Serena Williams Now Has More Grand Slam Wins Than Any Player Ever

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Serena Williams stormed into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in record-smashing style on Monday, easing past Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-3 to claim grand slam win number 308.

The world number one needed just 68 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to overwhelm the 52nd-ranked Shvedova and move past Roger Federer to the top of the all-time grand slam victories list.

“Oh wow, it is really exciting, this is where it all started so it is always so magical out here for me but 308 sounds pretty good,” Williams said about her landmark win, after moving a step closer to a record seventh U.S. Open title.

It has been another dominating run into the last eight for the 34-year-old American, who has yet to be broken and has faced just one break point in four matches while never spending more than 68 minutes on court.

Next up for Williams is fifth seed Romanian Simona Halep, who brushed past 11th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5.

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FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

Following its arrival on Apple TV on August 26, FOX Sports has announced the availability of FOX Sports Go on Roku devices, saying it is now available on both the set-top-boxes and Roku smart TVs. FOX Sports Go provides access to FOX Sports’ “full slate” programming, which amounts to more than 3,000 live events plus access to original content and … Continue reading

Best Buy Is Giving Away An Xbox One S With A 55 Inch LG 4K TV

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If you’re in the market for a new TV you might want to check out a new offer that’s just gone live over at Best Buy. The retailer is offering an Xbox One S for free with every purchase of a 55 inch LG 4K TV. This is the updated version of Microsoft’s console that was released only about a month ago so this offer provides great value for money. The 500GB version of the Xbox One is a $299 value.

The best part is that this offer isn’t going to break the bank. Best Buy is offering the 500GB version of the Xbox One S with this 55 inch LG 4K TV for just $799. That’s a great offer for both the TV and the console.

This TV normally costs $799 on its own and if you were to purchase both the TV and the console at full price the combined amount would be $1100. This deal saves you $300 and that’s enough to entice many to open up their wallets.

Microsoft’s updated console included in this bundle comes with a refreshed wireless controller, a disc of Halo 5: Guardians as well as a digital download of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Don’t waste any time in picking up this deal if you’re interested in it as Best Buy is only going to offer it until September 10th.

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Pre-Order HP Elite X3 Starting Today From HP’s Website

HP announced the Elite X3 earlier this year. This Windows 10 Mobile-powered device is big on productivity. The handset has specifications that you would expect from a flagship smartphone and has been built with the business customer in mind. It delivers seamless phablet, laptop, and desktop productivity in a single device. Interested customers can now pre-order the HP Elite X3 in the United States from HP’s website.

HP Elite X3 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. It also features a 5.96 Quad HD display, has dual-SIM support as well as enhanced security features meant for business users.

The optional Desk Dock and Mobile Extender accessories for this handset expand its functionality. The Desk Dock enables it to provide a complete desktop experience as it has a DisplayPort to connect an external monitor. The Mobile Extender provides a laptop experience by offering a 12.5 inch HD display, a full keyboard, and trackpad.

HP has now started taking pre-orders for the Elite X3 in the United States. It’s going to charge $799 for the unlocked and off contract version of the Elite X3. All units will ship with the Desk Dock accessory. The company’s online store mentions that pre-orders made today will be shipped on September 7th.

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John McAfee sues Intel for the right to use his own name

In the six years since John McAfee sold the eponymous antivirus company he founded to Intel for billions of dollars, the software creator has made the headlines for a variety of reasons. He’s already claimed that he could snoop on encrypted WhatsApp…

Trans Guy Problems: Getting Your Period

Being transgendered is something that carries quite a lot of weight. It’s not something easily shrugged off and takes a lot of time to adjust to. The unique weight of gender variance comes with a variety of issues most people don’t often consider. Like what happens when you get your period as a trans male?

Thanks to this video from Jammi Dodger we have our answer. Transitioning isn’t a quick process and it comes with its own unique set of awkward issues, like having a period as a dude. Socially awkward situations are part of human nature, so let’s do our best to bring them to light and make them easier for everyone.

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UN Human Rights Chief Compares Trump To ISIS

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights chief on Monday accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of spreading “humiliating racial and religious prejudice” and warned of a rise of populist politics that could turn violent.

In comments at a security and justice conference, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was addressing Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and other “populists, demagogues and political fantasists.”

Naming Trump, Nigel Farage in Britain and Marine Le Pen in France, among others, he accused them of using “fear” tactics similar to those of Islamic State, also known as Daesh.

“Make no mistake, I certainly do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Daesh,” he said. “But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists.”

“History has perhaps taught Mr. Wilders and his ilk how effectively xenophobia and bigotry can be weaponized,” he said. “The atmosphere will become thick with hate; at this point it can descend rapidly into colossal violence,” he warned.

Zein called Wilders’ election pledge to a ban Muslim immigrants and the Koran “grotesque”.

Wilders is leading opinion polls ahead of March 2017 parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. Among his key campaign pledges are to close the country’s border to Muslim immigrants, shut down mosques and ban the Koran. He also wants to leave the European Union.

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Roger Ailes Hires Lawyer For Possible Lawsuit Against NY Magazine: Report

Roger Ailes, the co-founder and recently ousted CEO of Fox News, has hired a well-known libel lawyer for a possible suit against New York magazine and its reporter Gabriel Sherman, Financial Times reported.

Ailes has retained Charles Harder, a Hollywood lawyer who most recently helped former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan win a $140 million lawsuit that bankrupted the news and gossip website Gawker.

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In July, Ailes stepped down from his role at Fox News after an increasing number of women, including current and former stars like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, claimed Ailes sexually harassed them at the conservative news channel. 

Sherman was the reporter responsible for breaking stories about the allegations against Ailes throughout the summer, including one that revealed how Ailes used Fox News’ money to fuel paranoid and vindictive campaigns against his enemies. 

Sherman for years has cultivated sources within Ailes’ sphere and wrote The Loudest Voice in the Room, a critical 2014 biography of Ailes and the creation of Fox News. 

Ailes’ friend and personal lawyer Susan Estrich slammed Sherman as a “virus,” and called his expose on Ailes and Fox News a “vendetta.” 

New York magazine did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokeswoman told the Financial Times the magazine had been contacted by Harder; it also stood by Sherman’s “very carefully reported” stories.

While Harder is well-known for his most recent win against Gawker on behalf of Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, he has represented several high-profile clients like Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham, typically for cases relating to publicity, libel and privacy. 

In addition to working with Ailes, Harder is currently representing Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in a lawsuit against the Daily Mail and other outlets for allegedly defamatory claims that she worked as an escort in the 1990s.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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The Surprising Upside to Negative Thinking

By: Alix Strauss

We’re often told to look on the bright side, but for some of us negative thinking can have positive effects.

It’s an age-old question: Do you see the glass as half-full or half-empty? Often, those who call it half-full are said to be optimists, positive people who smile easily and find the good in most situations. Those who view the glass as half-empty are thought of as pessimists, Negative Nellies who wear a frown on their face. But perhaps that frown doesn’t need fixing. Half-fullers aren’t as happy as we believe, plus they might be a little thirsty.

Related: How Facing My Fear of Failure Changed My Worldview

For decades, we’ve been told the antidote to cynicism is hopeful thinking. Smiling will make you feel better. Thinking confidently makes good things happen. Positive thinking or doing things to make us feel happier may have started with Victorian philosopher William James’ As If theory, that our actions, rather than our thinking, influence how we feel. One of the core ideas is that forcing a smile increases happiness, or at least makes you feel more positive, whereas most people see this in the reverse; I feel happy, so I’ll smile.

Not necessarily.

Positive psychology doesn’t work for everyone, especially those who are a tad pessimistic, say researchers and specialists. In fact, some unusual behavioral tweaks, not to mention creating anxiety-inducing situations, might actually improve your outlook.

Related: Understanding the Science Behind “Happy Crying”

“Telling yourself everything is great while trying to push out unconstructive thoughts or ideas paradoxically makes you think about those negative things even more,” says Julie Norem, Ph.D., a psychologist and professor at Wellesley College, and author of The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking. “It’s called ironic processing and for a lot of us, the more you try not to think about something, the more you do.”

Another misconception: Positive thinking doesn’t allow us to be as prepared or to have a back-up plan, whereas planning for the worse case scenario does.

“Focusing only on the positive side leads to processing that can gloss over important details. If you concentrate only on a specific outcome, say getting hired for a job, you’re not thinking about how to get there,” adds Norem, using examples like researching the company, or thinking about what kinds of questions you might ask, or what your next option should be if you don’t get the job. She also cautions that too much positive thinking can make you feel as though you’re just pretending, and that too, will cause you to fall short.

To prevent that from happening, try these four surprising tips to keep a realistically bright, if not sunny, outlook.

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Venus Fights To Bitter End, But Loses Quarter-Final Battle With Pliskova

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova ruined any chance of another Flushing Meadows sister showdown as she claimed a dramatic 4-6 6-4 7-6(3) win over sixth-seeded Venus Williams on Monday to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals.

At 36-years-old and the oldest remaining player in the draw, Williams battled until the bitter end as her 24-year-old Czech opponent needed five match points to finally put away the two-time champion.

Since the draw was unveiled tennis fans had circled a potential semi-final between the sport’s most famous siblings on American tennis’s biggest stage where world number one Serena and Venus have met five times, including twice in the finals.

Now it is 10th-seeded Pliskova, who will play Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska or Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the quarters, that would need to complete a Williams double to reach her first grand slam final.

Serena, looking to continue her drive for a record seventh U.S. Open title, will meet Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in a fourth round clash later on Monday.

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