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    Web startup Sqoot loses sponsorship after failed advert deemed sexist by social media

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 Within 24-hours of posting a web advertisement for an upcoming hackathon in Boston, Massachusetts, web startup Sqoot has lost four sponsors for the event, in what has been described as the “worst startup PR crisis in recent history.” This caused them to postpone the event and apologize in response to thousands of tweets that opposed the advert and found its content sexist. On March 20, Sqoot, an API provider that delivers daily deals like Groupon and Gilt City, posted an online advert for their upcoming Boston API Jam. The advert promoted various perks for the event, including an in-house DJ, cocktails, food trucks and access to…

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    Soft drink foes cheer victory, lament remaining junk foods in schools

    Monday, May 8, 2006 Last week’s announcement that most soda manufacturers will stop selling their sugary products in U.S. schools did not mention that avoiding lawsuits was part of the motivation for the self-imposed ban. Some of those who threatened legal action to stop the soda sales are patting themselves on the back over the agreement, while lamenting that the deal did not go far enough, and now plan to press for more restrictions. “Though there is room for improvement — sugary “sports” drinks still will be sold in schools, for instance — this voluntary agreement is certainly good enough that CSPI will drop its planned lawsuit against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo,…

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    Wikinews interviews Mario J. Lucero and Isabel Ruiz of Heaven Sent Gaming

    Friday, November 7, 2014Albuquerque, New Mexico —Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also…

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    UK energy companies announce that prices for bills could increase

    Saturday, September 19, 2009 Six energy companies in the United Kingdom have announced that it is likely that the prices for energy bills could increase over the course of 2010. The companies, which are nicknamed the “big six” in the United Kingdom, did not pass on information that there would be price cuts in energy bills despite increasing profits. However, the companies have in fact sent a message in response saying that the prices of bills may even increase over the course of the next year. Energy company watchdog the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) have estimated that energy companies will make gross margins of £170 ($276) per…

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    The Cost Of A New Furnace And Air Conditioner? 5 Factors That Influence Price

    Click Here For More Specific Information On: Tozer Air By Everett Maclachlan The price of the furnace or the air conditioner you buy will depend on the capability the device has. Most people go by the estimates that are commonly made by their friends and relatives around them. A great way to get the right opinion is by talking to the neighbor who has the same size of the house and the same building material has been used as in your house. The power cost in your area is another major factor about your decision of which new air conditioner or a new furnace is to be bought. 1. Ratings:…

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    Death sentences in 2008 Chinese tainted milk scandal

    Monday, January 26, 2009 On Thursday, the municipal intermediate people’s court in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China pronounced sentences for 21 defendants implicated in the 2008 Chinese milk scandal which killed at least six infants and sickened nearly 300,000 others. In the local court’s decision, 17 accused were indicted for the crimes of “producing, adding melamine-laced ‘protein powder’ to infant milk or selling tainted, fake and substandard milk to Sanlu Group or 21 other dairy companies, including six who were charged with the crime of endangering public security by dangerous means.” Four other courts in Wuji County, in Hebei, China had also tried cases on the milk scandal. Zhang Yujun, age…

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    News briefs:January 04, 2008

    Contents 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through…

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    Wikinews interviews Stephen Murphy about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 With two by-elections coming up in Australia, many minor parties and independents will be looking to gain a seat in the House of Representatives. Stephen Murphy is one of the independents. Mr Murphy is a computer programmer from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. “After growing up in South-East Melbourne I studied Science at Monash with first class Honours, worked in Europe for 10 years and have recently returned to Australia. I work in finance as a computer programmer and speak five languages,” Mr Murphy said. Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett held an exclusive email interview with Mr Murphy, candidate for the Division of Higgins. ((WN)) Why do…

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    Lap Band Surgery: A Sophisticated Method To Help Reduce Excess Weight

    Click Here For More Specific Information On: Gastric Bypass California LAP BAND SURGERY: A SOPHISTICATED METHOD TO HELP REDUCE EXCESS WEIGHT by Seenath A laparoscopic band is a silicone device that is wrapped around the top portion of the stomach. It is used in the treatment of obesity. The main function of this surgery is to slow down the consumption of foods and thus the amount of foods consumed. Lap band surgery is recommended only for patients who have a body mass index of 40 and above. Patients having a BMI between 35 to 40 with related co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea etc are also eligible for this…

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    Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

    Sunday, August 21, 2005 A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample. If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric…