Virginia governor apologizes for ‘racist and offensive’ costume in photo showing people in blackface, KKK garb

A medical school yearbook page of Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam shows a photograph of two people, one in blackface and one in a KKK hood and robe.


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DeMarcus Cousins Is Showing How Truly Dangerous the Warriors’ Offense Can Be

DeMarcus Cousins is only a few games into his return and he’s already made the Warriors’ offense more dangerous than it’s ever been before. 

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Fake Bands Have Been Reportedly Showing Up on Spotify Playlists

A collection of seemingly fake bands have found their way into Spotify users’ playlists.

Bands with names like Bergenulo Five and Bratte Night, among others, recently landed in some users’ Spotify playlists without the users actually adding them. And although the bands have little to no presence outside of Spotify, they’ve racked up tens of thousands of listens and potentially scored some cash off those playbacks.

The BBC initially reported on the issue and found the seemingly fake bands on Spotify


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. The bands all had similar characteristics: generic cover art, songs that listed only a couple of minutes with little to no lyrics, and simple song titles that might or might not have had anything to do with the actual music. The artists also have no social media presence or websites and only appear to be living on Spotify.

In its investigation, the BBC found that Bergenulo Five had tallied nearly 60,000 track streams. Others had fewer, but were still able to get people to listen to their music.

“We take the artificial manipulation of streaming activity on our service extremely seriously,” a Spotify spokesperson told Fortune in a statement. “Spotify has multiple detection measures in place monitoring consumption on the service to detect, investigate and deal with such activity. We are continuing to invest heavily in refining those processes and improving methods of detection and removal, and reducing the impact of this unacceptable activity on legitimate creators, rights holders and our users.”

The spokesperson added that the bands cited in the BBC report “were removed because we detected abnormal streaming activity in relation to their content.”

Still, the question remains over how the bands were able to find their way to playlists. Spotify wasn’t hacked by the bands and didn’t suffer a data breach.

Earlier this month, however, security expert Troy Hunt published a blog post on “account takeovers” in Spotify. The post detailed the ways in which hackers could access online accounts, including those from Spotify, by trying weak passwords. It’s possible, though unconfirmed, that the hackers logged in to affected user accounts with simple and weak passwords, like “password” or “1234,” and added the bands’ content to playlists without user input.

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Some recalled IRS employees aren’t showing up to work amid the shutdown

Some recalled employees at the Internal Revenue Service aren't coming into work, citing financial hardship, according to published reports. Here's what that might mean for your tax return.
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Stocks Showing A Lack Of Direction In Morning Trading – U.S. Commentary

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Tesla releases a video showing us how a Model 3 gets made

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The Model 3 has long been the linchpin in Tesla’s plan to bring electric cars to the masses. Hardly a point of speculation, Elon Musk said this himself in Tesla’s now somewhat famous “Master Plan” all the way back in 2006. If you recall, Musk at the time explained that Tesla’s overarching strategy was to take profits from pricier models (i.e the Roadster and the Model S) in order to bankroll an “even more affordable car.”

That affordable car, as we’d find out about 10 years later, was the Model 3. And while the $ 35,000 option for the Model 3 isn’t available just yet, demand for Tesla’s mass market EV remains incredibly strong. In fact, the Model 3 is largely responsible for Tesla actually managing to turn a quarterly profit earlier this year.

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Watch: Tank Says Offset Needs to Keep Showing the World He Wants Cardi B Back [Video]

If you ask Tank, Offset needs to tell everyone he can that he wants Cardi B back.

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We got the rapper Saturday night in the ATL, at the State Farm Arena for the V-103 Winterfest when he threw down his game plan for Offset … shout out to the world that you want your wife back. “Be Loud, be apologetic with everything you do until you get your wife back,” he says.

Tank doesn’t know if his plan will work, but that leads him into a super interesting view of human nature.  He’s not buying the whole, give-him-a-second-chance thing, because Tank thinks humans are so flawed — so imperfect — that sometimes people should get 4th and 5th chances.

Sounds like Offset is heeding his advice. 

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Apple now has dozens of doctors on staff, showing it’s serious about health tech

The hires could help Apple win over doctors and suggest it will build applications that can help people with serious medical problems.
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Great Barrier Reef showing signs of life again

A rise in global temperatures continues to have a large impact on the Great Barrier Reef, but scientists are finding new ways to save the aquatic habitat. CNN’s Ivan Watson explains.


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Europe is showing itself too soft to use its ‘soft power’

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Retailer trends on Twitter for showing off size diversity

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