Man freed after 30 years pleads not guilty to rape charge
May06

Man freed after 30 years pleads not guilty to rape charge

A Massachusetts man freed from prison after serving three decades for a rape he says he did not commit pleaded not guilty Monday to new rape charges. George Perrot, 50, was held without bail after a hearing in Essex Superior Court in connection with the allegation that he raped a woman in January. He is accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a sidewalk in Lawrence. Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop...

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Microsoft’s offers software tools to secure elections
May06

Microsoft’s offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft is announcing an ambitious effort intended to make U.S. voting more secure and verifiable. The company will offer free open-source software that several top U.S. elections vendors say they will explore incorporating into their voting equipment. The software kit is being developed with Oregon-based Galois, which is separately creating a secure voting system prototype under contract with the Pentagon’s advanced research...

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Google’s AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker
May06

Google’s AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker

When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016, it was already in danger of being an also-ran. At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, for more than a year . Apple’s Siri was already five years old and familiar to most iPhone users. Google’s main entry in the field up to that point was Google Now, a phone-bound app that took voice commands but...

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Trade talks with China sour and US cos with exposure get hit
May06

Trade talks with China sour and US cos with exposure get hit

U.S. companies that do a lot of business in China are getting hit hard in early trading after President Donald Trump threatened more tariffs with trade talks between the world’s two biggest economies faltering. Apple, Qualcomm and Broadcom, who rely heavily on Chinese business, fell close to 3% before the opening bell Monday. According to data provider FactSet, 64.7% of Qualcomm’s revenue comes from China. Broadcom’s...

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SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch
May06

SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch

A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Monday following a weekend launch. The Dragon capsule delivered 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques used the station’s big robot arm — also made in Canada — to capture the Dragon approximately 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the North Atlantic Ocean. An external cable that normally comes off during...

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