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School Girl Imprisoned in House Contacts Police With Game Console

Another instance of a video game console helping to track down a criminal has occurred as a school girl imprisoned in a 44-year-old man’s home utilized one to get in contact with the police, who promptly rescued her. 44-year-old company employee Hiroyasu Goto restrained the helpless girl by tying her to an iron pipe inside […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Crime, Internet, Police, Bizarre, Anime, Kidnapping, Schoolgirls, Kanagawa, Hiroyasu Goto


Senate to ban TikTok on federal devices

“The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to ban the use of the social media app TikTok on federal devices, weeks after the House approved a similar measure,” reports The Hill: The legislation, sponsored primarily by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), would ban the app’s use on all federal government devices, following bans on the app already put in place by the Army and the Transportation Security Administration due to potential security threats. “In light of al...
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, Senate, China, Tech News, House, Army, Chinese communist party, Transportation Security Administration, Trump, Pompeo, Hawley, Martha McSally R Ariz, Scott Senate


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but (and this is a key point) th...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok and WeChat parent Tencent

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days. INBOX: @realDonaldTrump has sig...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Brand Bewitchery!

In this Marketing Over Coffee: We’re joined by Park Howell, The World’s Most Industrious Storyteller! Direct Link to File Brought to you by our sponsors: NetSuite and Otis. The book is Brand Bewitchery Ron Ploof mutual admiration society meeting – Check out Ron on The StoryHow Pitch Deck and on Proverbs Where’d the industrious tagline come from? ABT – And, But & Therefore (Setup, Problem, Resolution) – Not Problem, solution, you need the setup to give the problem gravitas. 8:45 – 9:53 Sma...
Tags: Apple, Google, Podcast, Marketing, Oracle, Netsuite, Ron, Facebook Instagram, Otis, Park Howell, Marketing Over Coffee Newsletter, Analytics for Marketers Slack Group Get the Job


China accuses Trump and Pompeo of 'madness' over tech purge

The Trump administration's plan to ban various Chinese technologies, and doing business with various Chinese tech entities, is a clear sign of “madness” in U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, wrote China’s state-run tabloid Global Times in an editorial on Thursday. From Reuters: “Pompeo has uttered anti-China remarks almost every day, and constantly played tricks to intensify conflicts between China and the U.S., and display Trump administration’s toughness toward China,” the editorial read....
Tags: Post, Technology, News, China, United States, Trump, Reuters, State, U S State Department, Global Times, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Clean Network


Trump PAC banned by Facebook from advertising because of repeated false posts

Facebook is banning the pro-Trump Republican PAC “The Committee to Defend the President” from advertising, after the PAC repeatedly posted content identified as false by third-party fact-checkers. “As a result of the Committee to Defend the President’s repeated sharing of content determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false, they will not be permitted to advertise for a period of time on our platform,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone Thursday. From Reuters: The company declined to ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Technology, News, Tech News, PAC, Committee, Reuters, Trump PAC, The Committee, Andy Stone, Trump Republican PAC


Doing business with TikTok's Chinese owner is banned under new Trump order

Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that bans doing business with ByteDance, the China-based company that owns TikTok. The ban takes effect in 45 days. From Reuters: The app may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party and the United States “must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” Trump said in the order. More at Reuters.
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, China, US news, United States, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Bytedance, Tiktok


Orchard Harvest Jam - Toast Topper #87

Orchard Harvest Jam is a medley of peaches, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries cooked simply. No adornments needed (or a whole lot of sugar either!) I get so excited every year when the first Ontario peaches and berries make it to market. Too often, the window where the peaches and nectarines are just right is only a week or two long, and during that time I'm at the farmer's market as much as possible, buying up the local harvest. This year, of course, farmer's markets ha...
Tags: Google, Baking, Ontario, Pomona, Sarah R, Orchard Harvest Jam Toast Topper, Orchard Harvest Jam


Germany Plans To Dim Lights At Night To Save Insects

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSN: In a draft law seen by AFP, the country's environment ministry has drawn up a number of new measures to protect insects, ranging from partially outlawing spotlights to increased protection of natural habitats. "Insects play an important role in the ecosystem...but in Germany, their numbers and their diversity has severely declined in recent years," reads the draft law, for which the ministry hopes to get cabinet approval by October. The changes put f...
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Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Following a report revealing the California DMV was making $50 million annually from selling drivers' information, a group of nearly a dozen lawmakers on Wednesday wrote a letter looking for answers. Motherboard reports: "What information is being sold, to whom it is sold, and what guardrails are associated with the sale remain unclear," the letter, signed by congress members including Ted Lieu, Barbara Lee, and Mike Thompson, as well as California Assembly members Kevin Mullin and Mark Stone, r...
Tags: Congress, California, Tech, DMV, Mike Thompson, Mark Stone, California Assembly, Kevin Mullin, Ted Lieu Barbara Lee


Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

Executive order comes as TikTok faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concernsDonald Trump has issued a pair of executive orders that would ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, saying the US must take “aggressive action” in the interest of national security.Executive orders issued late on Thursday would prohibit “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the U...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, United States, US politics, US Senate, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Tiktok, concernsDonald Trump


FCC Lowers Some Prison Phone Rates After Blaming States For High Prices

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted unanimously to lower the prices inmates pay for phone calls from prisons and jails, but the organization reiterated its position that state governments must take action to lower prices on the majority of inmate calls. Today's action is a proposal to "substantially reduce [the FCC's] interstate rate caps -- currently $0.21 per minute for debit and prepaid calls and $0.25 per minute for collect...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, Global Tel Link


Twitter to label Russian and other state-run media accounts as foreign controlled

Twitter will label the accounts of state-controlled media entities, as well as their senior staff and government officials, said the company in a blog post Thursday. There are no U.S. media outlets on the list. From the Twitter blog post: Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives. This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize political discourse and increase transparency and accountabi...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Business, Technology, News, China, Russia, US news, Tech News, Reuters, Xinhua News, Sputnik RT, Disinformation, Twitter Today, Dmitry Polyanskiy


Apple Confirms Cloud Gaming Services Like xCloud and Stadia Violate App Store Guidelines

Apple won't allow Microsoft xCloud or Google Stadia on iOS because of strict App Store guidelines that make cloud services effectively impossible to operate on the iPhone. In a statement to Business Insider, Apple finally came out and explained why these cloud services cannot exist on its platform. The Verge reports: The primary reason: they offer access to apps Apple can't individually review. Here's the official Apple statement: "The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for cus...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Nvidia, App Store, Google Microsoft, Business Insider Apple


Apple Is Denying Consumers Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Claims

Microsoft has stopped mincing words, and in a statement shared with Gizmodo, claims that Apple is entirely to blame for the lack of cloud gaming apps and subscription services on iOS.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Microsoft, Antitrust, Gizmodo, Cloud Gaming, Project xCloud, Microsoft Project Xcloud


Trump bans US transactions with TikTok's Chinese-owned parent company

Executive order comes as app faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concernsDonald Trump has issued an executive order that would ban any US transactions with the parent company of TikTok, saying the US must take “aggressive action” against the app in the interest of national security.The executive order, issued late on Thursday, would prohibit “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United Stat...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, United States, US politics, US Senate, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Tiktok, Bytedance Ltd, concernsDonald Trump


US Senate unanimously votes to ban TikTok on government devices

Video-sharing app has faced scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concernsThe US Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company.The video-sharing app has come under fire from US lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns because ByteDance, a Chinese company, owns the technology. The company faces a ...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, White House, US, US news, US Senate, US Congress, Trump, Tiktok


TikTok Ban: Trump Will Prohibit Transactions With ByteDance Beginning September 20

According to The Verge, "President Trump has signed a new executive order which will block all transactions with Bytedance, TikTok's parent corporation, in an effort to 'address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.'" From the report: The move comes after months of escalating tensions, which saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others at the White House warn that TikTok presented a national security threat because of its Chinese owner...
Tags: Microsoft, White House, China, Tech, United States, Trump, State, Mike Pompeo


Apple's App Store Policies Are Reportedly Keeping Microsoft's Project xCloud off iOS

Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, Project xCloud, seems to be running into the same issues as its competitors have—specifically, Apple’s guidelines are reportedly making it difficult for xCloud to get into the App Store. So Microsoft has decided to end its Project xCloud preview period using the iOS TestFlight app, …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Microsoft, Antitrust, Streaming, App Store, Cloud Gaming, Micrsoft, Project xCloud


Facebook Removes Trump Post For the First Time

AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump's page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social media company that has been harshly criticized for repeatedly allowing the president to break its content rules. The post included video of Trump falsely asserting that children were "almost immune from Covid-19" during an appearance on Fox News. There is evidence to suggest that children who contract Covid-19 generally expe...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Donald Trump, Trump, First Time, Facebook Removes Trump Post


Texas fire in Saugus threatens structures, burns 150 acres

A brush fire in Saugus briefly threatened structures and prompted evacuations on Thursday, Aug. 6, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Texas fire was held to 150 acres and was 10% contained at about 4:20 p.m. “An aggressive and decisive ground and air attack has grown the containment to 10% and allowed us and (the Los Angeles County Fire Department) to get the upper hand on this fire,” the Angeles National Forest said in a Twitter message. A firefighter puts water to flames at a brush fire alo...
Tags: Apple, Texas, News, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Red Cross, Saugus, U S Forest Service, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, Angeles National Forest, Santa Clarita Valley, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Top Stories LADN, Los Angeles Daily News SCNG


Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California, regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. Schulman did not make a ruling today but said we could all likely expect one to come within a matter of days, rather than weeks. In the hearing, Schulman expressed how hard it is to determine the impact of a pre...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, San Francisco, Tech, Oakland, Gig Economy, Superior Court, AB, Goldberg, Uber Lyft, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman


Cadillac reveals Lyriq, its all-electric SUV flagship loaded with luxury and tech

GM unveiled Thursday the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover dripping in luxury, tech-forward touches and promising more than 300 miles of range that aims to propel the brand into a new electrified era. That new era for Cadillac will have to wait though. The company said the Lyriq will go into production in the U.S. in late 2022, more than two years after its reveal date. The Cadillac Lyriq will be a global product, meaning it will be headed to China as well. Production in China will be...
Tags: Transportation, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Gm, Dc, Northeast Ohio, Cadillac, Lordstown, Lordstown Ohio, Buick Cadillac Chevrolet, LG Chem, Cadillac Lyriq, Lyriq, Ultium


Facebook Extends Option for Employees to Work From Home Until Mid-2021

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook will give most of its workers the option to work from home until July 2021. Facebook’s move to extend WFH through mid-2021 follows a similar announcement by Google last month. Previously, Facebook had told employees to expect to work from home, if their job functions permit, through the end […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Previously Facebook, Coronavirus, Facebook Extends Option for Employees


Google to roll out its digital learning platform to 23 million students and teachers in India’s Maharashtra state

Google has partnered with one of the largest states in India to provide its digital classroom services to tens of millions of students and teachers, the search giant said today, as it makes further education push in the world’s second largest internet market. The company, which recently announced plans to invest $10 billion in India, said it had partnered with the government of western state of Maharashtra that will see 23 million students and teachers access Google’s education offering at no...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Tech, New Delhi, Sanjay Gupta, Maharashtra, CBSE, Uddhav Thackeray, Google India, Maharashtra Government, G Suite for Education Google, Central Board of Secondary Education


US Senate Votes To Ban TikTok App On Government Devices

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to ban federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices. Reuters reports: The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns because China's ByteDance owns the technology. The company currently faces a deadline of Sept. 15 to either sell its U.S. operations to Microsoft Corp or face an outright ban. "I'm encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the...
Tags: Senate, China, US, Tech, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Chinese communist party, Trump, Reuters, U S Senate, U S, Microsoft Corp, Ken Buck, Josh Hawley, Bytedance


Fateful day at San Onofre: All spent fuel emptied from cooling pools, clearing way for plant dismantling

Historical photo of Unit 1 fuel loading. Courtesy Southern California Edison. The nuclear odyssey that began in 1968 — when Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Apollo 8 orbited the moon and nuclear power was championed as a pillar of progress — has taken a fateful turn. The final fuel rods cooling in San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s spent fuel pools have been loaded into a stainless steel canister that’s slated to slide into a dry storage vault on Friday, Aug. 7. That’s more than 50 years...
Tags: Google, Utah, News, Environment, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Nuclear, Chemical, NRC, Oceanside, Edison, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Lyndon B Johnson, San Bernardino CA, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station


Facebook Does Bare Minimum to Temporarily Slow Down Pro-Trump Misinformation PAC

In its latest spin around the misinformation merry-go-round, Facebook has temporarily restricted a pro-Trump super PAC that’s spent nearly $10 million in the 2020 election cycle from placing ads for repeatedly sharing lies, the company told Gizmodo in a statement.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Social Media, Facebook Ads, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Trump, Political Ads, 2020 Election, Committee to Defend the President, Wrist Slaps, Facebook Does Bare Minimum


Milestone at San Onofre: All spent fuel emptied from cooling pools, clearing way for plant dismantling

Historical photo of Unit 1 fuel loading. Courtesy Southern California Edison. The nuclear odyssey that began in 1968 — when Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Apollo 8 orbited the moon and nuclear power was championed as a pillar of progress — has taken a historic turn. The final fuel rods cooling in San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s spent fuel pools have been loaded into a stainless steel canister that’s slated to slide into a dry storage vault on Friday, Aug. 7. That’s more than 50 year...
Tags: Google, Utah, News, Environment, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Nuclear, Chemical, NRC, Oceanside, Edison, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Lyndon B Johnson, San Bernardino CA, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station



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