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Waymo, Lyft team up on self-driving cars

Waymo is giving out test rides in self-driving cars Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest transportation players are partnering to make self-driving cars a reality. Waymo and Lyft announced Sunday that they’re working together to launch self-driving car pilots. The partnership is the latest indicator that fully autonomous vehicles will soon be common on some U.S. streets. The news was first reported by the New York Times. Both Waymo and Lyft confirmed the news to CNN. But the companies revealed few details about the arrangement. Lyft customers in Phoenix could be ...

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Microsoft says ransomware attack should be a 'wake-up call' for governments

Ransomware ‘WannaCry’ attack explained Microsoft’s president and top lawyer said Sunday that the ongoing cyberattacks — which experts are calling the largest in history — should be a “wake-up call” for governments. Hackers have used “ransomware” to freeze at least 200,000 computers so far, and they have demanded that users pay up to regain access. The attacks exploited the computers because they were running outdated versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Brad Smith, who is Microsoft’s chief legal officer, said Sunday in a blog post that his company, its customers ...

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Donald Trump Jr. tells Dubai graduates to live their dreams

Donald Trump walks away during CBS interview Donald Trump Jr. has a message for graduating students in the Middle East. “Your opportunities are now boundless,” he told the class of 2017 at the American University in Dubai on Sunday. “Don’t let someone’s vision of your life get in the way of your dreams.” President Trump’s oldest son spoke to an auditorium packed with the friends and families of about 500 students of more than 100 nationalities. Most were from Arab and Muslim countries. “Diversity is in everything we do these ...

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Carl Bernstein: Comey firing is a 'dangerous' moment

Bernstein: ‘Potentially more dangerous situation than Watergate’ Carl Bernstein says the Trump administration could put the United States in a “more dangerous” situation than the Watergate scandal did during President Richard Nixon’s tenure. Bernstein, a CNN contributor whose reporting for the Washington Post helped topple Nixon in the 1970s, said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that he is concerned Republicans in Congress haven’t voiced more skepticism of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week. Comey’s department was investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. ...

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Mnuchin pressed terror financing crackdown at G7 talks

When is something ‘terrorism’? The Trump administration pressed global finance chiefs this weekend on the need to continue working together to combat threats posed by North Korea and Iran and to combat terror financing. After a two-day G7 summit of finance ministers, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that significant attention was paid to the issue of how to cut off the flow of money to terrorists. At times, the terror discussions overtook talk of trade during Mnuchin’s conversations with his counterparts at the G7, which represents some of ...

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More retail earnings; SpaceX launch; Facebook's IPO-versary

America’s top retailers in trouble 1. More retail earnings: Walmart, Gap and Target are all announcing earnings this week. In the previous quarter, Walmart’s online sales grew faster than Amazon’s — a veritable coup for the brick and mortar mainstay. It’s not clear how much money it made off its digital business, but online growth is promising and reflects Walmart’s efforts to grow digitally: It bought online retailer Jet for about $ 3 billion last year, and ShoeBuy in January. Walmart’s also been expanding its online grocery business in an ...

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'Spicy's back!': 'SNL' has McCarthy's Spicer meet with Baldwin's Trump

‘Spicy’ returns to ‘SNL’ “Spicy’s back!” That’s how Melissa McCarthy brought back her beloved impression of Press Secretary Sean Spicer to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday night. The actress, who was also this week’s host, kicked off a sketch with Spicer in the bushes outside the White House before taking back the lectern from Aidy Bryant’s Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. McCarthy’s Spicer took questions from the White House press about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Chief James Comey, as well as Russia. “Let me just put ...

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Who got hurt by the ransomware attack

‘WannaCry’ cyberattack halted Hospitals, companies, universities and governments across nearly 100 countries were hounded by a cyberattack that locked computers and demanded ransom. It’s one of the largest attacks ever carried out. The number of individual strikes totals more than 75,000, according to cybersecurity firm Avast. The software demands payments of $ 300 to $ 600 to regain access. Avast said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan — though exactly which computers in those areas were targeted remains fuzzy. The full scope of the attack not ...

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The hero who accidentally stopped the cyberattack from spreading

‘WannaCry’ cyberattack halted An anonymous malware researcher inadvertently helped stop the spread of a global cyberattack that targeted nearly 100 countries. The 22-year-old researcher, who goes by the name MalwareTech, has become an internet hero for their efforts to stem the spread of the WannaCry ransomware. MalwareTech, who is based in the U.K., did not disclose their identity or gender to CNN. MalwareTech published a blog post early Saturday morning detailing how they stopped the spread of this ransomware. The ransomware took control of computers around the world and required ...

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Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on Obamacare exchanges

Trumpcare: Has misinformation won the day?  People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the Obamacare exchanges in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas, according to a new study. As insurers finalize plans for participating in the 2018 exchanges, policy experts have speculated that the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act will lead insurers to continue to pull back from some markets or exit them altogether, leaving a ...

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