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Burt’s Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80 – Reuters

Monday, July 06, 2015

Burt Shavitz, co-founder and namesake for natural care product company Burt’s Bees, has died, the company said on Sunday. He was 80. Shavitz, a “a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man” and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement. The pair started off making candles from beeswax before developing a few years later the lip balm that exploded the company’s popularity and…

Prince George’s cute christening attire inspired by dad – New Zealand Herald

Monday, July 06, 2015

Prince George’s fashion inspired by his father Prince William (L). Kensington Palace confirmed it was no accident. Photo / Getty Prince George wore an almost identical outfit to his baby sister’s christening in England to the one his father wore when he visited his newborn brother in hospital. Watch: Video George sported a Rachel Riley ensemble to Princess Charlotte’s christening, featuring a Peter Pan collared white…

Eurozone Central Bank Now Controls Destiny of Greece’s Battered Banks – New York Times

Sunday, July 05, 2015

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UPDATE 4-Kerry urges Iran to make "hard choices", says US ready to walk – Reuters

Sunday, July 05, 2015

(Adds Steinmeier, Iranian quotes, IAEA officials to Tehran) By Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, July 5 (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the “hard choices” necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking during a break from one of his four meetings with…

Donald Trump Says He Didn’t Expect Response to Immigration Comments to Be … – TIME

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that he wasn’t expecting such harsh corporate backlash to his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants. Trump, who lost a string of business partners after saying that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime, they’re rapists,” conceded during a Fox News interview that he “didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going…

Christening of UK’s Princess Charlotte – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Apple Music: A final nail in the coffin for paid downloads? – The Next Web

Sunday, July 05, 2015

In an excellent piece today, Popjustice’s Peter Robinson describes how Apple Music has already changed his buying behavior. With Apple pushing its streaming service on everyone who opens the Music app in iOS 8.4, anyone used to buying music via the iTunes Store (yes, people still do that – they keep much of the recorded music industry employed) will soon see how easy it is to just add a new…

Some restrictions apply to Apple Music song matches – USA TODAY

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Apple Music is set to debut.(Photo: Apple) Q. When I use Apple Music to make my music available across other devices, I get “.m4p” files that don’t work outside of Apple’s software. What happened? A. That file-name extension–denoting a “protected” music file locked with Apple’s FairPlay software–went out of style eight years ago when Apple stopped selling music with “digital rights management” restrictions. But it’s making a comeback in Apple…

Confused by Apple Music? Read this – The Next Web

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Now that you’ve had a chance to settle in with the new Apple Music, you’ve probably formulated some opinions about it: How is the streaming service working? Does the new Beats 1 Radio live up to your expectations? Is the Connect social network something to write home about? You may be trying to decide whether a monthly subscription to Apple Music down the road is worth the price, compared to what Pandora,…

Prison escapee David Sweat back in maximum security – USA TODAY

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Captured prison escapee David Sweat is back in a maximum security prison for the first time in nearly a month, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Sweat, 35, was released from Albany Medical Center e Wochit

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Is Christened in Front of Royal Family … – ABC News

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was being christened today in a ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The 2-month-old daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate arrived to the church in a stroller pushed by Kate. The family was greeted by well-wishers who had gathered outside the church to see the fourth-in-line to the British throne. Kate then picked up Charlotte…

Counting underway in Greek referendum; some give edge to ‘No’ vote – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Counting was underway Sunday evening in a momentous referendum that could decide Greece’s financial fate in the short term and its role in Europe in the long term. Polls closed at 7 p.m. local time (9 a.m. PDT). Several Greek news channels projected a slim victory for those voting “no” to an international bailout offer for Greece, but with surveys showing the electorate to be almost evenly divided, no firm…

I ditched Spotify to use Apple Music – and I don’t miss it – Business Insider

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Lisa Eadicicco See Also Apple changed the way the world bought and listened to music in 2003. While record labels were busy filing lawsuits against Napster, Apple had launched its iTunes music store, where listeners could buy and download music legally from the convenience of their own home. There was nothing quite like it at the time.  Now, about 12 years later, Apple is hoping to make a…

Baritones in the shower: Surprising perks of hosting Chamber Music Society … – The Seattle Times

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A dozen or so years ago, when the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s (SCMS) Summer Festival was in full swing, Jill Bader had a call from her adult daughter, saying she was making a surprise visit home. Bader’s response: “Oh my God — there’s a baritone in your bedroom.” Bader is the head of SCMS’ Artist Hospitality Committee and, come festival time, if there isn’t a baritone in a…

Sound Transit boosts light-rail-expansion plans – The Seattle Times

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Let the campaign begin. State lawmakers last week gave Sound Transit permission to send to the 2016 ballot a mixture of sales-tax, car-tab tax, and property-tax increases. Beyond that, the GOP-controlled Senate, hardly friends of urban transit, agreed to allow a $15 billion Sound Transit 3 program, scrapping its insistence on an $11 billion cap. In return, the agency says it can deliver light rail as far as Everett,…

GarageBand is great but SoundTrap is a collaborative music app for everyone – The Next Web

Sunday, July 05, 2015

The past week has been dominated by Apple Music news, but how about creating some tunes rather than just listening to them? GarageBand is a brilliant bit of software – the polar opposite of its eternally-frustrating cousin iTunes – that makes composing songs on iOS and OS X really easy. But the trouble is, it’s an Apple-only affair. Soundtrap is a new browser-based music creation program that harnesses the same simple…

Confusion Remains as Voting Begins in Greek Referendum – New York Times

Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Bernie Sanders Outpaces Martin O’Malley as Hillary Clinton Alternative – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, July 05, 2015

CARROLL, Iowa—Waiting for Martin O’Malley to arrive for a backyard campaign stop, Chris Henning and some of her friends tried to figure out what office the Democratic presidential candidate once held. Was he the former governor of Maryland or perhaps Virginia? They weren’t sure. Another Iowan who came out to hear Mr. O’Malley speak was at a loss as to his employment. “He’s from the East Coast,” Rosemary Partridge told…