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Facebook, Google and Twitter testified on Capitol Hill. Here’s what they said. – Washington Post

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lawyers from Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon amid mounting political pressure to fully investigate Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and reveal publicly what they find. It is a rare moment in the political spotlight for companies that, despite large lobbying teams in Washington, generally seek to avoid such public and potentially unpredictable confrontations. A growing number of lawmakers have expressed concern…

South Korea will not develop or possess nuclear weapons, president says – Washington Post

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

President Moon Jae-in told lawmakers Wednesday that South Korea would not seek to have nuclear weapons and said that Seoul would never accept its neighbor North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. “According to the joint agreement by the two Koreas on denuclearization, North Korea’s nuclear state cannot be accepted or tolerated. We will not develop or possess nuclear weapons either,” the president said in his second state of the nation…

Republicans push tax bill unveiling to Thursday as negotiations continue – CNN

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror Attack – New York Times

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Video Video Appears to Show a New York Terror Suspect Fleeing Amateur video appears to show a suspect trying to flee the scene of a deadly vehicle attack near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan before being stopped by the police. By THE NEW YORK TIMES on Publish Date October 31, 2017. Photo by Chang W. Lee/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video » A driver plowed a…

For ‘low level volunteer,’ Papadopoulos sought high profile as Trump adviser – Washington Post

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday belittled former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal agents investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, tweeting that “few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.” But interviews and documents show that Papadopoulos was in regular contact with the Trump campaign’s most senior officials and held himself out…

Tech Executives Are Contrite About Election Meddling, but Make Few Promises on Capitol Hill – New York Times

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Since then, the company has scrambled to appease lawmakers by promising to hire more than 1,000 people to manually review political ad purchases and to make the funding of those ads public. “The foreign interference we saw was reprehensible,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, told senators. The companies also acknowledged they were struggling to keep up with the threat of foreign interference. Photo Senators Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, and…

Man takes teacher hostage, barricades self inside classroom at elementary school – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A parent has taken a teacher hostage and is barricaded inside Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, school district officials said Tuesday. The district was notified about the situation just after 11:20 a.m., Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson said. The door to a room is blocked with the male parent and a female teacher inside, said Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback. It was not immediately clear which room the man…

Actually, John Kelly, the failed ‘compromise’ to avoid Civil War would have enshrined slavery – Washington Post

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, whose boss is well known for unique opinions about the Civil War, introduced his own hypothesis to the world last night when he blamed the war on “the lack of an ability to compromise.” The Washington Post has already written about what historians think of Kelly’s thoughts, their assessments ranging from “dangerous” to “kind of depressing.” But the truth is, the panicky months before the Civil War were…

Dealmaster: Get a Dell laptop with a Core i5 chip for $550 – Ars Technica

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

reader comments 0 Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have a new round of deals to share. Today’s list is particularly heavy on laptop and TV deals, including a Dell Inspiron 14 with a Core i5 (7th-gen) chip and Nvidia GeForce GPU slashed down to $550. You can take a peek at the full selection below. Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through…

Three Macs declared obsolete/vintage as free ‘Staingate’ coverage ends for 2012 Retina MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Apple has declared that three Macs are now obsolete or vintage, and that the company will no longer offer repair services or replacement parts for them. For legal reasons, the situation is different in Turkey and California, where some of the computers are instead labeled ‘vintage’ and will continue to be supported for a further two years … NordVPN The Macs concerned are: Mac mini (Mid 2011) – Vintage 21.5-inch…

Microsoft’s New Surface Pro With LTE Trumps The MacBook Pro – Forbes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Taking to the stage at the first day of Microsoft’s ‘Future Decoded’ event at the London ExCeL centre today, Microsoft’s ‎Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay revealed the Surface Pro with LTE, targeting the mobile professional and the enterprise markets who are looking for alternatives to the MacBook Pro. The Surface Pro LTE was trailed at the launch of the Surface Pro earlier this year. The addition of 4G LTE…

Hillary Clinton on the conservative media: ‘It appears they don’t know I’m not president’ – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hillary Clinton was nowhere near Washington the day charges against President Trump’s former campaign chairman were announced and news broke that a former Trump campaign volunteer had pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about meeting with Russian officials. She was in Chicago where she promoted her book (“I have a great chapter about Russia”), thought about her Halloween costume (“I think I will maybe come as the president”) and quipped about…

Tech Executives Are Testifying on Capitol Hill About Russian Election Interference – New York Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“We did observe that links to these videos were frequently posted to other social media platforms,” he said. “We believe that the relatively limited amount of activity we found is a result of the safeguards we had in place in advance of the election.” He added, “Google’s products also don’t lend themselves to the kind of targeting or viral dissemination these actors seem to prefer.” The distinction is one that…

South Korea and China move to normalize relations after THAAD dispute – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEOUL — After a year of frosty diplomacy and economic pressure, South Korea and China announced Tuesday that they would put aside their differences out of a joint desire to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the two countries will resume normal relations. “The two sides attach great importance to the Korea-China relationship,” a statement from the ministry said. In its own coordinated statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said…

Casualties reported after New York ‘attack’ – BBC News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A suspect has been arrested in New York after people were reportedly shot and mown down by the driver of a car. Multiple reports on social media suggested a man had driven at cyclists, possibly in a cycling line, before opening fire in the Lower Manhattan area. Police said they had made one arrest after responding to “reports of shots fired”. They have also urged people to avoids the Chambers…

John Kelly Is a Trumpist After All – The Atlantic

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The White House chief of staff’s stylistic differences have obscured the extent to which he, like many Republicans, is aligned with the president on substance.

Best Black Friday 2017 Laptop, Macbook and Chromebook deals – The Independent

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Laptops are a versatile gift. Whether it’s for work or play, they’re suitable for all ages. And with Christmas looming, finding a Black Friday deal on the laptop can leave more money for stocking fillers – or a little extra in your back pocket. Luckily, there are likely to be a significant amount of them. Chromebooks could drop as low as £100, bargain basement laptops could hit £150, while known…

Laptop thief targets woman at Starbucks in Alameda – East Bay Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ALAMEDA —  A teenager stole a woman’s laptop while she visited a Starbucks on Friday afternoon, the latest in a string of laptop thefts at the coffee chain. The woman was sitting inside the Starbucks at 720 Atlantic Ave., when the teen grabbed her laptop just before 12 p.m. and ran out the door. He was last seen fleeing in the 700 block of Eagle Avenue, police said. The 27-year-old…

Why Microsoft Is So Good At Retaining Its Software Engineers – Forbes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

(Photo: VESA MOILANEN/AFP/Getty Images) Why do Microsoft software engineers tend to stay for a long time compared to other tech companies? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Bowen Li, former PM at Microsoft, on Quora: Why do Microsoft software engineers tend to stay for a long time compared to other tech companies?…

Microsoft’s New Surface Pro With LTE Trumps The MacBook Pro – Forbes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Taking to the stage at the first day of Microsoft’s ‘Future Decoded’ event at the London ExCeL centre today, Microsoft’s ‎Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay revealed the Surface Pro with LTE, targeting the mobile professional and the enterprise markets who are looking for alternatives to the MacBook Pro. The Surface Pro LTE was trailed at the launch of the Surface Pro earlier this year. The addition of 4G LTE…