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02-28-2017 Entertainment
Oscars 2017: All of the winners from the 89th Academy Awards

Tonight’s the night for the 89th Academy Awards, which means some people will end up statue-carrying winners, and others swag bag-toting losers. It’s also the night where you find out whether you’re a better office pool prognosticator than your co-worker, and that’s where we come in. We’ve assembled a complete list of the winners from tonight’s ceremony, and we’re be updating it live throughout the evening. You know where to keep it locked.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

COSTUME DESIGN Allied, Joanna Johnston

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood

Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle

Jackie, Madeline Fontaine

La La Land, Mary Zophres

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

SOUND EDITING Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare

Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

ANIMATED SHORT FILM Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

PRODUCTION DESIGN Arrival, Patrice Vermette (Production Design); Paul Hotte (Set Decoration)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stuart Craig (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Hail, Caesar!, Jess Gonchor (Production Design); Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

La La Land, David Wasco (Production Design); Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Set Decoration)

Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)



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Source: The Verge

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02-28-2017 Politics
The Latest: Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — The Latest news on President Donald Trump (all times local):

11 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress.

That’s according to a senior administration official.

Trump initially planned to sign the new order last week, but spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was holding off “to make sure that when we execute this, it’s done in a manner that’s flawless.”

The president’s initial order temporarily halting all entries into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal judge. Trump has vigorously criticized the decision.

The administration official was not authorized to discuss the rollout of the new order publicly and insisted on anonymity.

__By Julie Pace

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10:50 p.m.

The White House is preparing to propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Those changes are part of a set of marching orders to agencies as the White House prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

President Donald Trump’s proposal for the 2018 budget year will be sent to agencies Monday. An administration official says it won’t make significant changes to Social Security or Medicare. The official, as well as Capitol Hill aides, are confirming details of the upcoming blueprint on the condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information and a sensitive process.

Trump’s first major fiscal marker will land in the agencies one day before his first address to a joint session of Congress.

—By Julie Pace

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9:15 p.m.

The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Capitol Hill aides say the White House budget office on Monday will send agencies proposed levels for the 2018 budget year. The aides are speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information and a sensitive process.

The Pentagon is due for a huge boost, but many nondefense agencies and foreign aid programs are facing cuts. The specific numbers aren’t final and agencies will have a chance to argue against the cuts.

Trump’s budget is expected in mid-March. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the first Trump budget won’t cut popular benefit programs such as Social Security



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Source: The Washington Post

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02-28-2017 Science&Technology
Samsung mulls iris scanners on smartphones to log into Windows PCs

Soon, your Samsung phone may be able to recognize your iris and log you into your Windows PC.

Iris-scanning via phone is not yet a feature available for Samsung's latest Galaxy Book 2-in-1s, which were announced at Mobile World Congress. But the company wants to quickly bridge the gap between its Galaxy smartphones, which run on Android, and its Windows PCs and 2-in-1s.

Software called Samsung Flow links the company's Android smartphones to Windows PCs. Samsung and Microsoft are looking to collaborate on logins via Windows Hello -- designed to use biometric authentication to log into PCs -- and one big Flow feature is the ability to use Galaxy smartphones to wirelessly log in to the new Galaxy Book.

Samsung is providing the ability to log into its Windows 10 PCs with Galaxy smartphones for convenience and security. For example, users will be able to bypass Windows Hello and keep retina scan information on a smartphone once that feature is available.

Otherwise, a user now can swipe a finger on a Galaxy smartphone or use pattern authentication to log into Galaxy Book. That's a unique feature and independent of Windows Hello. The Galaxy Book doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, so the smartphone is needed for that. An NFC connection is established for smartphone-based logins into Windows PCs.

Samsung is working with Microsoft to integrate more advanced authentication features, said Eric McCarty, vice president of mobile product marketing for Samsung Electronics America.

Samsung has some unique biometric authentication technology on its handsets that could be used to log into Windows PCs. The now defunct Galaxy Note 7 had an iris scanner, which could make it to future Galaxy handsets.

In addition to its efforts on authentication, Samsung is trying to figure out ways to better link up its Android handsets, Windows PCs and Tizen OSes. There is a considerable gap between Samsung's Windows PCs and devices with Tizen, like smartwatches and TVs. Samsung Flow links the Galaxy Books only to Android handsets, not Tizen devices.

That's a big hole in an otherwise strong product lineup, and keeps it a step behind main rival Apple, whose devices link up seamlessly.



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Source: Computer World

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02-28-2017 Cars
Elon Musk Has A Plan To Eliminate Car Insurance, Maintenance Bills

Aside from the actual price, consumers are expected to shoulder a number of additional costs when purchasing a new vehicle. This includes monthly bills that have to be paid for insurance and maintenance. Like the bulk of the car owners, Elon Musk has taken issue with it and promptly outlined a plan to do away with insurance and maintenance fees once and for all. One-Time, Reduced Car Insurance The proposal, which was revealed in a meeting with investors last Feb. 22, involves paying a one-time insurance and maintenance fee that will cover a Tesla EV throughout the course of its life span. In this business model, Tesla will first pay the insurance and that the cost will just get lumped with a car's purchase price. The concept is not the same as saying Tesla will add all the monthly insurance and maintenance bills for a car's lifetime and let the customer pay for it upfront. The reason is that Tesla will be negotiating a reduced cost, one that matches the development of its EV and Autopilot driver assist technology. Less Accident Risk The idea is that, as Autopilot gets developed and become more sophisticated, the risk of accident decreases.

"If we find that the insurance providers are not matching the insurance proportionate to the risk of the car, then if we need to, we will in-source it," Musk told investors. "But I think we'll find that insurance providers do adjust the insurance cost proportionate to the risk of a Tesla." Note how Musk indicated that Tesla could even dive into the insurance business if it found that insurance companies will not accommodate the pricing that Tesla wants according to its estimate of the risk. Custom Tesla EV Insurance Cost If successful, however, the cost reduction we are talking about here could be significant as the risk when driving a Tesla EV is indeed radically lower than that posed by conventional cars. Based on an NHTSA report, for example, one fatality occurs every 90 million miles driven in the United States. In contrast, Tesla cars have already logged 200 million miles and so far there was only one death reported. Musk proposal is not being put forward without any backing whatsoever. The business model has been implemented in Hong Kong and Australia already and it seems to be working. So far, Musk has not confirmed any figure yet or the schedule of its rollout in the United States. But if the scheme gets implemented, buyers should expect to pay a little more than the existing price points for Tesla EVs such as the upcoming Model 3, with its $35,000 price tag.



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02-28-2017 Cars
Jaguar To Launch New Sports Car In 2017

Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover which is a British multinational car manufacturer with its headquarters in England & which is owned by the Indian Company Tata Motors since 2008. The Land Rover, the sister company of Jaguar has developed its very own sports car, the Velar. According to the report, the Range Rover is set to be introduced with a fourth model named the Velar. McGovern was very much keen to retain some of the mystery before the official launch of Range Rover’s all new models which will sit between the Range Rover sport & Evoque. But, it has always rejected the comparison with the Mercedes-Benz GLE & BMW X6 Coupe.

Jaguar New Sports Car 2017

The Range Rover as a brand has massive equity & its equity is comparable to certain brands. Range Rover as a brand is very much strong & effective; there is nothing else like it. We have proven it with the things like the Evoque, & we will likely prove it again & again with the each passing time with the Velar that we have the ability to evolve & stretch & to have a much greater reputation in the market place.

According to the car magazine, McGovern later on added that even if people will criticize him, the brand new Range Rover is still going to be on the rocks. And, the proof of this saying is going to be how these cars sell out, & when you will see the Velar, you will be quite surprise by its look. It is really a masterpiece class in a modernist age.

This brand new sports car “Velar” will surely add up the competition that Jaguar might soon face. Whatever the case is, Jaguar will always be at its best to effectively compete the market.

Source: Facts Herald

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02-28-2017 Science&Technology
Google makes a witty and endearing Google Photos ad for the Oscars

The world is all eyes and ears today for one of the most important events that take place each year. Oh, you think I'm talking about MWC in Barcelona? Ha, neeeeerd! No, I'm talking about the 89th Academy Awards ceremony which celebrates the best in film for the past year. But for Google, the real award belongs to you and your shots and creations.

El Goog has started its Oscars campaign with a couple of tweets (1 and 2) saying that regardless of who's the big winner in the ceremony, the award for Best Picture belongs to you. That was followed up with a 1-minute video ad for Google Photos already posted on YouTube and likely to be aired during the ceremony tonight, but maybe only in its shorter version.

Here's the full ad, cuteness and fun and all:

The "foreign film" bit gets me each time. Adowwable.

And if you're not using Google Photos, trust me, you're missing out. It has easily become, with Maps, one of my favorite Google, nay Android, apps.



Source: Android Police

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02-28-2017 Science&Technology
NASA Just Discovered Seven New Exoplanets... So What?

On Wednesday, the scientists at NASA kind of freaked out. They announced the discovery of some seemingly Earth-like planets outside of our solar system, a group of rocky globes they're calling 'TRAPPIST-1.'

How far away are these newly-discovered worlds? They're about 40 light years from Earth. That means using today's rocket technology (and a whole lot of cash), it would probably take about 11,250 years to get to TRAPPIST-1.

This Week: We found 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star, 3 of them in the habitable zone! Also, @NASA_SLS rocket test & more! Watch: pic.twitter.com/cBBerkelU1

— NASA (@NASA) February 25, 2017

I called up one of NASA's exoplanet experts, Aki Roberge, to help us break down the find. A specialist in planet formation, Roberge helps plan future missions for NASA, and confirms that the space agency nerds are just about “as excited as we get” about TRAPPIST-1.

Here are 5 reasons why:

Q: Why Are Scientists Freaking Out About TRAPPIST-1?

Roberge: To be completely blunt, the most exiting thing for actual scientists is that these planets are close enough that we're actually going to be able to study them – particularly when the James Webb Space Telescope launches (October 2018.) When that launches, it will have a real shot at actually taking a look at the atmospheres of these planets – or if they have atmospheres at all. So it's like a promise of future excitement, in some ways.

I can see why people would think this is more of the same stuff [NASA's] already been doing. And in some aspects, it is. But it's a smaller star, it's closer to us, and it's got more planets – really tightly packed. The closer the system is to our solar system – the more the star is like the Sun and the planet is like the Earth, the more likely we are to understand what we're looking at. That's what makes it exciting.

Q: Why is everyone calling these planets 'Earth-like?'

Roberge: At the moment, all you really tell from the transits is these are small black dots. We just get a radius – and if we're super lucky – as they were in the case of this system, they can get masses. The sizes and masses of these planets is really valuable information though, because it does suggests that most of them are rocky. Six of the seven planets look like they're rocky. And being Earth-sized, we think it's a good place: an atmosphere thick enough to keep you warm and last for billions of years, but not so thick that you end up being a gas giant planet.



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02-27-2017 Politics
Trump bails on White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, D.C., capping a week in which he condemned the media and sought to snuff out leaks from within his own White House.

The move to withdraw from the dinner, which in the past has been criticized for its sometimes awkward schmoozing between the press and the administration it covers, was in line with the president’s increasingly adversarial relationship with the media, and came just a day after the White House froze out a number of news organizations from a briefing with the press secretary.

The announcement, which came in Trump’s preferred method of communication — a tweet — said that Trump would pass on the April dinner, which benefits a journalism scholarship and recognizes reporters for their coverage of the president and is traditionally attended by major media outlets, celebrity guests and the president.

His refusal to attend comes amid reports that media outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been considering skipping the event at the Washington Hilton.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening," Trump tweeted.

Trump's move comes in the heat of his ongoing battle with the media, which he has labeled the opposition party and "fake news.”

The dinner will still go on even without the president, according to the White House Correspondents Association.

"We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner

"We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession,” said association president Jeff Mason in a statement

Trump is the first president to skip the annual dinner that began in 1921 in over 30 years. Ronald Reagan was the last president to skip the dinner, as he was recovering from a gunshot wound following an assassination attempt. He still provided some remarks by phone.

"It's unfortunate but not terribly surprising that President Trump won't attend the dinner,” said veteran White House reporter Julie Mason, host of the “Press Pool” on SiriusXM's POTUS channel and a WHCA secretary and board member from 2009-2012.

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02-27-2017 Politics
Trump bails on White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, D.C., capping a week in which he condemned the media and sought to snuff out leaks from within his own White House.

The move to withdraw from the dinner, which in the past has been criticized for its sometimes awkward schmoozing between the press and the administration it covers, was in line with the president’s increasingly adversarial relationship with the media, and came just a day after the White House froze out a number of news organizations from a briefing with the press secretary.

The announcement, which came in Trump’s preferred method of communication — a tweet — said that Trump would pass on the April dinner, which benefits a journalism scholarship and recognizes reporters for their coverage of the president and is traditionally attended by major media outlets, celebrity guests and the president.

His refusal to attend comes amid reports that media outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been considering skipping the event at the Washington Hilton.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening," Trump tweeted.

Trump's move comes in the heat of his ongoing battle with the media, which he has labeled the opposition party and "fake news.”

The dinner will still go on even without the president, according to the White House Correspondents Association.

"We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner

"We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession,” said association president Jeff Mason in a statement

Trump is the first president to skip the annual dinner that began in 1921 in over 30 years. Ronald Reagan was the last president to skip the dinner, as he was recovering from a gunshot wound following an assassination attempt. He still provided some remarks by phone.

"It's unfortunate but not terribly surprising that President Trump won't attend the dinner,” said veteran White House reporter Julie Mason, host of the “Press Pool” on SiriusXM's POTUS channel and a WHCA secretary and board member from 2009-2012.

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02-27-2017 Politics
Thomas Perez elected the first Latino leader of Democratic Party

ATLANTA — Former labor secretary Thomas Perez was elected the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) at the end of a contentious battle over the fate of the beleaguered party in the age of President Trump.

Perez’s victory concluded the first contested race for the DNC leadership since 1985, a contest the party had extended by a month to allow more debate. It put in place the Democratic leadership that will navigate thousands of state and local elections — where the party hopes to reverse the losses of the past six years — and a 2020 presidential race that could divide the party again.

Ellison’s defeat was a blow to the party’s liberal wing, personified by activists, labor leaders and organizers, many of whom had supported the presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and had come to Atlanta to cheer Ellison on. Many of them warned that by picking Perez, the party was alienating the growing “resistance” that has organized against Trump.

The race was close enough that it required a second round of balloting, with Perez winning 235 of 435 votes cast. With tensions still high as the result was announced, nine Ellison supporters chanted “Party for the people, not big money!” and stormed out of the room.

“Someday, they’re going to study this era of American history,” Perez said after his win. “They’re going to ask the question of all of us: Where were you in 2017 when we had the worst president in the history of the United States? We will be able to say that the Democratic Party led the resistance and made sure this was a one-term president.”

Onstage, Perez gave Ellison the symbolic role of deputy party chair, and the Minnesota congressman gave a short speech asking his supporters to stay with the party and avoid recriminations.

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison said.

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted her support for both ­Perez and Ellison as representatives of a “unified party,” while former president Barack Obama congratulated “my friend” Perez in a statement.

“I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much,” Obama said.



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02-27-2017 Science&Technology
Back to the future: BlackBerry KEYone launches with physical keyboard Testers liked using the tiny k

BARCELONA -- BlackBerry phones with their physical keyboards were around years before the iPhone emerged in 2007. Yet, BlackBerry devices today command less than 1% of the world's smartphone market.

Under a licensing deal with BlackBerry of Canada announced last year, TCL Communication of China on Saturday announced another physical keyboard smartphone model called the BlackBerry KEYone.

In a bid to recall the glory days of BlackBerry, the KEYone features a 4.5-in. touchscreen as well as 52 raised physical keys in four rows at the bottom and a speedy SnapDragon 625 processor.

The device goes on sale globally in April. In the U.S., the phone will have a price tag of $549. It will be available on major U.S. carriers, but first will be sold online, BlackBerry officials said.

At an event in Barcelona days before the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show, TCL officials called the KEYone the world's most secure Android phone. It will run Android 7.1 but will add on traditional BlackBerry security, including an on-phone security tool called DTEK.

Now in its third version, DTEK lets a user quickly check if apps are meeting the security permissions that the user has authorized. If an app is accessing a user's camera to take a photo or turn on the phone's microphone, the user can be alerted.

TCL is licensed by BlackBerry to manufacture and distribute the new KEYone, but BlackBerry still has its hands on the phone's security development, said Steve Cistulli, TCL North America president.

All the security software related to the KEYone will be compiled by engineers in Canada where it will be signed and certified—an important consideration given the state of foreign affairs and international cybersecurity concerns about the nation of origin for security software, he added.

TCL's goal is to beef up BlackBerry's 1% market share in the U.S. to 3% by 2020, and to jack up the current 5% share in Canada to 8% to 10%, Cistulli said.

"We'll compete directly with Apple and Samsung," he said, pointing to the top two smartphone makers in the world. TCL will start by taking the KEYone directly to BlackBerry customers, who number about 275 million globally.

After that, BlackBerry will market to consumers who are in the bring-your-own-device market, he said. TCL makes televisions sold in the U.S., but is largely unknown there.

TCL also makes lower-cost Alcatel smartphones sold in the U.S., but the KEYone will be a higher-priced flagship brand, he said.

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02-27-2017 Cars
Dealership taken for a ride when $150k Maserati disappears

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Maserati is missing after police say a man conned a salesman during a test drive.

Boca Raton police say 45-year-old Michael McGilvary II went to a dealership to test drive a $150,000 Maserati GranTurismo.

He and a salesman drove to a marina so McGilvary could supposedly show his girlfriend the car. They walked down the dock, then McGilvary told the salesman he would get his girlfriend. When he didn’t return after 30 minutes, the salesman searched for McGilvary. The valet told him McGilvary had driven off.

McGilvary was arrested Wednesday on auto theft charges, one day later, but the car wasn’t found. McGilvary was being held Saturday by federal authorities on a probation violation. It couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.

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02-22-2017 Politics
Trump's new national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, is temperamentally a shift from the ousted Fl

President Trump’s selection Monday of a cerebral, widely respected military strategist as his new national security advisor signaled an abrupt about-face from the chaotic tenure of Michael Flynn, forced out last week just shy of a month on the job.

The choice of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, 54, who has a reputation for battlefield acumen as well as scholarly achievement, won quick bipartisan plaudits from key lawmakers charged with oversight of national security and intelligence — a boon for a White House still seeking its footing after first-month missteps.

Trump infused his choice of Flynn’s replacement with some of his trademark showmanship, summoning his four finalists for interviews over the weekend before the announcement of McMaster at his Mar-a-Lago resort here. The president then brought the cameras into an ornate sitting room to introduce McMaster, seated beside him in uniform, as “a man of tremendous talent and experience.”

"He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him," Trump said.

McMaster has deep combat experience — he commanded forces in both Iraq wars and fought in a famous tank confrontation in the first Iraq war known as the Battle of 73 Easting — but lacks the intelligence background Flynn had.

Whether that matters remains to be seen. Temperamentally, McMaster is far from the volatile Flynn, who had raised alarm in many quarters over his conspiratorial outlook, his hotly anti-Islamic worldview and his murky ties to Russia.

Associates of the new security advisor, whose appointment will not require congressional confirmation, have described him as tough and detail-oriented, with a wide-ranging intellect grounded in hard-won realism. He also has no immediately apparent connections to Russia, notable amid increasing calls in Washington for a congressional investigation into possible ties between Moscow and Trump’s associates.

“It is not an overstatement to say that Americans and the world should feel a little safer today,” tweeted Andrew Exum, an author and academic who saw combat in Afghanistan and writes widely about military affairs.

But McMaster, who will remain on active duty, as previous national security advisors Brent Scowcroft and Colin L. Powell did, will inherit a position already riddled with potential pitfalls.

Those include the ascension of White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon to a permanent seat on the National Security Council — a sharp departure from previous White Houses that sought to shield the most sensitive security decision-making from political influence.

McMaster’s greatest strengths could put him at loggerheads with Bannon and other powerful figures in the president’s camp.



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02-22-2017 Society
‘Not My Presidents Day’ rallies bring thousands to the streets

A broad range of activists opposed to the month-old Trump administration used Monday's Presidents Day holiday to hold “Not My Presidents Day” rallies nationwide.

While most government workers, school employees and students enjoyed a day off due to the federal holiday, events took place in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and as many as two dozen other communities, organizers said.

In New York, hundreds of protesters gathered shortly after noon near Columbus Circle, home to a statue of Christopher Columbus and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which was blockaded by police. At the southwest corner of Central Park, nearly opposite the hotel, protesters chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go!” Thousands more gathered in the streets nearby in anticipation of being allowed to march south.

Many people carried placards — some of them strident, some amusing. “I don’t pay taxes to fund a golf weekend,” said one, while others pleaded that Americans “Just say no to fascist pigs” and “NO! We refuse to accept a fascist America.”

One elderly woman carried a poster resembling a book cover entitled “The Little Golden Book of Alternative Facts.”

“My family immigrated into this country from the Dominican Republic,” said Maria Amoldinado, 23, of Yonkers, N.Y. She said she attended the rally because of President Trump’s immigration policies and the specter of authoritarianism.

“My great-grandparents and grandparents came here to escape poverty and to get away from the dictatorship of President (Rafael) Trujillo. I don’t want my family to live under another totalitarian regime.”

Another attendee, Monica Lim, 26, of Brooklyn, said Trump’s attitude toward Muslims reminded her of the Asian exclusion legislation of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. “It was 'The Yellow Peril' then, and it is 'The Hijab Peril' now,” she said, referring to the scarf worn by many Muslim women.

She also said she foresees a time when the rise of China could bring about clashes between an “undisciplined” Trump White House and an increasingly ambitious Beijing regime.

Another protester, John Winterton, 33, of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y, a suburb north of the city, said he was most worried about Trump’s attitude toward the press. Pointing to the row of television trucks present to cover the rally, he said, “They’re here to shine light on the truth, not to create fake news. Sometimes they get things wrong, but they usually correct it quickly and the overall performance of the media in this country is truthful. It’s not fake news. The real fakery here is Donald Trump and his team’s 'alternative facts.'”



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02-21-2017 Science&Technology
WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging.

WhatsApp tested the feature for beta users in November, and now the Status tab is rolling out worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Users can watch updates from friends and reply privately, shoot and adorn their imagery with drawings and captions and send their creations to all their contacts they’ve chosen with a persistent privacy setting. Sending media to specific friends is still done through message threads.

Status could also open up new advertising opportunities for WhatsApp. If it followed Snap and Instagram’s lead, it could insert full-screen ads in-between friends’ Statuses.

The new Status feature replaces WhatsApp’s old AOL Instant Messenger-style away messages. That was actually WhatsApp’s only feature when it launched almost exactly 8 years ago.

“The original idea behind the project was to build an application that lets your friends and other contacts know what you’re up to,” CEO Jan Koum writes. But the company tells me it saw so many people quickly updating these statuses to communicate in real time that it pivoted to chat, but always kept the away Statuses.

Now WhatsApp has 1.2 billion monthly users, with users sending 60 billion messages per day, including 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos and 80 million GIFs. WhatsApp is parleying this success in messaging back into broadcast social media in a way that could spell trouble for Snapchat. If WhatsApp Status takes off, it could hinder Snap’s global growth opportunity in user-generated content, forcing it to rely on squeezing more cash out of existing users, or earning more revenue from hardware or professional content.

Instagram Stories, now with more than 150 million daily users, showed how appealing a good-enough Snapchat clone conveniently bolted onto a popular app could be. TechCrunch first reported that Instagram Stories was stealing Snapchat usage and lowering its view counts, according to analytics providers and social celebrity managers. And Snap’s IPO filing showed a massive 82 percent drop-off in its user growth rate from 17.2 percent in Q2 2016 before Instagram Stories launched to 3.2 percent after in Q4.



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02-20-2017 Politics
‘Life is a campaign': After a difficult first month, Trump returns to his comfort zone

MELBOURNE, Fla. — As President Trump descended the stairs from Air Force One on Saturday evening, with a patriotic country song playing and thousands cheering, the 2020 election season officially began.

Although the past several presidents have waited more than two years before jumping back onto the campaign trail, Trump's first four weeks in office have shown that he just can't stand too much time in Washington. One adviser calls political rallies the president's “oxygen" — and Trump seemed to direly need a deep inhalation following a week that included his national security adviser resigning and his top replacement pick turning him down, his nominee for labor secretary withdrawing from consideration and accusations involving his campaign and Russia.

“Life is a campaign,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Making our country great again is a campaign. For me, it's a campaign.”

The White House promised Thursday that the taxpayer-funded Air Force One would not be used as a “prop” at the political rally — yet Trump used the iconic plane to stage a dramatic arrival at a hangar filled with 9,000 of his supporters. The plane slowly pulled up as the theme song from the 1997 movie “Air Force One” blared, the same routine Trump used to perform with his personal plane.

For 45 minutes, Trump basked in the glow of the love of those who still believe in him and who interrupted him with adoring applause nearly 100 times. He reiterated his campaign promises, bragged about things he has already done, blamed Obama for leaving him with “a mess like you wouldn’t believe,” denounced the “fake news” media, pulled a fan onto the stage, referenced a terrorist attack in Sweden the night before that didn't happen, and compared himself to Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. He couldn't hear the chants from hundreds of protesters stationed across the street who accused him of being a hateful dictator and Russia's puppet, among other things.

For 45 minutes, Trump existed in a world where there were no falling approval ratings, no calls for investigations, no criticisms from fellow Republicans, no leaks, no snarky “Saturday Night Live” impersonations, no legal challenges to his authority, no critiques of his Twitter grammar and definitely no questions shouted by reporters. For 45 minutes, everyone had to just listen to him.



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