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10.09.16 | 9:40 pm

When Clinton unloads on Trump over “locker room” talk, he dodges and then attacks Bill

It got heated right from the start, with questions about the biggest story of the last 48 hours conveniently front-loaded into the second presidential debate. Hillary Clinton was quick to point out that the tape released by the Washington Post of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women shows that he is unfit to be president, as she's been saying for months during the campaign. 

"It's just words, folks," Trump responded. "I heard this when she was running for the Senate in New York, she said she was going to bring back jobs to the inner cities in New York, she failed . . ."  

"She's tells African Americans she wants their vote, but she's done a terrible job for African Americans," Trump said.

But the moderator Martha Raddatz quickly put Trump back on the point, calling the Washington Post story the most talked-about story in the 2016 campaign. So Trump quickly pivoted to talking about Bill Clinton's exploits while in the White House. 

"Mine were words," Trump said, "His were actions—there's never been anyone more abusive to women in the history of politics." And he pointed out that the four women who claim they were assaulted by Bill Clinton (which he has vigorously denied) are sitting in the audience for the debate.

"He was impeached and lost his license to practice law," Trump said of Clinton.

Trump said he apologized about the "words" used in the Washington Post recordings and stressed that he did not assault any women.

12.09.16 | 43 minutes ago

Here are the five ways you can get banned from Uber

They may seem pretty obvious, but the offensive behaviors that can get you banned from Uber are finally being officially posted by the ride-sharing service. "If we are made aware of these kinds of problematic behavior, we will contact you so we can investigate them," emphasizes Uber, noting that the company can put a hold on your account while it investigates your misdeed.

• Damaging drivers' or other passengers' property. That includes spilling food or drink, smoking, and vomiting (due to excessive alcohol consumption).

• Physical contact with the driver or fellow riders. No touching, flirting, or having sex with other people in the car. 

• Use of inappropriate and abusive language or gestures. That includes "overly personal questions," verbal threats, and comments deemed "aggressive, sexual, discriminatory, or disrespectful."

• Unwanted contact with the driver or fellow passenger after the trip is over. No texting, calling, or visiting your new "friends" if they're not into it.

• Breaking the local law while using Uber. That could include bringing open containers of alcohol or drugs, asking a driver to break the speed limit, and using Uber to commit a crime like human trafficking.

12.09.16 | an hour ago

As a test, Google is including movie and TV ratings within search results

Now maybe you'll think twice about seeing Office Christmas Party after searching for movie theaters in your neighborhood. Google is testing a new feature that includes movie and TV ratings—from Rotten Tomatoes (which gave the aforementioned comedy a 43% rating) and IMDb within search results, reports Search Engine Land. It's a little crude, so don't expect those types of numerical ratings. With Google, you can expect just two choices: like or dislike.

12.09.16 | an hour ago

Morning intel: Tinder CEO is out again, researchers find preserved dino tail

Sean Rad, the founder of dating app Tinder, is stepping down as CEO for the second time since 2015. Rad will stay on as chairman while Gregg Blatt, currently head of Match Group (which owns Tinder), will become Tinder's CEO.

• Researchers discovered a feathered dinosaur tail preserved in 99-million-year-old amber. The tail likely belonged to a flightless, sparrow-size dinosaur.

• For the first time since 1993, the average U.S. life expectancy has fallen—to age 78.8 from age 78.9. The decline is due to various factors, including a rise in death rates from suicide, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease.

• A damning new report by the World Anti-Doping Agency reveals the details of a massive athlete doping program in Russia. The evidence implicates more than 1,000 athletes, including Olympic medalists.

12.09.16 | 3 hours ago

Magic Leap appears to be a long way off from reality

The augmented reality company whose gotten investment from tech heavyweights including Google, appears to still be years away from shipping an actual AR product—and what they have in the labs now appears to be inferior to the tech they've been claiming, reports the Information. Among the findings of the Information's look into the company:

• It appears the demo video Magic Leap released earlier this year, which purported to show employees using the tech to play an augmented reality FPS in the office, was created entirely using special effects. While the video always had the logo of the visual effects studio Weta Workshop on it, it was previously believed the studio made the graphics for the game and not the video itself

• The Information says the misleading "product demo" was used to recruit engineers

• The Information did receive a product demo of Magic Leap's tech as it is now and they say it is greatly inferior to AR tech that Microsoft is putting out with its HoloLens development kit, noting that images produced by it are more jittery and blurrier than those produced by the HoloLens

• The main bottleneck in Magic Leap's tech appears to do with the company's fiber scanning display. This display shines a laser through a fiber optic cable that draws images out of light by rapidly moving back and forth. Apparently, Magic Leap has not been able to get the fiber scanning display to work. Magic Leap had hoped the technology would allow it to shrink the hardware down small enough to wear as glasses, untethered from a computer—but that now appears to be a goal that is still far off.

12.09.16 | 6:02 am

Sean Rad is stepping down as Tinder’s CEO again—and this time it was 80% his idea

But he's not leaving the company he founded entirely, reports Recode. Rad will become Tinder's chairman with Match Group CEO Greg Blatt slipping into the role of Tinder's new CEO. Rad will now run an investment vehicle inside Match Group called Swipe Ventures that aims to "expand Tinder's footprint through acquisitions, development of new businesses, and investments in new and existing businesses, all within the dating and the broader social space," according to a press release. Unlike the first time Rad stepped down as CEO, where he was pushed out of the role in 2015, Rad says this move was "80% my idea." He went on to say: "It was certainly initiated by me and it took a while to get everyone comfortable with it, but I think I successfully was able to get everybody to realize why this is the best thing for the company in the long run."

12.09.16 | 5:53 am

Hillary Clinton: Fake news puts lives at risk and threatens American democracy

The former Democratic presidential candidate has called for urgent action to tackle the widespread problem of fake news proliferating on sites like Facebook and Google, reports the BBC. Clinton commented on the phenomena days after a man was arrested after going to a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor armed with a gun to "investigate" the bogus "pizzagate" story, which alleges a Democratic pedophile ring is being run from the pizzeria's basement. Speaking to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Clinton said:

"This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It is a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly."

12.08.16 | 6:50 pm

Evening intel: salary secrets, Trump’s credits, heroin deaths 

• In what is being called a big win for equal pay, Philadelphia will soon become the first U.S. city to prohibit employers from asking job candidates how much money they make. The proposed legislation passed the City Council today and will now head to the desk of mayor Jim Kenney, who is expected to sign it.

Variety's Cynthia Littleton has a great scoop about Donald Trump's status as an executive producer on Celebrity Apprentice, which will apparently continue even after he is sworn in. I guess, MGM forgot how to say, "You're fired." 

Fatal overdoses from heroin spiked in 2015, according to new data from the CDC. The drug killed 12,989 people last year, an increase of more than 2,000 deaths. Deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl are also skyrocketing. 

• Shares of Time Inc. jumped 9% today on reports that the magazine giant is exploring a sale. The owner of household-name brands including People, Fortune, Time, and Sports Illustrated spun off from Time Warner in 2014, but it has struggled with declining print revenues and a digital business that's not growing fast enough.

• And finally, if you were born in the 1980s, this map from researchers at the Equality of Opportunity Project will show you your chances of reaching upward mobility. It all depends on where you live.

12.08.16 | 5:34 pm

Spotify puts SoundCloud acquisition on hold—for now?

From the looks of it, Spotify won't be buying SoundCloud anytime soon. The acquisition, over which the music streaming companies were reportedly in serious talks, is apparently now on hold. Spotify has been sharpening its focus on filing for an IPO next year while SoundCloud tries to establish itself as a freemium subscription service

Even though lots of people think a Spotify-SoundCloud merger would make a ton of sense from a product and data standpoint, the pricey prospect (SoundCloud would likely cost around $1 billion) evidently doesn't make enough business sense to justify the distraction while Spotify gets ready to go public. But who knows? If nobody else snatches up SoundCloud (whose relatively new subscription business is growing, but still small), Spotify might be able to get a better deal on it down the line. 

12.08.16 | 4:54 pm

Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are leading the retail chain takeover of NYC

It's not your imagination—there are more places to buy coffee and doughnuts in New York City, and they're almost all green or pink. Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are leading a group of national retailers that have significantly expanded their footprints in the country's largest city this year, with more than 700 locations between them. That's according to the latest "State of the Chains" report from the Center for an Urban Future. 

Overall, the group measured a 1.2% increase in the number of store locations over the last year, marking the eighth consecutive year of growth for national chains operating in the city. Dunkin' Donuts alone added 24 locations citywide, topping the list in net adds. The chart below shows other retailers making gains. You can read the full report here

12.08.16 | 4:36 pm

The internet is freaking out about Trump’s rumored FDA pick

Trump's transition team is said to be considering Jim O'Neill, a managing director of Peter Thiel's Mithril Capital, as the new chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Bloomberg first reported the news yesterday. 

Some are optimistic about the pick (O'Neill has advocated for somewhat controversial ways for FDA to approve drugs faster); others have pointed to O'Neill's lack of experience as he doesn't have a medical background. Here are some of the top tweets: 

12.08.16 | 4:30 pm

Osmo expands its “AR for kids” product vision with new partners Mattel, Houghton Mifflin, Sesame Workshop

Osmo, maker of augmented reality toys and games, today announced $24 million in new funding alongside partnerships with three leading children's brands. The company, cofounded by former Google engineer Pramod Sharma, launched its first product in 2014 and unveiled a new iPad app called Osmo Monster in August. 

"We think of Osmo as the intersection of learning, play and, entertainment," says Sharma, CEO and father of two. 

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, which sells to both parents and schools, plans to develop new products in collaboration with each of its new partners over the next couple of years.

12.08.16 | 3:12 pm

Born in the 1980s? This map shows your chances of being upwardly mobile

Researchers at the Equality of Opportunity Project have mapped out upward mobility rates for people born in the 1980s. The results were released today as part of a new report called "The Fading American Dream," which looks at the declining percentage of Americans who earn more than their parents. 

As the map below highlights, rates of upward mobility—measured here by the fraction of children born in the 1980s who reached the top 20% of income distribution despite having parents in the bottom 20%—differ greatly around the country. Upward mobility is lower or nonexistent in large swaths of the deep South and Rust Belt but higher along the West Coast and Great Plains. 

The Equality of Opportunity Project is led by Stanford's Raj Chetty and Harvard's Nathaniel Hendren. Read the full report here.

[Photo: Equality of Opportunity Project]