A vape pen startup that’s taking over America is raising $1.2 billion — but questions remain about its safety

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A vape pen startup that’s been taking over America made a splash on Friday with news that it’s raising $1.2 billion for an overseas expansion.
The financing round for Juul Labs would value the company at $15 billion.
But concerns about the startup’s leading product — a trendy, high-nicotine vape pen known as a Juul — could cloud its future in the next few years.

A vape pen startup that’s been taking over America made a splash on Friday with news that it’s raising $1.2 billion for an overseas expansion. The financing round values the company, called Juul Labs, at $15 billion, according to Bloomberg.

In the US, Juul has had wild success disrupting the existing tobacco market by appealing to former smokers. But concerns about the startup’s leading product — a trendy, high-nicotine vape pen known as the Juul — could cloud its future in the next few years.

Chief among those concerns is emerging research on the health and safety of the Juul and its highly addictive potential. Other issues include a Food and Drug Administration query into whether the company marketed its products to teens, as well as increasing demands from Congress members for the FDA to review the product’s safety.

Local initiatives like San Francisco’s recent ban on flavored tobacco could put additional pressure on the company, which has advertised sweet and fruity flavors as a key part of its appeal.

Teen Juuling presents an ethical dilemma

Juuls are especially popular among American teens, who post viral selfies and videos showing friends pulling drags from the discreet, USB-stick-like devices in class. Scientists and public health experts have sounded the alarm on the practice, known as “Juuling,” saying the e-cigs pose a major health concern to young people.

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16 actors who paid their dues on soap operas before finding fame

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Everybody has to start somewhere, and for many celebrities “somewhere” is the set of a daytime soap opera. It’s a genre that doesn’t get a lot of respect in the industry despite the grueling work schedule and reputation as an actors’ boot camp.

“There seems to be some bristling at the implication that soaps are a training ground, but they are,” Soap Opera Digest editor Stephanie Sloane told Variety in 2007. “They do up to 40 pages of dialogue a day, so as far as volume there’s no comparison to what they do in primetime or film.”

Many of the most popular soaps have run for decades and have consistently been a launching pad for many Hollywood careers.

Here are 16 stars who got their start on soap operas.

Demi Moore

Demi Moore’s career has been full of memorable movies including “Ghost,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and “G.I. Jane,” but her career began on television. Moore got her start in showbiz by playing an investigative reporter named Jackie Templeton on “General Hospital” from 1982 to 1984.

Justin Hartley

No one can say Justin Hartley hasn’t paid his dues. Before starring on “This Is Us,” the actor kicked off his career by playing Fox Crane on “Passions” — the extremely weird soap that included orangutan, an actual witch, and an enchanted doll among its characters — from 2002 to 2006.

Hartley, who also had a regular role on “The Young and the Restless” later in his career, told Glamour he isn’t insulted if people think of him as a “soap opera actor.”

“I don’t get upset about it. It comes with the territory, and there are worse things,” he said. “I love acting, and so whenever I get the opportunity to act, …read more

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Here are the 10 most popular iPhone apps of all time

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It’s official: Facebook is the most popular iPhone app of all time.

In honor of the App Store’s 10th birthday — it launched in July 2008 — app analytics firm App Annie has compiled a comprehensive look at the most popular apps of the last 10 years.

Facebook took the crown as the most downloaded iPhone app of all time, but there are plenty of surprising runners up: Snapchat made the list, despite reports that user growth is slowing. And even though both Apple and Google make their own video chatting apps, Skype is still one of the most popular apps in the world.

Here are the 10 most-downloaded iPhone apps of the last decade:

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10. QQ

QQ is an app created by Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent. The app offers Facebook Messenger-style instant messaging, along with online games, music, shopping, and more.

9. WeChat

Tencent’s WeChat app is capable of messaging, social media, and mobile payments. As of March 2018, WeChat had more than 1 billion monthly active users.

8. Skype

Skype, which Microsoft bought for $8.5 billion in 2012, has been downloaded over a billion times on smartphones. The app got a face lift in 2017, which has helped it better compete with the likes of Apple’s FaceTime and Facebook Messenger.

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Oprah is on the cover of British Vogue — and people think she looks like actual royalty

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Oprah Winfrey is on the cover of the August issue of British Vogue.
People think she looks like royalty.
In her interview, she discussed the Time’s Up movement and the major fashion faux pas she narrowly avoided at the royal wedding.
The issue hits newsstands on July 6.

Oprah Winfrey is on the cover of the August issue of British Vogue. According to the publication, Winfrey wore a custom Stella McCartney Gown and bespoke white-and-yellow-diamond and emerald earrings from Buccellati.

While promoting the shoot on social media, Winfrey said the magazine staff made her feel like “Empress for a day.”

This was an incredibly regal experience. Thank you @edward_enninful and @britishvogue for making me Empress for a day. And @mertalas, @macpiggott…a dream I didn’t even know I had to be photographed by you two.

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