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Larry Tesler, computer scientist behind ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies aged 74

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Lawrence “Larry” Tesler, the icon credited for his innovation that allows you cut, copy, and paste texts, has died at the age of 74.

He died on Monday, February 17. His death was announced on Twitter on Wednesday, February 19, by Xerox, where he spent part of his career.

Xerox tweeted. “The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.”

Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. Tesler specialised in human-computer interaction, employing his skills at Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

The icon of early computing started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people.  After graduating, he specialised in user interface design.

He started at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), before Steve Jobs poached him for Apple, where he spent 17 years and rose to chief scientist. He went on to establish an education startup and did stints in user-experience technology at Amazon and Yahoo.

Thanks to his innovations – including the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

“Tesler created the idea of ‘cut, copy, & paste’ and combined computer science training with a counterculture vision that computers should be for everyone,” the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley tweeted on Wednesday while paying tribute to him.

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Indonesia passes criminal code banning sex outside marriage

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Indonesian lawmakers unanimously passed a sweeping new criminal code on Tuesday that criminalizes sex outside marriage, as part of a tranche of changes that critics say threaten human rights and freedoms in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

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Tory Lanez released from house arrest amid Megan Thee Stallion trial

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Tory Lanez has been released from house arrest at a judge’s discretion in order to prepare for a trial over an allegation that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in 2020. (more…)

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World Cup 2022: Samuel Eto’o spotted attacking ‘cameraman’ outside Qatar stadium

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A shocking video has surfaced online capturing Samuel Eto’o attacking an unknown man outside the stadium after Brazil’s World Cup clash against South Korea. Eto’o is understood to have been part of thousands of fans who gathered at Stadium 974 to watch the round of 16 clash on Monday night, December 5. (more…)

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‘Cheers’ and ‘Look Who’s Talking’ star Kirstie Alley dies from cancer

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Kirstie Alley, the two-time Emmy-winning actor who rose to fame in her role on the hit TV series Cheers, died on Monday after a short battle with cancer, her representative told Reuters. She was 71.

Her death was also confirmed through a statement from her children released on her official Twitter account, who said Alley died after treatment for cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.

“To all our friends, far and wide around the world … we are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” the statement by True and Lillie Parker said.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”

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Alley’s breakout role came as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers, which she starred in from 1987 until 1993, and for which she received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award in 1991. She won her second Emmy in 1994 for the television film David’s Mother.

Alley also appeared in many films during the 1980s and 1990s, including Look Who’s Talking, It Takes Two, Deconstructing Henry and Drop Dead Gorgeous.

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Amber Heard appeals for new trial in Johnny Depp defamation case

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Amber Heard is seeking a new defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp — claiming the bombshell court battle she lost was stacked against her. (more…)

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Gabrielle ‘Sarfoa’ Union shares the importance of her family trip to Ghana on The View

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Gabrielle Union talked about her big family Thanksgiving, details of her family trip to Ghana and speaks out on why she continues to be a truth teller in Hollywood on ABC’s The View.

“I do know that every time I tell the truth, I get more,” she said.

Asked why she visited Ghana she replied “There is something about going to West Africa as African- Americans who have been discounted from the continent. And going back and learning truly about our history and the expansiveness of our history…  but learning the history from the lion’s perspective and not from the hunter… the accurate history and being able to reclaim your roots. And find out who you actually are, for me that was incredibly important , turning 50…to figure out the kind of woman i want to be in the next 50 or 60 years.”

She also talked about her Ghanaian name, Sarfoa and explained it means ‘the key’.

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