Pressure builds on Trump lawyer Cohen

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger | Washington Post WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is facing mounting pressure from two active federal investigations, contending with skyrocketing legal bills and planning to change lawyers in the near future, according to people familiar with the situation. Amid his escalating legal concerns, Cohen is feeling neglected by the president, his longtime patron for whom he has long professed his loyalty, the people said. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our Morning Report weekday newsletter. Cohen is under intensifying scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Manhattan who are examining his… Read More

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Apple: iPhones will now be even harder for law enforcement to crack

CUPERTINO — Apple is closing a loophole that allowed law enforcement to crack open an iPhone, making it harder for anyone but the owner to access the smartphone’s contents. The fix, however, may reignite a firestorm of words that occurred in 2016 between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over accessing the iPhone of San Bernardino mass-shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple refused to cooperate in opening the locked iPhone, and the FBI soon circumvented Apple by employing a third-party company to unlock the phone. Apple’s planned fix comes in the form of a new feature called “USB Restricted Mode.” Under USB Restricted Mode, an iPhone’s Lightning port — where… Read More

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‘I think we did right today’: CPS dog killed in the line of duty honoured nearly 50 years later

INNISFAIL – It was Oct. 19, 1969 when Calgary police dog Pharoh made the ultimate sacrifice. He and his handler Const. Herb Craig were tracking a suspect, taking them to a downtown rooftop. It was there when Pharoh fell through a fire escape to his death. Somehow, the incident was never documented by the service. It wasn’t until the now-retired Craig visited the Calgary police canine kennels nearly a year ago that the service was even aware of his partner’s death. He brought up Pharoh, noting that he wasn’t on the plaque dedicated to the other two Calgary police dogs who died in the line of duty — Gino and… Read More

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TLDR: Uber could use AI to identify drunk riders, big bets on energy storage, LEGO Seattle

[Editor’s Note: TLDR is GeekWire’s tech news rundown show, hosted by Starla Sampaco. Watch today’s update above, subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube, check back weekday afternoons for more, and sign up for TLDR email updates below.] Today’s featured stories Uber wants to patent a way to use AI to identify drunk passengers (CNN) Backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Breakthrough Energy Ventures places first bets on power storage Artist builds LEGO scene for a modern day Seattle, with iconic buildings — and tents on the streets Subscribe to GeekWire on YouTube. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Amazon cancels huge summer picnic and holiday party as Seattle employee count swells, plans new Prime Day celebration concert

A view of the crowd at the Amazon holiday party in 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) No more holiday parties or summer picnics for Amazon’s 45,000 employees in Seattle. Amazon announced that it has canceled two massive employee celebration events as the company’s workforce continues to swell in its hometown, according to an internal memo sent to employees this week that was obtained by GeekWire. The tech giant is replacing the events with a new “Post-Prime Day Celebration Concert” this summer following Prime Day, an online shopping extravaganza and Amazon’s own holiday of sorts. The date for the new concert and additional details — including performers and location —… Read More

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Easy trail access from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park just got $400,000 closer to happening

A $400,000 federal grant will help pay for a new trail between a subdivision and Rocky Mountain National Park. The 1.1 mile path will connect the Mountain Meadows subdivision in Estes Park and the landmark. The money comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and will go to the town to help construct the trail. “With the financial backing of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Fall River Trail is closer to becoming a reality,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., in announcing the grant with his GOP counterpart, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. “Coloradans and visitors from all over the world will be able to more easily access… Read More

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