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A U.S. appeals court today rejected a demand by the Justice Department to allow Trump to immediately prohibit Apple and Google from offering WeChat for download in their respective app stores. The popular app is owned by Tencent, in China. From reporting by David Shepardson at Reuters: The three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court… READ THE REST
Ghislaine Maxwell fought long and hard to keep her 2016 deposition sealed, with her lawyers claiming it would violate her right against self-incrimination and make it impossible for her to receive a fair trial. But a judge ruled that the transcript be made public, and it was finally issued this morning. Reporters are scrambling to… READ THE REST
In June, New York Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti and his wife got into an argument with neighbors and the cops were called. One cop tried to handcuff the wife. Her husband, shirtless and angry, shoves him away in bodycam footage released by Buffalo P.D. Then he threatens to use his position, and those of… READ THE REST
This week in thinking machines news, a Harvard professor and his students have now raised $14 million to create artificial intelligence so smart that even hackers can't crack it. Meanwhile, reports from the White House suggest the federal government is close to issuing their directives on how agencies should regulate AI going forward. And if… READ THE REST
Back when you used to split time between home and the office, it really wasn't usually a big deal. But now that you spend hour after hour tapping away at that one laptop all day and all night long, you should probably start paying attention to just how freakin' hot that thing is getting. In… READ THE REST
When you decide to sign on to learning a new language, you're not doing it so you can learn how to conjugate verbs in Spanish. You're learning it so if you go to Mexico or run into a Spanish speaker, you'll be able to converse and understand what's happening around. Dull classroom recitations and boring… READ THE REST