GOP senator blasts Pelosi for trying to control the impeachment trial — ‘she just hates Trump’

GOP Sen. Rick Scott on Monday railed against what he calls the impeachment “circus” surrounding President Donald Trump, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of playing games. “She just hates Trump,” Scott said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Clearly what Pelosi has done is a circus, it’s a sham,” the Florida Republican added. Scott was referring to the speaker’s delay in sending to the Senate the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month. The president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoi


GOP Sen. Rick Scott on Monday railed against what he calls the impeachment “circus” surrounding President Donald Trump, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of playing games.
“She just hates Trump,” Scott said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“Clearly what Pelosi has done is a circus, it’s a sham,” the Florida Republican added.
Scott was referring to the speaker’s delay in sending to the Senate the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month.
The president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoi
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GOP senator blasts Pelosi for trying to control the impeachment trial — 'she just hates Trump'

GOP Sen. Rick Scott on Monday railed against what he calls the impeachment “circus” surrounding President Donald Trump, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of playing games.

“She just hates Trump,” Scott said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “She said it was so important to get it done in December and didn’t have time to have witnesses come, and now she wants to tell us how to do the trial in the Senate.”

“Clearly what Pelosi has done is a circus, it’s a sham,” the Florida Republican added. “We should be doing things that are important, but we’re playing this game.”

A spokesperson for Pelosi did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Scott was referring to the speaker’s delay in sending to the Senate the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month. She’s expected to send them this week.

The California Democrat’s delay was part of a strategy aimed at trying to force concessions out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, including the ability to call witnesses.

McConnell, however, shut down that idea last week, telling reporters that he had enough votes to start the trial without a commitment to hear from additional witnesses.

“It’s frustrating to me,” Scott, a key ally of Trump, added. “The Democrats didn’t prove anything but that he is innocent.”

Trump was charged last month with abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden while withholding aid as leverage, and with obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House investigation.

The president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and is backed by Senate Republicans, who are unlikely to vote to remove the GOP president.


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Mind-reading technology lets you control tech with your brain — and it actually works

These devices can record brain signals from sensors on the scalp (or even devices implanted within the brain) and translate them into digital signals. This industry is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year, with the technology used for everything from education and prosthetics, to gaming and smart home control. I tried a couple of wearables that track brain activity at CES this week, and was surprised to find they really work. “FocusOne is detecting the subtle electrical signals that your bra


These devices can record brain signals from sensors on the scalp (or even devices implanted within the brain) and translate them into digital signals.
This industry is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year, with the technology used for everything from education and prosthetics, to gaming and smart home control.
I tried a couple of wearables that track brain activity at CES this week, and was surprised to find they really work.
“FocusOne is detecting the subtle electrical signals that your bra
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Mind-reading technology lets you control tech with your brain — and it actually works

LAS VEGAS — It’s not the self-driving cars, flying cars or even the dish-washing robots that stick out as the most transformative innovation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show: It’s the wearable gadgets that can read your mind.

There’s a growing category of companies focused on the “Brain-Computer Interface.” These devices can record brain signals from sensors on the scalp (or even devices implanted within the brain) and translate them into digital signals. This industry is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year, with the technology used for everything from education and prosthetics, to gaming and smart home control.

This isn’t science fiction. I tried a couple of wearables that track brain activity at CES this week, and was surprised to find they really work. NextMind has a headset that measures activity in your visual cortex with a sensor on the back of your head. It translates the user’s decision of where to focus his or her eyes into digital commands.

“You don’t see with your eyes, your eyes are just a medium,” Next Mind CEO Sid Kouider said. “Your vision is in your brain, and we analyze your vision in your brain and we can know what you want to act upon and then we can modify that to basically create a command.”

Kouider said that this is the first time there’s been a brain-computer interface outside the lab, and the first time you can theoretically control any device by focusing your thoughts on them.

Wearing a Next Mind headset, I could change the color of a lamp — red, blue and green — by focusing on boxes lit up with those colors. The headset also replaced a remote control. Staring at a TV screen, I could activate a menu by focusing on a triangle in a corner of the screen. From there, focusing my eyes, I could change the channel, mute or pause video, just by focusing on a triangle next to each command.

“We have several use cases, but we are also targeting entertainment and gaming because that’s where this technology is going to have its best use,” Kouider said. “The experience of playing or applying it on VR for instance or augmented reality is going to create some new experiences of acting on a virtual world.”

Next Mind’s technology isn’t available to consumers yet, but the company is selling a $399 developer kit with the hope that other companies to create new applications.

“I think it’s going to still take some time until we nail … the right use case,” Kouider said. “That’s the reason we are developing this technology, to have people use the platform and develop their own use cases.”

Another company focused on the brain-computer interface, BrainCo, has the FocusOne headband, with sensors on the forehead measuring the activity in your frontal cortex. The “wearable brainwave visualizer” is designed to measure focus, and its creators want it to be used in schools.

“FocusOne is detecting the subtle electrical signals that your brain is producing,” BrainCo President Max Newlon said. “When those electrical signals make their way to your scalp, our sensor picks them up, takes a look at them and determines, ‘Does it look like your brain is in a state of engagement? Or does it look like your brain is in a state of relaxation?'”

Wearing the headband, I tried a video game with a rocket ship. The harder I focused, the faster the rocket ship moved, increasing my score. I then tried to get the rocket ship to slow down by relaxing my mind. A light on the front of the headband turns red when your brain is intensely focused, yellow if you’re in a relaxed state and blue if you’re in a meditative state. The headbands are designed to help kids learn to focus their minds, and to enable teachers to understand when kids are zoning out. The headband costs $350 for schools and $500 for consumers. The headset comes with software and games to help users understand how to focus and meditate.

BrainCo also has a prosthetic arm coming to market later this year, which will cost $10,000 to $15,000, less than half the cost of an average prosthetic. BrainCo’s prosthetic detects muscle signals and feeds them through an algorithm that can help it operate better over time, Newlon said.

“The thing that sets this prosthetic apart, is after enough training, [a user] can control individual fingers and it doesn’t only rely on predetermined gestures. It’s actually like a free-play mode where the algorithm can learn from him, and he can control his hands just like we do,” Newlon said.


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A security flaw in China’s TikTok app was found. It lets hackers use text messages to control accounts

(Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The cybersecurity firm found that it’s possible to send a standard text message to any phone number on behalf of TikTok. On the app’s own site, there is a function that lets users send a text message to themselves so they can download the app. The findings will add fuel to arguments, particularly from U.S. politicians, that TikTok — owned by Chinese company ByteDance — is a national security threat . But attackers could create a fake text messag


(Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The cybersecurity firm found that it’s possible to send a standard text message to any phone number on behalf of TikTok.
On the app’s own site, there is a function that lets users send a text message to themselves so they can download the app.
The findings will add fuel to arguments, particularly from U.S. politicians, that TikTok — owned by Chinese company ByteDance — is a national security threat .
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A security flaw in China's TikTok app was found. It lets hackers use text messages to control accounts

TikTok logo is seen displayed on a phone screen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on November 13, 2019. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The cybersecurity firm found that it’s possible to send a standard text message to any phone number on behalf of TikTok. On the app’s own site, there is a function that lets users send a text message to themselves so they can download the app.

It comes amid heightened scrutiny of the Chinese-owned platform. The findings will add fuel to arguments, particularly from U.S. politicians, that TikTok — owned by Chinese company ByteDance — is a national security threat .

Cybersecurity firm Check Point said it found flaws that could allow hackers to take control of TikTok accounts and manipulate the content, upload and delete videos and reveal personal information such as a private email address.

But attackers could create a fake text message that appeared to be from TikTok, but actually contained a malicious link. Once users clicked on the link, hackers could take control of the account.

There was also a vulnerability in a TikTok web domain which allowed attackers to insert a malicious code. This was used to retrieve personal information of users.

Check Point said it disclosed the findings to TikTok and they have been patched.

“TikTok is committed to protecting user data. Like many organizations, we encourage responsible security researchers to privately disclose zero day vulnerabilities to us,” Luke Deshotels of TikTok’s security team said in a statement. “Before public disclosure, CheckPoint agreed that all reported issues were patched in the latest version of our app. We hope that this successful resolution will encourage future collaboration with security researchers.”

The security patch is unlikely to allay concerns of U.S. lawmakers who have said the app could be a national security threat. TikTok is also the subject of a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, national security review into its acquisition of Musica.ly, an app it bought in 2017.

The inquiry stems in part from the dangers the committee perceives from the Chinese government’s access to the app’s data and user profiles, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC last year.


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Internet nonprofit leaders fight deal to sell control of .org domain

A group of prominent internet pioneers is mobilizing to block the $1.1 billion sale of control of the .org internet domain, arguing that the takeover of .org by a newly formed private company would hurt the millions of nonprofits that rely on it. Registrations for websites ending in .org have long been overseen by the U.S. nonprofit Internet Society, which unexpectedly announced in November that it was selling control to a year-old company called Ethos Capital. Spokespeople for the Internet Soci


A group of prominent internet pioneers is mobilizing to block the $1.1 billion sale of control of the .org internet domain, arguing that the takeover of .org by a newly formed private company would hurt the millions of nonprofits that rely on it.
Registrations for websites ending in .org have long been overseen by the U.S. nonprofit Internet Society, which unexpectedly announced in November that it was selling control to a year-old company called Ethos Capital.
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Internet nonprofit leaders fight deal to sell control of .org domain

A screen shows a rolling feed of new ‘Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs) which have been applied for during a press conference hosted by ICANN in central London, on June 13, 2012.

A group of prominent internet pioneers is mobilizing to block the $1.1 billion sale of control of the .org internet domain, arguing that the takeover of .org by a newly formed private company would hurt the millions of nonprofits that rely on it.

Registrations for websites ending in .org have long been overseen by the U.S. nonprofit Internet Society, which unexpectedly announced in November that it was selling control to a year-old company called Ethos Capital. The firm counts a recent former head of ICANN, the internet’s governing authority, as one of its advisers.

In a move to press the U.S.-based ICANN to block the sale, prominent internet executives told Reuters they have created a nonprofit cooperative they are offering as an alternative owner of .org.

“There needs to be a place on the internet that represents the public interest, where educational sites, humanitarian sites, and organizations like Wikipedia can provide a broader public benefit,” said Katherine Maher, the CEO of Wikipedia parent Wikimedia Foundation, who signed on to be a director of the new nonprofit. The crowd-sourced research tool Wikipedia is the most visited of the 10 million .org sites registered worldwide.

Spokespeople for the Internet Society and Ethos said both would say more about their agreed deal soon.

“The Internet Society’s central focus is not on domain name operations,” the Internet Society said in a statement on Tuesday. “We need to focus on the goals we have – to make the Internet available to the people who don’t have it, and to make sure the Internet is defended against its attackers.”

It has previously said that Ethos would keep the same management team, consult with nonprofits, and offer more services.

Hundreds of nonprofits have already objected to the transaction, worried that Ethos will raise registration and renewal prices, cut back on infrastructure and security spending, or make deals to sell sensitive data or allow censorship or surveillance.

Some said they see ICANN’s response to the deal as a critical test of its sole authority over a rapidly expanding domain name system already dominated by private industry and subject to government pressures.

“What offended me about the Ethos Capital deal and the way it unfolded is that it seems to have completely betrayed this concept of stewardship,” said Andrew McLaughlin, who oversaw the transfer of internet governance from the U.S. Commerce Department to ICANN, completed in 2016.

Maher and others said the idea of the new cooperative is not to offer a competing financial bid for .org, which brings in roughly $100 million in revenue from domain sales. Instead, they hope that the unusual new entity, formally a California Consumer Cooperative Corporation, can manage the domain for security and stability and make sure it does not become a tool for censorship.

The advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which previously organized a protest over the .org sale that drew in organizations including the YMCA of the United States, Greenpeace, and Consumer Reports, is also supporting the cooperative.

“It’s highly inappropriate for it to be turned over to a commercial venture at all, much less one that’s going to need to recover $1 billion,” said EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn.

The initial seven directors of the cooperative include former founding ICANN President Michael Roberts, MacArthur Foundation philanthropist Jeff Ubois and Bill Woodcock, whose Packet Clearing House now runs the technical aspects of the .org system under contract.

The new group has briefed members of the U.S. Congress and hopes to prompt the Internet Society to reconsider the sale. But its best shot at stopping the pending sale lies with ICANN, which can veto any change in ownership out of concern for the security, reliability or stability of the .org domain.

ICANN has 30 days from Dec. 30 to approve the Ethos sale, reject it, or ask more questions, said ICANN Senior Vice President Cyrus Namazi. He said ICANN had not solicited public input on the deal but would consult with its board before making a final decision.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2020-01-07  Authors: joseph menn
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Venezuela’s Maduro claims control of Congress as blockade prevents Guaido from entering parliament

Pro Guaido lawmakers struggle with the national guard to enter the National assembly as Luis Parra swears in at the assembly building session as the new leader of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on January 05, 2020. The leader of Venezuela’s internationally-recognized government was violently blocked from entering parliament, as the embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro installed a new head of Congress. Juan Guaido, who had used his position as leader of the opposition


Pro Guaido lawmakers struggle with the national guard to enter the National assembly as Luis Parra swears in at the assembly building session as the new leader of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on January 05, 2020.
The leader of Venezuela’s internationally-recognized government was violently blocked from entering parliament, as the embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro installed a new head of Congress.
Juan Guaido, who had used his position as leader of the opposition
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Venezuela's Maduro claims control of Congress as blockade prevents Guaido from entering parliament

Pro Guaido lawmakers struggle with the national guard to enter the National assembly as Luis Parra swears in at the assembly building session as the new leader of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on January 05, 2020.

The leader of Venezuela’s internationally-recognized government was violently blocked from entering parliament, as the embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro installed a new head of Congress.

Juan Guaido, who had used his position as leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly to declare himself as the country’s rightful interim president in early 2019, was prevented from entering parliament by Maduro’s Bolivarian National Guards on Sunday.

He had been due to attend a parliamentary session for what was expected to be his re-election as head of Congress.

At one stage during chaotic and at times violent scenes in central Caracas, Guaido was seen trying to climb over an iron fence in order to try to get into the building.

National guards with riot shields ultimately repelled Guaido’s efforts, who appeared to rip his blue suit during the melee.

The blockade, which was condemned by the U.S., European Union and a dozen Latin American countries as an assault on democracy, allowed Maduro’s regime to hand the post to Luis Parra — a former ally to the opposition before he was recently expelled from the party over corruption allegations.

Opposition lawmakers quickly held an impromptu session to re-elect Guaido at the headquarters of El Nacional, a pro-opposition newspaper.

It has resulted in two competing leaders of parliament, at a time when the oil-rich, but cash-poor, country is the midst of a long-running political stand-off.

“I regret the embarrassing show of the dictatorship to try to prevent the inevitable: that despite persecuting and imprisoning, they have not broken the fighting spirit of the deputies and that of all Venezuela,” Guaido said via Twitter during the early hours of Monday morning.


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Deadly shooting in Texas becomes a rallying cry for both sides in the gun control debate

Police and fire departments surround the scene of a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate have seized on the Sunday shooting in White Settlement, Texas, as a rallying cry for their respective causes. But gun safety advocates argued that the shooting itself wouldn’t have happened if the U.S. − and Texas − had stronger gun regulation. Divisions around the shooting in Texas come amid a broader p


Police and fire departments surround the scene of a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.
Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate have seized on the Sunday shooting in White Settlement, Texas, as a rallying cry for their respective causes.
But gun safety advocates argued that the shooting itself wouldn’t have happened if the U.S. − and Texas − had stronger gun regulation.
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Deadly shooting in Texas becomes a rallying cry for both sides in the gun control debate

Police and fire departments surround the scene of a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate have seized on the Sunday shooting in White Settlement, Texas, as a rallying cry for their respective causes.

On Sunday, 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen opened fire in at West Freeway Church of Christ, killing two people before a member of the church’s security team shot and killed him. A video of the incident shows other parishioners reaching for firearms, as well.

Gun-rights advocates, including President Donald Trump, have pointed to the shooting as evidence that access to arms gives citizens better ability to defend themselves. Lawmakers in Texas have passed legislation reflecting that viewpoint, including a series of laws loosening gun control that became effective in September.

The legislation, which was passed after a church shooting in Sutherland Springs left 26 people dead, made it legal for people to bring guns in church, along with other public places.

“Had that law not been passed that allowed these people to be armed, I fear we could have lost hundreds,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an interview with Fox News.

But gun safety advocates argued that the shooting itself wouldn’t have happened if the U.S. − and Texas − had stronger gun regulation.

“Media referencing the White Settlement shooting owe the public a nuanced discussion; we need watchdogs to make sure it’s so,” tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of gun safety group, Moms Demand Action.

“Two are dead due to Texas’ lax gun laws; a man with a long criminal history was able to access a long gun,” she added.

According to media reports, the assailant’s criminal history includes charges of assault, theft, arson and possession of an illegal weapon in Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.

Texas had the 25th highest rate of gun homicides in the U.S from 2008 to 2017, according to research compiled by Everytown, the gun safety group that runs Moms Demand Action.

Divisions around the shooting in Texas come amid a broader political debate over gun safety in the U.S. The issue is a major topic among Democratic presidential candidates who are running for the right to take on Trump next November. Leading candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden have advocated for universal background checks and closing loopholes that allow people to buy guns more easily from unlicensed sellers or online.

Mike Bloomberg, a late entrant to the race, has made gun safety is a seminal issue in his campaign. Bloomberg helped found Everytown and he remains a major financial backer of the organization. His financial support helped Democrats in Virginia take back state government in November, in an election that featured gun regulation as a leading issue.

In addition to closing loopholes and requiring universal background checks, Bloomberg has said that, if elected president he would pour $100 million a year into local violence intervention programs and at least $100 million for public health research into gun violence.

Trump, whose White House bid benefited from $30 million from the NRA in 2016, has said he wants to ensure the gun-rights lobby’s views are “represented and respected” in evaluating gun legislation, including H.R. 8., a bill that mandates background checks.

H.R. 8 passed the Democratic-controlled House in February, but has yet to come to a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not put any bill up for a vote unless he is sure that Trump would sign it.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump praised the benefits of allowing guns in church.

“If not for the fact that there were people inside of the church that were both armed, and highly proficient in using their weapon, the end result would have been catastrophic,” he wrote.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-31  Authors: lauren hirsch
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Six strategies for investing in any market

With large gains and repeated record highs in the stock market, this year could be one for the record books. “The way I handle it now with my investing practice is I pretty much ignore it,” she added. “What gives you ‘certainty’ and ‘control’ is having a system for investing, having some rules for investing,” she said. She follows the investing practice of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Make investing a practiceswissmediavisionTown also likes to think of investing as a practice, similar


With large gains and repeated record highs in the stock market, this year could be one for the record books.
“The way I handle it now with my investing practice is I pretty much ignore it,” she added.
“What gives you ‘certainty’ and ‘control’ is having a system for investing, having some rules for investing,” she said.
She follows the investing practice of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
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Six strategies for investing in any market

With large gains and repeated record highs in the stock market, this year could be one for the record books. Yet it wasn’t all smooth sailing. At times, concerns about trade caused spikes in market volatility. Whether you want to jump in with both feet, feel you’ve missed the boat or want to run in the other direction, there are some strategies you can follow to invest wisely. It’s also important to remember that the market is going to go up and down several times during your lifetime, said investor Danielle Town, author of “Invested” and co-host of the podcast InvestEd. “The way I handle it now with my investing practice is I pretty much ignore it,” she added. “I find wonderful companies with great management with strong competitive advantages at, hopefully, a good price.” If you want to invest wisely, there are several strategies you can follow through both calm and volatile times.

1. Have rules and a system

Worried about the uncertainty and lack of control surrounding stocks? Financial behaviorist Jacquette Timmons says you need to confront your fears by figuring out what exactly you are afraid of. And then, educate yourself about the ways to gain command of an investment strategy. “What gives you ‘certainty’ and ‘control’ is having a system for investing, having some rules for investing,” she said.

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Those rules could be around what kinds of stock you want to buy, how you evaluate its performance and the reasons you would want to sell — based upon company performance, not market performance, Timmons explained. The system would be when you are actually evaluating those rules, whether it is quarterly, annually or some other time frame, she added.

2. Have a balanced portfolio

3. Think long-term and wait

Forget short-term trades, said Town. She follows the investing practice of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. That means buying stocks and then holding them for the long-term. “Warren Buffett says the secret to great investing is to wait,” she said. “What he means by that is: Wait for the right thing to come along, the right company at the right price.”

4. Make investing a practice

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Town also likes to think of investing as a practice, similar to going to yoga or running a certain number of days a week. “Think of it as being more about your own personal experience than about what’s going on outside of us in the market because we don’t control what’s happening in the market,” she said. This way, she can sit back and discover what companies she is interested in buying.

5. Save 5% or 10% of your income

What you can control is how much you put aside for savings — including for emergencies and retirement, Francis said. Ideally, you should save 5% or 10% of your income each year, she said. To really outperform, put aside 15% if you can.

6. Invest in your values


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Your iPhone tracks where you go, here’s how to see what it knows and take control

You might be surprised to learn your iPhone tracks where you go. Apple’s latest iPhone software, iOS 13, helps protect you more than ever before, and lets you know which apps are tracking your location and when. For example, there’s a System Services page in iOS that shows 20 different ways your iPhone tracks your location. Apple tracks your location for “Location-Based Apple Ads,” for example. Here’s how to see how your iPhone is tracking your location and how to manage what it tracks.


You might be surprised to learn your iPhone tracks where you go.
Apple’s latest iPhone software, iOS 13, helps protect you more than ever before, and lets you know which apps are tracking your location and when.
For example, there’s a System Services page in iOS that shows 20 different ways your iPhone tracks your location.
Apple tracks your location for “Location-Based Apple Ads,” for example.
Here’s how to see how your iPhone is tracking your location and how to manage what it tracks.
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Your iPhone tracks where you go, here's how to see what it knows and take control

You might be surprised to learn your iPhone tracks where you go.

The New York Times published a story on Thursday about how lots of companies are able to track your location data and even identify people when that information is supposed to be anonymous.

Apple’s latest iPhone software, iOS 13, helps protect you more than ever before, and lets you know which apps are tracking your location and when. But your iPhone is still tracking everywhere you go, often by default.

For example, there’s a System Services page in iOS that shows 20 different ways your iPhone tracks your location. It does so for a variety of legitimate reasons, but most people probably don’t know this page even exists.

Your iPhone uses your location for HomeKit to identify if you’re away or near home, one way it can automatically turn on your lights when you get home or turn them off when you leave, for example. There’s also a setting to automatically set the time zone based on your location, or to make sure it’s searching for the right cellular networks. And another setting can be turned on to share your location with other people, like in the “Find My” app.

But there are a few places where you might not want your iPhone to track you at all. Apple tracks your location for “Location-Based Apple Ads,” for example. It can use your location for “Location-Based alerts,” or to let you know about merchants where you used Apple Pay to buy something.

More importantly, there’s an entire section called “Significant Locations” where Apple stores the places you go frequently — like work, home, or anywhere you’ve traveled. Apple uses this information for some legitimate purposes, too, like improving “Photo memories” so it can send you recaps of pictures you’ve taken in certain places. It can also improve your results in Maps, Calendar and other apps. These are all “end-to-end encrypted,” which means the information is scrambled on your phone, and “cannot be read by Apple,” according to the settings page.

But most of my colleagues who saw this for the first time didn’t like it, even if Apple does keep the location data private, largely because they didn’t know this area existed. So let’s change that.

Here’s how to see how your iPhone is tracking your location and how to manage what it tracks.

Open Settings on your iPhone.

Tap “Privacy.”

Choose “Location Services.”

Scroll to the bottom and select “System Services.”

You’ll see a page that looks like this:


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Why Syria’s small oil reserves have become the linchpin for political control in the region

But somehow the small reserves, barely pumping now after over eight years of war, have become a linchpin for political control. Even though Syria’s oil reserves are pretty minuscule for international standards, they’re actually quite important given the economic situation in the country. Karam Shaar Economic analystShaar, who is from Aleppo, said that most Syrians would like the oil revenue to help rebuild the country. “Oil or no oil, the Syrian regime will never be able to produce the resources


But somehow the small reserves, barely pumping now after over eight years of war, have become a linchpin for political control.
Even though Syria’s oil reserves are pretty minuscule for international standards, they’re actually quite important given the economic situation in the country.
Karam Shaar Economic analystShaar, who is from Aleppo, said that most Syrians would like the oil revenue to help rebuild the country.
“Oil or no oil, the Syrian regime will never be able to produce the resources
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Why Syria's small oil reserves have become the linchpin for political control in the region

People battle a blaze next to an oil well in an agricultural field in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, in the Hasakeh province near the Syrian-Turkish border on June 10, 2019. Delil Douleiman | AFP | Getty Images

BEIRUT- Akram Hassan remembers when the modest oil fields in the arid eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour attracted companies from around the world. As an engineer in the industry, and Kurd from the northern city of Qamishli, he watched the revenue disappear into the government’s coffers. “Syrian people did not have any benefit from this oil. … All the money the regime kept in their pocket,” said Hassan. Most higher-up workers in fields were from Latakia, the homeland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s family. “Arab petroleum is for Arabs,” they would tell him. It was a joke, but a revealing one, Hassan said.

Times have changed in his country. The oil has attracted another foreign power — the U.S. military — and Kurdish-led forces are the ones controlling the area and collecting revenue.

It’s all about oil

Syria was never a large oil producer compared to its resource-rich neighbors. But somehow the small reserves, barely pumping now after over eight years of war, have become a linchpin for political control. The Syrian economy has collapsed and significant outside help is unlikely. The country’s GDP has declined by more than 70% since 2010, according to the CIA’s World Factbook, and the unemployment rate is around 50%. The government’s budget decreased to around $1.162 billion in 2017 compared to $16.4 billion in 2010. The oil could be just enough to prop up the Syrian government — or a competing power. And who controls oil-rich stretches of the Syrian desert could determine who controls large regions of the country. In 2010, before conflict erupted, Syrian wells produced around 385,000 barrels per day, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. That amounted to just 0.5 percent of global production — around what North Dakota produced that year.

Members of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continue operations against the PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey regards as a terror group, within Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in Ras Al Ayn, Syria on October 17, 2019. Turkish Armed Forces | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

After the Islamic State won control over much of Syria’s east in 2014, where most wells are located, production plummeted. Analysts estimate that under ISIS rule the fields produced only around 30,000 to 40,000 bpd. Much of that was consumed locally. What was sold on the black market — making its way to the Syrian government, Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan — amounted to around $2 million to $3 million per day. It would have been a paltry amount for a modern nation but was a windfall for the terror group.

A key revenue stream

When the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the oil-rich eastern province in 2017, they also took over the revenue stream. According to experts, it’s the SDF’s primary source of funding, supporting its soldiers, public services and a vast bureaucratic network for the autonomous region in northeastern Syria. No one knows exactly how much revenue this amounts to but it’s likely on par with the several million dollars per day that ISIS collected. “Even though Syria’s oil reserves are pretty minuscule for international standards, they’re actually quite important given the economic situation in the country,” said Karam Shaar, a Syrian economic analyst who recently wrote on the topic for the Carnegie Middle East Center. The areas under Assad’s control consume around 60,000 bpd with an estimated 95% of this imported from Iran, said Shaar. But under President Donald Trump, pressure to cut off Iran’s oil exports has increased. And Syria’s economy remains in free fall. The budget for the regime is less than a third of its pre-war level. Meanwhile, an economic crisis in Lebanon, with banks imposing controls on withdrawals and foreign transfers to prevent a local currency collapse, has strained a financial lifeline used by many Syrians. The Syrian pound just hit its lowest value since the start of the war. Currently, it sits at around 765 to the dollar compared to 47 in 2011.

Even though Syria’s oil reserves are pretty minuscule for international standards, they’re actually quite important given the economic situation in the country. Karam Shaar Economic analyst

Shaar, who is from Aleppo, said that most Syrians would like the oil revenue to help rebuild the country. But he doesn’t think oil will play a major role, at least in the short-term, as it would take years to raise capacity again. Eugenio Dacrema, a Middle East research fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies in Italy, is also skeptical that large-scale reconstruction using oil funds is in Syria’s near future. First, oil infrastructure was heavily damaged during fighting and production levels have plummeted. Furthermore, the country lost virtually all industrial capability outside of Damascus during the war. And the regime lacks a large-scale plan needed to redevelop an array of once-interconnected economic centers including factories and supply lines, he said. Large foreign investors in the West or the Gulf haven’t opened their pocketbooks. “Oil or no oil, the Syrian regime will never be able to produce the resources internally [for rebuilding],” said Dacrema. But they can use the revenue, as the SDF does currently and ISIS before them, to support a subsistence state apparatus. The regime must also make sure to repay those that fought on its side to avoid future conflict.” Last year, Damascus gave Russia exclusive rights to extract oil and gas. But only a small number of wells are under Assad’s control. In 2018, an ill-fated offensive by Syrian forces and Russian private contractors against an SDF and American base in Deir al-Zour’s oil region led to hundreds of deaths for the attackers. It showed that American forces were serious about protecting the area. “It’s not a stable situation because the regime does need the money,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-13  Authors: justin higginbottom, special to cnbccom, scott cohn, tom connor
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North Korea’s nuclear issue is ‘unresolvable’: Control Risks

North Korea’s nuclear issue is ‘unresolvable’: Control RisksDane Chamorro of Control Risks says North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons because that’s their “last guarantee of survival.”


North Korea’s nuclear issue is ‘unresolvable’: Control RisksDane Chamorro of Control Risks says North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons because that’s their “last guarantee of survival.”
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North Korea's nuclear issue is 'unresolvable': Control Risks

North Korea’s nuclear issue is ‘unresolvable’: Control Risks

Dane Chamorro of Control Risks says North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons because that’s their “last guarantee of survival.”


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