The Daily Populous

Thursday March 21st, 2019 morning edition

image for AT&T CEO interrupted by a robocall during a live interview

At an Economic Club event in Washington, DC today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted on stage by a robocall, pausing an interview in front of dozens of people and driving home that absolutely no one is safe from the spam epidemic.

Last year, consumers received over 26.3 billion of these scammy calls and the problem only appears to be getting worse.

“I’m getting a robocall, too,” Stephenson said during the Economic Club event, ultimately declining the call on his Apple Watch.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gets a robocall while onstage at @TheEconomicClub. — CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019.

In response to frustration from consumers, wireless providers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have launched free spam filter for calls, but as Stephenson can now attest, it doesn’t make any difference.

Today, AT&T and Comcast announced the “nation’s first” call authentication system between two service providers, so that’s a good step in the right direction. »

TIL if you remove a box turtle from the wild and don't put them back in the location you found them they will most likely die looking for their home

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Some species and subspecies of box turtle have not been studied very heavily, but it is possible that the Coahuilan (Aquatic) box turtle, is the most endangered American box turtle.

Even the most common box turtle, the Eastern box turtle, is officially classified as “vulnerable.”.

Some box turtles require more study before their endangered status can be determined, such as the Spotted box turtle. »

What getting rid of the Electoral College would actually do

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(CNN) On Monday night, in a CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made some news: She supports getting rid of the electoral college as the method by which we elect presidents.

Cillizza: Warren said she favors abolishing the Electoral College to make "every vote matter."

Is that what getting rid of the Electoral College would do?. »

Lucasfilm Games has been unexpectedly resurrected by Disney

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Original story: Disney appears to have resurrected Lucasfilm Games.

Job listings posted on the Disney Careers website suggests that it will support games using Lucasfilm IPs, including Star Wars, rather than developing them itself.

Hopefully Disney increasing its investment in games will also result in developers getting the extra support they need to get those games out. »