Mueller’s office says the BuzzFeed News report is “not accurate.” www.cnn.com
Shareholders holding $1.32 billion in Amazon assets filed a resolution asking the company to stop selling Rekognition facial recognition technology to government agencies. Sales would resume only if the board can determine that the technology doesn’t pose risks to people and civil rights. www.geekwire.com
Dave Pell: “We need a new model for dealing with a full on criminal in the White House. The Founders never imagined a crook like this in the office or a populace stupid enough to look at this pile of garbage and see a president.” medium.com
“You hag! You perfidious hag! You virago! You harpy! All these years I have helped you, served you, looked after you! Does it count for nothing?! Nothing at all!”
“Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday addressed news coverage and criticism regarding his wife’s decision to return to teaching at a Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars LGBTQ employees and students.
“My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while, we’re used to the criticism,” Pence said in an interview with EWTN, a cable network that offers “news from a Catholic perspective.” But, he added, “to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.””
Cord-cutting was supposed to save money, but streaming media is getting more expensive and confusing. Consumers have to choose between Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., with Apple, Comcast and Disney all expected to launch services. So now traditional TV bundles are looking more attractive. www.nbcnews.com
Related: A big part of Netflix and Amazon Video’s appeal is that they’re simple. With Netflix, you pay one price for all-you-can-watch, the options are simple and few. With Amazon, you pay one price for all-you-can-watch, which includes package deliveries, and you pay a la carte for programming not included in the bundle.
By contrast, our cable company, Cox, has a million different plans and none of them make sense.
I do not want to work this hard to watch TV. I just want to watch the TV news with dinner and 45 minutes to an hour or so before bedtime.
Everyone’s favorite apple is leaving Northeastern orchards out on a limb. www.bloomberg.com
Don’t look for Microsoft to ship its own smart speaker based on Cortana. www.zdnet.com
Bombshell report from BuzzFeed News: Even as Trump told the public he had no business dealings with Russia, he and his children Ivanka and Donald Junior were getting regular updates about a possible Trump Tower in Moscow. And Trump told his attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about negotiations. www.buzzfeednews.com
Struggling actress Peg Entwhistle became a symbol of showbiz corruption when she jumped to her death from the Hollywood sign in LA. But the legend makes her life all the more tragic, because she wasn’t a symbol — she was a real person, with a sad life. www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com
Daniel Varghese: “I quickly got the hang of the technique and grew to love my weird-looking beverage syringe.” thewirecutter.com
I’ve been using the AeroPress for about 1.5 years now. Love it. Stumptown’s instructions, here, are a little fancier than how I do it.
On Reddit: “1973. My parents at their ‘send off’ after their wedding.” reddit.com
On Reddit: “It was 1965, I was 21, had a hot new Mustang and I thought I was cool. The jury’s still out.” reddit.com