Congressman calls on tech CEOs to explain the spread of the mosque shooting video on their platforms

The House Homeland Security Committee chairman called on tech leaders Tuesday to explain how a violent video of Friday’s New Zealand mosque shooting spread on their platforms. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, wrote to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube to request a briefing in front of the committee on March 27. Thompson asked the leaders to explain how they handled the video’s spread, which appeared to depict one of two mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday…

Facebook, YouTube, and others asked to brief Congress on New Zealand shooting response

Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), penned letters today to tech executives from companies like Facebook and YouTube requesting a briefing on March 27th regarding their response to the New Zealand shooter’s live stream and the subsequent reuploads across multiple platforms. Thompson’s letter was sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, urging them to prioritize the removal of the terrorist content and to brief the committee on their response and plans to…

Trump says Brazil is the ‘ideal launch location’ for US rocket companies: Here’s why it’s cheaper

The U.S. signed an agreement that would allow American rocket companies to operate from Brazil, possibly unlocking a operations base that has sat dormant for many years, the State Department said Tuesday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> An old rocket complex near Brazil’s Atlantic coast, called Alcantara, sits about 140 miles south of the Earth’s equator, making it a prime location for launching satellites, a $260 billion business. That’s because missions from the equator region often require less fuel. « After 20 years of talks we are finalizing a…

Trump grants Iraq a new 90-day sanctions waiver to buy Iranian energy

DUBAI — The Trump administration is granting Iraq a renewed 90-day waiver exempting it from U.S. sanctions on Iran, a senior State Department official told CNBC on Tuesday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The waiver, last issued in December and which expired on the morning of March 19, will allow Iraq to continue buying electricity from its neighbor even as the White House pledges a maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. « While this waiver is intended to help Iraq mitigate energy shortages, we continue to discuss our Iran-related sanctions…

Kazakhstan’s leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, in what appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway. Known as “Papa” to many Kazakhs, the 78-year-old former steel worker and Communist party apparatchik has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich Central Asian nation since 1989, when it was still part of the Soviet Union. Bestowed by parliament with the official title of “The Leader of the Nation”, he was the last Soviet-era…

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro

ROME (Reuters) – High-level U.S.-Russian talks on how to defuse Venezuela’s crisis ended on Tuesday with the two sides still at odds over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his visit to the Hydroelectric Generation System on the Caroni River, near Ciudad Guayana, Bolivar State, Venezuela March 16, 2019. Picture taken March 16, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.Russia has said Maduro remains the country’s only legitimate leader whereas the United States and many…

Lyft IPO could be ‘$1 billion or more’ windfall for California’s coffers

California could reap a bonanza of « $1 billion or more » in new taxes from the upcoming stock offering of ride-hailing service Lyft, according to state’s former treasurer. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Experts say Lyft’s initial public offering and an even bigger IPO expected in April from rival Uber will create many newly-minted millionaires in the Bay region. The state stands to benefit by taxing the capital gains from stock sales. « We need those billions for education and other areas, » said John Chiang, the state’s…

Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry, Rihanna, Timberlake, others

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Publishers representing the writers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and hundreds of other artists sued Peloton Interactive Inc on Tuesday, accusing the maker of video-streaming stationary bicycles of copyright infringement. FILE PHOTO: Rihanna (L) and Jay-Z react on stage after winning Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration for « Umbrella » at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoIn a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the 10 publishers are seeking more than…

Facebook overhauls ad targeting to prevent discrimination in housing, credit and employment

Facebook settled five lawsuits alleging that its advertising systems enabled discrimination in housing, credit and employment ads. For the social network, that’s one major legal problem down, several to go, including government investigations in the U.S. and Europe over its data and privacy practices. As part of that settlement, Facebook says it will overhaul ad targeting for housing, credit and employment ads so they can’t be used to discriminate on the basis of race and ethnicity, gender and other legally protected categories in the U.S., including national origin and sexual…

Google Stadia: the latest updates on the cloud gaming platform

Google took to the stage at GDC 2019 to announce Stadia, its new gaming platform that is powered by its vast cloud infrastructure. Unlike traditional consoles, like the Xbox One and PS4 Pro, Stadia doesn’t live in a box. Google says that when the service launches later in 2019, games will be quickly accessible through the Chrome browser on a variety of devices, like desktops, laptops, select phones, and tablets. If you like gaming on a TV, you’ll just need a Chromecast. So far, the only Stadia accessory that Google…

Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power

The beauty of a cloud gaming service is two-fold: 1) you can theoretically play any game, anywhere where you’ve got a good enough internet connection to stream it over the net, and 2) even if you’re playing it on a wimpy smartphone, you can harness the power of a beefy server located in a data center. But what kind of server matters a whole heck of a lot when it comes to graphical fidelity and keeping the service affordable, given how many players may need their own servers — and…

Publishers sue Peloton over use of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Timberlake, other songs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Publishers representing the writers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and hundreds of other artists sued Peloton Interactive Inc on Tuesday, accusing the maker of video-streaming stationary bicycles of copyright infringement. FILE PHOTO: Rihanna (L) and Jay-Z react on stage after winning Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration for « Umbrella » at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoIn a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the 10 publishers are seeking more than…

Tesla and Elon Musk face many legal fights beyond the SEC

Tesla and CEO Elon Musk are facing dozens of lawsuits and investigations, according to public filings. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The costs of defense and settlements burden the car maker financially at a time when Tesla is already cutting headcount, closing stores and delaying loan repayments. No doubt Tesla would rather spend its money to improve its service, set up manufacturing lines to make the Model Y (its forthcoming compact SUV), or to build out its Shanghai Gigafactory. Among Tesla’s most recent legal woes, the Securities and Exchange…

Brexit: Theresa May to formally ask for delay

Prime Minister Theresa May is writing to the EU to formally ask for Brexit to be postponed until 30 June or longer. One ministerial source told the PCF the longer delay could be up to two years, amid reports of a cabinet row, but No 10 said no decision had been made. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU would not grant a delay without a « concrete plan » from the UK about what they would do with it. Under current law the UK will leave the EU…

Cyclone Idai: ‘Massive disaster’ in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai has triggered a « massive disaster » in southern Africa affecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the UN says. The region has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has called it « a humanitarian disaster of great proportion ». He said more than 1,000 people may have been killed after the cyclone hit the country last week. Cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira in Sofala province on Thursday with winds of…

Cookstown hotel disco crush: Two men arrested

Police investigating the deaths of three teenagers outside a disco in County Tyrone have arrested two men on suspicion of manslaughter. Lauren Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie, died after a crush outside the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, on Sunday. The men, aged 40 and 52, were detained earlier on Tuesday and have been taken to Dungannon for questioning. Source: The Guardian

Google reveals gaming platform Stadia

Google has unveiled a new digital gaming platform called Stadia which will stream data-rich games that have traditionally had to be either downloaded or purchased on disk. At launch it will work on existing desktops, laptops, TVs and phones, said the firm’s Phil Harrison. The firm also revealed a controller. It looks like a traditional console controller but the Stadia version has a button for capturing and sharing gaming directly to YouTube. It was also announced that Bethesda’s major title Doom Eternal will be one of the first games available.…

Christchurch shootings: Meghan and Harry pay tribute to victims

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid their respects to the Christchurch shootings victims during a visit to New Zealand’s High Commission in London. They were greeted by High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae before laying flowers and signing a book of condolence on Tuesday afternoon. They wrote « we are with you » before signing off with the Maori word « arohanui », which means « much love ». Fifty people died in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. The duke and duchess were among the first people…

AMD stock spikes after Google confirms partnership for new video game streaming service

Advanced Micro Devices spiked as much as 8 percent Tuesday after Google confirmed the firm won a deal for its game streaming platform. Google unveiled the platform in an event Tuesday, where it shared its plans for a new gaming service called Stadia. div > div.group > p:first-child »> AMD will power Stadia’s graphics rendering in the cloud, Google announced at the event, which AMD CEO Lisa Su attended. That marks a big win for AMD in the gaming space, where it competes with Nvidia on graphics chips. AMD’s stock…

Google created its own studio for Stadia-exclusive games

Google isn’t just launching a new gaming platform with its just-announced streaming service Stadia: it’s also becoming a game developer. At its GDC 2019 keynote, Google announced Stadia Games and Entertainment, a new first-party games studio that will be creating exclusive games for the new platform. There are few details on the studio itself, such as its size, location, or what titles it’s working on. But it’s being led by Jade Raymond, a longtime producer and executive at both EA and Ubisoft. While it may be disappointing that we don’t…

Google announces Stadia streaming game platform in effort to upend the $140 billion game market

Google on Tuesday announced its plans to upend the $140 billion gaming industry dominated by Sony and Microsoft with a new streaming service called Stadia that allows people to play high-end games without purchasing expensive consoles or computers. Google said this is a « game platform for everyone. » div > div.group > p:first-child »> All of the legwork to render those games is done in Google’s cloud. Google explained a bit how it will work. It said that, if someone is watching a video of a game on YouTube,…

Here is Google’s controller for its Stadia game-streaming service

Earlier this month, a patent surfaced that revealed a possible design for a forthcoming Google game controller. Now that Google has officially unveiled its long-expected cloud gaming service, called Stadia, we can finally get a look at what the gamepad actually looks like and how it works. And it looks, well, much like a DualShock controller, with a pair of twin sticks, a D-pad, and plenty of face and shoulder buttons. One distinguishing feature, aside from the crisp black-or-white color scheme, is the home button featuring the new Stadia logo.…

Google unveils Stadia cloud gaming service

Google is launching its Stadia cloud gaming service at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who says he plays FIFA 19 “quite a bit,” introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at GDC this morning. Describing it as a platform for everyone, Pichai talked up Google’s ambitions to stream games to all types of devices. Phil Harrison, a former Sony and Microsoft executive, joined Pichai on stage to fully unveil Stadia in his role at Google. Harrison says Google will amplify this game…

Asylum seekers returned from Mexico for first U.S. court hearings

TIJUANA/SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Asylum seekers sent to wait in to Mexico under a controversial new Trump administration policy crossed into the United States on Tuesday for their first hearings in U.S. immigration court, harboring hopes a judge would allow them to stay. Honduran migrant Ariel, 19, who is waiting for his court hearing for asylum seekers returned to Mexico to wait out their legal proceedings under a new policy change by the U.S. government, is pictured after an interview with Reuters in Tijuana, Mexico March 18, 2019. Picture taken…

‘Our darkest of days’: PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery of mosque worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in this “darkest of days”. As preparations for the first burials were underway for the 50 people killed last Friday in the Christchurch mosques mass shooting, Ardern singled out three worshippers, including one of the first killed in the attack. Hati Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, 71, opened the door to the Al Noor mosque. Ardern said…

Watch Google’s big ‘future of gaming’ announcement right here

Google will announce what it says is the « future of gaming » beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. The company is expected to unveil a new streaming game service that will launch it into the $140 billion gaming industry, where it will compete with Sony, Microsoft and perhaps Amazon, which is reportedly working on a similar service. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The service is expected to allow people to play the latest video games anywhere they want, without needing expensive hardware consoles or gaming computers to render the…

Cramer: Musk has ‘made a fool’ of the judge overseeing SEC settlement case

Elon Musk has « made a fool » of the judge overseeing the settlement case between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Tesla CEO, CNBC’s Jim Cramer contended Tuesday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Musk has backed U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York « into a corner, » Cramer said on « Squawk on the Street. » « This judge either has to get rid of him or say that the SEC is wrong. » « But Musk has made a fool…

Texas petrochemicals blaze blankets Houston area in black smoke

The ongoing fire at a petrochemicals storage terminal in Deer Park, Texas, intensified overnight, blanketing parts of the Houston area in dramatic clouds of black smoke on Tuesday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The blaze ripped through the Intercontinental Terminals facility for a third day, worsening after a drop in water pressure hampered attempts by first responders to contain the fire. By Tuesday morning, flames had engulfed eight of the facility’s 242 tanks, though two were empty. More first responders were due to arrive on site by early morning,…

Democratic leader calls on FTC to investigate Facebook’s market power

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) called on the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into Facebook on the grounds of possible violations of anti-monopoly law. Cicilline, who heads the antitrust panel on the House Judiciary Committee, is one of the central lawmakers overseeing federal anti-monopoly policy. Cicilline makes the case for an investigation in an op-ed in The New York Times and a letter sent directly to the FTC where he cites multiple incidents involving Facebook that he believes violated federal antitrust law. Cicilline specifically notes Facebook’s plan to merge…