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Comcast bids $65 billion for most of 21st Century Fox

Comcast is going all-in to win 21st Century Fox.<p>The company on Wednesday formalized a $65 billion all-cash bid for most of Fox. It's a dramatic attempt to thwart Disney, which reached a $52.4 billion deal in December for the same film and TV assets.<p>Comcast's (CMCSA) move came one day after a …

Media Industry

A cheap Surface computer could help Microsoft win back the education market from Google

Microsoft’s Surface computers are the pinnacle of the PC world, but with the cheapest Surface Pro starting at $800 (sans keyboard or pencil, I should add), they really are bloody expensive.<p>That might soon change, as rumors suggest Redmond is working on a cheaper Surface laptop, which will allow it …

Windows 10

Apple Confirms Plans to Disable Law Enforcement Access to iPhone via Tools Like GrayKey Box

Apple has confirmed that it is closing a technological loophole that allows law enforcement officials to hack into iPhones through USB-based hardware solutions like the GrayKey box, reports <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>Apple said it was planning an iPhone software update that would effectively disable the …

Privacy

Facebook will require advertisers to disclose where they got uploaded customer data come July 2

Facebook has been able to receive billions of dollars in revenue from advertisers each quarter thanks to its powerful custom ad targeting features that allow advertisers to target a wide cross-section of users on the platform.<p>But following the news that now-defunct data analytics firm Cambridge …

Cambridge Analytica

Netflix partnered with Telltale Games on 'Minecraft' and 'Stranger Things' projects

We can all stop asking who will be the first to launch "the Netflix of games." We have our answer now, and that answer is... Netflix!<p>Slow down, it's …

Call of Duty

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law enforcement officials who want to get information off them, including a well-publicized showdown with the F.B.I. in 2016 after Apple refused to help open the locked …

Privacy

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year while serving in the White House, filings show

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, brought in at least $82 millionin outside income while serving as senior White House advisers during 2017, according to financial disclosure forms released Monday.<p>Trump earned $3.9 million from her stake in the Trump …

Donald Trump

U.S. Unveils an Office in Taiwan, but Sends No Top Officials

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States unveiled its unofficial embassy in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, holding a low-key ceremony that signaled its support for the self-governing island while also trying to avoid a bigger clash with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.<p>While Taiwan’s president, …

China

Donald Trump says US to stop 'war games' with South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military will stop "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>Exercises carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by …

North Korea

Man kills 4 kids he held hostage and himself, ending standoff: Police

<b>ORLANDO, Fla. --</b> A man who police say shot an officer before barricading himself in a Florida apartment killed the four children he had been holding …

Crime

Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday made it all but impossible for asylum seekers to gain entry into the United States by citing fears of domestic abuse or gang violence, in a ruling that could have a broad effect on the flow of migrants from Central America.<p>Mr. Sessions’s …

Immigration

Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> China has lodged a protest with the US following the official opening of Washington's new de facto embassy in Taiwan, a self-ruled island off China's southeastern coast that Beijing considers a renegade province.<p>"The United States sending officials to Taiwan under any excuses is in …

China

French interior minister: Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested

<b>PARIS --</b> Police swarmed a building in Paris on Tuesday, saying a man had taken two people hostage. The French interior minister later said the …

Terrorism

Stranded migrants: Macron scolds Italy over Aquarius ship

<b>French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the Italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let a stranded rescue ship packed with migrants dock in Italy.</b><p>A charity looking after the 629 migrants on the Aquarius, stranded off Malta, says two Italian ships will help take …

France

Second anniversary of Pulse shooting marked by art, litigation

ORLANDO, Fla. — Survivors and victims’ relatives are marking the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a remembrance ceremony, a run, art exhibits and litigation.<p>Ahead of Tuesday’s commemoration of the massacre of 49 people at the gay nightclub, some survivors and victims’ …

Orange County

Rep. Mark Sanford defeated in South Carolina after critical Trump tweet

Rep. Mark Sanford, one of President Trump’s sharpest Republican critics in Congress, was ousted by a primary challenger on Tuesday after Trump waged an extraordinary last-minute effort to defeat him.<p>The South Carolina representative lost to state legislator Katie Arrington, who won Trump’s support …

Republicans

Attorney General Sessions says claims of domestic or gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum in U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence generally will not qualify for asylum under federal law, a decision that advocates say could endanger tens of thousands of foreign nationals seeking refuge in the United States.<p>Sessions told immigration judges …

Immigration

Primaries in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia: What to watch

<b>(CNN) —</b> Five states head to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections that will set up some of the most critical contests to determine control of Congress next year.<p>Two of the most vulnerable senators -- a Republican in Nevada and a Democrat in North Dakota -- will have challengers by the end of …

South Carolina

US official hails vibrancy of US-Taiwan relationship at relaunch of American Institute in Taiwan after $250m upgrade<p>America’s de facto embassy in Taiwan has reopened after a $250m renovation, with an attending US official hailing the new building as “a symbol of strength and vibrancy” of the …

China

What could the EU Withdrawal Bill mean for Scotland?

<b>MPs are to debate amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, the main piece of Brexit legislation, in two marathon sessions at Westminster.</b><p>Scottish MPs are set to be involved on all sides of the debate, including Remain-backing Tory rebels, Labour members pushing for single market membership, SNP …

United Kingdom

Man claiming to have handgun and bomb asked to be put in contact with Iranian embassy<p>A four-hour stand-off between an armed man who took hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris and police has ended without bloodshed.<p>French special forces negotiated with the man, who claimed to have a …

Extremism

Sexual harassment at universities must stop, report says

Geosciences professor Julie Libarkin doesn’t wear dresses in public.<p>It’s not because she has to get down on the ground to do her job — she doesn’t dig up rocks — but because she cannot stand the constant harassment that comes when she does.<p>“I don’t wear dresses any more because almost every time I …

Sexual Harassment

George H.W. Bush makes history by celebrating his 94th birthday

After Barbara Bush died in April, there were fears that her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, might die, too. He was hospitalized with a blood infection the day after Barbara’s funeral.<p>But on Tuesday, Bush made history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94.<p>Gerald …

George W. Bush

Trump trade adviser Navarro sorry after saying there's a 'special place in hell' for Trudeau

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, apologized Tuesday after saying "there's a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is in a trade dispute with President Donald Trump.<p>"In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and …

Donald Trump

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Earned More Than $80 Million Last Year, Filings Show

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $82 million last year from investments and business concerns outside of their jobs as unpaid senior advisers to the president, according to financial disclosures released by the White House.<p>The documents released Monday show that Ivanka Trump earned …

Donald Trump

Judge orders Mueller to identify unnamed figures in Manafort indictment

A federal judge has ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to identify by Friday all the individuals and organizations involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's alleged scheme to lobby on behalf of Ukraine without registering as a foreign agent under U.S. law.<p>Among the people …

Corruption

George H.W. Bush just became the first former US president to turn 94

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Here's a birthday present for George H.W. Bush, who turned 94 on Tuesday: He's now the first former president to reach that age.<p>Bush is celebrating at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, as he has in years past, family spokesman Jim McGrath said.<p>It is a "very low-key day with …

Government

Republicans demand vote on any North Korea deal

Many GOP senators are skeptical that Trump can reach an agreement with Kim Jong Un to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula.<p>Congress is determined to have the final say over any deal President Donald Trump strikes with North Korea.<p>As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that …

North Korea

Half of women in science experience harassment, a sweeping new report finds

Science has a sexual harassment problem. From the most polished ivory tower to the local community college, harassment pervades lecture halls and laboratories, observatories and offices, teaching hospitals and Antarctic field sites. And it takes an economic and emotional toll on female researchers …

Sexual Harassment

Border Patrol: Agent wounded in shooting in southern Arizona

<b>TUCSON, Ariz. --</b> The U.S. Border Patrol says one of its agents has been wounded in a shooting in southern Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico border. A …

Immigration