Popples Are Making a Comeback on Netflix

TIME

Popples, those iconically colorful 1980s toys that turned briefly into cartoon characters, are getting a new lease of life next year on Netflix.

The online video streaming site announced a partnership with Saban Brands — the company behind children’s shows like Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation — to create a show based on the Popples, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix has ordered 26 half-hour episodes that will be available for streaming in late 2015, the Reporter says.

The series will revolve around five Popples named Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes, who are colorful creatures that live in Popplopolis and try to help everyone around them. Their good intentions usually backfire, leading to rather comical attempts at damage control.

Popples previously featured in a Saturday morning cartoon series that ran from 1986 to 1988.

“With the global reach of Netflix, we know Popples will…

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The latest anonymous chatting app is both harrowing and intriguing

Gigaom

My first conversation on Kindly – a new, anonymous chatting app where strangers can seek emotional support — didn’t go so well. I volunteered to be a listener and I was matched with a teenager from the United States. He or she (gender wasn’t revealed) told me their aunt — who they live with — was making sexual advances. “If I please her do you think she will let go of me?” The person asked me.

I stared at my phone slack-jawed. How to respond to a question like that? I’m not a therapist and I certainly don’t have professional training. It was possible the stranger I was chatting with was lying, spinning an elaborate ruse for fun, but I had no way of knowing. If their predicament was real, I was in no position to offer advice. It was the most memorable and worrisome experience I’ve had yet with a…

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Mantega Says Using Brazil Wealth Fund to Cover Budget Legitimate

Brazil Portal

Mario Sergio Lima – Bloomberg, 9/23/2014

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega defended today the use of the country’s sovereign fund to help meet fiscal targets in a year when Latin America’s biggest economy had its debt rating downgraded.

Brazil announced it will withdraw 3.5 billion reais ($1.45 billion) from the sovereign fund to cover spending. The primary surplus, which excludes interest payments, was 1.22 percent of gross domestic product in the year through July, compared with the 1.9 percent target.

“The sovereign fund is a primary savings account we created in 2008 and is perfectly usable,” Mantega told reporters today in Brasilia. “Nothing is more legitimate than using that fund to cover part of expenses.”

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