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On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

Technology
President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump, in a tweet, said that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has been a frequent critic of the company and CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs), who also owns The Washington Post. Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online. But the company has been hiring thousands of warehouse workers on the spot at job fairs across the country. Amazon has announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. Trump has said that Amazon does not pay "Internet taxes," but it's unclear what he meant by that. Amazon.com...
Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

World
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday skirted questions about President Donald Trump's comments voicing sympathy for Charlottesville protesters, but said he stands with the president nonetheless. Pence wouldn't say during a press conference in Chile whether he agrees with Trump that there were "fine people" among the white supremacists, KKK members and neo-Nazis who took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, and whether "both sides" were to blame for the deadly violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators, as the president claimed. One woman died when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. In a carefully-worded statement, Pence called what happened in Charlottesville "a tragedy" and said, "the president has bee...
Web hoster fights order to ID Trump protesters

Web hoster fights order to ID Trump protesters

Technology
A web hosting service is fighting a warrant ordering it to identify visitors to a site that encouraged protests against Donald Trump's inauguration. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) wants DreamHost to hand over the 1.3 million IP addresses of everyone who visited the the disruptj20.org website.DreamHost has said that it will fight the warrant because it believes the request could be in breach of political speech protections.It said the IP addresses, in addition to the contact details, emails, and photographs of thousands of people - which were also requested - were too sensitive to be released."That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution's First Amendment," said a statement by the ...
Web firm fights DoJ on Trump protesters

Web firm fights DoJ on Trump protesters

Technology
A US service provider is fighting government demands for it to hand over details of millions of activists.The Department of Justice (DoJ) wants all visitors' IP addresses - some 1.3 million - to a website that helped organise a protest on the day of President Trump's inauguration.DreamHost is currently refusing to comply with the request and is due in court later this month.The DoJ has not yet responded to requests for comment from the BBC.It is unclear why it wants the internet protocol addresses of visitors to website disruptj20.org, which organised a protest against President Trump on 20 January - the day of his inauguration. "The website was used in the development, planning, advertisement and organisation of a violent riot that occurred in Washington DC on January 20, 2017," it wrote...
'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

Science
A campaign to plant trees to compensate for the impact of President Trump's climate policies has 120,000 pledges. The project was started by campaigners upset at what they call the president's "ignorance" on climate science. Trump Forest allows people either to plant locally or pay for trees in a number of poorer countries.Mr Trump says staying in the climate pact will damage the US economy, cost jobs and give a competitive advantage to countries such as India and China. The organisers say they need to plant an area the size of Kentucky to offset the Trump effect.Based in New Zealand, the project began in March this year and so far has gained pledges from around 450 people based all around the world. In the first month, 15,000 trees were pledged - that's now gone past 120,000. Some people...