FROM Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Ellen's Oscar Selfie and Samsung's Marketing Coup Sunday's Oscars were not just another awards ceremony for Korean conglomerate Samsung. Not only did it pay $18 million for five minutes worth of ads, it got an enormous bonus from product placement when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres gathered Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep for a selfie snapped by Bradley Cooper using a Samsung smartphone. How extemporaneous was it? We ask Philip Elmer-DeWitt, senior editor at Fortune magazine, and editor of its blog, Apple.20 .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?