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Risky geoengineering research deemed safe, blocked by US

New study conducted by Harvard, MIT and Princeton claims that releasing sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to cool the climate could be safe, only if gas injections are limited to only cooling temperatures by half of what is needed to stop global warming. About two weeks later, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia blocked a United Nations proposal to commission further research on the emerging technology— called geoengineering— a move that both supporters and opponents of the technology see as blatant pro...
Tags: Climate Change, Technology, Geoengineering, Politics, Temperature, Trump, Climate Mitigation, Environment, Innovation, Earth Cooling

Mueller Report 'Summary' Delivered to US Congress

America's recently-appointed Attorney General William Barr has submitted to Congress his summary of the main conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, CNN reports. "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," special counsel Robert Mueller says, as quoted in Barr's summary. It does, however, reiterate that there was clear Russian interference in America's 2016 election: The Special Counsel's investigation de...

We’re just living in our own, strange worlds

It’s not uncommon to read this paper in the morning, watch the news at night or scroll our social media accounts at all times in between and wonder, “What world am I living in?” The shift from our binary past — male/female, black/white, rich/poor, good/evil — to the billion shades of grey of our digital present has so scrambled our sense of culture, community and continuity we’re left to wonder, are we crazy or has the world gone mad? • Exhibit A: Donald J. Trump. How is it possible that people ...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns

Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports

Security services firm FireEye says two hacker groups known to be sponsored by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin are waging cyber-attacks currently against European government systems. FireEye says these internet-based digital attacks are focused on the member states of NATO, the European security alliance that both Putin and Trump disparage. The two hacking groups are believed to be coordinating their efforts, but they're using different tools, FireEye reports, adding it noticed a “s...
Tags: Europe, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Nbc News, Tech, Eu, Nato, Hackers, Fireeye, Gru, Trump

US Companies Are Moving Tech Jobs To Canada Rather Than Deal With Trump's Immigration Policies, Report Says

US companies are going to keep hiring foreign tech workers, even as the Trump administration makes doing so more difficult. For a number of US companies that means expanding their operations in Canada, where hiring foreign nationals is much easier. From a report: Demand for international workers remained high this year, according to a new Envoy Global survey of more than 400 US hiring professionals, who represent big and small US companies and have all had experience hiring foreign employees. So...
Tags: Amazon, US, Tech, Canada, Trump, Google Facebook, Envoy Global

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable imprint on over half a century of American poetry. Considering the fact that founding father of the Beats and proprietor of world-renowned City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turns 100 on March 24th, maybe a few more people have glanced over to check on him. How’s he doing? He's grown "frail and nearly blind," writes Chloe Veltman at The Guard...
Tags: Google, New York, Navy, Washington Post, College, Poetry, San Francisco, Charles, UC Berkeley, Chinatown, Columbia, City Lights, Trump, Coney Island, Ginsberg, Edward Gorey

CZ75 Republika Handgun Presented to President Trump by Czech PM Andrej Babiš

CZ75 Republika Presented to President Trump by Czech PM Andrej Babiš U.S.A. -( On March 7th, 2019, President Trump and the First Lady met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of the Czech Republic and his wife, in the White House.  The meeting was cordial, with both men celebrating the bond between the two countries. After the meeting, PM Babiš told reporters that he had presented President Trump with one of one hundred custom crafted CZ75 pistols created for the centennial of t...
Tags: Google, Guns, White House, Israel, Department Of Defense, Czech Republic, United States, Nato, Arizona, Kennedy, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Czechoslovakia, Warsaw Pact, Andrej Babis, Babis

Donald Trump calls Kellyanne Conway's husband a 'stone cold loser' as Twitter feud escalates

Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on his senior aide Kellyanne Conway's husband, calling him a "stone cold loser and husband from hell". The US president accused George Conway of being "very jealous" of his wife's White House position. The Twitter feud came after Mr Conway questioned the president's mental fitness. Mr Trump issued a series of tweets over the weekend in which he attacked the late senator John McCain, Google and the Russia investigation, prompting Mr Conway to su...
Tags: Google, News, Washington Post, White House, Russia, US, Fbi, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Conway, Donald J Trump, Mr Trump, Kellyanne Conway

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google announced a huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia. The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome — from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs. Google unveiled a new controller for its Stadia gaming service on Tuesday, which connects to Google's data centers and pairs with whichever device the game is being ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, EA, Snapchat, Netflix, Aclu, New Zealand, Ubisoft, Stephen Collins, Alexa, Trump, Facebook Twitter

Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles In European 5G Rollout

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last summer, the Trump administration started a campaign to convince its European allies to bar China's Huawei from their telecom networks. Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei's gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice. So far, not a single Eur...
Tags: Europe, Australia, White House, China, Germany, Nokia, Tech, Bloomberg, Edward Snowden, Italy, New Zealand, Huawei, National Security Agency, Ericsson, Trump, Samsung Electronics Co

U.S. bid to blockade Huawei fizzles in European 5G rollout

No European country has banned Huawei, despite a campaign by the Trump administration.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Huawei, Trump, Nation & World Politics

Trump says 'we have to do something' about social media (FB)

President Trump called vaguely for action to be taken against social media companies, saying "we have to do something." At a press conference, the president repeated allegations, without proof, of anti-conservative bias by Facebook, Twitter, and Google, a popular right-wing talking point. The companies in question deny they have any bias against conservative users. US President Donald Trump has said "we have to do something" about social media. On Tuesday, at a press conference in the White H...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Signal, Trump, Louis Vuitton, Facebook Twitter, Yahoo News, Ben Shapiro, Facebook and Twitter, White House Rose Garden

Trump: Social media sites discriminate against conservatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his ire Tuesday at the nation’s major social media companies, claiming they’re biased against Republicans and attacking them with the same gusto he uses for much of the rest of the media world. Trump’s focus on social media began with a morning tweet and continued into a press […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Washington, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump

Trump says 'something must be done' about big tech alleged anti-conservative bias - while spending $3.5m in Facebook political ads

Donald Trump has accused major technology firms such as Facebook and Google of “radical left” bias – even as he is spending millions of dollars in political adverts on the platforms. In a post on Twitter – which he also included in his accusation – the president repeated a claim he and many on the right have made before, namely that big tech companies reduce or minimise access to conservative content. “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Google

Facebook blocked Trump's social media director because they thought he was a bot

Trump White House social media director Dan Scavino got a personal apology from Facebook, after some features on his account were blocked for a few hours on Monday. The social media firm says its automated systems identified his activity as likely being that of a bot. On Monday, Scavino posted on Facebook that his ability to reply to comments on the platform had been blocked, which was, of course, an outrage and injustice like none anyone has ever known in the history of mankind, truly. "AMA...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald J Trump, Facebook Google, Trump White House, Dan Scavino, Jair Bolsonaro, Scavino, Geoff Bennett, MAGA Donald J Trump

Erie Hack Aims to Solve Lake’s Challenges with Tech-Driven Solutions

Even though Michigan is surrounded by one of the world’s most abundant sources of freshwater, it’s still plagued by water-related challenges, such as the Flint water crisis, high lead levels in the water at Detroit public schools, and PFAS contamination. And with the Trump administration looking to cut federal funding for Great Lakes water restoration by 90 percent in its latest budget proposal, one could argue the situation may grow more precarious.It’s with that in mind that six cities in the...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Innovation, Michigan, Cleveland, Detroit, Water Pollution, Water Technology, Trump, Flint, Flint Water Crisis, NASA Glenn Research Center, Erie, Toledo OH

TIMELINE: How Prosecutors Narrowed In On Michael Cohen’s Crimes

Just two months after special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, his team of prosecutors trained their sights on Michael Cohen. That’s one of the most surprising revelations from the almost 900 pages of search warrant materials in the Cohen case made public on Tuesday. The documents help explain how prosecutors developed evidence that Cohen committed bank and tax fraud, conspired to defraud the U.S., and violated campaign finance laws by...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, News, Washington, Senate, New York City, Fbi, House, Manhattan, Journal, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Cohen, Viktor Vekselberg, Michael Cohen

Feds Investigated Michael Cohen For Alleged Illegal Foreign Lobbying

The FBI investigated whether former Trump attorney Michael Cohen undertook an illegal foreign lobbying campaign, newly unsealed search warrants reveal. A July 18, 2017 search warrant demands that Google hand over the contents of Cohen’s gmail account from January 1, 2016 onwards. The government wrote in the warrant – issued at the start of the investigation into Cohen – that it was seeking records as part of an investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, as...
Tags: Google, News, Fbi, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, SDNY, Fara, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Michael Cohen saga, Josh Kovensky

Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is “crazy.” Trump’s point of view isn’t exactly surprising. His recent tweets about airplanes becoming too complex illustrates his Luddite leanings. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fl...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Utah, Technology, California, Tech, General-motors, AV, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Arizona, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota

President Trump Says 'I Don't Trust Some Computer to Drive Me Around' According to New Report

A whopping 71 percent of Americans don’t trust autonomous cars to drive them around, according to a new survey by AAA. And it looks like the most famous man in America stands with the 71 percent. President Donald Trump has said, “I don’t trust some computer to drive me around,” according to a new report from Axios.Read more...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Science, White House, America, Computers, New Zealand, Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Cars, Donald Trump, AAA, Department Of Transportation, Trump, Self Driving Cars, Muslim Ban, Don

New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada

Kamala Harris Introduces Bill To Send Millions To Local Governments For Tech Support

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has introduced legislation that would allocate millions of dollars for local government to create dedicated teams that could "update and rebuild" government systems. The Verge reports: The United States Digital Service, an office established in 2014 after the widespread failures of, provides IT support for the federal government, bringing technologists into the government to work on tools like federal websites. It's conti...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Healthcare, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Digital Service, United States Digital Service

Face It. Hate is Profitable.

Of all the places I’ve traveled to around the world, my favorite by far is New Zealand. Not only is its natural beauty absolutely spectacular, but its people are incredibly warm and welcoming. And as a Native Hawaiian, I was especially struck by how the indigenous Māori people had forged and maintained respectful and equal relationships with the western world. They weren’t marginalized or caricatured cast-offs lost in the military industrial-slash-tourism complex. They were respected and...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Social Media, Racism, United States, Hawaii, New Zealand, Newsfeed, Christchurch, Hate, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Twitter and Instagram

As the Congress Turns: In presidential probes, many So Cal reps play starring roles

With Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, committees are stepping up investigations and oversight of Trump administration practices and policies. Here’s a look at the Southern California reps in position to play the biggest roles in those hearings: Adam Schiff, D-Burbank Role: Chairman, House Intelligence Committee, leading congressional Democrats’ investigation of Russia’s ties to President Trump and his 2016 campaign. Trump has tried accusing Schiff of ethics violations, ...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Justice, Congress, California, White House, Russia, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Commerce, House, Va, Treasury

Chinese tech giant Huawei has developed its own operating system as a 'plan B' in case it's barred by the US government from using Google and Microsoft products (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT)

The Chinese tech-giant Huawei confirmed it has developed its own operating system that could replace Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows should it be barred from using American-made products, according to a recent report by the German newspaper Die Welt.  The prospect of being banned from such products has intensified for Huawei in the wake of its recent lawsuit against the US government.  "We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these s...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Huawei, Yu, Trump, Welt, South China Morning Post, Richard Yu

The inevitability of tokenized data

Chris McCoy Contributor Chris McCoy is the chief executive of Footprint and the creator of Storecoin. More posts by this contributor Yesterday’s “plastics” are today’s crypto tokens We’re reaching the endgame of an inevitable showdown between big tech and regulators with a ley battleground around consumer data. In many ways, the fact that things have gotten here reflects that the market has not yet developed an alternative to the data pa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Warren, Fred Wilson, Chamath Palihapitiya, Chris Dixon, Trump, Yang, Dixon, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Chris McCoy

Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google

Apologies if I’m not being appropriately empathetic, but I think lawsuits alleging that Internet giants are biased against conservatives are stupid and counterproductive. They are premised on factually unsupportable assertions of bias, and most of these plaintiffs would enthusiastically cheer such bias so long as it worked against minorities or the libs. Further, there is no viable solution to “fix” bias. “Bias” is intrinsic in every media ecology, so it’s impossible to eradicate. The closest “s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Search Engines, Sony, Taylor, Brittain, US supreme court, Trump, Cox, Google Facebook, Google Inc, Second Circuit, Facebook Facebook, McFadden, Twitter Twitter

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Canada, Current Affairs, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Southwest, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Dennis Muilenburg, AOA

Boeing 737 Max Jets Grounded By FAA Emergency Order

President Trump announced an emergency order from the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday grounding Boeing 737 Max jets in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday and a Lion Air accident in October that together killed 346 people. The emergency order comes two days after the FAA said the Boeing 737 Max planes are still airworthy. NBC News reports: Trump's announcement came as the FAA faced mounting pressure from aviation advocates and others to ban flights of the planes pending t...
Tags: Indonesia, Nbc News, Tech, United States, Faa, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Max, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Steven Gottlieb, Boeing MAX, FAA Emergency Order

A longtime Apple analyst thinks a $10 per month service for doctors will unlock the Apple Watch's true potential (AAPL)

Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note. The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said. Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said. The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthie...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Cook, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Va, Apple Watch, Jeff Bezos, Munster, Trump, Gene Munster, Apple Watch Apple, Loup Ventures Apple, US Veterans Administration, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services Consumer

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