Goodbye to Allo: Google confirms it will shutter its short-lived messaging app

Google Allo shutting down

In a turn of events pretty much everyone outside of Google saw coming, the search giant is apparently poised to wind down its Google Allo messaging app, with an announcement coming “soon.” That’s according to a new report from 9to5Google, which quotes a “reliable source familiar with the plan” though there are few details other than that at this point.

And about that word: “plan” — it seemed that was always something lacking relative to Google’s fractured and disparate messaging-related properties, such that it’s never had one single strong product that could credibly rival something like iMessage. Indeed, Google vice president Anil Sabharwal acknowledged as much about eight months ago in an interview, saying that the company would be putting a pause on additional investment into Allo. He admitted then that “The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we’d hoped for,” though Google would keep supporting the app.

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CDC confirms 116 cases of polio-like illness this year

A total of 286 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been reported to the CDC this year. 
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George RR Martin confirms his new book contains sweet, sweet ‘Game of Thrones’ clues


If you’re a Game of Thrones fan but you haven’t got round to ordering George RR Martin’s epic new Targaryen history Fire and Blood yet, you’re probably consoling yourself with the thought that it can’t really contain that many Ice and Fire hints — it’s set 300 years before Martin’s main Westeros series kicks off, right?

Well, not so fast. The book may predate Daenerys & Co. by several centuries, but it still takes place in the same universe. And judging from a recent interview Martin took part in with Entertainment Weekly, the book does contain hints.

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Emma Bunton confirms Spice Girls announcement

OHMYGOSSIP — Emma Bunton has confirmed the Spice Girls will be making an announcement on Monday (05.11.18) afternoon.
The ‘Wannabe’ hitmakers are expected to unveil dates for an upcoming stadium tour and though the 42-year-old singer – who will be joined by Geri Horner, 46, Mel C, 44, and Mel B, 43, in the reunited band – refused to talk about their future plans, she did promise fans won’t have to wait long for some “brilliant” news.
Speaking on the ‘Heart Breakfast’ show she co-hosts with Jamie Theakston, she said: “It’s so exciting.
“Everything will be announced just after three o clock today on social media. You can go to @spicegirls but don’t look at me anymore because I might just blurt it all out.
“After 3 o’clock today you will find out everything. I just want it out there. It will be brilliant.”
It has been claimed the quartet – who won’t be joined in the reunion by fifth Spice Girl Victoria Beckham – will make their announcement in a social media video post that pokes fun at their group personas.
The tour is set to take place next summer and fans will be able to buy tickets in just a few days time.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Girl power is back.
“This is the biggest music comeback of the decade and tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale at the weekend.”
The band – who released their chart-topping debut single ‘Wannabe’ in 1996 – have not performed together since the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012.
They went on hiatus in 2000, two years after Geri quit the band, and reunited for a tour in 2007 before going their separate ways again.
Following months of speculation the quintet were getting back together, it was claimed in June that a deal for a tour had collapsed after Victoria – who was known as Posh Spice – pulled out.
A source said at the time: “The Spice Girls are in disarray. While Victoria has always insisted she’d never tour, the others believed manager Simon Fuller would get her on board.
“They had a £150million proposal in the offing – with a headline performance at Wembley – and even Mel C, who had previously been reluctant, was signed up.”

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BMW Stock Down On Weak Q3 Profit; Confirms FY18 Outlook

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Kenya Moore Confirms Preeclampsia Diagnosis, Will Give Birth Early [Photo]

The tests are in and Kenya Moore does, in fact, have preeclampsia.

According to a note posted by the former ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star she’ll have to deliver Baby Daly earlier than expected — although she didn’t specify when.

Earlier this week Kenya revealed that she gained 17 pounds in one week due to possible preeclampsia. She weighed 200 pounds in September.

According to Mayo Clinic, preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication “characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.”

It typically develops suddenly in women who previously had normal blood pressure after the 20-week pregnancy mark. Besides the sudden weight gain and swelling, symptoms may include severe headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, upper abdominal pain, blurred vision, impaired liver and kidney function and decreased urine output.

We’re praying for a safe and healthy delivery.


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Exclusive: Cassie’s Rep CONFIRMS She and Diddy Are No Longer Together

Cassie is officially done with Diddy.

On the heels of our exclusive story detailing Cassie and Diddy’s split as well as his new relationship with 26-year-old model Jocelyn Crawford, Cassie’s rep has CONFIRMED that they are no longer together.

In a statement made exclusively to, Cassie’s rep says:

They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months.”

And there it is. Click here to find out what made Cassie finally get up and leave.

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