Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

Kim ‘begged on hands and knees’ for summit with Trump, US president's lawyer says

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has risked causing another diplomatic uproar after he claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was “on hands and knees,” desperately trying to save the June 12 summit after Trump briefly withdrew. Read more Lately, Giuliani has become an avid foreign policy commentator despite not being authorized by the US president, and his long-time friend, Donald ...

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'Hero' hacker who shut down WannaCry faces 4 more charges, including lying to FBI

Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who stopped the WannaCry ransomware and was arrested by the FBI soon after, accused of creating and distributing malware himself, has asked for donations to cover legal costs as he faces more charges. The updated indictment was filed with the Wisconsin Eastern District Court earlier this week. It complements the original six-count indictment against Hutchins from ...

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Facebook is funding news programs from CNN, Fox News, Univision and others

Facebook has unveiled its initial lineup of news programming that will be airing in a dedicated section of Watch, the original video content initiative the social network launched last year. While these shows are being produced by outside media organizations, it’s actually Facebook that’s funding them. In a blog post, Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown described this as an ...

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Political polyglots: World leaders employ their foreign language skills – with mixed results (VIDEO)

Vladimir Putin’s emergency German language interjections during a recent heated interview with an Austrian journalist has begged the question: Which other world leaders have rolled out a foreign language, for better or for worse? At times, the Russian president’s conversation with Armin Wolf, from Austria’s state ORF channel, became so contentious that Putin found himself switching to Wolf’s native tongue ...

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Cambridge Analytica’s Nix said it licensed ‘millions of data points’ from Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters

The repeat grilling by the U.K. parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad agency at the center of a Facebook data misuse scandal — was not able to shed much new light on what may or may not have been going on inside ...

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Microsoft sinks almost 1,000 servers to boost internet speeds

Microsoft has deployed a submarine-like data center off the coast of Orkney in Scotland, housing hundreds of servers under the sea with the aim of boosting internet speeds and improving environmental sustainability. While the dangerous mix of electronics and water may set off instant alarm bells, Microsoft insists it is not a lethal combination and says that the marine industry ...

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Bulletproof shields – best gift for US students? Pennsylvania school actually thought so

Eighth-graders at a Pennsylvania middle school were given a special gift to prepare them for high school: bulletproof shields. To Twitter, it was another depressing story from an America rocked by gun violence. The entire graduating class at St. Cornelius Catholic School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, were given the $ 150 shields as a gift by local company Unequal Technologies, ...

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CTRL+T podcast: That time we talked about Apple, Kanye West and slavery

Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the stories we want to talk about and figure out what they mean in relation to life. This week is Apple’s big developer conference, creatively called Worldwide Developers Conference (or WWDC), and TechCrunch was there. Each year the company showcases the things developers will be ...

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At least 18 killed, 90 wounded in Baghdad explosion – police sources

At least 18 people were killed and more than 90 were wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, according to police sources. The Interior Ministry has not revealed the exact number of casualties but it has confirmed there were fatalities and injuries. An Iraqi police source told Reuters that the death toll currently stands at 18. ...

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Alphabet rejects demand to link executive pay to diversity

Proposals by shareholders and a group of Google staffers to tie executive pay to diversity goals and conduct studies on gender pay gap have been rejected by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. A group of Google employees took the unprecedented step of addressing a shareholder meeting on Wednesday in support of tying executive pay to diversity performance. Alphabet argued the impact ...

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