What’s Trending on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
§ Uber is adding a tipping option to its service…a feature that has long been part of Lyft.
§ Uber drivers have been requesting the change for years.
§ The new feature debuted in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston yesterday with more cities to roll out over the next few weeks.
§ Every market should be covered by the end of July.
§ There will also be a couple of other changes: a shorter cancellation window (the driver gets a fee if you cancel your ride after more than 2 minutes, down from 5 minutes), a small fee for waiting for a passenger starting at the 2-minute mark, and a new $2 charge is being added to Teen account trips.
§ Tips will be voluntary and do NOT impact how a driver might rate a passenger because the driver’s rating is required before the tipping request is sent out.
§ Study shows that cute animals can help your marriage.
§ It found that if you and your significant other spend time looking at pictures where you’re posing with adorable animals like puppies and kittens, it will make your marriage stronger, happier and better overall.
§ The researchers say that when you look at those types of pictures enough, you start to associate your partner with cute animas and that makes you feel more positive about them.
§ A parole hearing for OJ Simpson has been set for July 20th.
§ A rep for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners has confirmed the date and says if things go well, he could be released as early as October 1st.
§ He will not be attending the hearing in person but will be videoconferenced in from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
§ He was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping charges after stealing sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room.
§ He was convicted in 2008 and has been locked up ever since.
§ He was sentenced to 33 years in prison with the eligibility for parole after 9 years.
§ The company behind Barbie announced its most diverse line of Ken dolls yet.
§ Mattel is introducing dolls featuring three body types, seven skin tones and nine hairstyles, including the trendy man bun.
§ The body types include broad, thin and original and they also have cool fashions for a new generation.
§ Ten of the new dolls are on sale starting yesterday and five more will be released in the coming months.