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Recreating June 9: A very consequential day in the 2016 campaign

Washington (CNN)It wasn’t Donald Trump’s day. But more than a year after that unseasonably cool Thursday in New York, what happened on June 9 has intensified the spotlight on Trump — now president — and his family. News of the meeting between Natalia Veselnitskaya, billed in an email as a “Russian government attorney” and three of Trump’s top campaign aides has rocked the Trump White House and led Clinton’s vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, to speculate whether Trump Jr.’s behavior amounts to treason. Trump on his son: ‘I applaud…

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Twitters new CFO is getting $15 million in stock

Twitter has announced that its hired a new CFO. Ned Segal is joining the company from Intuit, where he was senior vice president of finance. Twitter has a new CFO: @nedsegal! Welcome to the flock jack (@jack) July 11, 2017 He also has investment banking experience, having spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs. This could come in handy if Twitter decides to sell themselves. (Just saying!) Anthony Noto, who joined Twitter as CFO in 2014 (also from Goldman), was promoted to COO last November after Adam Bains departure. He has…

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We need to hear FBI nominee’s view on hate crime epidemic

(CNN)With hate crimes increasing in the past year throughout the country, too many Americans are fearful they will become the next target of violence simply based on their race, religion, gender, disability, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation. Hateful rhetoric and the violence inspired by such rhetoric makes us less safe. Those that carry out hate crimes seek to tear communities apart. This occurred recently in the city of Portland, Oregon, when a man started hurling virulent anti-Muslim words of hate at two teenage girls, including one teen who…

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A.C. Slater hosts ex-reality stars playing competitive Candy Crush. What?

A CBS creative team mustve done a lot of acid while bingeing 90s TV on their smartphones thats the only conceivable reason this Candy Crush TV series, hosted by Mario Lopez and featuring contestants pulled from past seasons of Survivor and Big Brother exists. That or CBS looking to learn a few tricks from MTVs The Challenge, while also picking up some brand sponsorship that got thrown in its direction without much thought to where it could end up. Candy Crush is obviously a game that most people are at…

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‘Dance for me, boy’: Mayweather and McGregor feud at NSFW press event

Mayweather and McGregor traded verbal jabs as they faced off for the first time ever ahead of their 26 August boxing match in Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face on Tuesday for the first time, at least publicly, as they kicked off a four-city, three-country international press tour to drum up interest in their 12-round super welterweight matchup on 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both men lived up or down, depending on your perspective to their reputations as two of the…

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Astronomer raises $3.5M to make data analytics more accessible

Astronomer aims to ease the pain around data analytics. Collecting data is just part of the operation. After the data has been collected, it needs to be assembled and organized and sometimes thats the most time-consuming part of the process. Astronomer says its solution helps with this process, freeing up engineering resources to actually analyze the data. The Cincinnati-based company has been around since 2015 and recently announced it raised $3.5M in capital led by Wireframe Ventures in San Francisco and CincyTech in Cincinnati. Other investors include Frontline Ventures (UK),…

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Astronomers discover smallest superstar known in our galaxy – CBC.ca

CBC.ca Astronomers discover smallest star known in our galaxy CBC.ca “I was a little amazed to find one this small, ” Amaury Triaud, co-author of the paper published in the publication Astronomy& Astrophysics on Wednesday, told CBC News. Astronomers searching for exoplanets, which orbit other stars, went across the superstar … Astronomers Just Detected The Smallest Star Ever Known to Science ScienceAlert all 10 news articles >>

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Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks

Site founder says he believed presidents son should release documents anonymously, given that Trump Jrs enemies already had them emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US presidents eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his fathers Democratic rival. Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us), @WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks played a prominent role in the US presidential…

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This scorecard shows which tech companies protect user data from the government (and which dont)

The Electronic Frontier Foundations newest Who Has Your Back? report details what exactly tech giants are doing or failing to do to protect their users from potentially invasive government data requests. This time around, the annual report includes all four big U.S. wireless carriers and a solid whos who of techs most established players. Some of the winners and losers are who youd expect, though others came as a bit of a surprise. The EFF rates all of them on a five-star scale, with five different measures: following industry-wide best…

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Devotion amid despair: the great contemporary love story of Liu Xia and Liu Xiaobo

Nobel laureate and poet fell in love after meeting in the 1980s and have endured persecution, detention and now, his critical illness, together Not long after Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in jail, he discovered two items had vanished from his correspondence with his wife. To their astonishment and amusement, the couple realised the only letters censors had blocked were the love poems that each had penned to the other. Perhaps authorities feared they were arousing and would get the inmate too fired up, Liu Xia later joked.…

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Toyota launches venture capital fund targeting artificial intelligence startups

Toyota is the latest Fortune 500 company to launch an AI focused venture capital fund. The initial early-stage fund will deploy $100 million and operate as a subsidiary of theToyota Research Institute.The automaker has strategically positioned itself as an ROI rather than strategic-focused fund meaning that it aims to profit like any other VC firm. Jim Adler will serve as managing director of the fund. He has been serving as vice president of Toyota Research and comes from a product background. Adler and the rest of the team at Toyota…

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Paralympic athlete Abdullah Hayayei dies in London 2017 training incident

Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei has died following a training incident in London before the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships. Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei has died following a training incident in London ahead of the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships, the International Paralympic Committee has announced. The 36-year-old, who represented the United Arab Emirates in the F34 class javelin and shot put at Rio 2016, was training at Newham Leisure Centre in preparation for the championships, which begin on Friday at the London Stadium. An IPC statement said: Emergency services were…

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