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Apple now paying Amazon over $30M each month for cloud services, likely to continue growing

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:23

While Apple and Amazon are often viewed as competitors, they also share an important partnership when it comes to cloud services. Amazon Web Services (AWS) are used to power Apple’s services including iCloud and its monthly payments to the retail giant are now said to be more than $30 million.

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Zillow iPhone app provides 3D tours of homes for sale throughout the US and Canada

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:18

A Zillow iPhone app allows realtors to create 3D tours of homes for sale across the USA and Canada. The company first piloted the app in Arizona back in 2017, but it has only now been made available to all.

Realtors use the iOS app to take panoramic photos of the home, which the server then stitches together into a complete 3D tour, in much the same way as Google’s Street View building interiors …

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Investigate? Impeach? Punt? Democrats debate how to move forward after Mueller report

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:14

Whether House Democrats should pursue impeachment is “a very consequential decision and one that I’m going to reserve judgment on until we’ve had a chance to fully deliberate on it,” House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said on Fox News Sunday. Schiff said that Democrats will be doing that deliberation in a meeting in the coming weeks. Noting that the Republican-controlled Senate would be unlikely to convict Trump (pretty much no matter what), Schiff said, “Now, it may be that we undertake an impeachment nonetheless. I think what we are going to have to decide as a caucus is: What is the best thing for the country?”

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler similarly didn’t commit either way on impeachment itself, but did commit to a full investigation, saying that “it is our job to go through all the evidence, all the information we can get.”

Some Democrats worry that pushing too hard on impeachment “galvanizes Trump supporters,” as one New Hampshire Democrat told the New York Times. Former Obama and Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri made the counter-argument: “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you stop pursuing what Mueller is putting in front of them, of course voters aren’t going to think it’s important. Voters respond to leadership.”

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, have called for impeachment proceedings. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said, “I wouldn’t blame any member of the House for voting for this,” and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is “pretty sure he deserves to be” impeached, but “Congress will have to figure procedurally what to do.”

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Oklahoma Medicaid expansion is on the ballot

Balloon Juice - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:14

Oklahoma activists are going the same route as Utah, Idaho and Nebraska activists successfully used in the 2018 election cycle: They are trying to get enough signatures to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot.

 

 

If you live in Oklahoma, this question needs slightly more than 177,000 valid signatures to appear on the 2020 ballot.

Odds are that even if it passes, there will be follow-on shenanigans as we have seen in Utah, Nebraska and Idaho to either delay or water down the expansions. In my opinion, a bad expansion is better than a perfect non-expansion. I assess the counterfactual as no expansion instead of a full expansion so people with different reasonable counterfactuals will vehemently disagree with me.

The ballot box is not the only way that Medicaid expansion of some sort may come to Oklahoma. There is a bananpants county level expansion proposal floating out there.

Here the scheme would be two or more bordering counties could expand Medicaid. The state share of the expansion (10% of costs) would be funded by local taxes. This would be wonderful for health and public finance economists and a complete cluster for everyone else.

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DNDAllow lets you configure Do Not Disturb on a per-app basis

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:00

With a new free jailbreak tweak called DNDAllow, you can let specific application notifications through iOS' native Do Not Disturb filter.
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Jonathan Alter: Kellyanne Conway And Kayleigh McEnany 'Baghdad Bobs' For Trump

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:00
 Kellyanne Conway And Kayleigh McEnany 'Baghdad Bobs' For Trump

During a discussion about the latest "spin" (a.k.a. blatant, bald-faced lying) coming from Trump and his enablers on the Mueller report, MSNBC's Jonathan Alter had the perfect description for these propagandists when asked about an earlier appearance by National Press Secretary for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign Kayleigh McEnany on Alex Witt's show:

Transcript:

ALTER: I'm sorry to be laughing, but I remember during the Iraq war there was a guy named Baghdad Bob who would go on television and just lie shamelessly on behalf of Saddam Hussein, and both Kellyanne Conway and, you know, these republican party spokeswomen and others, they're Baghdad Bobs.

I mean, Kellyanne Conway just said the president was exonerated. Mueller states explicitly in the report, explicitly, quote, this is not an exoneration, unquote. So they are just trying to say white is black. Black is white.

Not only are they not exonerated. Not only is there a smoking gun, there is a smoking artillery range in this report on obstruction of justice. And I disagree with my good friend Susan on this. This is not just a political matter. This is a legal matter. There is much evidence in the report that the president broke the law by obstructing justice.

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Apple granted FCC approval for Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones as launch nears

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:59

Earlier this month, Beats official unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones — a sporty, louder take on Apple’s AirPods that uses the same H1 chip. The early reveal was tagged with a message about pending FCC approval, however, with the official launch not planned until sometime in May.

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TechBro’s Do Education

Balloon Juice - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:44

And they do it poorly:

The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms. It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.

It culminated when Collin Winter, 14, an eighth grader in McPherson, Kan., joined a classroom walkout in January. In the nearby town of Wellington, high schoolers staged a sit-in. Their parents organized in living rooms, at churches and in the back of machine repair shops. They showed up en masse to school board meetings. In neighborhoods with no political yard signs, homemade signs with dark red slash marks suddenly popped up.

Silicon Valley had come to small-town Kansas schools — and it was not going well.

“I want to just take my Chromebook back and tell them I’m not doing it anymore,” said Kallee Forslund, 16, a 10th grader in Wellington.

Eight months earlier, public schools near Wichita had rolled out a web-based platform and curriculum from Summit Learning. The Silicon Valley-based program promotes an educational approach called “personalized learning,” which uses online tools to customize education. The platform that Summit provides was developed by Facebook engineers. It is funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician.

It’s almost like teachers have something to offer students beyond just wikipedia searches and that hundreds of years of pedagogical research actually has been important. If there is a group of people who work harder with less respect yet contribute more that is unappreciated than public school teachers, I have no idea who it is. Not to mention, they put up with your annoying fucking kids every day, something you breeders can’t even stand.

This is not about education, btw. It’s about money. It’s always about fucking money with these guys. Oh, and ALEC is involved, because of course they are.

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On Earth Day, Apple reports back on its mangrove restoration project to absorb carbon

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:37

Mangroves – trees and shrubs that grow in coastal waters – absorb ten times as much carbon as land-based trees, which is why Apple announced last year that it was investing in a mangrove restoration project in Columbia. The company has marked Earth Day by reporting back on the environmental project.

Apple said in September that it would be supporting a project to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest …

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1555935366

WormBase Manet - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:35
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Konban replaces the Today page with your favorite app

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:30

With Konban, your favorite app is never more than a swipe away. It replaces the Home screen's traditional Today page with an app of your choice.
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Rep. Seth Moulton enters 2020 Democratic presidential primary

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:16

Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to join the 2020 presidential primary, after having previously spurred primary talk of a different kind with his feckless and failed attempt to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As a result, his presidential announcement should spur other Massachusetts Democrats to move on bids for his House seat.

Moulton, 40, is a veteran of the Marines who will make his military service the centerpiece of his campaign, as he has of his time in public service thus far. He’s also spent the years since he was elected to the House in 2014 making his youth a calling card, only to have that angle pre-empted by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Appearing on Good Morning America, Moulton said that “I am running because I am a patriot, because I believe in this country, and because I have never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it. That is why I joined the Marines, it is why I ran for Congress to try to prevent what I saw got us into Iraq from happening again, and it is why I am running to take on the most divisive president in American history to bring this country back together.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the race later in the week.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

Happy Earth Day!

Inside Climate News: Some Democratic candidates on fossil fuels (versus Trump).

Emptywheel: The many lies and prevarications of Bill Barr.

Crooked Timber: Transactional Trumpism?

Bark Bark Woof Woof: The Trump regime, from here on out.

The Nib: Meanwhile, at the DCCC…

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.


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Morning Digest: Mueller report backs up ex-senator's claim on Russia hacking Florida election system

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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FL-Sen: While we had thought that the Digest would be a Mueller-free zone, it turns out that there's at least one aspect of the report that's directly relevant to our interests. Mother Jones reporter Pema Levy points out that one key line in Robert Mueller's findings buttresses former Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's assertion last year that Russian military hackers had compromised Florida's election systems:

We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government.

At the time, Nelson, who was up for re-election, was bitterly derided for his warning, which he said was based on classified information. As Levy puts it, "Republicans and the media alike painted his comments as dangerous make-believe." That even included the Washington Post's "fact checker" awarding four "Pinocchios" to Nelson, insisting, "Not a single speck of evidence backs him up, and we have serious doubts whether the classified information he cited even exists." Even if the press were to walk this back now, it carried water for the GOP by undermining the credibility of anyone who might sound a similar alarm in the future.

And while we don't know whether Putin's hackers were able to manipulate the election, it's important to remember just how close Nelson's election was: He lost to Republican Rick Scott by just 10,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast statewide—a margin of only 0.1%.

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Cartoon: The extremely exoneratey report

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:00

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Augment iOS’ Do Not Disturb feature with LeaveMeAlone

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:00

Do Not Disturb is a wonderful feature of iOS, but it does come with a few shortcomings. LeaveMeAlone is a new free jailbreak tweak that aims to fix those.
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'No Ma'am': Fox News Host Calls Out Bonkers RNC Flack For Lying About Robert Mueller

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:00
 Fox News Host Calls Out Bonkers RNC Flack For Lying About Robert Mueller

Republican National Committee spokesperson Liz Harrington lashed out at Fox News host Leland Vittert over the weekend after he asked her about evidence that President Donald Trump committed obstruction.

During the Saturday interview on Fox News, Vittert noted that some Democrats are considering impeachment hearings over evidence against Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report.

"They are going to overreach because the American people know there's no 'there' there," Harrington insisted.

"[The report] identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with Russia... That's not 'didn't find anything,'" Vittert pointed out.

"This is 19 Democrat [sic] lawyers who were picked by Robert Mueller," Harrington said of the investigators. "You read page by page and there's innuendo and suggestions of impropriety."

"Telling [then-White House counsel] Don McGhan to fire Robert Mueller isn't wrong?" Vittert asked.

"Not firing someone isn't obstruction," the RNC spokesperson insisted.

"I'm not asking whether it's obstruction or not," Vittert said. "I'm asking whether it's the right thing to do."

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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:50

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

I have never seen...

A bison throw a cigarette butt out a window

A flock of geese blow the top off a mountain

paper beats rock It’s also a day to remind ourselves that Mother Earth can also be a merry prankster.

A seal cause an oil spill

A raccoon go out and leave all the house lights on

A bobcat fight legislation to lower carbon emissions

A songbird sing "Drill Baby, Drill"

A pride of lions wage war over oil

A honey bee recycle nothing but right-wing talking points

A naked mole-rat assert that our biggest worry is global cooling

A salmon pollute a stream with mercury

An elephant claim that God says it's okay to pillage the world's natural resources because pachyderms are the "chosen ones"

A mockingbird mock public transportation

A polar bear claim that the melting ice caps are no big deal

An armadillo shrug off earthquakes related to fracking

A monarch butterfly buy enough Congress members to retain billions in oil subsidies.

A wild reindeer in the lower 48 do much of anything lately

Today is Earth Day, an event we celebrate every year to remind ourselves that we do not, in fact, have to be the biggest parasites on the third rock from the sun. We choose to be. Unlike the other parasites, we know what we're doing to this planet…and how…and why…and the kinds of things we must do to stop turning it into a ball of uninhabitable human-made garbage.

As an inhabitant of this spectacular planet, I'll continue to try and treat it with the respect it deserves, mostly by following the Four Rs: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rout the Republicans."

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Apps to help quit smoking or cope with depression share data without full disclosure, finds AMA

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:42

The American Medical Association (AMA) has found that most free apps designed to help people quit smoking, or cope with depression, are sharing data with Facebook or Google – and only a third of them properly disclosed that fact in privacy policies …

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Blanka protects specific apps with Touch ID or Face ID

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:30

With Blanka, you can confidently hand your iPhone or iPad to a stranger or family member knowing that they won't be able to access specific apps.
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