Twitter updates level the playing field for emoji character counts

Twitter announced today on its developer forum that all emojis will count evenly toward the platform’s maximum 280 character limit. Before this update, various modifiers such as gender and skin tone caused certain emojis to use up more characters than other emojis. Practically, this means that now every emoji counts as the same amount of […]

Manafort is pleading guilty to two criminal counts in Washington federal court – reports

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges, as part of a plea deal between Manafort and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to US media reports, Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Manafort had been facing […]

The sweet spot for boosting creativity during running could be a medium-paced jog — but where you exercise also counts

Ivanko80 / Shutterstock Running can help us spark creativity and come up with new ideas. But there is such a thing as over-exercising. The ideal duration and distance for a run is hard to define. It depends on many factors, including how fit you are, and even how fit you think you are. To achieve […]

Trump voter on Manafort jury says one holdout prevented complete conviction on all counts in high-stakes fraud trial

Fox News A juror who participated in the trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said just one holdout prevented the jury from convicting Manafort on all of the 18 federal charges he faced. In a Fox News interview on Wednesday, Paula Duncan, a self-described Trump supporter, said the unidentified juror was […]

3 Pennsylvania men charged with 1,460 counts of ‘sexual intercourse with animals’

Three Pennsylvania men have been arrested and charged with 1,460 counts of “sexual intercourse with animals,” in addition to animal abuse and endangering the welfare of children, according to Clearfield County District Attorney. In what District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr described as one of the “most extreme cases of animal abuse,” the three suspects were […]

Canadian police charge New Brunswick shooting suspect with 4 counts of first-degree murder

Fredericton Police Force via Associated Press Canadian authorities charged 48-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond with four counts of first-degree murder on Saturday. Raymond allegedly shot dead two police officers and two civilians in a shooting that struck a nerve in the country. The victims have been identified as police Const. Robb Costello, 45, police Const. Sara […]

Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers

Enlarge A recently discovered hole in Valve’s API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now closed this inadvertent data leak, Ars can still provide the data it revealed as a historical record of the aggregate popularity of […]

Conor McGregor charged with three counts of assault for bizarre attack on UFC press event

John Locher/AP Conor McGregor has been charged by the New York Police Department for his involvement in an unpredecented attack at a UFC press conference on Thursday. Two UFC fighters were hospitalised in the incident and are unable to fight at Saturday’s big UFC 223 show. McGregor’s friend Artem Lobov, who was also scheduled to […]