away rumors, says trade talks with us continue

China is working to resolve conflicts with Washington over trade, a Commerce Ministry official said Thursday, dismissing speculation the talks might be in trouble as inaccurate “rumors.” Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said he had no new information to release. But he said China was committed to working toward an agreement. “China is willing to address core concerns together with the U.S. on a basis of equality and mutual respect, and to work to conclude our discussions on the first phase” of a trade deal, Gao told reporters at a weekly briefing. “This will benefit China, the U.S. and the world,” Gao said. Financial markets have swung between elation and gloom in recent days as conflicting reports over the talks swirled. Some have cited officials saying they believe a deal is likely by the…