21 reported dead as shallow 6.2 quake shakes Rome, devastates towns in central Italy

Rescuers carry a person on a stretcher following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. © Remo Casilli

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has rocked central Italy. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged with at least 21 people reportedly killed.

The quake hit at 01:36 GMT with an epicenter 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.

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Imagine what would happen if ‘Voice of America’ tweeted #CorruptPutin’

Michael McFaul explains how Russia became a major theme in the US presidential race

Russia has become one of the major themes of this year’s presidential contest in the United States. While questions about domestic policy typically dominate the race to the White House, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the biggest media outlets in the US have regularly focused on Vladimir Putin, the annexation of Crimea, and various acts by Russian intelligence agencies. At Meduza‘s request, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul explains Moscow’s unexpected role in the presidential election.

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The Biden Doctrine

Has the vice president made a lasting contribution in foreign policy?

Joe Biden is now the vice president who will not be president. He’s been VP for seven and a half years, preceded by decades of work on U.S. foreign policy in the Senate, but the question remains whether he is distinctive in any memorable way for his work in international affairs. Was he simply a glad-handing flack pushing the Obama agenda, a manic schmoozer of foreign leaders? A gaffe-prone foreign-policy dilettante who, in the long run, won’t matter?

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AP: Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary Clinton at State Department

The Clinton campaign responded to AP investigation that found that 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million to the Foundation while she was secretary of state

Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 8:33 PM EDT

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

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NVIDIA’s made-for-autonomous-cars CPU is freaking powerful

“Parker, take the wheel.”

NVIDIA debuted its Drive PX2 in-car supercomputer at CES in January, and now the company is showing off the Parker system on a chip powering it. The 256-core processor boasts up to 1.5 teraflops of juice for “deep learning-based self-driving AI cockpit systems,” according to a post on NVIDIA’s blog. That’s in addition to 24 trillion deep learning operations per second it can churn out, too. For a perhaps more familiar touchpoint, NVIDIA says that Parker can also decode and encode 4K video streams running at 60FPS — no easy feat on its own.

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France, Germany push for access to encrypted messages after wave of terror attacks

But it conflicts with a recent review of EU privacy rules, which concluded that the use of encryption should be encouraged.

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France and Germany are to ask the EU for new powers that could see state intelligence agencies compel makers of mobile messaging services to turn over encrypted content.

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Report: Clinton told FBI Powell advised use of private email

(CNN)Hillary Clinton told the FBI that her predecessor Colin Powell recommended that she use a private email account during her tenure as Secretary of State, according to a new report.

The New York Times reported on the revelation Thursday, based on notes from Clinton’s interview with the FBI about her server that were delivered to Congress this week, and on a preview of a book about Bill Clinton’s post-presidential years.

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Iraq built a gun-wieding robotic vehicle to take on ISIS

It will reportedly be used to retake a city in northern Iraq.

Iraq built an armed robotic vehicle, according to Baghdad Post, and it could be used to take back a town occupied by ISIS. Based on Defense One’s translation of the story, the robot is car-sized and tank-like, equipped with an automatic machine gun and a rocket launcher. It also has four cameras to be able to show operators its field of view, since it’s controlled using a laptop from a kilometer away. That distance means its operators still have to be on the battlefield, but at least they can stay hidden and safe while the machine does its job.

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Android 7.0 Nougat arrives today

It’ll roll out to Nexus devices and the Pixel C over the next few weeks.

Typically, Google releases new versions of Android alongside new Nexus hardware, but the company is breaking with tradition this year. Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out as an over the air update starting today. The update is available to anyone using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 phones as well as the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets. It’s also coming to the Nexus Player set-top box and the General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone.

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