North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse

A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling for the camps to be dismantled, it said on its Facebook page on Saturday. The tribe has been encouraging protesters to go home since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to an environmental review of the $3.8 billion project in December.

Despite earlier discussions about alternative sites, the resolution made no provision for relocating the estimated 600 protesters, which include non-native environmental activists and Native Americans from outside the tribe.

Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN1550SD

‘Best Job in America’ Is Mobile App Developer

If you haven’t heard, it’s good to be a mobile app developer these days.

Those in the tech biz are accustomed to seeing mobile devs leading industry salary rankings in various studies. A persistent lack of skilled pros and growing mobility initiatives in both the enterprise and consumer spaces have combined to drive mobile developer salaries sky high.

But a new report from mainstream publication CNNMoney — taking into account quality-of-life considerations in addition to salaries — places mobile app developers at the top of alljobs.

That means mobile coders, earning median pay of $97,100, are ranked above anesthesiologists, with median salaries of $335,000.

Read more at: https://adtmag.com/articles/2017/01/06/best-job-in-america.aspx

Florida man charged with threatening to kill President-elect Trump at his inauguration on Twitter was a close family friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton

The man arrested by Miami Beach police Tuesday for allegedly threatening President-elect Donald Trump online is a member of a prominent northeast family close to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

He once gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee, DailyMail.com has learned.

Dominic Puopolo, 51, is being held without bail in Miami on charges of threatening harm against a public servantDominic Puopolo, 51, is being held without bail in Miami on charges of threatening harm against a public servant.

Suspect Dominic Puopolo Jr., 51, sat near Hillary Clinton when she delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Puopolo’s mother, Sonia, who died in one of the jets that flew into the World Trade Center on 9-11.

During that eulogy on Oct. 6, 2001 in Boston, the former presidential candidate referred to ‘Dom Jr.’s latest computer wizardry.’

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4133938/Florida-man-threatened-kill-Trump-Clinton-friend.html#ixzz4WE9RTkHO

Judge orders Justice Dept. to preserve Assistant AG Peter Kadzik private-account emails

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan instructed Justice to preserve any emails that Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik has in private accounts that could be responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

“Defendant shall take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure the preservation of all agency records and potential agency records between the dates of December 1, 2014 and November 7, 2016 in any personal email account of Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik. Any question about whether a record is an agency record shall be resolved in favor of it being an agency record,” Sullivan wrote Tuesday afternoon.

Read more at: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/01/justice-department-private-account-emails-233742

Or at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-18/doj-ordered-preserve-gmail-records-clinton-colluding-assistant-ag-peter-kadzik

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.

The guidelines are designed “in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people,” CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government’s surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.

Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligence-idUSKBN15236Z

Or at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-19/cia-unveils-new-rules-collecting-analyzing-and-storing-information-american-citizens

Las Vegas launches driverless shuttle bus test run on public roads

Las Vegas launched what it claims is the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be driven on public roads in the US.

The Arma shuttle, created by the French company Navya, will take passengers up and down the busy Fremont Street with regular traffic through January 20 as a test run for developers, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The Arma holds 12 passengers, and can reach up to 27 mph. However, it will only drive up to 12 mph during the test period.

Read more at: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/las-vegas-launches-driverless-shuttle-bus-test-run-on-public-roads/

A NEW FUND TO ADVANCE THE ETHICS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

“algorithms have parents, and those parents are computer programmers, with their values and assumptions. Those values – who gets to determine what they are and who controls their application – will help define the digital age.

Algorithms can reflect standards of beauty, standards of morality, standards of acceptable behavior. As computers learn and adapt from new data, those initial algorithms can shape what information we see, how much money we can borrow, what health care we receive, and more.”

Read more at: http://www.knightfoundation.org/articles/ethics-and-governance-of-artificial-intelligence-fund

and at: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/01/14/tech-billionaires-create-fund-to-prevent-robot-apocalypse/

NSA Given New Authority to Share Intercepts by Obama

Snowden Slams Obama After Expanding “Unchained NSA” Surveillance Powers For Donald Trump.  The Obama administration just handed even more power to the incoming Trump administration to invade the privacy of American citizens. The recent approval of new procedures for an existing executive order will allow the NSA to share the private data it collects with all 16 agencies of the United States intelligence community. The 23-page outline of the new procedures lifts previous limits placed on the way information was filtered before being disseminated to individual agencies.

“As he hands the White House to Trump, Obama just unchained NSA from basic limits on passing raw intercepts to others,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted Thursday.

Read more at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-13/snowden-slams-obama-after-expanding-unchained-nsa-surveillance-powers-donald-trump

New York Times says: “N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws.”

Read more at: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/politics/nsa-gets-more-latitude-to-share-intercepted-communications.html

Personal computer sales fall for fifth year in a row

[SAN FRANCISCO] Sales of desk and laptop computers declined last year, extending a slide started in 2012, according to figures released on Wednesday by two market trackers.

Preliminary figures from Gartner indicated that PC shipments last year tallied 269.7 million units in a 6.2 per cent decline from the previous year.

Internation Data Corporation pegged the number of machines shipped last year at 260 million, calculating a 5.7 per cent drop from the previous year.

Read more at: http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/personal-computer-sales-fall-for-fifth-year-in-a-row

China turns to robots as workers age

Wuzhen (China) (AFP) – Flat, orange robots glide under stationary cars and ferry them to empty Chinese parking bays, using space more efficiently and, their creators say, reducing driver stress.

It is one of a number of elegant — and expensive — mechanical solutions China is turning to as it faces an ageing population, which, even in the world’s most populous country, is making workers harder to come by.

With an eye on the rising numbers of cars on Chinese roads, Hikvision has been testing a robotic parking system in Wuzhen, 130 kilometres (80 miles) west of Shanghai.

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