When cards won’t do the trick, say it with a potato in the mail

There’s intense competition in the novelty potato-sending market, with three main sites specializing in sub-niches, from plain old spuds to heartfelt messages

After serving as the scoutmaster of a boy scout troupe, Jeff Kelly spent half a career as a manager and engineer for global travel company Expedia before he got into the business of sending potatoes through the mail.

Along with his business partner Jim Owens, the retired former CEO of the non-profit Cast for Kids Foundation, Kelly wanted to find a new product or business idea to which, he said, he could bring both his experience in customer service and his values as an Eagle Scout. Something “uplifting”.

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Doomsday Clock stuck near midnight due to climate change and nuclear war

The symbolic countdown to humanity’s end remained stuck at three minutes to the brink of the apocalypse for a second year in a row on Tuesday

The Doomsday Clock, the symbolic countdown to humanity’s end, remained stuck on the brink of the apocalypse for a second year on Tuesday, because of the continued existential threats posed by nuclear war and climate change.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the group which created the clock in 1947, said it was keeping the clock hands set at three minutes to midnight – the closest the clock has come to destruction since the throes of the cold war in 1984.

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Yahoo Japan sold 12 tons of elephant ivory in two years, activists claim

More than a million people have called for the firm to stop ivory sales though it claims it does not have ‘controlling ownership’ of its Japan auctions site

Internet company Yahoo has been accused of aiding the slaughter of elephants by allowing the trade of ivory on its Japanese auction site.

Activist network Avaaz has launched a petition calling for an end to Yahoo’s “bloody secret” of permitting sales of ivory. The petition, which has more than 1m signatures, urges Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer and Yahoo Japan head Manabu Miyasaka to “urgently stop all ivory sales from sites/platforms in Japan and all other markets”.

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Apple to offer subscription content through its News app, sources say

Move will differentiate the app, which Apple says has 40 million readers, from competitors as publishers seek more data from firm over who is reading content

Apple is working to make subscription content available through its News app, giving publishers with paywalls a new way to control who sees their articles, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The move would differentiate Apple News from Facebook’s Instant Articles news offering, which does not offer subscriber-only content, and would probably give Apple a boost as it seeks to distinguish itself from a growing crowd of online news apps.

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