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China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

People visit the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiA Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatability of the software and the operating system. "[A] special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days," the SAIC said in a statement on its website.


Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans

The logo of Swiss watchmaker Swatch is seen on the door of a Swatch watches shop in StrasbourgBy Silke Koltrowitz BIEL (Switzerland) (Reuters) - Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek said these new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. "All the big technology firms want to work with us and I don't rule out that we are or could be collaborating in some areas. Apple Inc has just invited media to a "special event" next month, fuelling speculation it might present a much-anticipated "iWatch." The possibility of an iWatch launch is partly responsible for Swatch shares losing almost 15 percent so far this year, lagging a 3 percent rise in the European sector.


Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle

People walk past a Telecom Italia phone booth in RomeBy Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry. Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough. Telecom Italia lost out to Telefonica as it could not afford to top its 7.45-billion-euro offer for GVT.


Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Shrem exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.


Digital Ally says camera inquiries up five-fold after Ferguson shooting
(Reuters) - Digital Ally Inc forecast full-year revenue of about $22.5 million, encouraged by a "five-fold" rise in inquiries for its wearable cameras from police departments in the aftermath of the fatal shooting in Ferguson this month. The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked demand to hold law enforcement officials accountable and in turn fueled interest in companies such as Digital Ally and Taser International Inc. The company's 2014 revenue forecast was first reported by USA Today on Thursday, citing Chief Executive Stanton Ross, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Digital Ally said on Thursday it had received its first camera order after the Ferguson incident from the Michigan police department.
Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. Microsoft in particular was stung by revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and has been at pains to prove to customers that it does not allow the U.S. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal. Preska agreed, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured." She added that "the fact the court has not closed this case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and appealable.


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Reported iCloud hack leaks hundreds of nude celebrity photos

Reported iCloud hack leaks hundreds of nude celebrity photosHundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts.


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Heart Bot can draw an artistic rendition of your heartbeat (video)


Japan says electronics OK during take-off and landing

An airliner of Japan's Skymark Airlines takes off from Tokyo's Haneda airport, on August 19, 2014Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. From Monday, passengers were allowed to use a wide range of mobile electronic devices if they were switched to "flight mode" during the take-off and landing of newer planes, the transport ministry has said. This disables cellular service, so passengers will still not be able to make calls or send texts. The changes came after similar decisions by the US and European Union last year, and after Australia last week relaxed similar rules for passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia.


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¿Comprarías el iWatch a US$400?

¿Comprarías el iWatch a US$400?Ejecutivos de Apple ya tienen en mente el precio, o los precios, del iWatch, que podría venir en distintas versiones, según el sitio de noticias de tecnología Re/Code.>


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AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi retires from journalism to join Apple

AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi retires from journalism to join AppleIf you've built your own PC at any time over the past decade and a half, chances are you'll have come across AnandTech in the course of your research. Founded by a precocious teenager way back in 1997, the tech news site has grown from covering motherboards and other PC components to offering some of the most in-depth technical analyses of mobile devices today. Widely respected for his enormous experience and expertise, the site's founder and editor Anand Lal Shimpi revealed over the weekend that he was retiring from technology journalism, and now his next destination has been revealed: Apple Inc. An Apple representative has confirmed the hire for Recode, though there's predictably little information to go on beyond the fact that one of tech journalism's most authoritative figures has joined one of the industry's true giants.


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​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports say

​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports sayApple is partnering with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard on a mobile wallet system expected to be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to two different reports.>


Alibaba IPO planned for week of Sept. 8, report says

FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, chairman and then-chief executive officer of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., laughs at a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Alibaba, which rode China's emergence as an economic superpower over the last 15 years to become a massive online marketplace for everything from forks to forklifts, filed today for what could become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe Chinese e-commerce giant is reportedly set to launch its blockbuster IPO in the U.S. the very same week Apple is expected to bring us the iPhone 6.>


'Dota 2' is on the front page of today's New York Times

'Dota 2' is on the front page of today's New York TimesIf anyone is still questioning the legitimacy of e-sports, today should be a bit of a wake-up call. The lead photo on the front page of today's New York Times is of this July's $10 million Dota 2 tournament, The International. That's right: The Gray Lady has taken note, running a story on the rise of e-sports on the front page of its Sunday edition. The accompanying article is the first in a series exploring how competitive video gaming has developed into a spectator sport. ...


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Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Pro-democracy lawmakers disrupt a Beijing official's speech on tightly limited voting reforms.


6 dead in Paris suburb building explosion

Firefighters carry a body found in the rubble of a four-storey residential building that collapsed following a blast in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris on August 31, 2014Rescue workers searched throughout the night for two people missing after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, killing six and reducing half a residential block to rubble. Firefighters were combing the wreckage for two other missing people, Mayor Claude Capillon said. The building was practically scythed in two.


Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) walks to his motorhome after hitting the wall and retiring from a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga.. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage.


Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics

Louisiana Governor Jindal speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesThe measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. "Plaintiffs will be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing their efforts to obtain privileges," Federal Judge John deGravelles wrote in the decision. Abortion rights activists applauded the decision, the latest in a string of rulings against similar measures, saying it would give doctors more time to seek hospital privileges. "Today’s ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights," said Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued to block the law on behalf of three of the state's five clinics.


All five aboard small plane killed in crash at Colorado airport
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - All five people aboard a single-engine airplane died after it crashed on Sunday in a field beside a runway during an attempt to land at a northern Colorado airport, authorities said. Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the Piper PA-46 aircraft went down shortly before noon near the Erie Municipal Airport, about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver. Knudson said the plane took off from Centennial Airport, south of Denver, with five people aboard, and was landing in clear weather at the Erie airport when it crashed. Emergency crews found three people dead inside the wreckage of the six-seat airplane when they arrived at the scene, said Roger Rademacher, assistant fire chief with Mountain View Fire Rescue.
NY storms end Electric Zoo music festival, halt U.S. Open, delay flights

Arthur Ashe Stadium sits empty as rain falls on the court at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkSevere thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach. Open in Queens, New York, interrupted the Made In America outdoor concert in Philadelphia and shut down the Electric Zoo electronic music festival on Randalls Island in New York, which ended early for a second year in a row. "We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern," Electric Zoo organizers said in a Tweet explaining why the three-day festival was cut short by "extreme weather." Thousands of concertgoers were told to leave.


Sweden discovers suspected case of Ebola: official

Health care workers wearing protective suits work at the Elwa hospital, where Ebola patients are treated, on August 30, 2014 in Monrovia, LiberiaA suspected case of the Ebola virus has been discovered in the Swedish capital Stockholm, a local official told AFP on Sunday. Aake Oertsqvist, a specialist in infection control responsible for the Stockholm area, was quoted as saying the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Sweden was "very low".


ISIL fighters more discreet force

Resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa cityMilitants in Iraq are starting to blend in with residents, making them harder to target.


Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport on August 24, 2014More than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, an Islamist-allied militia group says it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital.


China slams door on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote

A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy Michael Martina and James Pomfret BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists. The relatively tough decision by the NPC - China's final arbiter on the city's democratic affairs - makes it almost impossible for opposition democrats to get on the ballot.


Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws U.S. rebuke

A picture shows under construction buildings at at Har Homa Israeli settlement near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 23 January 2008By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration. "We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” a State Department official said in Washington, calling the move "counterproductive" to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.


Officials: Iraqi forces break jihadist siege of Amerli

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate sitting on the back of a truck as they head to the Mosul dam on the Tigris river that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists on August 17, 2014 near the northern Iraqi city of MosulIraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies. It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside. The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited strikes in the area, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against militants outside of Iraq's north.



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