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Source: The Guradian

Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to creating and selling Kronos malware

Tuesday 06:06 GMT

The British cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins has pleaded “not guilty” to charges of creating and selling malware designed to steal people’s online banking details. Hutchins, 23, achieved fame as the “accidental hero” who helped to halt the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled the UK’s National Health Service and many other companies around the world.

Earlier this month he was arrested in Las Vegas after the Def Con hacking conference for his alleged involvement in a separate piece of malware called Kronos, a trojan that was designed to harvest banking credentials to allow its user to steal money.

Source: Common Domain

Technology Speeds Up Timeline on Quarterly Close

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

It takes most companies four-and-half days to collect the quarterly snapshot of their financial position in 2017, down from six days in 2009, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP benchmarking studies of roughly 500 companies around the world.

Companies including Red Hat Inc., RHT 2.49% Duke Energy Corp. DUK -0.80% and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. DNB 0.64% have sped up their quarterly close to gain quicker access to their results.

Source: NBC News

School supplies are expensive. Here's where to get the best deals.

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Like its main competition, Amazon, and parent company Walmart, Jet pretty much sells everything, including school supplies.

The CVS school and office supply section has some pretty great deals — so great that you can get everything you need and still have enough left over to buy some lotion to soothe the rough skin on your spending hands. Your best bet is to look for deals in your local store since there are likely a lot more items there than are available online.

Source: Common Domain

Soaring costs and cheap natural gas deal more setbacks to the nuclear power industry

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Driven by developments in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques, oil and gas producers in sites such as the Marcellus Shale formation have dramatically increased the amount of natural gas across the U.S.. The abundance has driven down prices, and utilities have increasingly turned to natural gas as an alternative to nuclear, as well as coal.

No new nuclear power plants have been built in the United States for 30 years, the nation’s fleet of 99 reactors is getting older and 10 existing plants have announced plans to shut down in the coming years, including Diablo Canyon, the last remaining nuclear plant in California.

Source: The Week

North Korea's nuclear obsession, explained

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

While the country's reported capability to produce a nuclear warhead small enough to fit in a missile is new, it's obsession with nuclear weapons is not.

One year after joining the treaty in 1985, which barred North Korea from making nuclear weapons, the country's nuclear reactor in Yongbyon was up and running. Tensions flared in the '90s, when North Korea wavered on its commitment to the treaty and U.S. officials suspected something was going on with the country's nuclear weapons program.

Source: ABC News

Sessions defends Trump on Charlottesville, says car-ramming fits 'domestic terrorism'

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the incident of a driver ramming a car into a crowd of demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, which killed a young woman and sent 19 other people to hospitals, "does meet the definition of domestic terrorism" in U.S. law. "It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute," Sessions said on ABC News' "Good Morning America" today.

Source: Fox News

Trump's tax overhaul: 4 key questions

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Following a disappointing setback over the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare — a critical component of President Donald Trump’s agenda — the administration is hoping to lock in at least one key legislative victory on tax reform before year’s end, though many questions remain unanswered.

The White House maintains that the House and Senate will begin considering a detailed tax overhaul after the August recess with final passage scheduled for November, though some are concerned deep intraparty divisions within the Republican Party could result in some bumps along the road.

Source: The Week

There is no justification for a pre-emptive strike on North Korea

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Even on the most charitable reading, in which we assume that the decades of planning for a potential invasion of North Korea by the United States and — let's hope — some of her allies have been fruitful and that we won't be caught a few weeks in with mountains of rubble, piles of bodies, and no exit strategy, it's going to be both deadly and expensive.

The first is, very obviously, that so far from being pre-emptive, the war must be waged in response to another's aggression; the harm inflicted on the nation considering retaliation "must be lasting, grave, and certain."

Source: Washington Post

Tiffany Trump is starting at Georgetown Law next week. Here’s what to expect.

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Washington is about to get a little Trump-ier: Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old younger daughter of President Trump, begins next week at Georgetown Law.

Tiffany Trump is a prolific Instagrammer, often chronicling her glamorous jet-set lifestyle in just-so pictures that are bound to inspire plenty of #goals. She’s popular, too, with nearly 860,000 followers — that’s fewer than her dad’s 7.3 million or half-sister Ivanka Trump’s 3.8 million, but still on celebrity levels.

Source: New York Times

Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster

Tuesday 06:06 GMT

In April, Mr. Mercer received assurances from Mr. Trump that he was not about to fire Mr. Bannon over his war with Mr. Kushner and moderates like Gary D. Cohn, the chairman of the National Economic Council and a top Trump adviser.

At a recent dinner at the White House with Mr. Kushner and Mr. Kelly, before Mr. Trump decamped for a working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president listened while one of the guests, Mr. Murdoch, a founder of Fox News, said Mr. Bannon had to go.

Source: Common Domain

Signs of second missing couple found as crews plan recovery of Thai students' bodies in Kings River

Tuesday 06:06 GMT

A complicated effort to recover the bodies of two missing Thai exchange students who are thought to be trapped in a car that plummeted hundreds of feet into the raging Kings River has just become even more fraught.

While watching a TV news clip on the missing Thai couple, a Fresno County search-and-rescue team member spotted a California license plate and car parts in some brush. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced this weekend that searchers have found evidence of yet another couple who disappeared recently from Sequoia National Park and may have also driven off the same section of Highway 180.

Source: Common Domain

Pence visits South America as White House struggles to resolve crisis in Venezuela

Tuesday 06:06 GMT

With Vice President Mike Pence on a weeklong visit to South and Central America, the White House is grappling with the hemisphere’s most urgent crisis and offering little in the way of answers.

That sparked a backlash across Latin America, where it conjured the ghosts of past U.S. military interventions and covertly backed coups that crippled democratic development in Latin America. It also drew bipartisan criticism in Washington, where members of Congress who have backed sanctions on Venezuela said they would not support going to war in the oil-rich nation.

Source: Washington Post

Episode 3 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Nationality’

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Episode guests include Erika Lee, a history professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Immigration History Research Center, as well as the author of “The Making of Asian America: A History”; and Lucy Salyer, a history professor at the University of New Hampshire and author of “Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law.”

Check out the "Constitutional" webpage and subscribe to get new episodes for free on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Source: BBC

Disruption is over - and Facebook won

Tuesday 06:05 GMT

Increasingly it seems that wealth, influence and control of the key technology of our age, artificial intelligence, are being centralised at addresses in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Cupertino and Seattle.

As Snap's shares plunged following disappointing results, it became clear that the myth that a feisty young challenger to Facebook could topple the social media giant from its perch was just that - a myth.

Source: Washington Post

Perspective

Tuesday 06:06 GMT

The Nazi flags and salutes in Charlottesville over the weekend were a tough sight for anyone who had anything to do with the bloodiest war in human history.

“I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to,” tweeted World War II veteran and former Michigan Rep. John Dingell. And thousands of folks retweeted that, and military members liked it, some telling Dingell they’d be right behind him.

Source: New York Times

Australia Plans More Barriers in Public Spaces After Attacks in Spain

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California's Legislature needs to block it

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: Washington Post

How to watch today’s solar eclipse in Washington, Va., and Md.

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: Common Domain

10 sailors missing, 5 injured after Navy destroyer collides with tanker near Singapore

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: The Guradian

North Korea warns Australia that supporting Trump is a 'suicidal act'

Today 13:36 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Trump expected to announce Afghanistan troop boost

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Heavenly influence: how an eclipse affects events on Earth

Today 13:37 GMT
Source: BBC

Can hi-res music hit the right note?

Friday 06:06 GMT
Source: Global News

Study finds Atlantic Canadians spent extra $205M on gas due to price controls

Friday 11:47 GMT
Source: New York Times

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Saturday 21:49 GMT
Source: CBS News

How to get a refund when a product's price drops

Friday 09:00 GMT
Source: CBS News

China warns Trump of trade war if he orders tech theft probe

Tuesday 06:05 GMT
Source: New York Times

‘I Love Winds’: David Lynch on the Sound of ‘Twin Peaks’

Friday 19:07 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The average American saves less than 5%, so how are you doing?

Sunday 10:50 GMT

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