The French Ministry of Economy and Finance has warned tech companies that it expects them to pay the nation’s new 3% digital service tax starting in December, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
France halted collection of the tax earlier this year after backlash from the U.S. government and threats of increased trade tariffs by the Trump administration. The matter went to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. No deal was reached. In July, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requested that the negotiations be delayed during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but European officials interpreted that as a stalling tactic designed to blow up whatever agreements had been reached so far. Donald Trump’s administration then nuked the talks. French tax authorities had set a deadline of December for the tax to go into effect if negotiations proved fruitless.
At issue is the current global tax system, where companies usually only pay taxes in the countries they book profits. This is particularly contentious when it comes to tech, an industry ripe with tax avoidance and where it is easy for companies to route profits generated in one tax jurisdiction through tax havens like Ireland. The 3% tax applies to all digital services, but is clearly targeted mainly at tech giants, as it applies to companies with revenue of 25 million Euros (about $29.8 million) within France and 750 million Euros (about $894 million) worldwide. According to Reuters, ministers hoped that the tax would score around 500 million Euros (about $596 million) this year.
“Companies subject to the tax have received their notice to pay the 2020 installment,” the French finance ministry told Reuters in a statement.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Bloomberg on Monday that he hoped Joe Biden’s inbound administration would move quickly to reach an agreement averting a prolonged trade standoff, as U.S. retaliatory tariffs are set to activate in January. The tariffs, set by the Trump administration in an effort to scare France into backing down, would be set at 25% on $1.3 billion in French goods including cosmetics, soap, and handbags, but not cheese, wine, or cookware. (Trump had previously threatened to impose 100% tariffs on $2.4 billion dollars in French goods, but backed down after U.S. businesses protested that the administration did not understand this would hurt them far more than France.)
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“We will not spare our efforts to convince the new Biden administration to join the consensus which is currently the case in the OECD on global digital taxation,” Le Maire told Bloomberg.
Per CNN, that could put the Biden administration in a tough position, as opposition to the tax in the U.S. wasn’t limited to Trump—Democrats were sour on the prospect as well, seeing the digital service taxes as an attack on the U.S. tech industry as well as a way to siphon U.S. tax dollars overseas. However, an OECD agreement applying to digital service taxes and other multinationals could also allow the U.S. to make up for the shortfall by taxing foreign companies doing business stateside. If a deal isn’t reached, France may propose a European Union-wide digital services tax in early 2021.
“Democrats have been as opposed to the digital services taxes as Republicans,” former U.S. Treasury Department official Brian Jenn told Bloomberg in February 2020. “While very few Democrats are a fan of tariffs, it looks like the tariff approach at least bought a temporary victory in the case of France.”
“Everybody has been leaning pretty hard on the OECD process and saying we need agreement,” Cathy Schultz, the vice-president for tax policy at the National Foreign Trade Council in Washington, told the Financial Times. “But if we don’t reach an agreement, these things are just going to run rampant and we’re going to have more of the trade war.”
Other countries are preparing to roll out their own equivalents, such as the UK, which plans to start collecting a digital services tax in April 2021. According to the Times, this summer U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer announced “probes into a number of countries that are adopting digital services taxes including the UK, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Indonesia and the [European Union],” which could trigger more retaliatory tariffs before Trump leaves office.
French officials have threatened that any retaliatory U.S. tariffs would not be well received.
“Trade sanctions threats are not acceptable, and the EU would react swiftly and decisively in case they were to materialize,” a spokeswoman for the tax ministry told Bloomberg last week.
Who has ever written a letter to someone without the intention of ever giving it to them? How many of you also burned that letter? Felt nice, I bet, purging all those negative emotions. I’ve done this a lot. Burned a lot of pictures, too. Watched the glossy paper bubble up and split open as it was reduced to ash. Fire can symbolize a lot of things—passion, rebirth, destruction, purification—and combined with the cathartic act of writing, it’s all the more satisfying. Hey.science is giving anyone the chance to vent about what a metaphorical dumpster fire 2020 has been by putting their rants, feelings, and whatever else into a literal dumpster fire.
Send an email to email@example.com with whatever you want to torch. Use plain text or an image attachment. PG-13 rules apply.
Watch on the live feed as your message is created, conveyed, and then dropped into the rolling flames.
Since the entire thing is livestreamed for anyone to see, the host is definitely strict about the PG-13 rule. No cursing or graphic images. If it’s something you’d never say or show in front of your sweet grandmother, best think of a different way to express what you want—which will be hard, I know. This is 2020 we’re talking about. Over a million dead from covid-19. A president who refuses to accept the election results. Devastating hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires. Police brutality. And that’s only the beginning! If I clench my jaw any harder I might break my teeth.
There are so many things I want to say to our government, to people I have cut out of my life, to those who have deeply hurt the people I care about the most—but, my god, is it going to feel good watching those things drift down a conveyor belt to where they belong: the fiery dumpster pits of hell!
There are plenty of good reasons to skip the grocery store this Thanksgiving. With covid-19 cases on the rise, avoiding unnecessary shopping trips is a good idea, and so is refraining from big family gatherings. Somehow, even amid the pandemic, grocery lines are also super long.
I’m not happy about this. I miss gatherings, and I miss the store. Some people find food shopping annoying or overwhelming, but I love it, even for Thanksgiving. I love making lists of all the things I need and knowing I’ll pick up a few things I don’t need if they’re on sale. I love choosing the juiciest looking apples for pies, and crispest kale and sometimes even Googling reviews of all the available kinds of parmesan.
Here’s the thing, though: I’m only cooking for the few immediate family members who I’m quarantining with, and my parents are vegan, which rules out turkey and buttery mashed potatoes, anyway. I also already have food in my house. It may not be Thanksgiving fare exactly, but I don’t want it to go to waste.
In the U.S., some 40% of food that’s produced gets wasted, and that rate spikes at the holidays. Every year, some 200 million pounds (90.7 million kilograms) of turkey get thrown out, for instance. Most of that food waste ends up in incinerators and landfills, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. This is all largely due to a capitalist production system animated by the need for economic profit over sustainability, not our individual behavior. But it still certainly doesn’t help to throw things away.
With that in mind, I’ve got a shitload of purple, yellow, and orange carrots wilting in the fridge drawer. They’re past their prime–I wouldn’t put them in a salad—but they’ll be perfectly fine once they’re roasted. I’m going to slice them the long way and put them in the oven, and I’m going to drizzle them with a savory miso tahini dressing. A traditional Thanksgiving approach? Maybe not. But they’re vegetables that usually show up in some form on Thanksgiving, so I think it’ll work.
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I also have an acorn squash, two delicata squashes, and a smallish butternut that I’ve probably had around for a month. I’m going to chop them all up and put them on a baking sheet, then stick them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) or so. I’ll probably take out the delicata pieces first, since they cook fastest. Ordinarily, I’d probably stick with one kind of squash for this. But this year, I simply cannot be bothered, and I also refuse to let these vegetables go unused.
I’m applying the same principle to stuffing, which is the best food this holiday has to offer. I have a little piece of semi-stale challah and most of a loaf of sourdough, and there’s some honey wheat in the freezer. This is going to be the weirdest stuffing ever, probably, but it’s fine. If you put celery, onion, thyme, and nutmeg in pretty much anything, it tastes festive, right? I’ve also got some apples and pears which I’m going to turn into a crumble, using my giant Costco bag of Quaker Oats and some dairy-free butter (this one, to be precise).
The only thing I bought specifically for this day is cranberries because I’m making cranberry chutney with my aunt’s recipe, which includes curry leaf and mustard seeds and absolutely slaps. I may also get some cashew milk ice cream, which I guess isn’t Thanksgiving food, but I don’t care. I am going to spend tomorrow cooking, and in the evening, I will eat a feast and drink the wine I already have around. The food may not look exactly like it usually does, but everything is off this year anyway.
After a summer of nationwide protests against unchecked state violence brutalizing Black people in America, Amazon’s ever-escalating push to make itself indispensable to daily police work is drawing fresh scrutiny from a host of leading civil rights advocates. The tech giant’s efforts to support and enhance police surveillance capabilities, aimed unevenly at communities of color, has given rise to a new digital campaign urging Americans to be more conscientious with their spending dollars—by giving that money instead to Black-ownedbusinesses.
MediaJustice, a nonprofit working to growgrassroots movements against racial and economic inequality, launched the campaign, “Break Up With Amazon,” on Wednesday. It hopes over time to build a consumer coalition sizeable enough to force the world’s largest retailer to end its business practices that are secretly arming police with powerfully invasive tools. Specifically, its flawed facial recognition technology, Rekognition, and its nationwide network of Ring surveillance cameras that it readily grants police access to.
“The uprisings have been heard loud and clear: we want a world beyond police. Each of us has a responsibility to usher in that new world by defending Black lives, and that responsibility includes divesting from the massive culture of racism, violence, and surveillance that uphold the police state status quo,” Myaisha Hayes, MediaJustice’s campaign strategies director, said.
The campaign is joined by several other top digital and civil rights organizations, including Mijente, Fight for the Future, MPower Change, the Surveillance Oversight Technology Project (STOP), Kairos, Media Alliance, Demand Progress, the Athena Coalition, and the Action Center for Race and the Economy (ACRE). Collectively, the groups accuse Amazon of profiting while diminishing transparency and accountability around police use of advanced technologies targeting mostly Black and brown communities, accelerating America’s decades-long march towards “big data policing,” itself an ominous trend.
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MediaJustice Executive Director Steven Renderos said during a call Tuesday that the campaign’s primary goal is to underscore the role played by Amazon in the context of expanding police power. The hope is that people will seize the opportunity to pledge support for Black lives by using money they already intended to spend, just not with a massive corporation focused on developing secretive relationships with the police. A website launched by MediaJustice on Wednesday allows users to sign a pledge to “support Black lives, not Amazon’s profits,” and the group says going forward it intends to offer a guide of Black-owned businesses for online shoppers.
“The question I had coming into this was wanting to understand how many partnerships Amazon has entered into with law enforcement since the killing of George Floyd,” Renderos says. “Partially because, like a lot of tech companies, Amazon and Jeff Bezos, in particular, were saying a lot of the right things: ‘If we lose customers because of our stance on Black lives, that’s okay.’ They pledged $10 million to Black-led organizations. All good stuff.”
Data recently collected by MediaJustice, however, showed that despite spending time and money on a public relations campaign to declare its support for a movement against the gratuitous deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, Amazon has quietly continued fostering new relationships with police across the country. As MediaJustice points out, Amazon’s home-security company Ring has established more than 280 new partnerships with police departments since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last year, according to its own figures.
Neither Amazon nor Ring responded to Gizmodo’s requests for comment by publication time.
“For us, I think we see the scale of their partnerships getting to a place now where they’re touching almost 10 percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies,” Renderos said. “What we’re most concerned with, the doomsday scenario, is that you have essentially a built-out apparatus of surveillance at the neighborhood level all across the country.”
Ring, which Amazon acquired in April 2018, faced a bevy of critical reporting last year over myriad businesses practices it sought to conceal from the public. Ring compelled the police departments it had partnered with to stay silent about its arrangements, going as far as to restrict in business agreements what police officials were allowed to say publicly about the company. In August 2019, Gizmodo reported that Ring had prohibited police from using the term “surveillance.” Any statements by city officials regarding Ring had to be approved first by Ring’s public relations staff. One document, obtained through a public records request, revealed that Ring had altered the words of a New Jersey police chief before his statement was handed to the press.
Package theft is reportedly on the rise in major urban areas like Manhattan, up as much as 20 percent from a decade ago, according to the New York Times. But the problems created by Ring’s solution to package thieves—real-time neighborhood surveillance that observes far more than just doorsteps and captures without consent mostly people uninvolved in any crime—outweighs the sense of security it offers, says Reuben Hayslett, a campaigner at Demand Progress.
“It’s not always just looking on your property, right? You’re looking at public sidewalks, sometimes if you live across the street from a school and you have Amazon Ring, that’s taking a lot of unconsented video of children and it’s become really disturbing,” Hayslett said. “The way Amazon packaged it was very much around this nice, safe sense of security, the stable, nice nuclear family and whatnot. But the thing is, its impact is so much greater than that. At some point this company had to realize what that was, but not only did they do nothing, they continued to push it.”
According to MediaJustice, Ring has partnered itself with more than 1,600 law enforcement agencies at the county and local level since March 2018. The areas where police are requesting the most footage from Ring users are, on average, more Black and brown than the rest of the country,and have more foreign-born residents, according to analysis by Gizmodo.
Other analysis by Gizmodo last year revealed cameras within close proximity to abortion clinics and immigration law offices, among other sensitive locations that alarmed civil liberties advocates. Some 4,000 posts on Neighbors, Ring’s “neighborhood watch” app, showed subjects who were either young children or appeared to be teenagers, most likely posted without their own knowledge or consent, or that of their parents.
In June, shortly after the killing of George Floyd, Amazon announced a moratorium on Rekognition, its facial recognition tool. The decision to “pause” development of its tool, which has for years been criticized for its flaws—facial recognition technology being broadly inaccurate, particularly so when it comes Black and brown individuals, especially women of color—stood in sharp contrast to a decision by Microsoft to completely ban police departments from using its own facial recognition software until Congress passes a federal law to regulate its use.
Amazon’s aversion to transparency, even when providing services paid for by public officials with public tax dollars, is one of the foremost complains of civil rights organizations. For MediaJustice and its allies, it’s also one of the easiest ways to demonstrate Amazon’s disregard for its own customers’ privacy. It currently remains a mystery, for instance, how many police departments have used Rekognition. Perplexingly, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy said in an interview this February that he didn’t think Amazon even knew “the total number of police departments that are using [Amazon’s] facial recognition technology.”
Amazon officials did not respond to questions from Gizmodo on Tuesday about whether it had abided by its declared moratorium on pushing Rekognition over the past five months, nor did they respond when asked if Amazon had been in contact with any police agencies about adopting Rekognition in that time. “The last conversation we had with Amazon about Rekognition was about a year ago where we met with their policy counsel,” said Renderos. “They were not feeling compelled at all to let us know how many partnerships they have with law enforcement across the country.”
“Amazon has been really cagey about a lot of its surveillance stuff,” Hayslett added. “They’re really cagey about Rekognition and whether or not they were actively trying to sell it to law enforcement or federal government agencies. They’ve been really cagey about [Amazon Web Services] being used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as sort of the underlying infrastructure for the way that they manage data. So it’s difficult to trust this company.”
“From a consumer’s perspective they might be trustworthy because they get that box to your doorstep,” he said, “but on the backend, everything else that they’re doing and all things they continue to be secretive about, it’s so insidious.”
“If you’re on an OG Amazon Echo or a second-generation Echo, you could probably do with the boost in audio quality. Other than the improved audio quality and the new round design, many of the upgrades just aren’t that noticeable. At the end of the day, I’m left feeling, like, ‘Well, this is the round Echo with surprisingly decent audio that does pretty much what my other Echo speakers do.’
Like I said, it’s round. That’s the story.”
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Before you come at me for insulting our own readers, please see my Kinja avatar then read the headline again. I WEAR GLASSES. Like, all the time! In fact, I buy most of my glasses from GlassesUSA and always have, ever since I found out you could buy glasses online. One pair I own are these firetruck red Ray-Bans that are apparently sold out and which you can see me wearing here from when my wife and I took a trip to Governor’s Island over the summer.
For a limited time, you can cop a pair of Ray-Bans yourself (just not the ones I did!) for 30% off at the same place I got mine from. But that’s not all! Oakleys are also on sale, at the same discount. So if you’re more of a Coach Taylor type and Ray-Bans aren’t your thing, you’re in luck. There’s a wide selection of both brands to scope out including these Harry Potter-ass hipster round bois I’m now realizing I wear on a daily basis (wow, turns out I really like Ray-Bans) and these more traditionally angular frames. Whatever your style or preference, GlassesUSA is bound to have something for you, and considering how rare it is for designer brands like these to go on sale, you’ll want to take advantage while the deal’s still active through November 30.
Now, to the fun part: redeeming your discount. First, stop on by the GlassesUSA website here, where we’ve already done the work of filtering by Ray-Ban and Oakley. Then, pick your frames, any frames. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to customize your lenses. While a basic single vision pair is free, you can also add an anti-reflective coating, blue light blockers, anti-scratch, and protection against UV rays at an extra cost. After that all you have to do is enter the code BRANDS30 at checkout and watch the numbers drop 30%. Shipping is free, so you don’t have to worry about a gotcha at the end.
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Man, JACHS is really out here making y’all as stylish as possible this winter. Here’s another great Black Friday deal for you. Today grab and any 3 Stretch Pants for just $75. All you need to do is use the code 3BF at checkout. And considering one pair is up to $99 this discount is criminal.
You can mix and match any 3 from their stretch collection. This includes chinos, travelers, canvas, and tech pants. There are 53 colors and styles to pick from within that so load up on the traditional hues like black, navy, and khaki, or go bold with yellow, red, or olive. I’ll recommend the traveler pant as the best value and most comfortable. They have a sleek finish and the 4-way stretch flex twill makes them perfect for pretty much anything. Long zoom calls, biking, running errands, or just chilling on the sofa. The travelers are as versatile as the name would suggest. But no matter which you choose it’s an excellent sale to give your wardrobe the classy boost it’s been craving.
Free shipping for orders over $100.
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As we roll onto the December holidays gifts are on the mind especially if you’ll be sending those to loved ones instead of seeing them in person. Saving money is a premium factor this year as well, so here’s an ideal collection to help cross off that extra present you’ve been contemplating. In this 5 pack knit cap bundle you’ll get the perfect winter accessory for men or women for just $15.
There are a few groupings to pick from so different tastes can be met. There’s a light multicolor, a dark multicolor, an all black, or an all charcoal pack to pick from. You also get the option of pom-pom or just a sleek slouchy knit. Made from faux fur, yarn, and acrylic each sure to keep you warm while snuggly fitting your head no matter the elements. They also just look very cute and are masters of hiding bad hair days. They’re easy to wash by hand if needed and give you some nice options for different yuletide looks. The beauty is at this price you can keep for yourself or just buy a bundle for the whole family.
If you’ve read a few of our pieces on Meh before and you like what you’ve seen they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders no matter how many. Otherwise, it’s a flat rate of $8.
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Macy’s is ringing in the season a little earlier this year, kicking things off with a sale on small kitchen appliances bound to relieve your wallet of any unwanted stress in the holiday shopping months. Make waffles with your swamp-residing ogre friend in this stainless steel waffle iron for 55% off the list price, then save even more when you fill out the form under the Special Offers tab and mail it in to claim your rebate—fear not, Nathan for You fans, you won’t have to climb to the top of a mountain to secure this prize.
Need a morning boost? This Black & Decker 12-cup coffee maker delivers your daily dose of caffeine for the price of a grande latte at Starbucks, probably. As a straightforward alternative to Bella’s Rocket blender set, Black & Decker’s 10-speed blender promises the comfort of simplicity at no extra cost. I recently picked up this blender myself, and I have to say it gets the job done. As an amateur mixologist, an ordinary blender like this is much more effective at crushing ice than the more nutrition-focused options.
However casual your cooking, however tight your budget, Macy’s is bringing the heat with the kitchenware to beat.
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One of the struggles of working from home is dealing with the sounds that are out of your control: a roommate fighting with their partner, neighbors who must make a living slamming doors, or even just the weekly trash pickup. They all make it tough to focus and get things done. A good pair of headphones, like the Beats Solo 3 on-ear headphones, can help alleviate some of that pain. And you can get them right now for $149 from MorningSave.
These headphones sound great, they’re stylish, and with up to 40 hours of battery life per charge, you can be sure your new cans won’t die on you in the middle of your Zoom happy hour.
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If you were hoping for a quick Assassin’s Creed Valhallaprice drop this Black Friday, your patience has paid off. Walmart now has the brand new release (like, really brand new) down to $50. That even includes the PlayStation 5 version, though Walmart will ask you to enter your name and email to reveal the price like it’s doing some sort of retail magic trick. The price cut is pretty surprising given just how new Valhalla is, but Ubisoft appears to be quick on the price slashes this Black Friday season. Both Watch Dogs: Legion and Just Dance 2021 are heavily discounted at the moment less than a month after their release. Valhalla probably won’t drop to half price any time soon like Watch Dogs, so this might be one of the lowest prices you’ll be able to get it at this year. Happy raiding, Vikings.
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Looking for a high-end, wireless gaming headset that will let you hear ever little detail in your games? Amazon has Logitech’s G935 down to $120, which is $50 off its usual price. The headphones feature DTS Headphone:X 2.0 Surround Sound, creating a more immersive experience. It’s also got 12 hours of wireless life, which is perfect for an extended Overwatch binge. Most exciting, however, is that the 6mm microphone displays a red light when you’re muted. That means that you’ll never accidentally blow your cover during a round of Among Us. Oh, and you can customize how they light up to match your rig. There’s a lot of bells and whistles to play around with here, giving the G935 more of a gadget vibe than your average headphones.
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There are a few beauty snobs who look down on Too Faced for this lash beautifier but there is a reason it’s the best-selling prestige mascara in America. I was a convert a few years ago when I got a sample in a bag from Sephora. It’s still one of my favorites and I highly recommend Better Than Sex Mascara. This set is usually $40 so this holiday deal is a great one.
You will see the results instantly. I’m always blown away by how long my lashes look after one application. Paint them as black as can be all while separating and lifting. (I swear I wasn’t trying to make it sound like a bra.) They really do give a volume boost and intensifies your eyes. In this pack, you get both the standard size and the travel size so you can touch up on the go. Although I will say it wears really well throughout the day. Peptides condition each lash while acacia Senegal tree extract gives them the appearance of extension. And film-forming polymers curl them to the heavens giving the illusion of falsies without having to use nasty glue. This is a set you will not be let down by. Is it better than sex, well you can decide for yourself. But for me, it’s better than other mascaras on the market hands down.
Free shipping on orders over $25.
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This is my favorite sweatshirt of the season. As a space nerd, I love anything NASA and this official crewneck sweatshirt is one of the most comfortable I’ve owned in a very long time. This shirt and everything else is currently 20% off for Black Friday week, just use the code HOLIDAY20.
As a small person (5’3″) I love oversized sweatshirts and while this is a unisex style I found even a small one was perfect for me. It’s beautifully made, very soft, and washes wonderfully. It’s a cotton/polyester mix and pretty warm at that. Alpha has its applique on the sleeve by cuff for an extra fancy touch. The light heather gray is classic and so is the fit cutting at the hip for someone not vertically challenged. I actually wear this as a long shirt with just a pair of tights and boots. Alpha Industries has an eye for detail and has produced some beautifully stylish duds.
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One of the better features of the new Chromecast with Google TV is missing support for some of Netflix’s best content.
Earlier this week, 9to5Google reported that Netflix originals weren’t able to be added to Google TV’s watchlist, a super-hub for content users are interested in across their various services. On Wednesday, the site reported that the Google TV Android app appeared to have lost support for Netflix’s catalog entirely. That’s kind of a bummer for anyone hoping to use Google TV to help manage content from one of streaming’s biggest players.
A Google spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo by email that the Netflix app and its catalog will still be available on Chromecast with Google TV. But Google TV users now won’t be able to add the service’s originals to their watchlist, give the content a thumbs up or down, or mark them as watched. Google further confirmed that search and discovery features will not work for Netflix on Google TV’s Android app.
“With Google TV, our goal is to bring the best of our search and discovery features across your subscriptions to your favorite devices,” the spokesperson said. “We work with each content partner to enable these entertainment experiences, and the level of integration will vary by partner.”
Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment.
Is this the end of the world or a deal-breaker for Google TV? No, it is not. You’re probably opening the Netflix app to peruse titles and kill time anyway. But discovery and recommendation are two of Google TV’s most attractive features, and it’s one reason why I’m upgrading friends and family to this device over rival streaming sticks or dongles. Discovery among multiple apps can often feel overwhelming, and sometimes the apps themselves lack solid recommendation features for surfacing content relevant to you, the viewer.
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Basically, it’s just one more hoop to jump through to find stuff to watch. But we’re used to that by now, anyway.
As if having a baby wasn’t stressful enough, the coronavirus crisis has piled even more on parents’ plates. There are ways to make things easier, however, like a baby food delivery service. After all, you don’t want to spend any of your precious time filling a tiny glass jar up with pureed fruit, cereal or other homemade baby food specially attuned to a baby’s palate. Let someone else create those yummy spoonfuls for you.
Luckily, these days, delivery companies specializing in baby food are as abundant and convenient as meal delivery services for grownups (that means there’s a lot — you can’t throw a rock these days without hitting a meal delivery service or two). But with so many healthy food choices, how do you find the best option that will work for you and your growing family?
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First, let’s consider nutrition. We all know choosing healthy food is important, no matter a person’s age. For babies, it’s even more critical. Nutritious, high-quality baby food can help ensure proper development and growth (not to mention fewer meltdowns). If you’re unsure of what to feed junior, baby food subscription services lay out all the nutrition information and ingredients, from healthy fats to other dietitian-noteworthy nutrition details. The types of food offered also evolve as your baby gets older, after all, older kids have different nutritional needs than the smallest babies.
The best baby food delivery services also set up a plan so you can have the best veggie purees and organic food for your tykes delivered to your door — weekly or monthly — so you’re never without. These baby meals are made with fresh food, and are sure to please even a picky eater.
Babies require different nutrition and food types depending on their age and stage of development, so many of the best baby food delivery services curate meal plan deliveries and special packages based on those specific needs. Options include customized baby food pouches, organic purees for an infant or more complete toddler meals, which include solid food and finger food made with organic ingredients that can be easily grabbed by tiny hands. What’s more, each meal delivery service offers a wealth of options, ensuring your baby doesn’t get bored with their food and instilling healthy eating habits that will serve them well in life.
We’ve helped break things down for you to help find the best baby food subscription service. The following are seven of the best baby food delivery services for babies, toddlers and busy parents:
These services are independently chosen by our editors and updated as we try new ones.
If you want baby food meals that are healthy, fresh, fun and full of flavor look no further than Yumble Kids. This food subscription company offers a variety of weekly meal plans, nutrients and ingredients for young children, including fun solid food recipes such as pizza pockets with mashed potatoes and broccoli or cheese rotini with green beans. What’s even better is that there’s no cooking necessary: Just warm them up and you’re good to go.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at six meals per week at $6 per meal, $36 for the first two weeks.
Little Spoon offers a wide variety of baby food and ingredient choices specially designed to boost various areas of your baby’s development and health. After you answer a few questions about your baby, Little Spoon will create a customized nutrition plan for you and send fresh weekly deliveries of healthy food — simply choose how many baby meals you need per day. As an added bonus, the fresh baby food purees are made with organic ingredients and no preservatives.
Frequency and pricing: Three plan sizes (one, two, or three times per day), pricing dependent on location.
If you’re still breastfeeding or bottle feeding, it’s important to eat well and keep your body healthy — for you and your baby. The Boobie Box will help you do just that, as it provides a variety of helpful products to aid in your nursing and eventually baby-led weaning. Each month, you’ll get a box specially curated by a lactation counselor, including items like lactation teas, drinks and cookies, breastfeeding supplies and even toys.
Frequency and pricing: Starts at $25.50 per month.
Tykes not eating solid foods yet? Don’t worry, Yumi has you covered. This company offers three “stages” of baby foods, including single-ingredient purees like purple sweet potato, multi-ingredient purees like peaches and blackberry chia seed pudding and chunky puree options like a green vegetable medley combo. You can work your way through the sequential stages, from nutritious infant meals to toddler meals, with weekly fresh deliveries, gradually introducing your children to new flavors, nutrients and textures, like quinoa, wheat germ oil and chia seeds.
Frequency and pricing: Three plan sizes (one, two, or three times per day), starting around $5 per day.
You might see a familiar face if you venture to the Once Upon a Farm website. That’s right, this baby food delivery company is run by actress and mother-of-three Jennifer Garner. The company delivers fresh food pouches of cold-pressed baby food purees made from certified organic fruits and organic vegetables (like Magic Velvet Mango and Baby Bear Butternut Squash), plus it offers organic food for toddlers and young children, too. You can even purchase Once Upon a Farm products individually to see if your little ones like the organic baby food pouches before committing to a subscription.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at $2.69 per cup or pouch of organic ingredients and free shipping for subscription-based services. $3 per cup or pouch plus $12 shipping for one-time purchases.
Whether you need fresh, delicious meals for your baby, toddler or child, Nurture Life has you covered. This baby food brand focuses on delivering nutritionally balanced, perfectly portioned meals for children of all ages and all of its meals are ready to serve in three minutes or less. Food is shipped refrigerated — not frozen — and, to be honest, if you don’t have time to shop for food at the grocery store, it might be the closest thing you can get to homemade baby food by a personal chef.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at eight jars at $35 per week, plus shipping.
Expose your little ones to new tastes, textures and smells with food from Tiny Organics. This company supplies a variety of soft, organic finger food choices that are perfect for babies eight months and older and you can choose to get deliveries every two or four weeks. Tiny Organics promotes self-feeding as a way to make mealtimes more enjoyable and help your babies develop fine motor skills. Also, the food looks so tasty you might be tempted to steal a bite.
Frequency and pricing: Starting at $3.52 to $4.12 per meal for a subscription-based service (one-time purchasing also permitted).
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This story was written by Camryn Rabideau and originally posted at Chowhound.
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Hulu’s 2019 Black Friday deal is back for 2020. Starting Nov. 26 and running through Nov. 30, new users can sign up for a year of Hulu’s basic-tier streaming service for $2 a month (regularly $6). Only customers who are new to the service or who canceled more than three months ago can take advantage of this deal, and if you managed to snag last year’s Black Friday promo, you’re not eligible now. This deal isn’t as good the Hulu deal we saw back in 2018 — $12 for a year of basic service — but it’s still pretty cheap and previously, you could only get the deal if you’d canceled 12 months ago.
The sign-up link for this deal isn’t available yet, but we’ll add it here once it goes live.
Hulu’s basic tier — the one you get with this deal — gives you access to the video service’s entire catalog, but you’ll have to watch a few ads as you’re streaming. Its pricier, ad-free premium service costs $12 per month. Hulu with Live TV, which boasts a significant catalog of on-demand content, will set you back $65 a month once the latest price hike goes into effect in December.
In the US, up to 40% of all food — much of it perfectly good — ends up in landfills, instead of on someone’s plate or in a compost bin. An app with nearly 22 million users across Europe has managed to save 100,000 meals per day from supermarkets and restaurants, radically reducing the amount of food waste in each country while providing discounted meals to millions. But can it work in the US?
The app — called Too Good To Go — launched in 2016 in Copenhagen. You can now use it across 13 European countries, including the UK. And the company plans to expand to both Sweden and the US before the end of the year, pending coronavirus-related delays.
“It’s trying to give all this food that normally would go to waste a second chance, and creating a marketplace for consumers to buy it at a discount,” says CEO Mette Lykke.
At its most basic, the app is a marketplace for surplus food. Open it and you’ll see all the stores, restaurants and bakeries in your area that have extra food available that day, and what kind of food they expect to have. You can elect to purchase a meal through the app for about a third of the regular price, and pick it up around the time the stores and restaurants close for the day.
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Though the US has more residents who live in food insecurity than Europe does, it also sees a higher share of food waste from restaurants and supermarkets, Lykke says. Some 37 million Americans struggle with hunger, yet food is wasted on the retail part of the chain. “There is a big problem for us to solve,” she adds.
How technology can help prevent food waste
To dig deeper into the problem, consider this: In the US, an estimated 63 million tons of food is wasted each year, according to Pete Pearson, senior director of food loss and waste at the World Wildlife Fund. About 80% of that is coming from consumer-facing food businesses and from homes. The majority of food waste (about 75%) goes into landfills each year, where it becomes one of the largest contributors of methane to overall US greenhouse gas emissions, Pearson says.
“The state of food waste in the US is dismal,” Pearson says. Not addressing it represents an environmental problem — we’re using resources and growing food just to throw it away, we’re not making food available to those in need, and we’re not maximizing the potential benefits of unavoidable food waste by composting. Plus, we’re creating another problem through greenhouse gas emissions, he says.
There are several apps available in the US that are trying to curtail food waste in a similar way as Too Good To Go, says Elizabeth Balkan, director of the food waste program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Most, however, have a much more narrow focus geographically: YourLocal and goMkt operate in New York City, and Food for All operates in New York and Boston. Last Call, an app created by a student at George Washington University, aims to connect hungry students with leftover college cafeteria food, and aims to launch at five to 10 universities in the fall.
“All of these models are very locally based, and it takes working on that local level, forming that network with restaurants and retailers, to function,” Pearson says. “But the local results are fantastic experiments to learn from.”
Technology is critical for solving America’s food waste problem, he adds — particularly tech that helps us quantify loss and waste along the supply chain and at the consumption level, to help us find ways to intervene.
While tech in inventory management and cold storage have long helped, newer ideas such as smart labels and packaging improvements also show promise, Balkan says. “We need all kinds of solutions across the supply chain,” she adds. “We also have enormous power as individuals to drive change and make meaningful reductions through incremental and easy shifts in our habits.”
Too Good To Go has 40,000 partners, ranging from major grocery stores to small, independent restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, Lykke says. To join, the company charges an administrative fee of 39 euros (about $42, £34 or AU$68) per year, and a small fee per meal that it saves. If no one buys meals through the app, the restaurant is not charged.
While consumers use the app, Too Good To Go is really a complex service: When the company expands to a new country, it puts in place a team of 20 to 80 people, depending on the size of that country, to work on getting restaurants and stores signed up. There are also a significant number of word-of-mouth signups, Lykke says.
As of March, the app saw an average of 50,000 users per day, and 100,000 meals saved per day.
“It’s really powerful when we can find these win-win-win concepts,” Lykke says. “When there are these inefficiencies in the way we’ve structured our society, as is the case with food waste, technology has the power to connect the dots.”
Outside of the app’s service, Too Good To Go has also worked to create a movement against food waste in the industry and education systems.
“The problem is way bigger than just the restaurant business,” Lykke says. “The mindset we have around food is a bit flawed, and we’re trying to bring respect for food back to people’s minds.”
For example, the company has worked with some of the biggest food producers in Europe to change date labelling. People don’t always know the difference between expiration dates and best before dates, which is responsible for 20% of all household food waste, Lykke says. “We planned with them to clarify that best before actually means you should look at it, smell it and taste it, and then make a judgement call — there’s no health risk involved in that,” she adds.
The company also provides educational materials for elementary schools through universities.
“We’re trying to get people to actually talk about what does the labelling really mean? For how long can I drink the milk?” Lykke says. “Just getting people to discuss those things is important for their education around food.”
Being conscious about food and waste is particularly important now, Pearson says, as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.
“Food waste is something that each of us can act on individually to add up to big impacts in the long run,” Person says. “Start small by just separating out your waste to see what’s winding up in the trash. Compost at home if you can. Plan more. Get more creative with what needs to be used up. There are apps and tips out there to help with all of this, including extending the shelf life of produce, using up leftover ingredients and translating confusing date labels that often have nothing to do with the quality of the food. Start with something small and see where it takes you.”
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I was midway through my morning doomscroll when I came across news that Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is releasing a “patent pending hoodie” for wearing your headset over your sweatshirt’s hood (rather than over your ears). The gamer hoodie, embroidered with Blevins’ alias on the chest, features a circular mesh inlay near the ear region. Presumably, this will allow you to hear your music clearly without interruption, though whether you’ll be getting the best possible sound with a fabric wall—even a mesh one—between your cans and your ears is up for debate.
“I’ve always loved wearing my hood up with my headphones whether I’m traveling & listening to music or gaming. So excited to be releasing my patent pending hoodie that allows you to do either of those without changing your sound quality,” Ninja tweeted. I have some questions!
A quick survey of Gizmodo’s newsroom of gamers turned up exactly one (1) person who admitted to wearing their headphones this way during college, and they confirmed my suspicions that “it sucks” both for comfort as well as audio quality. What makes more sense to me—over-ear headset or otherwise—is to simply wear the headphones underneath the fabric hood, thereby using the headphones as intended.
Also, if you’re on the move and carting around luggage or a backpack, what’s to keep the headphones from simply flying off your head? Moreover, as the Verge noted, a specifically designed oversized gamer hoodie actually exists for accommodating larger headsets. It’s made by Champion, which by all indications seems to know a thing or two about sweatshirt design.
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Look, I absolutely understand the need to bridge form and function, and there’s nothing necessarily bad about this sweatshirt design. I can also get down with the idea of functional gaming athleisure. But particularly if you want to take advantage of the best possible sound from those headphones you likely spent a not-insignificant amount of money on, why not just wear them as they were meant to be used, you know? That’s all I’m saying!