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Regional tensions soar in Syria as Trump threatens to strike and Iranians die in an attack

BEIRUT — The prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, coupled with a missile raid apparently carried out by Israel that killed Iranian military personnel, has underscored the risk that the conflict is on the brink of a dangerous escalation.<p>Syria and Russia …

Middle East

Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook on Monday will begin alerting the 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica.<p>The company plans to post a link at the top of users' news feeds that will allow them to see which apps are connected to their Facebook accounts and what information those apps are …

Social Media

Spotify might be working on an in-car music player

Rumors have been circulating that Spotify is working on some sort of hardware, possibly an in-car controller or a standalone player. As <i>The Verge</i> reports, a number of Reddit users have claimed to have received offers for the device, with plan price points ranging from $12.99 to $14.99 per month, but …

Spotify

Backpage Has Been Taken Down By The US Government And Sex Workers Aren’t Happy

The classified ads site displays the message "backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized."<p>Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, went offline Friday after being seized and disabled by the federal government.<p>The Backpage.com notice stated that additional information would be …

Crime

The Business Of Being Cardi B

<i>The Cardi B effect:</i><p><i>A branding power rooted in specific authenticity, created and permeated by rapper Cardi B. Behaviors associated with the Cardi B Effect include blunt honesty, rapping, laughing, mild to moderate twerking, tongue-curling, teeth-kissing, chart-topping and regular degular Bronx girl</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Downloading Your Facebook Data? Here’s What to Look For

Users can see all the data they’ve shared and uploaded—but it still isn’t everything the social network has on you<p>By<p>Katherine Bindley<p>Katherine Bindley<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@katiebindley<p>katie.bindley@wsj.com<p>Social-media users have long known that Facebook FB -1.08% knows a lot about them. …

Social Media
Mexico

Kim's next move: Reading the Korea chess game

<b>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's surprise visit to China's President Xi Jinping has left many wondering how it will influence the next move on the global chess board of power.</b><p>The meeting marks a warming of relations between Pyongyang and its sole economic supporter, and paves the way to proposed …

North Korea

Cambridge Analytica’s Alexander Nix: Bond villain, tech genius or hustler?

LONDON — The British press and parliamentarians — and his own former employees — are divided over how to characterize the mysterious, plummy, exquisitely tailored Alexander Nix, founder of the now infamous Cambridge Analytica, the London data-munchers who boasted they helped Trump win election and …

Cambridge Analytica

Russia to 'respond harshly' to US expulsion of diplomats

Nato chief says move sends ‘clear and very strong message there is a cost to Russia’s reckless actions’<p>Nato has announced it is cutting the size of its Russian mission by a third, removing accreditation from seven Russian staff and rejecting three other pending applications.<p>The Nato secretary …

Russia

Michael Cohen -- Trump's loyal fixer

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's known as the President's longtime personal attorney. But he has been called Donald Trump's Capo. His mini-me. His pitbull.<p>He's been compared to the Showtime character Ray Donovan who cleans up after Hollywood stars and to Roy Cohn, Trump's former lawyer and the controversial attorney …

Donald Trump

The Gun Owners of the Parkland Generation | The New Yorker

Nicole Van Blarcom, 14. Stewartsville, New Jersey.<p>All but one were born in the decade after Columbine; like the student gun-control advocates activated by the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, most are in their teens. But the children depicted …

Guns

Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy

WASHINGTON — The White House and Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new policy on transgender troops that will severely restrict their place in the military.<p>Pentagon officials had a deadline of Friday to put in place the new policy after months of consideration and court challenges. President Trump …

Military

The Dramatic Last Hours as Agents Stalked the Austin Bomber

AUSTIN, Tex. — It was past midnight when the call finally came crackling over the radios of agents pursuing the man who had been terrorizing Austin with his homemade bombs. An officer had sighted an aging red Nissan Pathfinder in the parking lot of a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in suburban Round …

Crime

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump's national security adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said Thursday he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key decisions on Iran and …

Donald Trump

China slams Trump’s ‘reckless’ and ‘arrogant’ tariffs, warns of retaliation

https://videos.posttv.com/washpost-production/Reuters/20180323/5ab4a3a2e4b0daf4daa6d8ca/5ab4ed8de4b05fcebe3f383a_1439399835595-cf9g26_t_1521806738799_1280_720_2000.mp4<p>BEIJING — China’s government slammed President Trump on Friday for a “reckless” threat to impose tens of billions of dollars in …

China

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know

The world's biggest social network is at the center of an international scandal involving voter data, the 2016 US presidential election and Brexit.<p>The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.<p>US Federal Trade Commission

Cambridge Analytica

Feds tracked Austin bomber after FedEx camera got his plate, congressman says

<b>Austin, Texas (CNN) —</b> When the Austin bomber went to a FedEx store Sunday to ship two more of his package bombs, he made the mistake of parking within view of a surveillance camera, a US congressman told CNN.<p>The license plate of Mark Anthony Conditt's red Ford SUV could be seen on video and police …

Crime

Mark Zuckerberg in his own words: The CNN interview

Mark Zuckerberg sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Laurie Segall on Wednesday, days after news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, accessed information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.<p>Zuckerberg …

Cambridge Analytica

Mastercard will support cryptocurrencies, if they're backed by governments

It seems Mastercard is gradually softening its stance on cryptocurrency, after CEO Ajay Banga downplayed non-government mandated digital currencies as “junk” back in October last year.<p>In a conversation with Financial Times, Ari Sarkar, Mastercard co-president for the Asia-Pacific region, said the …

Cryptocurrency

<b>A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges</b><p>To …

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Cars

Trump administration hits Russian spies, trolls with sanctions over U.S. election interference, cyberattacks

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed fresh sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for a cyberattack against Ukraine and other countries last year that officials have characterized as “the most …

Russia

Facebook to publishers: We are your friend. Really.

Facebook really wants to gain the trust of publishers after a contentious year of fake news and algorithm changes, as well as concerns the giant social network is squeezing out news sites.<p>At a panel discussion at the SXSW conference, Facebook's head of news product, Alex Hardiman, said Facebook is …

Fake News
Time Warner

'Black Panther' to cross $1 billion worldwide in less than a month

The box office reign of "Black Panther" has hit a new milestone.<p>The Disney and Marvel Studios film will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office, Disney announced on Saturday.<p>The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman and is directed by Ryan Coogler, joined the billion dollar club on its 26th …

Black Panther
College Sports

Waymo moves beyond driverless taxis with trucking program

Atlanta is Waymo's hub for real-world tests of its self-driving trucks.<p>Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, is moving beyond driverless taxis. …

Trump steel tariffs may leave these U.S. steelworkers jobless

FARRELL, Penn. (Reuters) - Mick Lang has been a steelworker for nearly 40 years and voted for businessman Donald Trump in the hopes he would bring about a renaissance for the long-suffering U.S. steel industry. Now he worries President Trump's tariffs on imports of the metal will cost him his …

General Motors