Dakota Johnson’s ‘Madame Web’ Flops at Box Office After Cringey Press Run

Dakota Johnson’s “Madame Web” had its strands snipped during its opening week … tanking at the box office — and recent interviews might deserve some blame. The running total for the six-day holiday weekend — beginning Valentine’s Day and ending tomorrow on President’s Day — is just $25.8 million domestically and about the same amount … Read more

South Korea says North Korea has fired cruise missiles, adding to provocative run in weapons tests

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Wednesday fired multiple cruise missiles into the sea in its fifth test of such weapons since January, South Korea’s military said, extending a streak in weapons demonstrations that’s elevating tensions in the region. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing … Read more

The City of Tomorrow Will Run on Your Toilet Water

Epic Cleantec’s soil amendment Photograph: Matt Simon Researchers are experimenting with using the same technique for wastewater solids, basically turning sludge into a solid product. “If you do pyrolysis—because it’s thermochemical, it’s a heated process—you kill these bacteria, kill these pathogens, kill these viruses. It’s much cleaner,” says engineer Fengqi You, who studies wastewater at … Read more

Gallagher says he won’t run for Congress again after refusing to impeach Homeland Security chief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, a key Republican Congressman who has spearheaded House pushback against the Chinese government, announced Saturday that he won’t run for a fifth term. The announcement comes just days after he angered his fellow Republicans by refusing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The GOP has been … Read more

China’s Temu to run second ad, $10 million giveaway

Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Temu, the e-commerce app run by Chinese company PDD Holdings, plans to run a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, a spokesperson told CNBC, as it looks to continue growing rapidly in the United States. It’s rare for a Chinese firm to buy a Super Bowl ad spot, which costs … Read more

Vladimir Putin Says Russia Has ‘Run Out’ of ‘Decency,’ and It’s on the US to Take ‘Reciprocal Steps’ to Free Evan Gershkovich

Speaking to Tucker Carlson, Russian president Vladimir Putin essentially blamed America for the continued imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. “I do not rule out that the person you refer to, Gershkovich, may return to his motherland,” said Putin at the end of the two-hour video, which was released on Thursday. “But at … Read more

Tensions run high in New Zealand ahead of national day over government’s relationship with Maori

WAITANGI, New Zealand — In a fiery exchange at the birthplace of modern New Zealand, Indigenous leaders on Monday strongly criticized the government’s approach to Maori, ahead of the country’s national day. The holiday, known as Waitangi Day, is held on Feb. 6 to mark the anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi, a foundation document … Read more

Renowned investors Elad Gil and Sarah Guo on the risks and rewards of funding AI tech: “The biggest threat to us in the short run is other people”

Last week, at our first StrictlyVC evening of the year, prominent AI investors Elad Gil and Sarah Guo joined us in San Francisco to talk about how they think about AI investing in a world where deals were getting bid up feverishly two months ago, and where reportedly, some startup teams are now looking to … Read more

Vision Pro: The Apps That Will and Won’t Run on Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset

Apple’s Vision Pro is nearly here, releasing on Feb. 2, and whether you’ve already ponied up for the mixed reality headset or plan to order one, you’re probably wondering which applications will be available — and which won’t be — when you finally get the Vision Pro in your hands. Don’t miss: Apple Vision Pro Review: … Read more