Israel's secret-keeper seeks censorship reform

Sima Vaknin-Gill, Israel chief military censor, reads a local Israeli newspaper in her office in Tel AvivBy Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Sima Vaknin-Gill may be Israel's last chief military censor. After 10 years in a role that stirs frequent annoyance and occasional dread among journalists, Vaknin-Gill wants her office, which dates back to the country's wartime founding, replaced with a streamlined civilian agency more in sync with contemporary media freedoms. By law, Israeli journalists and accredited international correspondents must submit, prior to publication, any item touching upon security issues to the censor's office.



Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion draws threats, protests

Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaBy David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Police in Minnesota are investigating reports of a threat against a dentist who killed Zimbabwe's most famous lion just outside a national wildlife preserve, sparking a global firestorm of hate messages on social media. Demonstrators were gathering on Wednesday afternoon outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, an avid big game hunter, who said in a statement he regrets killing the huge cat known as Cecil on July 1. As of Tuesday, Palmer had temporarily closed his office, River Bluff Dental, in Bloomington, Minnesota, amid wishes for his death and widespread criticism of his hunting on social media and under business reviews on Google and Yelp.



Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion draws threats, protests
By David Bailey BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) - A Minnesota dentist's killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve has unleashed death threats and a global firestorm of hate messages on social media. About 200 people protested on Wednesday outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges. Palmer, an avid big game hunter, said in a statement on Tuesday he regrets killing Zimbabwe's most famous lion on July 1.

Yelp needs help, and buyout may be the answer

The Yelp Inc. logo is seen in their offices in ChicagoYelp, owner of consumer review website Yelp.com, reported a second-quarter loss on Tuesday and forecast revenue for the current quarter that was far below expectations. As of Tuesday's close, Yelp – now valued at about $1.8 billion – had already lost 39 percent of its value this year. Unless Yelp can come up with a strategy to boost its financial performance, the San Francisco-based company should consider selling itself, several analysts said.



Tituss Burgess on 'Kimmy,' race and pinot noir

Actor Tituss Burgess arrives at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly HillsBy Piya Sinha-Roy BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - A glass of wine at his side, Actor Tituss Burgess says he is used to fans serenading him with his catchy "Pinot Noir" song from Netflix's hit comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." After honing his acting in theater, Burgess, 36, stepped into the television spotlight with Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's "Kimmy Schmidt," securing a supporting actor Emmy nomination for playing eccentric roommate Titus Andromedon to Kimmy, a former 'mole woman' trying to carve a New York life. Burgess discussed race, stereotypes and season two in an interview with Reuters. If it's Tina and Robert, I can trust that Titus is going to be a human being who happens to be gay, who happens to be an actor, who happens to be down on his luck, and all of these things are happenstance and not the thing that we focus on.



Shutterfly quarterly revenue rises 15.5 percent
(Reuters) - Shutterfly Inc reported a 15.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue as more customers used its personalized photo-based products and services. The company's net loss narrowed to $23.8 million, or 63 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $27.1 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier. Net revenue rose to $183.9 million from $159.1 million. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

Yelp reports surprise loss, revenue forecast disappoints

The Yelp Inc. logo is seen in their offices in ChicagoThe company also reported its slowest revenue growth in 18 quarters in the three months ended June 30, and said Chairman Max Levchin would step down "to pursue other interests." There has been no decision on a replacement, Yelp said. Yelp, whose shares fell more than 16 percent in extended trading, said it expected to report net revenue of $139 million-$142 million in the third quarter - well below the $152.6 million average analyst estimate. Yelp's subscriber growth has been slowing in a crowded market.



Twitter shares fall as growth of monthly users slows

A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura"This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter's struggles to increase its audience worries investors, who are focused on the company's growth potential, and the latest figures did little to reassure them.



IAC's profit beats estimates on strong dating business growth

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Diller leaves the Allen and Co's annual media conference in Sun Valley(Reuters) - Media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as more users signed up for its dating services and the paid version of its mobile app Tinder outperformed the company's expectations. Shares of IAC, whose portfolio also includes dating website Match.com as well as Investopedia and Dictionary.com, rose nearly 2 percent in trading after the bell on Tuesday. The company's search business is its largest, but the dating business Match Group is seen as the crown jewel of the conglomerate and has been driving strong results for the past few quarters.



Facebook's ascent has investors betting on more gains

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in ZenicaInvestors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc , piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. Facebook escaped a rout in social media stocks after last quarter's results and its shares are up about 20 percent this year. “Facebook is definitely the standout leader in the group,” said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital.



Mystery lion sightings captivate Milwaukee residents
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Nicole Anderson rode along a busy Milwaukee thoroughfare where she got plenty of stares, double takes and fingers pointing at her not only because she was nude, but because she was painted head to toe like a lion. Interest in all things lions has reached new heights in Milwaukee as the city's fixation with its feline version of Bigfoot - does it exist and is it really a lion? - has dominated local news, water-cooler talk and social media.

Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack
Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month that critics said showed it was involved in the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The Daily Dot online newspaper reported Monday that a hacking group had gained access to Planned Parenthood's website databases and the names and email addresses of its employees.

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