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Experts Talk Best Practices For Facial Recognition Technology

NPR All Things Considered - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:23

San Francisco's move to ban facial recognition software has worried the industry, which would prefer regulation. But what should regulation look like? We talk to the experts on both sides.

U.S. Targets Huawei Amid Trade Talks With China

NPR All Things Considered - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:23

The Trump administration's blacklisting of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei could disrupt the company's supply, and slow down the rollout of global 5G networks.

Week In Politics: Iran, Immigration, 2020 Voters

NPR All Things Considered - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:23

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and New York Times columnist David Brooks about saber rattling with Iran, immigration and the generational split with Democratic voters.

U.S. Agrees To Drop Steel, Aluminum Tariffs On Mexico And Canada

NPR All Things Considered - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:23

The tariffs had been a source of great tension between the U.S. and its two neighbors, who imposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exporters.

Man who threatened to kill Ajit Pai’s children gets 20 months in prison

Ars - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:16

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A man who threatened to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was today sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Markara Man, a 33-year-old from California, pleaded guilty on August 31, 2018 after making threats to Pai because he disagreed with the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules. In one email to Pai, Man wrote, "I will find your children and kill them."

"Threatening to actually kill a federal official’s family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal,” US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a Justice Department announcement of the sentencing today. The case was heard at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies

NY Times - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:13
Higher education officials are calling on Congress to fix a provision in the Trump administration’s tax overhaul that has caused unintended tax increases.

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:07
Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.

Lawmaker: 'Old men' should not make decision on abortion

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:03
Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) shares a personal story about an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 18.

Lawmaker reads letter to daughter during abortion debate

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 15:00
State Rep. Keri Ingle (D-MO) read a letter to the Missouri House that she wrote to her 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Hattie during the debate over a bill that prohibits abortions after eight weeks. The bill ultimately passed and is headed to the governor's desk.

US lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:59
President Donald Trump lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico on Friday, a move designed to ease one area of tensions even as the President's wider trade agenda faces an uncertain future.

Lawmaker: Barr comment is 'unforgivable'

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:55
Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) says that after Attorney General William Barr's interview on Fox News, he is sounding more like President Trump than impartial law enforcement.

Herman Wouk Wrote Historical Novels. But His True Subject Was Moral Weakness.

NY Times - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:54
In his two World War II novels of the 1970s, Wouk — who died this week — brought psychological insight to genocide, its perpetrators and bystanders. Adelle Waldman explains.

Some 2018 Lexus Vehicles Eligible for $199 Software Update to Add CarPlay Support

MacRumors - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:24
Lexus recently announced that it is bringing CarPlay to some older vehicles, following the launch of CarPlay in new 2019 Lexus vehicles last September.

CarPlay can be installed in the 2018 LS, LC, RC, RC F, and NX, and as pointed out by iPhone in Canada, the new CarPlay options are available in both the U.S. and Canada.


According to Lexus, 2018 and 2019 vehicles equipped with a Lexus Multimedia System can have an enhancement installed that adds CarPlay compatibility along with support for Alexa. A full list of eligible vehicles is below:

  • 2018 LS

  • 2018 LC

  • 2018 RC and RC F

  • 2018 NX

  • 2019 NX (produced before October 2018)

  • 2019 RC F (produced before October 2018)

  • 2019 ES, without factory navigation (purchased before October 2018)


Lexus says that it is "pleased" to offer the software enhancement for $199, and Lexus owners who are interested should contact their Lexus dealer for more information.

Lexus says that new software will be installed on the Lexus Multimedia System to add the CarPlay feature, and a Lexus dealer is required to install the update.

CarPlay is already available in select 2019 Lexus vehicles including the 2019 UX crossover and the 2019 Lexus ES.

Lexus and parent company Toyota were among some of the last major car manufacturers to introduce support for CarPlay, instead supporting the SmartDeviceLink platform from Ford and Livio.

The wide availability of CarPlay spurred Toyota to reverse course and support Apple's platform after all, and the first 2019 Toyota and Lexus vehicles with CarPlay were announced in early 2018.

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See Minecraft's augmented reality game

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:23
Minecraft Earth is a mobile, augmented reality game. Here's a first look at how it works.

CNN debunks Trump's tweet about Flynn

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:16
CNN's Brooke Baldwin and Gloria Borger discuss President Trump's false tweet that claims he wasn't warned about his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn being under investigation.

Other celebrity pets might have it harder

CNN - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:16
Grumpy Cat has died, but she left quite a legacy. She's one of the first pets to make big money for its owner as a successful influencer.

Xbox, PC get a little bit closer with the latest Xbox updates

Ars - Fri, 2019-05-17 14:16

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The May 2019 update for the Xbox One's system software is now rolling out, bringing some small refinements to the friends list, messaging, and game/app list.

Starting with the last one first, the app list will now ignore "a," "an," and "the" when sorting or grouping alphabetically. This is the kind of change that makes me amazed that they weren't already doing this, as it almost always makes for easier-to-use listings. Video games don't even have The The to contend with.

The Messaging change is rather inexplicable. There's a sensible change: incoming messaging requests from your friends are now prioritized, with requests from non-friends put in a separate category. But for some reason, Microsoft is going to wipe all group messages as a result. You can save backups of the messages for a limited time at Xbox.com, and messages with individual users are safe, but the group messages are all going. There's no obvious justification for this change, as even if there were some significant change being made to group messaging, one would expect Microsoft to handle migrating the messages from old to new.

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