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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Samsung says it will delay the consumer launch of its folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, after reviewers reported their review units malfunctioning. Samsung says it will announce the new release date in the coming weeks. Tesla kicked off a special event on Monday to show off its robo-taxi tech. Some experts have warned that CEO Elon Musk's previous comments about Tesla's self-driving software could be unsafe and even unethical. El...


Facebook's New Chief Lawyer Is a Trump Official Who Helped Create the Patriot Act

Facebook has picked up another government official—this time a legal adviser to Donald Trump’s State Department who once helped craft the much-maligned Patriot Act—to beef up its team, Bloomberg reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Patriot Act, Jennifer Newstead, State Department, Social Media, Government, Tech Policy, Technology


Facebook Just Added a New General Counsel and VP of Global Communications

Facebook brought in some high-powered talent to help it deal with crisis after crisis after crisis, naming Jennifer Newstead as its general counsel and John Pinette as its new vice president of global communications. President Donald Trump appointed Newstead as the State Department's top legal adviser in 2017. Prior to that, she was a partner...
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State Department Warns ‘Terrorists’ May Plot More Attacks in Sri Lanka After Deadly Easter Bombings

The State Department advises "increased caution due to terrorism" after a series of bombings Sunday killed at least 290 people
Tags: News, Uncategorized, State Department, Sri Lanka, Overnight, Onetime, State Department Warns


Oil prices soar by about 3 percent as U.S. plans end to Iran sanction waivers

Oil prices rallied by about 3 percent on Monday to their highest since late 2018 as the United States was set to announce that all imports of Iranian oil must end or be subject to sanctions. News that the United States is preparing to announce on Monday that current buyers of Iranian oil would no longer be given waivers to current sanctions was first reported on Sunday by Washington Post foreign policy and national security columnist Josh Rogin. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce "th...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Iran, United States, State Department, State, Mike Pompeo, Josh Rogin, Rogin


U.S. to Clamp Down on Iranian Oil Sales, Risking Rise in Gasoline Prices

The Trump administration plans to end oil purchase waivers to five nations, notably China and India, although some officials had warned the move could hinder other priorities.
Tags: South Korea, Japan, News, China, India, Turkey, Iran, State Department, Trump, Mike, Pompeo, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, United States Economy, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations


State Department to End Sanctions Waivers for Nations Importing Iranian Oil, Sources Say

The Trump administration will not renew sanctions waivers for five countries, including China and India, when they expire on May 2
Tags: News, China, India, Uncategorized, Foreign Policy, State Department, Trump, Overnight, Onetime


Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with Revolutionary Guards

The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives w...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, State Department, Yemen, Reuters, Irgc, State, Syria Iraq, Mike Pompeo, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps


WaPo: State Department to announce all countries importing Iranian oil will be subject to US sanctions

The State Department is set to announce all countries that continue to import Iranian oil will be subject to US sanctions, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
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Washington Post: State Department to announce all countries importing Iranian oil will be subject to US sanctions

The State Department is set to announce all countries that continue to import Iranian oil will be subject to US sanctions, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Tags: Washington Post, US, Cnn, State Department, The Washington Post


Is Sri Lanka Easter Massacre a Bid to Revive Global Holy War?

STR/GettyNEW YORK—“It’s really a shame it had to come to this,” said an NYPD counterterrorism officer who was posted Sunday morning outside a Catholic church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Inside, the pews were filled with the faithful at Easter mass.I asked her if she and her colleague were there because hundreds of people were killed hours earlier, halfway around the world, at Easter services in Sri Lanka. No, she said, this deployment in New York was scheduled months ago, but she understood ...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Indonesia, Iraq, Southeast Asia, New York City, Syria, Philippines, Paris, New Zealand, Manhattan, Catholic Church, State Department, Upper East Side, The Philippines


Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives w...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, State Department, Yemen, Reuters, Irgc, State, Syria Iraq, Mike Pompeo, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps


Clever Tool Design, Bold Entrepreneurship: The Story of the American-Made LogOX

There's a reason that only a tiny proportion of the population successfully launches their own product design. In addition to correctly identifying user needs and getting the design right, you also have to nail the manufacturing, the marketing, the distribution network, the customer service. It takes design skills, patience, research, networking and a whole lot of hard work.Meet the Roberts family. They're three members of that tiny proportion. We think you can learn a lot by reading their produ...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Youtube, Washington, Germany, New York City, America, Qatar, UPS, Austin, Afghanistan, Pennsylvania, United States, Taliban, Missouri, Maine


North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

North Korea's state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to ...
Tags: News, Washington, North Korea, United States, Kim Jong Un, Pentagon, State Department, Pyongyang, Trump, U S Defense, Pompeo, Kwon Jong Gun, Patrick Shanahan


North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

North Korea's state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to ...
Tags: News, Washington, North Korea, United States, Kim Jong Un, Pentagon, State Department, Pyongyang, Trump, U S Defense, Pompeo, Kwon Jong Gun, Patrick Shanahan


Mueller report sheds new light on how the Russians hacked the DNC and the Clinton campaign

The Mueller report contains new information about how the Russian government hacked documents and emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee . At one point, the Russians used servers located in the U.S. to carry out the massive data exfiltration effort, the report confirms. Much of the information was previously learned from the indictment of Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, the Russian officer in charge of Unit 26165. Netyksho is believed to be sti...
Tags: TC, Crime, Government, Russia, Dnc, Tech, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, Arizona, State Department, Gru, Department Of Justice, Wikileaks, Justice Department, Email Hacking, U.s. Government


US shrugs as North Korea demands Pompeo exit talks

Donald Trump has said he's in love with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea on Thursday demanded that the United States remove the secretary of state from future negotiations after Pompeo apparently encouraged Trump to stand firm and walk away from a summit with Kim in Hanoi in February. The State Department offered a low-key initial response, with a spokesman saying the United States "remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation" but not commenting directly.
Tags: News, North Korea, US, United States, Kim Jong Un, State Department, Kim, Donald Trump, Hanoi, Trump, Pompeo


Exclusive: Dispute flares among U.S. officials over Trump administration Iran arms control report - sources

U.S. President Donald Trump is intensifying a drive to contain Iran's power in the Middle East, which has raised fears that his administration wants to topple the Tehran government or lay the groundwork to justify military action. The administration says it is trying to halt Iranian "malign behavior" in its support for Islamist militants in the region and denies seeking the overthrow of the Islamic republic's government. The clash among U.S. officials emerged on Tuesday when the State Departme...
Tags: News, Congress, Iran, Middle East, State Department, Tehran, Donald Trump, Trump


Reshaping of U.S. Global Media Agency Called Largely Successful

State Department watchdog found lapses in staff communication and posting of editorials.
Tags: Management, State Department, U S Global Media Agency


Is the Foggy Bottom Metro Stop a CIA Recruiting Station?

Bedecking the upper platform of the metro stop just blocks from the State Department is an array of recruiting posters from the normally secretive CIA.
Tags: State Department, Cia, News - Fedblog, Foggy Bottom Metro Stop


TIMELINE: Inside Trump’s Escalating Anti-Immigrant Attacks

President Donald Trump kicked off his campaign back in 2015 by attacking immigrants and Mexico. Now, as the 2020 campaign begins in earnest, Trump has ramped up his incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric yet again. “Secure the Border NOW” one subject line from Trump’s campaign blared on Monday, above an email that asserts the country is “too full, and the problem will only get worse until we secure the border.” “FINISH THE WALL” another recent email yelled, before telling its recipient that “Demo...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, Mexico, White House, Politico, Immigration, Dhs, Cnn, United States, Border, Fox News, Secret Service, Michigan, CBP, The New York Times


State Department approves renewal of $500 million Taiwan military training program

The State Department has approved a possible deal with Taiwan to renew a $500 million training program in the US for Taiwanese F-16 pilots and maintenance crews.
Tags: US, Taiwan, Cnn, State Department


Watchdog group again warns State Department of security concerns for overseas diplomats

A federal watchdog group is telling the State Department -- again -- to prioritize the safety of its diplomats overseas by fully implementing several recommendations to address significant security gaps, particularly for soft targets such as residences and schools.
Tags: Cnn, State Department


Can Julian Assange Legally Be Extradited To The U.S.?

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with John Bellinger, former State Department legal adviser, about the possibility of Julian Assange being extradited to the United States.
Tags: News, Npr, State Department, Julian Assange, Michel Martin, John Bellinger


State Department Tried To Dissuade WikiLeaks From Posting U.S. Documents

In 2010, WikiLeaks posted 250,000 leaked U.S. diplomatic cables. David Greene talks to Harold Koh, the then-legal adviser to the State Department who urged the organization not to publish them.
Tags: News, State Department, Wikileaks, David Greene, Harold Koh


Sudan protesters defy curfew after army topples president Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the country's military on Thursday, but protesters against his iron-fisted rule defied a night-time curfew to rally against the military "coup".  In a televised address, Sudan's defence minister said the military would rule the country directly for a two year transition period before fresh elections.  General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibnouf, who is also a vice president and was seen as an ally of Mr Bashir, said the long-serving dictator was in ...
Tags: News, Washington, Bloomberg, European Union, Sudan, State Department, Darfur, The Telegraph, Spa, Islamic Movement, Khartoum, Bashir, Omar al Bashir, Robert Palladino, National Intelligence and Security Service NISS, Alaa Salah


State Dept orders non-emergency US personnel out of Sudan after coup

The State Department on Thursday ordered the departure of all non-emergency US government personnel from Sudan after a military coup against President Omar al-Bashir.
Tags: US, Cnn, Sudan, State Department


US urges Sudan army to bring civilians into government

The United States on Thursday urged Sudan's army to bring civilians into government after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, saying an announced two-year timeline was too long. Washington calls "on transitional authorities to exercise restraint and to allow space for civilian participation within the government," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters. "The Sudanese people should determine who leads them and their future and the Sudanese people have been clear and are d...
Tags: News, Washington, US, United States, Sudan, State Department, Omar al Bashir, Palladino, Robert Palladino


PE exec Marchick rejoins Covington

David M. Marchick, a former managing director and global head of external affairs at The Carlyle Group, has rejoined law firm Covington in its Washington office. Marchick is serving as senior of counsel. Before first joining Covington in 2002, Marchick held several positions within President Clinton’s administration, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy at the State Department, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secreta...
Tags: Washington, Trends, CSR, People, Dave, United States, Commerce, State Department, Clinton, Dartmouth College, Carlyle Group, Covington, Carlyle, Committee on Foreign Investment, The Carlyle Group, CFIUS