Michelle Obama Explains That Look On Her Face During Trump’s Inauguration

interview with ABC that aired Sunday night. “Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics were bad ― that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals,” she said. “But in this case, maybe it did. Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment: I stopped even trying to smile.” Obama also recounted the rage and fear that she had felt in the lead up to the Trump’s election, especially after the surfacing of the …

Lies, damn lies, and HQ2

There are few things certain in our world except for the uplifting tendencies of technology. I’ve spent the past few years trying to prove this to myself, at least, by interviewing hundreds of thinkers on the topic. I’ve come to a singular conclusion: when tech moves into a city, be it an iOS dev shop or a robotic facility for making widgets, things change primarily for the better. Given the recent rush to gain 25,000 or so jobs from Amazon’s …

Why Are Human Breasts So Big?

Breasts come in different shapes and sizes, but there’s one thing they all have in common: They are unique to humans. More than 5,000 mammalian species inhabit this planet. Yet Homo sapiens are the only life forms with permanent breasts. Some may call this human anomaly sexy, but it also raises the question: Why are human breasts so big? Were they an evolutionary mistake? Every other mammal develops temporary breasts during ovulation or nursing. Basically, their purpose is to produce …

She grew up appreciating her diverse heritage. Now she encourages others to do the same.

Maha AJ grew up proud of her Sudanese-Iraqi heritage. Her parents made sure of it. From the time she was little, Maha Jaafar’s (or Maha AJ as she’s known to her fans) family constantly wove her mixed cultural identity into her life. Her dad would show her maps of Sudan and teach her about her culture’s history and traditions, while her mom would show her how to make both Iraqi and Sudanese dishes. “Mom always encouraged us to be proud …

Government backtracks on gaming machines

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals? The maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals will be cut from April after the government bowed to pressure. Ministers had been facing a parliamentary defeat, with several Tory MPs joining opposition politicians to table amendments to the finance bill. The chancellor said in the Budget the maximum bet would be reduced from £100 to £2 from October. But that led to accusations of a delay – with …

Leading Brexiteers back PM amid Tory revolt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May responds to call to stand aside Leading Brexiteers in the cabinet have rallied behind Theresa May amid attempts to unseat her by Tory MPs. Michael Gove said he “absolutely” had confidence in Mrs May as he confirmed he would not be following several other ministers out of the door. And Liam Fox urged MPs to support the PM’s draft Brexit agreement, saying a “deal was better than no deal”. The …

‘Stolen friend’: Rapa Nui seek return of moai statue

Image copyright Chilean Ministry of National Assets Image caption The moai are one of the main attractions for visitors but to locals they have spiritual significance “The British taking the moai from our island is like me going into your house and taking your grandfather to display in my living room,” says Anakena Manutomatoma, who is a native of the island and serves on Rapa Nui’s development commission. “For us, the repatriation of Hoa Hakananai’a is an absolute priority.” Long …

Whats next? The top media executives on the job market

willWe are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new —provide feedback directly to the author, Eric Peckham (@epeckham), our columnist focused on the intersection of media and technology. There’s also a long list of other names you may not recognize but should keep on your radar in the months ahead as they found new startups or take key leadership roles at top media/tech companies. Nick Bell was one of the smartest, most …

Okay, one final Form D note

Some more comments from readers on the changing culture around startups filing their Form Ds with the SEC, and then a short update on SoftBank and a bunch more article reviews. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the authors: Danny at danny@techcrunch.com or Arman at Arman.Tabatabai@techcrunch.com if you like or hate something here. Lawyers are pretty uniform that disclosure is no longer ideal …

Meet Ubers newly promoted chief product officer, Manik Gupta

Manik Gupta got his first taste of solving logistics nightmares when, fresh out of college, he was delivering Palm Pilots around Singapore. He’d started a precursor to Groupon called BuyItTogether. “We were a full-stack marketplace where we were also delivering the goods. That’s what caused us to not have good profit margins. Actually, zero profit margins,” he recalls with a laugh. His new gig isn’t earning profits either. Uber lost nearly $1 billion last quarter. But the company sees Gupta’s …

Rain closes some polling venues as Fiji elects new leader

Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is poised to win a second term after he first held democratic elections in 2014, eight years after seizing power in a coup. His main opponent is Sitiveni Rabuka, who led two military coups in the 1980s before serving seven years as prime minister. Just this week, a judge cleared Rabuka of an electoral disclosure violation in a case many viewed as being politically motivated. Fiji has not allowed the political tensions to …

Michelle Obama opens up about her friendship with George W. Bush

Washington (CNN)Former first lady Michelle Obama said that her oft-admired friendship with former President George W. Bush serves as a reminder of how relationships should be during a time when America only sees all the “nasty parts” of political discourse. “It’s so interesting how people are so interested in y’all’s friendship. I mean that hug was, like, the hug that went around the world,” Bush Hager said. “Why do you think people are so hungry for that, though?” she asked …

Hundreds question baby care at NHS trust

Soon after it was further broadened to take in 100. It is understood not all the new cases relate to death and serious harm and some fall outside the scope of the review. Image copyright Richard Stanton Image caption Kate Stanton-Davies, pictured with her mother Rhiannon, was born at Ludlow Community Hospital Rhiannon Davies and Richard Stanton, whose daughter Kate Stanton-Davies died in March 2009 hours after birth, said they were “unsurprised” by the number of families who have raised …

Michelle Obama Opens Up To Oprah About Seeking Couples Counseling, Her Relationship With Barack, & More! – Perez Hilton

Queens unite! Michelle Obama is opening up to longtime pal Oprah Winfrey for Giving readers a glimpse into hers and Barack’s life as a couple, the mom of two talked about learning to embrace vulnerability: “I feel vulnerable all the time. And I had to learn how to express that to my husband, to tap into those parts of me that missed him—and the sadness that came from that—so that he could understand. It was an important part of my …

Dan Crenshaw and Pete Davidson’s sincere plea for unity

(CNN)Something unusual and possibly even instructive happened on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Crenshaw trolls ‘SNL’ comedian after controversy The controversy that led to Saturday’s “moment of Zen” began last week when Davidson, during the Weekend Update segment, told jokes about several Republican candidates running for office. “SNL” mocking people in politics is what the show does best. But in this instance, Davidson, whose father was a firefighter killed on 9/11, showed a picture of Crenshaw, who wears an eye …