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TechNews for the week: August 28; August 26; August 24;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign, citing ill health;
With Delay in Afghan Peace Talks, a Creeping Sense of 'Siege' Around Kabul;
The Israel-UAE deal will prolong the war in Libya;
Gaza-Israel violence prompts stepped-up mediation efforts; Pompeo, Kushner to Mideast as US presses Arab-Israeli peace;
Iran Pledges to Expand Nuclear Cooperation After IAEA Rebuke;
U.S. Troops Injured in Syria After Collision With Russian Vehicles;
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny leaves Russia for treatment in Germany; German doctors say Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned;
Russian media reports Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, comatose in Berlin with suspected poisoning, was under covert surveillance;
Russia, Expecting Plaudits for Vaccine, Is Miffed by Its Cool Reception;
German Town Fears Ruin by U.S. Effort to Stop Russian Pipeline ;
Belarus Protests Test Limits of Lukashenko's Brutal, One-Man Rule ; Putin Warns Belarus Protesters: Don't Push Too Hard ;
Angela Merkel warns Vladimir Putin on Belarus;
In China, Where the Pandemic Began, Life Is Starting to Look … Normal;
With Coronavirus Cases Surging, Europe Braces for New Phase in Pandemic;
Trump had public meltdown over missed phone call from Putin, former No 10 aide says;
March on Washington updates: Sharpton bemoans 'broken promises' as thousands march in D.C. to demand racial equality;
U.S. political divide becomes increasingly violent, rattling activists and police;
Trump claims 'deep state' is delaying coronavirus vaccine until after election;
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant; Trump considers fast-tracking UK Covid-19 vaccine before US election;
Controversial change in testing guidelines directed by White House task force; C.D.C.'s ‘'Clarification' on Coronavirus Testing Offers More Confusion;
Florida judge blocks state order for schools to reopen;
As Census Count Resumes, Doubts About Accuracy Continue to Grow;
In raising the idea of law enforcement at polls, Trump invokes tactics of voter intimidation;
Navy SEAL who oversaw bin Laden raid defends the Postal Service and says Trump is undermining every major US institution;
North Carolina voters are being mailed absentee ballot request forms with Trump's face on them;
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops vote by mail. Pentagon office says this year could be more complicated;
How Trump, Mnuchin and DeJoy edged the Postal Service into a crisis; House passes bill to provide $25 billion to U.S. Postal Service amid Trump attacks;
More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall;
Federal judge issues stay in Trump challenge of mail balloting in Pennsylvania;
DeJoy pushes back on criticism of cost-cutting changes to Postal Service; Takeaways from Takeaways from the contentious hearing on USPS;
USPS is falsely telling people their mail is being held 'at the request of the customer';
How to prevent your mail ballot from being rejected;
Judge voids 50,000 absentee ballot requests in Iowa county; Tenn. adopts new law that could strip some protesters of voting rights;
Portland police stand by as Proud Boys and far-right militias flashed guns and brawl with antifa counterprotesters;
Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy arrested after maskless protesters storm Idaho capitol;
Video shows Wisconsin police shooting a Black man multiple times as he enters a car;
Authorities say 17-year-old charged with homicide after video showed a man shooting into a crowd during Kenosha protests;
Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway to leave White House;
Trump obliterates lines between governing and campaigning in service of his reelection; Trump uses tools of government in reelection effort;
Trump secures votes for renomination as president, addresses delegates; Trump says Democrats trying to 'steal' election in RNC acceptance speech;
Republicans try to recast accusations of racism: Takeaways from Night 1; The GOP convention focuses on a presidential contest between two nonexistent candidates;
Takeaways from Night 2: Melania Trump leads GOP's appeal to women; Fact-checking the second night of the 2020 Republican National Convention;
Takeaways night 3: Assurances about the private Trump and questioning Biden's faith;
Mike Pence had a few things to say at the convention: Trump is great. Trump is great. And Trump is great.;
3 takeaways from the final night of the Republican National Convention;
Trump's speech was a tidal wave of false claims and revisionist history; His speech was selling a fantasy version of himself;
From 'visionary' to 'guardian of America' — the Republican convention is all about Trump; Convention started with a fire hose of false claims;
Nominating Trump, Republicans Rewrite His Record; Trump's Fights Are Their Fights. They Have His Back Unapologetically;
In leaked audio, Trump hailed low Black turnout in 2016;
The G.O.P. argues that only Trump can stop the chaos. But he's already in charge;
Biden tops Trump in convention speech TV ratings; Biden, Harris push back on GOP attacks in their first joint TV interview;
The absurd claim that Trump is the 'most pro-gay president in American history';
New York attorney general files legal action against Trump Organization, revealing state investigation into the company's financial dealings;
Manhattan's top prosecutor says Trump must turn over tax returns, does not deserve immunity;
How Trump's company charged the U.S. government more than $900,000, including for room rentals, resort fees and furniture removal;
Company that owns Trump's Vancouver hotel files for bankruptcy;
Secretly recorded audio of Trump's sister prompts new call for investigation into his admission to Penn;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Head of Cyber Command Says U.S. Disrupted Effort to Undermine Elections; U.S. Agencies Warn of North Korean Hackers Targeting Banks Worldwide;
Cory Doctorow on "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism";
NASA Looking To Machine Learning To Detect Cyber Threats;
Identifying People by Their Browsing Histories;
Amazon Supplier Fraud;
US Postal Service Files Blockchain Voting Patent;
Math and science
Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech; Face coverings: Save the Gaiters!
Trump to announce emergency authorization of convalescent plasma to fight covid-19. Scientists see benefits, but not a breakthrough;
Researchers find first proven case of Covid-19 reinfection; Scientists Say F.D.A. 'Grossly Misrepresented' Blood Plasma Data;
Researchers Use AI To Confirm 50 Exoplanets From Telescope Data; NSF Discusses Funding Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope Project;
Mysterious radio burst from space repeats at time astronomers predicted;
White House To Spend Over $1 Billion On AI, Quantum Research;
Trove of 1,000-year-old gold coins unearthed in Israel;
A math problem stumped experts for 50 years. A grad student from Maine solved it in days;
Web, computing and technology issues
TikTok to challenge U.S. order banning transactions with the video app;
Facebook Braces Itself for Trump to Cast Doubt on Election Results; Facebook Makes Contingency Plans if Trump Tries to Delegitimize Election;
Facebook removes hundreds of QAnon groups, citing public safety risks;
Facebook Removes 'Kenosha Guard' Page After Wisconsin Police Shooting;
President Trump just got lit up by Twitter for violating ‘rules about civic and election integrity‘; Puts Warning Label on Trump's Tweet About Ballot Drop Boxes;
Misinformation Campaigns on Social Media Target Black Lives Matter;
Zoom's videoconferencing platform experiences widespread outage;
SC News and Politics
SC has $775 million budget surplus, despite COVID-19, that legislators could spend or set aside;
University Of South Carolina President Warns Of Unsustainable COVID Spread On Campus;
Boeing grounds multiple 787s over manufacturing flaw with SC-made section;

Business and Economics
Federal Reserve: US Inflation Kept Down By Plummeting Consumer Demand; U.S. consumer confidence fell in August to a new pandemic low;
Fed announces major shift in its approach to inflation, as leaders aim to help central bank navigate future crises;
Financial ETFs rise as yield curve steepens after Fed announcement; U.S. Short Interest Slips to 15-Year Low in August;
Dow jumps more than 160 points Friday, erasing its 2020 losses;
1 million people file unemployment claims; New Unemployment Claims Down Slightly To 1.006 Million; Immigrant 'Dreamers' in Search of a Job Are Being Turned Away;
Goldman Sachs Sees Nearly 25% Of Temporary Layoffs Becoming Permanent;
Dow changes: Exxon Mobil dropped from the Dow after nearly a century;
Government Stimulus and Relief Efforts to Fight the COVID-19 Crisis;
Chief actuary warns Terminating payroll tax could end Social Security benefits in 2023; 'Catch-up' stimulus checks to be sent out soon, Here's who will get them;
Real estate investors skip some loan payments, raise billions for new deals; Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor;
Nation's biggest business lobby is behind Republicans' push to shield employers from coronavirus liability;
White House chief of staff says new executive actions are in the works to prevent airline furloughs ;
Trump's moves to bypass Congress on stimulus yield only limited relief;
US, Chinese Officials Review Status Of Trade Deal; China makes concessions to resolve spat over U.S. stock listings;
China-Focused Venture Funds Struggle For Money Amid Trump Heat;
British Finance Minister Plans to Drop Tax on Large Technology Companies; UK denies it plans to drop tax on digital giants;
UK Could Buy half the F-35s It Planned To In Order To Spend More On Tempest Program;
Boeing Developing Hand-Held UV Wand To Clean Surfaces Of Cabins;
EV Registration In Europe Surges In July; Ford, Bosch, Bedrock Demonstrate Automated Valet Parking System In Detroit;
U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to 'Unavoidable' Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods ;
The Hidden Costs of Owning a Home;
Why Some Workers May Need to Prepare for an Extra $2,232 Tax Bill in 2021;
Athlete-only dorms, banned in the 1990s, could be the NCAA's answer to the pandemic;
Milwaukee Bucks become first NBA team to boycott playoff game to protest social injustice;
Other news
George Will: A President Biden's first priority must be restoring foreign confidence in the U.S.;
Trump 'Has No Principles' And 'You Can't Trust Him,' His Sister Reportedly Said On Tape;
"The Madman Theory" hands Trump a foreign-policy report card;
Why Trump's Approval Ratings on the Economy Remain Durable;
Book: William Barr told Murdoch to 'muzzle' Fox News Trump critic;

Student papers say officials share blame for campus outbreaks; The Student-Blaming Has Begun;
Coronavirus Updates: N.C. State Shuts Housing; U. of Oregon and Towson U. Flip Online; Iowa President Blames Bars; 26,000 Coronavirus Cases on Campus;
Coronavirus Updates: UNC Offers Pass/Fail Option to Its Weary Students; Notre Dame Will Revert to an In-Person Model; UMass-Amherst to Furlough Nearly 850 Employees;
College COVID Testing Plans Have No Clear Guidance; COVID Testing Strategies Vary Greatly From Across US Institutions;
Colleges Are Making Late Calls to Shut Campuses. Is It All About the Money? California University Evacuates Due To Fires, While Others Revise Fall Reopening Plans;
More Colleges Reportedly Facing Growing Number Of Students Testing Positive For Coronavirus;
Public Universities Have Not Been Forthcoming With Statistical Modeling In Reopening Plans;
Many Schools With Large Endowments Still Plan To Raise Tuition;
As Students Return To College, Counseling Centers Seek To Provide Mental Health Support;
Asian Students Who Do Not Get Into First Choice School End Up Doing Well;
Study Finds That California's Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Ban Reduced Minority Enrollment, Wages;
Federal judge halts DeVos's controversial rule sending coronavirus aid to private schools;

TechNews for the week: August 21; August 19; August 17;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
UAE's Israel deal met with Arab dismay but quiet welcome in Gulf; Before the accord, Israel and UAE developed a long and quiet courtship;
Inside the secret-not-secret courtship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; Shifting Dynamics of the Mideast Pushed Israel and U.A.E. Together;
For Palestinians, Israel-U.A.E. Deal Swaps One Nightmare for Another; The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn't All It’s Cracked Up to Be;
Netanyahu says UAE deal signals end to 'land for peace'; Trump Administration Pushes Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries;
Saudi FM says no ties with Israel until peace with Palestinians; Israel shuts Gaza fishing zone after overnight fighting;
After UAE-Israel deal, Kushner slams Palestinian leaders;
Iran threatens 'dangerous future' for UAE after Israel deal; In Diplomatic Doubleheader, U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From Ships Headed to Venezuela;
U.N. Security Council Rejects U.S. Proposal to Extend Arms Embargo on Iran ; Instead of Isolating Iran, U.S. Finds Itself on the Outside Over Nuclear Deal;
Trump is demanding the restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran that were suspended in deal struck by Obama administration;
Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader's Base Turns Against Him; Under Siege in Belarus, Lukashenko Turns to Putin;
Protesters pack Belarus capital, Russia says military help available; European leaders urge Russia not to intervene in Belarus;
Russian opposition leader ill after suspected poisoning;
Afghans Worried About Pressure From Trump as Talks With the Taliban Get Underway;
U.S. military paid $2 million for unintentional injuries and deaths in Afghanistan in recent years;
The U.S. spent tens of millions on a treatment for chemical weapons exposure. The company that makes it won't say whether it works;
Trade Negotiations Appear To Be Keeping US-China Relations From Further Deteriorating;
Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, dead at 71;
Senate panel told Justice Dept. of suspicions over Trump family members' Russia testimony; Trump and Miss Moscow: Report Examines Possible Compromises in Russia Trips;
Senate Report: Trump Phone Calls Add to Lingering Questions About Russian Interference;
Legal Loopholes Leave the U.S. Vulnerable to Election Interference;
State Department cancels Hill briefings as tensions escalate between Pompeo and lawmakers;
Judge Blocks Trump Officials' Attempt to End Transgender Health Protections;
Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon charged in border wall scheme; FBI Now Probing $300 Million Media Company Deal Linked To Steve Bannon;
Judge rejects Trump's latest bid to shield his tax records from Manhattan district attorney;
Trump wants #SCOTUS OK to block critics on @realdonaldtrump;
White House withdraws nomination of William Pendley to lead Bureau of Land Management;
Firm Running Coronavirus Database Refuses to Answer Senators Questions about contract with Trump;
Pelosi to call House back into session to vote on USPS bill; House accelerates oversight of Postal Service as uproar grows, demanding top officials testify at hearing;
At least six state attorneys general consider legal action to protect Postal Service operations before the election;
The U.S. postmaster general invests in USPS competitors;
Postal Crisis Has States Looking for Alternatives to Mail-In Ballots; Election officials around the country race to expand voting options as Postal Service crisis spurs alarm;
DeJoy announces he is 'suspending' policies that were blamed for causing mail delays ahead of election; Decision to Halt Postal Changes Does Little to Quell Election Concerns;
Schumer says Postal Service blocked lawmakers from key evidence on DeJoy's selection;
Why the Postal Service wanted to remove hundreds of mail-sorting machines; Postal problems could continue despite suspension of policies blamed for mail delays;
DeJoy says Postal Service will prioritize ballots over other mail, as it has in past elections; considers sweeping changes to U.S. Postal Service after election;
Trump's claim he'll send sheriffs to polling places is revealing in a lot of unintended ways;
Trump campaign sues New Jersey after its decision to mail ballots in November election;
Former Postal Governor Tells Congress Mnuchin Politicized Postal Service;
Trump sows doubt about election legitimacy as Biden goes after his business creds; Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Florida;
Democratic convention will juggle hundreds of live feeds to re-create party;
Kamala Harris Changes the Race While Trump Tells on Himself; What the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings reveal about Kamala Harris;
Democratic National Convention's first night: Michelle Obama urges voters to reject Trumpism;
Michelle Obama's speech was like an empathetic neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become;
'We have come a very long way': Bernie Sanders hails a liberal movement in transition;
Republicans Who Have Decided Not to Support Trump; Trump as Candidate: Racist Attacks, Conspiracy Theories, War on the Post Office;
Three takeaways from the second night of their convention; Fact-checking the second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention;
VP nominee Kamala Harris made history, Obama slammed Trump in an unprecedented way, and other takeaways from Night 3 of Democratic convention;
Joe Biden zeroes in on his coronavirus case against Trump, and other takeaways from the last night of the Democratic convention;
Trump Ads Attack Biden Through Deceptive Editing and Hyperbole;
Trump seethes in all-caps tweetstorm during Obama's DNC speech; Trump mocked for tweeting about 'entrance requirements' to virtual DNC;
Official who briefed Trump on Hurricane Florence said president was obsessed with which way storm was spinning 'like a 3rd grader';
Trump's reelection effort has officially spent more than $1 billion, a record sum at this point in the campaign;
Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks;
The Republican Embrace of QAnon Goes Far Beyond Trump; Two sites that amplify hoaxes given special treatment at Trump's briefings despite restrictions;
An exotic dancer, a nuclear engineer, a QAnon enthusiast and Laura Loomer: The GOP race to represent Trump's Palm Beach district;
Kushner confirms he met with entertainer Kanye West;
A 'loud mouth' writer says the White House broke its own briefing-room rules. So he did the same;
Texas governor threatens penalties for cities that cut police funding;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
August Crypto-Gram Newsletter, Twitter Hack, Fake Stories, Malware, NSA, and more;
Sowing doubt about voting by mail is the real danger, not fraud; Using Disinformation to Cause a Blackout;
Senate panel finds Trump's 2016 campaign chair was a 'grave counterintelligence threat,' had contact with Russian intelligence, ;
CISA warns of BLINDINGCAN, a new strain of North Korean malware; Vaccine for Emotet Malware;
Google fixes major Gmail bug seven hours after exploit details go public;
Robocall Results from a Telephony Honeypot;
Yet Another Biometric: Bioacoustic Signatures;
Math and science
Yale University Researchers Create New Saliva-Based COVID Test;
Trump administration bars FDA from regulating some lab tests, including for coronavirus;
Trump administration's fetal tissue ethics board urges rejection of nearly all research proposals that NIH judged worthy of support;
Arianespace Launches Ariane 5 Rocket Carrying Three Spacecraft From Guiana Space Center;
Three Planet SkySats, 58 SpaceX Starlink Satellites Launch Atop Falcon 9 Rocket; NASA's Perseverance Rover Refines Course Toward Mars;
AI Program Beats Human Pilot In Simulated Dogfight;
US Researchers Find Microplastics In Human Organs; Software Companies Developing More, Better Programs To Track Emissions;
U Of Arizona Researchers Develop Solar Desalination, Waste Purification System;
Record melt: Greenland lost 586 billion tons of ice in 2019;
A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring;
People With Creative Personalities Really Do See the World Differently;
Web, computing and technology issues
TikTok pledges continued U.S. operations, ban or no ban;
Final Regulations Go Into Effect for California's Digital Privacy Law;
Study Says Coronavirus Misinformation Gets Prominence on Facebook; Anti-Vaccination Group Sues Facebook for Rejecting Ads About 5G Networks;
Facebook, Instagram Remove, Restrict Thousands of QAnon Accounts; Despite Election Win, Twitter Won't Reverse Ban on Florida Candidate;
You should download America's first coronavirus exposure app;
Google Maps update includes more sidewalk info; Zoom expands to every major smart display;
The latest Instagram trend is PowerPoint-style presentations;
SC News and Politics
Charleston County schools will ask voters to extend penny sales tax in November election;
Gravesites unearthed in the shadow of Calhoun's plantation ;
The Burden of Tim Scott, the only Black GOP senator;

Business and Economics
The most important economic issues in the U.S. 2020 Presidential election;
S&P 500 hits record high Tuesday, capping shortest bear market in history; 'This Market Is Nuts': S&P 500 Hits Record, Defying Economic Devastation;
Philadelphia Federal Reserve Survey: Q3 Strong, But Diminishing After; Federal Reserve Sees Need For Additional Fiscal Support From Congress;
To narrow racial and economic disparities, Atlanta's Fed chief is rethinking the Fed's mandate ;
Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags; Increase In Jobless Claims Suggests Recovery Is Slowing;
Federal guidance reveals Trump's unemployment extension may provide only a 3-week boost; South Dakota governor declines Trump's extra unemployment benefits;
Commerce Department: Retail Sales Growth Rose By 1.2% In July;
State and Local Budget Pain Looms Over Economy's Future ;
Businesses Groups Deem Trump's Payroll Tax Deferral Plan "Unworkable";
GOP Senators Propose COVID-19 Stimulus Package Which Omits $1,200 Payments, Cuts Expanded Unemployment Benefit In Half;
Japan's Economy Contracts 7.8 Percent, Worst Decline on Record;
US companies award executives big bonuses before declaring bankruptcy;
U.S. Takes New Steps to Block Huawei's Access to Semiconductor Chips; Trump orders ByteDance to sell U.S. part of TikTok in 90 days;
Macau VIP casino industry out of luck as China cracks down on capital flows; Apple's Future in China Uncertain as It Removes Apps from Chinese App Store;
Nursing homes in the Sun Belt How the pandemic had months to prepare for rising virus cases. They still weren't ready;
Nursing Homes With Safety Problems Deploy Trump-Connected Lobbyists ;
U.S. Companies Vie for Funds in Race to Build Rare Earths Industry;
Trump's Interior Department set to approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge; Europe's Big Oil Companies Are Turning Electric;
Defying Trump, 5 Automakers Lock In a Deal on Greenhouse Gas Pollution;
The U.S. forced major manufacturers to build ventilators. Now they're piling up unused in a strategic reserve;
Rolls-Royce To Close Virginia Plant; Airbus Reducing North American Operation Due To Pandemic-Related Slowdown;
American Airlines will stop flying to 15 US cities in October, leaving some without an airline — here's the full list; Boeing To Offer Another Voluntary Layoff Package;
When to Buy a Stock and When to Sell a Stock;
15 Tips and Ideas for Cutting Car Insurance Costs;
College football's con has been laid bare by the coronavirus crisis; FCS Championship in Frisco Has Been Postponed;
Pitcher injuries are piling up, raising a new concern for teams early in MLB's delayed season;
Baseball is honoring the Negro Leagues;
Other news
How to vote early, safely and by mail in all 50 states; The seven political states of Wisconsin;
How Women Won the Vote: A 19th Amendment Reading List;
The 10 Scariest Election Scenarios, Ranked; Trump and the Rise of Sadistic Diplomacy;
What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory; Trump says QAnon adherents 'love our country';
How the Ukraine bombshell unfolded over 48 hours and laid bare Trump's fixation with Biden;
The surprising mission of the Postal Service police who arrested Stephen Bannon;

Chronicle Almanac, 2020-2021; The Almanac: Finances;
A Fla. district wanted to wait to reopen classrooms. The governor threatened to cut $200 million in funds;
As Colleges Move Classes Online, Families Rebel Against the Cost; Pandemic Fuels New Debate About Tuition Refunds As Colleges Move Online;
Colleges Continue To Slash Tuition In Response To COVID-19; Add New Fees For Virus Screening, Testing;
UNC-Chapel Hill Experiences Two COVID Outbreaks In Reopened Dorms; Columbia University Cancels In-Person Reopening Plans;
Coronavirus cases force UNC-Chapel Hill to suspend in-person classes after flagship's push to bring thousands of students on campus;
Live Coronavirus Updates: Notre Dame Reports 80 New Cases; Penn State Faculty Group Predicts Thousands of Infections; Ithaca College Flips Online;
Money Plays Role In College Decisions To Bring Students To Campus Amid Pandemic; New York City teachers threaten to strike over reopening plan;
University System of Maryland Rolls Out Virtual Science Labs Across All Campuses;
As colleges face their first outbreaks, students pack bars without masks; Colleges Struggle To Contain Coronavirus Due To Partying;

TechNews for the week: August 14; August 12; August 10;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged; Belarus Blocks Twitter Amid Protests Contesting Election Results;
Belarus opposition leader leaves country as anti-government protests claim first fatality;
Israeli military strikes Hamas target in northern Gaza Strip;
Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest; Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse;
Netanyahu: US has kept me from annexing West Bank settlements; Netanyahu Drops Troubled Annexation Plan for Diplomatic Gain ;
Israel and UAE agree to normalize relations; Palestinians say UAE deal hinders quest for Mideast peace; Israel-UAE deal helps Netanyahu and Trump, but not peace;
Lebanon's Government Resigns Amid Widespread Anger Over Blast;
Demonstrators take control of government buildings in Beirut amid violent protests fueled by anger over deadly explosion;
As Afghanistan struggles to start peace talks, violence fills the void;
A Taiwan health official tried to warn the world. The U.S. didn't listen.;
China puts sanctions on U.S. lawmakers, NGO chiefs, in tit-for-tat retaliation;
Britain plunges into deep recession, with steep job losses and Europe’s highest virus death toll;
An Oval Office shouting match over TikTok preceded an executive order that threatens the Chinese social media company's future;
Trump signals impatience with FBI director's cooperation with reviews of Russia investigation;
Ex-FBI lawyer, accused of falsifying document in probe of Trump's 2016 campaign, intends to plead guilty;
Michael Cohen releases explosive foreword to Trump book;
Congressional watchdog agency finds Top DHS officials Wolf and Cuccinelli are not legally eligible to serve in their current roles;
Trump would reportedly 'show off' the capabilities of different weapons systems he was briefed on to impress billionaires;
White House looks at plan to keep out citizens and legal residents over virus; now wants a floating border wall to seal off waterways along Mexico boundary;
Trump signs executive orders he says will provide economic relief, bypassing lawmakers; What is actually in Trump's four executive orders;
Trump's routine after failing to cut deals with Congress: Signing legally dubious executive actions; Democrats assail Trump actions on payroll tax and jobless aid as unworkable;
Following order on payroll tax, Trump threatens to kill Social Security if reelected;
Governors Say Trump's Order on Pandemic Relief Could Wreck State Budgets; White House clarifies limits of jobless aid plan as talks with Congress dim;
Economists: Trump's Executive Orders Will Have Little Stimulative Impact; Relief talks stumble, and Trump asserts that a deal is 'not going to happen';
Senate adjourns until September without reaching deal on coronavirus relief aid;
Trump said people of color 'just set a record for new jobs.' Data show the unemployment rate for Black Americans has barely changed in the last month;
CDC finds Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization;
Stephen Hahn, F.D.A. Chief, Is Caught Between Scientists and the President; Absent presidential leadership, 7 governors start to put the nation back on track;
U.S. reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, double the number since the end of June, as some states see infections surge;
Trump Schooled Online After Claiming '1917' Flu Pandemic 'Probably Ended' WWII;
Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System; Florida sheriff bans deputies, visitors from wearing masks;
New postmaster general overhauls USPS leadership, displacing two top officials overseeing mail delivery;
Critics of Trump White House decry latest 'Friday night massacre' as postmaster general sidelines two dozen USPS officials;
Their mail was not delivered for days. Now these Minn. residents worry about their votes counting;
Trump says he is holding up coronavirus aid to block Postal Service funds for voting by mail;
Trump opposes election aid for states and Postal Service bailout, threatening Nov. 3 vote;
Supreme Court rebuffs GOP, clears way for Rhode Island voters to cast mail-in ballots without burdensome witness requirement;
USPS warns 46 states, D.C. that some mailed ballots may not arrive in time to be counted for November election;
Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate; Biden campaign, women's groups aim to blunt sexist attacks on VP pick;
Trump promotes false claim that Harris might not be a U.S. citizen;
Trump: 'George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in';
QAnon supporter, with Georgia primary victory, is poised to bring far-right conspiracy theory to Congress;
GOP leaders' embrace of House candidate draws attention to party's tolerance of bigotry; QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement;
'Antifa' website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia; Fake Chinese accounts use videos in English to target Trump;
Kanye West's presidential bid bolstered by Republican operatives in at least five states;
Trump Ignores Reporter's Challenge On False Claim He Passed Vet Choice Health Law;
Record numbers of Americans are giving up their US citizenship;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
QAnon: A Look Inside The Online Conspiracy;
NSA, FBI Expose Sophisticated Russian Hacking Tool; UAE Hack and Leak Operations;
Ransomware: These warning signs could mean you are already under attack; Collecting and Selling Mobile Phone Location Data;
Russia's 'Hunter' Is Unlike Anything in America's Arsenal;
Math and science
Study: Why does COVID-19 strike some and not others; Researchers Create Test To Determine Effectiveness Of Various Face Coverings;
Growing evidence suggests younger children may be affected differently than older ones;
UCSF Scientists Create Molecules For Nose Spray They Claim Can Kill Coronavirus;
Scientists say a new ocean will form in Africa as the continent continues to split into two;
Scientists Hit NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter With Laser;
Quantum Computing for the Next Generation of Computer Scientists and Researchers; Robot Scientists Are Learning To Develop Its Own Research;
Trump Eliminates Major Methane Rule, Even as Leaks Are Worsening ;
Web, computing and technology issues
Why is the U.S. effectively banning TikTok? Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?
TikTok to sue Trump administration over executive order ban; Trump's Decision to Ban WeChat Could Hurt U.S. Businesses Using It;
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida 'dealmaker' turns conservative outrage into cash; Far-right finds new online home in;
Facebook Still Hosting Groups Aligned with 'Boogaloo' Movement; Facebook to Ban Posts Containing Blackface, Anti-Semitic Conspiracies;
Facebook Reports Deleting 7 Million Misleading Posts About COVID-19;
Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense;

Business and Economics
1.76 Million Jobs Added in July as Unemployment Rate Falls to 10.2%; New Weekly Unemployment Claims Dip Below 1 Million;
Job Openings At 5.9 Million, Above "Market Expectation" Of 4.9 Million; Slowing U.S. job growth, rising COVID-19 raise doubts on the recovery's strength;
Fed Policymakers Anticipate Weak Economic Growth Until A Vaccine Is Available;
State, Local Spending Cuts Impacting US Economic Recovery; Trump's directives spark confusion for state officials, businesses;
Recession ends for the rich while enduring for everyone else; Oversight Member Blasts the Fed's Efforts to Rescue Main Street;
$400 Unemployment Supplement Is Really $300, and Won't Arrive Soon; To Withhold or Not: Trump's Order Gives Employers a New Dilemma;
Pandemic, Recession Are Altering Spending, Saving Patterns Across Economy;
US Postal Service Volumes Grow 50% In Face Of Steep Loss;
As U.S.-China rift grows, Mexico tries to lure American businesses to move operations closer to home;
Mnuchin: Chinese firms that fail U.S. accounting standards to be delisted as of 2022;
Canada outlines response to the new U.S. aluminum tariff;
Saudi Arabia Turns Off America’s Oil Taps Again; Saudi Aramco sticks to $75bn dividend despite a 73% profit slump;
This Company Boasted to Trump About Its Covid-19 Vaccine. Experts Are Skeptical;
Northrop Grumman Expanding Workforce To Support Aerospace, Defense Contracts; SpaceX Manufacturing 120 Starlink Satellites Per Month;
Appeals Court Reverses Antitrust Ruling Against Qualcomm in FTC Case;
Delta Air Lines Bought an Oil Refinery. It Didn't Go as Planned; US Keeps 15% Tariffs On Airbus Aircraft;
Boycotted. Criticized. But Fox News Leads the Pack in Prime Time;
America's Social Security crisis is getting worse amid the coronavirus pandemic;
Mid-American becomes first conference in NCAA football's top level to cancel fall sports;
Big Ten becomes first major conference to cancel its fall college football season, casting more doubt on the sport's autumn plans;
The Pac-12 won't play football or any other sports until at least the start of 2021;
Colorado State suspends football indefinitely following allegations of racism and verbal abuse;
Trump's call into a sports radio show reveals the politics behind his push to restart college football;
Other news
Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are 'Completely Garbage' because of results delay;
Think QAnon Is on the Fringe? So Was the Tea Party;
George Will: Tariff Man punishes the Canadian bullies; The Making (And Unmaking) of Jerry Falwell Jr.;

Chaos coast to coast as plans change and a school year like no other launches; Survey: 40% Of College Freshman Unlikely To Enroll At Any Four-Year College This Fall;
Hundreds Of Colleges Backtrack On Fall Reopening Plans, Opting For Online Instruction Instead; 2 More Colleges Move Fall Classes Online;
Colleges Sticking To Reopening Plans Amid Pandemic, Critics Say Schools Putting Money Before Safety; Some Florida Colleges Reopen As Coronavirus Cases Drop;
UNC’s Decision To Not Follow Public Health Advice Illustrates Disconnect Between Colleges Words And Actions;
Experts Say Not All Students Will Abide By Safety Measures; Student Housing Company Pressured Colleges To Not Limit Capacity Amid Pandemic;
UConn To Close Residence Halls To Out-Of-State Students Enrolled Only In Online Classes This Fall;
UPenn Rolls Back Return-To-Campus Plans, Dropping Tuition Bump; Hundreds of Students Are Quarantined at College in Mississippi;
Colleges Looking To Apps To Help Screen For Virus Symptoms, Trace Contacts;
High-Risk Students Ask Why Can't All College Courses Be Offered Online;
Does Tuition Insurance Cover Covid-19? Depends on the College;
Cheating An Increasing Problem As Education Shifts Online;
Justice Dept. says Yale University illegally discriminates against White and Asian American applicants in its admissions process;

TechNews for the week: August 7; August 5; August 3;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Belarus election campaign has unexpected sideshow: Spat with Russia over alleged interference;
Anti-Putin protest in Russia's far east attracts thousands for a fourth weekend; Protesting Putin: Kremlin faces revolt in the regions;
Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies; Chat Group Becomes Target of Moscow's Wrath as Security Crackdown Widens;
Ukraine oligarch rejects US money-laundering allegations;
Trump looks to arms sales to deepen ties with India;
Islamic State attack on Afghan prison ends on second day, with at least 29 dead;
Syria says U.S. oil firm signed deal with Kurdish-led rebels;
U.S. Examines Whether Saudi Nuclear Program Could Lead to Bomb Effort; Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him;
Israel can't hide evidence of its occupation anymore;
Netanyahu warns Hezbollah after Israeli strike in Syria; Israeli Court Rebukes Prime Minister's Son Over Harassing Protest Leaders;
At least 63 people dead and more than 3,000 injured as explosions rock Beirut;
Hiroshima 75th Anniversary: Preserving Survivors' Message of Peace;
An intelligence community assessment of the 2020 race says China wants to see Trump defeated and Russia is denigrating Biden;
Supreme Court's 'summer break' has become a series of consequential actions; Supreme Court won't halt challenged border wall projects;
Trump didn't like rulings on DACA. So he's defying them;
Pence criticizes Chief Justice Roberts, says court's future 'on the ballot in 2020';
Divisive Trump nominee gets new Pentagon post, despite snub by Congress; Trump Puts Pentagon in Political Crossfire With Tata Appointment;
State Department watchdog resigns in another shake-up at IG’s office; State Department Official Who Lobbied Against Huawei to Resign;
DHS official whose office compiled 'intelligence reports' on journalists and protesters has been removed from his job;
Ex-Justice Dept. official says Flynn secretly 'neutered' Obama's moves on Russia;
Court rules House Democrats can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena;
What Donald Trump Is Trying To Hide With Election Delay Stunt;
Documents Show Jared Kushner Got Up to $3 Million From Companies That Benefited From Trump Admin Programs;
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reported at least $36 million in outside income last year; Records show saw small uptick in revenue in 2019;
Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner;
Prosecutor seeks Trump tax returns 'due to extensive criminal conduct'; Trump's new bid to shield tax returns an end-run around Supreme Court ruling;
Getting a coronavirus vaccine in record time is hard. Distributing it to tens of millions may be equally daunting; Why Contact Tracing Is Failing in Many States;
Trump criticizes Birx after she warns U.S. coronavirus outbreaks are 'extraordinarily widespread';
Teachers returned to a Georgia school district last week. 260 employees have already gone home to quarantine;
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for the coronavirus ahead of President Trump's visit;
The Gulf Between Republicans and Democrats on Coronavirus Aid, in 9 Charts; Relief Package Deal Remains Elusive as Impasse Over Jobless Benefits Persists;
Pelosi slams White House over deadlock in COVID-19 relief negotiations and $600 unemployment benefits;
Coronavirus Relief Package Negotiators At Impasse; Trump floats executive order on suspending payroll tax but 'has limited authority' to do so;
Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still 'far apart';
Trump's push to spoil the census - and make Democrats disappear; With Census Count Finishing Early, Fears of a Skewed Tally Rise;
At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics;
Pending Postal Service Changes Could Delay Mail And Deliveries, Advocates Warn; Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays;
Trump threatens lawsuit to block mail-in voting in Nevada; Trump's nonsensical answer about why Florida and apparently no other state can vote by mail safely;
BLM organizer knocks off veteran Democrat in House primary;
Biden to skip convention because of virus; will accept nomination from Delaware;
Biden Wants Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes. These Sectors Would be Hit Hardest;
Republicans consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump's convention speech;
How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat;
Trump mocked after calling Thailand 'Thighland' in latest speech blunder;
Republican veterans release attack ad against Trump: 'Lying draft dodger';
Trump's flagrant assault on the First Amendment is disguised as a defense of it;
Trump long has relied on nondisclosure deals to prevent criticism. That strategy may be unraveling;
Police money in US politics under scrutiny as calls for reform grow;
New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA in suit accusing gun rights group of wide-ranging fraud and self-dealing;
FBI: Multiple groups including Republican House Speaker involved in Ohio $60M corruption scheme;
Michigan Republican official defends using racist slur while refusing to wear a mask;
Border tunnel appears to be 'most sophisticated';

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
NSA Warns of Security Threats Created by Location Data on Mobile Devices; The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data;
The Garmin Hack Was a Warning; Garmin Reportedly Paid Multi-Million Dollar Ransom to Decrypt Files;
Google Deletes 2,500 Chinese-Linked YouTube Channels for Disinformation;
The 20 most dangerous crimes that artificial intelligence will create;
Cybercrime in the Age of COVID-19;
Florida Teenager Is Charged as 'Mastermind' of Twitter Hack;
Math and science
Astronauts aboard SpaceX capsule splash down in the Gulf of Mexico; NASA Mars 2020 Spacecraft Exits Safe Mode, Resumes Normal Operations;
SpaceX Launches 57 Starlink Satellites, Two BlackSky Satellites Atop Falcon 9 Rocket;
US Space Force Selects General Atomics To Design Prototype For Weather Satellite;
AAA Study: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Not Reliable;
Cal Tech Senior Develops Tool That Configures Socially-Distanced Students In Classrooms;
Singapore Researchers Create Artificial Skin Able To Feel;
Web, computing and technology issues
Facebook Complies with Order to Block Accounts Supporting Brazil's President;
Facebook removes post by Trump for the first time as social media giant toughens stance on misleading political speech;
Facebook's fact-checkers have ruled claims in Trump ads are false — but no one is telling Facebook's users;
Facebook Removes Trump Post Claiming Children Immune from COVID-19; Facebook Takes Down Romanian-Based Accounts Falsely Supporting Trump;
Twitter Locks Trump's Campaign Account After Post About Child Immunity; Twitter Adds Label to Identify Government-Affiliated Accounts, Tweets;
Pompeo Urges U.S. Companies to Remove Untrusted Chinese Apps;
TikTok Ban? Creators and Fans Are Big Mad; As TikTok faces mounting political pressure to sell to Microsoft, Facebook's Instagram releases clear competitor;
Justice Department Asks Court to Block California's Net Neutrality Law;
Female Computer Scientist's Research On Facial Recognition Got Big Tech To Back Down;
4 weather apps for Android to replace Dark Sky;

Business and Economics
U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July as it worked to recover from the coronavirus pandemic;
US Manufacturing Activity At 18-Month High; Factory Orders Up 6.2%, Pointing To Strengthening Manufacturing Sector;
Interest Rates Are Low, but Here's why Loans Are Harder to Get; Fed policy could leave retirees broke after crisis;
Goldman Warns the Dollar's Grip on Global Markets Might Be Over; Small Businesses Got Emergency Loans, but Not What They Expected;
Businesses Thought They Were Covered for the Pandemic. Insurers Say No; Business Owners Increasingly Suing Insurers Over Pandemic Economic Damage;
Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic;
Nursing home companies accused of misusing federal money received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief;
Rescue of Troubled Trucking Company With White House Ties Draws Scrutiny;
Airline stocks soar after GOP senators push for $25 billion in additional industry aid;
US reinstates 10% tariff on certain Canadian aluminium imports;
Trump signs orders targeting TikTok, WeChat citing national security concerns; Beijing's Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms;
Trump says U.S. government should get a cut of any deal for Chinese-owned TikTok; Chinese state media slam U.S. over TikTok moves;
Dominion takes $2.8B charge in Atlantic Coast Pipeline demise; Appeals court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline;
Justice Department Reviewing Intuit's $7 Billion Deal for Credit Karma;
Air Canada Considering Canceling Orders From Boeing, Airbus; Airbus Records 36% More Deliveries In July Than June;
FAA Fines Boeing $1.25 Million Over "Undue Pressure" On Government Employees;
Ford Eyes Expansion Into Tech Fields;
Cardinals' coronavirus outbreak grows with four more positives, further imperiling MLB season; Baseball Searches for Blame Amid Outbreaks;
College sports embraced reckless greed. With the coronavirus crisis, the bill has come due;
On a call with SEC leaders, worried football players pushed back: 'It's not good enough'; A Group of Pac-12 Football Players Threaten to Opt Out of the Season;
Other news
Who CARES about the unemployed? How COVID benefit bill died in the Senate;
2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984; Latest Trump 2020 campaign video from White House;
Our nation is in a free fall. But sure, Graham wants to talk about Hillary's emails again.;
Alexander Vindman says in op-ed that America is reminiscent of an 'authoritarian regime';
The moment impeachment managers realized how corrupt Trump's defense was;
The Supreme Court invented qualified immunity. Now, a judge's blistering opinion shows why it must go;
How to (Actually) Change Someone's Mind;

Live Coronavirus Updates: As July Ends, More Campuses Flip to Remote Falls; Colleges Ask Students To Sign Liability Waivers To Return To Campus;
Study Suggests Testing College Students For Coronavirus Every Two Days May Control Infections At Universities This Fall;
Colleges Reverse In-Person Reopening Plans, Announce Online Classes; Colorado Community College On Lessons Learned From Running In-Person Summer Classes;
University Faculties Around US Push Back Against College Reopening Plans For Fall; College Faculty's Criticism Increases Over Reopenings, Budget Cuts;
Colleges Lease Hotels, Apartments To Reduce Housing Density, Virus Spread This Fall;
Some Colleges Turn To Free Tuition As Fall Semester Approaches; Presidents Say Fall Semester Might Not Be So Bad. They Still Plan Cuts, Just in Case;
Hundreds Of Colleges Show Severe Financial Warning Signs; How Colleges Are Managed Left Universities Vulnerable To The Pandemic;
Syracuse Suspends Students for Violating Quarantine; College Quarantine Mandates Disrupting Student Lives;
N.Y. Gov. Cuomo says schools can hold in-person classes if coronavirus infection rates are low;
Conservative Faculty Say Universities' Diversity Efforts Represent Political Conformity; Harvey Mudd Plans Furloughs if Calif. Forbids It to Reopen;
Colleges Responding To George Floyd Killing By Reviewing Criminal Justice Curricula;
High Schools Turn the Wheels of the Standardized-Testing Process. Covid-19 Is Complicating That.;