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In About-Face on Trade, Trump Vows to Protect ZTE Jobs in China

SHANGHAI — As China and the United States go toe-to-toe on trade and maneuver ahead of a historic North Korea meeting next month, an unlikely obstacle has emerged: a second-tier Chinese electronics maker, ZTE.<p>The company said last week that it had halted “major operating activities” after being …

China

Email encryption flaws can expose Apple Mail, Outlook, and Thunderbird messages

Ahead of a full release of details on May 15, European researchers and the EFF are providing an early warning that messages encoded with PGP/GPG and S/MIME are vulnerable to a set of serious security vulnerabilities — an issue impacting over 20 email clients. As there are “currently no reliable …

Information Security

Penalties against China telecom giant ZTE become a bargaining chip as White House, Chinese officials discuss potential trade deal

The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted economic deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE, a major Chinese telecom company, in exchange for unspecified demands from President Trump, two people briefed on the discussions said Sunday.<p>The talks are fluid, and …

Donald Trump

CBS sues Shari Redstone, its controlling shareholder

CBS issued a corporate declaration of war against its controlling shareholder Shari Redstone on Monday morning.<p>Redstone has been pushing CBS Corporation and its sister media company, Viacom, to merge. But CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and the CBS board of directors have reservations about the proposal.<p>On …

Media Industry

Microsoft introduces some new enterprise apps for HoloLens

Today at Microsoft’s BUILD keynote, AR and VR were definitely a sideshow, but the company did have some announcements related to enterprise apps on the HoloLens. The company detailed two new apps, Remote Assist and Layout which will be coming May 22.<p>The new Remote Assist app from Microsoft is the …

Augmented Reality

Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan Resigns After Sexual Harassment Scandal

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., is stepping down from Congress after a sexual harassment scandal earlier this year in which he called a former aide a "soul mate."<p>The Pennsylvania Republican, who had already announced he wouldn't seek re-election in 2018, announced he would resign effective Friday, …

Sexual Harassment

'White Holes' May Be the Secret Ingredient in Mysterious Dark Matter

White holes, which are theoretically the exact opposites of black holes, could constitute a major portion of the mysterious dark matter that's …

Dark Matter

Steve Irwin Gets Honoured With Hollywood Star & Yes There Was A Giant Snake

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 14:10<p>The late and great Steve Irwin has just recieved his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.<p>The 'Crocodile Hunter' was …

Toy Story

Former Microsoft executive thinks he has a solution to the cryptography war with law enforcement

As encryption becomes more commonplace in our devices, the job of law enforcement is becoming increasingly difficult. The central question …

Privacy

Gmail’s new design will include a "Confidential Mode"

New feature gives you control over how emails are used<p>Gmail on the web is getting a big update in the coming weeks with a new design and features, but Google is also introducing a new Confidential Mode. <i>The Verge</i> revealed the new design earlier this week, alongside features like quick reply to …

Police: YouTube shooter was calm in interview before attack

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her sleeping in her car that she was having family problems and had left her home.<p>During the 20-minute interview with officers early Tuesday, she did not …

Law Enforcement

Here are the internal Facebook posts of employees discussing today’s leaked memo

“I’ve always thought our ‘open but punitive’ stance was particularly vulnerable to suicide bombers.”<p>The publication of a June 2016 memo describing the consequences of Facebook’s growth-at-all-costs triggered an emotional conversation at the company today. An internal post reacting to the memo found …

Internet

Police officer who shot Alton Sterling fired from Baton Rouge Police Department

Officer Blane Salamoni, who shot Alton Sterling, has been fired from the police department, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announced …

Law Enforcement

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’<p>Stephen Hawking obituary by Roger Penrose<p>Tributes poured in on Wednesday to Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped …

Physics

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts responsible for ‘tweetdecking’

The accounts were known for stealing jokes or for making tweets go viral with mass retweets<p>Last month, Twitter announced a number of new rules on how users and apps can automate tweets in an effort to cut down on spam and bots that spread propaganda. The company says that users using multiple …

North Korea willing to talk to US about giving up nuclear weapons, Seoul says

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said Tuesday, in a remarkable development that followed unprecedented meetings in Pyongyang.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also has agreed to refrain from conducting …

North Korea

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a pre-emptive strike against the liberal state’s so-called sanctuary laws.<p>The Justice Department sued California; Gov. Jerry Brown; and …

Immigration

Porn actress Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn’t sign it

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she was paid to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, sued the president Tuesday, asking the court to declare that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it.<p>In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles …

Donald Trump

Google reclaims quantum computer crown with 72 qubit processor

Google yesterday unveiled the world’s largest quantum computer processor to date. Dubbed Bristlecone, it’s a 72-qubit gate-based superconducting system that blows the previous best, IBM’s 50-qubit processor, out of the water. The race to build the world’s first useful quantum computer is nearing …

North Korea Signals Willingness to ‘Denuclearize,’ South Says

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has told South Korean envoys he is willing to negotiate with the United States on abandoning his country’s nuclear weapons, officials from the South said Tuesday. Mr. Kim also said he would suspend all nuclear and missile tests while such …

North Korea

Russia's Putin unveils 'invincible' nuclear weapons

<b>Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin.</b><p>Mr Putin made the claims as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected to win in 17 days' time.<p>The weapons he boasted of included a …

Russia

Hope Hicks is resigning from the White House

<b>(CNN) —</b> White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's longest-serving and closest aides, is resigning, the White House confirmed Wednesday.<p>Hicks' departure capped her meteoric rise from Trump Organization communications aide to the upper crust of power in …

Donald Trump

Trump Stuns Lawmakers With Seeming Embrace of Comprehensive Gun Control

WASHINGTON — President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group of lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun safety legislation that has been opposed for years by the powerful National Rifle Association and the vast majority of his party.<p>…

Guns

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump's communication director

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation.<p>The departure of Hicks, who worked as a one-woman …

Donald Trump

Nokia 8110 4G reboots the phone from 'The Matrix'

The classic '90s "banana phone" is back with 4G and apps on board. Keanu would be proud.<p>Smartphones are cool and all, but sometimes you just want to answer a call by pressing a button and having your phone snap open. Sometimes you just want to pretend you're in "The Matrix".<p>Welcome back, then, the …

Galaxy S9 and Gear VR: How not to break your new phone

Samsung's latest phone doesn't fit all VR headsets, not even all Samsung ones. But there is Google. Follow this advice.<p>The appeal of phone VR is simplicity and affordability: Just use a $100-ish set of goggles and your phone, and you're set. Samsung gummed that up a bit over the last couple of …

Virtual Reality

Samsung DeX Pad turns the Galaxy S9 into a touchpad PC

Phones

Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

<b>Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Saturday.</b><p>Hundreds of people have died in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the capital, Damascus.<p>The latest attacks include a ground …

Middle East

'See the facts': top Democrat defends Russia memo as Trump fumes

Democrats’ memo, initially blocked by White House, responds to claim FBI wrongfully obtained a wiretap on Trump adviser<p>The author of a newly released Democratic memo on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election defended his work on Sunday, after being attacked by Donald Trump.<p>On …

Donald Trump

NRA spokeswoman pushes back on raising age for buying semiautomatic rifles, an idea Trump has suggested

A spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association on Sunday pushed back against proposals to raise the age to purchase a semiautomatic weapon to 21, an idea that President Trump has seemed to embrace in recent days.<p>Dana Loesch said the group’s opposition to the change is “incredibly clear” and …

Guns