Starbucks will phase out plastic straws by 2020

The people have spoken, and they’re sick of plastic straws. Starbucks is moving to eradicate sustainability’s enemy No. 1 by 2020, the coffee chain announced Monday, revealing that it will phase out straws in favor of sippy cup-like lids. The move comes after Starbucks’ birthplace of Seattle officially banned plastic straws, and the company says this will save more than 1 billion straws from the landfill. Starbucks first unveiled the new lids in 2016, using them on foam-topped drinks in just one Seattle store. The lipped lid now lets customers sip cold foam off Nitro drinks in most North American shops, per the announcement. By 2020, every iced drink except… Read More

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Facebook Plans Inuktut Version (But Needs Help Translating)

Facebook is asking Inuktut speakers for their help in translating the social networking site into the language of the North. Starting on Monday, which is also Nunavut Day, Inuktut speakers can access the Translate Facebook app, where they will be presented with words and phrases from Facebook’s interface and asked to provide an Inuktut translation. People can also vote on the suggestions, and the results will eventually be used for an Inuktut version of Facebook that will be launched sometime next year. Kevin Chan, head of public policy at Facebook Canada, said the idea follows a roundtable with Indigenous leaders who said they wanted a Facebook interface in their own… Read More

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FBI memos indicate reporters gave investigators the code to a storage unit where Paul Manafort kept his records

Two FBI memos obtained by the legal team of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, appear to indicate that Justice Department officials exchanged information about their probe with Associated Press reporters, Politico reports. While Manafort’s lawyers are attempting to argue that the reporters were leaked information about the investigation during the April 2017 meeting, violating Justice Department policies and possibly the law, the AP reporters also apparently gave the FBI information in return — including the access code for a storage unit where Manafort kept records of his business dealings. Manafort has been accused of financial crimes, like conspiracy to launder money, as well as conspiracy against the United… Read More

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