That approach comes in addition to a series of letters from a number of senators, including Ted Cruz, asking pointed questions of the organization and its links to the Chinese government.Reflecting a repeated assurance by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling that the National Telecommunications and Information Association NTIA is able to extend the current contract that it has with ICANN beyond September, Rubio's letter specifically asks Strickling to "consider an extension."Most significantly, back in July 2014 – four months after the transition was announced – he wrote a letter PDF to ICANN outlining a number of reforms that he felt needed to be in place before ICANN could be allowed to take over the IANA contract.That legal assessment was later abandoned when it was revealed to have been built on an almost comic interpretation of the law that comprised ignoring the parts of corporate code that didn't fit with its argument, sometimes even with wording contained in the same paragraph.Money, money, moneyAs well as frustrating reform efforts and hiding its true expenditures, a lack of accountability has also been highlighted in the company's wages.But in every case, the same corporate culture has managed to re-impose itself and undermine the very changes that were designed to cause a turnaround in its behavior.
For all the ways in which Donald Trump supposedly represents the destruction of the Republican party, the presumptive presidential nominee has toed the line on global warming, deeming himself a nonbeliever even as he s drifted away from the most hardcore anti-climate change rhetoric.Perhaps unsurprisingly, that all changes when the future of one of his businesses is at stake.As The Politico reports, the Trump International Hotel & Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland recently filed a permit application to build a sea wall along the beach of its golf course to protect it from erosion and rising sea levels as caused by global warming:The statement acknowledges one Irish government study that assumes a steady rate of erosion through 2050, but argues that the study fails to account for the effects of climate change: If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.The bigger problem, though, according to the impact statement, will be the erosion caused by larger, more frequent storms.One such appeal was already denied by the national government, which has forced the hotel to turn to the local government in Clare County to approve its request to pile 200,000 tons of rock along the property s two mile-long beach.Though Trump has previously boasted about his involvement with his Irish resort, its unclear to what extent he was involved with the petition that is happy to feed into global warming panic.
"The bill contains $315 million for the FCC—a cut of $69 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $43 million below the agency's request," said an announcement by the House Appropriations Committee chaired by Rep. Hal Rogers R-Ky. , who received $25,500 from the telecom industry in the current campaign cycle."The legislation prohibits the FCC from implementing the net neutrality order until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, prohibits the FCC from regulating broadband rates, and requires the FCC to refrain from further activity of the recently proposed set-top box rule until a study is completed."Republicans have previously proposed bills banning "rate regulation," even though the FCC has made no move to set the rates charged by home Internet providers.The FCC is currently examining zero-rating plans that impose data caps on some types of content and not others, but this bill would prevent the FCC from taking any action against such plans.The study would have to be peer-reviewed and conducted by an institution of higher education.But it's customary for FCC chairs to leave just before or within a few months after a new presidential term begins.
Some major companies, including PayPal, Google Venture, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Lionsgate Entertainment, put their money where their mouths were, canceling existing plans for projects in the state or vowing a boycott on future investments.The petition ultimately garnered more than 830,000 signatures.Despite the hesitation of many top companies to buck the GOP, representatives of the progressive coalition argue that their efforts are beginning to yield fruit.Alyssa Katz, author of The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life, argues that it s probably Trump supporters, more so than politicians, whom the corporations are afraid of alienating.Facebook, in particular, may be sensitive to backlash, Katz noted, with the company still reeling from accusations that its Trending topics feature is biased against conservative news.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
Jimmy Kimmel took Donald Trump to task over the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use this week.When Kimmel noted that his previously stated views conflicted with most of the GOP, Trump once again re-iterated many of the same vague and unspecific thoughts he offered in a May 16 Washington Post interview, but somehow came across as even more unsure of anything related to the issue — including his own feelings.What really I m saying is — and I think it s pretty simple — let the states decide, Trump said.After Trump noted that most of the Republican party generally believes that whatever you re born, that s the bathroom you use, Kimmel pressed him yet again in regard to his personal views on the issue.Kimmel asked, adding, I think you do.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
In news potentially more terrifying than handing over the trigger to presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump, the US government has revealed the computers used to command its nuclear arsenal aren't exactly cutting edge.According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office via Business Insider , some of the machines still have 8-inch floppy disk drives.Related: Here's our totally unrelated Fallout 4 reviewBefore you go running for the nearest nuclear bunker, like the one in Deep Impact, know that plans to upgrade to a system that doesn t pre-date Ronald Reagan s presidency are in play.The report points out: The agency is planning to update data storage solutions, port expansion processors, portable terminals, and desktop terminals, which are all scheduled to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017."Well, that s good, we feel much better about that.We definitely won t be digging a 50-ft deep hole in the backyard and building a shelter this weekend.
Buried deep within the House Appropriations Committee budget proposal PDF is a set of new rules that limit the FCC's ability to use its funds for activities including the regulation of "prices, other fees, or data caps and allowances" for broadband internet providers.Additionally, the budget proposal calls for the regulator to be blocked from enforcing any of the rules it laid out in its February 2015 order on open internet access until a handful of court cases filed by telecom groups challenging the FCC rules can be resolved.The provisions would effectively paralyze efforts by the Democrat-leaning FCC to enforce any of the open internet rules it passed last year, a goal that many House Republicans have been seeking to accomplish for some time, arguing that the FCC's red-tape is an unneeded incursion by the government into the private sector.The bill also aims to bar the FCC from setting up any network of its own, with the exception of a network that "blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography."Meanwhile...Should the FCC manage to avoid castration at the hands of the House, the commission looks to be pushed to act on the "zero rating" content controversy, thanks to a petition that was submitted earlier this week.In an open letter to the FCC, a group of signatories including Reddit, Kickstarter, Mozilla and Yelp asks that the commission step in and rule on the practice of ISPs and mobile carriers exempting select streaming services from having their content count toward customer data caps.
Reuters — An effort in the U.S. Senate to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation s authority to use a secretive surveillance order has delayed a vote on a popular email privacy bill, casting further doubt on whether the legislation will become law this year.The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday postponed consideration of a measure that would require government authorities to obtain a search warrant before asking technology companies, such as Microsoft and Alphabet Inc s Google, to hand over old emails.A version of the Senate bill unanimously passed the House last month.Currently, federal agencies do not need a warrant to access emails or other digital communications more than 180 days old due to a provision in a 1986 law that considers them abandoned by the owner.But Republican party senators offered amendments Thursday that privacy advocates argued contravened the purpose of the underlying bill and would likely sink its chances of becoming law.Those amendments include one by Senator John Cornyn, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, that would broaden the FBI s authority to deploy an administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter to include electronic communications transaction records such as the timestamps of emails and their senders and recipients.Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee, the Democratic and Republican authors of the email privacy bill, agreed to postpone the vote to give time to lawmakers to review the amendments and other provisions of the bill that have prompted disagreement.NSLs do not require a warrant and are almost always accompanied by a gag order preventing the service provider from sharing the request with a targeted user.The letters have existed since the 1970s, though the scope and frequency of their use expanded greatly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.In 2015 requests for customer records via NSLs increased nearly 50 percent to 48,642 requests, up from 33,024 in 2014, according to a U.S. government transparency report.The Obama administration has for years lobbied for a change to how NSLs can be used, after a 2008 legal memo from the Justice Department said the law limits them largely to phone billing records.FBI Director James Comey has said the change needed essentially corrects a typo.The Senate Intelligence Committee this week passed a bill to fund the U.S. intelligence community that contains a similar provision that would allow NSLs to be used to gather email records.Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, voted against the proposal and said it takes a hatchet to important protections for Americans liberty.Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Alan Crosby
"It's important that we recognize what he has done because that's usually a pretty good indicator of what he will do."Clinton's campaign cast the revelations as part of a pattern in which Trump makes promises to help improve others' lives but is only concerned with promoting himself.The former secretary of state also asserted that while Trump pledged to donate $6 million to veterans groups during the campaign, he only followed through under pressure from the media.He said they were retirees, single mothers and young people trying to start businesses.It is our job to rekindle that motivation ... to make them once again see the potential of achieving their dream," according to a "sales playbook."The documents unsealed Tuesday do include testimony from several satisfied customers.
It s time to get up in the guts of one of the candidates for President of the United States.Developer Bossa Studios has launched a new update for its Surgeon Simulator game in a $3 Anniversary Expansion that has players operating on presumptive Republican Party nominee and three time runner-up in the comb-over world championships Donald Trump.Bossa is trying to keep its game relevant and entertaining to watch since Surgeon Simulator has already found a lot of success by catering to a crowd that wants to livestream funny and strange experiences to their personal YouTube and Twitch channels.Adding The Donald, who is the GOP s next great hope, could get a few more people to boot up the game during their video broadcasts.Surgeon Simulator is a game where players control a pair of hands that must perform organ transplants and other delicate medical procedures.The problem is that you have a little too much control over the limbs, and they are difficult to maneuver in an accurate way.This can lead to issues when you go in to slice open a patient with a scalpel and accidentally cut up all their vital tissues and organs in the process.We ll check out the game to see what procedures Trump requires — although I m betting he is requesting hand-enhancement surgery.Now, the goal of Surgeon Simulator is to save the patient, and I would suggest you try to play along — especially if you re broadcasting your game to Twitch.Don t make me write a story about how the Secret Service came to your house because you were laughing while letting former reality-television star and depressing reflection of society Donald Trump perish.
BuzzFeed announced Monday it is terminating a planned advertising deal with the Republican National Committee RNC because the Trump campaign "is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees."Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed CEO, wrote an email to employees on Monday morning to inform them of the decision.Peretti notes that Trump has said he wants to ban Muslims from entering the US, has "threatened to limit the free press," and has made "offensive" statements towards various other groups of people.Peretti writes:The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world and in some cases, such as his proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, would make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs.Peretti says that BuzzFeed doesn't need to agree with the positions or values of all its advertisers and that the decision "will have no influence" on how its editorial team covers the campaign.And while BuzzFeed never likes to turn away ad dollars, Peretti said in some cases the company has to make exceptions."We don't run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won't accept Trump ads for the same reason," Peretti signs off.BuzzFeed has a slightly different advertising model than most publications.Rather than simply running display ads that the brands create themselves, BuzzFeed's creative and video teams work with the advertiser to create original content, such as posts, quizzes, infographics, and videos.Presumably the issue wasn't just that BuzzFeed would be accepting money from the RNC, but that it would have to actually create the ads that promote the views the company opposes.BuzzFeed and the Trump campaign have already had skirmishes in the past.In March this year, Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said he was considering taking legal action against BuzzFeed over an article that alleged he made unwanted sexual advances towards female journalists covering Trump, New York Magazine reported.Lewandowski said he told BuzzFeed the story was inaccurate but the journalist ran the story anyway.The RNC could not immediately be reached for comment about BuzzFeed pulling its ad deal.NOW WATCH: A global intelligence analyst explains why the real China is not the China we think ofLoading video...
Donald Trump often gets away with saying things that would be political suicide for anyone else.In the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando last weekend, Donald Trump says he plans to meet with the National Rifle Association to talk about limiting gun access to people suspected of ties to terrorism.Keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists is entirely in keeping with that message, whether or not it aligns with the Republican playbook.Do they take this opportunity to voice their support for a policy that 71 percent of Americans already support?This incident may still scare Republicans anyway, if for no other reason than it illustrates how little control the GOP and its longstanding allegiances have over Trump as president.President Barack Obama waits during a break in filming a town hall meeting for PBS Newshour at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart, Indiana on June 1, 2016.
In it, the controversial figure is branded the "misogynist in chief", "out of touch" and "a liar".The release comes after it was reported that Russian state-sponsored hackers had stolen the sensitive files from the Democratic National Committee computer networks, where they had been monitoring chats and emails for over a year."There's no nice way of saying it – Donald Trump is running a campaign built on fear-mongering, divisiveness, and racism," the document states."His major policy announcements have included banning all Muslims from entering the US, and calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and "drug dealers" while proposing a US-Mexico border wall.Guccifer may have been the first one who penetrated Hillary Clinton's and other Democrats' mail servers.The references to "Guccifer" are in relation to a Romanian hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, who breached the private email server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2013.
Are politics an important consideration for finding your significant other?Do you find it hard to imagine the union of a donkey and an elephant?And if you re part of the Grand Old Party, you can check out REP, the app that promises the enjoyment of safe Republican dating with like-minded Republican singles.You can set your dating preferences and specify qualities you find most appealing other than voting red, of course , and once you re ready to go, you ll become discoverable to other users.From there, Rep works like any other dating app — you can chat with prospects, go on dates, and see if that virtual chemistry exists in real life too.If things don t work out, or you find that your fellow Republican is just cramping your online dating style, rest assured that you can block certain contacts.
Apple specifically pointed to Trump s comments about minority groups, immigrants and women in explaining its choice, two sources with knowledge of the decision told Politico.Emily Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland 2016 host committee, a nonprofit helping finance this year s GOP convention, said the committee has already raised 90 percent of its budget.The nonprofit host committees have taken on an increasingly important role in financing the costly conventions.Unlike the party-run organizing committees, city host committees can receive direct cash donations from corporations, not just in-kind contributions.Any company that wants to be on right side of history should follow Apple s lead before it s too late, Robinson said.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
A Bloomberg report notes that Wells Fargo & Co., United Parcel Service Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., all of whom sponsored the 2012 convention, will not be partaking at the same level this year.The Silicon Valley behemoth s decision breaks with that of its compatriots, as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have all signaled the provision of some support to the GOP next month.After all, it wasn t too long ago that Facebook was accused of curating liberal stories in its Trending News section, and in the spring a number of civil rights groups set up a Trump protest at Google s headquarters.That said, a few companies that decided not to support the convention have explicitly cited Trump as their rationale, so maybe it s just unfortunate timing.Of course, Trump has always insisted that he has more than enough personal funds to pave his road to the White House, so perhaps the reluctance of many corporate sponsors to participate this year won t be such a big blow to the reality television star.But it s not just businesses who are suggesting that they may not make an appearance at the convention — indeed, some top Republicans have also indicated that they might be absent from the event.
Trump Apple Republican ConventionRemember when Donald Trump asked people to boycott Apple for refusing to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooting but then kept using his iPhone anyway ?Apple cited Trump s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities among the reasons.Apple did not comment on the matter, but two sources familiar with the matter said that Apple decided not to donate any of its products or cash.HP also announced in June that it will not provide any support to the Cleveland convention scheduled for next month.Along with the sharing economy, the renting economy is making its mark.By finding new ways to rent resources, we're saving time and money for what matters most.
With Trump firing his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday amid floundering poll numbers, analysts said that Apple's move also illustrates a growing view among the tech elite that Trump will likely have about as much staying power as Windows Vista.Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times "I think it shows just what utter disdain executives at Apple have for Donald Trump," said Bill Whalen, a former Republican operative and research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution."Trump's stunning rise from Reality TV star to Republican torchbearer has left many companies struggling with how to appear politically neutral while avoiding being too closely associated with Trump, whose comments about Muslims and Mexicans have led to charges of racism.Several leading corporations have already either cut back their contributions or disassociated themselves from the Republican gala altogether.AdvertisementAmong companies that won't be donating to this year's GOP convention are JP Morgan Chase, which gave $200,000 in 2012, Wells Fargo, which gave $500,000, and Ford, which gave $100,000 in 2012, according to ColorOfChange, a civil-rights group whose political action committee is pressuring corporations to boycott the convention."We believe encouraging this ongoing conversation is important because an informed debate about the candidates and the issues is essential to the Democratic process."Follow him on Twitter at Matthew Artz.
Just last month, The Wall Street Journal dubbed the 51-year-old Benioff an activist CEO, a new kind of corporate leader unafraid to take on the kinds of controversial issues typical corporate chieftains fear to touch.A recent analysis from Moody s that examined Trump s economic proposals said a Trump presidency would throw the global economy into recession.Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg, a big proponent of immigration, obliquely criticized Trump at a recent conference.After battling one of the bill s co-sponsors on Twitter — Benioff is a prolific tweeter — he renewed his call to corporate leaders to rally against the measure, which he said was pushed by bigots.Musk, admitting he hadn t thought about the issue much before, told HuffPost later that night he d consider reviewing pay at his company to make sure it was equitable.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
House Republicans learned an important lesson Wednesday: It s hard to keep a lid on information in the smartphone era.Shortly after Democrats began a sit-in at the House chamber to call for gun control, Rep. Ted Poe R-Texas declared a recess — causing the cameras that normally feed live footage to C-SPAN to shut down instead.Undeterred, the network switched to footage broadcast by Rep. Scott Peters D-Calif. via Periscope, a smartphone app that allows anyone to live stream video of their surroundings.Periscope quickly created a channel dedicated to the event, allowing its users to easily access the footage:With official broadcasts suspended in the House, we ve created a channel to follow NoBillNoBreak on Periscope live pic.twitter.com/1xM0QGqvzh— Periscope TV @periscopetv June 22, 2016And the company s CEO, Kayvon Beykpour, took a dig at Facebook Live s Chewbacca Mom in a tweet gloating about the situation:But minutes later, the Periscope feed ended and C-SPAN actually did shift to Facebook Live:Howard Mortman, head of communications at C-SPAN, told The Huffington Post that this is the first time the network has used live streaming apps like this.Before 2015, when Periscope and other live streaming platforms became widely available, the camera shutdown would have meant that the public couldn t see the protest at the House — or how their elected officials responded to it.In what now seems like a prophetic statement, Bloomberg s Mark Halperin told HuffPost last year that live streaming apps would represent a sea change for political media.