Israel says Iran lied on nuclear arms, pressures U.S. to scrap deal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday stepped up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, presenting what he called evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program in a primetime address on Israeli TV.

The TCL 6 series Roku TVs launch tomorrow, starting at $650

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Chinese brand TCL has announced pricing for its new 6-Series Roku TVs, the follow-ups to last year’s extremely popular P-Series. The 6-Series improves on last year’s in terms of picture quality and comes in both 55-inch and 65-inch sizes—last year’s models only came in a 55-inch configuration.

The 55-inch model is currently priced at $649.99, and the 65-inch model comes in at $999.99. That’s in line with what last year’s TVs cost. As we’ve previously reported, the main improvement (apart from the larger size) in play here is an expanded number of full-array local dimming zones. Last year’s P-Series had 72 zones, whereas this year’s 55-inch 6-Series TV has 96 zones, and the 65-inch has 120 zones.

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Destruction Of Taxi Industry By Uber, Lyft, Affects Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump attorney Michael Cohen is among many whose business has been disrupted by the near-demise of the taxi industry caused by the rise of Uber and Lyft, now 70% of the business travel ground transportation market.

Senator Rubio says U.S. workers get little benefit from tax reform: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, in a move that may undercut his party’s message about the recent tax overhaul ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, told the Economist magazine there is “no evidence whatsoever” the law significantly helped American workers.

Canada wants U.S. cooperation in turning back asylum seekers

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada wants to change a bilateral agreement to allow it to turn back thousands of asylum seekers walking across the border but the United States is not cooperating, according to a Canadian official with knowledge of the discussions.

Russia’s floating nuclear power plant is not the first of its kind

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Try as I might, I’m not perfect. My goal is to get every detail in every story right, but sometimes a post gets through with a factual error. Such was the case last night, in a story about Russia’s new floating nuclear power plant. Some background research led me to believe that it was the first of its kind.

A couple of Ars readers, thankfully, disabused me of that notion quickly (one cool thing about writing for Ars is you always know that you’re writing for a bunch of people who are dramatically smarter than yourself). Though such a power system is quite rare, there has been another floating nuclear plant that we can point to as an example: a US Army barge called the Sturgis, which was installed in Panama during the Vietnam War.

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Video: Larry Harvey and JP Barlow on Burning Man and tech culture

Larry Harvey, founder of the counterculture festival Burning Man, passed away this weekend. He was 70.

Harvey created a movement and contributed to the flowering both of counter-culture and, ultimately, of tech culture.

Both he and John Perry Barlow, who also passed in February this year after a long period of ill health, were huge advocates of free speech. Barlow wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead, and then became a digital rights activist in later life.

In 2013 I caught up with both of them and recorded a joint 24 minute interview, just a short walk from the venue for the ‘Le Web London’ conference.

Amid the street noise and the traffic, they discussed some of the intellectual underpinnings of startup entrepreneurship and its parallels with Burning Man, in what might have been their first-ever joint interview.

We went over early computer culture, and how there was a “revolutionary zeal in the notion of intellectual empowerment” in Psychedelia which found common cause in tech culture.

We present for you once again, this iconic interview, in memory of these great men.

Trump’s nominee to head immigration enforcement agency to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is retiring, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday, days after Democrats had questioned why the agency still did not have a Senate-confirmed head.