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California Pushes Back On Trump Administration Over Emissions Standards

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

The Trump administration is rescinding California's authority to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. State leaders are vowing to fight the move.

New Mexico Proposes Free Tuition For All State Colleges

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

New Mexico is proposing that all state colleges become tuition-free for students, regardless of family income. How will the state pay for it? Oil revenues.

Ohio Mayor Hopes A Strike Will Lead To GM's Return

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Mayor Arno Hall of Lordstown, Ohio. As of May a General Motors plant in his village has stood idle. The mayor hopes an auto worker strike will lead to GM reviving it.

The Chess Grandmaster's Diet

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

Chess grandmasters spend hours sitting over game boards. And yet, high-level players lose 10 to 12 pounds on average over a 10-day tournament. ESPN's Aishwarya Kumar dug into that statistic.

Tracking The Sackler Family's Hidden Assets

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews attorney Chris Redmond, an expert on tracing and recovering assets internationally, about how to claw back Sackler assets from off shore accounts.

U.S. Military Researchers Work To Fix Easily Fooled AI

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

Researchers in the U.S. military are working to combat what they call "adversarial artificial intelligence." That's when someone hacks into an AI system to transmit the wrong information.

New York City Debates Repealing Conversion Therapy Ban

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

Facing a federal lawsuit by an anti-LGBT group, city officials are considering repealing the 2017 ban. Officials say a repeal may avoid setting nationwide precedent if judges side against the city.

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Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates A Quarter-Point

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter percentage point on Wednesday, in an effort to goose the slowing U.S. economy.

Pompeo Visits Saudi Arabia Following Oil Facilities Attack

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia to discuss the recent attack on its oil facilities.

Robert O'Brien, Trump's New National Security Adviser

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

President Trump's choice for a new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has been the point man on American hostages held overseas. He's been a private lawyer punctuated by stints in government.

Israel Elections: Netanyahu And Rival In Deadlock

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

It looks like Israel is in for a prolonged political stalemate after yesterday's elections failed to turn up a clear winner.

Trump's Evolving Relationship With Saudi Arabia

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 24 min ago

Before he was elected president, Donald Trump was a critic of Saudi Arabia. Now, he says the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond to an attack on their behalf.

Apple's PR Chief Steve Dowling Departing, Phil Schiller to Take Over on Interim Basis

MacRumors - 4 hours 25 min ago
Apple's vice president of communications, Steve Dowling, is leaving the company after 16 years, reports Recode.

Dowling in 2014 took over from Katie Cotton, Apple's former PR lead who left the company. Since then, he's been running Apple's PR team.


Dowling first joined Apple in 2003, serving as Apple's head of corporate public relations under Katie Cotton until assuming the vice president position after Cotton's departure.

In a memo to staff, Dowling this week said that "it's time" and that he plans to take time off from working.After 16 years at Apple, countless keynotes, product launches and the occasional PR crisis, I've decided that the time is right for me to step away from our remarkable company. This is something that has been on my mind for a while, and it came into sharp focus during the latest -- and for me, last -- launch cycle. Your plans are set and the team is executing brilliantly as ever. So, it's time.

Phil will be managing the team on an interim basis starting today, and I'll be available through the end of October to help with the transition. After that, I plan to take a good, long stretch of time off before trying something new. At home I have a supportive, patient spouse in Petra and two beautiful children blossoming into their teen years. I'm looking forward to creating more memories with the three of them while I have the chance.

My loyalty to Apple and its people knows no bounds. Working with Tim and this team, accomplishing all we have done together, has been the highlight of my career. I want to thank you for your hard work, your patience and your friendship. And I wish you every success.

I will always bleed six colors.

DowlingIn a statement on Dowling's departure, Apple said that it's grateful for all that Dowling has done for the company."Steve Dowling has been dedicated to Apple for more than 16 years and has contributed to the company at every level through many of its most significant moments. From the first iPhone and App Store to Apple Watch and AirPods, he has helped tell Apple's story and share our values with the world. Following another successful product launch, he has decided to leave Apple to spend some much deserved time with his family. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy that will serve the company well into the future. We're grateful to him for all that he's given to Apple and wish him the best."Dowling will remain at Apple until the end of October. Marketing chief Phil Schiller will take over for Dowling in the interim while Apple looks to fill its lead PR role. Apple is said to be considering both internal and external candidates.

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Pentagon Says It Spent $184,000 in 2 Years at Trump’s Scotland Resort

NY Times - 4 hours 27 min ago
The House Oversight and Reform Committee released the figure amid criticism from Democrats about spending taxpayer money at properties owned by the president.

BlackBerry and L-SPARK launch second phase of startup accelerator program

CrackBerry - 4 hours 28 min ago

Building off of the success of their first partnership, BlackBerry and L-Spark have now announced the second phase of their joint accelerator program focused on Canadian startups.

Building off of the success of their first partnership, BlackBerry and L-Spark have now announced the second phase of their joint accelerator program focused on Canadian startups working on connected vehicle technology.

"We're doubling down on our partnership with L-SPARK to position Canada's high potential SMEs as leaders in our competitive technology space," said Grant Courville, VP, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX. "Collaboration is the key to our collective success and we are impressed with both the quality and breadth of participants that we were able to work with as part of the first accelerator program. BlackBerry QNX's software is the ideal platform for start-ups looking to build innovative solutions that solve real-world transportation industry issues."

"The first cohort of the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator was a great success for everyone involved and I am excited to launch this second cohort, and with BlackBerry's help, exceed our objectives again, while continuing to build a vibrant eco-system for BlackBerry's industry leading technologies," said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director at L-SPARK. "The companies in the first cohort have secured multiple engagements with key customers as a result of their participation in this program and at least two of the companies had financing close after being involved in the accelerator."

In total, six companies will be selected to join the accelerator program. The program kicks off in December 2019 and will wrap up in April 2020. If you're looking to apply, you have until October 21, 2019, to get your application in. You can learn more and apply via the L-Spark site.

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Iran's Rouhani comes out swinging against the US

CNN - 4 hours 32 min ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has again denied responsibility for weekend attacks in Saudi Arabia and slammed US accusations against Tehran as "maximum slander."

Advanced hackers are infecting IT providers in hopes of hitting their customers

Ars - 4 hours 33 min ago

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A previously undocumented attack group with advanced hacking skills has compromised 11 IT service providers, most likely with the end goal of gaining access to their customers' networks, researchers from security firm Symantec said on Wednesday.

The group, dubbed Tortoiseshell, has been active since at least July 2018 and has struck as recently as July of this year, researchers with the Symantec Attack Investigation Team said in a post. In a testament to Tortoiseshell’s skill, the new group used both custom and off-the-shelf hacking tools. At least two of the 11 compromises successfully gained domain admin level access to the IT providers’ networks, a feat that gave the group control over all connected machines.

Tortoiseshell's planning and implementation of the attacks was also notable. By definition, a supply chain attack is hacking that compromises trusted software, hardware, or services used by targets of interest. These types of attacks require more coordination and work. Taken together, the elements suggest that Tortoiseshell is likely a skilled group.

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Shane Gillis and the Privilege of Comedy

NY Times - 4 hours 34 min ago
Many of my fellow comics are worrying about freedom of speech. I’m laughing.
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