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President Trump's first White House petition: release your tax returns
A petition for new US president Donald Trump to release his tax returns has already appeared on whitehouse.gov, the administration's official website. In fact, it's the first petition to appear on the newly-updated website. As of this writing the tax petition has more than 23,000 signatures. If it reaches 100,000, the White House has to give an official update within 60 days, at least according to the website itself.
Big Changes On White House Website As Donald Trump Takes Over
Advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality quickly condemned the Trump administration for scrubbing mentions of their community. The transition of the site is in progress as updates are made, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. The Obama White House content is also still accessible at a new site, ObamaWhiteHouse. The incoming White House will receive the WhiteHouse.gov domain and all content that has been posted to WhiteHouse.gov during the Obama administration will be archived with NARA.
Google's self-driving car unit to stop shaming humans
SAN FRANCISCO - Waymo, Google's newly renamed self-driving car division, has decided to stop shaming humans. Typically, the accidents involved either distracted or anxious humans rear-ending the Google cars at a stop light at walking speeds. Waymo also tests in Arizona, Washington and Texas, where there is no accident report requirement specific to self-driving cars. Google started working on self-driving car technology more than seven years ago, tucking the small program under the wing of its GoogleX moonshoot division.
Apple Adds to Qualcomm's Troubles, Filing Lawsuit Over Rebates
When Apple provided information to South Korean regulators in that case, and sought competing chips from Intel, Qualcomm refused to pay Apple its promised money, Apple said. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, Qualcomm said in a statement, adding that it would fight that lawsuit too. Qualcomm's engineers work at a 41-building campus between a park and the University of California, San Diego.
Android's new 'Instant Tethering' feature gets you online without unlocking your phone
Earlier today, Android Police spotted a new feature getting rolled out to some Android devices called Instant Tethering. On the Mac, you just click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and select your iPhone. On Android, it seems like it can pop up a request if you aren't online. This appears to be an Android-only feature that uses devices connected through a single Google account.
Apple files $1B suit against supplier Qualcomm
Apple is suing supplier Qualcomm for $1 billion, accusing the company of overcharging for its wireless chips and engaging in monopolistic tactics. In its lawsuit, Apple claims Qualcomm overcharged for its chips and then refused to pay $1 billion in rebates in retaliation for Apple cooperating with South Korean antitrust regulators probing Qualcomm. Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties, Apple said in a statement.
Firm believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy
The fledgling firm would use carbon dioxide emissions - a nemesis to the planet - to power a geothermal energy system, which would in turn produce low-cost, clean electricity. TerraCOH's patented geothermal technology could serve as a big underground battery, effectively storing renewable - but intermittent - wind and solar energy. The pair, along with Thomas Kuehn, a mechanical engineering professor, invented a renewable energy technology called CO2 Plume Geothermal.
Apple sues chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing monopoly
Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators. Apple said in the court filing that it has been overcharged billions of dollars by its chipmaking partner's illegal scheme. For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with, Apple said in an email statement.
Kickstarter suspends campaign for Adoptly, the dubious looking 'Tinder for adoption'
Kickstarter has suspended the campaign for Adoptly, the project to crowdfund a Tinder-like app for finding children up for adoption. While one member of the Adoptly team who spoke with The Verge insisted that it was real, there wasn't much evidence to back it up. Kickstarter declined to say why Adoptly's campaign was suspended, but pointed to a list of rules that campaigns can be suspended for violating. Adoptly's campaign wasn't going all that well anyway, so the suspension isn't about to change the outcome.
The National Park Service is slyly taunting President Trump on Twitter
President Donald Trump took over the sprawling US government today, and some of his new employees are using the occasion to poke at him on Twitter. Whoever is running the National Park Service's Twitter account is subtweeting the new president with messages that appear to challenge his ideas and his stature. The National Park Service also retweeted an article by Esquire about civil rights, climate change, and health care being scrubbed clean from WhiteHouse.gov.
Barack Obama Tweets As A Private Citizen For First Time
After Barack Obama handed the country and the Twitter handle over to Donald Trump, the outgoing president wasted little time in tweeting from his private Twitter account, which had been basically only used to retweet from the POTUS account since Jan 19, 2009. Obama may have worried his old account was a little rusty. Obama, a former law professor, couldn't sign off completely from social media without first giving America a homework assignment.
College accesses its Google account, says it won't collect $250K
CLOSE A college filed a lawsuit against a fired IT employee over a password to an account filled with email and course material for 2,000 students. INDIANAPOLIS - An online for-profit college announced Friday it will not collect on a $250,000 judgment against a former IT employee whom college officials say changed a key password before he was fired. All students have regained access and none of the data was compromised during the lockout, the college said Friday.

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