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Burning Memories – WIRED

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

On Sunday night, October 8, my parents’ house in Napa burned to the ground in the wildfire. For my mom and dad, now in their eighties, the place had been a retirement escape from the hurlyburly of New York. My wife and I were married there 23 years ago, in the hillside living room looking out over a vine-carpeted valley. The fire turned this refuge into a heap of tile…

The Memo: GOP braces for what’s next amid Corker, Flake tumult – The Hill

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Raw Republican divisions burst out into the open more dramatically than ever before on Tuesday — and now GOP insiders are bracing for what comes next. An extraordinary day in Washington began with Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled…

2 killed — including a student — in campus shooting at Grambling State University, authorities say – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

(Grambling State University) A student and a second male were fatally shot early Wednesday on the campus of Grambling State University, and the gunman is on the loose, the authorities said Wednesday. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department began receiving calls just after midnight reporting shots fired on the historically black university campus in northern Louisiana, officials said. “Two males were both pronounced dead there at the scene,” said Maj. Stephen Williams, a…

Xi Jinping Unveils China’s New Leaders but No Clear Successor – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

That was a departure from China’s carefully scripted transfers of power in recent decades and a possible signal that Mr. Xi intends to govern beyond this next five-year term. Mr. Xi may also want more time to test possible successors, while avoiding lame duck status with an heir waiting in the wings. But by discarding the unspoken conventions that have ensured relatively stable leadership changes in recent years, Mr. Xi…

Read Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech announcing he will not seek reelection: ‘I will not be complicit’ – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

*** Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not here simply…

China Unveils New Leadership, With Xi Jinping More Powerful Than Ever – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

That was a departure from the party’s carefully scripted transfers of power in recent decades and a possible signal that Mr. Xi intends to dominate Chinese politics beyond this next five-year term. Mr. Xi may also want more time to test possible successors, while avoiding lame duck status with an heir in the wings. But by discarding the unspoken conventions that have ensured relatively stable leadership changes, Mr. Xi has…

Dodgers finally show they can handle the October heat in Game 1 against Astros – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES — After decades of hearing themselves denigrated as gaggers and underachievers, as low-energy, overpaid Southern California slackers, rather than real, true descendants of the greatest teams of their forbearers, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the World Series for the first time since 1988 Tuesday night with an almost perfectly scripted 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Maybe these really are your father’s Dodgers, if he rooted for…

Blockchain And Digital Transformation Go Hand In Hand – Forbes – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shutterstock New technologies are revolutionizing business from every direction. Digital transformation isn’t a technology trend; it’s a customer experience trend. In short, businesses are evolving because customer expectations are evolving. Either we are revolutionizing experiences through our own innovation or we are using data to iterate and innovate along with what the customers want. In some cases, we are doing both. However, new technologies like blockchain and AI are certainly…

Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-election for Senate – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

“It is often said that children are watching,” he said. “Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say?” Without mentioning Mr. Trump by name, Mr. Flake, 54, took direct aim at the president’s policies, notably his isolationist tendencies, but also his behavior and that…

Hurricane hammers home need for Puerto Rican statehood – The Hill

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For the last decade, Puerto Rico has been experiencing a severe economic, financial and demographic crisis. Among other things, this crisis is related to our current shameful territorial (colonial) status. Because of this undignified status, we lack full representation in Congress except for a resident commissioner who has voice but cannot vote on the floor. This is primarily responsible for the unequal treatment the U.S. citizens of the island receive under federal…

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said. Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author…

Federal court paves way for undocumented teen to have abortion – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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FBI: Evidence shows Newtown shooter had sex interest in kids – ABC News

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

There was evidence the Newtown school shooter had an interest in children that could be categorized as pedophilia, but there was no proof he acted on it, according to FBI documents released Tuesday. The records were among more than 1,500 pages of documents released by the FBI in connection with its investigation of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six…

Microsoft Earnings Expectations – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Introduction Microsoft (MSFT) is a household name and one of the largest companies by market capitalisation in the world. The company is trading at an all time high of $78.81 on the back of big successes such as Azure and the business model switch towards subscription services and recurring revenue that we wrote about in June. On Thursday, Microsoft will release its first quarter earnings report. Today, we will discuss…

Jamf, Microsoft confirm Apple grows in the enterprise – Computerworld

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jamf Nation Conference (#JNUC) has become one of the more important events in the Apple in the enterprise diary, and Microsoft appeared at the event to show new integration that enables Apple’s solutions to work even more effectively with Azure cloud services.  Hell freezes over  Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, demonstrated how Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) tools will soon work with Jamf integration and Apple’s platforms to ensure that enterprise Macs are security compliant with Azure…

Zero Gravity Expands Into Digital With New Department Headed By Ray Jimenez – Deadline

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Zero Gravity Management is expanding into the digital space with the formation of a new Digital Dept. which will be overseen by Ray Jimenez. The new division will focus on developing content for digital platforms, managing influencers and crossover talent as well as digital business development and brand creation and management. Prior to joining Zero Gravity, Jimenez owned Embolden Entertainment, a digitally-based talent management and business development firm whose…

How Hard Is it to Upgrade the RAM in a New iMac? An Investigation by a Noob – Motherboard

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I am a disorganized person. One of the ways this manifests itself is in my browser tab usage, which has been described by colleagues and loved ones as “anxiety attack-inducing.” While I am comfortable having 100 tabs open at any given moment, my computer often isn’t: “You’re such a dick to your computers,” a friend tweeted at me after I shared this screenshot. My behavior is beyond repair. And so…

House GOP launches probes into Obama-era uranium deal, Clinton email inquiry – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Leading House Republicans announced on Tuesday two new probes, one into how the Obama administration’s Justice Department handled a deal that gave Russia control over 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply, and the other into how it investigated Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The parallel investigations — both of which involve the House Oversight Committee working in cooperation with another…

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake won’t run for re-election – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Five Teenagers Charged as Adults After Young Father Was Killed from Rock Allegedly Thrown From Michigan Overpass – PEOPLE.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Five teenagers have been charged as adults following the death of a Michigan man. Kenneth Andrew White was killed after a rock smashed through the window of the car he was in on Oct. 18. Kyle Anger, 17, and four 15-year-olds Alexander Miller, Mark Sekelsky, Mikaydyn Payne and Trevor Gray have been charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and malicious destruction of property, according to MLive. Trevor GreyGenesee County…