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  • 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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rss: bbc

  • Joe Biden: Covid vaccination in US will not be mandatory
    It comes as the Centers for Disease Control urges "universal mask use" anywhere outside the home.

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  • Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'
    Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.

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  • US House passes federal cannabis decriminalisation bill
    It is the first bill of its kind taken up by either chamber of Congress but faces an uncertain future.

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  • Trump orders withdrawal of US troops from Somalia
    The US has about 700 personnel in the country targeting al-Shabab and Islamic State militants.

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  • China becomes second nation to plant flag on the Moon
    It becomes the second nation to unfurl its banner on the lunar surface, more than 50 years after the US.

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  • 'Congress can't allow so many workers to be cut off'
    Millions of Americans are due to lose jobless benefits as a rise in cases hinders economic recovery.

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  • Coronavirus: US doctor who has worked 258 days straight goes viral
    Dr Joseph Varon believes he is fighting two wars. A war against coronavirus and a war against stupidity.

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  • Time Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao aims to ?solve world?s problems?
    Gitanjali Rao, 15, says she proves that you don't have to look like a "typical scientist".

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  • Trump raises $200m for post-election legal battles
    The money is going on legal challenges to Democrat Joe Biden's victory as well as other purposes.

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  • Timnit Gebru: Google staff rally behind fired AI researcher
    Timnit Gebru, a critic of some of the firm's policies, says she was dismissed over an internal email.

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rss: the register

  • Boffins from China push quantum computing envelope for 'supremacy' in emerging photon field

    Light-based quantum system bests classical supercomputer

    Boffins from China say that they have managed to detect as many as 76 photons using a quantum computer, a result said to be the second demonstration of "quantum supremacy" or "quantum primacy" ? solving a problem that a quantum computer can do far better than a classical computer.?



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  • Marine archaeologists catch a break on the bottom of the Baltic Sea: A 75-year-old Enigma Machine

    Attempting to save aquatic life trapped in old fishing nets, divers uncover a hidden treasure

    Divers clearing out a sprawl of abandoned fishing nets stuck in the Baltic Sea discovered more than they bargained for when they spotted an Enigma Machine, a device that encrypted secret messages used by the Germans in World War II.?



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  • The nightmare is real: 'Excel formulas are the world's most widely used programming language,' says Microsoft

    So here's LAMBDA to make custom functions out of those formulas

    Microsoft will let users create custom functions in Excel using the number wrangler's own formula language.?



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  • Microsoft hasn't had a good time with privacy recently ? so here's a tool that checks your data compliance is up to snuff

    Sitting comfortably? It's an Azure Purview Preview

    Microsoft has teased Azure Purview, a tech built to deal with customers' data compliance and governance requirements by verifiyng the presence of sensitive information without users having to eyeball the stuff first.?



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  • Protect your business from DDoS attacks: Join this webinar to find out more

    Expert advice on how to combat one of the most dangerous online threats

    Promo With the COVID-19 pandemic leading us all to depend on online services like we never have before, a DDoS attack that takes operations offline can have very serious and long-term consequences for a business. Add to this the huge surge in DDoS attacks this year, with assaults getting bigger, more powerful and disruptive, and it?s clear security leaders need to urgently get to grips with how to deal with them.?



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  • Uncle Sam throws Huawei CFO a bone in her extradition fight, but deal will require an admission of wrongdoing

    Deferred prosecution agreement offered to Meng Wanzhou

    US prosecutors have reportedly offered Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou a deferred prosecution agreement. If accepted, the deal will have charges deferred and eventually dismissed, but will require Meng to admit to wrongdoing.?



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  • Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

    Good to see the youth being productive

    Well, that escalated quickly. In a scene not unlike the opening minutes of 2001, a group of angry young men stole up Pine Mountain, expressed distaste for Mexicans and aliens, then proceeded to tear down the latest instalment of 2020's favourite meme.?



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  • Microsoft pokes Cortana's corpse to give her telepathic abilities on Windows 10

    Should we be worried?

    The undead have telepathic powers if Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider emission is to be believed.?



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  • UK government puts 750m on the table as it looks to deal directly with cloud providers

    Plan is to get public sector buying services straight from suppliers

    The UK government has launched a 750m procurement looking for platform and infrastructure services direct from public cloud providers - the latest in a bewildering array of UK.gov frameworks for the fluffy white stuff.?



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  • Running joke: That fitness gadget? It's, er, run out

    I'd plug it back in but the cable's not long enough for a jog

    Something for the Weekend, Sir? It's a pain in the neck, that's what it is.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Feds logged website visitors in 2019, citing Patriot Act authority
    Privacy-minded lawmakers want feds to have to get warrants for Web browsing data.

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  • Lidar startup goes public, makes founder a billionaire
    Luminar used a special purpose acquisition company to avoid a traditional IPO.

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  • Rusty but intact: Nazi Enigma cipher machine found in Baltic Sea
    Enigma device stymied Allied intelligence until Alan Turing cracked it.

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  • NASA is about to have double Dragons at its space station
    Also, NASA has agreed to fly on a Falcon 9 that has already been used three times.

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  • Samsung finally starts its Android 11 rollout, three months after release
    Android 11 brings a new media player, new one-time permissions, and more.

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  • ?Demand will probably exceed supply?: Nvidia explains RTX 30 shortages
    It's not just wafer shortages at Samsung, though that's a factor.

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  • McConnell pushes Trump nominee toward vote that would deadlock Biden FCC
    Cloture motion could end debate and advance nominee to Senate vote next week.

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  • All-out war breaks out in San Francisco?s Chinatown in Warrior S2 finale
    Ars chats with showrunner Jonathan Tropper about building on S1's success.

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  • Here?s what happens when a bee stings you directly in your eyeball
    You think 2020 is pretty horrible, but it could always be worse.

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  • Google parts with top AI researcher after blocking paper, faces blowback
    Timnit Gebru?s exit reignites debate over diversity and free speech at tech group.

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