The continuing partial executive shutdown reaches its 24th day these days, atmosphere a brand new listing for longest shutdown in US historical past. The deadlock presentations no indicators of abating: Congressional leaders and the White Area have scheduled no conferences this week, as more or less 800,000 federal employees both proceed to paintings with out pay or are furloughed. In the meantime, dozens of .gov web pages — together with cost portals and faraway get right of entry to products and services for organizations like NASA, the USA Division of Justice and the Court docket of Appeals — had been rendered both insecure or inaccessible because of expired shipping layer safety certificate that experience no longer been renewed, making the impacted websites susceptible to an array of cyber assaults. [Alan Blinder / The New York Times]
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US officers have been so involved through President Donald Trump’s conduct within the wake of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing that they opened a counterintelligence investigation to check out and resolve whether or not the president was once running on behalf of Russia towards American pursuits. Investigators sought to resolve whether or not Trump constituted a imaginable safety risk, and whether or not he was once knowingly running for Russia or was once being unwittingly utilized by the Kremlin. And present and previous U.S. officers mentioned Trump has long past to nice lengths to hide information about about his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos / The New York Times]
AT&T will finish all of its ultimate location-sharing offers with third-party products and services, together with ones the telecommunications corporate mentioned had been useful for purchasers, following calls for from federal lawmakers for an investigation into the alleged information misuses. T-Cell US CEO John Legere mentioned that his corporate would totally finish equivalent offers in March, and Verizon Communications mentioned it was once additionally winding down its 4 ultimate location-sharing agreements, that are all with roadside help products and services.[Hamza Shaban and Brian Fung / The Washington Post]
Apple plans to introduce 3 new iPhone fashions within the fall, together with a successor to the iPhone XR, a 2018 liquid-crystal show style that has been falling in need of gross sales expectancies. Apple is thinking about shedding the LCD in 2020 to shift totally to the extra standard natural light-emitting diode shows that the iPhone XS and XS Max have. As a result of Apple lags in the back of its opponents within the selection of rear cameras, it is thinking about introducing a triple-rear-camera machine to its latest flagship style. Some observers hope that Apple will carry the sharper-edged, aluminum-forward, unibody design components of the 2018 iPad Professional to the software that can be referred to as iPhone 11. [Yoko Kubota and Takashi Mochizuki / The Wall Street Journal]
The New York Instances is pushing additional into voice merchandise for sensible audio system just like the Amazon Echo and Google House. The scoop group is launching a weekday flash information replace known as The New York Instances Briefing for Alexa-enabled units (hosted through Michael Barbaro, who additionally hosts The Day-to-day podcast). It’s additionally debuting a weekly interactive information quizfrom The Day-to-day’s manufacturers, and “enhanced protection” in its Sunday paper that activates print readers of make a selection sections — together with go back and forth, song and books — to release devoted Alexa talents to be told extra in regards to the tales they’re studying. [Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Journalism Lab]
Electrical cars are the propulsive pattern on the North American Global Auto Display in Detroit this week. Common Motors just lately mentioned it was once expanding manufacturing of its Chevrolet Bolt electrical car and deliberate to make electrical automobiles a key a part of Cadillac’s lineup; Hyundai, Kia, Mini, Nissan and Audi will all show electrical fashions which can be due in the USA this 12 months. In the meantime, call for for inexpensive small sedans and hatchbacks is shrinking speedy in choose of bigger, extra flexible crossovers and sport-utility cars, and extra auto makers are shedding them altogether from their US lineups, growing fewer choices for budget-minded patrons on the lookout for new automobiles priced round $20,000 or much less.[Neal E. Boudette / The New York Times]
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