Daily Archives: May 7, 2018

Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp. The encrypted DMs option was first spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package (APK) ...

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That’s just Rudi: State Dept disowns Trump lawyer's comment on regime change in Iran

The US State Department has been forced to publicly distance itself from the US President’s old friend and new lawyer, Rudi Giuliani. He stirred controversy last weekend by saying the US leader is planning regime change in Iran. “[Giuliani] speaks for himself and not on behalf of the administration on foreign policy,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told AP on ...

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Foot in mouth: Japanese PM served dessert in a shoe at Netanyahu dinner (PHOTOS)

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe and his wife were dished up dessert in a shoe during dinner at the Israeli prime minister’s residence.The culturally offensive move has been slammed by diplomats from both countries. “This was a stupid and insensitive decision,” a senior Israeli diplomat who had previously served in Japan told newspaper Yediot Aharonot. “It is equivalent to serving a ...

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‘Save Barnes & Noble’: Twitter worried parts of US will be left without bookstores

‘Save Barnes & Noble’ started trending on Twitter on Monday, after an article in the New York Times highlighted the financial woes of the bookstore chain, igniting fears it may fold and leave parts of the US without a bookshop. The opinion piece cited the company’s declining revenue as reason to believe the Fortune 500 company is in trouble. Total ...

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Microsoft shows off Alexa-Cortana integration, launches sign-up website for news

Microsoft still isn’t giving a timeline as to when its virtual assistant, Cortana, will support integration with Amazon Alexa – something the companies had announced last year. But the company at its Build developer conference today did show off how that integration will work, in an on-stage demo with support from Amazon, and it launched a new website for developers interested in ...

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Key Iran-Contra player Oliver North to be new NRA president

The National Rifle Association has announced its new president will be Oliver North. The retired US Marine colonel gained notoriety as the man behind the 1980s ‘Iran-Contra’ weapons export scandal. “I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s president,” North said in a statement, asking for a few weeks to ...

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Snap’s CFO is out and a veteran Amazon exec is taking his place

Snap Chief Financial Officer Drew Vollero is going to be leaving his post at the Snapchat parent company next week and will be replaced by Amazon VP of finance Tim Stone, according to financial documents filed with the SEC today. Vollero was the company’s first CFO and has presided over Snap finances since joining less than three years ago. Since ...

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Iran may stay in nuclear deal after US withdrawal if it's guaranteed by remaining parties

The Iranian president has hinted his country could continue to comply with the 2015 nuclear deal even if US President Donald Trump pulls out of it. It would take guarantees of compliance from the remaining signatories. President Hassan Rouhani indicated on Monday that the disputed nuclear deal can still survive beyond a potential US withdrawal if the UK, France, Russia, ...

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Him too? NYC Attorney General who prosecuted Harvey Weinsten is himself accused of physical abuse

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, famed for prosecuting disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assaults, is now being accused of violence by four women. He says consensual role-play is what took place. Schneiderman, who became a star proponent of the #MeToo movement after filing a civil-rights lawsuit against Weinstein, now may see the tables turned on himself, after ...

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Google’s Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

Android Things, Google IoT platform for developers who want to build connected devices, is now out of beta, as the company today announced. After eight release candidates, the last of which launched less than a month ago, Google now deems Android Things ready for primetime. Despite its beta status, quite a few companies started building products for the platform a ...

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