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Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

WASHINGTON — Sitting in a hotel bar, Alexander Nix, who runs the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, had a few ideas for a prospective client looking for help in a foreign election. The firm could send an attractive woman to seduce a rival candidate and secretly videotape the encounter, Mr. …

Cambridge Analytica

Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

<b>The National Rifle Association (NRA) is suing Florida after it passed a gun control law in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 people dead.</b><p>Governor Rick Scott, a staunch ally of the gun lobby, enacted the bill, which the NRA says violates the constitution.<p>The law raises the legal age for …

Guns

Texas primary 2018: key results

Here are the latest results of the Texas primary.<p>Texas Democrats came out strong on Tuesday, with voters winnowing fields of candidates for the 2018 midterm elections. So far in several congressional races, it’s looking like no candidate will get more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning the top …

congressionaldistrict

Uber is driving patients to their doctors in a big grab for medical transit market

Big money, and bigger pitfalls, await the ride-hailing giant<p>Uber announced the launch of a new digital tool meant to book rides for patients who need assistance getting to and from their appointments. A health care provider can book a ride for patients and caregivers immediately, within a few …

Health Care

Apple celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 with recruiting event, special Today at Apple sessions

Next Thursday, March 8th, communities across the world will celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. The annual day of recognition draws attention to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, Apple will again join in the festivities with special events of their …

Why Big Pharma and biotech are betting big on AI

Artificial intelligence could drastically reduce the time it takes to develop new life-saving drugs.<p>Developing new medicines isn’t for the faint of heart. On average, it takes about a decade of research — and an expenditure of $2.6 billion — to shepherd an experimental drug from lab to market. And …

Artificial Intelligence

MediaTek’s big play for AI

Artificial intelligence is quickly turning into the mobile trend of 2018. Almost every major product and hardware release touts some form of intelligence. At MWC 2018, we spoke to MediaTek’s Finbarr Moynihan about the company’s latest chip, the Helio P60, as well as some of the company’s longer …

DoorDash is raising $535 million from SoftBank and others at a $1.4 billion valuation

The challenge for the company will be to stay disciplined even as it sits on a huge stockpile of dollars.<p>The food-delivery company DoorDash is receiving a massive injection of cash in the latest iteration of the deal spree staged by SoftBank’s Vision Fund.<p>SoftBank, along with the Singaporean …

Venture Capital

These are the 31 least corrupt countries on earth

Transparency International published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, a global ranking of fairness around the world.<p>The ranking of 180 countries is based on the level of public sector corruption in 2017, according to businesspeople, journalists, and civic organisations.<p>Higher-ranked …

This is the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch video

And this year is all about business. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to be announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Slashleaks shared the official promo video for the Samsung’s upcoming flagship device.<p>It’s a polished 3-minute video packed with information about the new phone. …

Samsung Galaxy S9

Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky | Richard Wolffe

The Florida senator is a talented politician, but he met his match in a 17-year-old who called him out over NRA cash<p>Marco Rubio is a very talented politician. He walked into an arena full of 7,000 Floridians who were determined to heckle him for siding with the National Rifle Association (NRA) for …

Marco Rubio

What Kim Jong-un's new photo tells us about North Korea

<b>North Korean state media on Tuesday reported its leader Kim Jong-un's delight with the outcome of his country's attendance at the Winter Olympics.</b><b>Released alongside the report was an unusually relaxed photo showing Mr Kim with his sister clutching his arm, and another high-level official holding</b> …

North Korea

Will the Parkland Kids Change the Gun Debate?

I've been covering mass shootings for decades. I've never seen a phenomenon like these students.<p>Since April 20, 1999, when 12 students and a teacher were gunned down at a high school in Colorado, I have covered most mass shootings in America in some capacity, and I have never seen anything like …

Stephen Colbert Pays Stirring Tribute To The Teen Survivors Of The Florida School Shooting

<i>The Late Show With Stephen Colbert</i> took a break last week, so when Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School, the titular host was unable to provide the timeliest of responses. However, a weekend of reflection was all that Colbert needed to come back with a potent …

Gun Control

This Man's Drawings Of Life With His Wife And Kids Are So Sweet, You Might Tear Up

These are getting all up in my feels.

AT&T names first three cities to get its ultra-fast 5G network

The promise of faster mobile service is finally getting on the map later this year -- and it's headed south.<p>AT&T announced late Tuesday it will first roll out 5G to three locations: Dallas, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta.<p>The wireless giant previously said it would introduce the service to about a …

Smart Cities

With Grief and Hope, Florida Students Take Gun Control Fight On the Road

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Instead of 10th-grade English and 12th-grade calculus, the teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., had another funeral to attend. When the grim ceremony was over on Tuesday morning, they hugged their parents goodbye, stashed their backpacks in the …

High School

We need a global cyberwar treaty, says the former head of GCHQ

There should be an international treaty on cyberwarfare that sets clear boundaries for nation states around hacking computer infrastructure, the …

Snapchat Officially Arrives In Africa Through Sales Partnership With Ad Dynamo

Snapchat has officially arrived in Africa – as its parent company Snap announced a new partnership to officially sell advertising through Ad Dynamo in South Africa.<p>Ad Dynamo – which describes itself as “Africa’s largest digital sales house, operating across Sub Saharan Africa” – will be Snap’s …

Dear Tech People ranks Snap, Dropbox, Airbnb, and more in diversity report

Even though tech giants like Intel and Apple release annual reports on diversity, very few tech companies are following suit. Dear Tech People dove into these murky waters to answer questions like “How many women work at Snap?” and “How many engineers at Docker are black?” The three co-creators of …

AT&T announces Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco as first three 5G cities for 2018

Two cities in Texas and Georgia’s capital are getting AT&T’s faster mobile internet<p>Following AT&T’s pledge last month to build out a true 5G network by the end of the year, the telecom has announced its first three of 12 locations that will get standards-based, mobile 5G by the end of the year. The …

Apple in talks with miners to secure cobalt supplies: sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is talking to major cobalt producers to secure supplies of the material vital for the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power its mobile phones, three cobalt industry sources said.<p>Apple declined to comment.<p>Locking in cobalt supplies has become a dominant …

Cobalt

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

<b>Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.</b><p>The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, …

Elon Musk gets permission to do a little digging for his Hyperloop

It's been far easier for Elon Musk to send a rocket to the Mars than move a pebble in Washington, D.C.<p>That could be changing, according to <i>The</i> …

BlackRock is using robots to better predict the future of the economy

Economic data can be a double-edged sword for investors.<p>Sure, it serves an valuable input for traders deciding where to put their money, but it's also largely backwards-looking. So while it's undoubtedly useful, it's often up to investors to calibrate their own economic outlook.<p>BlackRock realizes …

Google conducts test to help 911 accurately locate callers

More exact location data can save lives<p>Google has conducted a trial to test the efficiency of using its technology to help 911 operators more accurately figure out the location of cellphone callers. The test included tens of thousands of 911 calls over the span of two months in several states, and …

Apple marks completion of new campus with first corporate address change since 1993

On the heels of this past Tuesday’s annual shareholders meeting, Apple has made the transition to their new campus official by changing the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. The change comes just weeks after Apple was given occupancy permits for several sections of the main campus …

Gmail Go is almost identical to the original Android app, but half the size

Google’s Gmail Go is now available in the Play store for Android devices, bringing most of the functionality of the original app, while shaving off half the file size.<p>It’s part of the company’s Go suite of apps, which are designed to work well on low-end phones with low memory and storage. That, in …

Apps

E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs

You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail.<p>Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common …

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing