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Analysis: Sarah Sanders made a hugely offensive allegation against the media

CNN - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:48
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders isn't a big fan of the media.

Germany Accuses China of Using LinkedIn to Recruit Informants

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:40
A top German intelligence agency said that more than 10,000 citizens were targeted, including lawmakers and government employees.

Putin’s Re-election Is Assured. Let the Succession Fight Begin.

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:38
The March 2018 presidential election in Russia is a sideshow to the real battle: determining what comes after President Putin’s next term ends in 2024.

What’s the Fastest Color? Olympic Speedskaters Now Say Blue

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:32
Even Norway, famously red, is wearing blue at major competitions. Was the change based on science? Gamesmanship? Something else?

Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language out now in preview

Ars - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:30

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Microsoft today launched a preview version of a new programming language for quantum computing called Q#. The industry giant also launched a quantum simulator that developers can use to test and debug their quantum algorithms.

The language and simulator were announced in September. The then-unnamed language was intended to bring traditional programming concepts—functions, variables, and branches, along with a syntax-highlighted development environment complete with quantum debugger—to quantum computing, a field that has hitherto built algorithms from wiring up logic gates. Microsoft's hope is that this selection of tools, along with the training material and documentation, will open up quantum computing to more than just physicists.

Given that quantum computers are still rare, Microsoft has built an as-yet-unnamed quantum simulator to run those quantum programs. The local version, released as part of the preview, can support programs using up to 32 quantum bits (qubits), using some 32GB of RAM. Microsoft is also offering an Azure version of the simulator, scaling up to 40 qubits.

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Despite recent wins, Democrats remain divided about what they stand for

Washington Post - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:30
From immigration to banking reform to taxes to sexual harassment, many in the party believe it does not have a unified message to spread around the country. Those concerns flared up at a party meeting over the weekend in Washington.

Akayed Ullah told police he made the device that detonated near Times Square, sources tell CNN

CNN - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:20
An explosion Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan is, in the words of Police Commissioner James O'Neill, a "terror-related incident."

Finding new life after limb loss

CNN - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:18
On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

The Carpetbagger: James Franco Can Relate to Tommy Wiseau

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:13
With a Golden Globe nomination for “The Disaster Artist,” the actor, director and recent “SNL” host talks about making a good movie about a bad one, and the wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood.

Google’s “AR Stickers” app launches, puts Star Wars characters in your camera

Ars - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:03

Google's push to bring Augmented Reality to the masses hit a big milestone today with the launch of the "AR Stickers" app. Google has been doing Augmented Reality for some time now with the hardware-packed Project Tango devices, but AR Stickers is the first app in Google's new AR strategy, which revolves around ARCore. ARCore is a reworked augmented reality framework that can do many of the Tango AR tricks but without all the extra hardware.

AR Stickers is out now in the Play Store for the Pixel 1 and Pixel 2. The app is a new mode in the Google Camera that allows you to drop various 3D characters into the camera feed. ARCore will map out the nearest horizontal plane, like a floor or table, and ground the characters in real life. You can move the camera around, take pictures, and record video.

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Treasury Defends Tax Plan Cost With One-Page Analysis

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:02
A long-awaited document says the $1.5 trillion plan will pay for itself, assuming robust economic growth from a host of policies yet to be enacted.

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:00
The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist’s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.

Nikki Haley: Trump accusers should be heard

CNN - Mon, 2017-12-11 16:59
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including President Donald Trump's accusers.

Itineraries: Airports Are Losing Money as Ride-Hailing Services Grow

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 16:55
Fewer people are parking their cars at airports, using taxis or renting cars. And fees from Uber and Lyft do not make up for the lost revenue from those services.

Transgender people can enlist in military

CNN - Mon, 2017-12-11 16:53
A federal judge on Monday declined the US government's request to put on hold an order allowing transgender individuals to join the military beginning in January. The decision means transgender people will be free to enlist in the new year.
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