Daily Digest (9/8)

Trump Tweets Support for Stars and Stripes, Voiding Pentagon’s Move; Apple Announces Commitment to Human-Rights Policy; Miami High-Schooler Arrested for School District Cyberattacks; Facebook ‘Pauses’ Oculus Headsets Amid German Privacy Concerns. Click “Continue reading” below.

Trump Tweets Support for Stars and Stripes, Voiding Pentagon’s Move

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he won’t allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the Stars and Stripes, effectively halting the Pentagon’s plans to close the newspaper that has been dedicated to military news since 1861.

The Pentagon said last week that it was shutting down the newspaper in a memo disclosed Friday by USA Today.

The memo ordered the publisher of the news organization to present a plan to dissolve the paper by Sept. 15, USA Today reports.

“The last newspaper publication will be September 30, 2020,” Col. Paul Haverstick Jr. said in the memo.

The Stars and Stripes’ first papers rolled off the presses in 1861, when forces lead by Gen. Ulysses Grant overran Bloomfield, Mo., according to USA Today.

A group of Grant’s soldiers were journalists before the war — and they wanted to inform the public about the Civil War and other military matters.

Today, Stars and Stripes is delivered daily to troops, even those on the front lines, serving as the “local paper” for military members.

“It cuts through political and military brass B.S. talking points,” Marine veteran Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., told Military.com.

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Apple Announces Commitment to Human-Rights Policy

Apple said that it was committed to freedom of information and expression in a document the company published Friday about its human-rights policy.

This commitment follows increased pressure from company shareholders, Reuters reports.

Apple has recently come under fire for removing virtual network apps from its app store in China.

“We believe in the critical importance of an open society in which information flows freely,” Apple said in the document.

“We’re convinced the best way we can continue to promote openness is to remain engaged, even where we may disagree with a country’s laws,” the company said.

Apple said its human-rights policy was based on the United Nations’ guiding principles on business and human rights, Reuters reports.

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Miami High-Schooler Arrested for School District Cyberattacks

A South Miami High School junior in Florida was arrested by police Thursday for allegedly targeting the Miami-Dade Country Public Schools’ online learning system in multiple cyberattacks.

The 16-year-old’s name was not released, ABC News reports.

District officials said the teen used distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to disrupt a network’s server by flooding the system with internet traffic.

The cyberattacks had “maliciously disrupted teaching and learning” across the district, school officials told ABC.

“The student admitted to orchestrating eight DDoS cyberattacks, designed to overwhelm District networks,” the district said.

According to authorities, the student allegedly told police the attacks started Monday, when Miami public schools went into fall online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Facebook ‘Pauses’ Oculus Headsets Amid German Privacy Concerns

The Facebook subsidiary Oculus has “temporarily paused” sales of its virtual reality headsets to customers in Germany.

The move stems from displeasure among German regulators about the new need for Facebook accounts to use an Oculus device, Ars Technica reports.

“We have temporarily paused selling Oculus devices to consumers in Germany,” Facebook said. “We will continue supporting users who already own an Oculus device — and we’re looking forward to resuming sales in Germany soon.”

Facebook told the German News site Heirse Online last week that company scheduled talks with German supervisory authorities to discuss the continuation of sales, Ars Technica reports.

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By DPN Staff