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Trump lawyer accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining transition emails

A top lawyer for President Donald Trump’s transition team has accused a government agency of unlawfully turning over thousands of emails to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russia’s election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Kory Langhofer, general counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America (TFA), wrote a letter to the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee Saturday detailing claims that Mueller’s team had improperly received emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his…

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Technology 

California issues guidance on cell phones and health – CNET

California this week entered the long-running debate over whether cell phone use poses a health hazard when a state agency issued guidelines for reducing exposure to wireless signals. The guidelines, which come from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), don’t state that cell phone are dangerous, nor do they push to abandon cell phone use completely. Instead, they take a more cautionary tone by stating that multiple studies have suggested that the radiofrequency (RF) signals from phones may be linked to certain types of cancer, lower sperm count, memory…

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Inflammatory letter alleges Uber used shady tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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Science 

Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park

“I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this.” More Swimming is temporarily banned at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park Cove after a string of sea lion attacks. The latest attack happened Friday morning when a man was bitten on his upper thigh, the Los Angeles Times reported. The most recent incident led Aquatic Park Cove to ban swimming at least through Monday. “I’ve only been part of the unit for two years now and I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this,” San…

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Security robot loses its job after vandalism, threats – CNET

A Knightscope K-5 security robot comes with cameras and is designed to patrol outdoor areas in conjunction with human security help. Knightscope Maybe someday the robots will take all our jobs away, but this week, it was a robot that got a pink slip. The San Francisco SPCA animal shelter had been using a 5-foot-tall Knightscope security robot. After the robot arrived in November, there was less of a problem with things like drug needles and car break-ins, and tents used by the homeless disappeared from nearby sidewalks, the shelter…

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Google Maps now will tell you it’s time to get off the bus – CNET

Google Maps will now tell you when you’ve arrived at your train station — like Caltrain’s San Francisco terminal — or when it’s time to change bus lines. Stephen Shankland/CNET If you’ve ever worried about missing your stop, take heart: Google Maps will help you manage public transit a little better now. For people using the navigation service on Android phones, Google Maps now will offer departure times, estimate when you’ll arrive and alert you when you’re at your bus stop or have to transfer to another train line. For…

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Silicon Valley VC quits firm amid reports of sexual misconduct – CNET

Shervin Pishevar has resigned from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded in 2013. Stephen Shankland/CNET Shervin Pishevar, an embattled venture capitalist accused of sexual harassment and assault, is stepping down from the Silicon Valley investment firm he co-founded. Pishevar announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital on Thursday, a little more than a week after he said he was taking leave from the VC firm and Hyperloop One to focus on legal action directed at what he calls a “smear campaign” against him. Pishevar, who denies the allegations, said…

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Microsoft is using AI to bring nuance to our search results – CNET

Microsoft AI chief Harry Shum says the company is fulfilling Bill Gates’ vision of a computer that can understand us. Stephen Shankland/CNET If you ask Google “Is Hamilton a good musical?” it will send back a link to Quora, the question-and-answer service, where people ask that same question. The next link, a story published in Slate last year, is an interview with a critic who argues why the Pulitzer, Grammy and Tony-winning musical isn’t revolutionary (their pun, not ours). Microsoft thinks it can do better. Beginning Wednesday, the company will start…

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Women outing ‘bad actors’ in tech was defining moment, experts say – CNET

This year will be remembered as a watershed in Silicon Valley, as male executives in power were finally called out after women began speaking up about sexual harassment, a panel of experts says. “When people spoke up, there were repercussions. There was a loss of power, and a loss of reputation,” tech executive Sukhinder Singh Cassidy said Tuesday during the discussion, “Why Silicon Valley is so awful to women and what can be done about it,” at The Atlantic’s second annual Inclusion in Tech conference, in San Francisco. More women need…

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