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Trump Loses Bid for Total Secrecy for Cohen Probe Documents

A federal judge said U.S. President Donald Trump should publicly file his objections to findings of a court-appointed special master reviewing documents seized in a probe of the business dealings of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

In an order issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan rejected efforts by Trump, the Trump Organization and Cohen to file their objections entirely under seal.

She agreed with the government that the filings should be public except as to portions that “divulge the substance of the contested documents.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Wood said she would decide later which portions could be sealed.

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Twitter troll David Leavitt offers up a master class in how to be an asshole

The dust hadn’t even settled in the concert venue before David Leavitt’s first ill-advised joke. After an explosion killed 22 people, including children, and wounded 59 others at a Manchester, England arena, Leavitt didn’t hesitate. Being first matters, even in tragedy, and especially on Twitter. With a click of the send button, the tweet landed, with a thud, to the disbelief of nearly all who saw it. But Leavitt, a freelance writer with bylines at “CBS, AXS, Yahoo, Examiner, etc.” was oblivious. MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Arianna Grande I almost died too.… …read more

Radsone’s EarStudio is the best gift for audiophiles missing the headphone jack

I miss having a headphone jack on my phone. You probably do too. Bluetooth headphones are getting better, but on the whole they pale in comparison to the decades of excellent wired headphones out there. That’s where the RadSone EarStudio ES100, possibly my new favorite gadget, comes in. For $99, not only does it let you use wired headphones with your headphone jack-less phone, it also adds a microphone playback controls to them. More importantly, it probably sounds better than your old phone did anyway. Even if you do still have a headphone jack, the EarStudio could very well prove… …read more

Facebook apologizes. It does other stuff too, but mostly it apologizes

Yesterday, Facebook was sorry. Millions of people’s private posts were exposed to the public due to a bug. The company’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, told reporters “We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. We’d like to apologize for this mistake.” Facebook is sorry today too. COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke earlier this afternoon at MIT’s commencement, telling grads “it’s hard when you know you let people down.” She continued, “When you own your mistakes, you can work hard to correct them,… …read more

Adblock Plus now blocks social media tracking for Chrome & Firefox

Adblock today announced it was joining the fight against social media tracking by allowing users to block what has become so ubiquitous on almost every site out there. Specifically, the tracking which Adblock Plus now aims to thwart is that which originates from social media buttons. You might recognize them — there are some on this very article. Through these buttons, sites can track and build a so-called “shadow profiles” on you even if you don’t click on them, even if you aren’t logged into any of the sites in question. This tracking has been a sticking point for sites… …read more