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This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything | Backchannel

<b>As technology tries to maintain</b> its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and …

Technology

Uber Can't Keep Driving Itself | Backchannel

<b>When Benchmark Capital distributed a letter</b> this week about its lawsuit against former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, it was addressed to Uber’s …

Uber

What Google's Open Communication Culture Is Really Like | Backchannel

<b>When I started at Google</b> in 2002, there were about 500 employees. When I left nine years later, there were over 50,000. For all that time, I marveled …

Google

Back Channel to North Korea

Can secret contacts between Pyongyang and Washington help chart a path out of the crisis?<p>While the Trump administration’s policy on North Korea is gyrating in all directions—mostly bad—someone in Washington is keeping hope alive. Namely, despite escalating tensions which appear to be approaching a …

North Korea

Diplomats under ‘health attack’ in Cuba were treated by Miami doctors | Miami Herald

The University of Miami received a nervous call from the Trump administration: U.S. diplomats in Havana were getting sick with headaches, dizziness …

Cuba

US-NKorea involved in back channel diplomacy

Beyond the bluster, the AP has learned that the Trump administration has quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the country and deteriorating relations. (Aug. 11) AP

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NORTH Korea has lashed back at the US following President Donald Trump’s latest warnings.<p>In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea’s Minju Joson …

North Korea

Back channel could defuse North Korea crisis

Secret back-channel communications between the U.S. and North Korea could be a “good sign” that could pave the way to a peaceful end to a crisis …

North Korea

North Korea and Trump administration quietly involved in 'back channel' diplomacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.<p>It …

North Korea

Trump capped off a week of tough rhetoric on North Korea with some of his most blunt comments yet

President Donald Trump on Friday capped off a week of tough talk on North Korea with some of his most blunt comments yet, promising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "regret it fast" if he made any "overt threats" or followed through on them.<p>Trump was asked during a press availability what he …

North Korea

Bitcoin Makes Even Smart People Feel Dumb | Backchannel

<b>Bitcoin forked last week.</b> If you know what that means, congratulations! I only sort of do, after reading multiple explainers that labored mightily to …

Cryptocurrency

Surviving as an Old in the Tech World | Backchannel

<b>About 15 years ago,</b> I was inexplicably offered a job at Google—at age 52. At the time, my age reliably put me in the running for “oldest employee.” …

Women's News

Requiem for a Shuffle | Backchannel

<b>Right after the keynote</b> in which Steve Jobs introduced the iPod Shuffle, I went backstage with one question in mind: What makes an iPod an iPod? By …

Apple

John Kelly In, Reince Priebus Out as White House Chief of Staff

President Donald Trump announced the latest White House shakeup via Twitter on Friday afternoon, tweeting that John F. Kelly would replace Reince …

Donald Trump

Birkenstock CEO slams Amazon's new buying program as an 'assault on decency'

In a blistering email to its resellers, Birkenstock CEO Dave Kahan slammed Amazon's new inventory buying program, calling it an "assault on decency."<p>The email, which was obtained by The Washington Post, shows Kahan calling Amazon's latest act a "pathetic" attempt at creating a back channel to sell …

Amazon

Kushner Meets With House Committee on 'Range of Issues'

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe emerged satisfied from a three-hour meeting with Jared Kushner, the president’s …

Mike Conaway

What Jared Kushner's Statement Reveals About Russian Methods

There were numerous attempts to establish contact with the campaign and the transition team.<p>In trying to fend off suspicion of collusion with the Kremlin, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner have recently provided the public with two very interesting documents. Shoving responsibility for any …

Politics

Trump's Kushner: 'I Did Not Collude With Russia'

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, said Monday at a conference that he did not collude with Russia …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner is giving himself ample room to lie to Congress

“I did not collude,” says Jared Kushner, President Trump’s embattled son-in-law. Facing questions about a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian …

Liberal View

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner says 'I did not collude' with foreign government

<b>Washington:</b> Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, told Senate investigators on Monday, US time, he …

Donald Trump

Kushner denies collusion with Russia before meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, is expected to deny collusion with Russia during the presidential …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner’s ‘I did not collude’ statement, parsed

Jared Kushner is testifying before Congress on Monday and Tuesday. And while you won't see it because it's happening behind closed doors, he has now released an extensive, 11-page statement addressing four known contacts with Russians.<p>The statement's big takeaway is a firm denial that Kushner was …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner gave a confusing explanation for his alleged 'back channel' plan with Russia

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, denied in a statement Monday that he suggested setting up a "back channel" communication line to the Kremlin that would bypass US intelligence agencies and persist after Trump was inaugurated.<p>But Kushner acknowledged in the …

World Leaders

Kushner denies setting up secret ‘back channel’ with Moscow

Jared Kushner has defended his contacts with Russian officials last year, denying setting up a secret “back channel” of communication between the …

Russia

Can Democrats Promise a ‘Better Deal’ With the Same Leaders?

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Can Democrats promise a ‘Better Deal’ with the same leaders in charge?<p>Democrats have a golden political opportunity for the midterm elections that are still …

Politics

Oman is a mediator in Yemen. Can it play the same role in Qatar?

On Tuesday, President Trump spoke with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said shortly after a visit to Washington by Oman’s minister of state for foreign affairs. Though a less visible negotiator than Kuwait, Oman has been active in efforts to mediate the crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Can Oman …

Middle East

Duterte threatens to end peace initiatives if rebel attacks persist

President Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO<p>President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government peace negotiators not to resume peace talks with the …

Philippines

What Really Happens Inside a PR Crisis War Room | Backchannel

<b>There’s no shortage of corporate drama.</b> Our news feeds have been clogged with an endless parade of companies unraveling before our eyes. Just a few …

Media Industry

There's a new version of Google Glass, and it's been secretly used by hundreds of factory workers for the last two years

You may have thought Google Glass was dead, but the search giant has quietly resurrected its once-controversial smart glasses.<p>A new version of Glass has secretly been used by hundreds of employees at companies like GE, Boeing, DHL, and Volkswagen for the last two years, according to a report by …

Business

Trump's campaign digital chief is emerging as a key figure in the Russia investigation

On Friday, Trump’s bearded digital data guru Brad Parscale accepted an invitation to testify before the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia …

Donald Trump