The Republican National Committee Blasts The NSA’s “Dragnet” Surveillance
The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution condemning the NSA's mass surveillance, pushing back heavily on the actions of the security apparatus of the U.S. The resolution contains strong language in favor of privacy, the broad protections of the Fourth Amendment, and limited government. The “Resolution to Renounce the National Security Agency’s Surveillance Program” calls PRISM “an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.” This comes on the heels of President Obama's comments about NSA reform.
U.S. Policy, Not China, Is Driving The Asian Arms Race
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has just completed a high-profile visit in the region, including hosting a meeting of ASEAN defense ministers, and President Obama will visit South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines later this month, with U.S. military alliances and defense policy foremost on the agenda. The U.S.
Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Her First Official Postsplit Appearance
Gwyneth Paltrow dazzled in Hong Kong on Wednesday, smiling throughout an event to promote her lifestyle website, Goop. Donning multiple svelte ensembles, the actress signed copies of her book It's All Good and shot down rumors that her company is thousands of dollars in debt. Paltrow said "Those numbers are based on filings from a couple of years ago, so you shouldn't believe everything you read." The outing marks Gwyneth's first public appearance since she and husband Chris Martin announced their decision to "consciously uncouple" in late March. Despite their separation, the couple reportedly got "lovey-dovey" when they stepped out together for Robert Downey Jr.'s recent birthday party.
Facebook Courts Journalists With Newswire Tool
Facebook said on Thursday that it has created a newswire tool tailored to journalists, part of a broader effort to be the go-to place for conversation for its 1 billion users. Called FB Newswire, it is designed to help journalists share and embed newsworthy Facebook content that is made public by its members such as photos, status updates and videos.
Sri Lanka Offers India Assistance To Probe Kidney Racket
The Sri Lankan police Thursday offered to assist India to investigate an alleged kidney racket involving both countries. There are reports that the Indian police are considering sending a team to Sri Lanka to investigate the alleged racket. However Xinhua quoted Sri Lankan police spokesperson Ajith Rohana as saying, the Sri Lankan police have not yet been approached for assistance. The spokesperson said,"The Sri Lanka police is ready to offer its fullest corporation.
Facebook Buys Fitness Tracker Startup Behind Moves
Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook said Thursday it bought ProtoGeo Oy, the Finnish company behind the app, for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2013, the Moves app has been downloaded 4 million times on Android phones and the iPhone.
IPhone 6 Could Sport A Thick, Curvy Bumper
The iPhone is about to get curvier than ever, if a new report is to be believed. According to Japanese publication Macotakara, the purported iPhone 6 may sport a thick, round bumper that would significantly switch up the iPhone's iconic slim build. BGR.com says that this rumored build reminds them of a metallic add-on shell designed by Japan's Squair for the iPhone 5 and 5s.
FCC Pushes Back Against Criticism Over Internet Traffic Plan
The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over "net neutrality" rules it is developing, saying the agency would make sure broadband providers which "unreasonably" discriminate against Web traffic are punished. Consumer advocates sharply criticized Wheeler's draft after details leaked out on Wednesday, as he prepared to share his proposal with other FCC commissioners. Senior FCC officials said the agency has not yet defined "commercially unreasonable" behavior or a violation of "net neutrality." Consumer advocates sharply criticized Wheeler's draft after details leaked out on Wednesday, as he prepared to share his proposal with other FCC commissioners.
France Sending Fighter Jets To Secure Baltic
France will send four Rafale fighter jets to Poland next week as part of a show of NATO commitment to Central Europe and the Baltic states, which have been rattled by the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The four warplanes will be sent to Malbork in northern Poland on April 28 on a double mission: to train the Polish air force and stand ready for air patrols over the Baltic states under NATO command, the French defense ministry said. Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Poland and the Baltics last month to reassure them on security, and will go to Malbork on April 29 as the French pilots start their four-month mission.
GM Profit Sinks; CEO Sees No Recall Hit To Sales
The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales. GM on Thursday reported its worst financial results in more than four years, with profit falling 86 percent to $125 million. The biggest contributor was a $1.3 billion charge to cover a series of recalls announced since early February, most notably 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches.