rss: reuters

  • Atlanta officer says he is not 'state's witness' in Rayshard Brooks case
    Devin Brosnan, one of the two Atlanta police officers charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, has not agreed to be a witness for the prosecution, his lawyer said on Thursday, contradicting an assertion by the lead prosecutor on the case.


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  • Facebook takes down Trump ads over 'organized hate' policy
    Facebook Inc said on Thursday it took down posts and ads run by the re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its policy against organized hate.


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  • U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.


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  • Mexico's foreign ministry says it will monitor U.S. DACA program developments
    Mexico's foreign ministry said on Thursday it would monitor the continuity of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program in the United States after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump's bid to abolish it.


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  • U.S. Senate votes to confirm McConnell protege to influential appeals court
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm a federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to an influential appeals court in Washington.


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  • Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
    Former top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.


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  • Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.


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  • What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year?
    Juneteenth, an annual U.S. holiday on June 19, has taken on greater significance this year following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans.


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  • What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 against President Donald Trump's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers work permits and deportation relief to certain immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.


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  • Tesla wants to start building a new U.S. vehicle plant this summer
    Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc wants to start building a large vehicle assembly plant in the southwestern United States as early as the third quarter of this year, the company told Texas officials in documents made public this week.


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  • Biden inauguration: All 50 US states on alert for armed protests
    National Guard troops from across the country descend on Washington DC amid tightened security.

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  • Dustin Higgs: Final execution of Trump presidency is carried out
    The execution of Dustin Higgs, 48, is the 13th federal death sentence carried out since July.

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  • Uganda's long-time leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner
    But his main rival Bobi Wine cries foul, alleging vote-rigging and saying he's fearful for his safety.

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  • SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early
    A critical engine test for Nasa's new "megarocket" - the Space Launch System (SLS) - ends early.

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  • Wilmington 1898: When white supremacists overthrew a US government
    In 1898 a white mob stormed Wilmington, North Carolina and forced locally elected leaders to resign.

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  • The man startling millions of starlings with lasers
    During starling season in winter, up to four million of the birds descend on Rome, covering streets and vehicles with their droppings.

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  • Nepali climbers make history with winter summit of K2 mountain
    Till now, K2 was the only mountain higher than 8,000m not to be conquered in winter.

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  • Organ music accompanies vaccines at historic cathedral
    People listened to the likes of Bach and Handel as they waited for their jab at Salisbury Cathedral.

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  • Armin Laschet elected leader of Merkel's CDU party
    Centrist Armin Laschet is now in a good position to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany's chancellor.

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  • Will the Trump corporate backlash make a difference?
    After the storming of the US Capitol, Donald Trump is facing "a very different set of calculations".

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rss: the register

  • Hollywood drone pilot admits he crashed gizmo into cop chopper, triggering emergency landing

    Idiot faces up to a year in the cooler after FBI tracks him down from SD card found in prang wreckage

    A man in California faces up to a year behind bars and a fine for crashing his drone into a police helicopter, forcing an emergency landing.?



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  • Apple reportedly planning to revive the MagSafe charging standard with the next lot of MacBook Pros

    While the Touch Bar is to be banished

    Renowned Apple soothsayer Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the iGiant is bringing back its beloved MagSafe charging standard with the next generation of MacBook Pro machines.?



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  • Wine pops cork on version 6.0 of the Windows compatibility layer for *nix systems

    We'll drink to that

    The compatibility layer for Windows applications, Wine, has celebrated the start of 2021 in the traditional manner ? with a substantial update.?



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  • Xiaomi hit by US sanctions: Can't list on stock exchanges and investors can't invest

    Parting shot by Trump ? but 'bi-partisan' push against China will continue, says analyst

    With five days left before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the Trump administration has delivered a parting blow to China's tech industry by designating Xiaomi as a "Communist Chinese military company" and placing it on a financial ban list.?



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  • NASA pulls the plug on InSight's mole after Martian surface bests boffins

    A blue day on the Red Planet

    Hot on the heels of a mission extension comes news that scientists have now given up on attempts to persuade the NASA InSight lander's "mole" to burrow more than a few centimetres beneath the Martian surface.?



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  • Signal boost: Secure chat app is wobbly at the moment. Not surprising after gaining 30m+ users in a week, though

    Install base explodes following WhatsApp 'privacy' update, Musk endorsement

    Updated Signal is experiencing a partial outage as tens of millions of netizens flood the free secure messaging service.?



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  • 20 years of Drupal: Founder Dries Buytaert on API first, the end of breaking compatibility, and JavaScript bloat

    Commercial involvement in open source is essential, says CMS boss

    Interview Content management system Drupal is 20 years old, prompting its founder to talk to about its evolving role, why it shifted from a policy of breaking compatibility with each release, and concerns about JavaScript bloat causing issues for those with poor connectivity.?



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  • Epic Games files competition lawsuit against Google in the UK over Fortnite's ejection from Play Store

    Epic by name, epic (lawsuit) by nature

    Epic Games intends to file a competition lawsuit against Google in the UK as part of the ongoing Fortnite-kicked-off-platforms saga, according to documents lodged with the Competition Appeal Tribunal.?



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  • SAP offers mixed preliminary results at the 'top end' of its downwardly revised outlook

    Uphill battle shifting business applications to the cloud laid bare

    SAP today reported preliminary results for 2020, showing the German enterprise software vendor serving up flat revenue and slightly improving profits, along with a worryingly notable drop in licence sales.?



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  • Dell CTO shares his hottest trends for 2021: Four interesting technologies, one of which is still borderline sci-fi for now

    Spoiler: It's quantum. And who knew? 5G isn't for the peasants

    Dell's global chief technology officer, John Roese, shared his thoughts on where technology will go in 2021 at a roundtable event this week. Short version? Anywhere it likes ? so long as it's on Dell kit.?



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rss: ars technica

  • What motivates the motivated reasoning of pro-Trump conspiracists?
    New study suggests a desire to see society focus on men helps drive support.

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  • The local politics of AirBNB?s ban on DC rentals
    Traumatized residents, city officials fear a repeat of January 6 insurrection.

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  • Hackers alter stolen regulatory data to sow mistrust in COVID-19 vaccine
    Post titled ?Astonishing fraud! Evil Pfffizer! Fake vaccines!? found on the dark Web.

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  • With Trump?s vaccine rollout in chaos, Biden unveils five-point plan
    "We will manage the hell out of this operation," Biden vowed.

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  • Wandavision premieres in ways that would never work on ABC?and that?s great
    Disney+ take on Marvel TV is a massive zag from Netflix's zig?and we're intrigued.

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  • Report: Xbox?s ?instant on? feature could consume 4 billion kWh by 2025 [Updated]
    NRDC: Series S/X option will result in 3 million tons of CO2 in five years.

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  • As it turns out, the Biden administration will listen to scientists
    ?Science will always be at the forefront of my administration."

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  • FDA blindsided as Trump Admin cripples agency on its way out
    It's ?a full-frontal assault on public health," one official said.

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  • FCC fines white-supremacist robocaller $10 million for faking caller ID
    Robocaller's fake caller ID numbers were allegedly chosen as neo-Nazi symbols.

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  • Facebook will pay more than $300 each to 1.6M Illinois users in settlement
    It's a far cry from the maximum $35B Facebook might have owed, but not nothing.

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