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Las Vegas, NV – Ford Expands Alexa Use, Heating Up Auto Personal Assistant Battle

January 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Las Vegas, NV - Ford Motor Co is expanding the use of Amazon.com Inc's Alexa personal assistant in its vehicles to allow drivers to talk to their cars - demanding anything from a nearby cheeseburger to a weather forecast - marking a leap by the Detroit automaker to incorporate a technology initially targeted for home use. The expanding alliance between Ford and Amazon, announced on Wednesday...

Detroit – Cadillac To Start Car Subscription Concierge Service In NYC

January 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Detroit - General Motors Co on Feb. 1 will begin a $1,500-per-month on-demand concierge subscription service for Cadillac cars and SUVs in New York, a program it hopes will expand to major cities in the United States, Cadillac said on Thursday. GM and Cadillac will maintain a small fleet of Cadillac cars and Escalade SUVs to serve dozens of clients for the initial phase of the luxury service...

New York – Your Next Credit Card: What A Good Offer Looks Like

January 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - Today's competitive credit card market has turned lucrative for consumers, meaning what would have been a good offer just a few years ago no longer measures up. For example, 1 percent cash back for credit card spending is no longer competitive. Zero-percent interest for a year may sound generous, but today it's lackluster. The best offers include sign-up bonuses, rewards and...

New York – T-Mobile Says Unlimited Plans Will Be Only Option

January 5, 2017 at 10:45 PM
New York - T-Mobile said unlimited plans will be the only option for new customers even though they are more expensive than some of its old, limited plans. The company had said in August that it was phasing out its other plans in favor of unlimited. On Thursday, T-Mobile said those limited plans won't be sold anymore starting Jan. 22. Existing customers can keep their current plans. While...

Columbus, OH – Ohio Becomes 1st State To Ban Plywood On Vacant Properties

January 5, 2017 at 10:38 PM
Columbus, OH - Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. The state became the first in the nation this week to outlaw the use of plywood on properties certified as vacant and abandoned. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. John Kasich. It takes effect in 90 days. It's a boon for a practice known as clear boarding...

Washington – US Army Eases Rules On Beards, Turbans For Muslim, Sikh Troops

January 5, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Washington - The U.S. Army has taken new steps to make it easier for Sikhs, Muslims and other religious minorities to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the military, a spokesman said on Thursday. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, in a memorandum signed this week, revised the uniform policy to set appearance standards for people...

New York – Trump, Amid Legal Battles, Gives Deposition Against Chef

January 5, 2017 at 09:36 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump gave a videotaped deposition on Thursday for a lawsuit stemming from a clash with a celebrity restaurateur at his new Washington hotel. It was a rare legal proceeding for a president-elect or sitting president that highlights the legal woes that could follow Trump to the Oval Office. Trump sat for an hour at Trump Tower to give testimony in a lawsuit he...

Washington – ‘Obama Out’: President Ending Reign As Pop Culture King

January 5, 2017 at 09:16 PM
Washington - From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents' dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America's pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, reading mean tweets with Jimmy Kimmel, filling out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN, cruising with...

Washington – Officials: U.S. Intel Report Identifies Russians Who Gave Emails To WikiLeaks

January 5, 2017 at 09:03 PM
Washington - The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new U.S. intelligence report, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Central Intelligence...

Washington – U.S. Files Suit Against D-Link, Alleging Devices Vulnerable To Hackers

January 5, 2017 at 08:35 PM
Washington - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against D-Link Corp on Thursday, arguing that the company failed to take steps to ensure that the routers and internet-linked security cameras that it manufactures could not be hacked. The FTC alleged that D-Link advertised their devices as secure, but then failed to address security flaws such as security gaps that allow hackers...

Tel Aviv – Flush With Funds, Israeli Tech Firms Delay Exits

January 5, 2017 at 08:11 PM
Tel Aviv - Whenever potential buyers have approached Tel Aviv-based Fiverr, the technology firm has said no; like a growing number of Israeli start-ups, it has enough backing from private investors to stay independent for longer. Traditionally, many of Israel's numerous tech companies have sold out at an early stage to global giants like Cisco, IBM and Microsoft. Only a few - such as cyber...

Washington – Lawmakers Vote To Rebuke UN For ‘Anti-Israel’ Resolution

January 5, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - The House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure Thursday that rebukes the United Nations for criticizing Israeli settlements as Republicans used the debate to accuse President Barack Obama of turning his back on the Jewish state. Lawmakers voted 342-80 for the non-binding resolution that declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the United States reject any...

Washington – Biden Tells Trump It’s Time To ‘Grow Up’

January 5, 2017 at 07:24 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden is telling President-elect Donald Trump to "grow up." Biden is dismissing Trump's complaint on Twitter about how the Obama administration has handled the transition. He tells "PBS NewsHour" that it's "time to be an adult." Biden says to Trump: "You're president. You've got to do something. Show us what you have." The vice president says Trump as...

Washington – WP: U.S. Intercepts Show Russian Officials Celebrating Trump Win

January 5, 2017 at 07:15 PM
Washington - Senior Russian officials celebrated Donald Trump's election victory as a geopolitical win for Moscow, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing U.S. officials who said intercepted communications showed the Russians congratulating themselves on the outcome. The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials - including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge...

Washington – Trump May Pursue Border Wall Without New Bill

January 5, 2017 at 07:03 PM
Washington - Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill on the topic, officials said Thursday. Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration would rely on existing legislation authorizing fencing and other technology along the southern border...

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