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US agrees not to bring in Europe-wide laptop ban – for now – The Independent

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

European negotiators have dissuaded US security officials from imposing a ban on electronic devices in the cabins of flights to America — at least for the time being. Donald Trump and the US Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, are known to be concerned that terrorist cells are planning to attack passenger aircraft.  In March, the Department of Homeland Security rushed out a ban on electronic devices in hand luggage on flights…

Trump Campaign Had At Least 18 Undisclosed Contacts With Russians, Sources Say – HuffPost

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters.

Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Justice Department appointed a special counsel Wednesday to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials — a clear signal to the White House that federal investigators will aggressively pursue the matter despite the president’s insistence that there was no “collusion’’ with the Kremlin. Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to take over the…

Tulsa Police Officer Is Found Not Guilty In Death Of Terence Crutcher – NPR

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

“Betty Shelby murdered my brother,” Tiffany Crutcher, center, said after officer Shelby was acquitted in the death of Terence Crutcher. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption toggle caption Sue Ogrocki/AP “Betty Shelby murdered my brother,” Tiffany Crutcher, center, said after officer Shelby was acquitted in the death of Terence Crutcher. Sue Ogrocki/AP A jury has acquitted Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby, who killed unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher in an encounter that…

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead at 52 Family "shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing," says rep – RollingStone.com

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell, a dynamic vocalist and guitarist whose versatile showmanship as Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog’s frontman was a signpost of the grunge era, died Wednesday night. Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible suicide, according to The Associated Press. He was 52. Related Chris Cornell: The Rolling Stone Interview The Soundgarden singer on the Seattle rock scene’s end of innocence The singer was in Detroit at…

Google Home to the Amazon Echo: ‘Anything you can do…’ – CNET

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The battle between the Google Home and the Amazon Echo keeps getting better and better. Yesterday, a year after Google first announced the Home and the Google Assistant, the search giant might have just shown the road map to put the Home ahead for good. To this point, the Google Home smart speaker has lagged behind Amazon’s competing Echo devices in terms of the things it can do. Amazon had…

The Weird Thing About Today’s Internet – The Atlantic

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The world’s biggest tech companies might be bigger than you think.

Microsoft Takes Lead In Moving The Public Cloud Towards The Edge – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

At Build 2017, Microsoft has outlined its plan to take Azure beyond the public cloud towards the edge. Branded as Azure IoT Edge, this offering exploits the growth in enterprise IoT and industrial automation. During the early days of Cloud Computing, the key differentiating factor of the providers was the number of regions followed by the breadth of services. With the global presence and a comprehensive set of services, Amazon…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…

Q&A: How does the laptop ban on flights work? – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share A spokesperson for the European Commission said the proposed ban will be discussed during a “high-level” meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Video provided by Newsy Newslook Airport staff inform passengers at the check-in area at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco, on March 29, 2017.(Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar, AP) Millions of additional travelers could be affected by a new plan to ban laptops, tablets and other…

‘Economic tsunami’ may result from Europe-US laptop ban on flights – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The laptop ban imposed by President Donald Trump on flights from middle east countries to the U.S. might be expanding. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more. Buzz60 Laptops could soon be banned on U.S.-bound flights from Europe.(Photo: MariuszBlach, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Homeland Security officials and their European Union counterparts exchanged security information Wednesday in Brussels as U.S. officials pressed their plan to ban laptops and tablets from…

Q&A: How does the laptop ban on flights work? – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share A spokesperson for the European Commission said the proposed ban will be discussed during a “high-level” meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Video provided by Newsy Newslook Airport staff inform passengers at the check-in area at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco, on March 29, 2017.(Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar, AP) Millions of additional travelers could be affected by a new plan to ban laptops, tablets and other…

Now it’s up to the special counsel – CNN

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man – ABC News

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and expressed outrage after jurors found Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting. About 100 demonstrators later gathered outside the courthouse…

Dems walk tightrope on impeachment – The Hill

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Democratic leaders have a message for those members of their caucus beating the drum to impeach President Trump: not so fast. “I would suggest … there needs to be a full investigation first,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Wednesday. “We need to get to the facts, and let the facts lead where they may.” In the eyes of several Democrats, however, the facts already…

Putin paid Trump? Republicans think McCarthy’s statement has to be a joke. – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s Republican colleagues were ready Wednesday to accept the House majority leader’s explanation that he was joking in his private comments last year suggesting that then-candidate Donald Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It was a bad attempt at a joke,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday evening, moments after The Washington Post published an account of the remark based on a recording of a June 2016…

Q&A: How does the laptop ban on flights work? – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share A spokesperson for the European Commission said the proposed ban will be discussed during a “high-level” meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Video provided by Newsy Newslook Airport staff inform passengers at the check-in area at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco, on March 29, 2017.(Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar, AP) Millions of additional travelers could be affected by a new plan to ban laptops, tablets and other…

Google shifts mobile focus to apps and digital assistant – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mobile phone apps took center stage at Google’s annual developer conference on Wednesday as the search giant announced new features for its digital assistant and its popular photo app while devoting little time to the Android mobile operating system. Addressing an audience of thousands of developers in Mountain View, California, Google executives delivered a broad-based update to their product portfolio which also included a slate of new features for the…