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Syria war: US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa – BBC News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines,…

This Map Shows Why Oil Can Weather Iraq’s Kirkuk Campaign – Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oil production from northern Iraq has fallen victim to the deepening conflict between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil. Around 275,000 barrels a day of output has been halted and exports have slipped by 90,000 barrels a day. But this could prove only a temporary hiccup. How much this impacts exports of crude from the region in the coming days will ultimately depend on how the three…

For each scene of his presidency, Trump casts a villain (or two, or three …) – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hillary Clinton is not running for president again in 2020 — she has said so, her aides know it, and there is no political rationale that would argue otherwise. But for President Trump, facts like those simply miss the point. “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020?” Trump declared in a tweet Monday morning. “My answer was, ‘I hope so!’ ” Just like that,…

Candidate Trump attacked Obama’s executive orders. President Trump loves executive orders. – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump holds up an executive order on health care after signing it during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.(Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock) As he campaigned for the presidency, Donald Trump argued that Barack Obama’s frequent use of unilateral administrative tools made Obama a weak leader. “We have a president that can’t get anything done,” Trump told an interviewer in January 2016, “so he just keeps…

Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Microsoft Responded Quietly After Detecting Secret Database Hack in 2013 – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Companies of all stripes now are ramping up efforts to find and fix bugs in their software amid a wave of damaging hacking attacks. Many firms, including Microsoft, pay security researchers and hackers “bounties” for information about flaws – increasing the flow of bug data and rendering efforts to secure the material more urgent than ever. In an email responding to questions from Reuters, Microsoft said: “Our security teams actively…

How to make your MacBook Pro battery last longer: 6 tips … – TechRepublic

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recently I purchased a 2017 MacBook Pro. The reasons were actually few, but necessary. As one who depended upon a Chromebook Pixel 2 as my mobile daily driver, I was accustomed to around 12 solid hours of battery life. That had become my norm. So when I dropped the cash for the MacBook, reading I’d get around ten hours of battery life, I thought it would be comparable. Little did…

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces took control of the contested city of Kirkuk on Monday, as two U.S. allies faced off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month. The Iraqi forces recaptured military bases, an oil field and other infrastructure held by the Kurdish troops, saying their aim was to return to positions around Kirkuk they held before fleeing in the face of…

Airbus-Bombardier deal expected to jumpstart CSeries jet sales in Asia – analysts – Reuters

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Airbus SE’s (AIR.PA) deal for a majority stake in Bombardier Inc’s (BBDb.TO) CSeries jet programme is expected to jumpstart sales of the Canadian aircraft in Asia, analysts said. The Airbus-Bombardier deal will give the European planemaker a 50.01 percent interest in the CSeries programme, while the jet will get a better sales network. The 110-to-130 seat plane has not secured a new order in 18 months and…

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser to Mr. Obama, posted on Twitter. “Also,” Mr. Rhodes added, “Obama never attacked a Gold Star family.” That reference was to the public feud Mr. Trump began with the parents of a Muslim American soldier, Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The soldier’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala…

McCain condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ in clear shot at President Trump – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched a thinly veiled critique of President Trump’s global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn “people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” McCain said that “some half-baked, spurious nationalism” should be considered “as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” The 2008…

North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’ – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s…

Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows – The Verge – The Verge

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Microsoft is working on a big redesign for its Outlook for Mac and Windows apps. The software giant revealed teasers for the new design during an Ignite conference session last month, and the goal is to simplify the user interface on both Mac and Windows versions. Spotted by MSPoweruser, a lot of the changes look very similar to the Outlook for iOS app, with a single-line ribbon and a smaller…

As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated … – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments from the United States to Germany to Indonesia. Where the Russians have turned the internet into a political weapon, China has used it as a shield. In fact, when it comes to technology, China has prospered. It has a booming technology culture. Its internet companies rival Facebook and Amazon in heft. To other countries, China may offer…

Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability – The Verge

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption. The security vulnerabilities allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points, and in some cases even modify it to inject malware into websites. Security researchers claim devices running macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux will be affected by the vulnerabilities. Microsoft says it has…

Supreme Court to consider major digital privacy case on Microsoft email storage – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday accepted a second important case on digital privacy, agreeing to hear a dispute between the federal government and Microsoft about emails stored overseas. The justices increasingly have been called upon to settle legal battles between law enforcement and technology companies, and to interpret laws written before the technology revolution that now raise pertinent questions about privacy. The justices next month will hear a case involving…

Microsoft’s new treehouse meeting spaces take advantage of nature around its sprawling campus – GeekWire

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Microsoft’s new treehouse workspaces in Redmond, Wash. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft employees looking to connect with nature can bring their laptops with them when they visit a new spot on the software giant’s Redmond, Wash., campus. Perhaps with an eye toward the Spheres in downtown Seattle, Microsoft has beaten Amazon to the trees and built a space that’s actually outdoors, designed to help its workers clear their heads and focus away…

Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/’60 Minutes’ probe – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump said Monday that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that…

Iraqi forces retake the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in escalating dispute with Kurds – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces took control of the contested city of Kirkuk on Monday, as two U.S. allies faced off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month. The Iraqi forces recaptured military bases, an oil field and other infrastructure held by the Kurdish troops, saying their aim was to return to positions around Kirkuk they held before fleeing in the face of…

Trump, McConnell try to end feud – The Hill

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) sought to end months of bitter sniping over a private lunch at the White House on Monday and followed it with a display of unity at a joint press conference in the Rose Garden. Trump insisted to reporters that…