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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to testify next week in front of Congress

The Cambridge Analytica scandal isn't going away. In fact, it's heading straight to Washington, D.C.<p>Christopher Wylie tweeted early Saturday morning …

Democratic Party Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy in New Lawsuit

The Democratic National Committee opened a surprise legal assault on President Trump on Friday, filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.<p>The …

The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):<p>6:30 p.m.<p>Former first lady Barbara Bush has …

Trump: North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests Shows 'Progress'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced that his country no longer needs nuclear or missile tests and that it would shut down its nuclear weapons test site.<p>"The nuclear test site has done its job," Kim said in a statement carried by North Korea's state media. The report also said the decision …

North Korea

Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on Messenger

Facebook Inc. scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, …

Social Media

Escalating US-China trade dispute heightens global concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — An escalating trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies heightened fears Wednesday of a global trade war, sent global stock markets tumbling but also left the door open to a negotiated settlement that might prevent any serious damage before it begins.<p>The Dow Jones …

China

Sleeping in Car and Visiting Gun Range: How YouTube Attacker Spent Final Hours

■ Investigators on Wednesday said they believed YouTube’s policies had motivated a woman to shoot three people at the company’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., before killing herself.<p>■ The attacker, identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, had been seen at a nearby shooting range before the attack, …

San Mateo County

Trump agrees to keep U.S. troops in Syria for undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reluctantly agreed in a meeting with his national security team Tuesday to keep U.S. troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS, but pressured them to end U.S. involvement in the conflict as soon as possible, a senior administration …

Middle East

Tim Cook kicks off China Development Forum, talks trade war concerns and more

As we noted yesterday, Tim Cook is in China this weekend to serve as co-chair of the China Development Forum, which is taking place amid increasing fears of a trade war between China and the United States. Speaking at the event today, Cook said that he hopes “calm heads” will ultimately …

Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX after challenged on Twitter

(Reuters) - Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) disappeared on Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.<p>"Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the …

Tesla

Dropbox Shares Leap in I.P.O., and Silicon Valley Smiles

Dropbox, the file-sharing company and Silicon Valley darling, had a strong market debut Friday, a reassuring sign for the technology industry and for the investors who have billions locked up in other highly valued but privately held start-ups.<p>Shares of San Francisco-based Dropbox, which had sold …

Venture Capital

White House announces policy to ban most transgender people from serving in military

<b>(CNN) —</b> The White House on Friday announced a policy to ban most transgender people from serving in the US military.<p>Following a Pentagon policy review after a tweet by President Donald Trump last year, the White House said the policy will say "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of …

Hundreds of thousands expected to participate in March for Our Lives

WASHINGTON — Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez stood silent, with tears streaming down her face, on a stage in front of thousands at Saturday's March for Our Lives.<p>After listing the names of the 17 people killed when a gunman rampaged through her school on Valentine's Day, Gonzalez …

Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines

Two former federal officials who crafted the landmark consent decree governing how Facebook handles user privacy say the company may have violated that decree when it shared information from tens of millions of users with a data analysis firm that later worked for President Trump’s 2016 …

Privacy

U.S. and British lawmakers demand answers from Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Lawmakers in the United States and Britain are calling on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to explain how the names, preferences and other information from tens of millions of users ended up in the hands of a data analysis firm connected with President Trump's 2016 campaign.<p>The demands came …

Social Media

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday abandoned a strategy of showing deference to the special counsel examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and alarming Republicans who feared he might seek to shut it …

Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin retains grip on Russia, exit polls show

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Vladimir Putin has extended his grip on Russia for another six years after an overwhelming victory in Sunday's presidential election, a result that was never in doubt.<p>With 99.8% of the votes counted, Putin won with 76.7%, according to Central Election Commission data. It means Putin …

Russia

South Korea Names 2 Envoys to Meet With Kim Jong-un

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has selected two of his closest aides to go to North Korea this week to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in an attempt to defuse tensions on the peninsula, officials said on Sunday.<p>Mr. Moon’s national security adviser, Chung …

Trump administration pushes back on reports Cohn is mulling White House exit

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is downplaying reports that White House chief economist Gary Cohn is planning to leave the West Wing because of frustrations over the implementation of steel and aluminum tariffs.<p>After President Donald Trump announced the US would impose tariffs on steel …

SpaceX Is Launching Its First Internet Satellites This Week

A launch this Saturday will put two test satellites into orbit.<p>Back in 2015, SpaceX announced one of its more ambitious proposals: a constellation of satellites in orbit around the Earth, providing internet access to everyone and everywhere. Their plan involved launching over 4,000 such satellites, …

Space Travel

Chrome now blocks dodgy ads by default. Which is great for Google

Online advertising is broken. Pop-ups cover half your screen and won't go away and autoplay videos blare marketing jingles, driving us to install ad …

Digital Advertising

Major new iOS bug can crash iPhones and disable access to apps and iMessages

Here we go again<p>Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either. A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and block access to the Messages app …

The Cisco Kid Hits It Out of the Ballpark for Shareholders

It happened after the closing bell last night. Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported its Q2 results. Bang. The firm beat EPS expectations by four cents. …

Trading

FBI was warned about alleged shooter nearly 5 months ago, tipster says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger.<p>Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, noticed in …

Jake Tapper

Florida teen charged with 17 murders legally bought AR-15

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released …

High School

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

LONDON (AP) — The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on …

Google launches AMP for email to bring web-like actionable content to Gmail

The accelerated mobile pages (AMP) project has come a long way since Google first announced the initiative to the world back in 2015. The open source AMP framework, which is designed to enable blazing-fast and efficient mobile web pages, is now used by 31 million domains. Today, Google announced an …

The nation’s top spy says Russia will attempt to undermine the 2018 midterm elections

The nation’s top intelligence chiefs were united Tuesday in declaring that Russia is continuing efforts to disrupt the U.S. political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm elections, following its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign.<p>Their assessment …

Surveillance

Congress takes on immigration issue amid election pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's two top leaders put on a show of comradery Monday as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress.<p>"We really do get along, despite what you read in the press," …

Republicans

Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Climate Skeptic as Top Environmental Adviser

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to withdraw its nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, a climate change skeptic, to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House …

Donald Trump