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This morning brought decisions in both of the patent cases argued in November, with the government prevailing on the constitutional question raised …

Law

The second of yesterday’s two patent decisions was <i>SAS Institute v. Iancu</i>. As I explained in my post about <i>Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s</i> …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'very honorable'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to …

North Korea

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to propose raising rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies Wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.<p>Carson’s proposals, and other initiatives aimed at low-income …

Health Care

Points for honesty, I guess.<p>Mick Mulvaney, the head of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, made a rather striking admission Tuesday. He told a conference of bankers that as a congressman he granted meetings only to …

Donald Trump

DNA Analysis Of Ancient Excrement Reveals The Diets Of Centuries Past

When it comes to the nitty, gritty details, life in antiquity was pretty stinky – in a literal sense. Without high food and personal hygienic standards, most people probably contracted an intestinal worm at some point or another, says veterinary scientist Martin Søe. "I think it's fair to say it …

Biology

Trump Veterans Affairs pick Ronny Jackson denies wrecking a car after new allegations emerge

Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's embattled pick for Veterans Affairs secretary, allegedly provided a "large supply" of the opioid Percocet …

Donald Trump

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Universe

Roku is getting free live news, starting with ABC

If there's one thing streaming video watchers love, it's free stuff. So it wasn't a huge surprise to see Roku launch a free ad-supported movie channel of its own last year. Now, it's adding news coverage to that selection, starting with ABC News Live, the network's first stab at a 24/7 online …

Televisions

Windows goes on a diet with yet another variant: Windows 10 Lean | Ars Technica

Latest Insider build has a strange new SKU.<p>Just as Microsoft gets rid of one Windows SKU, it seems to have created another one to take its place. The …

Windows 10

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not recuse himself from criminal investigation of Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen: Report

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided not recuse himself from the ongoing criminal investigation of President Donald Trump's long-time personal …

Donald Trump

How the NYT partook in the plunder of Iraq

Who gave permission to the New York Times to remove thousands of ISIL files from Iraq?<p>Many of the precious objects displayed in the global north's major museums were plundered from their home in the global south. The dubious itinerary and the illegal and unethical practices that facilitated the …

Profit

EPA chief signs proposal limiting science used in decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a proposed rule that would restrict the types of scientific …

Scott Pruitt

Trump ramps up personal cell phone use

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.<p>"He uses it …

Donald Trump

Judge Agrees: Perfectly Fine For Google To Deny Ad Placement For 'Honey Cures Cancer' Claims

Eric Goldman brings us the dismissal of a lawsuit against Google that's… well, a bit on the unintentionally hilarious side. The lawsuit argues …

Google AdWords

In 'N Out Uses A Bullshit Pop-Up Every Five Years Strategy Just To Lock Up Its Australian Trademark

When we recently discussed the rather odd story of the famous burger chain In 'N Out suing an Australian burger joint over trademark concerns despite …

Burger King

Hacker Hijacks DNS Server of MyEtherWallet to Steal $160,000

A hacker (or group of hackers) has hijacked the DNS servers of MyEtherWallet.com, a web-based Ether wallet service. [...]

Information Security

Trump’s false claims to Comey about Moscow stay could aid Mueller

James Comey says the president told him that he never spent the night in Moscow in 2013, but flight records, social media and his bodyguard's testimony show otherwise.<p>Late last January, at a private White House dinner attended only by Donald Trump and Jim Comey, the president steered the …

Donald Trump

A van speeds across Toronto sidewalks, leaving 10 pedestrians dead

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ten people are dead and 15 are injured after the driver of a van plowed into multiple pedestrians in Toronto on Monday in what appears to be a deliberate act, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.<p>Saunders said the suspected driver, Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, was in …

Toronto

Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire

Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing, a fact he did not mention when interviewing Ben Carson last year<p>• Sean Hannity’s real estate venture linked to fraudulent property dealer<p>When Sean Hannity was named in court …

Real Estate

Court rules against Trump administration’s delay on car efficiency fines

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration cannot delay a regulation that increased automakers’ fines for cars that violate …

Trump Administration

U.S. eases sanctions on aluminum firm tied to Russian oligarch

The Treasury Department Monday eased sanctions on Russian aluminum producer Rusal and said it would consider lifting them altogether if the company severs ties with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin.<p>Rusal was sanctioned earlier this month by Treasury's …

Russia

John Bolton presided over anti-Muslim think tank

The content of the advocacy group Gatestone is part of an echo chamber that includes Russian media.<p>WASHINGTON — John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian …

Donald Trump

White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear | Ars Technica

President has used Act's powers before for space industry.<p>According to reports from Bloomberg and E&E News, the Trump Administration has been …

National Security

Trump complaining that Gorsuch is becoming too liberal: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on …

Trump Administration

Joint drills no longer an issue

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has dropped its long-held demand that the United States withdraw forces from South Korea in exchange for denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday.<p>The United States has about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, a presence that has long irked North …

North Korea

North Korea drops withdrawal of US forces as condition of denuclearization, Moon says

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has dropped its long-held demand that the United States withdraw forces from South Korea in exchange for denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday.<p>The United States has about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, a presence that has long irked North …

North Korea

Activision has no idea what to do with Call of Duty

With 2017’s <i>Call of Duty: WWII</i>, it appeared that Activision has finally distilled the series down to its most essential components. The campaign was …

Call of Duty

Rudy Giuliani Among 3 New Lawyers Joining Trump's Legal Team

<b>Updated at 7 p.m. ET</b><p>Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump's legal team to help deal with the ongoing special counsel investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.<p>"Rudy is great," Trump said in a statement released …

Donald Trump

Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law

Company moves responsibility for users from Ireland to the US where privacy laws are less strict<p>Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally.<p>In a tweak to its terms and …

Privacy