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Google signs on to the .NET Foundation as Samsung brings .NET support to Tizen

Microsoft is hosting its annual Connect(); developer event in New York today. With .NET being at the core of many of its efforts, including on the open-source side, it’s no surprise that the event also featured a few .NET-centric announcements, as well. For the most part, these center around the …

Twitter is banning multiple alt-right accounts

Following the release of new features to tackle abuse on its network yesterday, Twitter has begun suspending the accounts of users associated with the alt-right political movement, reports USA Today.<p>That includes the one belonging to Richard Spencer, who heads up the National Policy Institute (NPI) …

23andMe President Andy Page is departing

He will remain on the board of the personal genomics company.<p>23andMe President Andy Page, who has been in his role since 2013, will depart the company in December, according to a letter sent to employees by CEO Anne Wojcicki. It was unclear where Page is going, if anywhere, but he will remain as a …

Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation

How is this for a surprise: Microsoft today announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member.<p>“This may come as a surprise to you, but they were not big fans,” Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin told me in regards to his foundation’s history with …

Amazon cuts $20 from Prime subscription to encourage signups ahead of ‘The Grand Tour’ debut

Amazon’s long-awaited <i>Top Gear</i> “spin-off,” <i>The Grand Tour</i>, debuts on November 18, and Amazon is knocking $20 off its annual Prime membership for a 27-hour period to encourage folks to sign up.<p>Additionally, Amazon is launching a new Alexa skill specifically for <i>The Grand Tour</i>, meaning those with an …

Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on …

John Kerry: We will fight to keep US in the Paris climate deal

John Kerry has signalled that the outgoing Obama administration is preparing a fight to ensure that Donald Trump does not withdraw the US from the landmark Paris agreement, to prevent catastrophic climate change.<p>“This is bigger than one person, one president,” the US secretary of state said in …

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Death toll at 32 in renewed air strikes on rebel-held east of Aleppo: monitor | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes pounded neighborhoods around a children’s hospital and a blood bank in rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Wednesday in a second day of renewed bombing that has killed at least 32 people, a war monitor, medics and emergency workers said.<p>A man gestures near a damaged hospital …

McConnell, Schumer elected to top spots in Senate ahead of battles with Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader Wednesday while Democrats tapped Chuck Schumer as their leader as both sides prepare for critical battles with the incoming Trump administration.<p>"Last Tuesday night was something none of us expected," Schumer said …