rss: reuters

  • Trump prioritized Biden investigation over Ukraine aid, witness tells impeachment probe
    Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.


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  • 'Ultimate judge will be the American people': Quotes, reaction to Trump impeachment hearing
    Below are quotations from the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday into allegations about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine and noteworthy outside reaction.


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  • Fed chief Powell pushes back on negative interest rates
    U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday pushed back against a favorite talking point of President Donald Trump's, telling Congress that the negative interest rates sought by Trump aren't appropriate for a U.S. economy with ongoing growth, a strong labor market and steady inflation.


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  • Jury hears closing arguments in trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone
    Prosecutors delivered their closing argument in the criminal trial of U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, saying the Republican political operative repeatedly lied to congressional investigators in order to keep the president from looking bad.


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  • Google Pay to offer checking accounts through Citi, Stanford Federal next year
    Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app in partnership with Citigroup Inc and a small credit union at Stanford University.


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  • Facebook removes 3.2 billion fake accounts, millions of child abuse posts
    Facebook Inc removed 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year, along with millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its latest content moderation report released on Wednesday.


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  • Top Senate Republican says quick move to dismiss impeachment charges would likely fail
    A top Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said on Wednesday that should the U.S. House of Representatives vote to impeach President Donald Trump, he doubts a motion in the Senate to immediately dismiss the charges would succeed.


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  • Disney+ streaming exceeds expectations with 10 million sign-ups, shares surge
    Walt Disney Co on Wednesday said its new streaming service, Disney+, reached 10 million sign-ups since launching the previous day from "extraordinary consumer demand," sending shares up 3.5%.


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  • Powell: Economy seen in sustained expansion
    U.S. central bankers see a "sustained expansion" ahead for the country's economy, with the full impact of recent interest rate cuts still to be felt and low unemployment boosting household spending, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday in remarks prepared for delivery to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.


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  • Wall Street higher as Fed's Powell says economy in 'good shape'
    Wall Street's main indexes rose on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the domestic economy was in good shape and the central bank saw a "sustained expansion" ahead.


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rss: bbc

  • Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor
    A state of disaster is declared as the Italian city is hit with a high tide of more than 1.87m.

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  • Hong Kong protests: Students fight police with petrol bombs, bows and arrows
    Student protesters fought a pitched battle with police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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  • Arctic blast: US temperatures plummet to record lows
    Several places experience record-breaking low temperatures as an Arctic air mass hits the country.

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  • Secrets of the largest ape that ever lived
    The fossilised tooth of a mysterious extinct ape is shedding new light on the evolution of great apes.

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  • 'Berlin rocks,' says Elon Musk as he chooses European factory
    Elon Musk tells AutoExpress Brexit made the UK "too risky" for his first major European factory.

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  • Australia bushfires: Fresh warnings in Queensland and New South Wales
    Huge blazes continue to rage in two drought-hit states, amid warnings of a dangerous summer.

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  • Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled
    A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Israel-Gaza fighting continues for second day after militant's death
    After an overnight lull, militants fire more rockets towards Israel and Israeli aircraft hit Gaza.

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  • Greta Thunberg to sail to Spain climate summit with YouTubers
    The 16-year-old climate activist will sail from the US to Madrid for the COP25 summit.

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  • New Zealand to hold referendum on euthanasia
    Parliament voted in favour of making euthanasia legal, meaning a referendum will happen next year.

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rss: the register

  • Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

    Make a notebook, fanbois

    A 16-inch MacBook Pro ? with a freshly designed keyboard that isn't trashed by dust and includes a "physical" escape key ? has landed, but it won't come cheap, costing the same as a modest family holiday or a second hand car.?



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  • They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink ?48bn debt

    It's happening!

    Vodafone has replaced 2,600 roles with "600 bots" as part of a "long-lasting structural opportunity to reduce cost", the company revealed in its half-year results earnings call.?



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  • TalkTalk keeps results under wraps citing 'advanced negotiations' over FibreNation biz

    Has it found an investor in Ł1.5bn venture to build 3 million FTTP connections?

    TalkTalk has today delayed its financial results due to "advanced negotiations with interested parties regarding its FibreNation business".?



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  • Thanks, Brexit. Tesla boss Elon Musk reveals Berlin as location for Euro Gigafactory

    Was UK even really in the running?

    'Leccy car baron and space botherer Elon Musk has unveiled a surprising pick of Berlin for the company's European "Gigafactory 4", quickly following up by blabbing to car mag Auto Express that "Brexit had made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK."?



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  • I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

    Woman fined Ł1,500 for tirade over commuter's weird brekkie

    Eating on the train is no yolk. One woman felt so strongly about it, she's now nursing a Ł1,500 fine after eggsploding with rage at a fellow commuter for gobbling a hard-boiled pre-chicken on the service from Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street.?



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  • Redis releases automatic cluster recovery for Kubernetes and RedisInsight GUI tool

    Also: what's in Redis 6 ... and how to compete with free Redis on public cloud

    Interview "Almost every one of our on-prem customers is shifting to K8s," Redis Labs CTO and co-founder Yiftach Shoolman tells The Register.?



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  • UK Info Commish quietly urged court to swat away 100k Morrisons data breach sueball

    Supermarket says it's innocent and we don't need more than that, ICO told judges

    The UK's Information Commissioner urged the Court of Appeal to side with Morrisons in the supermarket?s battle to avoid liability for the theft and leaking of nearly 100,000 employees? payroll details ? despite not having read the employees? legal arguments.?



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  • Fancy renting your developer environment? Visual Studio goes online

    Or you could try Gitpod...

    Microsoft is offering cloud-hosted developer environments for those using Visual Studio Code or, in private preview, Visual Studio.?



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  • Londoner accused of accessing National Lottery users' accounts

    Case to be heard in full next year

    A man will appear at Crown court in December to answer charges that he used hacking program Sentry MBA to access and take money from online UK National Lottery gambling accounts.?



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  • Four go wild for wasm: Corporate quartet come together to build safe WebAssembly sandbox

    Chipzilla, Mozilla, Fastly, and IBM's red-hatted stepchild plot browser-breakout

    On Tuesday Fastly, Intel, Mozilla, and Red Hat teamed up to form the Bytecode Alliance, an industry group intent on making WebAssembly work more consistently and securely outside of web browsers.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Scandal of kids posing as researchers continues to grow in South Korea
    As in the US, South Korea is scrutinizing how elites get their kids into college.

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  • Stadia launch dev: Game makers are worried ?Google is just going to cancel it?
    Kine maker adds, ?I don't even think they want to have a super-strong launch.?

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  • Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn?t know we already had [Updated]
    Google has 50M people's medical records but won't merge them with other Google data.

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  • Russian man charged with running money-back-guaranteed criminal marketplace
    Cardplanet offered 150,000 cards and defrauded US holders of >$20 million.

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  • How to spot the SpaceX Starlink satellite train overhead this week
    Ars? resident rocket photographer shares three tools to track Starlink satellites above.

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  • Pokémon Sword and Shield review: A big adventure with a small Pokédex
    A truly console-scale Pokémon RPG, marred by a lack of some legacy Pokémon.

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  • This system from Garmin can land a private plane when your pilot can?t
    Unfortunately it?s only available for two GA aircraft, and neither is exactly cheap.

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  • Google fires staffer, suspends two others, amid rising workplace tensions
    Workplace political battles are steadily eroding Google?s open culture.

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  • Apple introduces a redesigned, thicker MacBook Pro
    Apple also announced that the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are coming in December.

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  • How a turf war and a botched contract landed 2 pentesters in Iowa jail
    Despite no evidence of criminal intent, Coalfire employees face charges of criminal trespass.

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