Trump reportedly ordered Jared Kushner get a security clearance over multiple objections

Trump reportedly ordered Jared Kushner get a security clearance over multiple objections

The New York Times reports that John Kelly and Don McGahn both documented their concerns in memos. Questions have long been swirling on just how, exactly, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner got approved for a top-secret security clearance last year, despite his many business conflicts and scandals. A new report from the New York Times may provide the answer: Trump just ordered it, over the objections of his own chief of staff. According to…

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Andrew Cuomo is reportedly trying to get Amazon to come back to NYC

Andrew Cuomo is reportedly trying to get Amazon to come back to NYC

Several dozen local business owners and executives, politicians, and community groups signed on to an open letter urging Amazon to open an office in New York City. Some New Yorkers rejoiced after Amazon announced it would no longer be building a massive, 25,000-employee corporate campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. But others — including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who helped broker the deal with the tech giant —…

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HBO chief Richard Plepler is leaving the company amid AT&T restructuring

HBO chief Richard Plepler is leaving the company amid AT&T restructuring

HBO chief and chairman Richard Plepler, who’s been at the company for 27 years and held the role of CEO since 2013, is stepping down amid a broader restructuring at parent company AT&T, reports Variety. Plepler, who started at Time Warner in 1992, is a notable industry figure who’s had a hand in HBO’s biggest successes. He greenlit Game of Thrones, among other hit shows, and helped HBO establish both its HBO Go streaming platform…

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Amazon’s press-to-order Dash buttons are officially discontinued

Amazon’s press-to-order Dash buttons are officially discontinued

Amazon’s Dash buttons are no more. The tiny stick-on buttons that allowed customers to quickly reorder popular household items with a press have been discontinued by the online retailer, as confirmed by CNET. Dash buttons were priced at only $5 and were available for a slew of brands spanning many categories — from paper towels and laundry detergent to condoms. They could be mounted wherever made the most sense, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or…

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Open letter from CEOs, politicians, and labor leaders asks Amazon to return to NYC

Open letter from CEOs, politicians, and labor leaders asks Amazon to return to NYC

Amazon has said it’s ending plans for a New York City headquarters, but a group of state officials, businesspeople, and union leaders are asking the company to stay. In an open letter set to be published in the New York Times tomorrow, the group will ask Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to reconsider the company’s decision to abandon a new office in Queens. The letter was obtained in advance by the Times, which also reported that…

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The original Apple Pencil is down to $80

The original Apple Pencil is down to $80

The Apple Pencil that works with the sixth-generation iPad, as well as iPad Pro models released prior to 2018, is $20 off of its usual $99 price tag at Amazon, per MacRumors. At $79.88, it’s a more affordable purchase if you’ve been wanting to use your iPad to jot down notes or practice drawing. Compared to more affordable styluses for the iPad, like Logitech’s Crayon, the Apple Pencil offers pressure and tilt sensitivity, which makes…

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Oculus won’t approve Quest games unless it thinks people will buy them

Oculus won’t approve Quest games unless it thinks people will buy them

Oculus will enforce tight rules for publishing a game or app on the Oculus Quest, asking developers to demonstrate “quality and probable market success” on the upcoming virtual reality headset. In a blog post yesterday, publishing director Chris Pruett wrote that Oculus is setting the standard for Quest apps “higher than we’ve ever enforced before,” compared to standards for the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or Oculus Go. Pruett says the move will give Quest…

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Tesla will close most of its stores and only sell cars online

Tesla will close most of its stores and only sell cars online

Tesla will only sell its vehicles online, the company said. The electric carmaker will close most of its stores over the “next few months.” Tesla announced the move at the same time it said it will finally begin to sell its long-promised $35,000 Model 3. Tesla will keep some of its retail locations open, which the company described as “a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers.”…

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