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California governor signs law to bar restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — California has passed a law that will ban restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws in an effort to help protect the environment, particularly the ocean and marine life. “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Gov. Jerry Brown of…read more »

Apple’s biggest, most expensive iPhone hits stores

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple’s biggest and most expensive phones — the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — went on sale on Friday, as some analysts wondered if the high prices will turn off customers. The cheapest new Xs model starts at $999 for 64GB in memory. The phone that Apple refers to…read more »

Amazon unveils 70 new devices and features in surprise announcement

Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon is unveiling 70 new devices and features, the largest ever dropped in one day, the company said.Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices introduced the products in a surprise announcement at its headquarters at The Seattle Spheres, according to the company’s live blog.The first device to be unveiled was the…read more »

Do Facebook ads discriminate against women? ACLU files complaint saying ‘yes’

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook allows employers to discriminate against women by targeting job listings toward men only — specifically in traditionally male-dominated fields, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.The ACLU, along with employment law firm Outten & Golden and the Communications Workers of America, filed charges on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…read more »

United’s new boarding method is designed to slash your time in line

United Airlines(NEW YORK) — Airline passengers crowding around the gate, waiting for their group to be called, has plagued the flight boarding process for a long time. But United Airlines believes its new, simplified approach to boarding will help alleviate the problem.The idea began about a year ago when an increasing number of customers complained…read more »

Tesla confirms federal probe over Musk tweets, sending shares lower

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — Tesla shares tumbled on Tuesday amid reports of a potential criminal probe over its chief executive officer’s statements about taking the company private. The electric carmaker said it agreed to hand over documents to the Department of Justice in connection with CEO Elon Musk’s tweets about taking the publicly traded company…read more »

New birthday cake-flavored Oreos celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Mickey Mouse is turning 90 this year! For his big birthday, the chief mouse doesn’t just get a basic birthday cake. He gets his very own custom Oreos, of course!Disney teamed up with milk’s favorite cookie, Oreo, to mark the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with limited-edition birthday cake-flavored Oreos.There are…read more »