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For Republicans, ‘Failure Is Not an Option’ on Tax Cuts – New York Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Like many other advocacy groups, the chamber is putting extra emphasis on how lawmakers vote on tax and economic issues and won’t be inclined to throw its support behind those who don’t share the views of the business lobby. The first big test for Senate Republicans and their two-seat majority comes next week, when they will try to advance a budget that sets the parameters for a tax bill and…

BET Hip Hop Awards 2017: The winners list – CNN

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

(CNN)The BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 delivered plenty of buzzy moments, as always. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘cnnmoney/2017/10/11/eminem-trump-bet-hip-hop-awards-freestyle-cypher-ekr-orig-vstop.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_6′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171011050834-eminem-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) {autoStartVideo = false;if (autoStartVideo === true) {if (turnOnFlashMessaging === true) {autoStartVideo = false;containerEl =…

Committee Approves Ordinance Oversight on Newspaper Delivery – Stevens Point City Times News

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

City Attorney: proposed law could extend to religious, political advertising leaflets | By Brandi Makuski Stevens Point is one step closer to a new ordinance that prohibits scattering. Under a new city law proposed by Councilwoman Tori Jennings, home delivery of “any advertising matter, handbills, newspapers, or similar material” would now be against the law once a property owner notifies the publisher the delivery is not welcome. Under…

Exclusive: Despite sanctions, Russian organizations acquire Microsoft software – Reuters

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Software produced by Microsoft Corp has been acquired by state organizations and firms in Russia and Crimea despite sanctions barring U.S-based companies from doing business with them, official documents show. The acquisitions, registered on the Russian state procurement database, show the limitations in the way foreign governments and firms enforce the U.S. sanctions, imposed on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014….

For fighting cybercrime and boosting internet security, UCSD’s Stefan Savage wins a MacArthur award – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Dan Brown’s New Mystery: the Internet – New Republic

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In this and a few other things Brown is surreally wrong. As he begins his mission to recover Kirsch’s scientific discovery, Langdon does something very odd. He lefts Kirsch’s hand and brings it to his cellphone: “Langdon carefully pressed Edmond’s index finger to the fingerprint recognition device. The phone clicked and unlocked.” It’s only a small detail, but dead fingers can’t unlock iPhones—the device requires an electrical charge from living…

Apple Adds 2017 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models to Refurbished Store – Mac Rumors

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add a selection of 15-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with a Touch Bar, which is the first time the new machines have been available through the refurbished store since their June 2017 release. As of the writing of this article, Apple’s refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15…

Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The toll from Northern California’s ranging wildfires continued to grow Tuesday evening as officials said the fires destroyed up to 2,000 structures and killed at least 17 people. The devastating losses establish firestorms among the most destructive in California history. The estimated losses of homes, businesses and other buildings jumped from 1,500 to 2,000, and officials fear the death toll will also continue to rise. Sonoma County alone has received…

Wildfires Burn Out of Control Across Northern California; 17 Are Dead – New York Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“We always thought the alert system would give us time, but there was no notice, no warning,” said Maureen Grinnell, 77, who lived in the hills north of Napa with her husband, Sheldon, 89, who uses a walker. “I was watching a movie with my 19-year-old granddaughter and I smelled smoke, and I looked out the window to see flames approaching.” From that moment, they stayed with the house seven…

S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans – Washington Post

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North Korean leadership. The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to deter any North Korean aggression by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers Tuesday night from an air base in the U.S. territory of Guam to the South for drills with…

USA Fails to Qualify for 2018 World Cup with 2-1 Loss to Trinidad and Tobago – Bleacher Report

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press The United States’ 2018 World Cup dream is dead. A shocking 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago in Tuesday night’s last qualifying match, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama, eliminated the U.S. from World Cup contention.  An Omar Gonzalez own goal in the 17th minute and Alvin Jones goal in the 37th gave Trinidad and Tobago their two scores. Christian Pulisic got the United States back within one goal in…

Supreme Court dismisses case against Trump’s expired travel ban – Washington Post

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night dismissed one of the challenges to a now-expired version of President Trump’s travel ban, and the legal battle over his latest efforts to ban some immigrants will need to start anew. There were no noted dissenters from the court’s decision not to hear arguments about the travel ban, although Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have left in place the precedent of the ruling by the…

Here’s the 1 Priceless Lesson Inside Microsoft’s Decision to Axe Windows 10 Mobile – Inc.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft is known for its successes. (That little suite called Microsoft Office that thousands of businesses use comes to mind, for example.) But sometimes, even a heavy hitter like Bill Gates’ company can’t get any contact with the bat and strikes out horribly. That’s apparently the case with Windows 10 Mobile. The company’s Windows 10 chief, Joe Belfiore, announced earlier this week via Twitter that, while Microsoft still will support…

Microsoft Is Offering a $3.5 Million Prize for the Next Big AI Startup – Inc.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Microsoft, suffice it to say, is a very big company. But even with its vast resources, it can’t go out and talk to every developer working on the next big thing. “There are many great companies pushing the boundary of [artificial intelligence] that we can’t reach, even with our efforts,” Microsoft Ventures head Nagraj Kashyap tells Business Insider. That brings us to today, as Microsoft announces Innovate.AI, a global contest…

Laptop scavenger hunt tests cybersecurity skills at FSU – Florida State News

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You wouldn’t leave your laptop sitting in a coffee shop, return five hours later and expect it to still be there, would you? Yet in a sense, that’s what many of us are doing every day with our personal information when we don’t practice safe browsing habits or fail to set appropriate security controls. We’re leaving sensitive information exposed and an easy target for theft. This October, a new contest…

Deadly fires ravage California’s wine country, leaving at least 15 dead, more than 180 missing – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The massive, fast-moving California wildfires that have killed at least 15 people came with hardly any warning, spreading into neighborhoods when residents had gone to bed, unaware that they would have to flee for safety. Many of them, officials said, have nothing left to come back to. Officials expect the death toll to rise and high winds in coming days could complicate efforts to contain fires that have already torched 115,000 acres of land,…

Samsung’s next laptop could have this seriously killer feature – TrustedReviews

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Samsung’s next laptop could have a killer feature in the form of in-air gestures, if it’s latest patent filing is anything to go by.  Towards the end of September, according to Patently Mobile, Samsung filed patent application with the US Patent & Trademark Office that show designs to a form of gesture recognition and control for its laptops. As the patent application is just that, an application, there’s no hard…