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Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. Indeed, to many in Brussels it is Google's fellow Americans - such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor - whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of Internet searches to push favored Web sites.


Uber CEO must turn over emails in gratuity lawsuit, U.S. judge rules

Kalanick arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New YorkBy Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick must disclose some of his emails to plaintiff lawyers in a lawsuit accusing the car service of misleading customers about how it shares gratuities with drivers, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. An Uber customer filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the company earlier this year, saying an advertised 20 percent gratuity is "false, misleading, and likely to deceive members of the public" because Uber keeps a substantial portion of the money. ...


Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks

Logo of the Wikileaks website is pictured on a smartphone in TokyoREYKJAVIK (Reuters) - An Icelandic computer hacker and former associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange unexpectedly pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240,000) from the organization. Sigurdur Thordar­s­son's courtroom plea is the latest twist in the saga of Wikileaks, which released thousands of secret U.S. embassy cables in 2010 and 2011, deeply embarrassing Washington. Known as 'Siggi the Hacker', Thordar­s­son has previously said that he turned an informant for the U.S. ...


Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits. The world's largest smartphone maker will buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares to stabilise its share price and boost value for shareholders, it said in a regulatory filing, its second-largest buyback ever. ...


AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

An AT&T logo and communication equipment is shown on a building in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments. The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks. ...


EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

A Google search page is seen through the spectacles of a computer user in LeicesterBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court. The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". ...


This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto X

This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto XAh, if only the Moto X had always been supported by this kind of awesome ad campaign, it might have sold more units. Motorola has posted a brilliant ad for the 2014 Moto X that shows us just how much fun it can be to customize our own phone. FROM EARLIER: Motorola has an awesome Moto X Cyber Monday deal that’s too good to pass up The ad follows a somewhat ridiculous Motorola fan named Ben who is constantly making changes and adjustments to his new Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal. Every time he makes a change, a doppelgänger working in a cartoonish replica of a Motorola factory must scramble around to implement last-minute fixes. Ben doesn’t hesitate


Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and more

Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and moreOn today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite Mystery Science Theater episodes, and a fleet of robot security guards.>


Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games

Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games


The colorful iPhone 5c will reportedly be discontinued next year

The colorful iPhone 5c will reportedly be discontinued next yearApple’s plastic iPhone 5c, launched in late 2013 as a more affordable iPhone option alongside the iPhone 5s, is going to be discontinued next year. The news comes from MacRumors and cites a report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times. FROM EARLIER: Despite the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung is still America’s phablet king Apparently, Apple is getting ready to stop iPhone 5c production in mid-2015, with Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn looking to wind down production for the handset. The report is in line with earlier claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been often right about Apple’s unannounced plans. Kuo said that iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S production would end in 2015 after certain promotional plans are over. The iPhone 5c has been


US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be online on Friday too

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be online on Friday tooYou won't have to head to the movies to see the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday. Star Wars' official Twitter account sent out a message this afternoon saying that the trailer would be published Friday on iTunes.


AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service is

AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service isWe really do have to give AT&T’s marketing team credit for this one. When they had to come up with a clever way to pitch their company’s less-than-blazing 3Mbps U-Verseservice to consumers, they put an absolutely brilliant spin on it and dubbed it “the fastest Internet for the price.” In other words, while the service itself wasn’t at all fast, it might be sort-of fast relatively speaking because you’re just paying $30 a month for it. RELATED: AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users Unfortunately for AT&T, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus also thinks that this claims is rather misleading. As Ars Technica reports, Comcast actually ratted AT&T out to the NAD


What to get when you've got a budding hipster in your life

What to get when you've got a budding hipster in your life


Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A funding

Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A fundingConsumer-to-consumer e-commerce site, Carousell, secures US$6 million in its latest round of financing and will be looking to expand into the region including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.


Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch

Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatchSamsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers.>


GoPro to release consumer drones next year, report says

GoPro to release consumer drones next year, report saysThe company's line of action cameras is already popular with drone enthusiasts. Now GoPro wants to sell aircraft as well.>


U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal

A Motorola Mobility logo is seen on a screen at the public unveiling of their global headquarters in ChicagoBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's bid to sue several Asian suppliers under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. Wednesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers who buy cellphones, computers and other products whose components are made outside the country. Circuit Judge Richard Posner said Motorola could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because the "immediate victims" had been non-U.S. ...


Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity

Scott Kurdilla, a medical research technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, waits for a volunteer for a brain scan experiment on campus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. The brain-scanning MRI machine at the center was used in a recent experiment where each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. Images showing combinations of data and graphics were collected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.


AT&T tells FCC its threat to halt fiber rollout is only for new projects

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Who would win in a fight, Batman or Darth Vader?

Who would win in a fight, Batman or Darth Vader?It's Batman vs. Darth Vader in this epic superpower beat-down from Bat in the Sun Productions. Will Batman fall to the dark side, or will the Caped Crusader bring the Sith lord to justice?>


Twitter now tracks other apps you've installed
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better.
Deja vu: New report says the iPhone 6s might have a special kind of glass cover next year

Deja vu: New report says the iPhone 6s might have a special kind of glass cover next yearApple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just a couple of months ago, but a new report from Focus Taiwan seems to reveal an interesting deal for future iPhone generations, as detailed by China Economic Weekly. The publication also seems to confirm a recent report that said Foxconn is urgently building a display factory to handle only Apple orders, with special emphasis on the next-gen iPhone models. FROM EARLIER: Foxconn is urgently building a new $2.6B display factory just for Apple According to the publication, Foxconn has signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in Henan Province to build a 133-hectare factory next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant. Interestingly, the new factory will supposedly manufacture sapphire displays for next-generation iPhones. Even


Technology to the Endangered Language Rescue?

Technology to the Endangered Language Rescue?Much has been written on how technology is helping endangered languages. Creative as they are, online dictionaries, mobile apps, interactive graphics and dedicated keyboards can't by themselves resuscitate or maintain a language. But as part of a larger cultural revitalization effort, technology can help. As William Brennan wrote last...


Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone

Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone


Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?
Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was "useful idiots" and it applied to a good many people who should have known better...That's you and me, folks, and it's how...
EU wants 'right to be forgotten' applied globally

EU wants 'right to be forgotten' applied globallyPrivacy watchdogs in Europe say the controversial ruling, which affects only local European versions of Google's search engine, should be applied more broadly.>


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Pokemon is killing Nintendo

Pokemon is killing NintendoThe end of November period brought just about the worst possible news for Nintendo: The latest Pokemon games sold a dazzling 1.5 million units in Japan during launch week. RELATED: How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo It’s a massive number in a market where few titles manage to crack the 100,000 unit barrier during their debuts. The hot Pokemon rollout helped once again revive the aging 3DS portable console sales, boosting the weekly unit sales number to 83,000. This is more than seven times higher than weekly sales of Sony’s flagship PS4 console in Japan. This toxic triumph was precisely what Nintendo did not need. The company requires shock therapy to force its hidebound executives to abandon their preposterous


Keyboard-shaped waffle iron: Take a bite out of type

Keyboard-shaped waffle iron: Take a bite out of typeThe world's geekiest waffle iron has launched on Kickstarter, to bring waffles in the shape of computer keyboards to your breakfast table.>


10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping apps

10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping appsThese apps help you find the best savings for the items on everyone's wish lists.


4 Great Online Tools for Music Lovers

4 Great Online Tools for Music LoversMusic is the cornerstone of human culture. No matter who you are or what you do, a great song can make you feel happy. A certain track can remind you of unforgettable experiences, like your first kiss, honeymoon, or the birth of your child.In this new age of technology, you don't have to listen to the same tunes every day or wait for the radio...


Here's why GoPro wants to make its own drones

Here's why GoPro wants to make its own dronesGoPro, the maker of the popular action cam, is reportedly working on its own line of consumer drones with plans to launch sometime next year. The unit will be priced somewhere between $500 and $1,000, putting it into competition with drones from DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robotics.


T-Mobile’s massive Black Friday sale has been announced – here’s what you need to know

T-Mobile’s massive Black Friday sale has been announced – here’s what you need to knowT-Mobile has announced more details about its upcoming Black Friday 2014 sale, revealing that it’s preparing a variety of smartphone, tablet, accessories and other deals for its subscribers. FROM EARLIER: These are the hottest pre-Black Friday deals you’ll find today “It’s been a record-shattering year of Un-carrier revolution against a humbug wireless industry − and we’re closing the year strong. Millions of Americans have responded to our drumbeat of Un-carrier moves by making us the fastest growing wireless company in the nation,” the company said. “And we’re saying thank you by making it easier and more affordable than ever to stay connected during the holidays and for years to come.” Some of T-Mobile’s Black Friday deals include a $5 Stateside international


Promote your app on social more effectively with this PHP redirect

Promote your app on social more effectively with this PHP redirectA simpler way to get your app users to the right app store when promoting it on social media is to use this PHP redirect script.


'Serial' is getting a second season

'Serial' is getting a second seasonSerial, the wildly successful true crime podcast from Sarah Koenig and the creators of This American Life, is getting a second season. From the official Serial blog:


US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote


Amazon sale offers unlocked Fire Phone for $199

Amazon sale offers unlocked Fire Phone for $199As part of its holiday promotions, Amazon knocks $250 off the price of the unlocked version of its Fire Phone.>



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Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground

A car drives past a public health advertisement against the Ebola virus in MonroviaThe death toll has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries.


You can buy Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – for $8 million
President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation is truly historic, but would you fork over $8.4 million to own one of two copies of the original document?
IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactorThe U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states.


Consumer drones are coming from GoPro

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Woodman holds a GoPro camera as he celebrates GoPro Inc's IPO at the Nasdaq Market Site in New YorkThe multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already provides the cameras used in many drones. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)


Officer Darren Wilson Discusses His Personal Life

Wilson revealed that he and his wife are expecting a baby.


Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.


Applications for US jobless aid jump

In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The number of people seeking unemployment benefits hit a surprising number.


Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

Pro-Russian separatists from the rebel Interior ministry attend an oath-taking ceremony in DonetskKIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" of the Crimea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March meant Moscow could exert influence over almost the entire Black Sea region. ...


Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Amanda Ashe of Oakland faces off with a police officer during a demonstration in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second straight night.


Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.


AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

This Dec. 7, 2011 file photo shows former U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy, preparing for a bilateral meeting in Beijing, China. Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.


More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. ...
East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring rain to cities including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see about a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...
Cleveland video shows police shot boy within seconds
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. The caller said the gun could be a fake. The video shows the boy walking and pointing the gun in different directions before entering a gazebo. A patrol car with two officers pulls up to the gazebo. ...
Relative calm prevails in Ferguson

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)A police cruiser is set on fire by protesters during a second night of unrest.


Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy

Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policyTaking on the hecklers who've been interrupting his speeches lately, President Barack Obama argued back Tuesday with a point-by-point rebuttal of their arguments and suggested they "get the facts."


Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show
It's extremely rare for a grand jury not to return an indictment.
Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ferguson, Mo., before speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.


Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson explains why he feared for his life
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos spoke to the Ferguson police officer.
Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress

House Speaker John BoehnerSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehner’s statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.


Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for dealsThanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most ...


Michael Brown’s friend upset and angry that cop walks free, vows the ‘fight doesn’t stop here’
Michael Brown’s friend says that he does not condone the violence or looting that broke out after a grand jury failed to indict officer Darren Wilson in the young man’s death, but that he understands where it comes from.

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