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Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Yesterday a cartoonist wrote a set of paragraphs about Donald Trump that were shared in a viral manner. The writing included news that Trump had requested a "Gorilla Channel" for his television on the first night he'd entered the White House. The writing was so extremely well crafted that it was mistaken for an excerpt from the new tell-all book "Fire and Fury" about the first nine months of the Trump administration.

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US Army response to school shootings: Violent video games

US Army response to school shootings: Violent video games

The US Army just converted a war training video game to better suit future trainees with school shootings. A tactical FPS video game was made to train troops in the US Army. That game was converted by the army to instead assist teachers and faculty to fight back against attacks in public schools.

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White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

The White House has proceeded with a ban against personal cell phone use, preventing its staffers from using their own handsets while at work on the premises. A rumor of the ban surfaced weeks ago, proving controversial as staffers worried that they'd be cut off from family and friends under such a restriction. Despite those worries, the Trump administration has decided to implement the ban, citing security concerns.

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Apple has been slowing old iPhones and South Korea wants answers

Apple has been slowing old iPhones and South Korea wants answers

Apple's slowing of older iPhones to avoid battery-related shutdowns has drawn the attention of South Korean regulators, amid allegations that it defrauded owners with the practice. The Cupertino company began adding features in earlier releases of iOS that would delay processing in iPhones with older, worn batteries.

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FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

Fingerprint analysis software used by the FBI and many law enforcement agencies may contain code created by a Kremlin-linked Russian entity, according to whistleblowers and related documents. The revelation, assuming it is correct, raises questions about whether US officials have been using software compromised by Russian code, the latest in a growing number of cyber issues related to the nation. This follows Facebook's own disclosure revealing extensive Russian propaganda on the social network aimed at manipulating the 2016 election.

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Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke this week on the dangers of election meddling via web-based social media. He did this after signing into law a means for Russian officials to label news organizations "foreign agents." Earlier this year Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election with social media and with other digital means.

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Bitcoin price today: Stock up, but keep it secret (BTC USD)

Bitcoin price today: Stock up, but keep it secret (BTC USD)

This morning the price of Bitcoin VS USD is lower than it's likely set to be over the next few days. As such, it's a good time to trade your dollars for all the satoshi* you can hold. The big problem with what you're about to do isn't the cash exchange, it's the taxation of said investments that might end up being applied retroactively in the near future.

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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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Homeland Security: 18 first responder apps had critical security issues

Homeland Security: 18 first responder apps had critical security issues

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a pilot project called "Securing Mobile Applications for First Responders" that looked into cybersecurity threats affecting public-safety apps. "The pilot sought to determine the degree to which the selected public-safety apps are vulnerable to cyberattack," the Department explained. During this pilot, the team found that 32 out of 33 popular first responder apps contained security and privacy issues.

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Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

This week the folks at Patagonia clothing company have launched a largely web-based response to Trump's secret axing of National Monument land. The two National Monuments Trump reduced were Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, one each of these designated by Trumps 2 most recent Democratic predecessors. President Bill Clinton classified Grand Staircase-Escalante in 1996, and President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears a monument in 2016.

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Tesla flips on the world’s largest lithium ion battery

Tesla flips on the world’s largest lithium ion battery

Today is a big day for Tesla and the residents of South Australia, as the company has turned on its massive Powerpack battery at Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm. The 100-megawatt battery is officially the world's largest, at it will be used to supply South Australia's power grid with backup power during times of shortage. South Australia, of course, is no stranger to power outages, as blackouts left much of the area without power last summer.

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DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

A leaked ICE bulletin warns of possible spying by drone maker DJI on behalf of the Chinese government, raising new concerns about security and privacy. The memo warns that DJI is very likely targeting certain government and private entities "to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data." That is just a sliver of the long report, though, which warns that DJI's mobile apps are allegedly sending a bunch of data back to systems in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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