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“Catfish,” the TV show that predicted America's disorienting digital future

“Catfish,” the TV show that predicted America's disorienting digital future

Wesselman-Pierce lived with her husband, Vince Pierce, and her two children. “I didn't want to lose our friendship, no matter what,” a tearful Wesselman-Pierce told Schulman in the film. “Many of the personalities that emerged were just fragments of myself.”At the end of the documentary, a brooding Pierce recalled a story he'd heard and, in turn, gave the film — and the expression — his name. Cod, he said, was once shipped in vats from Alaska to China, but the fish arrived soft and tasteless. Catfish were eventually added to the tanks to keep the cod healthy. “There are those people who are catfish in life,” he said. In his mind, his wife was one of them. “They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh.”Life, he added, would be "boring and monotonous if ...
Terry Anderson, reporter held hostage for six years, dies at 76

Terry Anderson, reporter held hostage for six years, dies at 76

Terry Anderson, the American journalist who was the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon when he was finally released in 1991 by Islamic militants after more than six years of captivity, died Saturday at his home in Greenwood Lake, New York, in Hudson Valley. . He was 76 years old.The cause was apparently complications from recent heart surgery, said his daughter, Sulome Anderson.Mr. Anderson, Beirut bureau chief for the Associated Press, had just dropped off his tennis partner, an AP photographer, at his home after an early morning tennis match on March 16, 1985, when men armed with guns broke open the door. the door of his car and pushed him into a Mercedes-Benz. The same car had tried to cut him off the day before as he was returning to work from lunch in his seaside apartment.The...
Scientists criticize federal response to avian flu outbreaks on dairy farms

Scientists criticize federal response to avian flu outbreaks on dairy farms

In the month following the announcement of an outbreak of avian influenza on dairy farms, federal authorities have repeatedly reassured the public that the surge in infections has no impact on the nation's food or milk supply and involves few risks for the population.Yet the outbreak among cows may be more serious than initially thought. In an obscure online update this week, the Department of Agriculture said there is now evidence that the virus is spreading among cows and from cows to poultry.North Carolina officials have detected avian flu infections in a herd of cattle without symptoms, the New York Times has learned — information the USDA has not shared publicly. The finding suggests that infections may be more widespread than previously thought.It's unclear whether there ar...
The Croookie delights Paris – The New York Times

The Croookie delights Paris – The New York Times

All it took for the biscuit to take shape was a baker looking for a diversion, his tried-and-true croissant recipe and a few biscuits for inspiration. It took TikTok to make it viral.Stéphane Louvard created the cookie almost a year and a half ago when he came up with the idea of ​​putting cookie dough into a croissant and then baking it again. But demand for his cookies has exploded in recent months after TikTok videos showcased his creations. On one day in February, Mr. Louvard sold 2,300 pastries at his bakery in a bustling Paris neighborhood.“The whole planet is talking about us. Someone told me he even came from Madrid just to get a cookie — it's crazy,” Mr. Louvard said as he prepared a pan of croissants, ready to be cut in half and filled with chocolate chip cookie dough.The...
How scam calls and texts have taken over our daily lives

How scam calls and texts have taken over our daily lives

Doctorow noted that just as the Internet has made routine tasks less burdensome, it has also made scams much easier to pull off. Imagine an old-fashioned boiler room where fast-talking scammers make hundreds of phone calls in an attempt to cheat strangers out of their savings, he said. Now fast forward to 2024, when scammers will be able to send millions of phishing messages and emails with the help of bots.“If you can automate some parts of it,” Doctorow said, “you can cast a much wider net.”SMS scams netted Americans $300 million in 2022, the Federal Trade Commission reported. That same year, according to a report from Robokiller, a company that sells a spam-blocking app, Americans received 225 billion spam messages, a 157% increase from the previous year.While digitally savvy and cau...
The attack was intended to demonstrate to Iran that Israel could cripple its defenses

The attack was intended to demonstrate to Iran that Israel could cripple its defenses

An Israeli airstrike against Iran on Friday damaged an air defense system, according to Western and Iranian officials, and appeared calculated to convey the message that Israel could bypass Iran's defense systems undetected and cripple them.The attack damaged a defensive battery near Natanz, a city in central Iran that officials say is critical to the country's nuclear weapons program.Although the Israeli attack was a retaliation for last week's Iranian air barrage, it used a fraction of the firepower deployed by Tehran. That attack, intercepted by Israel and its allies, caused minimal damage.Friday's strike was the latest in a series of attacks between the two countries this month that have heightened fears of a broader regional conflict. The relatively limited scope of ...
David Lammy: Obama's friend who may soon share the world stage with Trump

David Lammy: Obama's friend who may soon share the world stage with Trump

Few British politicians have as deep American ties as those of David Lammy, who is set to become Britain's foreign secretary if the opposition Labor Party wins the next election, as polls suggest.The son of Guyanese immigrants who grew up poor in working-class London, he spent summers with relatives in Brooklyn and Queens, working at Con Edison, before earning a master's degree at Harvard Law School and befriending Barack Obama, for whom he worked at Chicago. during his first presidential campaign.Yet now, on the verge of becoming Britain's chief diplomat, Lammy finds himself facing an uncertain, even potentially hostile, American political landscape. President Biden and Democrats, with whom Lammy has cultivated a deep network of contacts, are struggling to keep a resurgent D...
Netflix added more than 9 million subscribers in the first quarter

Netflix added more than 9 million subscribers in the first quarter

Netflix added 9.3 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2024, it announced Thursday, beating analysts' expectations and cementing its status as the entertainment industry's dominant streaming company.It also generated net income of $2.3 billion and its revenue was $9.3 billion, 15% higher than the same period last year. Netflix today has almost 270 million subscribers worldwide.The streaming giant said its quarter was buoyed by audience interest in series such as “Griselda,” “3 Body Problem” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”Its advertising business, which is now a year old and offers subscribers a lower-priced option, grew 65% compared to last quarter. The company said that in markets where the ad tier was available, 40% of new signups chose that option. A crackdown on pas...
House passes $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

House passes $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

The House voted resoundingly on Saturday to approve $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as President Mike Johnson put his work on the line to advance the long-stalled relief package, rallying support from the Republicans and traditional Democrats.In four consecutive votes, an overwhelming bipartisan coalition of lawmakers approved new rounds of funding for the three U.S. allies, as well as another bill intended to sweeten the deal for conservatives that could lead to a nationwide TikTok ban .The scene in the House reflected both the broad support in Congress for continuing to help the Ukrainian military repel Russia and the extraordinary political risk Johnson took to challenge the anti-interventionist wing of his party that had sought to thwart the 'operation. ...