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Alisyn Camerota accuses Ailes of sexual harassment

Former Fox News anchor, Alisyn Camerota accused former Fox News chief, Roger E. Ailes of sexual harassment.

Mr. Ailes was fired from Fox News in July after multiple female employees accused him of sexually harassing them. A law firm hired by 21st Century Fox took statements from at least six women. Camerota spoke out about the behavior of Mr. Ailes during an interview on the CNN program, Reliable Sources.

“Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,” said Camerota. “I remember being in Roger’s office saying I wanted more opportunities and he said: ‘Well, I would have to work with you — I would have to work with you really closely — and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here. And it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I am saying?’”

Former Fox News anchor, Gretchen Carlson, was another voice that accused Ailes of adding to a culture of sexual misconduct at Fox News, the network he built into one of the most powerful in the world. Lawyer for Ailes, Susan Estrich, argued that the claims from Camerota were untrue and invalid.

“These are unsubstantiated and false allegations,” said Ms. Estrich. “Mr. Ailes never engaged in the inappropriate conversations she now claims occurred, and he vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News’s editorial policy.”

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Bill Cosby defense rests, calls just one witness

Bill Cosby’s legal team rested its defense case Monday morning after calling just a single witness. The actor-comedian has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated sexual assault against Andrea Constand, 44, in 2004. Cosby claims the contact was consensual.

Cosby, 79, told the judge under oath that he concurred with his lawyers and would not testify in his own defense.

Defense attorneys took only six minutes before they rested their case after calling just one witness, Sergeant Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Township Police Department, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Cosby arrived at the Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse with his wife, Camille.

“Camille is standing by him and there appears to be no shift in her feelings about this,” a source told People. “They have been married for over 50 years and she loves him. Of course, it’s very painful for Camille to go through this. For both of them, it’s a nightmare every day.”

Other supporters have accompanied Cosby to court, including Sheila Frazer, 68, who co-starred with him in Neil Simon’s 1978 film ‘California Suite,’ and Keshia Knight Pullman, 38, who played the Cosby character Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s youngest daughter on ‘The Cosby Show.’

But Lili Bernard, also a former actress on the popular TV series, was seen in court supporting Constand. Bernard also has accused Cosby of sexual assault.

As many as 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them, but statutes of limitations prevent them from pursuing legal action. If convicted, the actor could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Rolling Stone settles lawsuit with university fraternity over debunked rape story

After three years, a fraternity associated with the University of Virginia has agreed to accept $1.65 million from Rolling Stone magazine in settlement of a defamation suit arising from the publication of a since-retracted story about an alleged gang-rape on campus, a report by ABC News said.

“The Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has agreed to settle and dismiss its defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely arising from the magazine’s publication of the November, 2014 article A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,” the fraternity said in a statement, as reported by ABC News. “It has been nearly three years since we and the entire University of Virginia community were shocked by the now infamous article, and we are pleased to be able to close the book on that trying ordeal and its aftermath.”

The retracted story, written by Sabrina Erdely, involved a young woman called “Jackie” who claimed to have been gang-raped UV’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity during her first year at school.

The fraternity has pledged that a substantial part of the settlement amount will go to organizations involved in preventing and treating sexual assault.

“The chapter looks forward to donating a significant portion of its settlement proceeds to organizations that provide sexual assault awareness education, prevention training and victim counseling services on college campuses,” the statement said.

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Apple’s CEO Cook Given pay cut as sales slump

Apple has just experienced its first sales drop in 15 years after the sales of iPhone took a downward trend. This, in turn, has led to the company’s CEO Tim Cook being handed a 15 percent pay cut.

The Company said that the sales of iPhones had gone down and revenues had dropped, citing that as the reason the company was forced to cut Cooks pay along with all its top executives. But looking at the figures, Cook will not have a reason to complain as he has still done extremely well.

The compensation package went from $10.3 million for the past year to $8.7 million for the fiscal year that ended in September.

According to the latest figures from the company, sales decreased by 8 percent to $216 billion, while the operating profit decreased by 16 percent to $60 Billion. The iPhone was responsible for the decline in all their products.

It was also the first time since 2001 that annual revenue dropped since Steve Jobs launched the musical player iPod. This then produced the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone changed the way we look at phones, and despite its high price and competition from other brands, it became a very sort of status symbol, defying all the odds.

Apple had anticipated a sales drop, but not a steep one like the one that occurred. There is still hope that sales could have rebounded over the holiday season, but we will find that out when the quarterly results, that include the festive season will be released in towards the end of this month.

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A hacker creates a way to steal all your passwords from your Chrome browser

Only weeks after Google’s Chrome was stated to be the biggest browser in the world a hacker has come forth and explained how easy it is to steal information of the browser.

The hacker explained that he used the auto fill sequence so popular with modern browsers. What he does is send a bait site to the unsuspecting hack victim.

These are often dummy sites that resemble popular well-rated websites. The victim will often use the auto fill option and send the details of the login to the hacker.

“A hack has been discovered in some modern web browsers that can use the “Autofill” feature to allow cyber thieves to view user names, emails and even passwords,” said David Snelling from Express UK.

But this technique has been used for a while now so what makes this new method different. The hacker explained that with his method Chrome doesn’t just send the details of that particular login. Instead, it sends all the save passwords and personal information.

The information includes CVV numbers, bank account information and every other piece of information saved in your browser.

This could be catastrophic if not looked into because many people today have all their bank and personal setting saved on Chrome.

The hacker explained that the worst part is that he did not need any specialized tool to carry our his malice just the chrome browser.

But it’s not just Chrome that is susceptible to this hacking. All the modern browsers that have the ability to auto-fill your information can suffer this.

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Beyonce, Jay Z album released on streaming services

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s latest album, Everything is Love, has been released on Spotify Premium, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, according to Insider.

The surprise album was first released on two days ago exclusively on Tidal, Jay-Z’s own digital music service. Given the power couple’s seeming disregard for streaming numbers and Spotify in particular, the short window of exclusivity was unexpected, leaving fans to question Tidal’s future and speculate that the service may be in trouble.

In May, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv accused Tidal of overstating streaming stats for Beyonce and Kanye West by several hundred million, according to Business Insider. According to the yearlong investigation, which began when the newspaper received a hard drive containing Tidal’s data, the service inflated the number of times individual users played tracks and reported those numbers to record labels, which then paid out royalties based on the false numbers.

Tidal responded to the investigation in a statement calling it a “smear campaign.”

The service has also run into dispute with Kanye West, who originally released his album The Life of Pablo as a Tidal exclusive in February 2016 before making it available on other streaming services just a few days after its release.

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Lachlan Murdoch to lead ‘new Fox’

Lachlan Murdoch was named chairman and CEO of “new Fox,” a company that will include the 21st Century Fox assets that are not expected to be purchased by Disney, on Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. These assets include Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, and the Fox broadcast network, among others.

CFO John Nallen will become the COO of the new company, while Rupert Murdoch will be co-chairman with his son.

“The new Fox will begin as the only media company solely focused on the domestic market, focused on what Americans love best — sports, news and entertainment, built and delivered for a U.S. audience,” Rupert Murdoch said.

Disney will pay $52.4 billion for Fox’s film and television studio, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox’s regional sports networks, and Star India, and will also obtain Fox’s share of Hulu, after which Disney will have 60 percent of Hulu. Disney is also expected to get 39 percent of European TV producer Sky.

Comcast may make a bid for these same assets before the deal closes, and Fox has expressed interest in buying the remaining 61 percent of Sky, leaving Disney’s final acquisition and price in question.

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Twitter suspends Alex Jones for social media abuse

Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Twitter for up to seven days and placed in a “read-only mode”, preventing him from further using Twitter due to abusive behavior.

The Infowars Twitter account, owned y Jones, remains unaffected. Likewise, Jones’s apps still remain available via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store.

A Twitter spokesperson said the action was taken for tweets containing a video that was in violation of the company’s rules on abusive behavior and inciting violence. Twitter instructed Jones to delete the tweets, which he has done.

The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and other entities.

Twitter is the last remaining high-profile social network from which Jones has yet to be permanently banned.

The suspension comes after a tumultuous period in which Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey has had to repeatedly defend the company’s position.

Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple banned Jones’s accounts and products from their various services on August 6th, following the media controversy.

Since founding the far-right platform Infowars in 1999, Jones has promoted theories ranging from the government staging of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington to the left-wing faking of the Sandy Hook massacre where 26 children and adults were killed at the elementary school in Connecticut.

Two Sandy Hook parents have sued Jones, seeking at least $1 million in damages, claiming that they have been subjected to harassment driven by his shows and conspiracy theories.

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New York Daily News cuts half its staff

Daily News staff members were notified of the cuts in an email sent by the company’s human resources department. The email detailed a new direction for the paper, with an increased focus on breaking news, particularly stories about crime, civil justice and public responsibility. The paper will still cover local news and sports, the email said.

The email also notified employees that editor-in-chief Jim Rich and managing editor Kristen Lee were among those leaving their jobs. Rich tweeted early Monday a warning: “If you hate democracy and think local government should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.”

Robert York will be the new editor-in-chief, according to NBC. He was most recently the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Morning Call, a newspaper serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

York, speaking to Gothamist, said that the news of the layoffs had caught him off guard.

 “I need to regroup and figure this out because there was a timing sequence to this that’s now, not being adhered to, in terms of the announcement,” York told Gothamist.

The Daily News had recently scorched New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city’s treatment of people living in public housing, but even he had some kind words for the newspaper via Twitter.

“It’s no secret that I’ve disagreed with the Daily News from time to time,” de Blasio said in the tweet. “But Tronc’s greedy decision to gut the newsroom is bad for government and a disaster for NYC. Tronc should sell the paper to someone committed to local journalism and keeping reporters on the beat.”

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CBS affiliate evacuated, newscasts canceled after trespasser enters building

A CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico was evacuated after a trespasser entered the building twice on Sunday night, according to The Hill.

The incident comes just four days after a man entered the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., shooting and killing five people.

Two newscasts were canceled as a result of Sunday’s evacuation at KRQE, according to the station, after an unidentified man entered the building without permission — even sitting on a couch in the television studio at one point, according to Simon Drobik, Albuquerque Police public information officer.

The man, estimated to be in his 20s, entered with a backpack but didn’t openly display any weapons, according to authorities.

After being escorted out of the building by staff members, he entered the building again a short time later, prompting police to evacuate the building shortly before a newscast was set to begin at 9:00 p.m. local time.

“Our broadcast operations had to cease while police searched the premises,” KRQE wrote in a statement. “An hour and a half later police gave us the all clear and we were able to continue our broadcast operations.”

Police said that the man fled the building before they were able to apprehend him.

The suspect’s intentions were not clear and officers were “searching for him,” Drobik said Sunday night.