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Musk teases September semi truck event surprises, music playlist tech – TechCrunch

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Elon Musk couldn’t help but include some teasers in his Tesla shareholder meeting address on Tuesday, reiterating that the company would be holding a special event to reveal its Semi Truck at the end of September, but noting also that he would “really recommend showing up” for the event because “maybe there’s a little more than we’re saying here.” The truck should be news enough – Musk said he believes…

Sean Spicer just settled it: We should all pay attention to Trump’s tweets – Washington Post

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

In one sentence Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer just eliminated any doubt you may have about whether the media should pay attention to President Trump’s tweets. “The president is the president of the United States, so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States,” he said in response to a reporter’s question. (Are you listening, Republican leaders in Congress? That includes you. More on…

Iran attacks: Twin assaults on parliament and shrine rock Tehran – CNN

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey testimony – Washington Post

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Alone in the White House in recent days, President Trump — frustrated and defiant — has been spoiling for a fight, according to his confidants and associates. Glued even more than usual to the cable news shows that blare from the televisions in his private living quarters, or from the 60-inch flat screen he had installed in his cramped study off the Oval Office, he has fumed about “fake news.”…

Prosecutor: Michelle Carter craved sympathy, attention – wwlp.com

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The mother of Conrad Roy says her son spent his last day alive enjoying chips and guacamole and some clam cakes on the beach with his family. There were no signs he was going to kill himself hours later, she said. Lynn Roy was the first witness to testify at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter, 20, who is accused of causing Roy’s death by…

US President Trump speaks to Saudi king as Gulf crisis deepens – CNN

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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Sessions offered to resign before Trump’s trip abroad – Politico

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered his resignation to President Donald Trump amid Trump’s rising frustration with the series of events that culminated in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s contacts with Russian officials during last year’s election. Trump ultimately refused Sessions’ offer, which came just before Trump embarked on his first international trip in late May, according to a person who regularly speaks with Sessions. This…

Middle East freezes out Qatar: What you need to know – CNN

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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Trump, GOP plot path for agenda – The Hill

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

President Trump and Republican leaders presented a unified front at the White House Tuesday amid growing doubt over the president’s ability to pass his agenda on Capitol Hill. Trump called the meeting to find a way to restart his stalled agenda, which has backed up behind an impasse in the Senate over healthcare reform. Trump’s bold plans to rewrite the tax code and spur billions of dollars in infrastructure investment…

Reality Winner, NSA Contractor Accused of Leak, Was Undone by Trail of Clues – New York Times

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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Woman on trial for texts ‘driving boyfriend to suicide’ – BBC News

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Image copyright WCVB Image caption Michelle Carter, 20, is being tried in juvenile court A 20-year-old US woman whose boyfriend took his own life nearly three years ago after she repeatedly urged him to suicide has gone on trial. Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for her role in the suicide of Conrad Roy III. Prosecutors allege Ms Carter drove the Massachusetts 18-year-old to his death to attract sympathy….

Could watching someone pitch an app make great TV? Apple Music hopes so – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

“Planet of the Apps” is what would happen if “Shark Tank,” “The Voice” and “Silicon Valley” had a ménage à trois. There are roughly 2.2 million apps available for download in the App Store and Apple Music is hoping this new reality series about finding the next great one will have people tuning in. On “Planet of the Apps,” developers pitch their app ideas — on an escalator! — to…

It’s Official: Bozoma Saint John Leaves Apple Music for Uber – Variety

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Uber announced Tuesday that Bozoma Saint John has joined the company as its new Chief Brand Officer. She joins the company from Apple, where she was the global head of consumer marketing for Apple Music & iTunes. According to a statement from Uber, she will be “charged with helping build a deeper, more meaningful connection between Uber and its customers.” Long a recognized figure in the music industry — she…

All eyes will be on James Comey this Thursday — again – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

When James B. Comey sits down before a microphone Thursday in his first public appearance since he was fired as director of the FBI, a key question he is likely to face is whether he believes President Trump tried to obstruct an ongoing federal probe of his associates. Even before Comey has uttered a word, some predict the hearing will be historic — a moment in which a former senior…

Trump Credits His Middle East Trip for Saudi-Led Diplomatic Break With Qatar – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

WASHINGTON — Amid diplomatic turmoil in the Middle East, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that his recent visit influenced several regional neighbors to isolate Qatar, home to an important United States military base, over terrorism. So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017…

What we know about Reality Winner, the contractor accused of leaking an NSA document – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend last month, Reality Winner, a 25-year-old living in Georgia, took a brief trip to Belize. Like so many people her age, she documented it on social media, posting about the little resort where she stayed, the banana pancakes she enjoyed and a moment of reflection she had while sitting in the Mayan pyramids. Winner described the trip as “such a spiritual journey for me,” part…

No, Donald Trump doesn’t have 110 million people following him on social media – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

This article has been updated. During the daily press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about President Trump’s tweet earlier in the day claiming that the media was trying to get him to stop tweeting. (We very much are not.) Wasn’t it the case, Spicer was asked, that Trump often does himself more harm than good with his from-the-hip tweeting? “The president is…

Tourists shelter in Notre Dame Cathedral as hammer-wielding assailant attacks police – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

A hammer-wielding assailant shouting “This is for Syria!” attacked police outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, setting off a security scramble at one of Paris’ best-known landmarks. But he was wounded by police gunfire before he could seriously injure anyone. The abortive attack marked the second strike in four days at a landmark site in a European capital, coming on the heels of a far more serious assault that left…

Guest DJ: alt-J – NPR

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Recently my favorite band these days, alt-J, came to our offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert. They brought printed scores for a string section to play along with the band. (If you’ve not seen it, treat yourself.) After the Tiny Desk, we had just about a half hour to talk. So singer and guitarist Joe Newman, keyboardist and singer Gus Unger-Hamilton and drummer Thom Green walked down the halls…

First look: How does Apple’s HomePod speaker sound? – Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Apple’s HomePod, the tech giant’s new Siri-controlled speaker, is coming a little late to the game. By the time it is released this December, Amazon’s Echo will be over three years old. But rushing into a market has never been Apple’s priority and, besides, the HomePod is not quite like the Echo or Google’s rival Home device. First and foremost, Apple wants you to know it is about music – and booming, high…