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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on retirement speculation: ‘I ain’t old enough to think about retiring!’

“Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took to Twitter Sunday morning to refute speculation that he could consider retiring at the end of this season” writes Seattle Times Staff for seattletimes.com. Pete Carroll took to Twitter Sunday to refute speculation that he could think about retiring after this season. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

“Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions” writes Steve Scherer for aol.com. While war was the most obvious sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride”, many other transgressions had caused “human, social and environmental degradation”. Source: aol.com Share This:

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In China, cash is dead

“In major Chinese cities, paying by paper money is all but dead thanks to the convenience of mobile payment, which has now surged to US$5 trillion in the mainland” writes Daniel Ren for businessinsider.com. Globally, China takes a 42 per cent share of the world’s e-commerce transactions, processing 11 times more mobile payments than the United States, according to global consultancy McKinsey. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Snapchat and CEO Evan Spiegel reportedly dropped $4 million on a massive New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles — and Drake’s going to be there

“The company is reportedly flying in employees from around the world to be at the event, which will reportedly include a “105-foot DJ tower and pyrotechnics.”” writes Dvae Smith for businessinsider.com. Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. and its CEO Evan Spiegel are reportedly spending north of $4 million on their New Year’s Eve party tonight, according to documents obtained by TMZ. Snap’s party to close out 2017 will reportedly be held at L.A. Live, the massive entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes various restaurants, movie theatres, and venues. Source:…

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Cryptocurrency enjoys end-of-year surge – but will it endure?

“If 2017 was the year of bitcoin, the pioneering cryptocurrency that neared $20,000 in December, will 2018 be the year of Ripple?” writes unknown author for theguardian.com. Ripple continued to climb over the weekend, peaking at over $100bn, and now surpasses Ethereum ($72bn) as the second most valuable cryptocurrency after bitcoin ($237bn).According to Bloomberg, Ripple’s gains in 2017 have far outpaced the gains of Ethereum and bitcoin, which have gained roughly 9,000 and 1,400% year-to-date, respectively. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Security forces kill at least seven during protests

“Florence Marchal, spokeswoman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, said security forces had shot dead at least seven people in Kinshasa” reports theguardian.com. In tweets, the UN human rights office in Congo condemned “the use of force against peaceful demonstrators” and the “violent suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms by security forces”.A police spokesman said three people had been killed in altercations with security forces in the capital, Kinshasa, and that two of the deaths were being investigated.Kabila, whose mandate ended in December 2016, had agreed to set an…

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‘Veganuary’ becomes the latest New Year trend 

“‘Veganuary’ has become the latest trend for those looking to bring in the New Year with a detox as supermarkets have revealed an increase in demand for meat and dairy free food” writes Clive Aslet for telegraph.co.uk. The number of people committing to eat a vegan diet this month has risen from 1,500 in 2014 to 52,000 in 2018, making the UK the biggest market in the world for the challenge followed by the US. It comes as Waitrose reported five fold increase in searches for vegan food on their…

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2 protesters in Iran killed as social media apps blocked

“On Sunday, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov wrote on Twitter that authorities had blocked access to the app” writes Associated Press for washingtonexaminer.com. Videos circulating on social media late Saturday appeared to show fallen protesters in Doroud as gunshots sounded in the background.They were fanned in part by messages sent on the Telegram messaging app, which authorities blocked Sunday along with the photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by tech giant Facebook. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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