“The worst day of the Trump presidency’: Manafort’s conviction and Cohen’s plea deal land within striking distance of the White House

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  • The White House was rocked by two monumental developments on Tuesday.
  • Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts related to financial fraud, and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.
  • Cohen said he broke the law “at the direction” of a 2016 presidential candidate widely believed to be President Donald Trump.
  • “This is, bar none, the worst day of the Trump presidency,” said one legal expert.

Two massive legal developments Tuesday relating to President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign threw Washington into a frenzy.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight counts related to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. Critically, he said he had made illegal campaign and corporate contributions “at the direction of” a 2016 presidential candidate and with the “purpose of influencing the election.” That candidate is widely understood to be Trump.

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Microsoft-published ReCore: Definitive Edition, Super Lucky’s Tale and more coming to Steam

Microsoft has announced a handful of its games are coming to Steam and PC disc.

The list is headlined by Comcept’s ReCore: Definitive Edition (ReCore launched originally in September 2016 on Xbox One and Windows PC).

Also heading to Steam and PC disc are Super Lucky’s Tale, Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney – Pixar Adventure and Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection.

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Findo announces Yva.ai early access program

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SPONSORED: At the Transform conference in Mill Valley today, Findo co-founder David Yang announced an access program for Yva, the company’s AI-driven employee analytics and performance management system. The platform is designed to analyze talent across your company in real time by accessing all your corporate communication, from personal ema…Read More

Leica M10-P Will Feature An Extremely Quiet Mechanical Shutter

Last year Leica launched the M10 digital rangefinder camera and now fast forward a little over a year later, the company is back with an update in the form of the Leica M10-P, which according to Leica was designed to be discreet. This is thanks to a new mechanical shutter system that is almost inaudible.

However they don’t just stop there because the overall design has also been designed purposefully to be discreet as well, eschewing the iconic Leica red dot logo in the process. “The design of the Leica M10-P is as discreetly unobtrusive and minimalist as the way of working it supports. The camera has no Leica red dot logo on the front and features only discreet Leica lettering on its top plate. Its hot shoe cover in metal merges seamlessly into the design of the top plate.”

In terms of specs, the M10-P is essentially the same camera as its predecessor. This means that photographers can expect the same full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor, the Leica Maestro II image processor, 5fps shooting, and an ISO range of 100-50,000. There will be some minor differences, such as the camera sporting a touchscreen display, and also a level gauge that helps ensure that photos are taken on an even horizontal plane.

However for the most part it is still the same camera from last year. As expected of Leica cameras, the M10-P does not come cheap and is priced at $8,000 is available for pre-order via B&H.

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Researchers use gut bacteria to turn type A or B blood into universal donors


Bacteria found in the human gut could save countless lives by transforming type A or type B blood into type O. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society today, Steve Withers of the University of British Colombia presented new research suggesting enzymes found in gut bacteria could effectively strip antigens from the two most common blood types. If successful, the discovery would essentially make most types of blood accessible to those who need it, regardless of their blood type. For a blood transfusion to work, a lot of things have to go right. It’s an intricate patchwork that requires…

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Verizon throttled California fire department’s unlimited data during wildfire

The Santa Clara Fire Department has revealed that Verizon throttled its unlimited data during a wildfire, forcing it to upgrade to a different plan at more than double the original rate. The issue came to light in an addendum to a brief submitted to the attorneys general of 22 states, with the fire department stating that it had informed Verizon … Continue reading

What was Fox News covering while Manafort and Cohen were in court? This hilarious meme has some answers.

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Hey, Fox News, any big news going on? No? Okay. 

As you may have noticed, a lot went down on Tuesday. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud. 

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, meanwhile, plead guilty to campaign finance crimes and stated that Trump directed him to pay off two women during the campaign to keep them quiet about affairs they had with Trump. 

While most news outlets have been airing extensive coverage of the two major cases, Fox News has predictably turned a mostly blind eye to it. 

People on Twitter responded to the channel’s reluctance to cover anything that looks bad on Trump into a very amusing meme.  Read more…

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Tim Cook Donates Almost $5M Worth of Apple Shares to Charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently donated 23,215 shares of Apple stock to charity, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released today. At the stock’s current closing price of $215.04, Cook’s donation is worth close to $5 million.

The SEC filing does not disclose the charity that Cook donated the shares to, as executives are not required to divulge that information.

In the past, Cook has said that he plans to give away all his wealth. In a 2015 Fortune interview, for example, Cook said that he had already begun donating money quietly, but that he had plans to develop a “systematic approach to philanthropy.”

Following the charitable donation, Cook continues to own 878,425 shares of Apple stock, worth almost $189 million.

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