rss: reuters

  • Israel-Hamas Gaza truce largely holds after flare-up
    A truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, largely held on Saturday a day after one of the most fierce flare-ups along the volatile border in years.


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  • Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family
    Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years.


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  • Exclusive: U.S. open to lifting sanctions off aluminum giant Rusal - Mnuchin
    The U.S. Treasury is open to removing Russian aluminum producer Rusal from a U.S. sanctions list, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday, adding the objective was "not to put Rusal out of business."


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  • Trump denies wrongdoing, says lawyer's tape 'perhaps illegal'
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.


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  • Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump's tariff plans
    Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration's trade policies and to head off new tariffs.


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  • Judge praises U.S. efforts in reuniting migrant families
    A federal judge said on Friday the U.S. government had made "very promising" progress toward reuniting some 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.


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  • Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor
    An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a "duck boat" capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets.


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  • Exclusive: Treasury's Mnuchin watching Chinese yuan weakness for manipulation
    The United States is monitoring the recent weakness in China's yuan currency and will review whether the currency has been manipulated, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Reuters on Friday.


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  • Over sorghum salad, U.S. farmers and Chinese buyers chew on trade
    Chinese importers of the livestock feed sorghum feasted on tabbouleh salad and chipotle tortillas made with the U.S. grain at a Texas barbecue this week, as farmers try to woo buyers in the middle of an escalating U.S.-China trade war.


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  • Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay.


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rss: bbc

  • Trump attacks Michael Cohen over 'Playboy model payment tape'
    It comes amid reports that he was secretly recorded discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model.

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  • Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures
    Scorching temperatures have killed 30 people in two weeks, prompting officials to issue warnings.

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  • Macron aide Benalla: French police quizzed over assault video
    Officers are suspected of leaking footage in a bid to help a presidential aide accused of assault.

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  • Nine US 'duck boat' victims from the same family - governor
    Seventeen people were killed when an amphibious "duck boat" carrying tourists sank in stormy weather.

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  • Republican candidate to teen: 'You're young and naive'
    A Pennsylvania candidate for governor calls an 18-year-old "naive" for asking about climate change.

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  • Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled
    The billionaire chief executive of Tesla got in a row with a Colorado potter over use of the image.

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  • Ohio death row inmate spared after childhood abuse revelations
    New evidence detailed how Raymond Tibbetts had been burned, thrown down stairs and beaten as a child.

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  • Sri Lanka's Galle cricket stadium risks being demolished
    The famously picturesque ground, in southern Sri Lanka, is next to a World Heritage-listed fort.

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  • Pablo Casado: Spain's conservative Popular Party elects new leader
    Pablo Casado replaces ex-PM Mariano Rajoy who was ousted in a no-confidence vote last month.

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  • The celebrities 'banned' from the prime minister's party
    What an annotated guest list for a party at Number 10 reveals about Denis Thatcher.

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rss: the register

  • Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

    Plus: New Dota challenge for OpenAI

    Roundup Hello, welcome to this week's roundup in AI. The machines have been sending us spooky messages on Google Translate, Facebook is hiring more academics to start new labs and some prat decided to step on a self-driving car in California.?



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  • LabCorp ransomed, 18k routers rooted, a new EXIF menace, and more

    Plus a new worry for enterprises over DNS flaws

    Roundup This was the week of blunders by Venmo, million-dollar bank heists, and beefier bug bounties.?



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  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

    Python Language Server an option for those that code

    Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language.?



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  • [NSFW] Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

    Send nudes plz... for the purposes of training this machine-learning software

    NSFW Artificially intelligent software is used more and more to automatically detect and ban nude images on social networks and similar sites. However, today's algorithms and models aren't perfect at clocking racy snaps, and a lot of content moderation still falls to humans.?



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  • Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

    Russia's Fancy Bear crew caught gearing up for mid-terms

    Microsoft says it has already uncovered evidence of Russian government-backed hacking gangs attempting to interfere in the 2018 US mid-term elections.?



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  • Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

    Credential stuffing is rampant ? so try not to reuse the same password on every site, eh?

    Up to 90 per cent of the average online retailer's login traffic is generated by cybercriminals trying their luck with credential stuffing attacks, Shape Security estimated in its latest Credential Spill Report.?



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  • Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

    GDPR put a gun to their heads

    Allowing developers to siphon millions of netizens' personal information didn't work out so well for Facebook, given the Cambridge Analytica affair.?



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  • Crypto gripes, election security, and mandatory cybersec school: Uncle Sam's cyber task force emits todo list for govt

    In detail: The threats facing America's computer networks

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) this week released the first report from its Cyber Digital Task Force ? which was set up in February to advise the government on strengthening its online defenses.?



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  • Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

    Snooping on the built-in cam? Remotely controlling it? Well, that sucks *ba-dum tsh*

    Vulnerabilities in a range of robot vacuum cleaners allow miscreants to access the gadgets' camera, and remote-control the gizmos.?



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  • Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

    It's make-your-mind-up time

    Comment Two contradictory ideas run through statements by Microsoft executives this week.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Google?s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary
    From the archives: Android is open?except for all the good parts.

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  • A quick look at the nominees for 2018?s ?Board Game of the Year?
    The Spiel des Jahres jury announces prize on Monday.

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  • 2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won?t open
    Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi opus looks better than it has in decades.

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  • First Invader Zim movie footage revealed, looks gloriously weird
    Over two minutes of Enter the Florpus includes familiar faces, no release date.

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  • Disney confirms Guardians director fired over years-old tweets
    After Trump criticism, alt-right writer resurfaced posts from Twitter's pre-thread era.

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  • Microsoft exec: We stopped Russia from hacking 3 congressional campaigns
    Fake Microsoft domain was tied to attacks this year against congressional campaigns.

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  • Judge says climate issues the purview of federal government, tosses NYC lawsuit
    Other municipal governments have filed similar lawsuits and await an outcome.

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  • Star?s dimming and brightening may indicate it?s eating a planet
    The sudden appearance of lots of iron in the star's corona appears suspicious.

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  • Sean Murray breaks his silence on No Man?s Sky?s development, launch
    Extensive interviews cover "naive" hype, death threats over missing butterflies.

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  • Fossil fuel lobbyists grossly outspend ?Big Green?
    Electric utilities and fossil fuels lead spending.

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