Twitter creates new emoji for COP21 climate summit in Paris



Twitter unveiled at least three new climate-related emoji to mark the U.N. Climate Summit, which is activated using the hashtag #COP21. More than 140 world leaders, including President Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, are in Paris for the high-stakes event.

The summit is aimed at forging the first-ever truly global agreement to cut emissions of planet warming greenhouse gases

.@twitter has created new emojis to mark the beginning of the UN Climate Conference in Paris#COP21

— UN Climate Action (@UNFCCC) November 30, 2015

Many climate scientists and activists view the gathering of at least 40,000 diplomats, world leaders and members of civil society organizations as the last chance to limit global warming to the globally agreed target of 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels Read more…

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This baby was so excited to meet Santa, he couldn’t stay awake



He sees you when you’re sleeping — and then he takes a nap.

Donnie Walters, the owner of Donnie’s Daddy Daycare, took his 6-month-old son, Zeke, to a department store to meet Santa for the first time on Nov. 26. That can really tire a kid out

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‘Gods of Egypt’ director is really sorry for casting white actors as Egyptian gods



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas apologized for casting mostly white actors in his upcoming film based on Egyptian mythology.

The filmmaker and studio Lionsgate issued separate statements on Friday acknowledging the controversy sparked by the release of the film’s first trailer two weeks ago, featuring a cast led by Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Australian director Proyas, who was born in Egypt, said it is clear that their casting choices should have been more diverse. Read more…

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So long, Cyber Monday: How retailers can succeed in a new commerce environment



Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Cyber Monday. A decade ago, only slightly more than 1 billion people were using the Internet, smartphones weren’t yet part of our daily lives and a new site called YouTube had only recently launched. A lot has changed in those 10 short years – including the way we shop.

Technology’s rapid pace has put consumers in the driver’s seat and sparked an entirely new era of commerce.

This year, almost 74% of the U.S.’s mobile phone users have smart phones, an increase of nearly 12% from 2014, according to a recent TNS and eBay holiday survey.

Combine this with the fact that social networks have democratized direct engagement between consumers and their favorite brands, and that mobile banking has made these same customers more comfortable with virtual transactions, and it should come as no surprise that more people are shopping online today than ever before. 2014 was the most connected holiday shopping season to date, and this year promises to be even bigger. Read more…

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Behind the scenes on ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ — which almost had a different title



Good grief. It’s been 50 years since CBS first aired A Charlie Brown Christmas, the classic Peanuts special that’s become a staple of our holiday television-viewing experience. That’s a half-century of exploring the true meaning of Christmas; five decades of wonderment at the synchronous dancing twins; generations of chills as the Peanuts come together to turn a sad little tree into the best tannenbaum ever.

We know the show so well that many of us can recite the dialogue from memory. Yet, surprisingly, the Charles Schulz creation, which airs again on November 30 at 8 PM ET on ABC (after a one hour special), still holds a few surprises. Read more…

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Obama says Paris climate talks an ‘act of defiance’ after attacks



Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an “act of defiance” against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

Obama used his speech to more than 150 world leaders to salute Paris and its people for “insisting this crucial conference go on” just two weeks after attacks that killed 130 in the French capital. He said leaders had converged to show resolve to fight terrorism and uphold their values at the same time.

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The Holiday season is up upon us. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy eggnog during the holidays. This recipe leaves out the egg and dairy. Not only is this drank delicious, but it’s good for you as well. One of the ingredients is pecans. They help …

Ladies Night event to benefit Spruce Run-Womencare Alliance

BREWER, Maine — A Ladies Night featuring 35 vendors will take place 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road. Admission is by donation to benefit Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance. Those who make a donation will receive raffle tickets to win gift baskets filled with products from local business. …

World leaders launch bid to rein in climate change in Paris

World leaders launched an ambitious attempt Monday to hold back the earth’s rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at a “breaking point” in the fight against global warming.

How Technology Is Increasing the Number of Jobs We Have

An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Guardian takes a look at the way in which we hold jobs as technology as changes. Its central thesis is this: “My father had one job in his life, I’ve had six in mine, my kids will have six at the same time.” This may compress the generational changes a bit, but it’s an interesting point; the average time people spend at one job has been trending downward for a long time. As technology enables the so-called “gig economy” (or “sharing economy,” if you prefer), we’re seeing many more people start to hold multiple jobs, working whichever one happens to give them something to do at a given time. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says, “This sharing economy is reestablishing the commons in a hi-tech landscape. Commons came about when people formed communities by taking the meager resources they had and sharing then to create more value. The method of regulation of these systems is also comparable. If people are trusted and vouched for they are accepted as part of the sharing economy group. If they behave badly they are excluded. Your social capital means everything in this new economy.”

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