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  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Taliban attack army camp in southern Afghanistan, killing 43: The Taliban have killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers in an attack that wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meeting: An Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his allies.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Taliban attack army camp in southern Afghanistan, killing 43: The Taliban have killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers in an attack that wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meeting: An Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his allies.
  • [Hacker News] Flexport is hiring a Content Marketing Manager to run our blog: Comments
  • [Hacker News] Rabobank, U.N. launch $1B fund to boost sustainable farming: Comments
  • [Hacker News] Linux on Samsung Galaxy smartphones: Comments
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games: (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Wednesday:
  • [Reuters: World News] New Zealand First says supports Labour Party for government: WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said on Thursday he would support the Labour Party to form government after an inconclusive Sept. 23 election, making Jacinda Ardern the country's third female prime minister.
  • [Reuters: Company News] BRIEF-Daqo New Energy announces phase 3B expansion plan for polysilicon facilities in Xinjiang: * Announces phase 3B expansion plan for its polysilicon facilities in Xinjiang
  • [The Register] EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?: You scratch my PKCS, and I'll scratch yours The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.?
  • [Hacker News] Why Ruby App Servers Break on MacOS High Sierra: Comments
  • [Reuters: Company News] UPDATE 1-Roche Q3 sales beat forecasts as Ocrevus shines: ZURICH, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Roche's third-quarter sales rose 6 percent, the world's biggest cancer drug maker said on Thursday, beating analyst forecasts thanks to better-than-expected revenue from its new multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus.
  • [Reuters: Business News] Toyota, other Japanese carmakers say hoods containing Kobe Steel aluminum are safe: TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Japanese automakers on Thursday confirmed the safety of aluminum components made by Kobe Steel Ltd, allaying some concerns that Kobe's falsified quality data had compromised the safety of the products.
  • [Reuters: Technology News] TSMC's third-quarter net profit falls 7.1 percent, beats estimates: TAIPEI (Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd on Thursday said net profit fell 7.1 percent in the three months through September, slightly better than analyst estimates.
  • [Reuters: Company News] UPDATE 1-TSMC's Q3 net profit falls 7.1 pct, beats estimates: * Revenue rises 1.5 pct, slightly better than company forecast
  • [Reuters: Business News] Asia stocks shed gains after data shows slower China growth: TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks shed early gains on Thursday, pulling back from decade highs, with Chinese equities leading the way lower after data showed growth in the world's second largest economy slowed slightly in the third quarter.
  • [Reuters: World News] Peace gives Colombian coffee an extra shot: SAN CARLOS, Colombia (Reuters) - Farmers who fled war in the Colombian Andes are returning to revive their abandoned land, cultivating coffee trees that are boosting global supplies of the highest-quality beans.
  • [Reuters: Company News] GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks shed gains after data shows slower China growth: * China Q3 GDP growth slows slightly to 6.8 pct vs 6.9 pct in Q2
  • [Reuters: Technology News] SAP third-quarter growth slows on cloud, licenses dip: FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP , Europe's most valuable technology company, reported that third-quarter revenue growth slowed after a strong first half and profits came up just short of analysts' expectations.
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  • Catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid

    Catalonia?s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline Thursday morning to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain.

  • Get ready for the smoke and mirrors of Putin 2018

    How the Russian leader may be trying to lend a veneer of democracy to next year's presidential vote.

  • Abe offers stability ? and in Japan, that?s sufficient

    If the polls are right, Shinzo Abe will be reelected as prime minister on Sunday.

  • Taliban storm army base with suicide car bombs, killing 43 Afghan soldiers

    The strike is part of a string of attacks this week that have killed nearly 120 people.

  • Abe offers stability ? and in Japan, that?s sufficient

    If the polls are right, Shinzo Abe will be reelected as prime minister on Sunday.

  • Catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid

    Catalonia?s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline Thursday morning to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain.

  • From the skies, the North Korean capital looks just like the Potemkin village the Kim regime wants it to be

    A 360-degree video shot from a plane offers sweeping views over the showcase North Korean capital, except for the parts you're not allowed to see.

  • Get ready for the smoke and mirrors of Putin 2018

    How the Russian leader may be trying to lend a veneer of democracy to next year's presidential vote.

  • Abe offers stability ? and in Japan, that?s sufficient

    If the polls are right, Shinzo Abe will be reelected as prime minister on Sunday.

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  • 9 Cities Where the 70,000-Point AMEX Delta Card Is an Especially Great Deal! (5815 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:01:00 -04009 Cities Where the 70,000-Point AMEX Delta Card Is an Especially Great Deal!Million Mile Secrets

    Through November 1, 2017, all 4 AMEX Delta cards are offering increased sign-up bonuses.  And if you live in (or near!) one of Delta’s hub cities, any of these cards would be of particularly good value for you!

    That’s because hub cities have the most flights.  So it should be easy for you to make the most of the miles you earn!

    Using Delta Miles to Fly From Delta’s Hubs

    Link:   Delta’s Interactive Route Map

    Link:   Limited-Time Best-Ever AMEX Delta Card Offers

    Link:   Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

    Link:   Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

    Link:   Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

    Link:   Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

    Through November 1, 2017, you can earn 60,000 Delta miles after meeting minimum spending requirements on the personal or small business AMEX Delta Gold card.  Or get 70,000 Delta miles after completing minimum spending on the personal and business AMEX Delta Platinum cards!

    And if you live near one of Delta’s hubs, getting LOTS of value from these limited-time increased sign-up bonuses shouldn’t be too difficult.  Especially if you prefer flying non-stop!

    Delta’s hubs include:

    • Atlanta
    • Boston
    • Cincinnati
    • Detroit
    • Los Angeles
    • Minneapolis
    • New York (JFK and LaGuardia)
    • Salt Lake City
    • Seattle

    Of course, other cities Delta serves offer non-stop flights, too.  But these hub cities have the most flights, so folks flying from any of these locations might do especially well with these bonuses!

    If you’re planning a trip using Delta miles, Delta’s interactive route map is a great place to start.  Because you can click on any city Delta serves and see where you can fly!  Including which routes are non-stop and which require a connection.

    Here’s a look at 3 great ways folks in Delta’s hub cities can use the sign-up bonus from any of the AMEX Delta cards to fly round-trip, non-stop, to Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean!

    1.   Seattle to London

    For folks living in or near Seattle, earning just 1 sign-up bonus could get you a non-stop, round-trip ticket to Europe!  Because right now, both the AMEX Delta Platinum personal and small business cards are offering 70,000 Delta miles after completing minimum spending requirements.

    For example, I found a flight departing Seattle on May 19, 2018, and returning from London (Heathrow) on June 2, 2018, for 70,000 Delta miles and ~$180 in taxes and fees.

    That’s an excellent deal, because this exact flight costs ~$1,898!

    And if you’re willing to make a stop, you’d only pay 60,000 Delta miles and have a short layover in Minneapolis in both directions.

    Taking into account the ~$180 in taxes and fees you’ll pay for the award ticket, your miles are worth ~2.5 cents each (($1,898 – $180) / 70,000 Delta miles)!

    2.   Atlanta to Hawaii

    Aloha, anyone?  The limited-time bigger sign-up bonus on any of the 4 AMEX Delta cards is also enough for a round-trip coach flight from certain cities on the East Coast to Hawaii!  

    I found a non-stop flight from Atlanta on May 7, 2018, returning from Honolulu on May 13, 2018, for 60,000 Delta miles and ~$11 in taxes and fees.

    This exact ticket costs nearly $1,200 if you paid cash!  So you’re getting a value of ~2 cents per mile (~$1,200 / 60,000 miles).  That’s DOUBLE the value you get using Pay with Miles, where your Delta miles are worth 1 cent apiece.

    3.   Minneapolis to Grand Cayman

    Minneapolis isn’t known for its white sandy beaches.  So if  you live there, I’d imagine taking a trip to a tropical destination in February (brrrrr!) sounds like a fantastic idea!

    The good news is, ANY of the AMEX Delta cards’ limited-time sign-up bonuses are more than enough for a non-stop, round-trip ticket to Grand Cayman.  Where you can sip tropical drinks on the beach and forget about all the snow on the ground back home.

    I searched for tickets from January 2018 through April 2018, and there were lots of award seats available!

    For example, you could fly between Minneapolis and Grand Cayman, non-stop, leaving January 27, 2018, and returning February 3, 2018, for 45,000 Delta miles and ~$90 in taxes and fees.

    Using cash, this same ticket would cost ~$851!

    Accounting for the ~$90 in taxes and fees on the award ticket, using 45,000 Delta miles would save you ~$761 ($851 – $90).  And you’d have 15,000 to 25,000 Delta miles to spare, depending on which AMEX Delta card you applied for.

    Bottom Line

    Delta hubs include 9 cities across the US, like New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more!

    If you live in or near one of these cities, you can do especially well with the limited-time (and best ever!) offers on the AMEX Delta cards.  Because depending on which AMEX Delta card you get, you’ll earn enough Delta miles for non-stop flights to spots like Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean!

  • Dodging Russian Spies, Customers Are Ripping Out Kaspersky (922 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0400Dodging Russian Spies, Customers Are Ripping Out KasperskySlashdot

    From a report: Multiple U.S. security consultants and other industry sources tell The Daily Beast customers are dropping their use of Kaspersky software all together, particularly in the financial sector, likely concerned that Russian spies can rummage through their files. Some security companies are being told to only provide U.S. products. And former Kaspersky employees describe the firm as reeling, with department closures and anticipation that researchers will jump ship soon. "We are under great pressure to only use American products no matter the technical or performance consequences," said a source in a cybersecurity firm which uses Kaspersky's anti-virus engine in its own services. The Daily Beast granted anonymity to some of the industry sources to discuss internal deliberations, as well as the former Kaspersky employees to talk candidly about recent events.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Features Stand-Alone HDR+ Processor (1039 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:42:00 -0400Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Features Stand-Alone HDR+ ProcessorImage Sensors World

    Ars Technica reports that Google Pixel 2 smartphone features a separate Google-designed image processor chip, "Pixel Visual Core." It's said "to handle the most challenging imaging and machine learning applications" and that the company is "already preparing the next set of applications" designed for the hardware. The Pixel Visual Core has its own CPU, a low power ARM A53 core, DDR4 RAM, the eight IPU cores, and a PCIe and MIPI interfaces. Google says the company's HDR+ image processing can run "5x faster and at less than 1/10th the energy" than it currently does on the main CPU. The new core will be enabled in the forthcoming Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1) update.

    The new IPU cores are intended to use Halide language for image processing and TensorFlow for machine learning. A custom Google-made compiler optimizes the code for the underlying hardware.


    Google also publishes an article explaining its HDR+ and portrait mode that the new core is supposed to accelerate. Google also publishes a video explaining the Pixel 2 camera features:

  • Nestle accelerates restructuring as sales growth stays tepid (276 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:18:00 -0400Nestle accelerates restructuring as sales growth stays tepidReuters: Business News

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle said it expected its operating margin to slip by 40 to 60 basis points in 2017 due to higher restructuring costs from a faster overhaul and said full-year organic sales growth should be in line with the 2.6 percent seen in the first nine months.

  • China suggests Xi's political ideology to be elevated in party constitution (259 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:13:00 -0400China suggests Xi's political ideology to be elevated in party constitutionReuters: World News

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Top Chinese officials have praised President Xi Jinping's political ideology unveiled at a key Communist Party Congress, an indication that he could cement his power with his new slogan being incorporated into the party's constitution.

  • Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one (254 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:10:00 -0400Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills oneReuters: World News

    YANGON (Reuters) - One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

  • China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road ahead (252 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:10:00 -0400China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road aheadReuters: Business News

    LONDON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Investors are betting on China's potential to feed the global pharmaceutical pipeline, putting a multi-billion-dollar price tag on a handful of stocks, even as the country struggles to close a huge R&D gap with the West.

  • Thirty years ago this week, Wall Street slid into the abyss (284 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:02:00 -0400Thirty years ago this week, Wall Street slid into the abyssReuters: Business News

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes.

  • Could the 1987 stock market crash happen again? (253 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:02:00 -0400Could the 1987 stock market crash happen again?Reuters: Business News

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the 30th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash, U.S. stocks are at a record high and investors are concerned that steep valuations may mean a correction is overdue, despite healthy corporate earnings and economic growth.

  • INSIGHT-China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road ahead (260 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0400INSIGHT-China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road aheadReuters: Company News

    LONDON/SHANGHAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Investors are betting on China's potential to feed the global pharmaceutical pipeline, putting a multi-billion-dollar price tag on a handful of stocks, even as the country struggles to close a huge R&D gap with the West.

  • UPDATE 1-Publicis advertises stronger growth in H2 after further pick-up in U.S. (252 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:51:00 -0400UPDATE 1-Publicis advertises stronger growth in H2 after further pick-up in U.S.Reuters: Company News

    PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Advertising group Publicis expressed confidence for the second half of 2017 despite what it called a "challenging environment" for clients, stating that doing more digital consultancy work would help deliver solid results.

  • Publicis advertises stronger growth in H2 after further pick-up in U.S. (252 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:50:00 -0400Publicis advertises stronger growth in H2 after further pick-up in U.S.Reuters: Company News

    PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Advertising group Publicis expressed confidence for the second half of 2017 despite what it called a "challenging environment" for clients, stating that doing more digital consultancy work would help deliver solid results.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 19 (499 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:48:00 -0400UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 19Reuters: Company News

    Oct 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4 points lower at 7,538.5 points on Thursday. * GLENCORE: Glencore will convert its 8.75 percent stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal 0486.HK to shares in En+ Group, an aluminium and hydropower group controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, En+ said on Wednesday. * MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELS: Two fund management firms have joined an investor revolt against the planned 1.8 billion pound ($2.4 billion) takeover of

  • Australia's Westpac to refund 200,000 customers for missed benefits (251 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:40:00 -0400Australia's Westpac to refund 200,000 customers for missed benefitsReuters: Business News

    (Reuters) - Australia's Westpac Banking Corp said on Thursday it will pay refunds to about 200,000 customers who should have received cash benefits, as the country's lenders seek to ease concerns about their governance after a series of scandals.

  • Senate poised for crucial vote related to tax reform measure (257 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:12:00 -0400Senate poised for crucial vote related to tax reform measureReuters: Politics

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

  • China's Meituan-Dianping raises $4 billion, valuing firm at $30 billion (269 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:11:00 -0400China's Meituan-Dianping raises $4 billion, valuing firm at $30 billionReuters: Technology News

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Meituan-Dianping on Thursday said it has raised $4 billion in a funding round that values China's largest on-demand services provider at $30 billion, as part of a strategy to compete with the country's leading e-commerce firms in offline retail.

  • Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquake (300 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:38:32 -0400Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquakeWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall spider-webbed with deep cracks. He puts it under his arm to carry it out for the family.

  • Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquake (300 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:33:38 -0400Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquakeWorld: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall spider-webbed with deep cracks. He puts it under his arm to carry it out for the family.

  • Toshiba probed by Japan securities watchdog over results filing: source (254 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:23:00 -0400Toshiba probed by Japan securities watchdog over results filing: sourceReuters: Technology News

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's securities watchdog is investigating Toshiba Corp's accounting in its latest earnings statement to see if it properly handled losses incurred by its U.S. nuclear unit, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

  • Toshiba probed by Japan securities watchdog over results filing: source (254 characters)

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:23:00 -0400Toshiba probed by Japan securities watchdog over results filing: sourceReuters: Business News

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's securities watchdog is investigating Toshiba Corp's accounting in its latest earnings statement to see if it properly handled losses incurred by its U.S. nuclear unit, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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