(Reuters) - Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn set her sights on a fifth victory this year as she moved to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Women’s Open on Friday. Jutanugarn completed the final two holes of her delayed first round in the morning, where she finished at four-under-par, then fired a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 in the second round to move to 12-under and take command. The second ranked player in the world, Jutanugarn won the Women's British Open in her last event but withdrew from the third round at the Rio Olympics with a knee injury.
With Apple working overtime in an effort to attract new subscribers to Apple Music, and steal away users from Spotify in the process, the company has doubled down on artist exclusives as a marketing strategy. Over the past few months, Apple has successfully managed to convince a number of big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean to release new albums exclusively on Apple Music. Predictably, Spotify isn’t a fan of Apple’s business strategy and has reportedly begun retaliating against artists who opt to release exclusives on Apple Music. According to a recent report from Bloomberg , artists who get into bed with Apple may discover that their content becomes harder for users to find on Spotify. DON’T MISS: Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? Bloomberg's report reads in part: Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify’s strategy has reportedly been in-place for about a year but it’s unclear if it’s had any discernible effect. If anything, the big name artists likely to release exclusives on Apple Music are hardly the type of artists who need any sort of promotional push from Spotify. What’s more, I’ve noticed that when Apple Music exclusives finally make their way to Spotify, such content immediately skyrockets to the top of the Spotify charts. In other words, prominent placement and cash from Apple may ultimately outweigh whatever type of punishment Spotify is capable of handing down. The larger takeaway here is that the tension between Spotify and Apple has been heating up for some time and may continue to escalate in the months ahead. Interestingly enough, the recent release of Frank Ocean’s new album as an Apple Music exclusive prompted Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grange to declare that Universal artists will no longer be allowed to release exclusives on any particular streaming service.
Next week is going to be exceptionally busy, with Apple slated to reveal the iPhone 7 and Sony preparing to announce a slim PS4 alongside a "high-end" PS4 . For those of us who cover the worlds of technology and entertainment, it's important to relieve as much stress as possible the weekend before big events, which is why I'm watching this new Captain America: Civil War blooper reel on repeat. SEE ALSO: New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in September With such stellar ensemble casts, it's never surprising to see actors in Marvel's movies cracking each other up on the set. Plus, it's hard not to crack a smile when you know your movie is primed to rake in $1 billion at the box office. But seriously, I could watch Captain America shoot finger guns and make "pew pew" sounds for an entire movie, in case Marvel's running low on ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHl3OskH84 If you want to see more special features from Captain America: Civil War , you can pick up the movie in Digital HD format on September 2nd and on physical Blu-ray on September 13th . Those special features include a Making Of video, a sneak peek at Doctor Strange , deleted and extended scenes and a commentary track with brothers/directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
Brasília (AFP) - All day the elevator operators in Brazil's Senate take politicians on rides, but the senators, they say, are moving the country only in one direction -- down. Humble men literally rubbing shoulders with some of Brazil's most powerful, the elevator operators have a unique window on the upper chamber, where suspended president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial is underway. "I've never seen the Senate or the House of Deputies ever vote something that was for the people.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday warned that the Arab Spring style of protests would fall flat in Zimbabwe after police fired teargas and beat up protesters staging the latest of a string of highly charged demonstrations. Dozens of police blocked off the site of the opposition rally for electoral reforms by 2018, when 92-year-old Mugabe who has ruled the southern African country for decades will seek re-election. The protesters responded to the clampdown by throwing stones at the police while some set tyres ablaze and others pulled down the sign for a street named after Mugabe.
Inside the sleepy canteen of Idomeni, the Greek railway post on the border with Macedonia, the ring of a phone breaks the endless silence. There, amid the oak trees and the rocks and the hot dust, they bide their time in hiding, desperate to cross into Macedonia illegally. A few months ago, Idomeni was a sprawling tent city of over 8,000 people sleeping in the muddy fields, yearning to be allowed to travel to northern Europe in search of safety and a better future.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage left an obscene tirade on the voicemail of a Democratic lawmaker who criticized his remark that 90 percent of the drug dealers arrested in the state are black and Hispanic. He also told reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes. LePage later said that was a metaphor and he meant no physical harm.
A woman who said she was selling crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car appeared to become frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters loose on riders, then urinated on herself, according to social media posts and news reports. Two days later, on Friday, a woman who identified herself as Zaida Pugh came forward, saying she staged the episode as a prank to raise awareness of how people treat the homeless. After the crickets were set free, some of them jumped on passengers, who apparently were not in on the prank.
The MTV Video Music Awards have long been more about the show than the actual winners, and this year the network will go all-out by letting the stars run wild. Stepping back from award ceremonies' traditional penchant for down-to-the-second scripts, MTV producers said they have simply selected the artists for Sunday's extravaganza and will leave it to them to decide what to do. The show, to be broadcast to more than 120 countries, will provide an open platform for outspoken stars including rapper Kanye West, who used last year's show to announce, however improbably, that he will run for president in 2020.
The historic ceasefire between Colombia's government and the FARC rebel group will not end the government's commitment to fighting crime, the country's defense minister said Friday. "We are in a ceasefire (with the FARC), but will not cease persecuting crime," Luis Carlos Villegas said. Soldiers and police would continue to combat kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking, smuggling, illegal mining and human trafficking even after the ceasefire officially begins Monday, he added.
An Ethiopian worker was killed and 18 Egyptians were injured when the roof of a building under construction collapsed in Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported on Friday. The men had been doing metalwork at the time, Okaz reported. A day earlier, two Pakistanis died in a separate construction accident in Mecca, the newspaper said.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho's methods are already bearing fruit ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Hull City on Saturday. United have won their two opening games, against Bournemouth and Southampton, and go into the weekend level on points with Manchester City, Chelsea and, unexpectedly, Hull at the head of the table.
By Lesley Wroughton and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a joint news conference after more than nine hours of off-and-on talks in Geneva, said teams from both sides would try to finalize details in coming days in the Swiss city. Kerry said the talks with Lavrov had "achieved clarity on the path forward" but together they offered few details on how they planned to renew a February cessation of hostilities and improve humanitarian assistance.
BEIJING (AP) — A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society: A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner.
SYDNEY (AP) — It was more than two hours before the start of Saturday's U.S. college season opener between California and Hawaii, and Anthony Goodluck and his son were already milling outside Sydney's Olympic stadium, soaking up the early atmosphere.
This was supposed to be the new -- new! -- Donald Trump, the more temperate Republican candidate who had emerged in the past two weeks seeking to broaden his appeal to a more diverse electorate. The White House hopeful has been more disciplined in form, reading from prepared speeches and focusing his fire on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, pounding away at the theme that donors to the Clinton Foundation charity were given special access to the then-secretary of state and her aides. By presenting that seemingly less abrasive and more tolerant image, Trump hopes to accomplish two objectives: to gain support in minority communities where Clinton holds an overwhelming advantage, and to persuade middle-class whites offended by his more contentious rhetoric that they can safely return to the Republican fold.
Japan takes its aid and trade show to Africa on Saturday, opening a huge two-day development conference in Kenya, hoping that quality will trump quantity in the battle for influence against cash-rich China. It will be the first time that the conference, known as TICAD -- the Tokyo International Conference on African Development -- has taken place in Africa, with all five previous events hosted in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- fresh from an appearance as Super Mario at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony -- will use the opportunity to meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa, among them Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa's Jacob Zuma.
Donald Trump's personal doctor, who gave the Republican presidential candidate a glowing health report, told NBC News Friday that he penned that note in five minutes as Trump's car waited. "I try to get four or five lines down as fast as possible so that they would be happy," physician Harold Bornstein of New York's Lenox Hill Hospital said. Bornstein did say he stands by the original bill of health he gave Trump, who at age 70 -- 16 months older than Clinton -- would be the oldest person to assume the presidency if elected.
One of Africa's largest oil producers and among the continent's wealthier nations, small lush Gabon holds a presidential election Saturday at a time of rising social tension due to the global slump in oil prices. The vote sees one of the strongest challenges yet to 50 years of rule by the Bongo family, with incumbent Ali Bongo, who stepped into his father's shoes on his death in 2009, challenged by a former top African diplomat, ex-African Union Commission chief Jean Ping. Because of its potential to use abundant offshore oil reserves discovered in the 1970s to build a strong middle class, Gabon was once dubbed "central Africa's little emirate".
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn roared back to form with a superb eight-under-par 64 to claim a three-shot lead at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open on Friday. British Open champion Ariya limped out of the Olympics last week after a knee injury derailed her bid for a medal after she had taken a first-round lead. Ariya said her sore knee had improved gradually over the course of the week following her withdrawal in the third round in Rio.
The people of Gabon vote Saturday to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat and close associate of his late father, who ran the country for 41 years. The election takes place in a climate of persistent social unrest driven in large part by the economic impact of the slump in the price of oil, which has long dominated Gabon's economy. Bongo, 57, and ex-African Union Commission chief Jean Ping, 73, who both worked under Omar Bongo until he died in 2009, are seen as the only credible candidates among a field of 10.
Ali Bongo of Gabon, running for a second term in Saturday's presidential election, has spent more than half his 57 years cruising the corridors of power. Known variously by his initials ABO, Ali B and the less flattering "Monsieur Fils" for succeeding his father who ruled Gabon for 40 years, the usually reticent Bongo has emerged as a man on fire during the campaign. In recent weeks the people of Gabon have seen a new side to their president -- one who is relaxed, cracks jokes and performs pop songs.
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles and agreed to take "significant measures" in response the latest series of launches. The 15-member council issued the toughly-worded condemnation in a unanimous statement drafted by the United States and backed by China, Pyongyang's main ally. Council members agreed to "continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures," said the statement, without elaborating.
Italy prepared for an emotional day of mourning Saturday with flags across the country to fly at half mast in honour of the 281 victims of a devastating earthquake. Grieving families began burying their dead Friday as rescue workers combing the rubble said they had found no new survivors in the remote mountain villages in central Italy blitzed by Wednesday's powerful pre-dawn quake. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella were set to attend a funeral service Saturday in the city of Ascoli-Piceno for some of the 46 people who died in the mountain villages of Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August on Friday night, calling them "grave violations" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.
CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2c3bhOD.)
Hong Kong's first Zika patient tested negative for the virus on Friday and was discharged from hospital, the government said in a statement. On Thursday, the Centre for Health Protection had said the 38-year-old woman, who had returned to Hong Kong after spending two weeks in in the Caribbean, had tested positive. Zika was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas.
Bankrupt U.S. teen retailer Aeropostale Inc received bids this week for its business from private equity firm Sycamore Partners, as well as liquidators, firms that wind down businesses, according to people familiar with the matter. Investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC did not submit a bid for the business, the people said. Versa had been preparing a stalking horse offer for Aeropostale as a going concern business, and the retailer had received court approval to pay some of the expenses incurred by Versa in putting together the proposal.
(Reuters) - Patrick Reed moved one step closer in his bid for a fifth PGA Tour win and an automatic selection for next month's Ryder Cup as he seized a two-stroke lead after Friday's second round of The Barclays in Farmingdale, New York. The burly American, co-leader with Scotland's Martin Laird overnight, mixed six birdies with three bogeys in bright sunshine to card a three-under-par 68 on the challenging layout at Bethpage Black.
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday refused to block a California law tightening vaccination requirements for schoolchildren in the state. The measure eliminated the so-called personal beliefs and religious exemptions from California's school vaccination law, meaning that only children with a valid medical excuse could forego vaccinations for such childhood diseases as measles and polio. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego last month, asked for an injunction to stop the requirements from going into effect, but Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that state legislatures have a "long history of requiring children to be vaccinated as a condition to school enrollment," and not allowing personal or religious exemptions.
Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren't actually unlimited -- you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster. This plan is called Unlimited Freedom Premium , which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn't understand the meaning of the word "Unlimited" in the first place. DON'T MISS: Does it even matter that last year’s iPhone 6s is so much faster than the new Galaxy Note 7? On Sprint's regular "Unlimited" plan, you have unlimited data, but limits on what you can use it for. Video streaming is limited to 480p, and gaming is throttled to 2Mbps. The "Unlimited Freedom Premium" (gags) ups those limits to 1080p and 8Mbps respectively. If you want to stream 4K video, good luck. So, you pay $80 per month, $20 more than the regular plan, and it's still not actually unlimited. This isn't just Sprint's problem, in all fairness. T-Mobile has similar limitations on its "Unlimited" plans, and you can also remove those limitations for $15 per month. (Just to keep score here: T-Mobile invented the concept of an "unlimited plus" plan first, and Sprint is copying T-Mobile's badness.) https://twitter.com/marceloclaure/status/769172070110461952 Sprint has been confused over naming before. Marcelo Claure, Sprint's outspoken CEO who has proven in the past that he doesn't understand what unlimited means , keeps referring to Sprint's plan as #BestUnlimitedOnThePlanet. As well as being a hashtag that's way too long, it's also false. As previously pointed out, plenty of non-American carriers offering genuinely unlimited plans for less money, so unless you could 480p-throttled video as a good feature, Sprint is clearly worse. Terminology aside, I still think T-Mobile and Sprint's new data plans are great options for almost everyone. I don't personally care about watching HD video on my mobile device, so I think the plans are just fine. But the naming is a problem. We've fought long and hard to establish net neutrality for broadband providers exactly to stop this kind of preferential internet treatment. If the power company told you you were getting unlimited electricity for the month, you'd rightly assume you can keep the lights on all night and turn the heating up to 11. In T-Mobile and Sprint's version of the world, what you get to do is keep all the energy-saving lightbulbs turned on, and pay $20 a month if you want the AC on full blast. Sure, the new plans are good, but the naming is important. Unlimited should mean unlimited, and the entire concept of "Unlimited Freedom Premium" should have been DOA.
NEWS BRIEF As suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings, her predecessor and mentor may soon face his own legal battle. Brazilian police on Friday recommended that prosecutors bring corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, and his wife, Marisa Leticia, for accepting bribes and laundering money. Prosecutors must now decide whether to ask a judge for an indictment.
Ask the residents of any major American city to vote on a program of total aerial surveillance––where the cops would record footage of everything that happened within municipal borders, then store the high-resolution video on hard drives, so that they could effectively go back in time, tracing the outdoor movements of any individual––and the proposal would, at the very least, trigger furious debate.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family's foundation against Donald Trump's criticism on Friday and declared she's confident there will be no major further accusations involving the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.