TIME Innovation

Driverless Car Maker Denies Claim of Near-Miss With Google Car

Delphi clarified a report about a close encounter with a Google car

After a report that a Delphi driverless car and a Google driverless car came close to a traffic incident on a road in Palo Alto, Calif., Delphi has issued a statement that “the vehicles didn’t even come close to each other.”

The original report, by Reuters, quoted a Delphi official as saying he was in one of his company’s driverless cars when it was “cut off” by a Google car as it was preparing to make a lane change. He said the Delphi car “took appropriate action,” aborting the lane change.

But a Delphi spokesperson subsequently said that the incident was blown out of proportion, calling it “a typical lane change maneuver” and adding that “no vehicle was cut off.” Google, which did not originally comment, put out a statement saying both cars “did what they were supposed to do in an ordinary everyday driving scenario.”

According to a spokesperson, Reuters “stands by the accuracy of its original story.”

[Reuters]

TIME movies

Watch Julia Roberts Seek Vengeance in the Trailer for Secret in Their Eyes

The actress stars alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman

Julia Roberts plays an FBI investigator in her new thriller Secret in Their Eyes, but that isn’t enough to protect her daughter from a brutal murder (or put the killer behind bars). But after years of searching for the culprit, her fellow investigator (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) finds a new lead that could help them get justice—but not before the case gets very complicated.

Nicole Kidman also stars as the District Attorney supervisor on the team, and the film was written and directed by Billy Ray (whose work on Captain Phillips won him an Academy Award nomination). Secret in Their Eyes opens in theaters Oct. 23.

TIME technology

Uber Offers Free Rides to Its New York Protest

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ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS—AFP/Getty Images An UBER application is shown as cars drive by in Washington, DC on March 25, 2015.

uberPOOL will pick up participants on Tuesday

Uber is using an unusual resource to protest a New York City proposal: its own cars.

Protesters attending an Uber rally outside New York’s City Hall on Tuesday can get free rides to and from the event through the company’s carpooling service.

The company is organizing a protest against legislation backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio that would limit how much large car services in the city could grow each year in order to limit congestion on city streets.

Uber says the bill “would stop thousands of new drivers from joining the Uber platform … destroy 10,000 job opportunities for New Yorkers in just one year, and result in longer wait times, higher prices and less reliable service for riders.”

Uber says anyone who takes a cab to or from City Hall on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will get a free ride through uberPOOL—though theoretically that means some City Hall employees could get swept up in the mix alongside protesters.

TIME White House

Millions More Americans Will Qualify for Overtime

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The maximum salary for exemption will more than double

Millions more American workers will be eligible for overtime under new eligibility rules to be released Tuesday, according to reports.

Under current federal regulations, workers making more than $23,660 are not guaranteed overtime. The new rules will boost that to $50,440, Bloomberg reports.

Proponents of the regulation say it would protect workers below the poverty line who are not currently compensated for their work beyond 40 hours per week. Critics say it could cause some businesses to hire more part-time workers rather than pay their managers overtime.

The rules, which received their last major update in the 1970s, are part of a second-term effort by President Obama to help working-class Americans without going through Congress.

[Bloomberg]

TIME Fine Art

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Made of Condoms Sparks Controversy in Milwaukee

Courtesy of Niki Johnson Niki Johnson American, b. 1977), "Eggs Benedict," 2013. Latex condoms, 83 × 60 × 14 in. (210.82 × 152.4 × 35.56 cm). Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Joseph R. Pabst

The work was inspired by the former pope's comments on AIDS in Africa

A portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of 17,000 condoms has drawn fierce criticism—and support—at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

“Eggs Benedict,” created by Niki Johnson, was purchased by a local gay rights advocate for $25,000 and donated to the museum, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Johnson says she was inspired by the former pope’s 2009 remarks that condoms would only worsen the problem of AIDS in Africa.

While some like-minded fans of the work have called the museum in support, it has also drawn powerful critics. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki has condemned the portrait, and his chief of staff called it “either an intentional attack on a faith tradition and its teachings or a publicity stunt for the artist.” Several longtime friends of the museum have canceled their memberships in protest, and one docent resigned.

The museum’s director, Dan Keegan, said in a statement, “Our hope is that the piece will bring not only controversy, but room for conversation—about the underlying discussion the artist intended as well as regarding the role of art in public discussion.” He added that the museum has sold a record number of memberships in the last 10 days.

“Eggs Benedict” is scheduled to go on display this November after renovations are completed on the museum’s collections galleries; the institution is considering presenting an interfaith panel on debate around the work.

[Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

TIME Civil Rights

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Takes Down Help Wanted Sign Asking for Men Only

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Victor J. Blue—Bloomberg/Getty Images Signage is seen on a cup of coffee at a Dunkin Donuts Inc. restaurant in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Such a limitation would violate employment law

A Dunkin’ Donuts location in Brooklyn has taken down a help wanted sign that incited outrage for specifying “Male staff only.”

According to neighborhood news outlet Ditmas Park Corner, it all began when an angry 8-year-old saw the sign and insisted her father take a photograph of the discriminatory posting, which violates employment law. Dunkin’ Donuts responded to the complaint in a statement to Ditmas Park Corner:

The franchisee informs us this sign has been taken down, it does not reflect his policies and he has followed up with his employees. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are independently owned and operated by individual franchisees who are solely responsible for making their own business decisions, including employment decisions such as hiring practices. Franchisees are required to comply with all applicable state, federal and local laws, including but not limited to those governing hiring and non-discrimination.

Women: You, too, can serve Coolattas this summer in Brooklyn.

[Ditmas Park Corner]

TIME Books

The Business Whiz Behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones

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C. Maher/Daily Express—Hulton Archive/Getty Images Allen Klein, left, with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, April 29, 1969. Klein was representing Lennon in negotiations over control of shares in the Beatles' Northern Songs company.

Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

A new biography examines Allen Klein's life and career, including how he wooed John Lennon and spurned Paul McCartney, and made a hit out of 'Bittersweet Symphony'

The Beatles may have had reputations as laid-back peaceniks, but their former manager Allen Klein was known as a pitbull.

Klein made a name for himself in showbiz by auditing music labels’ financial records to make sure his clients weren’t getting shortchanged, and he usually retrieved funds for them in the process. It made him more than a few allies on the talent side, if not on the business side. His career took off in 1963 when Sam Cooke asked Klein to be his manager, and after acquiring the Rolling Stones as clients, he set his sights on the Beatles.

“No one wanted or needed to manage the Beatles as much as Allen did,” Fred Goodman writes in his biography Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll, out now. Though the manager was always looking for a creative new way to make a buck, Goodman writes, “he would have managed the Beatles for nothing. Klein saw handling them as final and irrefutable proof that he was the best.”

To do it, Klein took a divide-and-conquer approach. The Beatles’ finances were in terrible shape after the death of their longtime manager Brian Epstein in 1967 and the poor management of a company they started. Klein saw his opening. He invited John Lennon and Yoko Ono to dinner in his penthouse suite at a London hotel, serving “a carefully researched and prepared vegetarian meal—exactly the macrobiotic dishes John and Yoko preferred.” If Lennon had reservations, he was quickly won over by Klein’s pitch. He got the feeling that the manager “was cut from a different cloth than the others he’d met—the same plain, coarse, ordinary cloth that Lennon flew for a flag.” An understanding was reached, and Klein’s firm, ABKCO, was in business with the Beatles.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr warmed to Klein as well, impressed by his successes, but Paul McCartney was not on board—and Klein did little to win him over. One time, McCartney called for Klein while the manager was in a meeting with the Beatles’ company, Apple, and Klein told the receptionist to say he’d call back later. The receptionist came back to say McCartney was insistent: “Klein would talk to him now—or never. The Beatle clearly knew he was being snubbed in front of a roomful of his employees. Klein shrugged. ‘I can’t talk to him now.’

“Paul McCartney kept his word. He never spoke to Allen Klein again.”

Not long after that, the Beatles were no more, and the Rolling Stones, feeling snubbed by Klein giving so much of his attention to their rivals, took their business elsewhere. But Klein kept making money off the Stones in particular—though a series of negotiations, he ended up owning the rights to some of their music, and profited not only from compilation albums, but also from a later song that sampled from Stones music: The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” Klein drove a hard bargain with the song’s label, saying it could release the song as long as his company could purchase the rights to be its sole publisher. They agreed, and he paid them $1,000.

The song of course became a huge hit, and “ABKCO actively exploited the composition,” Goodman writes, “licensing it to be used in commercials around the world for various products, including Nike shoes and Opel automobiles. When the band decided the song was being overexposed and overused, they declined to license the original recording for any more commercials. As the publisher, ABKCO instead commissioned its own recording for commercial use.”

The move was typical Klein: a cunning gesture whose outcome he could see far clearer than his opposing party. That was how Klein ran his business, more or less, until his death at 77 in 2009.

TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

TIME Television

Downton Abbey Creator: I Didn’t Want to End the Show With Nazis

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Vera Anderson—WireImage/Getty Images Julian Fellowes on the "Downton Abbey" set at Highclere Castle on February 16, 2015 in Newbury, England.

"I don’t know that there is anything else to be said about the Nazis"

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was happy to have the show address life in England before, during and after WWI—but he’s glad it will end before the rumblings of WWII hit the British newspapers.

Fellowes, who has written every episode of the hit series and is preparing to wind down its sixth and final season, tells The Wrap that he never wanted to take the Crawley family into the 1930s. “I feel the ’30s have been very much explored dramatically,” he said, “and I didn’t really want to get into the whole business of the Nazis, which I think has been explored exhaustively. And I don’t know that there is anything else to be said about the Nazis.”

On another level, he explained, he prefers dramas “where you don’t know whose side you’re on, or maybe you change sides. You might initially think, Oh no, [Maggie Smith’s character] Violet is completely wrong in this, but as the argument goes on and as you hear more of her point of view, you understand where she’s coming from….But the Nazis don’t give you that. Nobody’s slightly on the side of the Nazis.”

Fellowes added that there have been “wonderful films” about the Nazis, but that he’s not “the right guy to write them.” He said he purposefully set his film Gosford Park in November 1932 because it was “the last time when you could do something about the British upper classes without the Nazis.”

The only downside in this decision is we will never hear a snide remark about Hitler from the Dowager Countess.

[The Wrap]

TIME Television

Jimmy Fallon Taping Canceled Due to Injury

Taylor Schilling Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Theo Wargo—NBC/Getty Images Taylor Schilling visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on June 15, 2015 in New York City.

"He's totally fine but we'll be airing a repeat"

Friday night ticket holders for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will have to reschedule their visit: the taping has been canceled after the host was injured.

The show’s official Twitter account shared the news Friday afternoon, explaining that Fallon had injured his hand.

When fans expressed concern over the host’s health, the team stepped in with extra reassurance:

The show’s staff will be in touch with those who’s planned to attend Friday’s taping to reschedule—though not everyone is taking it well:

At publication time, it’s unclear exactly how (or how severely) Fallon injured his hand.

TIME Theater

Everything We Know About the Harry Potter Play

Get ready for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Muggles the world over were excited to learn that a stage play about Harry Potter will soon become a reality. But what exactly will this theatrical experience entail? Here’s everything we know about the play so far.

What is the play called?

The project’s title uses the tried and true formula of all of the novels: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

What’s it about?

J.K. Rowling was reticent about sharing too many details in her Twitter announcement. She described the play as a “new story,” and previous reports have speculated that it might be about Harry’s early years or the adventures of his parents, Lily and James. Rowling, however, says the play is “not a prequel.” She said she will keep tight-lipped about further details for now.

Why a play instead of another novel?

Rowling says she is “confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”

Did she write the script herself?

She says it is “the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.” It seems that Rowling and Thorne worked together on the story, and Thorne wrote the actual script.

Is it a musical?

It doesn’t seem to be a musical based on reports so far; however, there will be music of some kind, courtesy of Imogen Heap.

Where will it run?

The show will be performed in London at the Palace Theatre.

When does it open?

Summer 2016.

When can I buy tickets??

Sometime this fall—more details will be found on the show’s website in late July.

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