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The Roger Stone indictment shows a conspiratorial comedy of Opsec errors

Enlarge / Roger Stone, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse on January 25, 2019. Stone was charged by the government of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. (credit: Johnny Louis/Getty Images) Former Trump advisor and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone—the man with a Richard Nixon tattoo on his back and a penchant for playing the evil genius—was arrested early on January 25 by a swarm of tactically equipped (and unpaid) FBI agents. The charges against him, in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, include witness tampering, obstruction of a Congressional investigation, and six counts of making false statements to Congress. Stone had previously played up his connections with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange repeatedly. The advisor allegedly concealed the nature of those communications with WikiLeaks, lied about who acted as his intermediary, and made Godfather II references in his messages urging radio host Randy Credico—one of his go-betweens to Assange—not to contradict details of his testimony. The evidence listed against him in the indictment includes emails, text messages, and other communications—communications that contradict Stone's contention to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that all his communications were over the phone and with only one individual. This evidence also shows Stone attempting to cajole and intimidate Randy Credico by threatening to take away his therapy dog and have his lawyers "rip you to shreds." At one point, Stone allegedly even texted Credico, "Prepare to die expletive." Read 22 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Pay for Trump’s border wall with $20 online porn fee, Ariz. lawmaker says

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Atomic Imagery) An Arizona state lawmaker has proposed a $20 fee on people who want to view online pornography in order to raise money for building a border wall between Arizona and Mexico. Arizona House Bill 2444 , proposed last week by State Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), would require makers and distributors of Internet-connected devices to ship such devices with blocking software "that renders a website that displays obscene material inaccessible by default." Under the bill, any Internet user who wants to deactivate the blocking software would have to pay "a onetime deactivation fee of at least $20 to the Arizona Commerce Authority." The money would be used to establish what the bill calls the "John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Fund." That fund would "provide grants to government agencies and private entities that work to uphold community standards of decency for the purpose of strengthening families and developing, expanding or strengthening programs for victims of sex offenses." Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Music & Arts Stores Support Music Education with Free Guitars…

Upcoming family-friendly Open House weekend event at Music & Arts locations makes musical instrument lessons more accessible with free guitar and ukulele offers, free lessons, and live music (PRWeb January 17, 2019) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/music_arts_stores_support_music_education_with_free_guitars_during_nationwide_open_house_event/prweb16039874.htm

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YouTube starts rolling out a new feature on iOS that will let viewers swipe right or left to navigate between videos, coming to Android devices later…

Eleanor Cummins / Popular Science : YouTube starts rolling out a new feature on iOS that will let viewers swipe right or left to navigate between videos, coming to Android devices later this year   —  The design team tells us how they made swipe happen.  —  Tapping is so last year.  That's why YouTube began rolling …

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House Energy and Commerce Committee chair says the FCC’s Ajit Pai has refused to brief the committee on carriers’ selling of real-time location data…

Dell Cameron / Gizmodo : House Energy and Commerce Committee chair says the FCC's Ajit Pai has refused to brief the committee on carriers' selling of real-time location data   —  Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown …

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Trump administration proposes rules to remove waiver requirements for operating drones at night and over populated areas (David Shepardson/Reuters)

David Shepardson / Reuters : Trump administration proposes rules to remove waiver requirements for operating drones at night and over populated areas   —  (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday proposed rules that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use …

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Source: Intel’s board aims to fill vacant CEO post before Jan. 24 earnings; Sanjay Jha, Anand Chandrasekher, Renee James are no longer involved as…

Ian King / Bloomberg : Source: Intel's board aims to fill vacant CEO post before Jan. 24 earnings; Sanjay Jha, Anand Chandrasekher, Renee James are no longer involved as candidates   —  - Board remains undecided as leadership quest passes six months  — Directors trying to choose candidate before results on Jan. 24

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An overview of internal WikiLeaks data the US government collected from 2009 through at least 2017, including chats with identifying details on some…

Emma Best / Gizmodo : An overview of internal WikiLeaks data the US government collected from 2009 through at least 2017, including chats with identifying details on some sources   —  Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

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Lime suspends its scooter service in Switzerland after reports of some of its e-scooters halting mid-ride, throwing off and injuring passengers…

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : Lime suspends its scooter service in Switzerland after reports of some of its e-scooters halting mid-ride, throwing off and injuring passengers   —  Just as on-demand electric scooters are trying to pick up speed in Europe, one of the scooter market's most ambitious startups has halted operations …

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Sources: social media platforms are preparing to fight sweeping new rules to remove “unlawful” content within 24 hrs, proposed by the Indian govt late…

Aditya Kalra / Reuters : Sources: social media platforms are preparing to fight sweeping new rules to remove “unlawful” content within 24 hrs, proposed by the Indian govt late last year   —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed …

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