Serena Williams ‘out of line’ in US Open final but umpire ‘blew it’, says Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King says Serena Williams was “totally out of line” in the US Open final, but umpire Carlos Ramos “blew it”.

Pharma CEO jacks drug price 400%, citing “moral requirement to make money”

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The chief executive of a small pharmaceutical company defended hiking the price of an essential antibiotic by more than 400 percent and told the Financial Times that he thinks “it is a moral requirement to make money when you can.”

Nirmal Mulye, CEO of the small Missouri-based drug company Nostrum Laboratories, raised the price of bottle of nitrofurantoin from $474.75 to $2,392 last month. The drug is a decades-old antibiotic used to treat urinary-tract infections caused by Escherichia coli and certain other Gram-negative bacteria. The World Health Organization lists nitrofurantoin as an essential medicine.

In an interview with the FT, Mulye went on to say it was also a “moral requirement” to “sell the product for the highest price,” and he explained that he was in “this business to make money.”

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Smithfield Foods to shut world’s largest hog plant before Florence hits

Smithfield Foods [SFII.UL], a unit of China’s WH Group, will shut down the world’s largest hog slaughter plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina, on Thursday and Friday due to Hurricane Florence, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Pompeo said U.S. would not block Pakistan if it seeks IMF bailout: Pakistani minister

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Pakistan last week that Washington would not try to block any request for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday.

Amazon will start selling real, large Christmas trees

Sorry Santa Claus, Jeff Bezos is your Father Christmas now. Amazon, in its ongoing quest to utterly dominate the holiday season, has announced plans to start shipping real, live Christmas trees, come November.

That news comes courtesy of The Associated Press, which notes that the seven-foot-tall Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines will be sent via Amazon box, sans water. Shipping should occur within 10 days of being cut down, so as to keep them green. The firs will run around $115 a pop, along with $50 for a wreath.

This isn’t the first time the online giant has dabbled in trees. Amazon dipped its toes in the water by offering up Charlie Brown-style trees measuring less than three-feet last year. Third-party sellers also used the platform to sell their own larger trees.

The whole prospect likely isn’t very appealing for those who’ve made tree shopping a part of their holiday ritual. Nor are owners of pop-up Christmas tree lots likely super psyched about Amazon’s dabbling. But the offering is about what the company has always been about above all else: convenience.

State Dept. not assigning blame U.S. diplomats’ illness in Cuba

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that the State Department has not determined the cause of U.S. diplomats’ illness in Cuba, despite reports pointing to Russia as the main suspect. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Apple takes down Trend Micro Mac apps that collected, stored user data

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Apple removed several anti-malware apps from its Mac App Store after the apps were found to export users’ browser histories. All of the apps in question are made by the cyber-security company Trend Micro, which initially denied the allegations but has since issued an apology to its users.

“Reports that Trend Micro is ‘stealing user data’ and sending it to an unidentified server in China are absolutely false,” the initial statement says.

The statement also details what Trend Micro found in its investigation: the company claims that some of its apps, including Dr. Cleaner, Dr. Antivirus, and Dr. Unarchiver, uploaded a “small snapshot” of users’ browser histories that covered the 24 hours before installation. The company claims this was done for “security purposes,” particularly to see if users had recently come into contact with adware or other threats. The collected user data was uploaded to a US-based server hosted by Amazon Web Services and managed by Trend Micro.

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