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Kim Jong Un’s rockets are getting an important boost — from China – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Participants practice Wednesday for a parade on the main Kim Il Sung square in central Pyongyang. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) When North Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space last February, officials heralded the event as a birthday gift for dead leader Kim Jong Il. But the day also brought an unexpected prize for the country’s adversaries: priceless intelligence in the form of rocket parts that fell into the Yellow Sea. Entire…

US intercepted chemical weapons communications in Syria: report – The Hill

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

The U.S. intelligence community intercepted communications between Syrian military officials and chemical weapons experts discussing preparations for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria last week, CNN reported Wednesday. While the intercepted communications took place before an attack blamed on the Syrian regim, a senior U.S. official told CNN that the U.S. did not not about the strike before it happened. The intercepts were part of a review of communications and other…

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a trailblazing judge, found dead in Hudson River – CNN

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Trump path to a health care win is clear: Andy Slavitt – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Protesters in Chicago on March 24, 2017.(Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP) The dealmaker-in-chief badly wants a deal on health care. President Trump has even been willing to hold his nose and support terms put forward by the hardcore conservative House Freedom Caucus that are hugely unpopular with his own backers, like allowing insurance companies to turn down people with pre-existing medical conditions. Piled on top of a Republican bill with only…

Global stocks drop after Trump talks down dollar – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

BEIJING — Global stock markets turned lower and the dollar was volatile Thursday after President Donald Trump withdrew a threat to declare China a currency manipulator and said the U.S. currency was “getting too strong.” Tensions over North Korea also weighed on investors ahead of a long weekend in many markets. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 lost 0.6 percent to 7,307 and France’s CAC-40 shed 0.6 percent to 5,072….

Critical Security Updates from Adobe, Microsoft — Krebs on Security – Krebs on Security

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Adobe and Microsoft separately issued updates on Tuesday to fix a slew of security flaws in their products. Adobe patched dozens of holes in its Flash Player, Acrobat and Reader products. Microsoft pushed fixes to address dozens of vulnerabilities in Windows and related software. The biggest change this month for Windows users and specifically for people responsible for maintaining lots of Windows machines is that Microsoft has replaced…

Microsoft turns its attention to education for Surface and Windows – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Microsoft looks like it’ll be going after the eduction sector with the next Windows 10 and Surface releases. The software maker announced a hardware and software event for May 2nd yesterday, with the hashtag #MicrosoftEDU. That’s no coincidence. In a carefully orchestrated return to the public eye, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore started tweeting again and spoke to Mashable about his new role after taking a year out from Microsoft. Belfiore’s year-long…

Internet Companies Urge FCC to Save Net Neutrality Rules – Variety

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

The trade association representing major Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon said that they continue to have “vigorous support” for the existing net neutrality rules, after meeting with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai earlier this week. Michael Beckerman, the president and CEO of the Internet Association, and Abigail Slater, its general counsel, met with Pai on Tuesday. Pai reportedly is considering a plan that would scale back the FCC’s existing net…

How Republicans Are Planning to Kill the Internet as You Know It – Vanity Fair

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

The G.O.P. plan to deregulate the Internet is just getting started. Just weeks after the Senate voted to scrap Internet privacy rules, allowing broadband providers to sell their information about their customers’ browsing history without their knowledge, the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission is gearing up to end net neutrality as we know it. Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the F.C.C., has not yet presented a formal plan to roll…

How Microsoft is future-proofing for Xbox’s “multi-generational” future – Ars Technica

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

reader comments 117 The more we hear about the Xbox One’s upcoming Scorpio update, the more it sounds like Microsoft’s effort to upend the idea of distinct console generations completely. The Xbox One ecosystem seems to be morphing into a PC-like space where one piece of software can run at different levels of detail depending on the power (and price) of the hardware it’s running on. In an in-depth interview…

Growing number of 15″ MacBook Pro users report ‘popping’ sound coming from their laptop – 9 to 5 Mac

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has been met with a wide array of responses since it was unveiled last fall. Now, a growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro. Reports of the issue have started picking up steam on Apple’s own support website, as well as other forums… Mujjo Wallet iPhone 7 Case Users explain that the sound is a…

US Takes Sharper Tone on Russia’s Role in Syria – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Asian shares mixed as Trump talks down US dollar – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after President Donald Trump withdrew a threat to declare China a currency manipulator. Trump’s comment that the U.S. dollar was getting too strong helped push the yen higher, hurting Japanese exporters’ shares. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent to 18,341.85 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.1 percent to 24,296.85. The Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.1 percent higher to 3,277.88…

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, first African American on New York’s top court, found dead in Hudson River – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam looks on as members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to advance her nomination to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., in 2013. (AP/Mike Groll) Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African American to serve on New York’s top court and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday, police…

Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump hasn’t been in the White House for 100 days, yet he’s already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises. In several interviews this week, the president has forged new positions on topics ranging from NATO to Chinese currency manipulation. They come as other campaign promises lag, including Trump’s vow to build a concrete wall along the length of the southern border and have…

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

When Stephen K. Bannon reported for work Wednesday, he did not act like a man who had just been publicly humiliated by his boss. The White House chief strategist cycled in and out of the Oval Office for meetings with President Trump and took a seat in the front row of the East Room for the afternoon visit of NATO’s secretary general, flanked by some of the very advisers with…

The Latest: Trump expected to sign family planning bill – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation Thursday erasing an Obama-era rule that barred states from withholding federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The rule was finalized shortly before Obama left office in January. The legislation squeezed narrowly through the Senate last month after Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking…

Tillerson meets with Putin amid deepening tensions over US missile strikes in Syria – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

MOSCOW — The rift between the United States and Russia was laid bare Wednesday when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first direct talks with Russia’s president. Their discussions failed to ease deepening tensions over Syria and Washington’s demands that Moscow abandon its main Middle East ally. “There is a low level of trust between our countries,” Tillerson said in a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov….

Inside Bannon’s struggle: From ‘shadow president’ to Trump’s marked man – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

When Stephen K. Bannon reported for work Wednesday, he did not act like a man who had just been publicly humiliated by his boss. The White House chief strategist cycled in and out of the Oval Office for meetings with President Trump and took a seat in the front row of the East Room for the afternoon visit of NATO’s secretary general, flanked by some of the very advisers with…

Trump backs off fiscal pledges and adopts centrist policies that he once fought – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

President Trump is abandoning a number of his key campaign promises on economic policy, adopting instead many of the centrist positions he railed against while campaigning as a populist. Trump will not label China a “currency manipulator,” he told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, despite a campaign pledge that he would apply the label on his first day in office. He also said he was open to reappointing Federal…