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Fake Instagram accounts are hijacking Sudan solidarity campaign

CNN - 3 hours 50 min ago
Some Instagram accounts have been accused of using a social media campaign that aims to promote solidarity with victims of unrest in Sudan merely to gain more followers on the platform.

Google’s ninth attempt at a messaging service will be based on RCS

Ars - 3 hours 53 min ago

Enlarge / Google's "Messages" app.

It's time for the annual reshuffling of Google's messaging strategy! The latest news comes to us via The Verge, which has a big feature detailing Google Messaging Strategy 2019: taking RCS back from the carriers. Google now wants to run an RCS service (an upgrade to the aging SMS system) itself, with the service first launching in France and the UK later this month. RCS will be something like Google's ninth instant messaging platform, after Google Talk, Google Voice, Google Buzz, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Spaces, Allo, and Hangouts Chat.

Last year's Google messaging reshuffling saw the company kill Google Allo (AKA Google Messaging Platform 2016) and focus on Google Messages (the company's SMS client) in an effort to promote RCS. RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is a planned upgrade of the carrier-owned SMS service, and it has been around as a GSMA (the worldwide mobile network trade body) standard for several years now. RCS' goal is to bring very basic instant messaging features to carrier messaging—things like presence information, typing status, read receipts, and location sharing. Like a real chat app, RCS messages are sent over your data connection, and messages, photos, and videos all have bigger sizes.

In last year's plan (and every other plan involving RCS), the rollout was up to carriers. Every individual carrier on Earth had to individually go out and upgrade their SMS infrastructure to support RCS and the "Universal Profile," which is a federated system that lets RCS users on, say, Verizon, talk to RCS users on T-Mobile. With little monetary incentive to do so, the carriers have been extremely slow at upgrading. And even when a carrier is RCS-capable, carriers have been certifying RCS on a phone-by-phone basis.

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Secretary Pompeo: Trump does not want war with Iran

CNN - 3 hours 55 min ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Trump does not want war with Iran, adding that the Iranians are being "woefully misled" by the country's leaders.

David Ortiz's condition upgraded to 'good,' his wife says

CNN - 3 hours 56 min ago
David Ortiz's condition has been upgraded to "good" by doctors more than a week after the former Boston Red Sox star was shot in the Dominican Republic, his wife said Tuesday.

Weinstein’s ‘Dream Team’ of Defense Lawyers Falls Apart

NY Times - 3 hours 57 min ago
One by one, the lawyers representing the movie producer against sexual assault charges in Manhattan have bowed out.

Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

NY Times - 3 hours 57 min ago
The decision came after Attorney General William Barr’s top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors. Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges.

Stop Sneering at Bill de Blasio

NY Times - 3 hours 57 min ago
He shouldn’t run for president, but he’s been a good mayor.

A New Trump Battleground: Defining Human Rights

NY Times - 3 hours 57 min ago
The State Department says the nation has departed from its founding principles, but won’t say how. Some fear a rollback of rights.

A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.

NY Times - 4 hours 10 min ago
The Belgian Embassy is facing criticism after the forcible removal of the family, members of the Uighur minority group that China treats as a security threat.

Generations of Mentorship: Conversations With L.G.B.T.Q. Elders

NY Times - 4 hours 13 min ago
As gay, lesbian and transgender communities become less stigmatized — in part thanks to mentor-mentee relationships — will it be easier for young people to imagine a life where they actually grow old?

Money Is Not Just for Men

NY Times - 4 hours 13 min ago
Sallie Krawcheck — once a Wall Street executive, now an advocate for women investing — on how women can get their fair share.

The Met Opera’s Brighter Future Is Onstage in Europe

NY Times - 4 hours 13 min ago
New York-bound productions of “Don Giovanni” (by Ivo van Hove) and “Rigoletto” (by Bartlett Sher) are premiering in Paris and Berlin.

Prosecutors identify man accused of paying for attempted hit on David Ortiz

CNN - 4 hours 15 min ago
• Authorities say they are closing in on the person who ordered the hit • Judge orders suspects to remain in jail for at least a year

By the Numbers: Vaccines Are Safe

NY Times - 4 hours 19 min ago
Americans have received billions of doses of vaccines for everything from measles to the flu. In 30 years, very few injury claims have been filed with the federal government.

Magician's body found after failed stunt

CNN - 4 hours 21 min ago
Indian police have recovered the body of a stuntman who went missing in the Hooghly River Sunday while attempting a daredevil trick, authorities confirmed.

Trump claims he tamed Iran to stop chanting ‘Death to America.' Wrong.

Washington Post - 4 hours 34 min ago
Trump keeps claiming the phrase has gone out of fashion in Iran since he came along.

Trump claims he tamed Iran to stop chanting ‘Death to America.' Wrong.

Washington Post - 4 hours 34 min ago
Trump keeps claiming the phrase has gone out of fashion in Iran since he came along.

Analysis: Trump just keeps 'joking' about serving more than 2 terms as president

CNN - 4 hours 34 min ago
President Donald Trump sure does have a strange sense of humor.
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