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February 19 2020

22:25

Why Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typos are a security fail (Alfred Ng/CNET)

Alfred Ng / CNET:
Why Rudy Giuliani's Twitter typos are a security fail  —  When one letter off leads you to malicious advertisements rather than the former cybersecurity czar's website.  —  Sometimes, typing the wrong letter for a website address means sending visitors to a 404 page.

22:15

Sanders Suggests He Won't Release Full Medical Records (Sydney Ember/New York Times)

Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Sanders Suggests He Won't Release Full Medical Records  —  After he had a heart attack in October, Bernie Sanders said he would release ‘comprehensive’ medical records.  But he has not done so.  —  LAS VEGAS — Ahead of a crucial Democratic debate on Wednesday night, Bernie Sanders is facing …

22:10

Trump says he's the nation's top cop, a debatable claim (Mark Sherman/Associated Press)

Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump says he's the nation's top cop, a debatable claim  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asserts that he is the nation's top cop, a title more typically accorded the attorney general.  —  Even the Trump-cheerleading White House website sides with the attorney general …

22:10

Does Anyone Really Believe Free Market Fundamentalists Are 'Running the Show'? (Jonah Goldberg/The Dispatch)

Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Does Anyone Really Believe Free Market Fundamentalists Are ‘Running the Show’?  —  Let's hope not.  —  1 hr  —  Dear Reader,  —  “Conservative intellectuals launch a new group to challenge free-market ‘fundamentalism’ on the right.”  —Washington Post, February 18, 2020

22:10

Trump, Campaigning in West, Fixates on Democrats and His Poll Numbers (New York Times)

New York Times:
Trump, Campaigning in West, Fixates on Democrats and His Poll Numbers  —  The president has a full day's schedule that will culminate with a rally in Phoenix while Democrats are debating in Las Vegas.  —  LAS VEGAS — President Trump believes that wherever he goes, he can force the news cycle …

22:10

Bloomberg's plan to buy the presidency endangers democracy (Ezra Klein/Vox)

Ezra Klein / Vox:
Bloomberg's plan to buy the presidency endangers democracy  —  Mike Bloomberg speaks to reporters after announcing his presidential run on November 25, 2019, in Norfolk, Virginia.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  Even if Bloomberg would be a good president, he'd be a terrible precedent.

22:05

Michael Bloomberg Is Paying People $2500 A Month To Say Nice Things About Him On Social Media (Emily Zanotti/The Daily Wire)

Emily Zanotti / The Daily Wire:
Michael Bloomberg Is Paying People $2500 A Month To Say Nice Things About Him On Social Media  —  Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is hiring an “army” of low-level digital strategists, according to the Wall Street Journal, to help spread the good word about him on social media ahead of Super Tuesday.

22:00

Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Launches 'Grass Roots Bundling' for Trump (Joel B. Pollak/Breitbart)

Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Launches ‘Grass Roots Bundling’ for Trump  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Kimberly Guilfoyle, who chairs the Trump Victory fundraising committee, told Breitbart News on Wednesday morning that the president will “revolutionize” campaign bundling by expanding it to small-dollar donors.

21:55

House Democrats Stand Down (Brian Beutler/Crooked Media)

Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
House Democrats Stand Down  —  After Senate Republicans voted to conceal the evidence of Donald Trump's high crimes, and acquit him of them without holding a real trial, House Democrats seemed to understand that he'd interpret the outcome not as a chastening brush with accountability but as permission to commit further crimes unbound.

21:45

Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action (Jonathan Swan/Axios)

Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action  —  Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire.  Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire …

21:35

Nvidia assures cloud gamers: Cyberpunk 2077 will work on GeForce Now

Promotional image of consumer-grade GPU.

Enlarge / Nvidia recently announced a limited edition, sweepstakes-only version of its most expensive consumer-grade GPU. One day later, the company announced a way that PC gamers can enjoy its RTX perks without even buying a new GPU. (credit: Nvidia)

Thanks to Cyberpunk 2077's delay to September 2020, gamers have even longer to decide how they'll play this highly anticipated game. Existing consoles? The upcoming PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? Various PC configurations?

We're still waiting for more details on the game's launch strategy (particularly on newer consoles), but one other option just got more interesting: playing this stylish, Keanu-tinged adventure over the cloud. We already knew Google Stadia would have the game in September, but now, Nvidia has confirmed it's coming on launch day to its own GeForce Now service as well.

On the surface, this availability seems similar to Google Stadia's offer. If you want to play the (assumedly) demanding Cyberpunk 2077 at its "highest quality" settings when it launches, and don't want to pony up for a newer console or PC, you can stream the game as rendered by a server farm and contend with a hit to latency—which we've found in our tests ranges from annoying to tolerable to downright unnoticeable. Even with a smidgen of button-tap lag and a hit to bandwidth caps, the results could be easier to stomach than the sticker price of a new piece of hardware.

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21:30

Steyer cites 'racist' Bloomberg tactics in Super Tuesday ad (Meg Kinnard/Associated Press)

Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Steyer cites ‘racist’ Bloomberg tactics in Super Tuesday ad  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a billionaire-to-billionaire media matchup, Tom Steyer is taking on Mike Bloomberg in a multimillion-dollar Super Tuesday ad buy, accusing the former New York City mayor of “racist” policies including …

21:30
21:21
Netflix acquires Adam McKay’s asteroid comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’, Jennifer Lawrence will star
21:20

California governor: Lower bar for forced mental health care (Associated Press)

Associated Press:
California governor: Lower bar for forced mental health care  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should lower the legal bar for providing forced treatment to the mentally ill and building more homeless shelters, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in his second State of the State address.

21:20

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed News)

Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter  —  Ali Alzabarah was panicked.  His heart raced as he drove home from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters in the early evening on Dec. 2, 2015.  He needed to leave the country — quickly.  —  Earlier that day, Twitter's management accused …

21:15
Thomas Kurian on his first year as Google Cloud CEO
21:15

Trump's Phoenix rally kicks off counterprogramming spree (Nihar Kabinittal/ABC News)

Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump's Phoenix rally kicks off counterprogramming spree  —  The president heads West for big fundraisers and rallies.  —  President Donald Trump is kicking off a West Coast campaign swing Wednesday with a rally in Phoenix, the capital of a state he lost in 2016 but hopes to flip in 2020.

21:09

Trump offered Assange a pardon if he denied Russia gave him emails, lawyer says

Street protesters dressed to look like Julian Assange.

Enlarge / LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19, 2020: A demonstrator wearing a Julian Assange mask attends a demonstration ahead of the preliminary hearing. Assange's lawyer claims President Donald Trump's administration had offered a pardon in exchange for covering up Russian involvement in the leaks of Democratic Party emails during the 2016 election. (credit: Ilyas Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In August of 2017, then-Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. Rohrabacher told The Wall Street Journal that he was trying to broker a deal between Assange and the White House that would allow Wikileaks' Julian Assange to leave the embassy and be granted a pardon or similar clemency by the Trump administration—in exchange for information proving that the Russian government had not been the source of Democratic Party emails published by WikiLeaks.

But in court today, an attorney for Assange put a different spin on his dealings with Rohrabacher: the congressman promised a pardon in exchange for covering up Russia's role in the leaking of Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign emails. Assange's lawyer for his extradition hearings (Edward Fitzgerald) offered into evidence a statement from another Assange lawyer (Jennifer Robinson) which showed, Fitzgerald said, “Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange... said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks."

The US government is seeking Assange's extradition to face 18 charges (including conspiracy to commit computer intrusion) connected to the leak of Defense Department and State Department documents to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is presiding over the hearing at Westminster Magistrate's Court, ruled the statements by Robinson as admissible evidence.

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21:05

Meet the Women Moderators of Tonight's Debate, Hallie Jackson and Vanessa Hauc (Rainesford Stauffer/InStyle.com)

Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle.com:
Meet the Women Moderators of Tonight's Debate, Hallie Jackson and Vanessa Hauc  —  Hauc and Jackson tell InStyle about their careers (and how Hallie's priorities have changed now that she's 8 months pregnant) and how they're prepping for tonight's big event.  —  PIN  —  FB

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