Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Twitter will tell users if content was blocked to comply with local laws or legal demands

Twitter announced it’s going to start letting users know why certain tweets get blocked. For years, countries have been able to ask Twitter to take down content if it’s illegal or violates court orders. Like Nazi symbols, which are illegal in Germany. But there was never an explanation for these blocked tweets. It’s just the latest move by the Blue Bird to be more transparent about controversial content. (Tech Crunch)


Amazon has filed for AmazonTube trademark as fight with YouTube gets pettier

Meanwhile on the net, Amazon has filed to trademark “AmazonTube.” This comes weeks after Google pulled YouTube – which it owns – from Amazon devices over the fact that Amazon doesn’t sell Google products. (The Verge)


Palm Springs officials announce plan to remove ‘racist’ trees from golf course

Government officials in Palm Springs, California, announced this week that they will remove what some consider to be “racist” trees from the city-owned Tahquitz Creek Golf Course. The trees, which line a golf course and were planted in the early 1960s, are said to have been designed to segregate the golf course from a historically black neighborhood. The tree removal project, which will cost $169,000, is a much-needed project according to some Palm Springs residents who say that the trees are a painful reminder of past misdeeds against minorities. Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon and other city officials pledged that the offending trees would be removed as soon as possible. City Councilman J.R. Roberts apologized for the city’s misdeeds against the neighborhood and noted that the city council wanted to make changes to right the wrongs. (USA Today)


Here’s how the tax plan could change divorce in a big way

Congress’ giant tax overhaul is poised to reach virtually every corner of American life — even Splitsville. Many divorce experts worry that the change will make negotiations tougher and lead to less spousal support as cash goes to taxes instead. Congressional tax writers say it’s only fair to married couples. In any divorce commenced after Dec. 31, 2018, the spouse paying alimony can’t deduct it, and the spouse receiving the money no longer has to pay taxes on it. Now, it’s the opposite. Divorce lawyers say the current setup tends to preserve more money overall to allocate between spouses, helping them afford living separately.

“Imagine high-earning Spouse A now pays and deducts $30,000 a year in alimony. Spouse A’s income is federally taxed at 33 percent, so the deduction saves him $9,900. Lower-earning Spouse B owes taxes on the alimony at a 15-percent rate, paying $4,500 instead of the $9,900 that would be due at Spouse A’s rate. The two have saved $5,400 between them, and Spouse A got a break that makes the payments more affordable,” experts say.

  • The Census Bureau says 243,000 people got alimony last year, 98 percent of them women. The Internal Revenue Service says 361,000 taxpayers claimed they paid a total of $9.6 billion in alimony in 2015, though only 178,000 reported receiving spousal support.
  • Child support payments are separate, and over 4.3 million people got them last year, census figures show. Some divorces involve alimony and child support.
  • The U.S. divorce rate peaked in the early 1980s and has kept declining since. More than 813,000 couples around the country divorced in 2014, according to federal statistics.

(NY Post)


Woman gets funny Henna tattoo, bad reaction causes it to stay

What was supposed to be temporary tattoo and a fun memory with family, has turned into a permanent mistake for one woman. Ashley Burke went on vacation to Mexico with her family where she and two others got Henna tattoos. The tattoos read in large print, “No Ragrets” across their chests. “Ragrets” is spelled wrong on purpose because it is from the film, “We’re The Millers”, where a character got the same tattoo. The woman thought it would be a funny joke, since Henna tattoos are temporary tattoos. But after she had a bad reaction to the Henna used at the resort in Cozumel, the letters did not fade away. It’s been more than a week since they returned from vacation and the letters are still dark across her chest. The resort did apologize to her in an email and also promised to pay for any medical expenses she may have. Burke said her other family members that got the tattoo had reactions and their Hennas faded completely. (KHOU TV)


Man rides London Underground dressed as train seat

A commuter on the London Underground captured video of a fellow passenger entertaining the crowd while wearing a subway seat costume. The video, filmed on the Underground’s Jubilee line, shows a man dressed as a train seat, complete with an adjacent pole. The man announces he is available as a seat for “people less fortunate.” The filmer said the man and his friends appeared to be coming from a costume party. “When he initially got on the train he wasn’t acting that way, but then he got quite a lot of funny looks and responses from people so started joking around and actually making use of his costume,” the filmer wrote. (UPI)


Girl writes Santa a message in the snow

A 9-year-old Canadian girl’s Christmas wish went viral after she used the snow in front of her house to make a request of Santa. Jo-Ann Murphy of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, posted a video to Facebook showing the letter to Santa her daughter, Jennifer Murphy, wrote in red letters in the snow outside of their home. The letter reads: “Santa stop here. Leave presents, take brother!” . The message continues on the side of the house: “Santa, I tried! Brother was the worst.” Murphy said Jennifer’s brother, Ryan, 13, wasn’t offended and saw the humor in his sister’s prank. (CBC)


This Day Brings Forth:

*National Candy Cane Day
*National Thank-you Note Day
*National Whiner’s Day
*Boxing Day (Canada)

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