Celebrity chef ruined Israeli and Japanese Prime Ministers’ dinner: reports

An offensive cultural ‘faux pas’ ruined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dinner last week when their dessert was served in a shoe.

Serving food in a shoe may not mean anything in some cultures, but it has an especially offensive connotation in Japan.

“This was a stupid and insensitive decision,” a senior Israeli diplomat who served in Japan told the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Aharonot, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“There is nothing more despised in Japanese culture than shoes,” the diplomat said. “Not only do they not enter their houses while wearing shoes, you will not find shoes in their offices either. Even the prime minister, ministers and members of parliament do not wear shoes to work … It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig.”

What Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe, who prepared the dinner, is trying to accomplish by serving chocolate in a shoe remains unclear, but it has caused an uproar.

“No culture puts shoes on the table,” a Japanese diplomat told Yedioth Aharonot, according to The Post. “What precisely was this illustrious chef Segev thinking? If this is meant to be humor, we do not find it funny. I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister.”



Volcanic eruption hits Leilani Estates, thousands forced to evacuate: reports

The Kilauea eruption on Thursday has left opened the ground on the east side of Leilani Estates, a subdivision in Hawaii’s eastern Puna district exposing an angry red beneath the lush landscape. From the widening gash, molten rock burbled, and then shot dozens of it into the air.


Hawaii’s County Civil Defense Agency called it “active volcanic fountaining.” Some residents however, believed it was Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, coming to reclaim her land. Residents have been ordered to flee amid threat of fires and “extremely high levels of dangerous” sulfur dioxide gas.

According to the county civil defense agency, at least 10 such fissure vents were reported in the neighborhood as of Sunday night, including another two that had opened late Saturday night, which destroyed at least 26 homes.

“That number could change,” Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder told the Associated Press. “This is heartbreaking.”


The U.S. Geological Survey said some of the lava was shooting 330 feet into the air, which is higher than the tip of the Statue of Liberty torch.

Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the USGS said “as the eruption progresses, there will become a preferred pathway for the magma to go through. Some of the outer vents along this fissure line will start to close up and congeal because the lava is going to essentially harden.”

“Once that happens, lava fountains from the remaining open vents can shoot even higher — reaching up to 1,000 feet,” Stovall concluded.

Surprisingly, some photographers have followed the fissures that had formed, and posted dramatic photos and videos as lava shoot into the air or oozing across roads. Officials have urged everyone to leave Leilani Estate.


Steve Wozniak: Tech companies should be broken up

Apple’s Steve Wozniak is taking aim at big tech, saying the largest companies need breaking up.

“I am really against monopoly powers being used in unfair, antitrust manners—not opening up the world to equal competition […] and I think that’s happening a lot in Big Tech,” Wozniak told Bloomberg News.

“I’m pretty much in favor of looking into splitting up big companies. I mean, I wish Apple on its own had split up a long time ago and spun off independent divisions to faraway places and let them think independently the way Hewlett Packard did when I worked there,” the Apple cofounder said.

“I think Big Tech has gotten too big, it’s too powerful a force in our life and it’s taken our choices away,” Woz continued.

The apple co-founder focused on tech’s treatment of consumers, saying a plague of security issues over the last several years, along with privacy concerns, necessitates greater oversight.

“If you think you’re getting one level of protection—of your security and your safety and your knowledge about you—you should be getting that level,” Woz said. “If you send mail to somebody and say a few little things, ‘Hey my favorite color is green’ to my wife, well, that should be kinda private. It’s kinda like whispering in an ear. And it shouldn’t be that anyone else had access and heard it.”

Wozniak did have some kind words for his former company, saying Apple’s focus on user privacy should be a standard by which other companies adhere to.

“Making life easy is what we were known for in computers,” Wozniak told Bloomberg News. “And now Apple Pay, the Apple credit card, is even more secure.”


Oreo introduces three new cookie flavors as part of #MyOreoCreation contest

Oreo has launched three new limited-edition cookie flavors based on feedback from its customers, according to a report by Fortune. The new flavors include cherry cola, kettle corn, and pina colada. All three cookie flavors are currently available in stores now.

Oreo is asking its fans to vote for their favorite of the three cookie flavors. The winner of the cookie battle will net the inventor of the flavor a cool $500,000. Voting continues until June 30.

The introduction of the three Oreo flavors was part of the company’s #MyOreoCreation Contest. Other flavors suggested but rejected by the company included avocado, carrot cake, coffee, pineapple upside-down cake, and salted caramel. The flavors were tried but failed miserably and never made their way to market.

This is not Oreo’s first foray into introducing outlandish flavors to its cookie line. The company has also sold Peeps and Swedish Fish flavor profiles of the famous Oreo cookie. In addition, in December, Oreo introduced a Fruity Pebbles flavored cookie as a mystery cookie that kept customers guessing for two months on what the actual taste was. The company finally confirmed the flavor with an announcement but only after significant hype was built by the unknown flavor.


Budweiser launches new Freedom Reserve Red Lager for a limited time

Budweiser has announced a new beer that was inspired by a handwritten recipe from George Washington, according to a report by Fox News. The Freedom Reserve Red Lager expands the company’s Reserve Collection which also includes the patriotic America beer.

The recipe for the Freedom Reserve Red Lager was written by Washington in 1757 in his own personal military journal. The recipe, titled “To Make Small Beer,” provides detail instructions on how to brew and batch the lager.

Budweiser will brew the limited-edition beer with the assistance of its veteran employees. The employees will include their signature on the vintage bottles and pint cans the lager will be sold in. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer will go towards Folds of Honor – a nonprofit dedicated to providing military families educational scholarships. Budweiser has raised a total of $14 million for Folds of Honor to date.

Details and flavor profile of the Freedom Reserve include a full-bodied taste that is brewed by using toasted barley grains. The beer finishes with a hint of molasses. It also has a touch of hops and a caramel malt flavor.

Budweiser will offer the lager starting in May through Sept. 30 or until limited supplies of the beer run out.


Google Adsense announces policy changes

Google Adsense is making some changes. The tech giant announced Wednesday that some changes are coming to the advertising platform.

“In September 2019, we’re launching changes to some of our content policies across our publisher products (AdSense, AdMob, and Ad Manager),” Google said in an email sent out to publishers.

Google cited concerns from publishers as its main reasoning for implementing the change.

“One of the top requests we hear from publishers is that they want us to simplify and streamline our policies,” said Google.

Among the policy changes coming include:

• Google Publisher Policies, which outline the types of content we won’t monetize through any of our publisher products. These include: Illegal Content, Child Sexual Abuse Material & Pedophilia, Sexually Explicit Content, Adult Themes in Family Content, Intellectual Property Abuse, Endangered or Threatened Species, Dangerous or Derogatory Content, Enabling Dishonest Behavior, Misrepresentative Content, Malicious or Unwanted Software, and Mail Order Brides.

• Google Publisher Restrictions, which outline the types of content which will receive restricted sources of advertising. These include: Sexual Content, Shocking Content, Explosives, Guns, Gun Parts & Related Products, Other Weapons, Tobacco, Recreational Drugs, Alcohol Sales and Misuse, Online Gambling, Prescription Drugs, and Unapproved Pharmaceuticals and Supplements. Google Ads (formerly AdWords) will continue not to serve on any of this restricted content; it will only receive ads from other advertising products or via the use of direct deals between publishers and advertisers.

• Alignment across our publisher products, bringing simplicity, consistency, and ease of understanding, regardless of the product(s) you choose to use.


Gibson files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Gibson Brands Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a report by the Los Angles Times. The company has filed for debt relief with a turnaround plan that is designed to provide its lenders equity ownership in the company.

Through a restructuring support agreement with Gibson’s senior secured noteholders, bank loans will be repaid while also initiating a change of control. The petition filed placed Gibson’s debt up to $500 million. Lenders of the company will allow for an operating loan up to $135 million to continue operations of the company going forward.

With the change in control, noteholders will be given equity in the company replacing several key stockholders including Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz. Senior noteholders include Silver Point Capital, Melody Capital Partners LP, and KKR Credit Advisors.
With the restructuring of the company, Gibson will be allowed to shutter its consumer-electronics division. Gibson has placed blame on the division for its financial shortcomings.

Juszkiewicz will continue with the company as it moves through the bankruptcy process to allow for a smooth transition. A one-year consulting deal and compensation package have been marked for Juszkiewicz with Gibson’s court bankruptcy filing.

Founded in 1894, Gibson has sold more than 170,000 guitars a year in 80 countries around the world.


Microsoft announces Surface event on October 2nd

One of the world’s largest tech companies by volume revealed that its next Surface event will take place on October 2, 2019. Invitations were sent out to members of the press, featuring a Surface logo against a dark background.

The event could put Microsoft back in the tablet spotlight, with updates to the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and possibly the Surface Book 2. A new Surface Studio was launched last year and Microsoft’s development cycle, leading experts to conclude an updated version remains a way off.

The software maker has started sending invites to the media today, asking for a “moment of your time.” The event will start at 4PM ET / 1PM PT on October 2nd, and focus on Microsoft’s latest hardware, software, and services. While there have been rumors of an “Andromeda” dual-screen device, though it remains unclear whether the event will include more information on product development, or whether developers will reveal a working example.

The fall event will also likely include a focus on Microsoft’s services and hardware across both home and work, and how apps like Your Phone play into that.

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Microsoft: Some Windows 7 will get free security updates

TechCrunch is reporting that a limitedly distributed document may reveal Microsoft’s willingness to extend security patches for users of Windows 7 OS.

“A little-publicized document published by Microsoft says top-tier customers with Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5 and Government E5 subscriptions will get extended security updates for a year at no additional charge. After the year expires, Microsoft will charge each enterprise device $50 to receive updates for a second year and $100 per device for a third year,” the tech site reports. “Qualifying subscriptions must remain active until the end of the year and throughout the extended security updates period to continue to receive security updates, the document said.”

While the security patches are likely limited to certain users of the OS, it does seem as if Microsoft is concerned with users switching to Windows 10. The company announced that a final cut-off for extended security updates in January 2023 will take place, and recommends users upgrade to Windows 10, or obtain extended security updates as a “last resort.”