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U.S. Armed Forces is getting a Space Force (over the objections of the Secretary of Defense)

In a surprise announcement today at the third meeting of the White House’s newly reconvened Space Council, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to create a new Space Force within the U.S. Armed Forces. “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal. It is going to be something. So important,” the president said. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis voiced opposition to the creation of new branch of the military last year when the idea was first proposed by Congress. Congressional leadership first floated the creation of sixth branch of the armed forces focused on space combat (sadly, not against invading alien insects though ) last year… and Mattis promptly blasted the idea. In a letter to Ohio Representative Mike Turner, one of the leaders of the Space Force initiative in Congress, Mattis wrote: “At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department’s joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations.” Apparently, the president has come around on the subject in the intervening months. Trump is now “directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.” The House Armed Services Committee began pushing for the creation of a space corps last year as part of the last spending authorization bill for the military. The new military force would fall under the purview of the Air Force in the same way that Marines work with the Navy, according to the proposal. That spending authorization bill was ultimately approved, but the space corps proposal was left on the cutting floor. Now the proposal is taking flight at the highest levels of the Trump administration

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US Armed Forces is getting a Space Force over the objections of the Secretary of Defense

President Donald J. Trump intends to create a new Space Force within the U.S. Armed Forces. The surprise announcement came today at the third meeting of the White House’s newly reconvened Space Council. “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal. It is going to be something. So important,” the president said. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis voiced opposition to the creation of new branch of the military last year when the idea was first proposed by Congress. Congressional leadership first floated the creation of sixth branch of the armed forces focused on space combat (sadly, not against invading alien insects though ) last year… and Mattis promptly blasted the idea. In a letter to Ohio Representative Mike Turner, one of the leaders of the Space Force initiative in Congress, Mattis wrote: At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department’s joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations. Apparently, the president has come around on the subject in the intervening months.

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Leica C-Lux Digital Compact Camera

The new Leica C-Lux is a rebranded version of the Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 compact camera. The versatile Leica C-Lux features a 15x zoom, a convenient touchscreen and exceptional design. The Leica C-Lux will be available in Light Gold and Midnight Blue colours, beginning mid-July 2018 for $1,050.

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Wunder360 Unveils New 360° camera

The Wunder360 is a new 360° camera with an all new view pilot, point-to-frame feature for effortless editing, sharing and storage. Pocket sized and light weighing only 95g the first of its kind, the surprisingly affordable Wunder360 has a whole host of features to enable effortless photographs and cinematic videos.

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Leica Launches Illuminated Campaign

Leica  presents an interactive multi-content campaign: ‘Illuminated’ is a journey of discovery, where seven photographers will each travel to a city previously unknown to them with a Leica Q camera.

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Sources: Microsoft is working on tech that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from retail stores and has had talks with Walmart about a…

Reuters : Sources: Microsoft is working on tech that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from retail stores and has had talks with Walmart about a collaboration   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores …

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After Nyne and Olympus Launch New London Gallery

After Nyne Gallery are proud to unveil their first exhibition space in Holland Park, London, in collaboration with Olympus. This inaugural exhibition will display some remarkable works by Olympus brand ambassadors such as Martina Govindraj, whose work engages with architecture and concepts of space, and award winning Steve Gosling renowned for his signature black and white atmospheric landscapes.

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Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google in the media…

Mat Honan / BuzzFeed : Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google in the media industry   —  You can't bust a trust if the trust busts you first.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.  —  The rising antitrust movement gathered Tuesday …

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Oracle debuts Internet Intelligence Map, a free real-time visualization of internet threats, so hijacks, submarine cable breaks, and more can easily…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Oracle debuts Internet Intelligence Map, a free real-time visualization of internet threats, so hijacks, submarine cable breaks, and more can easily be spotted   —  Distributed denial of service attacks.  Malware.  State-imposed internet blackouts.  It's hard to keep abreast of every bad actor …

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Over 70 internet experts and pioneers pen letter opposing proposed EU copyright provision to require internet platforms filter content, before next…

Electronic Frontier Foundation : Over 70 internet experts and pioneers pen letter opposing proposed EU copyright provision to require internet platforms filter content, before next week's vote   —  As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries …

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