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Trump calls off historic meeting with Kim Jong Un


President Donald Trump canceled his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, writing in a letter that the historic gathering “will not take place” on June 12 in Singapore as scheduled.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote to Kim in a letter released by the White House.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/24/trump-calls-off-historic-meeting-with-kim-jong-un-607126

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Uber wants to test driverless cars in Pittsburgh again—the mayor is pissed


Enlarge / Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. (credit: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Uber announced on Wednesday that it was permanently shutting down self-driving car testing in Arizona, laying off hundreds of workers in the state. The decision comes two months after an Uber self-driving car killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe. But the company insisted that it wasn’t shutting down its self-driving car program as a whole. In an internal email obtained by Ars Technica, Uber said that it had a “goal of resuming operations in Pittsburgh this summer.”

Hours later, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto released a press release blasting the plan. “Uber did not tell me of today’s announcement, and I was forced to learn about it through social media reports,” the mayor wrote. “This is not the way to rebuild a constructive working relationship with local government, especially when facing a public safety matter.”

It’s not clear if Peduto has the legal power to block Uber’s return to Pittsburgh. But the mayor could certainly make Uber’s life miserable if they decided to return to the city over Peduto’s objections.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1313903

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Sally Ride, 1st American Woman in Space, Getting Forever Stamp

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Matt Groening’s first fantasy-cartoon series finally has release date, screens

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Matt Groening’s next animated series will arrive on Netflix on August 17, the streaming service confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday. Netflix also took the opportunity to reveal a few preview screens of the fantasy-obsessed series, which—as we expected—looks like Tolkien through a bug-eyed, Simpsons/Futurama filter.

The series’ title, Disenchanted, along with its cast and concept, were announced last summer. Groening has been joined by longtime Simpsons showrunner Josh Weinstein and a remarkable number of Futurama animators and voice actors to build a new elves-and-castles-and-dragons cartoon series. Disenchanted‘s three primary voice actors, meanwhile, are relative newcomers to the Groening animation universe, with Abby Jacobson (Broad City) voicing the princess Bean, Nat Faxon as the shrimpy elf named, er, Elfo, and Eric Andre as a trickster demon named Luci.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1313481