Electronics

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

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

But American intelligence agencies have concluded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried to sway the election in favor of President Trump, beyond just posting disruptive content on social media. Russian operatives also hacked Democratic email accounts and released messages embarrassing to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the subcommittee, asked Facebook to confirm a narrower point — that the pattern of…

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

Posted: 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…

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

Posted: 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

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday accepted the snap election called by Spain’s central government when it 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 when given…

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

Posted: 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…

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

Posted: 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…

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

Posted: 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…

China, South Korea agree to mend ties after THAAD standoff – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – Seoul and Beijing on Tuesday agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has been devastating to South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers. The unexpected detente comes just days before U.S. President Donald Trump begins a trip to Asia, where the North Korean nuclear crisis will take center stage, and helped propel…

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

Posted: 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…

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

Posted: 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.  …

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

Posted: 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…

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

Posted: 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…

One person dead at University of Utah following shots fired – fox13now.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake Police Department have confirmed that one person is dead in a shooting at the University of Utah. The suspect is still at large. The University of Utah urged people to stay sheltered and secured late Monday: CAMPUS ALERT UPDATE: Continue to secure in place. Active police situation. Heavy police presence in Red Butte Canyon and surrounding areas. — University of Utah (@UUtah) October…

Kelly reignites feud with Rep. Wilson – Politico

Posted: 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…

The end of the conservative Republican – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In a seminal speech Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that he would not seek re-election because he did not want to accommodate himself to the “new normal” of Donald Trump‘s Republican Party and did not want to adjust to the “present coarseness of our national dialogue.” The speech stood out for its emphasis on the failure of moral leadership in the Republican Party, with the word “principle” appearing 13…

Facebook says 126 million people in the US may have seen posts produced by Russian-government backed agents – Recode

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook, Google and Twitter plan to tell congressional investigators this week that the scope of Russia’s campaign to spread disinformation on their sites — and to potentially disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential race — is much broader than the companies initially reported. At Facebook, roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by Russian government-backed trolls around Election Day, according to…

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

Posted: Monday, October 30, 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…

‘House of Cards’ canceled as fallout continues for Spacey – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

NEW YORK — The fallout facing Kevin Spacey widened Monday following an accusation that he allegedly made sexual advances on a teen boy, with Netflix pulling the plug on his hit show “House of Cards” and “deeply troubled” producers of the political thriller arriving on set to comfort cast mates. Executives from Netflix and the show’s producer, Media Rights Capital, said they arrived in Baltimore, where the show is shot,…

US forces capture second Benghazi suspect in Libya – CNN

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

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