Global Immigration

Retired federal judges offer to help immigration case backlog” – CNN

“The number of pending cases in US immigration courts hit a record high this year and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. With more than 700,000 open cases as of May, judges face a heavy case load. To alleviate the burden, two retired federal judges have proposed a solution: bring jurists like them back to the bench.” Read More

“The Government Has Decided That Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Are Ineligible to Be Reunited with Their Kids. Who Are They?” – New Yorker

“Before the Trump Administration ended its policy of forcibly separating immigrant parents from their children at the border, late last month, more than twenty-five hundred children wound up in federal custody. Whether and when these children will be reunited with their parents is now the subject of a court fight.” Read More

“Plus de 600 migrants franchissent la clôture de Ceuta en faisant des blesses” – Le Monde

“De la chaux vive et des excréments contre les policiers. Jeudi 26 juillet, plus de 600 migrants africains ont réussi à entrer dans l’enclave espagnole de Ceuta, au nord du Maroc. Avec Melilla, la ville est l’une des deux seules frontières terrestres entre l’Afrique et l’Union européenne. Pour les migrants, y pénétrer est l’une des rares façons de pouvoir déposer une demande d’asile auprès de l’Espagne.” Lire la suite

Tech

“Twitter Stock Drops After User Numbers Decline” – New York Times

“Twitter reported a decline in monthly active users on Friday, another sign of trouble for President Trump’s favored social network, which has struggled in recent months to tackle accusations of political bias and eliminate vast numbers of fake accounts.” Read More

“Google executive warns of face ID bias” – BBC Tech

“Facial recognition technology does not yet have “the diversity it needs” and has “inherent biases”, a top Google executive has warned. The remarks, from the firm’s director of cloud computing, Diane Greene, came after rival Amazon’s software wrongly identified 28 members of Congress, disproportionately people of colour, as police suspects.” Read More

“The incredible rise of Pinduoduo, China’s newest force in e-commerce” – TechCrunch

“From Alibaba to JD, China is not short of e-commerce powerhouses. Although the country’s e-commerce market is highly consolidated, it’s not impossible for startup teams to crack this market as long as they are solving the right problems for the right group of customers.” Read More

Entertainment

“Disney, Fox Shareholders Approve $71.3 Billion Deal” – Hollywood Reporter

“Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox shareholders on Friday voted in favor of a $71.3 billion deal, in which Disney will acquire large parts of Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film and TV studios, Fox’s entertainment cable networks and its international assets. Disney’s and Fox’s special shareholder meetings on the deal took place at New York Hilton Midtown hotel.” Read More

“Are Rap Albums Really Getting Longer?” – Pitchfork

“So far, 2018 has been dominated by a seemingly endless run of huge rap records with intimidatingly long tracklists and runtimes: Eminem, Migos, Post Malone, G-Eazy, and Drake have all held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart this year with LPs that include at least 18 tracks and run for more than an hour.” Read More
“Leaders Of 12 Of IATSE’s 13 Hollywood Locals To Recommend Ratification Of Tentative Deal” – Deadline

“Today’s tentative agreement on a new IATSE film and TV contract is being recommended for membership ratification by leaders of 12 of IATSE’s 13 Hollywood locals, including two of its three national locals – Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Art Directors Guild Local 800. Only the Editors Guild Local 700 is opposed.” Read More

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