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Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

New York Times - 1 hour 6 min ago
With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

New York Times - 1 hour 23 min ago
As India’s leader from 1998 to 2004, Mr. Vajpayee ended a long moratorium on nuclear tests but also eased tensions with Pakistan and built closer ties with United States.
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MacBook Air: Could a 2018 refresh of the budget MacBook be on the way?

Apple Insider - 1 hour 39 min ago


A refresh of the MacBook Air to celebrate a decade of sales could rejuvenate a MacBook model that has seemingly been left behind. Could Apple be planning to update the MacBook Air, and if so, what changes are on the cards?
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Melbourne Teen Hacked Into Apple's Secure Computer Network, Court Told

Slashdot - 1 hour 40 min ago
A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple's secure computer systems is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI. From a report: The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple's mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer. The Children's Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts. His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerized tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled "hacky hack hack."

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Aretha Franklin’s 20 Essential Songs

New York Times - 1 hour 43 min ago
The singer, songwriter and pianist’s catalog showcased the range and power of one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
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Demanding ‘Respect,’ and Getting It: What Did Aretha Franklin Mean to You?

New York Times - 1 hour 50 min ago
The “Queen of Soul” left an enduring mark on the civil rights and women’s rights movements. We want you to tell us how her songs made you feel.
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Trump Says Newspapers Are ‘in Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press

New York Times - 1 hour 52 min ago
The president lashed out after more than 200 newspapers, including The New York Times, published editorials about the dangers of the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the news media.
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To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data

Slashdot - 2 hours 20 min ago
Back in March, as it investigated a spate of armed robberies across Portland, Maine, the FBI made an astonishing, unprecedented request of Google, Forbes reports. The feds wanted the tech giant to find all users of its services who'd been within the vicinity of at least two of nine of those robberies. They limited the search to within 30-minute timeframes around when the crimes were committed. But the request covered a total space of 45 hectares and could've included anyone with an Android or iPhone using Google's tools, not just the suspect. From a report: The FBI then demanded a lot of personal information on affected users, including their full names and addresses, as well as their Google account activity. The feds also wanted all affected users' historical locations. According to court records, while Google didn't provide the information, the cops still found their suspect in the end. Outside of concerns around government overreach, the FBI's remarkable attempt to force Google to assist in its investigation will likely worry all who were disturbed by an Associated Press investigation published on Monday that claimed Google continued to track people even when they turned location features off. The court warrants unearthed by Forbes indicate some at the FBI believe they have a right to that location data too, even if it belongs to innocents who might be unwittingly caught up in invasive government surveillance. And the government feels such fishing expeditions are permissable; it issued the warrant on Google without knowing whether or not the suspect used an Android device or any of the company services at all.

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Tim Cook honors the late Aretha Franklin

Apple Insider - 2 hours 22 min ago


After the passing Thursday morning of the legendary Queen of Soul, Apple's CEO says "her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world."
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Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro

Apple Insider - 2 hours 30 min ago


Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued even greater markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.
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China's 'First Fully Homegrown' Web Browser, Used By Key Government Bodies, Under Fire For 'Heavily' Copying Google Chrome Files

Slashdot - 3 hours 35 sec ago
Redcore, a Chinese start-up that claims to have produced a homegrown browser used by key government bodies and state-run companies, has come under fire after users discovered its software was heavily based on Google's Chrome browser [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The company, which says it has created "innovative and world-leading" browser technology, came under scrutiny on Thursday when users looked through the browser's installation directory and discovered an original "chrome.exe" file along with image files of the Chrome logo. "We have launched the world's only purely China-owned browser Redcore, to break the US monopoly," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The Financial Times verified Chinese users' findings and found with its own examination that Redcore was using components from the v. 49 version of Google Chrome. "Redcore has Chrome [elements] in it," said company founder Gao Jing in response to fierce public criticism. "But this is not plagiarism; rather, we are standing on the shoulders of a giant for our own innovation," she added, according to local media reports. Ms Gao was also quoted as saying that the company had so far been doing very well in terms of customer satisfaction.

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New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support Apple Pencil

Apple Insider - 3 hours 45 sec ago


This year's 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will support the Apple Pencil, an accessory originally designed exclusively for iPads, a report claimed on Thursday.
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Improved keyless entry system could replace car key fob with iPhone

Apple Insider - 3 hours 5 min ago


Apple wants iPhone owners to be able to use their mobile devices as alternatives to a keyless entry system for their car, with a proposal that would let users unlock and start a vehicle simply by bringing their mobile device with them to the driving seat.
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Trump, Seeking To Relax Rules on US Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive

Slashdot - 3 hours 40 min ago
President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], WSJ reports. From the report: Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries. The change was described as an "offensive step forward" by an administration official briefed on the decision, one intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses. The Trump administration has faced pressure to show that it is taking seriously national-security cyberthreats -- particularly those that intelligence officials say are posed by Moscow.

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T-Mobile launches 30-day free trials in Atlanta, Austin & Boston

Apple Insider - 3 hours 49 min ago


T-Mobile on Thursday began offering trial subscriptions in three U.S. cities, letting new customers test the carrier's network without having to commit to switching.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

New York Times - 4 hours 31 min ago
As India’s leader from 1998 to 2004, Mr. Vajpayee ended a long moratorium on nuclear tests but also eased tensions with Pakistan and built closer ties with United States.
Categories: Newspapers

Google Releases a Searchable Database of US Political Ads

Slashdot - 4 hours 40 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run on its platform. Google's new database, which it calls the Ad Library, is searchable through a dedicated launch page. Anyone can search for and filter ads, viewing them by candidate name or advertiser, spend, the dates the ads were live, impressions and type. For anyone looking for the biggest ad budget or the farthest reaching political ad, the ads can be sorted by spend, impressions and recency, as well. Google also provided a report on the data, showing ad spend by U.S. state, by advertiser and by top keywords.

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Australian teenager hacked Apple's corporate network, accessed data and user accounts

Apple Insider - 4 hours 43 min ago


Teen pleads guilty to downloading 90GB of secure files from Apple's internal systems and accessing customer accounts in repeated hacks from his suburban home.
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California Today: California Today: Yosemite National Park Reopens to Visitors

New York Times - 4 hours 50 min ago
Thursday: Tourists and wildlife return, Tesla is subpoenaed, and Portuguese-Americans keep tradition alive in the Central Valley.
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Reeling From the ‘Year Without a Sam’s Club,’ Alaskans Wonder: What’s Next?

New York Times - 5 hours 7 min ago
A primary election Tuesday is expected to set up a tense, three-way race for governor as Alaska reaches a crossroads. Will outside forces set the state’s fate?
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