rss: reuters

  • Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.


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  • Novartis $2 million gene therapy for rare disorder is world's most expensive drug
    ZURICH/NEW YORK - Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Friday won U.S. approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants, and priced the one-time treatment at a record $2.125 million.


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  • For Anderson family, an early bet on SMA gene therapy
    When Malachi Anderson was diagnosed with a rare and often deadly disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) as an infant nearly four years ago, his parents Tina and Torence had a decision to make.


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  • Brexit brings down May, Johnson stakes leadership claim
    Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit after failing to deliver Brexit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union.


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  • UK health minister Matt Hancock to launch PM bid on Saturday: Daily Mail
    British health minister Matt Hancock, a former economist at the Bank of England, is expected to launch a leadership bid on Saturday morning, Daily Mail's Deputy Political Editor said in a tweet http://bit.ly/2HV8W5A.


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  • U.S. arms sales to Saudis, UAE, Jordan needed to deter Iran: Pompeo
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the Trump administration had decided to proceed with arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan in a move bypassing Congress because any delay could increase risk for U.S. partners at a time of instability caused by Iran.


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  • UK's Rudd opts out of Conservative Party leadership race: Telegraph
    Britain's work and pensions minister Amber Rudd has ruled herself out of the Conservative Party leadership race, the Telegraph newspaper reported.


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  • Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.


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  • Wall St. edges higher after Trump sparks U.S.-China trade hopes
    Wall Street's major stock indexes edged higher on Friday after falling in the previous session, as hopeful comments from U.S. President Donald Trump regarding trade relations with China assuaged concerns among some investors.


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  • French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon
    French police were hunting a suspected suitcase bomber on Friday after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said.


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  • Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of July
    An emotional Theresa May confirms she will step down as Tory leader on 7 June, saying she has done all she can and a new prime minister will have to deliver Brexit.

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  • Trump to clear $8bn Saudi weapons sale over Iran tensions
    The president evokes a legal loophole to push through the arms deal without Congressional approval.

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  • France Lyon: Police appeal after parcel bomb attack hurts 13
    Police hunt for a cyclist after a parcel bomb attack injures at least 13 people in the city of Lyon.

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  • India tuition class fire kills at least 17 students
    Footage shows teenagers falling and jumping from the blaze in the city of Surat in Gujarat state.

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  • Jayme Closs case: Man gets life for murder and kidnapping
    The 13-year-old was discovered 88 days after Jake Patterson killed her parents and kidnapped her.

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  • Mount Everest: Why the summit can get so crowded
    A picture gives a glimpse into the conditions facing climbers at the top of the world.

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  • Boston museum sorry for racist 'no watermelons' remark
    A teacher accuses staff at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston of racism towards her pupils.

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  • Why did a stranger break into a house to clean it?
    Nate came home to the smell of cleaning products and toilet paper roses. He doesn't know who did it.

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  • US groups sue Alabama over 'extreme' abortion ban
    The lawsuit was expected and is part of a conservative strategy to re-examine federal abortion law.

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  • Paul Whelan: Ex-US marine alleges abuse in Russia spy case
    Paul Whelan claims he is "constantly subjected" to abuse and harassment in jail in Russia.

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rss: the register

  • That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon

    iFixit ters dwn ew Macbook Pro wth utterfl eyoard atst fixs

    The magicc new materil emedded in Apple?s vry latest Macbook Pro keyaords, to prevnt them from malfutioning, is nylon, iFixit, the popular DIY repair shop, reveled on Friay.?



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  • Activist shareholders to target Zuck with giant angry emoji inflatable at Facebook AGM

    Eight total resolutions seek to make antisocial network more accountable (the US tech giant opposes them all)

    Facebook stock-owning activists are planning to deliver an eight-foot angry-looking emoji to CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's annual general meeting next week to highlight widespread frustration with the US web goliath.?



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  • DXC: We axed 10k staff, shut nine data centres, closed 4.6m sq ft of office space... and sales tumbled, funnily enough

    On the plus side it did hire 2,000 cheap staff in fiscal 2019

    Beleaguered outsourcing badass DXC Technology has just reported another uneventful year in which $1bn in revenues evaporated, and it saved $500m in overheads, in part, by chopping 10,000 employees.?



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  • That's just Huawei it goes, shrugs founder as analysts forecast sales slump for embattled biz

    Don't worry, they have Plan Bs and spare tyres apparently

    Analysts are predicting a big slump in sales for Huawei thanks to the US Department of Commerce and the ongoing trade wars.?



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  • HP's delayed Reverb: Jesus-headset dribbles out of the echo chamber and into the channel

    There were manufacturing problems! Oh, no there weren't! Oh, yes there were!

    The great flagship hope of Windows Mixed Reality, the HP Reverb, has finally stumbled its way out the UK gate a month behind schedule.?



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  • Rough quarter? Just blame falling sales on China and US trade tensions ? right, HPE?

    Customer delay purchaes amid uncertainty, claims CEO

    HPE has blamed "trade tensions" between the US and China on customers delaying purchases amid the uncertainty as the company reported yet another quarter of declining sales.?



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  • What do our IT pro readers make of virtualization in 2019? Here are the poll results, plus our insight and tips

    Download 'The Economics of Application Platforms' for free today

    Sponsored If you dig back through El Reg's archives to 2007 and 2008, you'll find a lot of coverage of how x86 virtualisation was changing the world. The name of the game was server consolidation, and IT teams were waking up to both the cost-saving benefits and the prospect of eliminating a lot of server admin drudgery.?



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  • Uber JUMPs at chance to dump load of electric bikes across Islington

    Trial starts in London borough with 25 fine for crap parking

    From today folk in Islington, London, can hire an electric bike off Uber rather than a cab.?



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  • Murdoch-backed adtech startup Unlockd ditches Google lawsuit: That'll be 200k, ta very much

    Could have been a million times (or pounds) worse

    A Murdoch-backed adtech startup that sued Google for anticompetitive behaviour has abandoned its lawsuit ? and been landed with a 200,000 legal bill for its troubles.?



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  • Coverage concerns dog UK Emergency Services Network as boss admits scheme too ambitious

    Civil servants hauled before spending watchdog again

    The UK Home Office has had to once again explain the ongoing Emergency Services Network farrago as part of an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).?



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rss: ars technica

  • Apple releases iOS 12.3.1 and a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.5
    It's all about small bug fixes in the lead-up to big announcements at WWDC.

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  • Star Wars: KOTOR film rumors, Sonic film delayed to fix its VFX
    Slew of nerd-film Friday news also includes a date for the live-action Akira remake.

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  • Trump gives Barr authority to declassify anything in campaign ?spying? probe
    Orders agencies to hand over anything about "intelligence activities" during 2016 election.

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  • 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill ?dead on arrival?
    GOP blocking of net neutrality vote rewarded as 47 Democrats ask for compromise.

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  • Back in time: See You Yesterday brings time travel to the streets of Flatbush
    Review: Black Mirror meets Back to the Future in Stefon Bristol's first feature film.

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  • Hunter-gathering seems to have been easier than farming
    Why does farming catch on when it dings health and quality of life?

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  • Google bots shut down Baltimore officials? ransomware-workaround Gmail accounts
    Google automatically suspended accounts after detecting they were from same network.

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  • Rocket Report: SpaceX sues the federal government, Chinese launch failure
    Also, there's a company in Alabama that seeks to build a Falcon Heavy lite.

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  • SpaceX launches Starlink mission, deploys 60 satellites [Updated]
    Guess who's back, back again. Sooty's back, tell a friend.

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  • Fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play try to profit on bitcoin price surge
    Researchers uncover two purported wallets uploaded after bitcoin prices rise.

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