Bar American Writers From Man Booker Prize, British Authors Urge

Bar American Writers From Man Booker Prize, British Authors Urge Photo George Saunders, who won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo,” was the second consecutive American to receive the award. The eligibility rules were changed in 2014. Credit Chris Jackson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — The Man Booker Prize is Britain’s most prestigious literary award. But for the past two years, American writers have dominated the competition — and authors from Britain and the Commonwealth countries are none too pleased.
The crescendo of frustration may have reached a peak. A group that counts the literary heavyweights Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and Zadie Smith among its members has fired a shot across the bow, demanding that the Man Booker Foundation reverse a 2014 decision making any novel written in English and published in Britain eligible for the prize.
Leading authors and critics from the group, the Rathbones Folio Academy, bashed the Booker’s policy anew this week..

Coffee Industry Mulls Options After Ruling Requires Cancer Warnings

Supported by Business Day Coffee Industry Mulls Options After Ruling Requires Cancer Warnings Photo Coffee companies would be required to provide customers with a cancer warning label, according to a decision this week by a California state judge. Credit Richard Vogel/Associated Press The coffee industry is mulling how to fight back against a California judge’s ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels.
The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a statement on Thursday that it was “currently considering all of its options, including potential appeals and further legal actions.”
The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, a nonprofit group based in Long Beach. The group charged that Starbucks and other companies — a group that eventually included 91 defendants — did not warn consumers that ingesting coffee would expose them to acrylamide, a ..

Russian Accused of Hacking U.S. Tech Firms Is Extradited

Russian Accused of Hacking U.S. Tech Firms Is Extradited Photo Archive YouTube footage featuring Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin. His arrest in 2016 quickly turned into a battle between Washington and Moscow over whether he should be tried in the United States. Credit Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press PRAGUE — A Russian man accused of hacking three American technology companies in 2012, possibly compromising the personal information of more than 100 million users, was extradited to the United States on Friday, according to law enforcement officials.
The man, Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, was arrested while visiting the Czech Republic in 2016, and his case quickly turned into a battle between Washington and Moscow over whether he should be tried in the United States.
His arrest came only two days before the Obama administration formally accused the Russian government of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and other institutions and prominent ..

Tech Tip: Keeping Personal Appointments Private on Google Calendar

Keeping Personal Appointments Private on Google Calendar Q. My office uses the business version of Gmail and Google Calendar. Can other people see my appointments on Google Calendar even if I haven’t sent a sharing invitation?
A. Google’s G Suite is the paid version of its mail, calendar, office software and file-sharing applications, and is designed for businesses. The company’s designated administrator controls the default settings for users, so ask your corporate G Suite master about the specific calendar visibility used across your company.
Google notes that it is “common practice” to use the “See all event details” setting as the default for corporate calendars. This means that other people can add your office calendar to their own list of calendars to manage and plan meetings, videoconferences and other collaborative events. Some offices allow people to see when co-workers have time blocked out on their calendars, but generically label the events as “busy” so that co-workers can ..