Microsoft workers protest $480m HoloLens military deal: ‘We did not sign up to develop weapons’

Microsoft workers protest $480m HoloLens military deal: ‘We did not sign up to develop weapons’

Dozens of Microsoft employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s $480 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with augmented reality headsets intended for use on the battlefield. Under the terms of the deal, the headsets, which place holographic images into the wearer’s field of vision, would be adapted to “increase lethality” by “enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy,” according to a government description of the project. Microsoft was…

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Cohen spoke to prosecutors about Trump Organization irregularities and insurance claims: NYT

Cohen spoke to prosecutors about Trump Organization irregularities and insurance claims: NYT

President Trumps former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, spoke with federal prosecutors in January about potential irregularities within the Trump family business, people familiar with the matter told the New York Times on Friday. When meeting with the prosecutors, Mr. Cohen, who is scheduled to start serving a three-year prison sentence in May, also discussed past insurance claims filed by the company. It is unconfirmed whether the prosecutors found Cohen’s information credible or whether they plan…

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Trump nominates Kelly Craft as UN ambassador

Trump nominates Kelly Craft as UN ambassador

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he intended to nominate Kelly Knight-Craft, the current U.S. envoy to Canada and a former businesswoman, to the vacant post of United Nations ambassador. Posting on Twitter, the president said that Craft would do “an outstanding job representing our nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level.” If confirmed, Craft, a GOP donor and a Kentucky native,…

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Virgin Galactic astronauts describe ‘surreal’ spaceflight: ‘The views are absolutely extraordinary’

Virgin Galactic astronauts describe ‘surreal’ spaceflight: ‘The views are absolutely extraordinary’

Virgin Galactic sent a test passenger on a spaceflight Friday for the first time ever, taking another large step toward sending paying customers to space. Only hours after the flight on the vehicle owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s company, the three crew members spoke to CNBC about their experience. The crew included chief astronaut trainer Beth Moses, chief pilot Dave Mackay and lead trainer pilot Michael “Sooch” Masucci, and it was the maiden spaceflight for…

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Kraft Heinz has lost the one thing that distinguished it from General Mills and Mondelez

Kraft Heinz has lost the one thing that distinguished it from General Mills and Mondelez

The one thing Kraft Heinz had going for it was its profit margins. Now, it doesn’t even have that. The food giant, known for its boxed macaroni and cheese and its ketchup, saw its stock tumble Friday after it released a batch of bad news late Thursday, including that it would swing to a net loss of $12.61 billion in the fourth quarter from a profit of $8 billion a year ago. That loss included…

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Medicare for All, or Medicare for More? Here’s where the 2020 hopefuls stand on health care

Medicare for All, or Medicare for More? Here’s where the 2020 hopefuls stand on health care

Even in this early stage of the 2020 race, nearly all of President Donald Trump‘s would-be opponents have staked out their support for expanding health-care coverage. But not all of their proposals are alike. And while many of the 2020 challengers say they want to implement some form of “Medicare for All” or “universal health care,” worlds of difference emerge in the details of what exactly those phrases mean in practice. Public support is just…

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YouTube is heading for its Cambridge Analytica moment

YouTube is heading for its Cambridge Analytica moment

This week, several major advertisers suspended their YouTube campaigns after a report that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children, marking time stamps that show where children appear and objectifying them in YouTube’s comments section. YouTube responded in its usual way, by criticizing the actions as “abhorrent” and sending a memo to advertisers outlining changes it’s making to prevent this kind of activity in the future. The thing is, YouTube — which is owned…

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Robert Mueller won’t submit report to attorney general next week, DOJ official tells NBC News

Robert Mueller won’t submit report to attorney general next week, DOJ official tells NBC News

Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday. Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the completion of Mueller’s investigation into any links between President Donald Trump and Russia as soon as next week, CNN reported Wednesday. The outlet reported that those plans were subject to change. NBC tweet…

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Park ranger furloughed during the government shutdown wins $29.5 million lottery jackpot

Park ranger furloughed during the government shutdown wins $29.5 million lottery jackpot

While many federal employees are still recovering from the 35-day government shutdown, National Park Service employee Judith Smith is counting her blessings. She’s the winner of New Jersey’s $29.5 million lottery prize, the largest Pick 6 jackpot since May 2004. Smith, who was once furloughed from her job during the shutdown, purchased her ticket at Eddy’s Wine and Liquors in Bayonne, New Jersey, just in time for the Dec. 17 drawing. A day after the…

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Fed’s Quarles: We’d ‘quickly reassess’ balance sheet plan if problems came up

Fed’s Quarles: We’d ‘quickly reassess’ balance sheet plan if problems came up

The Federal Reserve stands ready to change the approach to its balance sheet should conditions warrant, the central bank’s vice chair for supervision said Friday. Fed Vice Chair Randal Quarles said at a conference that the central bank remains committed to its dual mandate of full employment and keeping inflation at a healthy level. “The normalization of the balance sheet is not a competing goal,” he said at the Chicago Booth U.S. Monetary Policy Forum…

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