‘A Journey That We Have To Join Together’: 2 Dutch Women Confront Slavery’s Legacy

Peggy Bouva (center) and Maartje Duin (right) with Bouva’s cousin Jessica Bouva (left) at the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam. Duin and Bouva spent two years researching their shared family history, which delved into the Dutch slave trade. They teamed up to produce a popular podcast exploring the colonial legacy of racism in the Netherlands.   Peggy Bouva was at home in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam a couple of years ago when she got a call that fascinated …

To Build Its COVID-19 Task Force, Las Vegas Partnered With A Company Linked To UAE Intelligence

A company that owns an app that some allege may have been secretly used by the autocratic regime of the United Arab Emirates to spy on people may have gained an entry point into Southern Nevada, after a COVID-19 relief task force in Nevada struck a deal in May with the company — despite the company’s ties to the UAE’s intelligence services. Both the firm, Abu Dhabi–based Group 42, and the private-sector Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief, and Recovery Task Force …

Third virus vaccine reaches major hurdle: Final US testing

A handful of the dozens of experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human testing have reached the last and biggest hurdle: looking for the needed proof that they work as a U.S. advisory panel suggested Tuesday a way to ration the first limited doses once a vaccine wins approval. AstraZeneca announced Monday its vaccine candidate has entered the final testing stage in the U.S. The Cambridge, England-based company said the study will involve up to 30,000 adults from various racial, ethnic and geographic groups. …

How A 4th Of July Meal Exposes The Coronavirus Risk For Thousands Of US Food Workers

BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. After months of stress, Americans have been looking forward to the pre–COVID-19 pleasures of a (socially distanced) 4th of July. How about a cookout? It’s a traditional, low-key summer celebration — but amid the nation’s growing outbreak, even a simple home-cooked meal comes at an exorbitant price. A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals the extent …

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh Reveals Mind-Bending Bout With Coronavirus

The hallucinations experienced by coronavirus patients have been known for some time. But what Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh experienced in a near-fatal bout with COVID-19 might be next level. Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the flower-pot and hazmat-suit wearing new wave band that reached its peak in the 1980s with songs such as “Whip It,” revealed his mind-bending virus ordeal on social media Monday. “For anybody that’s doubting whether the coronavirus and COVID-19 is real, it’s really real,” he wrote on Instagram. “It …

Look Up! Purple Martins Delight Downtown Nashville

People have flocked to downtown Nashville, Tenn. the past few days to take in a rare sight: thousands of Purple Martins. The migratory birds, on their way south for the winter, rarely roost in urban areas.   Rare purple martins are dazzling birders and bystanders near Nashville’s tourist district each night for the next week or two. Biologists estimate 150,000 have chosen to temporarily roost on the plaza outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. And the symphony very nearly ran them …

Trump’s Tariffs? Coronavirus? China’s Exports Are Surging Anyway

ZHONGSHAN, China — This was supposed to be the year that China’s export machine began to stall. President Trump had imposed broad tariffs on Chinese goods. Countries like Japan and France pushed companies to shift production from China. The pandemic had crippled China’s factories by the end of January. Instead, China Inc. has come roaring back. After reopening in late February and early March, China’s factories began an export blitz that is still gaining steam. Exports soared in July to …

Coffee Keeps Its Mojo: Producers Overcome Pandemic Obstacles

Farmers check coffee beans handpicked at their farm located in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images Farmers check coffee beans handpicked at their farm located in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images Coffee lovers, here’s something to be grateful about. Unlike paper towels, disinfectant or yeast, coffee has never …

Zoom Is Fighting Rumors In India That It’s A Chinese Company

After the Indian government banned 59 apps owned by Chinese firms last week, the videoconferencing app Zoom is fighting xenophobic rumors on social media that it is Chinese-owned. It’s not — the company is American and is scrambling to let Indians know. In a blog post on Tuesday, Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, tried to clear up misinformation about Zoom’s country of origin. The company, he reminded people, is based in the United States. “We do recognize …

Chinese-Made Smartphones Are Secretly Stealing Money From People Around The World

When Mxolosi saw a Tecno W2 smartphone in a store in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attracted to its looks and functionality. But what really drew him in was the price, roughly $30 — far less than comparable models from Samsung, Nokia, or Huawei, Africa’s other top brands. “They’re very attractive and appealing to your eyes,” Mxolosi, who asked for his last name not to be used to protect his personal safety, told BuzzFeed News. “Honestly, I was a Samsung …

Dunkin’, Harpoon debut doughnut-flavored beers brewed with actual doughnuts

Doughnut beer is brewing this fall. Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ are launching new coffee and doughnut-infused beers, combining America’s favorite breakfast food with the hoppy beverage. Harpoon Brewery in Boston has teamed up with Dunkin for beer made with real donuts. (Harpoon Brewery). STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE RETURNS EARLIER THIS YEAR The Boston-based brewery is rolling out a trio of autumnal inspired sweet sips, including Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale, Boston Kreme Stout, and a Jelly Donut IPA, all …

A Facebook Executive Who Shared An Anti-Muslim Post Has Apologized To Employees

A top Facebook executive in India has apologized to Muslims in the company for sharing a post on her Facebook page that called India’s Muslims a “degenerate community” for whom “nothing except purity of religion and implementation of Shariah matter.” “Dear friends – The intent of my personal Facebook post was not to denigrate Islam,” Ankhi Das, Facebook’s policy director for India and South and Central Asia, wrote in an internal message to employees obtained by BuzzFeed News. “It was …

Bill Barr Reportedly Pressed Rupert Murdoch To ‘Muzzle’ Trump Critic Judge Napolitano On Fox

Attorney General William Barr met last year with media mogul Rupert Murdoch to pressure him to “muzzle” Donald Trump critic Andrew Napolitano on Fox News, according to a new book out Tuesday.   Napolitano’s air time has dwindled as his criticism of Trump had increased over the last year. Barr’s meeting with Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News’ parent company, at his New York home was widely reported at the time, but its purpose was not revealed. One aim of the …

Coronavirus cases in India approach three million: Live

India confirms 69,878 new infections – the fourth straight day above 60,000. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said he would shut down the United States to contain its coronavirus outbreak if experts recommended such a measure. Brazil’s COVID-19 outbreak is stabilising and any reversal of the virus’s rampant spread in the vast country would be “a success for the world”, the World Health Organization said. More than 22.9 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world, and …

There’s More Big Tech In Your Life Than You Even Know. Check Out Your Stock Portfolio

There’s More Big Tech In Your Life Than You Even Know. Check Out Your Stock Portfolio The Google logo adorns the outside of the company’s New York City office building. The stock market is hitting records, in large part because of a handful of superstar tech stocks, including Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The Google logo adorns the outside of the company’s New York City office building. The stock market is hitting records, in large part because of a handful of …

California vs. Ride-share Companies

  Aug. 20, 2020, 6:30 a.m. ET Wildfires continue to rage in California. A Russian opposition leader was hospitalized in a suspected poisoning. And Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president.   The Lyft logo on the Nasdaq office screen in Times Square in New York last year.Credit…Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In September, California approved a bill with the power to reshape the state’s gig economy. Under the new law, companies are required to treat contract …

A Facebook Executive Protected Hate Speech In India. Now She Wants Police Protection.

Ankhi Das reportedly protected right-wing politicians from punishment for violating the social network’s rules — and is now facing death threats. Posted on August 18, 2020, at 4:48 p.m. ET   One of Facebook’s top executives in India wants police to investigate death threats and abuse she’s received on the social network after a news story revealed she herself had intervened to keep anti-Muslim hate speech online from politicians of India’s ruling Bharatiya Jana Party.   On Monday, Ankhi Das, …

Google Said It Would Invest $10 Billion In India. Nearly Half Of It Is Going To The Country’s Richest Man.

On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to provide “increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don’t own a smartphone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday. …

A British Skin Care Brand Pressured Asian Influencers To Promote Its Skin Whiteners. They Fought Back.

LONDON — Kinita Shenoy ignored the first package. But then a second one arrived at her home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Inside were skin lightening creams made by Pond’s, the cosmetics brand owned by consumer product giant Unilever. As the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sri Lanka edition from 2017 to 2018, Shenoy was used to freebies. But the gift box, sent in December 2017, left her confused. She had told Unilever marketers weeks before that she would never promote skin …

Ukrainian Operatives Are Gearing Up Again To Take On The Bidens. They Say They Have Giuliani And Republicans On Their Side.

KYIV — Andriy Telizhenko, his eyes concealed by dark sunglasses, gabbed away between sips of iced tea and puffs of a fat Nicaraguan cigar on the terrace of a glitzy Kyiv hotel in the July heat. A fan blew cool mist in his direction. As smoke rolled out of his mouth, so did conspiracy theories. He paused only briefly to greet some of the VIP guests who sauntered in for lunchtime espressos or champagne; their bodyguards watched conspicuously from nearby …