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September 19, 2018

IN THE NEWS: TECH FIRMS TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OFF THEIR PHONES

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you PLEASE put that darn phone down? It’s a request that’s been made to many a gadget freak — by friends, family and co-workers. But now the request is being made — by two of the companies whose products and services have helped so many of us become hooked on their devices. Apple and Google are rolling out new tools to help people manage the time they spend online. The Apple tools are out now, as part of the iOS 12 software rollout for its iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Google’s controls are currently being tested. It’s expected the controls can only do so much without device users exercising some self-control — which is kind of how we got here in the first place.

IN THE NEWS: MAN THREATENS BOY OVER “FORTNITE” LOSS

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Talk about your sore losers. A New York man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to shoot an 11-year-old boy who beat him in the video game “Fortnite.” Police in Suffolk County say 45-year-old threatened to go to the boy’s home to harm him — and alluded to his school. Newsday reports the threats were made through text messages and voicemail starting Monday night. The child had been playing the popular third-person shooter game with Aliperti for several months. The child’s family told police, who increased their presence at the child’s school. Aliperti was arrested on charges of aggravated harassment — and acting in a manner to injure a child. Bail is set at $2,500 — and an order of protection has been issued for the boy.

ON THE WEB: PAPA JOHN’S ROLLS OUT NEW ADS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Better ads, better pizza sales? That’s the approach Papa John’s is taking these days as it tries to distance itself from its founder and public face, John Schnatter (SHNAH’-tur). The company has released new ads showing a diverse group of Papa John’s franchise owners. The ads are aimed at blunting the stigma against the company after it came out that Schnatter used a racial slur at a media training session. Schnatter has apologized and resigned as chairman, though he also says his comments were taken out of context. Since then Papa John’s has been removing his image from company trucks, stores, ads and pizza boxes.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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