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Trump fires communications chief Scaramucci in new White House upheaval

Trump fires communications chief Scaramucci in new White House upheaval WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump fired his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, on Monday over an obscene tirade, just over a week after naming him to the job, sources familiar with the decision said, in the latest staff upheaval to hit the Republican’s six-month-old administration. Scaramucci’s departure follows one of the rockiest weeks of Trump’s presidency in which a major Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system failed in Congress and both his spokesman and previous chief of…

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Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids

Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids Facebook and Autodesk, have partnered with non-profit organization Inneract Project, which is geared toward bringing design to young people in underserved communities through free, hands-on classes and mentorship. With the support of Autodesk and Facebook, Inneract Project has been able to hire two full-time employees, an operations managers and a project leader coordinator. The organization is also able to bring on a few part-time people, Inneract Founder and Executive Director Maurice Woods told me. “More importantly, what it’s done…

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AMD’s new $499 RX Vega 64 and $399 Vega 56 top-end graphics cards launch in August

AMD’s new 9 RX Vega 64 and 9 Vega 56 top-end graphics cards launch in August It’s high time for launch details regarding new AMD RX Vega cards that were teased in May  — high-end graphics cards designed to challenge NVIDIA’s domination with the GTX 1080 and 1070. Both cards are going on sale August 14, at $499 for the Radeon RX Vega 64 and $399 for the Radeon RX Vega 56. For the specs intro, the RX Vega 64’s core specs include 64 compute units, a base clock of…

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Pandora comes out with a surprisingly positive Q2 after months of chaos

Pandora comes out with a surprisingly positive Q2 after months of chaos Pandora is probably breathing a small sigh of relief after months of chaos have still ended with a positive second quarter, sending the shares up more than 7% in extended trading. Pandora has certainly had an interesting second quarter, capping off the drama with CEO Tim Westergren stepping down at the end of June. It also sold Ticketfly at a pretty big loss, pondered selling a big stake in the company to private equity firm KKR with some…

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Real estate site Redfin up 11% on stock market day two

Real estate site Redfin up 11% on stock market day two Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site, had a great first couple days on the stock market. After pricing above the expected range at $15 per share, the stock closed Friday up about 45% at almost $22. Today, shares were up another 11%, closing above $24. With a market cap approaching $2 billion, it’s more than double than the $770 million valuation that Redfin achieved in its last private round. But CEO Glenn Kelman is keeping expectations in check. In…

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Britain to deepen trade globally as Brexit looms in 2019 – Hammond

Britain to deepen trade globally as Brexit looms in 2019 – Hammond BRASILIA (Reuters) – Britain will seek to deepen ties with trading partners around the world, including Brazil, as it prepares to leave the European Union by March 2019, chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond said on Monday during a visit to Brasilia. Hammond said the British departure from the EU will not be postponed or delayed. “We will seek to build up our trade in both directions with those partners over the coming years, as we leave the…

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Communications chief Scaramucci out in new White House upheaval

Communications chief Scaramucci out in new White House upheaval WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is leaving the job after little over a week, the White House said on Monday, in the latest staff upheaval to hit the Republican’s six-month-old presidency. Days after Scaramucci launched a profanity-laced tirade against fellow aides, the New York Times and Politico reported on Monday that Trump removed him at the request of the new White House chief of staff, retired General John Kelly. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his…

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Lost My Name, the tech-driven kids book publisher, raises $8.5M and partners with Roald Dahl Estate

Lost My Name, the tech-driven kids book publisher, raises .5M and partners with Roald Dahl Estate Lost My Name, the London-based startup that uses tech to create and publish personalised story books for children, has raised $8.5 million in Series B funding. It is also revealing an upcoming tie-in with the Roald Dahl Estate, owners of IP such as Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The round was led by Ravensburger, a leading European publisher of games, puzzles, and children’s books. so is a strategic investment of sorts. Existing investors, Google Ventures,…

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Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple Spotify’s singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in under a year, while it’s taken Apple Music over a year and a half to make that progress. Spotify now has 60 million subscribers, compared to Apple Music’s 27 million as of June. Spotify’s ability to accelerate its growth rate despite competition from arguably the world’s most powerful company is a…

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Angelina Jolie 'upset' over backlash to Cambodia film casting process

Angelina Jolie 'upset' over backlash to Cambodia film casting process LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie responded to growing backlash over the casting process for her latest film, saying she was “upset” that an improvised scene during auditions had been misconstrued as taking real money away from impoverished children. In a Vanity Fair interview published last week about her film “First They Killed My Father,” Jolie described a game played by the casting directors with the young Cambodian children auditioning for the lead role of Loung Ung. Jolie, a special…

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