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Trump WH urges Supreme Court to kill Alphabet's appeal vs Oracle on same day Trump attends Larry Ellison's re-election fundraiser

Sure, this absolutely passes the corruption smell test. Everything is fine. Trump and his klepto-regime are (of course) supporting Oracle's Larry Ellison in his Supreme Court fight with Google. The same day the same Larry Ellison hosted a massive fundraiser for Trump in California. From reporting by Malathi Nayak at Bloomberg News: The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, boosting Oracle Corp.’s bid to collect more than $8 billion in r...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, Tech, Tech News, Larry Ellison, Donald Trump, Oracle, Trump, U S Supreme Court


Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months (3 years + 4 months) in prison

Roger Stone, political operative and longtime confidant of President Trump, is sentenced to 40 months in prison by a federal judge who condemned his lies to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction. The judge in Roger Stone's case said 7 to 9 years' imprisonment was too harsh, but probation also "insufficient." Judge Amy Berman Jackson laid down the law. Roger stone gets more than 3 years. Will he be pardoned in under 3 days? Will Trump respect the rule of law? [Broadcast news live scree...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Justice, Law, Congress, Cbs News, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Ben Riley Smith, Roger, Stone, Sharon, Will Trump


Visiting a China trade show for fireworks manufacturing machines

Above, a visit to a building in Liuyang, China where stacks of roman candle tubes and pop-its cover the floor. This is a fireworks machine trade show, where companies purchase contraptions for cranking out explosions of all kinds. Liuyang is commonly known as the fireworks capital of China. Here are some of the captivating machines that make (or break) July 4th and New Years Eve in the US. (Props to Tasick Media on YouTube) And as a bonus, here's a video of another machine that was used ...
Tags: Video, Technology, News, China, Weird, US, Cool, Fireworks, Machines, Odd, Kaboom, Picks, Liuyang, Liuyang China, Tasick Media on YouTube


Data breach at U.S. agency in charge of securing Trump's communication

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which calls itself a combat support agency of the Defense Department on its website, employs 8,000 military and civilian employees. The DIA, which is responsible for secure White House communications, said Social Security numbers and other personal data its network held, was likely compromised, reports Reuters, citing a letter sent to compromised individuals. U.S. agency responsible for Trump's secure communication suffered data breach: letter h...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, Technology, News, White House, Tech, US news, Data Breach, Social Security, Defense Department, Trump, Reuters, DISA, Defense Information Systems Agency, U S Secret Service


Google hit with new federal investigation over pregnant employee who claims discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into a former Google employee’s pregnancy discrimination case, CNBC reports. Chelsey Glasson worked as a former user experience researcher with Alphabet’s Google for five years. She wrote an internal memo that went viral in the summer of 2019 called “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.” This newest investigation adds to a growing pile. Google is facing a number of federal probes and w...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, Justice, Law, Labor, Pregnancy, Tech, US news, Tech News, Employment law, Discrimination, Seattle, Cnbc


Watch: Patient plays violin during brain surgery, a UK first

In this video, a brain surgery patient is filmed playing violin during an operation. Dagmar Turner was woken up after her skull was removed, and played the violin while surgeons removed her aggressive brain tumor. Pretty amazing. First time they've pulled this off in the UK! We have written about the phenomenon here at Boing Boing before. From The Independent: The medical team asked Dagmar Turner, 53, to play the violin to ensure parts of the brain which control delicate hand movements a...
Tags: Health, Video, UK, News, Weird, Neuroscience, Amazing, Wow, Brain, Turner, Isle Of Wight, Boing Boing, Picks, Brain Surgery, The Mind, Dagmar Turner


Jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's health is improving, and he's out of solitary - spokesman

Julian Assange, the jailed founder of Wikileaks, is no longer being held in solitary confinement and his health is improving, said his spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson to reporters on Tuesday. “I saw him about 10 days ago - he has improved thanks to the pressure from his legal team, the general public, and amazingly, actually from other inmates in Belmarsh Prison to get him out of isolation,” Hrafnsson told the press. Assange's extradition hearing begins next week. From Reuters: Assange, 48, is i...
Tags: Post, London, News, Justice, Law, World news, United States, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Reuters, Assange, Belmarsh, Picks, Belmarsh Prison, Kristinn Hrafnsson, Hrafnsson


Facebook: Bloomberg campaign memes won't be classified as political ads

We've written here at Boing Boing before about Mike Bloomberg's awful memes, which the 2020 presidential hopeful's campaign machine crapped out on Facebook and Instagram this week with awful accounts like FuckJerry. Facebook said Friday it will allow 'influencers' like FuckJerry to produce sponsored content for political campaigns, as long as the posts are clearly identified as ads, but sponsored political content will not be placed in Facebook’s political Ad Library, unless they're "boosted" ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Internet, US, Bloomberg, US news, Tech News, United States, Memes, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Picks


Disabled patients in Iowa state-run home used as “guinea pigs” in sexual arousal experiments, lawsuit charges

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week claims that severely intellectually and physically disabled patients at a state-operated home in Iowa were used as “guinea pigs” in sexual arousal research experiments. A 38-page complaint was filed on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. In it, former University of Kansas assistant professor and child psychologist, 63-year-old Jerry Rea, is charged with experimenting on the “highly vulnerable” patients at the Glenwoo...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Justice, Law, Awful, US news, Disability, Iowa, Sexual Abuse, Department Of Justice, University of Kansas, Glenwood, Messer, Rea, Picks


Researchers say Voatz voting app has big security flaws, 4 states using it for 2020 elections anyway

Researchers at MIT say the voting app Voatz, which is being used by at least 4 states in the 2020 elections, has major security flaws that could allow an attacker to intercept and alter votes, while making voters think their votes have been cast correctly, or trick the votes server into accepting connections from an attacker. on Voatz. Excerpt from Kim Zetter's reporting for VICE: An attacker would also be able to alter the user’s vote and trick the user into believing their vote was tr...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, Elections, Voting, News, US, US news, Dhs, Mit, Hacking, 2020, Hackers, National Security, Qualys, NDA


AG Barr criticizes Trump's tweets on Stone: He should stop, his tweets 'make it impossible for me to do my job'

Aww, the sycophant is sick of it. Today, impeached president Donald Trump's manifestly corrupt personal attorney general Bill Barr said in an interview with ABC News, “The president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case,” but that Trump should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because the president's tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Donald Trump has been completely unhinged on Twitter lately, making obviously inappropriate and probably unlawful comment...
Tags: Post, News, Justice, Law, US news, Bill, Donald Trump, Abc News, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Roger Stone, Steve Silberman, Justice Dept, Barr, AG Barr


In leaked audio, Michael Bloomberg defends racial profiling: "throw them up against the wall"

This audio recording shows that Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, remained an advocate of racial profiling long after a federal judge ruled that his use of it in office amounted to unconstitutional racial harassment. Bloomberg has attempted to prevent the leak of his 2015 speech at the Aspen Institute, somehow preventing them from releasing official video of him explaining why blacks need to be policed harder than whites. But it turns out at...
Tags: Post, Video, Politics, Elections, New York, News, New York City, Bloomberg, Racism, 2020, Xerox, Michael Bloomberg, Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, Aspen Institute, Picks


First American coronavirus death confirmed

On Saturday, February 8, the United States Embassy in Beijing confirmed that a 60-year-old American national died of the new coronavirus last Thursday at Jinyintian Hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan. A U.S. State Department spokesperson says this is the first known American death from Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The Chinese government today offered condolences for the death of "a Chinese-American." Also on Saturday, a Japanese national suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus...
Tags: Apple, Health, Post, News, China, World news, Virus, Public Health, Beijing, Outbreak, Foxconn, Wuhan, Reuters, U S State Department, United States Embassy, Chuna


Disinformation 2020: FBI warns of ongoing Russian 'information warfare'

“They identify an issue that they know that the American people feel passionately about on both sides and then they take both sides and spin them up so they pit us against each other. And then they combine that with an effort to weaken our confidence in our elections and our democratic institutions which has been a pernicious and asymmetric way of engaging in affect information warfare.” — FBI Director Chris Wray, Feb. 5, 2020 On Wednesday, FBI Director Chris Wray said Russia is targeting Ameri...
Tags: Post, Politics, Elections, Technology, Voting, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, America, Tech, World news, Ap, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Cyberattack


Coronavirus money shot: China to inject $174 Billion of liquidity Monday Feb. 3

China’s central bank today announced plans to inject 1.2 trillion yuan worth of liquidity ($174 billion in U.S. dollars) into the financial markets via reverse repo operations on Monday, as stock markets prepare to reopen amid an escalating Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Stock, currency and bond markets have been shut down in China since January 23, and were due to re-open last Friday. China's securities market regulator said in a People’s Daily [warning: .cn] interview Sunday that no further d...
Tags: Post, News, Finance, China, World news, Outbreak, Wuhan, Reuters, People 's Bank of China, Picks, Financial News, People 's Daily, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus, WuhanVirus, Wuhan Coronavirus


Financial Coronavirus booster shot: China to inject $174 Billion of liquidity Monday Feb. 3

China’s central bank today announced plans to inject 1.2 trillion yuan worth of liquidity ($174 billion in U.S. dollars) into the financial markets via reverse repo operations on Monday, as stock markets prepare to reopen amid an escalating Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Stock, currency and bond markets have been shut down in China since January 23, and were due to re-open last Friday. China's securities market regulator said in a People’s Daily [warning: .cn] interview Sunday that no further d...
Tags: Post, News, Finance, China, World news, Outbreak, Wuhan, Reuters, People 's Bank of China, Picks, Financial News, People 's Daily, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus, WuhanVirus, Wuhan Coronavirus


New Bolton book bombshell: Earlier allegation of Trump in Ukraine pressure campaign

Trump asked national security adviser last spring in front of other senior advisers to arrange meeting between Rudolph Giuliani and Ukraine’s new leader Zelensky Well, who bet that more John Bolton book bombshells would explode on Friday? You win. “Trump asked Bolton to call Zelensky to ensure he would meet with Giuliani. Cipollone and Mulvaney were in room.” -- @nytmike. Oh boy. Excerpt from new reporting Friday by Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt at the New York Times: More than two mont...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, White House, US news, Ukraine, New York Times, Bolton, Giuliani, Trump, John Bolton, Rudolph Giuliani, Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt, Mick Mulvaney, Picks


Why AG Barr's use of Pensacola shooter case to rebuke Apple is so suspicious

The Wall Street Journal reports that some FBI officials were surprised that Trump's sham attorney general William Barr is exploiting the Pensacola case to punish Apple, because these FBI sources say they believe Apple had already provided a lot of assistance on that case. What's Barr's motivation? Excerpt from reporting by the WSJ's Sadie Gurman, Dustin Volz and Tripp Mickle: When Attorney General William Barr returned to the Justice Department last year, law-enforcement officials briefed him ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, US news, Fbi, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, WSJ, Backdoors


Ukraine asks FBI for help investigating alleged Russian hack of Burisma

Ukraine is asking United States FBI to help it investigate a suspected state-sponsored hack by the Russian military on Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump. Reports Ilya Zhegulev for Reuters in Kyiv: California-based cybersecurity company Area 1 Security on Monday identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence, or GRU. The same hacking group, known as “Fancy Bear” or “APT28...
Tags: Energy, Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, California, Russia, Tech, World news, US news, Ukraine, Fbi, Gru, Donald Trump


First asteroid found inside orbit of Venus: Caltech

Some extra-planetary Caltech news to take your mind off Earth Reports Caltech: “A rare asteroid orbiting snugly within the inner confines of our solar system has been discovered by Caltech's Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, a survey camera based at Palomar Observatory. The newfound body, named 2020 AV2, is the first asteroid found to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus.” 2020 AV2 orbits entirely within the orbit of Venus.PHOTO: Bryce Bolin/Caltech More from the Caltech media announc...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Taiwan, University Of Maryland, Venus, Jpl, Caltech, Palomar Observatory, Palomar, Picks, Minor Planet Center, IPAC


New Jersey mom and dad open Amazon diaper order and discover poopy diapers

On Amazon, the box was described as “Used: like new.” In New Jersey, a mom and dad were unpleasantly surprised to discover that a box of diapers delivered by Amazon for changing their 19-month-old daughter.... was full of poopy diapers. Mom Nassly Sales noticed when she picked up the box that it seemed “heavier than usual,” and when she and her husband, Sid Mukherjee, opened it up -- the stinky truth revealed itself. From NJ.com: “I picked up the pack to kind of take a closer look (and) that’...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Post, Business, News, Parenting, Weird, New Jersey, Jersey City, Mukherjee, Picks, Not Cool, Online Shopping Is Hell, Sid Mukherjee


Russian warship 'aggressively approached' US Navy destroyer in Arabian Sea

In the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, a Russian warship "aggressively approached" the US Navy destroyer USS Farragut, the US Navy says. Defense officials say the Russian warship ignored warnings, which increased the risk of a collision. Video posted to Twitter by the U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) below shows the Russian warship rapidly approaching the USS Farragut. On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively appro...
Tags: Post, News, Navy, Russia, Defense, US, World news, US news, Cnn, Military, Middle East, Army, Pacific, US Navy, Arabian Sea, Russian Navy


Starbucks adds oat milk to vegan non-dairy options

If you can't or won't or just don't drink cow milk, Starbucks has a new option for you. On Tuesday, the global coffee chain began offering oat milk along with other plant-based milks in beverages, at certain US locations, with plans to expand. Starbucks had previously begun offering new beverages made with coconut and almond milk in the United States and Canada. Soy is a longtime option offered at Starbucks, worldwide. Oat is pretty recent, and I happen to like it. More plant options seem li...
Tags: Health, Coffee, Europe, Post, Business, New York, News, Sweden, Climate Change, Environment, US, Chicago, United States, Veganism, Starbucks, Vegan


House Intel chair Adam Schiff on Iran: 'We have to expect retaliation'

In remarks to reporters about the U.S.-led assassination of top Iran general Qasem Soleimani, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff [D-CA] said that the United States must now “expect retaliation” by Iran, which today vowed a “crushing response” against the United States and its allies. Said SCHIFF: “I have yet to be fully satisfied that the administration has a strategy, that this is part of some broader coherent plan. “And this concerns me. “When someone seeks a war, they end u...
Tags: Post, News, Iraq, US, World news, US news, Iran, War, United States, Baghdad, Adam Schiff, Schiff, House Intel, Picks, Soleimani, Qasem Soleimani


US sends 3,500+ more troops to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

DEPLOYMENTS COME AS IRAN TENSIONS FLARE AFTER U.S. AIRSTRIKE IN BAGHDAD CNN was first to report today that “several thousand” United States soldiers are right now being deployed to the Middle East. The troops are from the 82nd Airborne Division, which had already been placed on an alert standby status prior to the U.S. assassination by airstrike of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani as well as Naim Qassem, the second-in-command of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in Baghdad yesterday. Penta...
Tags: Security, Post, News, US, World news, US news, Iran, Cnn, Military, Middle East, Pentagon, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Kuwait, Baghdad, 82nd Airborne Division


US to deploy thousands more troops to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

DEPLOYMENTS COME AS IRAN TENSIONS FLARE AFTER U.S. AIRSTRIKE IN BAGHDAD CNN reports that “several thousand” United States soldiers are now being deployed to the Middle East. The troops are said to be from the 82nd Airborne Division, which had already been placed on an alert standby status prior to the U.S. assassination by airstrike of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani as well as Naim Qassem, the second-in-command of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in Baghdad yesterday. CNN now reports, citi...
Tags: Security, Post, News, US, World news, US news, Iran, Cnn, Military, Middle East, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Kuwait, Baghdad, 82nd Airborne Division, Quds Force


Google 'disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices' after Nest Hub user picked up random pics from strangers' feeds

“Among the eight or so examples initially provided to Reddit are a handful of disturbingly clear images showing a sleeping baby, a security camera's view of an enclosed porch, and a man seemingly asleep in a chair.” On Reddit, a Xiaomi Mijia camera owner reported receiving still images from other random peoples' homes when he tried to stream content from his camera to a Google Nest Hub. In response, Google removed Xiaomi's integration with its smart home products such as Google Home and Nest. ...
Tags: Google, Security, Internet Of Things, Post, Business, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, World news, US news, Spying, Surveillance, Xiaomi, Reddit, Smart Home


'No joke, we just found a live owl roosting in our Christmas tree'

One Georgia family's viral owl Christmas saga started began on December 12, with this Facebook post: “No joke, we just found a live owl roosting in our Christmas tree.” In the photo, an owl tucked in to the tree branches among lights and ornaments. The local paper identified the critter as an Eastern screech owl, and the family says the bird was discovered when Katie McBride Newman's daughter was trimming the tree with owl ornaments. The girl “was both terrified and delighted,” the newspaper...
Tags: Facebook, Home Depot, Post, News, Weird, Atlanta, Georgia, Associated Press, Wonderful Creatures, Picks, Katie McBride Newman, Owl Be Home For Christmas, McBride Newman, Billy Newman, Chattahoochee Nature Center


Facebook offers funny answer for why it tracks users’ locations even when they turn tracking services off

Facebook offered a revealing explanation to lawmakers for why it continues to track users’ locations even after those users turn Facebook's location tracking services off. Responding to a letter from Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO), and Sen. Chris Coons, (D-DE), Facebook said it needs that extra location data to target ads, and for various security functions. The two senators asked Facebook last month to “respect” users’ decisions to keep their locations private. Coons and Hawley now say that Faceb...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Technology, London, News, Privacy, Congress, Washington, Tech, Location Tracking, Cnbc, Zuck, Coons


Donkey tries to sing along to human playing violin - unmute!

You've seriously gotta unmute this. Donkeys must think the sound of these humans playing the violin sounds like other donkeys, because the donkeys in these videos appear to be really enjoying it. Here's another video of the same situation with a totally different donkey, and completely different humans playing a different violin. Cracks me up so hard every time.
Tags: Post, News, Cute, Funny, Ass, Donkey, Wonderful Creatures, Donkeys, Picks