Palmer Luckey makes first post-Facebook comments, and he has a lot to say

April 23, 2017

… Rift’s ‘Robo Recall’ is the game VR has been waiting for It was his first Twitter post since the one back in September, in which he apologized for his actions related to a political action group producing anti-Hillary Clinton pro-Donald Trump content. Image: twitter On the same day that Luckey reappeared on social media, Mother Jones published a story claiming that he donated $100,000 to the Trump inaugural committee in January. Luckey didn’t directly refute the …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 21, 2017

… complaining that it’s becoming harder to gain followers organically. Faced with this new challenge, they’re fighting back. In pod-form. “A pod isfamily of dolphins who live together in harmony and support one another.” says photographer Natalie Franke. “The members of your pod become your Instagram family and work to support you as you grow your platform. Think of pods like a group of cheerleaderswho help one another on Instagram through likes and meaningful …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

… own protocol. Even as the ballots were being counted on Sunday, the board decided to allow unstamped ballots to pass as legal votes — a move that the opposition says gave the green light to voter fraud. Tana de Zulueta, head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council for Europe election monitoring group said the decision “significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law,” …

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President Trump is spending some hefty coin on travel these days

April 17, 2017

… report and you get over $100 million, a number that surpasses the $96 million that the conservative group Judicial Watch reported Obama spent on time off during his entire time in the White House. Secret Service members on break from Obamas $4M vacation are more than welcomed to relax at Hawaiis top hotel @TrumpWaikiki. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2013 Whatever the cost ultimately turns out to be, there’s no denying that spending 7 of 13 weekends in Florida is a …

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Struggling Tech Giant LeEco Loses Global Corporate Finance Head

April 16, 2017

… Cheng previously held managing director roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs group Inc. Merrill Lynch was a lead 15 percent stake. JD.com has become Alibaba group Holding Ltd.’s biggest competitor in China’s online shopping sector. LeEco’s ambitious international expansion plans have suffered from a cash squeeze and other roadblocks. Cheng played a key role in LeEco’s proposed acquisition of TV maker Vizio Inc. for lackluster sales, job cuts, and …

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SpaceVR cameras will ride SpaceX to bring us all the astronaut experience in VR

April 16, 2017

… majority of its funding, from China’s Shanda group. Additional funding just came from HTC Vive’s recently announced VR for Impact fund, which is dedicated to investing in VR projects that are designed to have a positive impact on society. “I read a book called The Overview Effect, it’s about this thing that happens to astronauts. When they go into space, they have this really deep, emotional feeling, it’s almost like they’re awakening to the universe,” …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… .ns_datapic_stat–bombs-2017 .ns_outer_wrapper { background-image: url(https://news.files.bbci.co.uk/vj/live/idt-images/data_pic-bombs_2017/hi009829437_egq5w.jpg); } UK bombs and missiles dropped in Syria and Iraq From 1 January – 9 April 2017 37 Hellfire missiles Ministry of Defence Getty Images The current focus of the battle against IS has been for control of Mosul. It has been held by IS militants since 2014 and is the jihadist group’s last major urban …

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US sending ‘dozens’ more troops to Somalia

April 14, 2017

(CNN)The US is sending “dozens” of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there, a US military official confirmed Thursday. President Donald Trump last month granted additional authority to US Africa Command to conduct counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group. The deployment was first reported by Voice of America. …

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North Korea issues warning as US strike group heads to Korean Peninsula

April 11, 2017

(CNN)North Korea warned Monday it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the United States, with “whatever methods the US wants to take,” as a US aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula. The Pentagon is sending the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers following another missile test by North Korea last week. According to a statement provided to CNN by officials in Pyongyang, the …

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Hackers who are definitely not Russian stooges slam Trump after he attacks Russian ally

April 11, 2017

Hackers? What hackers?Image: POOL/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Back in August, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still fighting for the presidency, a hacking group called the Shadow Brokers released secret NSA hacking tools. At the time they claimed they weren’t working with the Russian government. Now that claim looks, well, ridiculous. Here’s what they said on Saturday, shortly after Donald Trump bombed Syria, a Russian ally. Respectfully, what the fuck are you doing?” they …

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Coalition and Syrian opposition forces repel ISIS attack

April 10, 2017

(CNN)Anti-ISIS coalition troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have repelled an attack by the terrorist group on a joint base in southern Syria, according to the coalition. “Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said in a news release. It is not known how long the battle lasted. …

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US aircraft carrier-led strike group headed toward Korean Peninsula

April 9, 2017

(CNN)A US aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official confirmed to CNN.Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to sail north to the Western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, Pacific Command announced. The move of the Vinson strike group is in response to recent North Korean provocations, the official said. It is not uncommon for aircraft …

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Planned Parenthood’s Richards wishes more women made health decisions in Congress

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Amid ongoing calls to defund Planned Parenthood by many conservative Republicans in Congress, the group’s leader declared Wednesday that they’d face less fire if there were more legislators “that could get pregnant.” “They’ve come at us and come at women in a way that is much harsher than I even imagined,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said during a panel at the Women in the World conference Wednesday in New York. “Frankly, if …

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No, you can’t bring pot on a plane, TSA insists after flub

April 6, 2017

Washington (CNN)What do full-size bottles of shampoo, recreational oxygen and medical marijuana have in common? The TSA says you can’t bring them on a plane. But for a brief window of time, the TSA website wrongly informed air travelers that it was OK to bring medical marijuana onto planes, and the error got a few pot supporters’ hopes up. Tom Angell posted about it on a cannabis website, and shortly after a cannabis group tweeted out the find, the TSA noticed and corrected the TSA …

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Meadows ‘intrigued’ on Obamacare change after Pence meeting

April 4, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s administration had meetings Monday with two key groups of Republicans, whose split over health care policy caused GOP leaders to pull a plan last month to repeal and replace Obamacare. Emerging from a meeting Monday night with Vice President Mike Pence, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said his group was “intrigued” by an idea the White House floated to give states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare regulations using a waiver …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… planning the Chinese visit has also raised ethical questions. His family’s real estate company was recently in talks with China’s Anbang Insurance group to redevelop a flagship property in Manhattan; the talks were recently called off after scrutiny from ethics watchdogs and Democratic lawmakers. Disclosure reports released by the White House Friday showed Kushner, along with his wife Ivanka Trump, could be worth more than $700 million. At one point he held a position in 267 separate …

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It’s plausible Trump incited violence, federal judge rules in OK’ing lawsuit

April 4, 2017

… melee unfolded, Trump told the rally, “Don’t hurt ’em. If I say, ‘Go get ’em,’ I get in trouble with the press,” according to the ruling. Men acknowledge pushing Bamberger, who wore a Korean War Veterans Association uniform at the rally, later conceded in a letter to the group that he “pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit,” the court ruling states. Though it’s not mentioned in the ruling, Bamberger also said in the …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… Defense Secretary James Mattis; Lt. General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser; and John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary, McCain called the group “the strongest (national security team) I’ve seen.” But the Arizona senator said their appreciation for global institutions and America’s leadership role stood in contrast with the views of his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and policy director Stephen Miller, who are seen as the architects of …

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Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… stay in Khartoum. In Jordan and Lebanon, refugee camps were visibly struggling to cope with the growing numbers of Syrians fleeing war. The enduring impression was a region in crisis, stretched hopelessly between tyranny and terror. Yet there was light along the way – and that light was the people. “The world shouldn’t judge us by our politics,” a member of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy, a Syrian activist group I spent Christmas with, told me. “We …

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Source: ICE is targeting ‘sanctuary cities’ with raids

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been targeting so-called “sanctuary cities” with increased enforcement operations in an effort to pressure those jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration agents, a senior US immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions told CNN. A sanctuary city is a broad term applied to states, cities and/or counties that have policies in place designed to limit cooperation or involvement in the enforcement of federal …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 23, 2017

… out of his mouth. When the yelling and sirens filled the air, Meichan says his group was separated into three. He didn’t know where his tutor was; he hopes she has been locked inside the building. He says he’s worried some of his friends have gone toward the bridge to take photos. “I’m a bit shaken up, you never expect this to happen to you,” he explains, his hands trembling. Meanwhile, curious bystanders have gathered next to the police tape, their phones …

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