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Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia`s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.
Japan is taking emergency steps to boost the number of child welfare workers by 60 percent within five years, spurred by the death of a child whose handwritten notes seeking forgiveness from her abusive parents have shaken the nation.

The Martins

  • YouTube has shut down the popular FamilyOFive channel over "child endangerment" concerns.
  • The channel racked up 176 million views and featured couple, Michael and Heather Martin, playing pranks on their children.
  • Michael and Heather were convicted of child neglect in September 2017 and lost custody of two of their five children.


YouTube has terminated the popular FamilyOFive channel, in which couple Michael and Heather Martin posted "prank" videos featuring their children, over child abuse concerns.

Michael Martin started vlogging on the channel DaddyOFive, where he and his wife Heather orchestrated "pranks" on their five children. The Martins drew criticism as many viewed the "pranks" as child abuse.

In one video, Michael prompted one of the children to slap his sister, and another showed him pushing his young son Cody into a bookcase.

The Martins have maintained in the past that the videos are in part staged, and the children are in on the joke. Nevertheless in September, following outcry about a video where Michael and Heather squirted invisible ink on Cody`s carpet and then screamed obscenities at him, the pair were sentenced to five years probation for child neglect and lost custody of their two youngest children, Emma and Cody.

Following the conviction, the couple deleted all the videos on the DaddyOFive account — save one which stated that the pranks were fakes — and moved from Maryland to West Virginia where they recommenced vlogging from an account called FamilyOFive. The new account racked up 176 million views, according to the Guardian.

On Wednesday, YouTube shut down the FamilyOFive account, as well as an affiliated gaming channel operated by Michael. A YouTube spokesman said "content that endangers children is unacceptable to us."

"We have worked extensively alongside experts in child safety to make sure we have strict policies and are aggressively enforcing them," he told Business Insider. "Given this channel owner’s previous strikes for violating our guidelines prohibiting child endangerment, we’re removing all of his channels under our terms of service."

The Martins told local news station WUSA9 in a written statement they have "worked very hard to reestablish and heal ourselves over the last 18 months" and intend to continue producing videos "within the strict boundaries we have set for ourselves."

After YouTube banned the Martins, their children Jake, Ryan and Alex uploaded a video to a channel called Team DO5 Fans entitled "Goodbye Youtube," in which they say that the pranks are harmless and planned.

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  • WhatsApp is trying to make it harder for people to spread fake news.
  • It`s limiting people`s ability to forward messages to more than 20 people at a time.
  • Indian users can only forward messages to five people at a time.
  • The Indian government has said WhatsApp users forwarding fake news to big groups of people led to a spate of lynchings.


WhatsApp is dramatically limiting the ability for people to forward messages after the Indian government blamed fake news going viral via messages for a recent spate of mob violence.

The change means it`ll be much harder for people to forward messages — including fake news — to lots of contacts at once. Now users around the world will only be able to forward messages to 20 people at once.

In India, where viral fake news on WhatsApp has been blamed for increased mob lynchings, people will only be able to forward messages to five people at once. The previous forwarding limit was 250.

WhatsApp explained the changes in a blog post on Thursday. The company said: "We believe that these changes — which we`ll continue to evaluate — will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: A private messaging app."

The company will also end the "quick forward" function in India, which allowed users to quickly forward on videos and photos.

The use of WhatsApp to spread fake news is an extremely serious issue in India. Recently, 30 people were arrested after a 2,000-person mob became incensed by WhatsApp rumours of a child kidnapping and lynched a man.

The Indian government threatened to take legal action against WhatsApp after this and a string of other lynchings. There have reportedly been at least 20 lynchings in the past two months caused by child abduction allegations, according to The Guardian. There have been similar issues in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

WhatsApp`s own privacy functionality, end-to-end encryption, means the company can`t actually track who is spreading fake news or how. That suggests there won`t be a full crackdown any time soon.

And WhatsApp`s parent company, Facebook, is reluctant to police speech on any of its platforms. In a recent interview with Recode, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wouldn`t theoretically ban Holocaust deniers because they weren`t "intentionally" getting it wrong and because people deserved a voice.

Facebook is, however, going to start pulling down fake news if it incites violence. The strategy was outlined this week and will involve Facebook working with outside organisations to determine if false information is potentially dangerous. It will initially be rolled out in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

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Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Friday denied newspaper reports that he had demanded the resignation of Economy Minister Giovanni Tria if Tria did not back government nominees to head key companies.
Whoever wins next week`s election in Pakistan will have to urgently resolve a currency crisis that threatens to put the brakes on the fast-growing economy, with the most likely solution being another bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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A group of U.S. lawmakers are planning to visit Russia again following a rare trip to Moscow by Republican members of Congress this month, Interfax news agency cited Russia`s ambassador to the United States as saying on Friday.
Facebook Inc`s WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumors led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities.
Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, the Interfax news agency cited Russia`s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.
The governor of Syria`s Quneitra province said he expected the evacuation of insurgents to start on Friday, after rebels agreed to surrender their territory to the state.
A South Korean court sentenced former president Park Geun-hye to eight more years in prison on Friday after finding her guilty on charges of causing loss of government funds and interfering in a 2016 parliamentary election.
Malaysia will release on July 30 a long-awaited report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the transport minister said on Friday.
Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone.
Britons will from next week start receiving weekly information bulletins from the government about how to make sure they`re ready for a disorderly Brexit, The Times reported on Friday.

Fortnite Season 5_skins

  • A new report estimates that "Fortnite: Battle Royale" has generated a billion dollars in revenue.
  • The report says that the free-to-play game`s revenue came entirely from in-game purchases, even though the virtual goods give players no competitive advantage.
  • This means that Fortnite has now taken in more money than several of last year`s highest worldwide-grossing blockbusters, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Marvel Studios` "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Wonder Woman;" and more than double the gross worldwide earnings of the latest Star Wars flick, "Solo."


"Fortnite: Battle Royale," the free video game mode that took the world by storm last Fall, is a billion dollar business. That`s according to a new report by SuperData, which estimates that the game has generated more than 1 billion in revenue across all platforms.

For some perspective, this means that Fortnite has now made more money than several of last year`s highest worldwide-grossing blockbuster films, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Marvel Studios` "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Wonder Woman;" and more than double the gross worldwide earnings of the latest Star Wars flick, "Solo."

The report points out that the revenue comes entirely from in-game purchases, which — in Fortnite`s case — offer no competitive advantage to the game. In the game, an entirely optional 10 Battle Pass allows players to earn and collect in-game currency called V-bucks, which they can spend on costumes, accessories and dance moves for their playable character. But if you don`t want to play the game enough to unlock these perks, you can also purchase more V-bucks with real bucks, at a rate of 1,000 V-bucks for 9.99.

The most expensive character outfits — called "skins" in the gaming world — go for 2,000 V-bucks, or 20.

Fortnite was not the first game to bring the battle royale genre the to the masses. Games like DayZ, H1Z1, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds popularized the "Hunger Games"-style formula, in which a hundred players are dropped onto a shrinking play area, and must scavenge for weapons and supplies in an effort to be the last man standing. 

At launch, the game was available for PC and PlayStation 4. Today, it can be played for free on PCs, any gaming console, and on mobile iOS devices.

Fortnite: Battle Royale was first introduced as a free-to-play, early access mode of the original "Fortnite" title, a 60 zombie survival game that creators at Epic Games had been developing for more than five years.

The "Battle Royale" mode has now become vastly more popular than the original game — so much so that it is widely referred to with the full game`s shorter title — thanks in large part to attention from celebrities and a large group of prominent video game streamers, like Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who play the game on live streaming platforms like Twitch or YouTube Gaming for millions of fans to watch.

Fortnite has, in turn, helped Blevins, a former professional esports athlete, become a celebrity in his own right, complete with multi-million-dollar sponsorships, official merchandise, and an invitation to the 2018 ESPY Awards.

Great being on the @espys #redcarpet w/ @ninja pic.twitter.com/56XWoqJ37R

— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) July 18, 2018

Since Fortnite has skyrocketed the  battle royale genre to worldwide popularity, several other video game series have sought to emulate their success, and they`re right to do so. SuperData predicts that games which feature a battle royale mode will earn 12 percent of all gaming revenue in 2018. Most notably, the upcoming installment of "Call of Duty: Black Ops" will feature the franchise`s first take on battle royale. 

The data shows that Fortnite saw its largest spike in players early this year, and at the time, many speculated that the free game was simply experiencing a fleeting moment of hype that would quickly dissipate.

Today, ten months after its launch in 2017, Fortnite is still the most-streamed and most-watched game on Twitch, an this impressive benchmark has placed the game among the most popular video games of all time, and signals that Fortnite is going to continue to be very profitable for a very long time. 

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A South Korean court sentenced former president Park Geun-hye to eight more years in prison on Friday after finding her guilty on charges of causing loss of government funds and interfering in a 2016 parliamentary election.
A South Korean company`s claims that it has discovered the wreck of a Russian warship containing 130 billion in gold "treasure" off South Korea has been met with scepticism from researchers and regulators in Seoul.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to New Delhi in September for high-level talks that were twice postponed this year, the Indian foreign ministry announced on Friday.
A Singaporean company official has been charged for allegedly supplying luxury goods to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, according to court documents on Friday.
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sent back to jail on Friday following the dismissal of an appeal against a conviction for misconduct in public office, but with his sentence reduced from 20 months to 12 months.
Six U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday to restrict loans from international financial institutions to Turkey "until the Turkish government ends the unjust detention of U.S. citizens", a senate committee statement said.
A Vietnamese court has ordered the deportation of an American man of Vietnamese descent detained during nationwide protests last month, state media reported on Friday.
President Trump had a historic summit, and after 64 matches, World Cup 2018 is over. What do you remember from the week that was?
The one-day trial of an American man of Vietnamese descent who was detained during nationwide protests in Vietnam last month opened in a Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday, a court official told Reuters.
A Singaporean company official has been charged in court for allegedly supplying luxury goods to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, Singapore`s Straits Times newspaper reported on Friday.
When President Donald Trump insisted he meet his Russian counterpart one-on-one, he cited the potential for leaks as rationale to bar aides from attending the session.
President Trump is turning heads again. After coming under intense fire for his stunning remarks, effectively siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community in Helsinki, Trump has doubled down on his rogue policies toward Russia.
Facebook Inc`s WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after Indian authorities sought curbs on spread of rumors that have led to violent incidents.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega urged protesters on Thursday to end what he described as their attempt to destabilize the country, after police and heavily armed supporters suppressed weeks of protests in clashes that killed almost 300 people.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reacted to breaking news that Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for a visit to Washington in the fall, according to the White House.
CNN`s Jake Tapper reacts to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders` statement that says President Trump disagrees with Putin`s "sincere" proposal to interrogate Americans.
Facebook Inc`s WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after a series of violent incidents in India triggered by false social media messages.
The widowed husband of Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has won a bitter legal dispute over her estate after a court found in his favor on Friday.
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sent back to jail on Friday following the dismissal of a legal appeal against a misconduct in public office conviction, but he had his jail term cut from 20 months to 12 months.
There will be verdicts, votes -- and now Vlad? And it`ll all end with a victory parade of sorts. This fall is going to be *lit* in Washington.
President Donald Trump hopes to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington this fall, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
WASHINGTON - 20 July 2018: Senate Republican leaders on Thursday pulled the plug on one of President Donald Trump`s judicial nominees after lawmakers raised concerns about racially insensitive articles he wrote as a college student, marking the first time a Trump U.S. appeals court pick was not confirmed.

The Republican-led Senate had been poised to vote on whether to confirm Ryan Bounds, a federal prosecutor, to sit on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the nomination would be withdrawn.

A White House official said that Bounds has pulled his name from consideration by the Senate, where Trump`s fellow Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-49 majority. The failure of the Bounds nomination could bolster Democratic hopes of blocking Trump`s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

The only black Republican U.S. senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, was pivotal in the Bounds nomination`s downfall.

"After talking with the nominee last night and meeting with him today, I had unanswered questions that led to me being unable to support him," Scott said in a statement.

At his confirmation hearing in May, Democratic senators pressed Bounds on newspaper columns he wrote as a student at Stanford University in the 1990s that they said showed an insensitively toward racial minorities and victims of sexual harassment.

In one article, Bounds was critical of groups on campus that promoted diversity.

"I am mystified because these tactics seem always to contribute more to restricting consciousness, aggravating intolerance and pigeonholing cultural identities than many a Nazi bookburning," Bounds wrote.

Bounds apologized during the hearing for the "overheated" tone of some of the articles but defended their substance, saying he opposed characterizing people by race.

No other Trump appeals court nominations have failed, although several nominees to federal district courts have previously been withdrawn.

Bounds was opposed by both of his home-state senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who said the White House did not sufficiently consult them about the nomination and that Bounds had not been forthcoming about his student writings. Wyden and Merkley lobbied Republican senators to oppose the nomination.

"I`m pleased our Republican colleagues had a conversation" and "encouraged the White House to withdraw this nominee," Merkley told reporters.
20 July 2018: One of President Emmanuel Macron`s top security officers was at the centre of an escalating scandal for the French leader on Thursday after being filmed assaulting a protester during a May Day demonstration.

Le Monde newspaper published a video showing Alexandre Benalla striking and then stamping on a young man while wearing a police helmet and visor during the protest in central Paris.

Benalla, who is not a policeman and previously worked as a private bodyguard, had been given permission to "observe police operations" in Paris during a day off on the May 1 public holiday, Macron`s office said.

The presidential palace added that Benalla was suspended without pay for two weeks after the incident and had been transferred to an administrative role instead of organising security for Macron`s trips.

"This sanction was to punish unacceptable behaviour and it was a final warning before being sacked," presidential spokesman Bruno Roger-Petit told reporters.

Prosecutors in Paris opened a probe on Thursday into possible charges of violence by a public official, of pretending to be a policeman and the illegal use of police insignia.

Imitating a policeman can lead to a prison term of up to a year and a fine of 15,000 euros.

On Thursday evening it was announced that the Law Commission of the National Assembly will hold an inquiry into the Benalla incident.
20 July 2018: Israel`s parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant discrimination against Arab citizens.

Arab lawmakers and Palestinians called the law "racist" and said it legalised "apartheid" following a tumultuous debate in parliament.

Others said it neglects to specify equality and Israel`s democratic character, implying that the country`s Jewish nature comes first.

The European Union expressed concern and called for the rights of minorities to be respected.

The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, makes Hebrew the country`s national language and defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest.

Arabic, previously considered an official language, was granted only special status.

The law, passed in the early hours of Thursday, speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and says they have a "unique" right to self-determination there, according to its final text.

The legislation becomes part of the country`s basic laws, which serve as a de facto constitution.

"It is our state, the Jewish state, but in recent years some have tried to question that as well as the principles of our existence and our rights," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the vote on the legislation, backed by his right-wing government.

He called its approval a "decisive moment" in Israeli history.

- `Death of democracy` -

A range of opposition politicians denounced the vote. The head of the mainly Arab Joint List alliance Ayman Odeh called it "the death of our democracy".

Arab parliament members who called the legislation "racist" ripped up copies of the bill in the chamber of the Knesset, Israel`s parliament, after it was passed.

"This is a law that encourages not only discrimination, but racism as well," lawmaker Yousef Jabareen said.

Arab citizens account for some 17.5 percent of Israel`s more than eight million population. They have long complained of discrimination.

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, called the legislation a "dangerous and racist law" that "officially legalises apartheid and legally defines Israel as an apartheid system".

Turkey defined the legislation as a "racist" attempt to create "an apartheid state" discriminating against Israeli Arabs.

An EU official said they were "concerned" with the new law and were engaging with Israeli officials on the issue.

"We believe the basic principles, including when it comes to respect of minorities, needs to be assured and needs to be respected," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The sponsor of the law, Avi Dichter from Netanyahu`s Likud party, has said it aims to defend Israel`s "status as a Jewish and democratic state."

But others pointed out that references to "Jewish and democratic" in earlier versions of the law had been removed and that the law lacked references to equality as specified in the country`s 1948 declaration of independence.

Shuki Friedman of the Israel Democracy Institute think tank said much of the law is symbolic, but it would force the courts to consider the country`s Jewish nature and lead to a more "narrow interpretation of Arabs` rights".

By emphasising Israel`s Jewish nature, it is "reducing, not directly but indirectly, its democratic nature," Friedman told AFP.

- Rightward shift -

Various versions of the legislation have been debated for years.

Netanyahu`s government, seen as the most right-wing in the country`s history, had pushed for the law`s approval before the parliament`s summer session ends.

Israelis on Thursday appeared split over the law.

Some, like Roni Pearlman in Tel Aviv, were "sad" and "disappointed".

"Another part of Israeli democracy is being kicked away," she said.

But others, like Yehuda in the city of Holon, welcomed it as a move that "strengthens the connection of the people of Israel to the land of Israel".

"We need to believe in our truth and go all the way with it," he said.

The passage of the law continues Israel`s rightward shift in recent years amid frustration with failed peace agreements with the Palestinians and steady growth in settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu has been in power since 2009, after having also served as premier between 1996 and 1999, and religious nationalist settlement advocates wield strong influence in his current government.

Parliament`s term expires in November 2019, but there has been speculation that Netanyahu, facing a potential corruption indictment, will opt for polls before then and could use the passage of the law to boost his popularity with his base.
Peruvians marched in the streets across the Andean country on Thursday, many carrying effigies of rats or vultures, to demand anti-corruption reforms to clean up the country`s institutions as the head of the judiciary resigned.

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  • The Indian government is threatening to take legal action against WhatsApp following a string of lynchings sparked by hoaxes and misinformation spread virally through the app. 
  • There have been at least 20 lynchings in the last two months.
  • The Facebook-owned messaging app has altered its app to flag forwarded messages, which makes it clear when information is coming from another source. But WhatsApp`s security features means the company cannot simply monitor messages for hoaxes.


25 men were arrested in India on Sunday, after a 2,000-person mob killed a 27-year-old man over baseless rumors that he was a child kidnapper. 

The deadly incident was the latest in a flood of deadly lynchings across the country sparked by hoaxes on social media — and now the Indian government is threatening WhatsApp with legal action over them. 

AFP reports that the Indian government has now publicly warned that it may take action against WhatsApp over the issue, with the information technology ministry issuing a harshly-worded statement on Thursday.

"Rampant circulation of irresponsible messages in large volumes on their platform have not been addressed adequately by WhatsApp," says the statement. "When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief-mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability."

"If (WhatsApp) remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action."

The Facebook-owned messaging app has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over hoaxes and disinformation circulating on its platform, leading to sometimes deadly mob violence. There have reportedly been at least 20 lynchings in the last two months caused by child abduction allegations, according to The Guardian.

WhatsApp`s messages are end-to-end encrypted for security, meaning the company cannot monitor users` messages for misinformation or deliberate hoaxes the way Facebook can on its Messenger app. The company is taking some steps to try and tackle the issue, including flagging messages that have been forwarded, to make it clear that the sender isn`t the original author of the post. It has also taken out full-page newspaper ads to warn about these hoaxes.

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  • A new report estimates that "Fortnite: Battle Royale" has generated a billion dollars in revenue.
  • The report says that the free-to-play game`s revenue came entirely from in-game purchases, even though the virtual goods give players no competitive advantage.
  • This means that Fortnite has now taken in more money than several of last year`s highest worldwide-grossing blockbusters, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Marvel Studios` "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Wonder Woman;" and more than double the gross worldwide earnings of the latest Star Wars flick, "Solo."


"Fortnite: Battle Royale," the free video game mode that took the world by storm last Fall, is a billion dollar business. That`s according to a new report by SuperData, which estimates that the game has generated more than 1 billion in revenue across all platforms.

For some perspective, this means that Fortnite has now made more money than several of last year`s highest worldwide-grossing blockbuster films, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Marvel Studios` "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Wonder Woman;" and more than double the gross worldwide earnings of the latest Star Wars flick, "Solo."

The report points out that the revenue comes entirely from in-game purchases, which — in Fortnite`s case — offer no competitive advantage to the game. In the game, an entirely optional 10 Battle Pass allows players to earn and collect in-game currency called V-bucks, which they can spend on costumes, accessories and dance moves for their playable character. But if you don`t want to play the game enough to unlock these perks, you can also purchase more V-bucks with real bucks, at a rate of 1,000 V-bucks for 9.99.

The most expensive character outfits — called "skins" in the gaming world — go for 2,000 V-bucks, or 20.

Fortnite was not the first game to bring the battle royale genre the to the masses. Games like DayZ, H1Z1, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds popularized the "Hunger Games"-style formula, in which a hundred players are dropped onto a shrinking play area, and must scavenge for weapons and supplies in an effort to be the last man standing. 

At launch, the game was available for PC and PlayStation 4. Today, it can be played for free on PCs, any gaming console, and on mobile iOS devices.

Fortnite: Battle Royale was first introduced as a free-to-play, early access mode of the original "Fortnite" title, a 60 zombie survival game that creators at Epic Games had been developing for more than five years.

The "Battle Royale" mode has now become vastly more popular than the original game — so much so that it is widely referred to with the full game`s shorter title — thanks in large part to attention from celebrities and a large group of prominent video game streamers, like Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who play the game on live streaming platforms like Twitch or YouTube Gaming for millions of fans to watch.

Fortnite has, in turn, helped Blevins, a former professional esports athlete, become a celebrity in his own right, complete with multi-million-dollar sponsorships, official merchandise, and an invitation to the 2018 ESPY Awards.

Great being on the @espys #redcarpet w/ @ninja pic.twitter.com/56XWoqJ37R

— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) July 18, 2018

Since Fortnite has skyrocketed the  battle royale genre to worldwide popularity, several other video game series have sought to emulate their success, and they`re right to do so. SuperData predicts that games which feature a battle royale mode will earn 12 percent of all gaming revenue in 2018. Most notably, the upcoming installment of "Call of Duty: Black Ops" will feature the franchise`s first take on battle royale. 

The data shows that Fortnite saw its largest spike in players early this year, and at the time, many speculated that the free game was simply experiencing a fleeting moment of hype that would quickly dissipate.

Today, ten months after its launch in 2017, Fortnite is still the most-streamed and most-watched game on Twitch, an this impressive benchmark has placed the game among the most popular video games of all time, and signals that Fortnite is going to continue to be very profitable for a very long time. 

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A plastic surgeon known as "Dr. Bumbum" or "Dr. Butt" on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, four days after one of his patients died, police said.
President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump`s failure to publicly confront Putin at their first summit for Moscow`s meddling in the 2016 election.
A Turkish court rejected an Australian request to extradite a citizen it believes is a top recruiter for the Islamic State group, Australia`s foreign minister said on Friday, in a setback for Canberra`s efforts to prosecute him at home.

Mark Mahaney

  • One of the most accurate stock pickers on Wall Street recently shared his list of tips on how to spot winners and losers.
  • While many investors are focused on young companies before they boom, he offered some surprising advice on a better time to buy.

Wall Street analyst Mark Mahaney, managing director at RBC Capital Markets, is widely known as one of the most accurate stock pickers on the Street.

He recently spoke at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, on the surprising methods he`s developed over his 20-year career for spotting winners and losers on the stock market. 

He`s the first to admit that he hasn`t gotten every single call right. His misses, although rare, clearly burn in his memory.

His most major misfires, in his own words: "I put a sell on Amazon in 2003 right before it began one of its major inflection points. I`ve had a buy selectively on Snapchat since its IPO, and I did put a buy on Blue Apron at its IPO," he admitted on stage during his talk, to an appreciative audience.

He said that one key tenet of getting rich on tech stocks is that it`s not for short term thinkers looking to make a few quick bucks.

He also warned that, no matter how solid tech companies look at the time they go public, "there will be blood." They may flourish as startups, and land big checks from a savvy private equity investors, but they "can still blow up" after they go public, he said. "It comes with the territory."

So Mahaney`s top advice was to "focus on fundamentals" while thinking long term. Does the company have a real shot at growing its customer base for many more years to come? If it operates in a huge market, like global advertising (Google), global retail (Amazon) or entertainment (Netflix), the answer is yes. As big as those companies are, they have still only scratched the surface of the global spending in their industries.

He also offered one surprising tips on a good time to pounce on a tech stock: "look for the lucky lexicons." That means to listen for how people talk about companies.

"When companies become verbs, nouns, when they become part of the popular vernacular, that`s usually a pretty good time to invest in the stock," he said.

For instance, it was a good time to invest in Google when people started saying they were going to "Google"for  something instead of search for it, "tweet" something instead of share on social media, it or "Netflix and chill" instead of — well, whatever their evening plans entailed.

When that happens to a company, "their need to advertise has dramatically shrunk because they are already part of the vernacular" and those companies are "usually a safer investment."

As for spotting losers, he said the telltale sign is a sharp decline in growth. This means "there`s something going wrong," he said, like maybe the company has maxed out its market and can`t think of new ways to expand. Tons of turnover in the CEO spot is also a "disaster" for investors.

The whole talk is excellent and punctuated with humor. Take a look.

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