Warren Buffett Challenges Trump to Release Taxes

OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett eviscerated Donald Trump before introducing Hillary Clinton at a rally here Monday afternoon, challenging him to release his tax returns and invoking McCarthyism over the Republican nominee’s feud with the Khan family.

“How in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who’ve lost a son and talked about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?” Buffett said before channeling Joseph Welch’s question during the 1954 McCarthy hearings.

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The Fix Is Out: Product Repairs Get Tougher in New Age of Obsolescence

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Mike Tyran, a nurse living near Corpus Christi, Texas, bought a used Apple iPod in 2010 and tried to repair it after the battery wouldn’t charge.

But when the inveterate “fixer” attempted to open the white-and-chrome rectangle, he was stumped.

“I had worked on old tube radios … (which) had diagrams (and) … schematics. I know where the wiring goes and I know how to open it,” said Tyran, 56, a former heavy diesel mechanic. “I looked at an iPod and I had no idea how to open it … because there were no screws.”

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Sony’s mobile division (sorta) makes a profit

Sony’s most recent financial report is out and, if you squint, things almost look good for its moribund mobile division. Sony Mobile posted a profit of $4 million, which the company attributed to the fact that it’s fired enough people to get its costs to break even. If you want to put a positive spin on things, it looks like a greatly-slimmed down phone business might generate just enough money to keep it going. Given that Sony’s had to cover Mobile’s losses with PlayStation’s gains for the last few years, some executives may be reaching for the champagne.

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SMS two-factor authentication isn’t being banned

Another week gone by, and the place is in cybersecurity shambles again. A years’ old hacking issue, unencrypted wireless keyboards, being featured in an upcoming Defcon talk mystifyingly became a hot new Internet of Things threat. Obama gave us a colorful “threat level” cyber-thermometer that no one’s really sure what to do with. Ransomware is hitting hospitals like there’s a fire sale on money. And the DNC-Wikileaks email debacle exploded, splattering blame all over Russia.

Just when I thought I’d picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue, a U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) report came out that included recommendations about the inherent risks in two-factor authentication, upon which the tech press basically lost their minds and told everyone to assume crash positions because the password sky was falling. Again.

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HTC Vive now £70 more pricey in the UK, thanks to Brexit

The impacts of the U.K.’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union will undoubtedly be playing out for years and years to come. But here’s one short term effect: the HTC Vive VR headset is now £70 more expensive — rising from its original pricing of £689 to £759 (+ P&P) from today.

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Did Trump go too far?

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s criticism about the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has generated — once again — a backlash within his own party.

Just 100 days from the election, Trump has responded in his standard fashion — dig in, claim he’s being treated unfairly and attack back.
But the swift condemnation of Trump’s response raises questions about whether this controversy is different from the ones that came before it.

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VR needs a hit

I believe virtual reality is going to be huge. Huge. …Eventually. But when? Are we talking years, or decades? I visited yet another VR festival this week, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that we’re still in the very early days of the medium. It’s amazing! It’s thrilling! And it’s still kind of the Stone Age. When do we get to discover bronze?

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Trump says Putin is ‘not going to go into Ukraine,’ despite Crimea

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.

“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want,” Trump said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”

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Warner Bros. Targets Streaming Subreddit Over Piracy, Fails

You can find almost anything on Reddit, including free, pirated movies, which is why one movie studio has started to not just go after the sources of these videos, but the places that aggregate them.

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