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Twitter asserts that it won’t ban Trump because he’s a world leader

Twitter asserts that it won’t ban Trump because he’s a world leader Just days after President Trump’s tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose U.S. president. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger…

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Game of Thrones isn’t coming back until 2019

Game of Thrones isn’t coming back until 2019 Winter isn’t coming any time soon. Today HBO broke it to dedicated fans the world over that Game of Thrones won’t be returning until 2019. Game of Thrones star actress Sophie Turner gave as much away in an interview with Variety last month, though many fans were still awaiting an official confirmation of their darkest fears. HBO’s choice to announce the eighth season date in the new year probably dampened the psychological impact for fans, who will wait more than a year for…

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This bot unrolls Twitter threads and turns them into readable blog posts

This bot unrolls Twitter threads and turns them into readable blog posts For as much as its users love to hate on their platform of choice, Twitter occasionally really comes through with a deep dive on a hot topic that provides actual, meaningful insight. Such an event is almost enough to remind us why we all fritter our lives away on there to begin with. Remember when we used to blog? Like, we issued thoughts in sentences and paragraphs instead of a series of social media convulsions? It used to happen!…

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White House bans personal cellphone use in the West Wing

White House bans personal cellphone use in the West Wing In a statement on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that personal cellphones will no longer be allowed in the West Wing. “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing. Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working…

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Trump’s website is coded with a broken server error message that blames Obama

Trump’s website is coded with a broken server error message that blames Obama If you’re a fan of easter eggs hidden in source code, this is a pretty good one. Apparently, as Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham observed on Twitter, some Trump administration and GOP websites have a portion of code with a joke that throws shade at Obama’s golf habits, the irony nowhere to be found. The website of Donald Trump, who has spent several days in a row at the golf course, is coded to serve up the…

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Snapchat adds a 2017 year in review feature for saved memories

Snapchat adds a 2017 year in review feature for saved memories Snapchat users who snap and save can take a stroll down memory lane with the app’s new feature, “A Look Back at 2017.” If you’re the type that would rather ruminate than remain committed to Snapchat’s previously purely ephemeral philosophy, you can find your 2017 year in review in the memories tab. The feature is noteworthy mostly for the fact that it rips a sheet out of Facebook’s playbook — a role reversal for a company that watched its…

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Britain’s spy agency can’t stop losing cyber talent to major tech companies

Britain’s spy agency can’t stop losing cyber talent to major tech companies The NSA isn’t the only secretive national intelligence agency having trouble keeping its tech-savvy recruits. In a new document from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Britain’s spy agency describes its difficulty in fending off tech companies keen to poach its workers. In the annual report, GCHQ highlights the growing international cyber threat and its need to scale up its own cyber operations accordingly while noting that hiring and keeping cyber specialists in its ranks poses a…

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A new bipartisan Senate bill seeks to bolster U.S. election security at the state level

A new bipartisan Senate bill seeks to bolster U.S. election security at the state level A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate has introduced a bill designed to protect the technical integrity of American elections as the nation moves toward midterm season. Introduced in the Senate, the bill known as the Secure Elections Act is sponsored by Republican Senators James Lankford, Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham as well as Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Martin Heinrich. “While there is no indication that the Russians were able to…

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Coinbase may have given away its own Bitcoin Cash surprise

Coinbase may have given away its own Bitcoin Cash surprise On Tuesday, when Bitcoin Cash hit Coinbase, the popular user-friendly U.S.-based exchange, cryptocurrency’s reputation as the financial wild west was on full display. While anyone following along was well aware that Coinbase planned to add Bitcoin Cash, the currency created in August’s Bitcoin hard fork, things still got weird immediately. After some suspicious pre-launch climbing, Bitcoin Cash’s Coinbase launch immediately saw prices soar to almost three times those listed on other exchanges. That “significant volatility” led Coinbase to freeze transactions for its…

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Tech’s massive tax cut Christmas present from Trump just cleared Congress

Tech’s massive tax cut Christmas present from Trump just cleared Congress The Republican tax bill is ready for the president’s signature. After forcing its second vote in two days, the bill passed the House with a vote of 224 to 201. The bill previously cleared the Senate with a narrow 51-48 vote along party lines, though Republican Senator John McCain was unable to cast a vote as he undergoes cancer treatment in his home state. Now the only thing standing between $1.5 trillion in tax cuts and law is a…

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