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Pope welcomes Trump at the Vatican despite past disagreements – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the cradle of Roman Catholicism on Wednesday, delivering a message of peace even as the pontiff emphasized his role as the world’s moral counterpoint to the president’s nationalist agenda. The two men met in the pope’s private study for nearly half an hour, joined only by an interpreter. The pontiff, in white papal dress and a pectoral cross on a chain…

The Latest: Duterte considering nationwide martial law – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local): 6 p.m. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he’ll consider martial law in other parts of the Philippines “in order to protect the people.” He says “if I think that ISIS has taken a foothold also in Luzon,” the main northern island, “and terrorism…

Fox News retracts controversial story on Seth Rich’s death and alleged WikiLeaks contact – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seth Rich was shot and killed July 10 in Washington. (Democratic National Committee) A week after publishing a problematic account about the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — an article that said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks before he was shot and killed in Washington — Fox News retracted the story, saying it did not meet the organization’s editorial standards. “The article was not initially subjected to…

How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly – ZDNet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Flying is not as simple as it used to be. The threat of terrorism in the West and further afield has made security in many aspects of life more difficult to ensure. The 9/11 attacks on the US World Trade centers in 2011 in which four planes were hijacked by members of al-Qaeda prompted tighter controls at airports and restrictions on carry-on luggage, and since then,…

Surface Pro is advertised as a laptop but sold as a tablet – BGR

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a new laptop, just as we expected. The company calls it simply the Surface Pro, as there’s no need for numbers to identify this particular piece of hardware anymore. That’s not the only thing that changed when it comes to marketing. The Surface Pro is no longer a tablet. Instead, it’s “the most versatile laptop.” Microsoft calls it that in the first promo for the Surface…

Microsoft to buy cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million: report – Reuters

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

JERUSALEM Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday. Hexadite, headquartered in Boston with its research and development center in Israel, provides technology to automate responses to cyber attacks that it says increases productivity and reduces costs for businesses. Microsoft officials declined to comment. Officials at Hexadite could not immediately be reach for comment. Investors in Hexadite include…

The Latest: Investigators hunt for accomplices of bomber – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation’s threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack “may be imminent” following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead.  The announcement, which takes Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical,” clears the way for thousands of British troops to take to the streets…

Republicans, Pushing Aside Trump’s Budget, Find Few Alternatives – New York Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Ex-CIA Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia – New York Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that he’ll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country’s south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages. Duterte declared martial rule for 60 days in the entire southern Mindanao region, the restive third…

Sean Hannity says he will drop the Seth Rich conspiracy theory and stay at Fox News – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fox News host Sean Hannity. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/AP) Sean Hannity threaded the needle Tuesday night, telling his Fox News viewers that he would stop talking about a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — but only because Rich’s family asked him to. And Hannity once again sought to tamp down speculation that he might leave the network, something he has now had to do…

Flying without your laptop? Don’t worry. It can be done – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The list of air travel restrictions could get longer and more annoying as the Trump administration this week considers banning large electronic devices, including laptops and tablets, on board flights from Europe to the U.S. For flyers on United and American, the two biggest global carriers out of O’Hare International Airport, this probably will be seen as another unwelcome, meddlesome and onerous show of government authority over air travelers’ lives….

Microsoft Just Announced the Perfect Small Business Laptop – Inc.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This one really goes below the surface. At an event in China today, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro, which will become available on June 15 for $799. (You can already pre-order one.) The new model looks exactly like the Surface Pro 4 in almost every way, but it has a wealth of new features under the hood. One of the most interesting upgrades has to do with the internal…

Huawei’s Latest Effort to Crack the US Market Relies on Laptops—Not Smartphones – Fortune

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei hadn’t always targeted the United States with its top products. But for a new line of Windows laptops debuting on Tuesday, the U.S. will be among the initial markets. Huawei introduced its first Windows laptop, the MateBook, last year featuring a 12-inch screen that detached from the keyboard. On Tuesday, the company added two new models with more traditional fixed-keyboard designs, one with a 13-inch screen…

Is Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Ho-Hum? Nope, Just Mature Technology – Fast Company

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

About the author Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World. More

Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level, Meaning New Attack May Be Imminent – New York Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign last year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said he became increasingly concerned that Trump associates were being manipulated by Russian intelligence services…

Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget request, delivered to Congress on Tuesday with the title “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” has roiled the medical and science community with a call for massive cuts in spending on scientific research, medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. The National Cancer Institute would be hit with a $1 billion cut compared to its 2017 budget. The National…

Hannity on Seth Rich coverage: ‘I retracted nothing’ – The Hill

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fox News’s Sean Hannity ripped his critics and the mainstream media on his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday, saying, “I am not Fox.com or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing.” His reaction came hours after Fox News retracted a story regarding the 2016 killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after massive outcry over sharing conspiracy theories about the 2016 shooting death. Right-wing news outlets have sought to link — without…