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The Daily 202: 10 takeaways from Mueller’s shock-and-awe gambit – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve  Want to understand what’s happening in Donald Trump’s Washington? James Hohmann has you covered with the smartest, most comprehensive daily tipsheet out there. Get it in your inbox.  THE BIG IDEA: The ghost of Paul Manafort haunts the White House this Halloween. Since President Trump likes alliterative nicknames, maybe the special counsel’s should be Methodical Mueller. Unveiling the first batch of criminal allegations to come…

Spain awaits next move by ousted Catalan leader from Belgium – Reuters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont said on Tuesday he accepted the snap election called by Spain’s central government after Madrid took control of the region to block its push for independence. Puigdemont, speaking at a news conference in Brussels, also said he was not seeking asylum in Belgium after Spain’s state prosecutor recommended charges for rebellion and sedition be brought against him. He would return to Catalonia…

iPhone X first impressions round-up: ‘good but not perfect’ the view so far [U] – 9to5Mac

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Updated with TechCrunch review, at the bottom. We talked yesterday about how Apple is this year taking a different approach to pre-sale reviews of its flagship iPhone. Instead of giving all publications and sites the same embargo date, so that all the reviews hit the net at once, it’s layering them, with different people allowed to post different pieces at different times. We saw some written pieces and several hands-on videos…

200 feared dead after tunnel collapses at North Korean nuclear test site, Japanese TV claims – Fox News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reports of ‘unusual’ wartime preparations in North Korea Greg Palkot reports on the alleged evacuation drills in the region. About 200 people are feared dead in North Korea after underground tunnels at a nuclear test site that was feared to be unstable reportedly collapsed, crushing 100 people in the initial cave-in and 100 others when the tunnels again gave way on top of rescuers. The collapse at the…

The Trump administration’s soft spot for the Confederacy – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly pauses as he speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. The retired general received pushback for praising Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The Trump administration appears to have soft spot for the Confederacy. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is the latest person to attempt to…

Microsoft will launch a Surface Pro with built-in LTE Advanced in December – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Microsoft today announced that in December it will launch a Surface Pro with built-in LTE Advanced support to its business customers. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Windows devices, made the announcement at the company’s Future Decoded event in London. In the announcement, Panay argues that as the global workforce evolves, being a mobile worker will become the new default for many. “The office is no longer restricted to a…

Three Women Suing Microsoft for Bias Want to Add 8,630 Peers … – Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A lawsuit accusing Microsoft Corp. of discriminating against women in technical and engineering roles is poised to grow a lot bigger if it wins class-action status. With the technology sector awash in challenges to white male dominance, the three women spearheading the case against Microsoft told a Seattle federal judge they want to represent about 8,630 peers who have worked for the company since 2012. The women said their expert…

Microsoft axes Outlook.com premium features – Engadget – Engadget

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

If you still want Premium’s perks, you’ll need to have an Office 365 subscription linked to one of Microsoft’s email domains, whether it’s Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live.com or MSN. You may also have to be patient, as the the features will take “several weeks” to roll out to Office 365 Home and Personal customers. We’ve asked Microsoft if it can elaborate on the decision to cut Outlook.com Premium and will let…

The Next Firefox Browser Will Block Advertisers’ Sneaky Tracking – Forbes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Online advertisers track you. They track you in order to build a profile of you. To figure out your likes and dislikes. To figure out what piques your interest and will get you to click on ads. Mozilla wants to make sure that tracking is done with your consent. Shutterstock By now you’ve probably visited a site or two that notified you that you’re being tracked with one of those…

One dead in University of Utah shooting as police hunt for suspect – New York Daily News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police are on the hunt for a suspected gunman after one person was killed in a shooting near the University of Utah Monday night, police said. Suspect Austin Boutain, 24, is still at large, hours after a victim was fatally shot during a carjacking at the gate of Red Butte Canyon just east of the school, according to University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy.  …

Facebook, Twitter, Google to Tell Congress How Russia Meddled – Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Congress will put Facebook, Twitter and Google under a public microscope Tuesday about Russia’s use of their networks to meddle in the 2016 election, a day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation disclosed its first indictments and guilty plea. Senators want to know how the companies failed to keep Russians from exploiting their networks — buying 3,000 Facebook ads mostly with rubles — and using fake accounts to spread…

John Kelly calls Robert E. Lee an ‘honorable man’ and says ‘lack of compromise’ caused the Civil War – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during a daily briefing in October. (AP) White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Monday called Robert E. Lee was “an honorable man” and said that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, once again thrusting himself into the public spotlight on an emotionally charged issue. The comments, made on the debut night of conservative media…

When Frenemies Put Missiles Aside – Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Apple shows off iMac Pro once again ahead of launch | TechRadar – TechRadar

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

At the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit which took place over the weekend in Cupertino, Apple again showed off the incoming iMac Pro, allowing folks to take some fresh snaps of the space gray all-in-one (with matching accessories) ahead of its launch in December. The iMac Pro has the same chassis as the standard (consumer-targeted) iMac, but Apple has differentiated this much more powerful model by giving it a…

The Square Register is the iMac of credit card machines – TNW

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Point-of-sale machines: you don’t really think about them, do you? They’re just the little computers you use to key in your credit card PIN when you buy some fast food, or load up on groceries. For the most part, they’re drab, unremarkable pieces of technology. Square’s new point-of-sale machine, the Square Register, bucks that trend. It’s looks a bit like an iMac, and allows brick-and-mortar businesses to accept credit card…

Top campaign officials knew of Trump adviser’s outreach to Russia – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Several weeks after Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, his national campaign co-chairman urged a foreign policy adviser to meet with Russian officials to foster ties with that country’s government. “Make the trip, if it is feasible,” Sam Clovis wrote in an August email to George Papadopoulos. The email, included in court papers unsealed Monday, shows how an otherwise low-profile adviser has become a focus of the federal probe…

Kelly reignites feud with Rep. Wilson – Politico

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly said he stands by his comments criticizing Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for her remarks at the 2015 deadication of an FBI building. | Andrew Harnik/AP By BRENT D. GRIFFITHS 10/30/2017 10:43 PM EDT White House chief of staff John Kelly defended his criticism of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Monday night by continuing to insist she was insensitive and self-congratulatory during a ceremony…

Russian content on Facebook, Google and Twitter reached far more users than first disclosed, testimony says – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than the company had previously disclosed about the reach of the online influence campaign targeting American voters. The company previously reported that an estimated 10 million users had seen ads bought by Russian-controlled accounts and pages. But Facebook has been silent regarding the spread…

One dead in shooting near University of Utah; police searching for shooter – Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The suspect was reported to be a 24-year-old white male, wearing a coat, jeans and beanie, with a teardrop tattoo on his face.