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Who’s Hacking Your Spotify?

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Image A proposed playlist for hackers. Connor Ball, the 23-year-old bassist of the British pop band the Vamps, was in the shower when he realized something was up. The song he was listening to on Spotify, by the American singer Lauv, had suddenly stopped. “That’s a shame,” Mr. Ball ...read more

News 2 Yous

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Get Nights Nights returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this May through September. Get exclusive access to separate entrance and bar lines with the Luxe Pass and skip the bar line entirely with a mARTini card, which is now available to museum members. The series, which blends art, foo...read more

Arts Alive!

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Tue Dec 10, 2019 46˚ × Login Not a member? Sign up here. Privacy Policy Copyright ©2019 Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Reproduction of material from any Independent.com pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. If you believe an Independent.com user or any mate...read more

I Tested 13 Bidets. I’m a Convert.

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If you had told me I’d be turning my toilet into a backside-washing fountain, I wouldn’t have believed it. But after installing and using 13 bidets for Wirecutter (priced between $30 and $1,000) over the past 90 days, I now — like nearly everyone who can get past the uncontrollable giggles o...read more

Henrik Stenson Wins the Hero World Challenge

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NASSAU, the Bahamas — Winless in more than two years, Henrik Stenson found himself in the middle of a wild chase to the finish on Saturday, with Tiger Woods and the elite in golf all around him. Five players had a chance to win in the final hour. Four had at least a share of the lead at o...read more

What Not to Do on Your Work Computer

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If you use a work-issued laptop or desktop computer, you’ve likely been tempted to check your personal email, store private files on the company’s Google Drive, or avoid work entirely by diving into a research rabbit hole that has absolutely nothing to do with your job. You probably shouldn’...read more

Who’s Hacking Your Spotify?

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Image A proposed playlist for hackers. Connor Ball, the 23-year-old bassist of the British pop band the Vamps, was in the shower when he realized something was up. The song he was listening to on Spotify, by the American singer Lauv, had suddenly stopped. “That’s a shame,” Mr. Ball ...read more

China says video shows self-declared spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud

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Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times has published a video purporting to show self-declared Chinese spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud and pleading for leniency during a 2016 trial. The video, first published on Weibo, has not been independently verified. Wang outed himself in...read more

South Korea to shut a quarter of its coal-fired plants over winter to cut pollution

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South Korea will temporarily shut down up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants next month in an attempt to combat dangerously high levels of fine dust pollution. The country’s energy ministry said 14 plants would be idled between December and February, and as many as 27 in March, b...read more

Hong Kong police enter campus despite pleas from protesters

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Hong Kong police and firemen have entered a university which had been under police siege for more than 10 days despite protesters’ pleas for them not to go in. The operation came less than nine hours after a masked protester told local media that about 20 people were still holed up on campu...read more

Culture wars: what the row over vegan nursery meals is really all about

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I was idly trying to put myself in the shoes of the angry parents, whose children have been forced to go vegan by the staff at Jigsaw Day Nurseries in Chester. But then I realised I didn’t need to use any imagination: the cooking teacher at my kid’s primary school is vegan, and only a wee...read more

Navy Drops Effort to Expel From SEALs 3 Officers Linked to Gallagher

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The Navy is dropping its efforts to expel three officers from the elite SEAL commando force over their involvement in the war crimes case surrounding Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, the service said on Wednesday. The new acting secretary of the Navy, Thomas B. Modly, said in a state...read more

Three Women Accuse Gordon Sondland of Sexual Misconduct, Report Says

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Three women have accused Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, of making unwanted sexual advances toward them years before his recent turn as a star witness at the impeachment proceedings against President Trump, according to a news report. The women shar...read more

Apple, Bowing to Pressure, Recognizes Russian Annexation of Crimea on Map

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MOSCOW — Since it grabbed Crimea from Ukraine five years ago, Russia has made no headway in getting the United States or the European Union to recognize the annexed Black Sea peninsula as Russian. But Russia’s Parliament is now rejoicing at getting at least Apple to fall partly into line....read more

Storms snarl U.S. Thanksgiving travel, stranding cars and planes

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two winter storms blasted the United States on Wednesday, stranding motorists and causing thousands of flight delays as Americans jammed highways and airports to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. Scores of vehicles got stuck on Interstate 5 after...read more

U.S. Justice Department closes antitrust probe over wireless carrier-switching technology

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department has closed an antitrust investigation into a trade group that includes Verizon and AT&T among its members and which had been criticized for making it harder for consumers to switch carriers. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Department o...read more

Giuliani calls Trump to tell him he was joking about having an 'insurance policy'

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, called the president this week to reassure him that he had been joking when he told media outlets he had “insurance” if Trump turned on him in the Ukraine scandal, Giuliani’s lawyer said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO...read more

Trump beefs up with Rocky body on Twitter, reviews mixed

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump received a split decision on Wednesday from tens of thousands of Twitter followers after he posted an image of his head superimposed on the muscular body of Rocky Balboa, a fictional boxer from the movie series “Rocky.” President Donald Trump ...read more

Trump Has Spent $115 Million On Golf Trips ― Or 287 Years Of Presidential Salary

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With his Thanksgiving vacation, President Donald Trump’s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million in travel and security expenses ― the equivalent of 287 years of the presidential salary he frequently boasts about not taking. Of that amount, many hundreds of thousands ―...read more

Ousted Navy Secretary Digs At Trump In Washington Post Op-Ed

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Richard Spencer, who was ousted earlier this week as Navy secretary, on Wednesday publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s meddling in military justice proceedings. Spencer wrote an opinion article in The Washington Post clarifying what happened when he was forced to resign Sunday for...read more

Greens denounce secret prisoner case as evidence Australia is an 'authoritarian state'

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The federal government’s failure to provide any meaningful explanation of the secret imprisonment of a mystery prisoner in the ACT has prompted accusations it has engaged in an “abuse of state power”. On Thursday the Greens senator Nick McKim asked the government to tell the Senate why th...read more

China says video shows self-declared spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud

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Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times has published a video purporting to show self-declared Chinese spy Wang Liqiang confessing to fraud and pleading for leniency during a 2016 trial. The video, first published on Weibo, has not been independently verified. Wang outed himself in...read more

'99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one': Jay-Z sues Australian woman over lyrics in children’s books

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An Australian woman says she’ll fight US rapper Jay-Z’s copyright lawsuit because she thinks she should be able to use the Grammy winner’s name and lyrics to sell children’s books. Jessica Chiha and her business The Little Homie are being sued in the federal court by the US billionaire, l...read more

For Fans, by Fans, Against the Club

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LONDON — Chris Davies walked out of the Emirates Stadium feeling, he said, as if he was “filled with fire.” As most of his fellow Arsenal fans trudged dolorously away from last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with lowly Southampton, seeking shelter in the pubs of the Holloway Road or the sanctuary of th...read more

Messi Leads Barcelona, but Liverpool and Chelsea Settle for Ties

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Lionel Messi marked his 700th game for Barcelona with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund that sent his team into the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Wednesday. But Liverpool, the competition’s defending champion, could not replicate that feat as it strug...read more
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