Hands-on with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL: One’s nice, one’s not

SAN FRANCISCO—I have touched the new Pixel phone. It’s tough to write about Google’s new smartphones because, well, it’s not about the hardware. The phones are delivery mechanisms for Google’s software and AI algorithms, and none of that is really done yet.

The hardware is fine. The Pixel 2 XL, with its slimmer bezels and 18:9 screen, looks more modern than the Pixel 2. In fact, the most striking thing about Google’s hardware is the decision to make two completely different phones.

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U.S. budget deficit could obstruct Trump’s tax cut plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. budget deficit is proving to be a major obstacle to the tax reform plan being offered by President Donald Trump and top congressional Republicans, with one leading Senate hawk saying a week after the plan was introduced that any enlarging of the fiscal gap could kill his support.

UK economy may not withstand interest rate rise – S&P

Ratings agency issues warning after surveys show businesses have not recovered from weak first half of year

The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has warned that Britain’s economy may not be strong enough to support an interest rate rise following hints from policymakers that there could be an increase in the cost of borrowing next month.

S&P said it was sceptical that the Bank of England could justify a rate rise after recent business surveys showed an expected recovery from a weak first half of the year had failed to materialise.

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The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop

 Google used its annual hardware event to announce the Pixelbook. This is essentially the third iteration of the company’s Chromebook Pixel laptop, though with the Pixelbook, the company is taking a new approach. I’m not just talking about the fact that this is a very thin 2-in-1. What’s different this time is that the company actually believes it can make a laptop for the masses. Read More

11 Environmental Causes Gen Z Is Passionate About

Here are 11 of the most important environmental causes Generation Zers are interested in. Organizations that embrace these causes may find it easier to appeal to Gen Zers as a result.

Brazil detains Italian fugitive Battisti leaving country

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian highway police on Wednesday detained Cesare Battisti, an Italian former left-wing guerrilla convicted of murder in his country, as he was attempting to cross the border into Bolivia in a taxi, federal police said.

Verizon’s media head Marni Walden to leave

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc on Wednesday said Marni Walden, executive vice president and president of global media, will leave the company in February 2018.

Earnest, An Online Student Lender, Bought By Navient For $155 Million

Earnest provides student loan refinancing to young borrowers by leveraging tens of thousands of data points.