EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else

EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else

Donald Tusk, the European Council president, is trying to help Theresa May sell her unpopular deal at home. The European Union is making itself clear: It’s UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal or no deal at all. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council (the body that governs the EU), said that the current Brexit withdrawal plan, agreed to last weekend by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders, will provide an…

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Amazon Music will soon be available for Android TV

Amazon Music will soon be available for Android TV

Looks like Amazon Music is coming to Android TV, as Android Police has spotted a listing for the TV version of the app appearing now in the Google Play Store. It’s not available just yet, but there is an option to pre-register for it. Other music streaming services have been available on Android TV for some time. Spotify’s Android TV presence came way back in May 2016, and Tidal made the jump to Android TV…

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Federal employees are now barred from mentioning “the #resistance” at work

Federal employees are now barred from mentioning “the #resistance” at work

They’ve been warned talking about impeaching President Donald Trump may be illegal, too. The two million people who work for the US federal government got a stern warning this week: Do not talk about impeaching President Donald Trump or about the anti-Trump “#resistance” while at work. The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that handles personnel issues (no relation to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation), sent a memo on Wednesday to federal…

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Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars

Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars

China’s government has spent the last few years pressuring automakers and citizens to adopt hybrid and electric vehicles to cut into the country’s pollution levels. But many of these so-called “new energy vehicles” have also been tracking the location of drivers, and a number of government officials and entities have had access to this data, according to a sweeping new report from The Associated Press. More than 200 manufacturers (both national and foreign) transmit the…

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USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained

USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained

The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday. Say goodbye to NAFTA — and hello to USMCA. The US, Canada, and Mexico officially signed a new trilateral trade deal on Friday at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. It’s known as the USMCA, or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. (At least in the United States.) While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump had promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement…

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Grocery stores want you to have a beer and stay a while

Grocery stores want you to have a beer and stay a while

With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience. Once, bars were bars and grocery stores sold groceries. You could not drink a pint at the grocery store, and you could not buy a pound of Vidalia onions at a bar. Those times are behind us. Now, grocery stores across the nation — and not just fancy, racehorse grocery stores like Whole Foods, but regular, workhorse grocery stores like Kroger — are adding bars…

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Google may shut down Hangouts for consumers in 2020

Google may shut down Hangouts for consumers in 2020

The days of Google Hangouts for consumers may be coming to an end in 2020, according to a report from 9to5Google today. Hangouts has been suffering from an identity crisis since Google launched it as a replacement for Gchat in 2013, and it’s actually been losing features in recent years as the company stopped updating the app and took away SMS messaging. That change was part of Google’s new focus for Hangouts, which will stay…

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A top Democrat said he plans to investigate Ryan Zinke in Congress. Zinke called him a drunk.

A top Democrat said he plans to investigate Ryan Zinke in Congress. Zinke called him a drunk.

The feud between Ryan Zinke and Raul Grijalva, explained. Ryan Zinke, the Interior Secretary, called the top Democrat on an environmental committee a drunk on Twitter Friday, after the lawmaker wrote an op-ed saying Zinke should resign amid several corruption allegations. “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke wrote in a statement. “This comes from a man who used nearly $50,000 in tax dollars as hush money to…

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