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Texas teachers give ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 13-year-old

Seventh-grader Lizeth Villanueva has been in her school’s academic honors program for two years. She gets good grades and has never been a discipline problem. Yet on Tuesday, her teacher gave her a “most likely to become a terrorist” award.<p>It was supposed to be a joke, part of a mock …

School Districts

Russian Once Tied to Trump Aide Seeks Immunity to Testify Before Congress

Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions, according to congressional officials.<p>Mr. …

Corruption

Facebook is making a big push this summer to sell ads to drugmakers

Facebook is hosting an invitation-only summit dedicated to health on June 6 in New York, according to a source familiar with the matter. CNBC tracked …

Pharma

Kaine's son, 7 others, charged in protest of pro-Trump event

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of President Donald Trump.<p>Linwood "Woody" Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and …

Elections

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.<p>In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. …

U.S. Supreme Court

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from …

World Leaders

Snap Acquires Ctrl Me Robotics, A Small Drone Maker Based In LA

The deal was a relatively cheap one for Snap. Sources familiar with it say Ctrl Me's purchase price was under $1 million.<p>Posted on May 26, 2017, 22:58 GMT<p>Snap has acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer based in Los Angeles that should give the company added muscle in its push into …

Drones

Teen's 'promposal' defaces protected California land

Four letters scrawled across a rock might be the epitome of romance for a pubescent teen, but for park rangers, those four letters spell nuisance.<p>Such is the case for a recent "promposal" – an elaborate prom invitation – that employed some white spray paint and protected federal land in the Santa …

National Parks

Emojis and sex trafficking: SDSU researchers crack the code

Innocuous though they may seem, emojis, or the symbol-based form of communication — such as hearts, crowns and cherries — have been hijacked by those …

San Diego

Yahoo hacking suspect appeals denial of bail in Canada

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian suspected of involvement in a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo email accounts linked to Russia is appealing a decision to hold him in custody pending an extradition hearing, the man's lawyer said on Friday.<p>A bail appeal hearing for Karim Baratov is scheduled for June 5, …

Security

Yahoo's top editor will leave after Verizon sale

Megan Liberman, the editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, announced Friday that she is leaving the company after the completion of its merger with Verizon.<p>Liberman informed staff of the news in an email, and her departure was confirmed by a Yahoo spokesperson.<p>"For now, I just want to say thank you," …

Advertising

Apple Is Working on a Dedicated Chip to Power AI on Devices

Apple Inc. got an early start in artificial intelligence software with the 2011 introduction of Siri, a tool that lets users operate their …

Artificial Intelligence

Google launches AI investment platform

Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios has learned from multiple sources.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> Google …

Venture Capital

Chipotle says ‘most’ of its restaurants were infected with credit card stealing malware

exe.coli<p>Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced that it has identified the malware that was responsible for the credit card hack earlier this year. Alongside the news, it also released a new tool to help customers check whether the restaurant they visited was involved. When pressed by <i>The Verge</i>, …

Identity Theft

VentureBeat's Ken Yeung joins Intercom as senior editor | My Two Cents

Earlier this month I announced my departure from VentureBeat, a job that afforded me the ability to cover many of the tech industry’s movers and …

Startups

The Media's Best-Kept Secret Was A Free Wall Street Journal Login, And Now It's Gone

Username: media. Password: media. Everyone knew about it, but nobody talked about it.<p>Posted on May 26, 2017, 18:06 GMT<p>Kiichiro Sato / AP<p>It was good while it lasted.<p>For years, one of the best/worst kept secrets in media circles was a login that unlocked the Wall Street Journal's formidable paywall. …

Journalism

Jeff Toig Out as Tidal CEO

A replacement for Toig, who was the company's third CEO since its launch, will be announced soon.<p><b>Jay Z</b>'s music streaming service Tidal has confirmed …

Jay Z

Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake -- created by Russian intelligence -- but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, …

Government

Sprig, a food-delivery startup that has raised over $56 million, is shutting down

The San Francisco food-delivery startup Sprig will be shutting down Friday, Business Insider has learned.<p>The company had raised over $56 million from Silicon Valley's top investors for its new spin on food delivery.<p>Sprig's business was a high-end meal-delivery service in which customers could get …

Startups

LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Invests Big Change In Change.org

In 2006, newly minted Stanford grad Ben Rattray sat at a Starbucks in Silicon Valley, pitching LinkedIn founder and early Facebook investor Reid …

Startups

CRV readies its first-ever growth equity fund

Venture capital firm CRV is speaking with investors about raising its first growth equity fund, Axios has learned.<p>Talks are still in the early …

Venture Capital

Why Hollywood gets hackers so wrong - Video - Technology

When you think of a hacker, you probably think about basement-dwellers in hoodies typing at lightning speeds - but that's not entirely accurate. CNNTech's Selena Larson tells us why the media just can't seem to paint an accurate picture of a hacker.

Security

Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In March, Mark Zuckerberg visited Mother Emanuel in Charleston, S.C., an African Episcopal Methodist church that was the site of a mass murder by a white supremacist.<p>Last month, he went to Dayton, Ohio, to sit down with recovering opioid addicts at a rehabilitation center.<p>And he …

Mark Zuckerberg

Lyft just gave its drivers a major advantage over Uber

Uber and Lyft drivers are often at the whims of the app that dictates what rides are coming in. The idea was to give drivers the ultimate in work flexibility — sign on to work when you want, and then wait for the ride requests to pour in.<p>But on Friday, Lyft introduced a new way for drivers to book …

Uber

AT&T's DirecTV Now Online Service's Growth Sputters - Bloomberg

AT&T Inc.’s live online video service, DirecTV Now, has seen its growth stall in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, raising …

Televisions

Digital Life: Google Fiber TV customers will be paying $20 more each month

Maybe it’s time to cut the cord.<p>The cost of Google Fiber’s TV package is going up again. A standard cable-like package with the company’s ultra-fast …

Internet

Life as a Private Tech Stock Analyst

Finance

Harvard's Student Paper Is Drunk and Taking Potshots at Mark Zuckerberg [Updated]

<i>The Harvard Crimson</i> has either become the victim of an incredibly funny prank, or Facebook is beta-testing its silent speech brain interface on …

Mark Zuckerberg

Samsung Galaxy Book review: one step forward, one step back

Samsung’s Surface competitor still doesn’t quite match up<p>Every company that makes PCs has been chasing Microsoft in the race to create a tablet that can work as a laptop. Samsung’s first real effort at this was last year’s TabPro S, which introduced a number of good ideas, but ultimately was …

Laptops