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GOP congressman Barton apologizes for nude selfie

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) admitted that a nude picture of him circulating online is authentic and apologized to his constituents.<p>"While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton, 68, said in a statement first reported by …

Selfies

Remembering The 'Monstrous' Legacy Of Ratko Mladic

I have covered many wars during my years at NPR, but never did I encounter such a monstrous man as Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb army commander likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.<p>I first heard his name when I was staying in Sarajevo in June 1992. It was a time of constant and brutal …

History

Facebook will help some users figure out if they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

So far, Google and Twitter have not detailed their plans.<p>Facebook is trying to alert some U.S. users that they fell victim to Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.<p>In the coming weeks, the social giant plans to roll out a new tool so that users can check if they followed or …

Richard Blumenthal

Former ethics adviser files complaint against Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway

WASHINGTON – The dispute over Roy Moore's Senate campaign has now led to a legal complaint against White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.<p>Walter Shaub, a former government ethics official and frequent critic of President Trump, said Conway's comments about Moore's Democratic challenger Doug Jones may …

Donald Trump

Zimbabwe: Mysteries remain about Mugabe's downfall

<b>The fall of Robert Mugabe, who was a fixture in global affairs for nearly four decades, was sudden, swift and bloodless.</b><p>A little more than a week after the military warned the government it might step in, a new president is already in the making.<p>Now, his former political party and the military are …

Africa

U.S. Declares Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing'

(WASHINGTON) — The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday, threatening …

Asia

Source: Gymnastics doctor set to plead guilty to sex charges

DETROIT (AP) — A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.<p>The person was not authorized to …

Crime

YouTube outlines plan to protect kids from disturbing content

The five new guidelines include removing ads from inappropriate videos and blocking predatory comments from videos that feature minors.<p>YouTube says it's trying to make the video site safer for kids.<p>After recent criticism that YouTube is not doing enough to crack down on disturbing and exploitative …

Women in Tech

Net neutrality: why are Americans so worried about it being scrapped?

Most of the world won’t be affected by the changes, so are they such a problem? No, if you are a tech monopoly – but yes if you don’t want a two-tier internet<p>Ajit Pai, head of the US telecoms regulator, revealed sweeping changes on Tuesday to overturn rules designed to protect an open internet.<p>The …

Net Neutrality

Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws

Intel has confirmed previous reports that its recent PC, internet of things and server chips are vulnerable to remote hacking. The problem is with the onboard "Management Engine," which has multiple holes that could let remote attackers run malicious software, get privileged access and take over …

Information Security

UK Treasury announces tax reform affecting Apple and other tech companies

As the United States details tax reform that could affect Apple’s overseas business, the UK is doing just the same. As reported by Business Insider, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a series of changes in an effort to curtail the efforts of tech companies trying to minimize their tax …

Philip Hammond

AWS ramps up in AI with new Rekognition features and consultancy services

Ahead of Amazon’s AWS division big Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers looking to build solutions using the …

Machine Learning

Galaxy S9, S9 Plus rumored to appear at CES tradeshow in January

Samsung may show off its next pair of flagship phones as early as January, during CES 2018.<p>Samsung users and fans may get a sneak peek at the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus earlier than expected.<p>According to VentureBeat, the pair of marquee phones is rumored to make an appearance at CES 2018, the …

Samsung

YouTube says it will block predatory comment sections on videos of minors

After a <i>Verge</i> story detailed glaring examples of predatory comments on videos of children, YouTube announced today that it will turn off comments entirely on videos where it detects predatory behavior.<p>Last week, <i>The Verge</i> reported on the scope of the problem: videos of young children doing activities …

Social Media

Redditors come out strong against the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality

Reddit might have occasionally played host to controversial debates and scandals since its inception in 2005, but in a beautiful turn of events, the members of the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” are standing united against the common evil: the FCC and its non-sensical plan to slay net …

Internet

Intel Admits Security Flaws Contained in Most PC Chips It Sold for Years

Intel admitted this week that there were multiple, serious security flaws in software it had hidden in virtually every PC chip it sold in recent …

Information Security

Philip Hammond Has Slapped A New Tax On Tech Firms Like Amazon, eBay, Google And Apple

The government has found a way to tax the companies' royalties, made from the sale of products in Britain.<p>The government will place a new tax on big tech companies like Apple, Google, eBay and Amazon, while also making them pick up the bill for sellers not charging the full amount of VAT.<p>Chancellor …

Philip Hammond

Amazon Web Services’ computer vision gets real-time face recognition

Amazon Web Services announced a series of updates to its Recognition service, which provides machine learning-based computer vision capabilities to cloud customers.<p>The system will now be able to detect and recognize text in images, so customers can feed in signs and documents and get the contents …

Machine Learning

Samsung allegedly plans to make CES relevant again with new Galaxy S smartphones

In many ways, these days it seems the annual CES tradeshow in Las Vegas is where consumer tech goes to die. Vibrating smart jeans? Bizarre wearables? …

Samsung

The backlash is building over the plan to gut net neutrality

The Republican-helmed Federal Communications Commission is expected to pull the plug on net neutrality rules in three weeks - but tech companies, entrepreneurs, and other concerned users are vowing to not go down without a fight.<p>On one side are internet service providers, who believe rolling back …

Internet

Were You a Victim of Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Help You Find Out

SAN FRANCISCO — Have you ever wondered whether you have fallen prey to a Russian misinformation campaign? Soon, you will be able to find out.<p>Facebook said on Wednesday that it planned to roll out a new tool later this year to help figure out if that new page you followed on Facebook or account you …

Facebook

Uber's massive hack: What we know

Uber's disclosure that hackers accessed the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers last year, a breach it didn't disclose publicly until Tuesday, adds new potential legal woes for the already troubled company.<p>At the time of the breach, Uber paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data …

Uber

CBS sees no quick resolution in fee dispute with Dish Network

CBS Corp. sounded a pessimistic note on the eve of Thanksgiving, saying that the broadcast corporation and Dish Network “remain far apart on terms” in an increasingly contentious carriage fee dispute.<p>CBS’ comments on Wednesday suggested there will be no quick resolution in the network’s blackout …

Los Angeles Chargers

Peter Thiel May Be Looking To Buy Gawker.com

Lawyers for the Silicon Valley billionaire filed a motion in court on Wednesday to challenge a provision that prevented him from buying the assets of the now defunct Gawker.com. That moves lays the groundwork for a possible bid for the website and its archive.<p>In a federal bankruptcy court filing on …

Journalism

After closing at record highs, U.S. stock market quiet before Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, U.S. stocks are little changed Wednesday morning after they finished at all-time highs the day before. The price of oil is rising on reports OPEC might extend its cuts in production, and energy companies are also up. Technology companies are taking small …

Markets

Trump SoHo to shed 'Trump' amid reports of sagging business

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump SoHo hotel is dropping the name it shares with the U.S. president.<p>The Trump Organization said Wednesday that it is ending its licensing deal with the New York hotel amid reports that the property has struggled to attract business.<p>The company owned by President Donald Trump …

Donald Trump

Patriots' Brady misses practice with Achilles tendon injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat out practice Wednesday with what the team says is an Achilles tendon injury.<p>Brady has started all 10 games this season for New England. He also has yet to miss a game because of an injury since 2008 when he suffered a season-ending knee …

New England

Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis.<p>"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him to our …

Darrelle Revis

Lions add DE Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seahawks

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have added Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seattle.<p>Detroit acquired the 37-year-old Freeney on Wednesday, a day before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a possibly pivotal game for the NFC North title.<p>The Lions need help at defensive end in part because …

NFC North

What to expect in Kevin Durant’s 2nd trip back to Oklahoma City

A different level of maturity is expected from both KD and Thunder fans, but the wounds still haven’t fully healed.<p>Kevin Durant will make his second trip to Oklahoma City since leaving the Thunder franchise in the summer of 2016 on Wednesday <b>(8 p.m., ESPN)</b>. Though his second return — he missed the …

Kevin Durant