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Will 2017 be Rupert Murdoch’s summer of despair? | Jill Abramson … – The Guardian

Thursday, August 17, 2017

If 2016 was Rupert Murdoch’s summer of discontent, this could be the summer of his despair. It was a little more than a year ago that the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal erupted. Then came a cascade of related sexual misconduct lawsuits against various Fox on-air personalities and executives. Ailes died earlier this year. The future of Murdoch’s media empire and his company, 21st Century Fox, could depend on the…

What They’re Saying: Newspapers Weigh In On Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Stance – NPR

Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Trump repeated his much-criticized view of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., during a news conference Tuesday in New York. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Trump repeated his much-criticized view of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., during a news conference Tuesday in New York. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Trump roiled opinion Tuesday by reversing himself and reiterating his claim that…

This week should put the nail in the coffin for ‘both sides’ journalism … – Washington Post

Thursday, August 17, 2017

He’s the false-equivalency president. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the national news media’s misguided sense of fairness helped equate the serious flaws of Hillary Clinton with the disqualifying evils of Donald Trump. “But her emails . . .” goes the ironic line that aptly summarizes too much of the media’s coverage of the candidates. In short: Clinton’s misuse of a private email server was inflated to keep up with Trump’s racism, sexism…

Queens newspaper publisher nabbed in mob loan sharking scam … – New York Daily News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Queens newspaper publisher found herself on the wrong side of a headline after authorities said she was messing with the mob. Patricia Adams, publisher of The Forum, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of witness tampering in a bizarre offshoot of a loansharking case involving the Bonanno crime family, according to Brooklyn federal prosecutors. Instead of simply signing off on a story about the scheme, Adams…

Newspaper headlines: Brexit ‘backdoor’ and new aircraft carrier … – BBC News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image caption The Times says the Home Office is drawing up plans that would allow EU citizens to be free to travel to the UK and stay after Brexit. The principle of freedom of movement would remain, explains the Times, but a system of permits would limit the number of people migrating to work. Also featured on its front page is a stunning picture of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft…

Would-be laptop thieves crash car into pole,… – The Mercury News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two East Bay men were arrested Tuesday after a botched robbery attempt at Google when they tried to unsuccessfully take a laptop from a man without paying for it, according to the Mountain View Police Department. Around 1:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a robbery on the 1600 block of Amphitheater Parkway. While en route, they learned that a car thought to be connected to the robbery had crashed…

Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed – Washington Post

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — As the new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly routes all calls to and from President Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president’s desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump’s relatives — go through him to reach the president. But none of those attempts at discipline…

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With CEOs, Military and GOP – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Five armed services chiefs — of the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines and the National Guard Bureau — posted statements on social media condemning neo-Nazis and racism in uncompromising terms. They did not mention Mr. Trump by name, but their messages were a highly unusual counter to the commander in chief. Republicans, too, issued new denunciations of the hatred on display in Charlottesville, although some remained vague…

Charlottesville Violence Spurs New Resistance to Confederate Symbols – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In Charlottesville, the violence left a 32-year-old woman dead after far-right protesters gathered to protest plans to move a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park. And on Tuesday, President Trump, in remarks defending some of the far-right protesters, asked aloud whether the removal of Confederate statues would prompt the erasure of monuments to slaveholders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Now local and state…

Chase Suspect Climbs Crane, Dances And Falls To His Death: UPDATED – Patch.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SAN PEDRO, CA — A man in an stolen SUV led police on a dangerous high speed chase to the Port of Los Angeles and climbing atop a gantry crane where he began, taunting officers, dancing and stripping before falling or jumping to his death. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division first chased the white Subaru SUV about 3:10 p.m., but lost sight of it. Authorities tracked…

After Charlottesville Violence, Colleges Brace for More Clashes – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

On Monday, Texas A&M University announced that it would cancel a planned Sept. 11 appearance by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, who was billed as a lead speaker of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. After an appearance by Mr. Spencer in December, Texas A&M changed its events policy to require that all speakers be invited by a student group, one of several rules colleges are enforcing as…

Amazon’s private label business is booming thanks to device sales, expanded fashion lines – TechCrunch

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Amazon has been doubling down on its private label business in recent months, though many of its own brands aren’t easily identifiable to consumers as they don’t indicate they’re Amazon-made products. But these private labels have been gaining steam, according to a new report out this week from 1010data. Several Amazon brands have been seeing tremendous growth, it found, including AmazonBasics, kids’ clothing brand Scout + Ro, Amazon Elements, and…

Former Mrs. America Convicted of Felony Theft in Macy’s Clothing Scheme – PEOPLE.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A former Mrs. America was convicted of felony theft for switching price tags on clothes at a Macy’s department store in Southdale, Minnesota. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, a jury found Jennifer Susan Kline guilty of a single felony count of theft by swindle Tuesday evening after a seven-day trial. The jury determined that the amount of the theft was more than $1,000 but less than $5,000. Kline’s attorney argued…

Will 2017 be Rupert Murdoch’s summer of despair? – The Guardian

Thursday, August 17, 2017

If 2016 was Rupert Murdoch’s summer of discontent, this could be the summer of his despair. It was a little more than a year ago that the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal erupted. Then came a cascade of related sexual misconduct lawsuits against various Fox on-air personalities and executives. Ailes died earlier this year. The future of Murdoch’s media empire and his company, 21st Century Fox, could depend on the…

What They’re Saying: Newspapers Weigh In On Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Stance – NPR

Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Trump repeated his much-criticized view of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., during a news conference Tuesday in New York. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Trump repeated his much-criticized view of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., during a news conference Tuesday in New York. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Trump roiled opinion Tuesday by reversing himself and reiterating his claim that…

Asus’ first laptop with Windows 10 S is now available – The Verge

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three months after the launch of Windows 10 S, Asus is launching its first laptop running the limited new version of Microsoft’s OS. The computer is called the VivoBook W202, and it’s a relatively cheap laptop meant to be used in schools. It sells for $279 and will be available today. The specs are pretty basic here, but it’s really just designed to have what it needs to get by…

Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

His words were widely criticized in Washington but were praised by white supremacists, including a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Mr. Dowd received the email on Tuesday night and forwarded it on Wednesday morning to more than two dozen recipients, including a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, The Wall Street Journal editorial page and journalists at Fox News and The Washington Times. There is no evidence that…

Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app – TechCrunch

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Computer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programs — is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this area. The search and…

All the Apple iMac Pro news you can handle: Xeon inside and a star-studded GPU – Digital Trends

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Here’s all the Apple iMac Pro news you can chew on to better understand what’s inside Apple’s upcoming all-in-one workstation with a $5,000 starting price. On June 5, 2017, Apple revealed the iMac Pro, the next installment in its family of iMac workstations. Starting at a meaty $5,000, the all-in-one device will sport an Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores, an AMD professional graphics card with up to…

Deals: 27" iMac 5K $1399 ($400 off); 2017 13 … – AppleInsider – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

B&H Photo has Apple’s Late 2015 27″ iMac 5K for $1,399 ($400 off) this week with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Shoppers can also save $100 on 2017 13″ MacBook Airs with prices starting at $899. Meanwhile, Apple’s 128GB 9.7″ iPad Pro is $529 while supplies last, and select tech is up to $50 off with coupon at eBay. Midweek discounts are in effect now with savings of…