Section 230 threats escalate in final stretch of Trump presidency

With help from Cristiano Lima, John Hendel, Leah Nylen and Steven Overly

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— 230 tug-o-war: The president’s threat to veto a high-stakes defense bill over his Section 230 objections has been shot down by Congress. But a separate push to weaken the liability shield is expected to soon get a Senate Judiciary vote.

— Breaking ceilings: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) will soon become the first woman to hold a top leadership post on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which steers many of the most consequential tech and telecom policies.

— Carr calls for

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Virginia Tech football’s final push begins with No. 3 Clemson

The final push begins with Saturday night’s showdown against third-ranked Clemson at Lane Stadium, with Virginia Tech (4-5, 4-4 ACC) seeking to end a three-game slide and beat the two-time College Football Playoff champions in Blacksburg, Va., for the first time since 2006.

“We have a chance to feel really good at the end of this season,” Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt said. “We’ve had a tough couple weeks. We have a chance to pull off an upset which nobody thinks we can do, and we’ve got our instate rival Virginia coming at home, so it can be a very memorable last two games.”

Before turning their attention to winning back the Commonwealth Cup from Virginia in the regular season finale, the Hokies must contend with two Heisman Trophy contenders on the ACC’s top-ranked scoring offense (45.5 points per game) in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne.


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final call on today’s remaining offers

The Cyber Monday gaming PC deals present an excellent opportunity to pick up a new games rig, whether you’re looking to upgrade from your existing set up or make your first moves into the world of PC gaming. There’s a particular focus on pre-built PCs at the moment, with plenty of ready to run machines from retailers and builders set to make excellent Cyber Monday gaming PC deals. You can avoid the additional stress of labor and research required to build your own by going with a pre-made computer – this usually means you’ll pay a bit more for the service of a build, but then you often get a warranty too for peace of mind.

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Cyber Monday gaming PC deals

With a whole host of new graphics cards launching this year, we are seeing some still-excellent if slightly older machines get their prices discounted, and

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China in final preparations for latest lunar mission

WENCHANG, China (AP) — Chinese technicians were making final preparations Monday for a mission to bring back material from the moon’s surface in what would be a major advance for the country’s space program.

Chang’e 5 is China’s most ambitious lunar mission yet and marks the first time in four decades that any country has sought to bring rocks and debris from the moon to Earth. That could boost human understanding of the moon, its age and resources, and of the solar system more generally.

The four modules of the Chang’e 5 spacecraft are expected be sent into space Tuesday aboard a massive Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang launch center along the coast of the southern island province of Hainan, according to a NASA description of the mission.

The secretive Chinese National Space Administration has only said that a launch is scheduled for late November.

The mission’s key task

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The final trimming step — ScienceDaily

Ribosomes synthesize all the proteins in cells. Studies mainly done on yeast have revealed much about how ribosomes are put together, but an Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich team now reports that ribosome assembly in human cells requires factors that have no counterparts in simpler model organisms.

In every cell, hundreds of thousands of intricate molecular machines called ribosomes fabricate new proteins, extending each growing chain at a rate of a few amino acids per second. Not surprisingly therefore, the construction of these vital protein factories is itself a highly complex operation, in which more than 200 assembly factors are transiently involved. Mature ribosomes are made up of approximately 80 proteins and four ribosomal RNAs. But how these constituents are assembled in the correct order to yield a functional ribosome is still not fully understood. Moreover, most of our knowledge of the process comes from studies carried out on model organisms

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Hear a sound bite from NASA’s Perseverance as it travels along the final frontier

You can now hear a sound bite from NASA’s Perseverance as it travels along the final frontier.

A first of its kind, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance was rigged with microphones to capture sounds of the spacecraft as it hurtled through space. The 60-second audio file was captured on Oct. 19, according to NASA.

FIRST-EVER 4G MOBILE NETWORK IN SPACE: NASA is launching a 4G mobile network on the moon

“As great as it is to pick up a little audio on spacecraft operations in-flight, the sound file has a more important meaning,” Dave Gruel, lead engineer for Mars 2020’s EDL Camera and Microphone subsystem said. “It means that our system is working and ready to try to record some of the sound and fury of a Mars landing.”

According to NASA, one of the mics aboard the rover was set up specifically to capture entry, descent, and landing (EDL)

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Final dance of unequal black hole partners — ScienceDaily

Solving the equations of general relativity for colliding black holes is no simple matter.

Physicists began using supercomputers to obtain solutions to this famously hard problem back in the 1960s. In 2000, with no solutions in sight, Kip Thorne, 2018 Nobel Laureate and one of the designers of LIGO, famously bet that there would be an observation of gravitational waves before a numerical solution was reached.

He lost that bet when, in 2005, Carlos Lousto, then at The University of Texas at Brownsville, and his team generated a solution using the Lonestar supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. (Concurrently, groups at NASA and Caltech derived independent solutions.)

In 2015, when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) first observed such waves, Lousto was in shock.

“It took us two weeks to realize this was really from nature and not from inputting our simulation as a test,” said Lousto, now a

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Gaming Tests: Final Fantasy XV

Gaming Tests: Final Fantasy XV

Upon arriving to PC, Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition was given a graphical overhaul as it was ported over from console. As a fantasy RPG with a long history, the fruits of Square-Enix’s successful partnership with NVIDIA are on display. The game uses the internal Luminous Engine, and as with other Final Fantasy games, pushes the imagination of what we can do with the hardware underneath us. To that end, FFXV was one of the first games to promote the use of ‘video game landscape photography’, due in part to the extensive detail even at long range but also with the integration of NVIDIA’s Ansel software, that allowed for super-resolution imagery and post-processing effects to be applied.

In preparation for the launch of the game, Square Enix opted to release a standalone benchmark. Using the Final Fantasy XV standalone benchmark gives us a lengthy standardized

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden race to shore up votes in final hours before Election Day

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are racing to drive out the votes of Americans not among the more than 91 million who already cast early ballots as an election that started months before the pandemic, and then was defined by it, heads into its final, frantic hours.

Donald Trump, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: Left: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Right Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Left: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Right Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Tuesday’s moment of destiny — and what could turn into a prolonged count owing to the crush of mail-in votes — will decide whether Americans reject Trump after a single term or re-up for four more years of his brazen presidency.

It will

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ONC Interim Final Rule Delays Information Blocking Rule

On Thursday, 29 October 2020, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released an interim final rule (Interim Final Rule) that: (a) delays the compliance dates and timeframes for certain regulatory requirements finalized in the 1 May 2020 ONC 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule (Final Rule); (b) updates several ONC certification standards for health IT products; and (c) makes a number of technical corrections to the language of the Final Rule and associated regulations. The Interim Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days, and will be effective immediately upon publication. A link to the Interim Final Rule is available on ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule webpage.

Of primary interest for health care providers, the Interim Final Rule delays the compliance date for the prohibition on information blocking under 45 C.F.R. Part 171 (Information Blocking Rule), from its original date

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