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Report: Jared Kushner used a private email server for White House work

President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and official White House adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email server — set up after the election — to conduct White House business, according to a new report in Politico. Kushner used the private account in tandem with his official White House email account to correspond with current and former senior White House officials, outside advisers and others, about subjects ranging from media coverage to event planning. Politico said it has verified at least two dozen emails coming from the private account. A lawyer…

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Erroneous Reports About Tom Petty’s Death Cause Confusion

Los Angeles (AP) — For several hours Monday, music lovers believed Tom Petty was dead. Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death Monday retracted their stories later Monday. The Walk of Fame tribute was canceled. The confusion started…

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Ban Kneeling Pro Athletes, Trump Repeats After Curry Slam

President Donald Trump, a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars — and at least one league and some athletes are giving it back to him. Hours after profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to disinvite National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry from a White House appearance traditional for championship sports teams. His winning team, the Golden State Warriors, said it won’t visit Trump. US President Donald…

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The US Government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

U.S. Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Googles Mountain View campus.Mattis spent time at Amazon and DiuX, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech leaders is that the Department of Defense needs to embrace technology coming out of the private sector if it hopes to stay ahead of the technological curve. In a briefing beforeMattis media address at DiuX,Sean Singleton, director of business development for the unit,…

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Our Brave Savior: Donald Trump Is Working TIRELESSLY To Return The Precious White Orbs Obama STOLE From The FURIOUS Dwarf King That Lives Under America

President Trump is hard at work to fix the disaster that idiot clown Obama left America in. The socialist bozo STOLE the Dwarf Kings precious white orbs, and the dwarven monarch is FURIOUS and SWEARS VENGEANCE against the surface world unless his beloved stone spheres are returned to his SUBTERRANEAN KINGDOM. Fortunately, Donald J. Trump is toiling around the clock to DELIVER the white orbs into HOLES leading back underground where they belong. Thank you, Mr. President. Your hard labor is all that stands between the United States and the…

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Transports coming upheaval

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis, which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon? Tyrant in the code If you were given a penny for every minute people spent commuting in an average year, youd have a stack that was 1,433,400 miles high. Thats enough to stretch to the moon and back three times.In terms of air-travel, US-based businesses spend more on it than any other employee expense. This works out at over $21 billion a year for Fortune 500…

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Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

In 2016, the scales tipped toward more moms having kids in their 30s than in their 20s for the first time. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that one in every eight couplesin the U.S., regardless of age, have some type of fertility issue. More couples are now looking at their options with IVF and other fertility treatments. The problem is those treatments can come with a hefty price tag. The typical costs range from $12,000 to $20,000 for IVF,…

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Why pulling out of Paris Accord damages Americas economic future

More posts by this contributor: The need for algorithmic accountability Unscaling politics Pullingoutof the Parisagreementon climate change will become one of the greatest economic blunders by a U.S. president in our lifetimes. People can disagree about the scientific premise behind climate change, butits an inescapable fact thatthe world is driving ahead to replace carbon energy with clean energy anyway. That makes advanced energy technologies one of the biggest business opportunities of the next couple of decades.The companies and nations that take the lead will become the nexteconomic superpowers. President Trump said…

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Trumps cybersecurity executive order is a good first step

More posts by this contributor: In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions Happy New Year — Unless You’re A Startup A significant piece of cybersecurity news nearly drowned out by the firing of FBI Director James Comey. There aretwo overriding pointsregarding President Trumps executive order (EO) outlining plans to improve data security for federal agencies and to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Firstly, this development was truly important a serious call to action to beef up government cybersecurity measures at a time when breaches dominate the headlines and mounting worries about a…

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Trump signs long-delayed executive order on cybersecurity

President Trump signed a executive order today commanding a review of the United States cybersecurity capabilities. Trump was initially set to sign the order shortly after his inauguration in January and held a press conference on the issue, but ultimately delayed the signing. The version of the order signed today bears some similarity to the earlier draft, but does contain some notable changes. For instance, the order puts responsibility for cybersecurity risk on the heads of federal agencies. Agencies are required to follow the standards established by the National Institute…

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Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet

Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor: Africa Roundup: Google expands, 500 Startups tours, BRCK launches SupaBRCK Geeks on a Plane Africa kicks off as 500 Startups eyes tech for the continent and beyond The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the countrys Ambassador to the U.S. The three month outage forced the hand of Africas largest telecom, halted operations of…

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Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trumps 100th day in office

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trumps 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break records. The #ClimateMarch in Washington DC is moving through the streets, and it is HUGE. pic.twitter.com/tFSme9r7jh 350 dot org (@350) April 29, 2017 The marches occurred as a slew of executive orders and policy moves…

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Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, open its first data center in Silicon Valley. Yu Dong, formally of Microsoft Research, is said to be leading the U.S. effort. He recently joined Tencent and has traditionally focused on the nexus of speech recognition and deep learning. Tencenthas a clear interest in developing a personal assistant that could tie its products together and increaseits competitivenessin the market. Tencents investment in machine learning will enable it to deploy the technology across the company. Rather than…

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