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Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

By 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

Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order

By 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.

Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business

Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc , to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets. Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business. Faintuch, who previously oversaw Qualcomm's networking and connectivity businesses as president of Qualcomm Atheros, is joining Intel as a senior vice president and co-general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said on Friday.

AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement

AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement

AT&T is suing Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue and made "billions" off of the technology, according to a new lawsuit. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. AT&T claims the patents were infringed in Cox's use and sale of digital video recorders, set top boxes, Internet and telephone systems, according to the lawsuit.

CME Group smartphone game lets students 'beef up' on ag economics

By Julie Ingwersen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bovine avatars with funny hats in an app are being corralled into helping to teach young people in the United States about agricultural markets and risk. The CME Group futures exchange launched the app, called "Risk Ranch," for tablets and smartphones as an electronic version of a board game called "Commodity Carnival" - first bought to state fairs in 2013 by CME and the 4-H youth organization. "We heard from educators who asked us, 'How can I get this in my classroom?'" said Laurie Bischel, CME's executive director of corporate marketing and communications.

ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'

ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'

Following backlash, the ALS Association says it's given up on its attempt to trademark both "ice bucket challenge," and the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." In a note on its Facebook page today, the ALS Association said it understood people's concerns over any one group owning those phrases, adding that it planned to withdraw both applications, which were filed earlier this week. We've received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect the Ice Bucket Challenge from misuse after consulting with the families who initiated the challenge this summer. According to the group, the trademark effort was originally intended to keep would-be fraudsters from cashing in on the success of Ice Bucket Challenge.

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain

For the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: "DeepFlight personal submarines are ideal toys for superyachts, resorts, and tour operators because of their capability to open up the undersea world in three dimensions." In an added twist that seems almost too good to be true, the company was founded by Graham Hawkes, a longtime British marine engineer who built and piloted a submarine that attacked James Bond in the 1980 film For Your Eyes Only. Hawkes and DeepFlight were recently the subject of an enthralling Betabeat profile, in which the founder relates stories of piloting his craft with the likes of Richard Branson (Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins is another DeepFlight submarine owner).

Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast

Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast

Why did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection. “For many subscribers, the bit rate was so poor that Netflix’s streaming video service became unusable,” Netflix told the FCC. “Some of them canceled their Netflix subscription on the spot, citing the unacceptable quality of Netflix’s video streams and Netflix’s inability to do anything to change the situation… We had to do something to

Drone tours Napa earthquake damage

Drone tours Napa earthquake damage

A quadcopter's close aerial footage of the destruction caused by this week's 6.0 California earthquake in wine country shows the potential of drones in disaster areas.>

Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting

Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting

It’s been a trying year for Nintendo as the Wii U struggles to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One, but with the holiday season approaching, the company has a few tricks up its sleeve to entice fans. Unfortunately, those plans do not include an upgraded home console on par with the next-gen system from Microsoft and Sony. Instead, Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS during a Japanese Nintendo Direct on Friday. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL will feature new shoulder buttons, a second analog stick and brightly colored buttons to match the old Super Nintendo controller. The internal hardware has been upgraded as well — with a new CPU, the handheld will be able to play

Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

By 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.

Friday Five

Friday Five

The week's top five most interesting software releases.

Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad

Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad

Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, is one impressive piece of hardware. It’s received rave reviews from the press, consumers seem to love it and it even outclasses the iPad in many respects. In order to prove that last point, Samsung took to the streets of New York with an iPad Air and a Galaxy Tab S to see which device the average consumer would choose. Being a Samsung ad, you probably won’t be surprised which tablet New Yorkers were most impressed by, but it is worth noting why people were drawn to the Galaxy Tab S. The trait that seems to stand out the most is the tablet’s size — the Tab S is extremely lightweight at just

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. In addition to Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella actually had a sit down with Cyanogen, Amazon, Samsung and Yahoo are also monitoring Cyanogen “to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target.” While it’s clear why

Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing

Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing

Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC on Friday cut its forecast for shipments of tablets and "two-in-one" devices combining tablet and laptop features to 233.1 million, saying growth would be about half of what was originally predicted. "When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down," said IDC research director for tablets Jean Philippe Bouchard. While shipments in mature markets such as North America and Western Europe were forecast to remain flat, those in emerging regions were expected to climb overall by 12 percent.

Rock Bands, Startups and Discovering the Next Big Idea

Rock Bands, Startups and Discovering the Next Big Idea

For the past few years, whenever I meet a new startup, I treat them like a rock band. Not only because I believe startups are rock stars, but because I have learned -- from my experience as the owner of an indie record label and as an early-stage investor -- that there are a lot of similarities between the two.BandmatesEvery band has to have a...

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been incredibly successful up to this point, but there’s no question that the new consoles would have benefitted greatly from a little more time in development before launch. By lacking a few key features, both consoles felt unfinished, but Microsoft has been hard at work getting the Xbox One up to speed. The latest update might be the most significant one yet. As we noted earlier this month, the September update for the Xbox One is bringing a media player to the console. The Media Player app will let you play a wide variety of files from a USB device, even more than the Xbox 360 supported. The Party app has also received an upgrade,

Nokia just released a huge update for its innovative Android app

Nokia just released a huge update for its innovative Android app

On June 19th of this year, Nokia was reborn. The company that had been known for years as a cell phone pioneer had sold off its devices business, and the world was waiting to see what new paths Nokia might take. There are a few, as it turns out, but one of them saw the company release a surprisingly innovative new Android app this past summer, and it just got a big update that users will love. Earlier this week, Nokia announced on its Z Launcher blog that the like-named app, which is the first stand-alone Android software Nokia has ever released, has been improved in several key areas. For those who did not see the original news, Nokia’s Z Launcher app is

Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with 'Our Story'

Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with 'Our Story'

Snapchat isn't just for sharing slices of your life with your friends anymore. A new feature called "Our Story" has begun rolling out to all users today, which lets you create and view public collections of photos and videos captured at the same live event  — say a concert or sports game — even with people who aren't on your Friends list. Anyone in the world with Snapchat can then open their app, find the collection of snaps from that event, and watch it as a single Snapchat Story.

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Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 billion SAP verdict, could get new trial

Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 billion SAP verdict, could get new trial

Oracle Corp failed to revive a $1.3 billion jury verdict in its long-running copyright dispute with German software company SAP SE as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, had erred in concluding that Oracle deserved only $272 million of damages, a sum Oracle rejected. Writing for a three-judge 9th Circuit panel, Judge William Fletcher directed Hamilton to offer Oracle a choice of $356.7 million of damages or a second trial.

Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch technology in new iPhone: FT

Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch technology in new iPhone: FT

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications (NFC) technology into the next iPhone, which would enable smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans. NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems, the daily reported. Apple has invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones.

China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media

China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media

China's Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday. Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers. Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.

China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company

China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday they would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Baidu Inc , as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda and Tencent said in separate press releases. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], transacting more goods than Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc combined.

Alibaba opens fifth data center for public cloud business

Alibaba opens fifth data center for public cloud business

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Friday it will open a fifth data center in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted $38 million in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba's $2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba's financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York. AliCloud, which has been likened to a budding version of the cloud service run by Alibaba's U.S. AliCloud's new data center will serve "large and small companies, financial institutions and other third parties in southern China," the company said in a statement on Friday.

White House says technology policy aide Park to take new role

White House says technology policy aide Park to take new role

The White House announced on Thursday that Todd Park, a technology and innovation policy adviser to President Barack Obama, is relocating to California to advise the president on technology from there. Park, who had built a reputation as a successful information technology entrepreneur, was thrust into the public spotlight during the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the fall of 2013. While not in charge of the technology behind the flawed web portal that crashed when thousands of Americans tried to sign up for health insurance, he was one of several administration officials summoned to Congress to explain the breakdown. Park's focus in California will be on recruiting skilled technology experts into government roles, the White House said.

German Green's ice bucket challenge lights up dope debate

German Green's ice bucket challenge lights up dope debate

A German Greens party leader has taken the "ice bucket" charity challenge to a new high, standing next to a marijuana plant while dousing himself with water in a tacit call for the legalization of cannabis. Cem Oezdemir is one of many public figures and ordinary citizens around the world to take the challenge - pouring a bucket of ice water over one's head to raise funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). "Yes, it is a cannabis plant," Oezedmir told the Essen-based Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) after speculation about the plant gripped social media.

In democracy and disaster, emerging world embraces 'open data'

In democracy and disaster, emerging world embraces 'open data'

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - 'Open data' - the trove of data-sets made publicly available by governments, organizations and businesses - isn't normally linked to high-wire politics, but just may have saved last month's Indonesian presidential elections from chaos. The embrace of open data has had few tangible benefits, but created a buzz and fostered a culture that prodded Indonesia's election commission to tweak the way it handles vote results.

Grand Theft Auto maker says Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention

Grand Theft Auto maker says Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of the popular Grand Theft Auto video games said Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit accusing it of basing a character on her without permission is frivolous and an effort by the actress to attract attention. In papers made public on Tuesday in a New York state court in Manhattan, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc called Lohan's claim "so legally meritless that it lacks any good-faith basis and can only have been filed for publicity purposes." Take-Two wants to dismiss the July 1 lawsuit and have Lohan pay its legal fees. A lawyer for Lohan did not immediately respond on Wednesday to requests for comment. The 28-year-old "Mean Girls" star accused Take-Two and its Rockstar Games unit of basing the Lacey Jonas character in "Grand Theft Auto V" on her.

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. At least one other strategic investor has committed to joining the latest round of funding, the Journal cited two of the people as saying. If the deal goes through, Snapchat would join a select club of tech startups with valuations of $10 billion or more, including car-ride service Uber and rooms-to-let startup AirBnB. Snapchat is similar to a new crop of popular mobile messaging apps that compete with established Internet services such as Twitter Inc's and Facebook.

Time Warner Cable to pay $1.1 million to settle outage reporting violation

Time Warner Cable to pay $1.1 million to settle outage reporting violation

Time Warner Cable Inc will pay $1.1 million to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation that last year found the cable and Internet provider did not properly report multiple network outages, the regulators said this week. "TWC (Time Warner Cable) failed to file a substantial number of reports with respect to a series of reportable wireline and Voice over Internet Protocol network outages," the FCC said in a report revealing the settlement released on Monday. "TWC admits that its failure to timely file the required network outage reports violated the Commission's rules." The FCC requires providers of fixed Internet connection or voice-over-Internet-Protocol calling to promptly report some network outages that last 30 minutes or longer, for instance those that potentially affect emergency response 911 facilities or those that impact enough consumers to collectively result in at least 900,000 minutes of disrupted Internet or phone use.

Banks to meet with Treasury Department on cyber threats: sources

By David Henry and Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Wall Street banks plan to meet the U.S. Treasury Department and other government officials next month to talk about how to cooperate to fend off cyber attacks, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bankers and government officials say they want to figure out ways law enforcement can alert financial firms about cyber attacks without violating the privacy of businesses that are victimized. A multitude of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, help monitor and fight the hackers that have increasingly targeted financial institutions in recent years.

Nissan says Japanese website altered, posed virus risk

Nissan says Japanese website altered, posed virus risk

A page on Nissan Motor Co's Japanese website had been altered for nearly two months before being remedied and users that accessed it may have downloaded files infected with viruses, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday. Users opening the page for calculating vehicles trade-in value were automatically sent to a non-Nissan website from which they may have downloaded virus files had they clicked on anything, spokesman Chris Keeffe said. Nissan has not confirmed if any personal information was leaked and an internet security firm is investigating, the company said in a statement.

Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft's web browser, media player

Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft's web browser, media player

By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of past antitrust complaints against the firm in the West. Microsoft has not been fully transparent with information about its Windows and Office sales, but has expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing investigations, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), told reporters at a briefing in Beijing on Tuesday. As Windows became the world's dominant operating system in the 1990s and 2000s, the issue of how Microsoft bundled its web browser and media player became the focus of respective antitrust cases brought by U.S. Microsoft settled in 2001 with the U.S.

Microsoft sales of media player, web browser 'problematic': Chinese regulator

BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's sales of its media player and internet browser software in China have been "problematic," a Chinese antitrust regulator said on Tuesday, in response to questions about an ongoing anti-monopoly probe into the technology giant. Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, made the remarks at a media briefing in Beijing. He did not give details. (Reporting by Koh Gui Qing and Paul Carsten; Editing by Ryan Woo)

Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college

Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college

By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida's newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book. A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University's striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. "It's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university's director of libraries. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.

Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack

Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack

By Malathi Nayak and Sophie Knight SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States. Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users' information. A Twitter user with the handle @LizardSquad claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday, and said the attack was meant to pressure Sony to spend more of its profits on the network.

CME Group resumes electronic trading after glitch delays open

CME Group resumes electronic trading after glitch delays open

(Reuters) - CME Group delayed the start of trade on its electronic platform by four hours on Monday due to technical problems, the latest glitch to hit the world's largest futures market operator. The start of trade in all contracts on the Globex Markets platform, apart from Bursa Malaysia derivatives, was halted because of an unspecified technical glitch, the top U.S. The delay marks another headache for CME, which shut electronic trade for leading agricultural contracts on April 8 in the worst-ever trading outage for those markets. CME Executive Chairman Terrence Duffy has said that outage was triggered when sophisticated technology tripped over a trading halt in a single market.

Amazon developing own online advertising software: WSJ

Amazon developing own online advertising software: WSJ

(Reuters) - Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon's own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp's advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon's system would resemble Google's AdWords, and is planned to make it easier for marketers to reach the company's users, the newspaper reported the people as saying. The retailer is also building a tool that would help advertising agencies buy in bulk for thousands of advertisers, the Journal said, citing the people.

Walgreen stores go offline due to technical glitch

Walgreen stores go offline due to technical glitch

(Reuters) - Pharmacy chain Walgreen Co suffered a system outage for several hours on Friday, taking all of its 8,200 pharmacy outlets offline and delaying prescription orders. The company faced a "technical issue" during a system update and had to bring the entire system offline to resolve it, spokesman Michael Polzin said. Some prescription orders may have been lost as a result of the outage, Polzin said, but most were queued and processed when the system was restored. Shares of Walgreen closed at $61.05 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

IBM to help China's Inspur to design servers

IBM to help China's Inspur to design servers

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM will help China's largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market. Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while U.S.-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyber-spying. Inspur shares soared in late May after it told Chinese news outlets that its servers had begun to replace the U.S. The Chinese firm has coined the term "I2I" - IBM to Inspur - as a marketing catchphrase.

Computers reshaping global job market, for better and worse: paper

Computers reshaping global job market, for better and worse: paper

(Reuters) - Automation and increasingly sophisticated computers have boosted demand for both highly educated and low-skilled workers around the globe, while eroding demand for middle-skilled jobs, according to research to be presented to global central bankers on Friday. "(W)hile computerization has strongly contributed to employment polarization, we would not generally expect these employment changes to culminate in wage polarization except in tight labor markets," Autor wrote. Any long-term strategy to take advantage of advances in computers should rely heavily on investments in human capital to produce "skills that are complemented rather than substituted by technology," he said. Recounting the long history of laborers vilifying technological advances, Autor argues that most such narratives underestimate the fact that computers often complement rather than replace the jobs of higher-skilled workers.

'Jackass' star could face charges for SeaWorld sign prank

'Jackass' star could face charges for SeaWorld sign prank

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Steve-O, one of the stars of the TV show "Jackass," could face criminal charges after he defaced a San Diego highway sign with a green banner that left it reading: "SeaWorld Sucks," officials said on Thursday. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc has called the documentary "inaccurate and misleading." "I'm putting my foot down for Shamu," Steve-O says in his video, referring to SeaWorld's most famous orca. Screw you SeaWorld." The 40-year-old British-born actor, whose name is Stephen Glover, encouraged supporters to share the two-minute film on social media using the hashtag #SeaworldSucks. SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz said the organization has no comment on the prank, which apparently took place in May. Last week SeaWorld said it will nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid the criticism.

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

By Jim Finkle and Nadia Damouni BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase & Co customers in an email "phishing" campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank and also infect PCs with a virus that steals passwords from other institutions. The campaign, dubbed "Smash and Grab," was launched on Tuesday with a widely distributed email that urged recipients to click to view a secure message from JPMorgan, according to security researchers with corporate email provider Proofpoint Inc. JPMorgan, the No. 1 U.S. "It looks like they sent it out to lots of people in hopes that some of them might be JPMorgan Chase customers,” said bank spokeswoman Trish Wexler. Users who click on a malicious link are asked to enter credentials for accessing accounts with JPMorgan.

Brazil extends tax breaks on computer, smartphone sales

Brazil extends tax breaks on computer, smartphone sales

Brazil extended tax breaks on computer and smartphone sales until the end of 2018, foregoing about 7.9 billion reais ($3.5 billion)in tax revenues next year, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The policy of keeping the so-called PIS/Cofins payroll tax at zero for computers, smartphones, tablets, modems and routers was scheduled to finish at the end of 2014, but the ministry said in a note it will be continued for four more years. Brazil is a growing market for computer and electronic devices, with over 270 million cell phones in operation, according to the Finance Ministry. Foreign companies such as South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics INC are major players in the local smartphone market.

Microsoft to use Opera browser on low, mid-market phones

By Joachim Dagenborg OSLO (Reuters) - Microsoft has agreed to install Opera Software's Internet browser on low and mid-market mobile phones it inherited from Nokia, potentially putting Opera Mini on another 100 million phones year. The deal comes after Microsoft completed its $7.5 billion takeover of Nokia's handset business in April and announced it would cut 18,000 jobs as part of its efforts to halve the size of the Nokia phone business. "This is a great agreement for us, and something we have been dreaming of for 10 years and now it’s finally happening," Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilesen said. It declined to estimate the expected volume, but a source close to the agreement said Opera Mini could now be installed on an additional 100 million handsets a year.

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Kungfu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a "deep bow of apology" after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use. Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education. Jaycee, 32, was arrested on Monday after police found 100 grams of marijuana in his apartment, they said. "Along with Jaycee, I want to take a deep bow of apology to the public." The younger Chan is the latest celebrity caught up in a campaign against drugs in China, which has vowed to purge the country's elite of decadence and other social vices.

Former Tennessee Titans player Tim Shaw says he has ALS

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw revealed he has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in a video that shows him dumping a bucket full of ice water over his head as part of an ALS fundraiser. "I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease,” he said in the video posted on Tuesday, before dousing himself as part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to fight ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After taking the challenge, Shaw, 30, called on the Titans organization, Penn State head coach James Franklin, the school's football team and his Clarenceville, Michigan, community to do the same. Shaw was drafted by the Carolina Panthers from Penn State and also played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

Silver Lake, Bain vie for photobook maker Shutterfly: sources

Silver Lake Partners LP and Bain Capital LLC are among the buyout firms vying to acquire Shutterfly Inc, an online photo-sharing services provider with a market value of $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Silver Lake and Bain have progressed to the second round in the auction for Shutterfly and are considering whether to submit binding offers in the next few weeks, the people said this week. Shutterfly shares were trading up 2.4 percent at $51.5 on the news in late morning trading on Wednesday. The price of the possible offers could not be learned but the people said private equity firms may borrow more than seven times Shutterfly's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in a leveraged buyout.

U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert

U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert

Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Inc broke into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug, making it the first known large-scale cyber attack using the flaw, according to a security expert. The hackers, taking advantage of the pernicious vulnerability that surfaced in April, got into the system by using the Heartbleed bug in equipment made by Juniper Networks Inc, David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters on Wednesday. Community Health Systems said on Monday that the attack had originated in China. Once in, they hacked their way into a database and stole millions of social security numbers and other records, he said.

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions - but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. To Atwood, who eventually won her funding from other backers, the recommendation underscored an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. If more women held the purse strings at venture capital firms, the attitude would change, she said. Despite the lip service Silicon Valley has given over the past couple of years to the need to recruit more women venture capitalists, at senior levels the industry’s gender balance hasn’t budged, even as other industries with poor gender diversity show improvements.

Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request

Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday. Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, the statement said. Facebook Inc also allows verified immediate family members to request the removal of a deceased person's Facebook account.

Snapchat in talks to expand services: WSJ

Snapchat in talks to expand services: WSJ

(Reuters) - Snapchat Inc, developer of a mobile app that lets users send messages that disappear within seconds, might expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The California-based company is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery, the Journal reported, citing sources. Snapchat Discovery, rumored to debut in November, will show content and ads to Snapchat users, the Journal quoted the sources as saying. At least a dozen media companies have shown interest in providing content for Snapchat Discovery, the Journal said.

Marketing push, harsh northern winter spur record Florida tourism

Marketing push, harsh northern winter spur record Florida tourism

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A record 24 million tourists visited Florida this spring, up 3 percent from 2013, spurred by unusually cold northern weather, a Google program that allows virtual beach tours and aggressive marketing, a state official said on Tuesday. Preliminary numbers also show tourism spending totaled $35.7 billion from January through May, up 7.4 percent from the same period last year, said Will Seccombe, president and chief executive of Visit Florida, the state's travel promotion agency. “It happened to coincide with the polar vortex, which none of us were really planning on or banking on,” Seccombe said. At a meeting on Tuesday, he showed Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state Cabinet television spots that were aimed at northerners and Canadians with the slogan “Must be the sunshine.” One featured tourists flying in “V” formation like geese to beaches, golf courses and theme parks.

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids: reports

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids: reports

(Reuters) - Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports. Google has been working on a version of YouTube, its video-sharing site, for youngsters and is considering other child-friendly accounts such as its Gmail system, the Financial Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Google's effort is partly driven by the fact that some parents are already trying to create accounts for their children and the company wants to make the process easier and compliant with the rules, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the effort.

Microsoft cloud service Azure restored after partial outage

Microsoft cloud service Azure restored after partial outage

(Reuters) - Microsoft said it resolved an outage on its Azure cloud computing service, which occurred across multiple regions. Partial disruptions began as of 1.40 p.m. ET on Aug. 18, the company said on the Azure website. (http://bit.ly/VAqCJV) Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based platform for creating, deploying and maintaining online applications and services such as websites and web-hosted applications. The service, which is used by governments and corporations around the world, supports various programming languages, tools and frameworks. ...

Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China

Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China

Security experts said the hacking group, known as "APT 18," may have links to the Chinese government. "APT 18" typically targets companies in the aerospace and defense, construction and engineering, technology, financial services and healthcare industry, said Charles Carmakal, managing director with FireEye Inc's (FEYE.O) Mandiant forensics unit, which led the investigation of the attack on Community Health in April and June.

Community Health Systems says data stolen in cyber attack

Community Health Systems says data stolen in cyber attack

(Reuters) - U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said it suspected data of about 4.5 million clients were stolen by Chinese hackers from its computer network. The company and its security contractors Mandiant, a unit of FireEye Inc, believes the attack occurred in April and June, Community Health Systems said in a regulatory filing. (Reporting by Shailesh Kuber; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

Google buys city-guide app maker JetPac

Google buys city-guide app maker JetPac

(Reuters) - Google Inc is buying JetPac Inc, the startup that designs social travel applications disclosed on its website on Friday, without providing details. "We'll be removing Jetpac's apps from the App Store in the coming days, and ending support for them on 9/15," stated a posting on JetPac's homepage. (http://bit.ly/1b66Re9) San Francisco-based JetPac has created a mobile application that uses pictures from various social networking sites to create city guides. Earlier this year, Google bought Nest Labs Inc, which makes smart thermostat and smoke alarms, for $3. ...

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Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad

Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad

Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, is one impressive piece of hardware. It’s received rave reviews from the press, consumers seem to love it and it even outclasses the iPad in many respects. In order to prove that last point, Samsung took to the streets of New York with an iPad Air and a Galaxy Tab S to see which device the average consumer would choose. Being a Samsung ad, you probably won’t be surprised which tablet New Yorkers were most impressed by, but it is worth noting why people were drawn to the Galaxy Tab S. The trait that seems to stand out the most is the tablet’s size — the Tab S is extremely lightweight at just

Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business

Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc , to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets. Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business. Faintuch, who previously oversaw Qualcomm's networking and connectivity businesses as president of Qualcomm Atheros, is joining Intel as a senior vice president and co-general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said on Friday.

AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement

AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement

AT&T is suing Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue and made "billions" off of the technology, according to a new lawsuit. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. AT&T claims the patents were infringed in Cox's use and sale of digital video recorders, set top boxes, Internet and telephone systems, according to the lawsuit.

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

Google and Apple never hesitate to brag about things that their platforms supposedly do better than one another but we have a hard time imagining Google bragging about beating iOS in this particular metric. UberGizmo directs our attention to a new report from Pornhub showing that more porn traffic now comes from Android phones than from iPhones. As you can see, Android phones accounted for nearly half of all porn traffic detected by Pornhub, while iPhones followed close behind at just over 40% of traffic. Predictably, the also-rans in the mobile platform wars, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, accounted for a meager portion of all porn traffic and posted percentages in the low single digits. However, we wouldn’t be shocked to see

$37 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

$37 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

Another week is coming to an end and it’s been a huge one for iPhone and iPad owners looking to save some money on great apps. We’ve shared dozens of apps with you this week that are worth a combined $232, and every single one was available for free. In fact, some apps from Thursday’s post are still free. Now, we’re going to bump this week’s total up to nearly $270 with eight more paid iOS apps you can download right now without paying a cent. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These

The Knee Defender's Inventor Defends His Invention

The Knee Defender's Inventor Defends His Invention

The argument was (in part) over one passenger's use of Knee Defenders, a gadget that blocks the seat ahead from reclining. As you may recall, the flight attendant asked the man to remove the Knee Defenders and when he wouldn't, the woman ahead of him threw a glass of water in his face. Both passengers were subsequently thrown off the plane...after it was forced to land. Ten years ago, The Washington Post endorsed this gadget called the Knee Defender.

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

Have you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. The bug you see above you is one of the highlights of the CIA Museum Artifacts collection. The Dragonfly Insectothopter, as it is known, was the first insect-sized flying vehicle to ever be developed by

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free downloads (a huge $65 value!)

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free downloads (a huge $65 value!)

If you follow along with our daily features on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available as free downloads for a limited time, you’ve gotten your hands on an unbelievable $167 worth of paid iOS apps so far this week without paying a cent. But this week isn’t over yet, and today we have another nine apps worth a combined $65 that you can download for free. More than $230 worth of paid iOS apps for free in just four days? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free.

BlackBerry teams with Verizon to keep business away from Android and iOS

BlackBerry teams with Verizon to keep business away from Android and iOS

BlackBerry hasn’t had too much luck with its recovery efforts over the past several months, but there are still plenty of businesses that depend on the Canadian company’s devices and services in order to function. As BlackBerry struggles to regain momentum in the smartphone market, it is looking for ways to hold on to its existing clients, which is why a partnership with Verizon could be huge for enterprise customers. Verizon announced this week that if a business decides to stick with BlackBerry, it will receive up to $150 in bill credits for every legacy device it upgrades. BlackBerry is hoping that more businesses will be willing to stay on board with BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. The bill credits can be put towards BlackBerry

It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

Despite the fact that the iWatch represents Apple’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, the new device isn’t Apple’s most hotly anticipated launch this fall. In fact, it likely falls into the No. 3 spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables, but a new report suggests that the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for users. DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis issued a note recently that explores some key issues surrounding Apple’s upcoming debut smartwatch. Considering the firm’s focus — displays

Next-gen iPad Air rear shell shown up close in major new leak

Next-gen iPad Air rear shell shown up close in major new leak

The next-generation iPad Air isn’t generating nearly as much hype as the upcoming iPhone 6 but it’s still nice to see Apple-releated leaks every now and then that have nothing to do with the company’s next flagship smartphone. Nowhereelse.fr has gotten its hands on some newly leaked pictures of the next-generation iPad Air that show us the new tablet’s rear shell up close. FROM EARLIER: Bloomberg: The 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ is real and it’s coming next year While these new pictures don’t tell us much new, Nowhereelse.fr says they “confirm that among other things the back microphone is now placed alongside the image sensor of the tablet rather than the center of the upper part, [and] that the volume control buttons are

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. Between Monday and Tuesday alone, we shared $99 worth of iOS apps with you that all could have been downloaded for free thanks to limited-time sales from the developers — in fact, a bunch of Tuesday’s apps are still free if you move quickly. Today, we’ve got eight more iOS apps for you that are worth a combined $68, but they’re all free downloads right now for a limited time. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its 10-inch and 7.9-inch tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other rivals encroach upon sales. Apple has been working with its suppliers for over a year on larger touch-screen devices, Bloomberg cited the sources as saying. Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Bloomberg: The 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ is real and it’s coming next year

Bloomberg: The 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ is real and it’s coming next year

The iPad Pro is real and after has decided not to kill it after all. Bloomberg reports that Apple really is making a 12.9-inch version of its iconic tablet that will release sometime in 2015. FROM EARLIER: 12.9-inch iPad Pro reportedly still very much in the picture According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is planning to start mass producing its massive new tablet in the first quarter next year and to presumably start selling it soon afterward. Unsurprisingly, Apple will reportedly target enterprise users with the larger tablet, as it could perhaps be pitched as “the tablet that can replace your Surface Pro 3.” Bloomberg says that Apple CEO Tim Cook has decided to make this move because Apple’s tablet line

Dispute over gadget that blocks seat reclining diverts flight to Chicago

(Reuters) - A midair argument between two airline passengers over the use of a device that stops the seat in front from reclining caused a Newark-Denver flight to be diverted to Chicago over the weekend, airline and police officials said on Tuesday. One of the passengers on Sunday's United Airlines flight had used a Knee Defender, a small wedge-like gadget that clips to the passenger's tray table, to force the seat in front to remain upright, according to the airline. The passenger in front was unhappy to discover this and an argument broke out that could not be quelled by flight attendants, Chicago Police Department spokesman Ron Gaines said. The pilot diverted the flight to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, where Chicago police officers and Transportation Security Administration officials removed the man and woman, both of whom were described as being in their 40s, from the plane, Gaines said.

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

We started off the week with an awesome batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a total of $50 that could all be downloaded for free — and many of them can still be had for free if you act fast. Today, we’ve got another eight nifty paid iOS apps for you that are worth $49 but are all on sale for free for a limited time. Nearly $100 worth of great paid apps for free in just two days? You’re welcome. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end

BlackBerry’s 2014 roadmap leaks – is there anything to get excited about?

BlackBerry’s 2014 roadmap leaks – is there anything to get excited about?

BlackBerry fans hoping that the second half of 2014 might include a few surprises are in for a bit of a letdown. BlackBerry fan blog N4BB has leaked what it claims to be an authentic 2014 roadmap for BlackBerry device launches, and sadly, there is precious little to get excited about. It looks like only two noteworthy BlackBerry phones will launch in the second half this year, and we already know about both of them. The first is the peculiar and boxy BlackBerry Passport, and the second is the peculiar and less boxy Porsche Design BlackBerry “Khan” P’9983. Both phones appear set to be released late in the third quarter this year. That’s it. The same slide deck reveals that BlackBerry

Los Angeles schools official suspends iPad rollout: L.A. Times

Los Angeles schools official suspends iPad rollout: L.A. Times

(Reuters) - The Los Angeles schools superintendent has suspended a contract with Apple Inc to provide an iPad to each of its students as the $1 billion initiative faces problems and growing scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported. Monday's suspension is the latest setback for the Los Angeles Unified School District's proposed technology rollout, the largest of its kind for any U.S. Under a contract approved a little more than a year ago, Apple's tablet computer was to be coupled with a digital curriculum from Pearson. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc," Superintendent John Deasy told the district's Board of Education on Monday in a memo posted on the newspaper's website.

Tom Hanks' new app an homage to manual typewriters

Tom Hanks' new app an homage to manual typewriters

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - A new app for the iPad aims to recreate the nostalgic sense of typing on a manual typewriter, but ramped up to meet the demands of digital-age word processing. The brainchild of Oscar-winning actor and collector of vintage typewriters Tom Hanks, the app, perhaps aptly called Hanx Writer, replicates the aural and visual sensations of old-fashioned typing. The app allows users to type emails, letters and stories on a virtual typewriter, accompanied by the sound of clanking keys as each character appears on the page beneath the type hammer. The free app includes one style of typewriter with two more on offer featuring different sounds, visuals, ribbon colors and other features, at $2.99 each.

BlackBerry deals another blow to Seacrest’s copycat keyboard empire

BlackBerry deals another blow to Seacrest’s copycat keyboard empire

Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. In his original ruling, Orrick said that BlackBerry’s legal team had established a clear “likelihood” that Typo infringed upon BlackBerry’s patents while Typo’s legal team didn’t knock down any of the key patents in suit. In his new ruling last week, Orrick said that “BlackBerry has raised significant questions suggesting that Typo’s sales to foreign retailers after the injunction went into effect…violated the preliminary injunction.” In its argument before

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (a massive $50 value!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (a massive $50 value!)

The only thing better than a great paid iPhone or iPad app is a great paid iPhone or iPad app that’s on sale for free for a limited time. And this week, we’re starting off strong with eight solid paid iOS apps worth a combined $50 that can all be downloaded for free right now if you act fast. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they are free at the

Samsung’s most interesting Gear smartwatch yet reportedly coming soon

Samsung’s most interesting Gear smartwatch yet reportedly coming soon

Samsung is not done spamming the market with smartwatch designs – after all, it’s a policy that’s worked well for the company in the smartphone business – as it’s about to launch yet another a brand new device, PocketNow has learned. FROM EARLIER: Best Buy reveals everything there is to know about the gorgeous Moto 360 Not including the Gear Fit, which is more of a fitness band, Samsung has already released four smartwatches that run various operating systems: the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Life. The publication has learned that the company is working on a Gear 3 gadget that might be a bit more interesting than all the aforementioned models, as it could feature

Every single BlackBerry Passport spec revealed in huge leak

Every single BlackBerry Passport spec revealed in huge leak

BlackBerry’s upcoming Passport looks like it really will feature some terrific specifications. N4BB has obtained the full leaked spec sheet for the Passport and has found some interesting new details on the device. While we’ve known about some of the device’s key specs for a while now, this is the first time we’ve ever seen the entire spec sheet and it looks like BlackBerry has done a nice job making sure its newest flagship phone will have high-quality hardware. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry reveals the Passport’s killer feature: The ability to look at x-rays of your lung Per N4BB’s list, the Passport will feature a 4.4-inch square display with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz

BlackBerry lists 5 reasons why BBM is better than iMessage

BlackBerry lists 5 reasons why BBM is better than iMessage

BlackBerry might be struggling to regain its footing in the mobile market right now, but it still has a few strengths that outshine some rivals in key areas. And according to BlackBerry, one of those strengths is the BBM cross-platform messaging app, which apparently tops Apple’s popular iMessage service in a number of ways. Now, in a new post on BlackBerry’s blog, the company has listed five ways that its BBM product is better than iMessage, and they all focus on BBM’s ability to avoid the huge number of spam attacks that are currently plaguing iPhone and iPad users. “We all hate spam, whether in our e-mail inbox, or, even more jarringly, when it comes as a mobile message,” BlackBerry’s Jeff

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (a huge $41 value!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (a huge $41 value!)

We always do our best to share solid paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, but today we might have outdone ourselves. With the weekend finally almost here, BGR has another reason for you to celebrate: a list of eight iOS apps worth ore than $40 combined that can all be downloaded for free right now if you move quickly. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee

Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China

Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker's new streaming boxes and "smart" TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters. Xiaomi, which in three years became China's top smartphone seller ahead of Apple Inc and Samsung, harbors ambitions beyond mobile gadgets. Last year, it expanded into the TV and set-top box business with its "MiBox" and "MiTV." Ouya Chief Executive Julie Uhrman said details are still getting hashed out but it's likely Ouya will get a dedicated channel on Xiaomi software installed on those devices, on which gamers can shop for and download a selection of its independently developed games later this year, Uhrman said.

BlackBerry reveals the Passport’s killer feature: The ability to look at x-rays of your lung

BlackBerry reveals the Passport’s killer feature: The ability to look at x-rays of your lung

If you aren’t clamoring for the BlackBerry Passport yet, just wait until you see how well it can portray x-rays of your lungs. In a new post highlighting the Passport’s unique square display, BlackBerry says that the Passport’s resolution is perfect for seeing images accurately and clearly while noting that any doctor who wants to look at detailed x-rays on their smartphone couldn’t do any better than the device’s 4.5-inch screen. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users “The above image portrays an x-ray of a lung viewed on the large square touchscreen found only on the BlackBerry Passport,” writes BlackBerry. “In situations where you need a greater view of documents, medical

Brazil extends tax breaks on computer, smartphone sales

Brazil extends tax breaks on computer, smartphone sales

Brazil extended tax breaks on computer and smartphone sales until the end of 2018, foregoing about 7.9 billion reais ($3.5 billion)in tax revenues next year, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The policy of keeping the so-called PIS/Cofins payroll tax at zero for computers, smartphones, tablets, modems and routers was scheduled to finish at the end of 2014, but the ministry said in a note it will be continued for four more years. Brazil is a growing market for computer and electronic devices, with over 270 million cell phones in operation, according to the Finance Ministry. Foreign companies such as South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics INC are major players in the local smartphone market.

Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

Windows Phone’s global market share is in very bad shape… but things could always be worse. The Guardian reports that new data from research group eMarketer shows that Windows Phone’s user base in the United Kingdom is poised to limp past BlackBerry’s this year, thus marking the first time that Microsoft’s mobile OS has surpassed BlackBerry in the Land of Hope and Glory in terms of active user base. FROM EARLIER: Windows Phone is dying on the vine Per The Guardian, eMarketer has found that “from a position at the end of 2013 where BlackBerry had 3.6m UK users, against 1.9m for Windows Phone and legacy Windows Mobile users, by the end of this year Blackberry will have 2.4m users,

6 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – a $24 value!

6 more terrific paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now – a $24 value!

Have you gotten your fill of free iPhone apps this week? We didn’t think so, which is why we’ve come back to tell you about six more awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free to download for a limited time. Taken together, these six apps would normally cost just under $24 but you can get every one of them free of charge if you act right now. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

David Cameron just can’t quit you, BlackBerry. In its latest in a series of blog posts touting government officials who still rely on BlackBerry for mobile communications, BlackBerry highlights why U.K. prime minister David Cameron is still sticking with the company despite all the troubles it’s gone through over the past few years. “Wherever I am in the world, I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed,” Camerson said in a report cited by BlackBerry. “And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the past few years, I am able to return instantly should that be necessary.” Even

E-Reader Users May Read More, But They Also Forget More

E-Reader Users May Read More, But They Also Forget More

Norway's Anne Mangen, who led the research, expected that the results would reflect a similar study in which some readers were given a story on an iPad and others on paper. In that study, readers who absorbed the material on paper scored better on metrics involving "empathy and transportation and immersion, and narrative coherence."

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Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. In addition to Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella actually had a sit down with Cyanogen, Amazon, Samsung and Yahoo are also monitoring Cyanogen “to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target.” While it’s clear why

Nokia just released a huge update for its innovative Android app

Nokia just released a huge update for its innovative Android app

On June 19th of this year, Nokia was reborn. The company that had been known for years as a cell phone pioneer had sold off its devices business, and the world was waiting to see what new paths Nokia might take. There are a few, as it turns out, but one of them saw the company release a surprisingly innovative new Android app this past summer, and it just got a big update that users will love. Earlier this week, Nokia announced on its Z Launcher blog that the like-named app, which is the first stand-alone Android software Nokia has ever released, has been improved in several key areas. For those who did not see the original news, Nokia’s Z Launcher app is

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

Google and Apple never hesitate to brag about things that their platforms supposedly do better than one another but we have a hard time imagining Google bragging about beating iOS in this particular metric. UberGizmo directs our attention to a new report from Pornhub showing that more porn traffic now comes from Android phones than from iPhones. As you can see, Android phones accounted for nearly half of all porn traffic detected by Pornhub, while iPhones followed close behind at just over 40% of traffic. Predictably, the also-rans in the mobile platform wars, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, accounted for a meager portion of all porn traffic and posted percentages in the low single digits. However, we wouldn’t be shocked to see

No app will ever look this sexy on the Moto 360

No app will ever look this sexy on the Moto 360

Motorola’s upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch is easily the most beautiful device this emerging category has ever seen. In a market cluttered by ugly square watches, Motorola chose a round design and premium materials in an effort to stand apart from the crowd. It worked — quite well, in fact. It actually worked so well that rival device makers Samsung and LG are already copying Motorola’s design. As beautiful as the Moto 360 is, however, it has an annoying flaw that will ensure no apps on the Android Wear-powered smartwatch will ever look as beautiful as the Instagram for Android Wear concept you see in the image above. Graphic designer Aleksandar Nikcevic recently mocked up his vision of what Instagram might look like on

ORA-1 Glasses to Put Android On Your Face

ORA-1 Glasses to Put Android On Your Face

A developer version of the wearable has hit Kickstarter, where you can pre-order a unit starting at $300. One of ORA-1's standout features is its ability to run lots of Android apps natively. The current list of ORA-1 ready apps includes dedicated AR experiences like Wikitude, Layar and AR Invaders, as well as common smartphone social apps like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

Go Directly to Fail: Worst Tech Product Ideas Ever

Go Directly to Fail: Worst Tech Product Ideas Ever

Android and clamshell computing go together like black licorice and mayonnaise. What users really need on a laptop or desktop is a user interface that works really well with a keyboard and touchpad or mouse and provides plenty of windows for multitasking. Try staring across the keyboard at the slim, single-pane Facebook app.

Google’s secret same-day delivery drone program is not so secret anymore

Google’s secret same-day delivery drone program is not so secret anymore

Search, mail, maps, Android, glasses, Internet balloons, self-driving cars, robots, satellites and drones are just a few of the many products Google has to offer, or has started working on, with the latter being the company’s latest revelation. According to The Atlantic, Google is very interested in same-day delivery options, and already has a two-year old drone product – now not a secret anymore – to tackle this particular desire from users. Google is not the only company looking to offer same-day deliveries – the company is already offering such services in certain markets albeit not via air – as Amazon has unveiled its drone program a few months ago. Google’s drone project is called Project Wing, and relies on a

Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas

Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas

Amazing but true: Sprint really does seem to be stepping up its game when it comes to offering more value for customers. Sprint on Thursday announced that it will offer free Wi-Fi calling to customers who travel overseas and who call the United States, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As you might have guessed, Wi-Fi calling lets you make phone calls using your local Wi-Fi network so you don’t have to use a carrier’s cellular network. This obviously eliminates the need for international roaming and thus will save you money on roaming charges as long as you’re within range of a working Wi-Fi hotspot. FROM EARLIER: Sprint brings down the hammer with $60 unlimited plan… but there are some catches

The single most mind-blowing fact about Samsung’s Gear S

The single most mind-blowing fact about Samsung’s Gear S

Even if you have no intention of buying Samsung’s latest smartwatch, you should at least step back and appreciate what a marvel of engineering it actually is — and we’re not just talking about the nifty curved display. Analyst Neil Shah points out that many of the Gear S’s key hardware specifications are nearly identical to those of the iPhone 4S, the hugely popular Apple smartphone that was released less than three years ago. FROM EARLIER: The first non-Android Samsung smartphone is here and it actually goes on your wrist Indeed, the Gear S’s major specs — a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3G, 802.11n Wi-Fi and A-GPS connectivity — do match up exactly with the iPhone 4S, although

Apple definitely isn’t suing Samsung over these things

Apple definitely isn’t suing Samsung over these things

Here’s an accessory that you definitely can’t accuse Samsung of copying from anyone else. In addition to announcing its Gear S smartwatch earlier on Thursday, Samsung also took the wraps off a new set of headphones designed to compliment the device that are certainly original, to say the least. FROM EARLIER: The first non-Android Samsung smartphone is here and it actually goes on your wrist Samsung’s new Gear Circle is an accessory that looks like a pair of headphones combined with a necklace and it’s the first device of its kind we can recall seeing. Samsung says the accessory was designed with “a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function

Review: These are the new smartphones your carrier doesn’t want you to know about

Review: These are the new smartphones your carrier doesn’t want you to know about

Top telecom companies make a killing in the United States. AT&T and Verizon combined to pull in more than $64 billion in revenue during the most recent quarter alone, yielding about $13.3 billion in combined operating income. Wireless represents the biggest business for each of the nation’s top carriers, and high-margin smartphone sales play an important role in maintaining growth. If smartphone sales start to move away from carriers, they stand to lose a huge amount of money in the long run. This could be one of several reasons we now see carriers actively promoting new smartphone purchasing options. But what happens if handset companies start successfully selling their own devices directly to consumers at ridiculously affordable prices? One fresh new

Microsoft to clamp down on ‘misleading' apps

Microsoft to clamp down on ‘misleading' apps

Over 1500 Windows Phone apps have already been removed as part of a concerted effort from Microsoft to police the quality and legitimacy of titles uploaded to the Windows Store. In recent weeks a number of publications have run stories expressing concern that there was a growing number of bogus, spammy or outright malicious apps appearing in the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 app store as it built up its inventory to get up to speed quickly with the million+ titles on offer for Android and Apple device owners. In a blog post published Wednesday, the company's Todd Brix said: "Earlier this year we heard loud and clear that people were finding it more difficult to find the apps they were searching for; The company has begun by removing 1500 apps altogether but, in order to give developers the benefit of the doubt it is also initiating changes to its policies that will outlaw apps from having misleading titles and copycat icons.

Samsung Gear S Touts Curved Display and 3G Connectivity

Samsung Gear S Touts Curved Display and 3G Connectivity

After the arrival of smartphone-dependent wearables like the Gear 2 and Gear Live, Samsung's smartwatch line is ready to step out on its own. Launching this October, the Samsung Gear S touts a rich display and 3G connectivity for using apps and getting notifications when your Android phone is nowhere near. Touting Samsung's most stylish smartwatch design yet, the Gear S has a 2-inch, curved AMOLED 360 x 480-pixel display that sits atop a black or white rubber wristband.

Make your phone look like the Galaxy Note 4 right now (sort of)

Make your phone look like the Galaxy Note 4 right now (sort of)

In case you missed the months of rumors and the handful of teaser videos posted earlier this week, Samsung is finally going to unveil its brand new Galaxy Note 4 next week during a big press conference ahead of the annual IFA trade show. The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s flagship for the first half of the year, was a bit of a dud and it left Android fans wanting more. If the rumors leading up to next week’s big reveal are any indication, Samsung is about to deliver. But you don’t have to wait for the new king of phablets to launch to make your current handset (sort of) look like the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. FROM EARLIER: Samsung shows off Galaxy Note

LG’s Moto 360 ‘killer’ is out even before Motorola fully unveils its awesome device

LG’s Moto 360 ‘killer’ is out even before Motorola fully unveils its awesome device

Motorola managed to turn quite a few heads with the Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device that took the most basic watch design and further enhanced it by adding smart features. However, while Motorola is yet to fully disclose all the details about Moto 360, LG is already out with its second Android Wear smartwatch, which also happens to be a Moto 360 rival, at least when it comes to design: the G Watch R. The smartwatch features a circular 1.3-inch plastic OLED (P-OLED) display with 320 x 320 resolution, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 410mAh battery and Android Wear under the hood. The G Watch R is also IP67 certified for dust and

US judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung smartphones

US judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung smartphones

A judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Apple to ban US sales of rival Samsung smartphones targeted in a recent $2 billion patent trial in Silicon Valley. The decision was seen as a setback for Apple in its long-running battle with Samsung over features built into Android-powered mobile devices that compete worldwide with iPhones and iPads. The California-based Apple requested an injunction on offending Samsung mobile devices -- which were from the flagship Galaxy line -- after a patent trial that ended with a mixed verdict in May. Jurors awarded $119.6 million in damages to Apple. While the amount of the award is huge, it is only a fraction of the more than $2 billion Apple had sought at the outset of the case.

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Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza

Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.

U.S. authorities investigate suspected threat against Obama: reports

U.S. authorities investigate suspected threat against Obama: reports

(Reuters) - Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, issued a statement saying, "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided. ...

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work." The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

District Judge Lee Yeakel said the so-called "ambulatory surgical center requirement" was unjust because it placed an undue burden on women by reducing the number of clinics where they could seek abortions and the regulations had no compelling public health interests. "The court concludes, after examining the act and the context in which it operates, that the ambulatory-surgical center requirement was intended to close existing licensed abortion clinics," Yeakel wrote in the decision. The requirement was to have gone into effect on Sept. 1. Under it, clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards ranging from widening halls to having facilities for certain surgeries that abortion rights advocates said were unnecessary, especially when an abortion is medically induced.

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official said Saturday that the 28-nation bloc is set to decide new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.

Ethnic strife blurs Myanmar's first census in 30 years

Ethnic strife blurs Myanmar's first census in 30 years

By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Following an incomplete count due to ethnic conflicts in parts of the country, Myanmar said on Saturday that its first census in 30 years shows the population to be 51.4 million, some ten million less than expected. The provisional findings of the census, taken between March-April with support from the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), was released by Minister of Immigration and Population U Khin Yi. The census was mired in controversy from the outset, as the government and UNFPA were criticized for basing the counting on 135 officially recognized ethnic groups, a classification that critics say is outdated and inaccurate. Ethnic groups said their political representation and claims to ethnicity would be compromised if they were undercounted.

EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

By Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties. At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union's top jobs to Poland's prime minister, giving Vladimir Putin's critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence over EU policy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received a demonstrative welcome from senior officials whom he urged to set new sanctions. Those include Germany, Britain and France, as well as Italy, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas and expects to secure the post of EU foreign affairs chief.

11 of 24 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

11 of 24 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — The first 11 of 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said.

EU leaders to pick new foreign policy chief

EU leaders to pick new foreign policy chief

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to decide who will be the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years, with Italy's top diplomat Federica Mogherini widely seen as the front-runner for the prestigious job.

Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Crowds celebrated in the streets of Liberia's capital on Saturday after authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people had been barricaded for more than a week to contain the country's Ebola outbreak.

Indian police charge ex-minister, Malaysian tycoon in telecoms scandal

Indian police charge ex-minister, Malaysian tycoon in telecoms scandal

By Devidutta Tripathy MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia's Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile phone carrier eight years ago. South Indian politician Dayanidhi Maran, who was India's telecommunications minister between 2004 and 2007; Malaysia's second-richest man T. Ananda Krishnan and his aide Augustus Ralph Marshall, are among those named in the charge sheet filed in a New Delhi court on Friday, a police spokeswoman said.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine defense chief says Syrian rebels attacked Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights.

China warns foreign powers not to use Hong Kong as a 'bridgehead'

China warns foreign powers not to use Hong Kong as a 'bridgehead'

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China has warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on the city's political future on Sunday, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of Hong Kong "as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland". China's largely rubber-stamp parliament is set to meet on Sunday, when it is expected to limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong's leader to a handful of pro-Beijing candidates, a move likely to escalate plans by pro-democracy activists to blockade the city's Central business district on Sunday. Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of China, administered by what is known as the Basic Law.

Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

China graft watchdog probes another executive at Chinese car maker

China graft watchdog probes another executive at Chinese car maker

China's anti-graft watchdog has said it is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp. for corruption, the latest target in a widening probe against the company. State-owned FAW has a joint venture with Volkswagen AG. The joint venture is one of the two car-making ventures the German automaker has in China. An Dewu, FAW's former deputy general manager, was investigated for "suspected serious violations of the law", the ruling Chinese Communist Party's discipline watchdog said late on Friday.

Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong

BEIJING (AP) — China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics Saturday ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.

What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.

Sharapova gets past Lisicki in 2 sets at US Open

Sharapova gets past Lisicki in 2 sets at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova reached the U.S. Open's fourth round by taking five of the last six games after her opponent, Sabine Lisicki, was warned by the chair umpire about receiving coaching help.

Surprises galore for women at U.S. Open, men steady

Surprises galore for women at U.S. Open, men steady

Open women's draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men's side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year's final grand slam. The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

Israel arrests almost 600 Palestinians in August: NGO

Israel arrests almost 600 Palestinians in August: NGO

Israeli forces detained 597 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in August, raising the number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons to more than 7,000, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said. The majority of the arrests took place in East Jerusalem and Hebron, which is situated in the south of the West Bank, the NGO, based in Ramallah, said in a statement. Many were arrested during demonstrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza, which was the focus of a deadly 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, the de facto ruler of Gaza.

Death toll hits 12 in Nigeria boat capsize: relief agency

Death toll hits 12 in Nigeria boat capsize: relief agency

Two more people were confirmed dead on Saturday after an overloaded boat capsized off the coast of southeast Nigeria, taking the death toll to 12. Twenty-two people were rescued and taken to hospital after the boat went down on Friday as it travelled between Bonny Island and Port Harcourt, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said. "From our investigation, the capacity of the boat was 25 but it was carrying 34 people," said NEMA local coordinator Onimode Bandele, revising downward by one the number of people thought to have been on board.

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was reaching the point of no return, after reports Russian troops were fighting in the east of the country. "We are in a very serious, I would say, dramatic situation... where we can reach the point of no return," Barroso said after talks in Brussels with Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko.

Leave that iguana in the jungle, expert tells Costa Rica

Leave that iguana in the jungle, expert tells Costa Rica

Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rainforest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts. The Central American country, famous for its rich biodiversity, won plaudits from conservationists two years ago for banning sport hunting in a pioneering move to protect wild animals. "There are no precise figures, but we know it's a problem of great magnitude, because a study by the environment ministry found that 25 percent of households have a parrot or a parakeet as a pet," said Andrea Aguilar of the Instituto Asis, a key figure behind the conference. Aguilar's institute runs a shelter for wild animals in La Fortuna de San Carlos, a lush region in northern Costa Rica that draws large numbers of foreign tourists with its famous wildlife and tropical vegetation.

Di Maria starts for Man Utd at Burnley

Di Maria starts for Man Utd at Burnley

Manchester United's record signing Angel di Maria was pitched straight into the starting XI for his side's Premier League game away to Burnley on Saturday. The 26-year-old Argentina international joined United from Real Madrid on Tuesday for a British-record fee of £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros). He was named in central midfield by United manager Louis van Gaal for the game at Burnley, with Tom Cleverley dropping out of the team that drew 1-1 at Sunderland last weekend.

EU urges end to Russia 'aggression' in Ukraine

EU urges end to Russia 'aggression' in Ukraine

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said a decision on further sanctions against Russia over what she described as its "aggression" in Ukraine would be made by EU leaders on Saturday evening. The unfolding crisis dominated a two-day meeting of EU foreign ministers in Milan, which wrapped up here on Saturday. "All ministers expressed deep concern about the recent aggression by regular Russian forces," Ashton said at the close of the informal talks. We need a sustainable political solution that respects Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

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African-American men at risk, activism through social media, linguistic discourse in Pakistan, pressuring Nigerian politicians, Mexico's immigration problem

African-American men are still at risk “Like the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, by a neighbourhood watch volunteer in 2012, [Michael] Brown’s killing [on Aug. 9] has highlighted the risks faced by young African-American men on account of prejudice and fear...,” states an editorial. Taking action through social media “Indonesia with its population of more than 240 million people, most of whom are young and active on social media, has often been cited as the ‘social media capital of the world’ and Jakarta’s citizens as the most avid tweeters compared to any other city.... Indonesia, with its 62 million active social media users ... [should use social media to] engage communities in taking action in the name of humanity and to celebrate the spirit that leads people to help those whose lives have been torn apart by natural disasters or conflicts...,” writes Rajan Gengage.

Facebook tuning mobile search at social network

Facebook tuning mobile search at social network

Facebook on Friday said it is dabbling with letting members using smartphones or tablets search for past posts of friends at the leading online social network. Facebook is testing using keywords to find old posts, the California-based company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Search results remain true to sharing settings used when posts were made, meaning people are only shown content they are permitted to see, according to Facebook. Facebook early last year launched "Graph Search" that helps members using desktop computers or laptops better navigate the vast amount of information at the social network, which is not available on Web search engines such as Google.

Twitter to set up shop in social-media-mad Indonesia

Twitter to set up shop in social-media-mad Indonesia

Twitter plans to open an office in Indonesia over the coming months as it seeks to boost revenues in the social-media-addicted nation, the company announced Friday. Twitter does not publicise official user numbers by country or city. "This is of great importance to Twitter because Indonesia loves Twitter and Twitter loves Indonesia," the company's president of global revenue and partnerships, Adam Bain, told reporters in Jakarta as he made the announcement. "In fact, when we think about the market overall, Indonesia is one of the biggest countries that are active on Twitter," Bain said.

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Update: Jamie Dimon Twitter Account Doesn't Belong to Jamie Dimon

Update: Jamie Dimon Twitter Account Doesn't Belong to Jamie Dimon

Editor's Note: Well, we got fooled. This account is not affiliated with Jamie Dimon or JPMorgan Chase. It's now identifying itself as a parody account, which is likely the only reason it hasn't been deleted by Twitter. We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Dimon.

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting with the army that cost more than 500 lives, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Tabqa was the army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the militants, who have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. The United States has carried out air strikes on the group in Iraq and is considering its options in Syria.

ISIS Invades Social Media…and Gets Turned Back

ISIS Invades Social Media…and Gets Turned Back

It’s hard to imagine a more compound irony than this: ISIS, a group dedicated to dragging millions of people back into a centuries-old, religion-based social order, has been using 21st century social media to advance its cause. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is a group of fundamentalist Sunni Muslims, and it has quickly taken over large portions of Iraq and Syria, slaughtering untold numbers of men, women and children as it progresses. For a group dedicated to advancing a worldview largely developed in the 7th century, ISIS has so far been surprisingly adept at co-opting 21st century social media.  The group gained some of its notoriety from its representatives posting videos of its activities on social media — especially gruesome videos of its members murdering people it deemed apostate or otherwise opposed to its aims.

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation. “We know that the majority of cases of foodborne outbreaks really never end up getting reported to the local health department anywhere in the country,” Dr. Bechara Choucair told Reuters Health in a phone call. “We realize the people might not pick up the phone and call the doctor, but they might go to Twitter and complain to the world that they got food poisoning from eating out,” he said. Choucair and his colleagues in the Chicago Department of Public Health wondered if there was some innovative way for them to identify new cases of foodborne outbreaks in Chicago that are regularly missed.

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

Judgmentalism has been a staple of societal life for longer than I’m even capable of understanding, and as such, folks have been handing out criticisms for just as long. It’s common practice for creators to look down on other creations, and moreover, to bestow opinions on current events without ever being asked. It’s an issue that has surely been around for some time, but it feels as if social media has only served to add fuel to the proverbial fire. Talking heads of the tube were bad enough, but at least there were only a smattering of those. Now, we have billions of those same heads, and unlike television, their words remain linkable, searchable, and retweetable ad infinitum. Even Google’s

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Instagram and Facebook users, beware! Companies are scanning your photos

Instagram and Facebook users, beware! Companies are scanning your photos

Advertisers have access to what you do online —targeted ads come from your emails, web searches, and the websites you visit. But your photos have been largely off limits—until now. A company called Ditto is now scanning photos posted to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for branded products and selling that information to companies and advertisers.

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

37 Personal Finance Experts to Follow on Twitter

140 characters doesn't offer a lot of room to impart financial wisdom. But when it comes to money advice on Twitter, these experts, reporters and bloggers use the microblogging site to make their followers more financially savvy. If you want to brush up on your personal finance knowledge, consider following these accounts.

Facebook cutting out click bait

Facebook cutting out click bait

The world's most popular social network announced on Monday that it has decided everyone would be much happier if their Facebook newsfeeds weren't cluttered with links to potentially spammy articles that give users no real idea of content until they've clicked through. Facebook says that these sorts of posts, which demand a user click on the link simply to know if the article is relevant, create a vicious circle. Rather than arbitrarily decide to stop publishers from driving traffic to their sites, Facebook surveyed its users and 80 percent of the time, when asked about what should be in newsfeeds and how it should be presented, people said that they want headlines that "helped them decide if they wanted to read the full article before they had clicked through." In order to give the site's 1 billion+ users what they want, Facebook will monitor how long a person is away from the network itself when clicking through to a link.

You won’t believe the amazing ways Facebook is trying to kill click baiting!

You won’t believe the amazing ways Facebook is trying to kill click baiting!

Good news for all you anti-click bait whiners out there — Facebook has heard your pleas and will try to filter out news headlines from your newsfeed that engage in this nefarious practice.  FROM EARLIER: Here’s one iPhone 6 feature you didn’t see coming Facebook on Monday said that it plans to make some changes to users’ news feeds to “reduce click-baiting headlines,” which it defined as “when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see.” And because headlines like these tend to get lots of clicks — after all, news outlets wouldn’t utilize them if they didn’t — they tend to show

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj get a boost on social media: Starcount

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj get a boost on social media: Starcount

Singer Taylor Swift had fans buzzing last week as she announced details of her new album and revealed its first track. She takes fourth place on Starcount's global social media chart for the week of August 18-24, followed closely by Nicki Minaj, whose latest video caused a stir. During a talk-show presentation for her fans that was streamed live via Yahoo, Taylor Swift revealed last week that her next album, "1989," would be released on October 27, simultaneously talking questions from fans via Instagram, Skype and Twitter and premiering the video for the album's first single, "Shake It Off." This focus on social media paid off: the star was talked about by 1.6 million people on Facebook and earned more than 45 million YouTube views, also adding more than 500,000 new followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined.

#IceBucketChallenge: Twitter mocks Hollande's rain-drenched speech

#IceBucketChallenge: Twitter mocks Hollande's rain-drenched speech

Twitter users mocked France's president Monday after he was drenched by rain while making a speech commemorating French resistance on the day the government collapsed, drawing gleeful comparisons with the Ice Bucket Challenge. The images of Francois Hollande delivering his pre-arranged comments under a downpour, his glasses covered in droplets and raincoat soaked, came at a bad time for a president who had just ordered his prime minister to reshuffle the deeply unpopular government for the second time in five months. "#IceBucketChallenge" one Twitter user posted next to a photo of a soggy Hollande, referring to the social media sensation which sees public figures nominate others to be doused in freezing water, to raise awareness of neurodegenerative disease ALS. "Francois Hollande's Ice Bucket that lasts 10 minutes is amazing," @Batistuta_Binet joked.

Israel deletes Foley beheading tweet from government accounts

Israel deletes Foley beheading tweet from government accounts

Israel on Friday removed from two government Twitter accounts a harrowing image of US journalist James Foley about to be beheaded, after the tweets sparked widespread controversy online. The still, taken from a video of the killing of the freelance reporter in Iraq by a masked Islamic State jihadist, was posted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official account on Thursday. Below the image of Foley kneeling in an orange boiler suit was a photo of Hamas militants on a motorcycle dragging the body of a person executed for collaborating with Israel through the streets of Gaza. The combined image was posted a day after Twitter began removing from the micro-blog service the five-minute-long video of Foley's killing entitled "A Message to America", which had been uploaded to social media sites by jihadists, and images from it.

Awkward! How Facebook Complicates Breakups

Nowadays, changing a Facebook profile to "In a Relationship" is a rite of passage in dating, more significant than that first date, but less of a milestone than meeting the parents. But when a relationship goes south, the fallout on social media — from the ability to reanalyze every message an ex sent, to the temptation to cyberstalk a former love — can make it hard to move on, said study researcher Anabel Quan-Haase, a sociologist at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. "We tend to talk about how Facebook, Twitter and social media create relationships, but how about when you need to get rid of someone?" Quan-Haase said here at the 109th annual American Sociological Association meeting. More and more people are finding love online, and they often document every relationship milestone on Facebook or other social networking sites.

Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome

Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome

Scientist Richard Dawkins apologised on Thursday for causing a "feeding frenzy" on Twitter after he said it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with Down's Syndrome. Dawkins, who has been at the centre of a series of controversies on social media, responded to a user who said they would face a "real ethical dilemma" if they discovered they were expecting a baby with Down's Syndrome.

Class action against Facebook attracts 60,000 users

Class action against Facebook attracts 60,000 users

An Austrian law student said his class action challenging Facebook for alleged privacy violations had gathered support from 60,000 users and passed its first legal review. Max Schrems, who already has a case involving the social network pending at the European Court of Justice, is claiming damages of 500 euros ($663) per user from U.S.-listed Facebook. Schrems said the Vienna Regional Court had ordered Facebook Ireland to respond within four weeks to his claims, which include that the social network aided the U.S. National Security Agency in mining the personal data of Facebook users.

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China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media

China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media

China's Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday. Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers. Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.

U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack

U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack

The group, known as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, includes all major U.S. "There are no credible threats posed to the financial services sector at this time," the group said in an email to its members. FS-ISAC told members in the email that it decided not to raise its barometer of threats facing banks during a regularly scheduled conference call on Thursday.

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

Have you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. The bug you see above you is one of the highlights of the CIA Museum Artifacts collection. The Dragonfly Insectothopter, as it is known, was the first insect-sized flying vehicle to ever be developed by

Here's Why Angelina Jolie Is a Movie Star

Here's Why Angelina Jolie Is a Movie Star

Today Angelina Jolie got married; She was also the subject of a piece on Gawker' Defamer by Tom Scocca asking why she's considered a movie star, considering that she's mostly in crappy movies that aren't really very beloved. Scocca takes aim at some outright flops (Pushing Tin, Alexander) and some mid-sized hits (The Bone Collector, Salt), and notes that one of her biggest movies (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) probably did better because of all the publicity surrounding her relationship with Brad Pitt, and her subsequent films (The Good Shepherd, A Mighty Heart and Beowulf) did badly. "Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio—big names who appear, as Jolie does, on Forbes' lists of the highest paid actresses or actors—have histories of making hugely beloved hit movies," Scocca writes, while "Angelina Jolie's megastardom is completely independent of the substance of her movie career."

FBI Probing Cyber Attack on Major U.S. Banks

FBI Probing Cyber Attack on Major U.S. Banks

Computer hackers carried out a coordinated cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks this month, a U.S. The FBI has begun investigating the case and is "working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement. In an email statement to The Wire, Greg Kazmierczak, CTO of computer security company Wave Systems, said the attackers "performed a zero-day attack to gain initial access to the network."

JPMorgan probes possible cyber attack; reports other banks hit

JPMorgan probes possible cyber attack; reports other banks hit

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday morning. The bank was taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive or confidential information, though it did not see unusual fraud activity at this time, company spokeswoman Trish Wexler said. JPMorgan disclosed the investigation after the FBI said Wednesday evening it was investigating media reports earlier in the day that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late Wednesday.

JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’

JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’

JPMorgan and at least four other unnamed U.S. banks have been targeted by hackers, The New York Times and Bloomberg report, although it’s not clear what the purpose of this “sophisticated cyberattack” really was. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market The hackers apparently broke into the networks of the banks, where they managed to extract “gigabytes of data,” including checking and savings account information. Bloomberg says the attack might be politically motivated, with Russian hackers targeting U.S. banks in response to the Ukraine crisis-related sanctions against Russia, but the Times says the FBI and security experts have not reached that conclusion yet. The cyber heist might be related to economic espionage, or the hackers

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co was the victim of a recent cyber attack, according to two people familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

JPMorgan attacked by Russian computer hackers: report

JPMorgan attacked by Russian computer hackers: report

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co and at least one other bank were attacked by Russian hackers in mid-August and the FBI is investigating whether the assault was in retaliation for U.S.-government sponsored sanctions against the country, according to a report by Bloomberg News citing two unnamed sources. The attack resulted in the loss of sensitive data and authorities are investigating whether it was linked to recent infiltrations of major European banks, the report said, citing one of the sources. ...

This is the phone Sony will launch to take on Apple’s iPhone 6

This is the phone Sony will launch to take on Apple’s iPhone 6

After several years of complete and total domination by Samsung and Apple, a handful of rival device makers are finally starting to see some gains in the global smartphone market. Huawei and Lenovo have experienced some solid growth in recent quarters, and up and comer Xiaomi is among a handful of smaller Asian companies seeing big gains in that region. Meanwhile, Sony has continued to struggle despite launching several solid smartphones over the past couple of years. The fall and the coming holiday shopping season are expected to be the hottest period in Apple’s storied history, with a record holiday quarter expected on the back of the iPhone 6, 5.5-inch iPhone phablet and iWatch. To combat the new iPhone 6, which is widely expected

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

Forget the OnePlus One — there could soon be a brand-new Cyanogen-enhanced Android phone coming that will blow other Android phones away. Per Engadget, Cyanogen and a mysterious startup called Nexbit have announced that they’re working together on “something really cool,” although they never specify what that “something” actually is. There are some very good reasons to think it’s going to be a killer new Android phone, however. FROM EARLIER: In a potential major blow, HTC loses the man behind its gorgeous smartphone designs The biggest reason to think this is that Nextbit boasts a strong roster of talent that’s been poached from Amazon, Google and HTC, highlighted by former HTC exec Scott Croyle. For those of you who don’t recall,

Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger in gigantic 256-page FCC petition

Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger in gigantic 256-page FCC petition

Netflix has filed a 256-page petition with the FCC asking the regulator to deny the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable because it would cause “serious public interest harm.” FROM EARLIER: Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections Netflix has defended Net Neutrality numerous times before, all the while having to ink interconnect deals with four major ISPs (including Comcast and TWC) to ensure its customers get an enjoyable movie streaming experience. In its lengthy FCC petition, Netflix explains that a Comcast-TWC giant would have huge leverage over Netflix, Hulu and other competing providers, as it would not only be in a position to charge these services fees for faster service, but also provide competing video-on-demand services

Thousands of Android phones are being hijacked by terrifying ransomware

Thousands of Android phones are being hijacked by terrifying ransomware

Android users beware — another major malware threat has taken the mobile world by storm. According to San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, nearly 900,000 Android phones have been targeted by a form of ransomware called “ScarePackage” in the last 30 days, The New York Times reports. “This is, by far, the biggest U.S. targeted threat of ransomware we’ve seen,” Jeremy Linden, a senior security product manager at Lookout told the Times. “In the past month, a single piece of malware has affected as many devices in the U.S., as a quarter of all families of malware in 2013.” If you’ve never been infected with ransomware before, consider yourself lucky. Ransomware locks you out of your device and overlays a message on the screen which

Banks to meet with Treasury Department on cyber threats: sources

By David Henry and Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Wall Street banks plan to meet the U.S. Treasury Department and other government officials next month to talk about how to cooperate to fend off cyber attacks, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bankers and government officials say they want to figure out ways law enforcement can alert financial firms about cyber attacks without violating the privacy of businesses that are victimized. A multitude of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, help monitor and fight the hackers that have increasingly targeted financial institutions in recent years.

Nissan says Japanese website altered, posed virus risk

Nissan says Japanese website altered, posed virus risk

A page on Nissan Motor Co's Japanese website had been altered for nearly two months before being remedied and users that accessed it may have downloaded files infected with viruses, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday. Users opening the page for calculating vehicles trade-in value were automatically sent to a non-Nissan website from which they may have downloaded virus files had they clicked on anything, spokesman Chris Keeffe said. Nissan has not confirmed if any personal information was leaked and an internet security firm is investigating, the company said in a statement.

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

DALLAS (AP) — Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

Windows Phone has been going nowhere fast over the last year, although Microsoft is hopeful that things will finally pick up now that it’s made the platform free for OEMs to use and it’s signed up a lot more manufacturing partners. Nonetheless, the company still has to overcome some major hurdles to convine some big-name manufacturers to spend their resources on Windows Phone handsets even if they might want an alternative to Android to hedge their bets. Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, tells The Wall Street Journal that although his company would be interested in building handsets based on another OS, it just makes no sense to do so right now because it’s found that consumers don’t want to buy

Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market

Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market

U.S. retailers have been hit by a huge wave of cyber crime that may have started with the Target hack, a massive data breach that allowed hackers to steal credit and debit card information for more than 40 million customers, and personal details for more than 70 million people. But Target was not the only retailer hit, as more than 1,000 American businesses may have been affected by the same malware, the New York Times has revealed. FROM EARLIER: UPS is the latest company to acknowledge major malware breach Only recently companies including Supervalu and UPS Stores admitted to data breaches, but most companies affected have not acknowledged the hack. Meanwhile, the attack that’s dubbed “Backoff,” after a word found in

Royal Caribbean Hires Robot Bartenders

Royal Caribbean Hires Robot Bartenders

Everyone knows cruise ships are for tanning and boozing, the purest forms of rest and relaxation. Royal Caribbean would like to make the liquor, beer (and Shirley Temple, for our underage friends) intake process even easier, by removing conversation and eye contact from the equation. Their newest cruise ship, the impressive Quantum of the Seas, will come equipped with a Bionic Bar. All robot bartenders, all the time.  Bionic Bar, via Royal Caribbean. 

Here's How To Get a Replacement for Your Lousy iPhone 5 Battery

Here's How To Get a Replacement for Your Lousy iPhone 5 Battery

While Apple doesn't often issue recalls on their devices, they have determined that a batch of iPhone 5 devices have wonky batteries. The battery issue caused some iPhone 5 devices to "suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." Apple says only a "very small percentage" of iPhones sold are affected, but did not give an exact number. 1. Find Your iPhone's serial number  You'll need the serial number to prove your iPhone has legitimate battery issues. To find the serial number for your phone, go to Settings General About Serial Number.

Hilariously confused Comcast rep thinks Steam is a platform for malware

Hilariously confused Comcast rep thinks Steam is a platform for malware

Steam is a hugely popular online gaming store that counts roughly 75 million users worldwide — you may have heard of it. If you haven’t heard of it, however, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s no barrier to you getting a job as a Comcast customer service representative. OK, so it’s unfair to expect every Comcast customer service representative to have heard of Steam but it certainly is fair to say that a rep should know when they’re in over their heads and refer customers to a technical support specialist. That’s eventually what happened in a new Comcast customer service call that’s been flagged by Ars Technica, but only after the rep tried to offer up some truly

PlayStation Network Hackers Divert Plane Carrying the President of Sony

PlayStation Network Hackers Divert Plane Carrying the President of Sony

Sony was hit with a cyber attack over the weekend that targeted the PlayStation Network, flooding it with faux traffic. At the same time, a mysterious Twitter account, @LizardSquard, threatened an American Airlines flight that Sony President John Smedley was traveling on. @LizardSquard has since said they carried out the attack on PlayStation system.  .@AmericanAir We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley's plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this. — Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have penetrated so deeply and whether it is indeed what Tehran says it is.

Dunham, Poehler among those with books this fall

Dunham, Poehler among those with books this fall

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a "life" story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning ...

Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 is one step closer to launching

Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 is one step closer to launching

The high-end Nexus 9 tablet HTC is said to be making for Google this year is one step closer to launch, as documents found on Wi-Fi Alliance, the wireless certification site, have confirmed that such a device actually exists. FROM EARLIER: HTC’s hot Nexus 9 tablet might launch sooner than you think A Wi-Fi Alliance document reveals that HTC0P8210000 tablet (and variations of it including0P8220000 and0P8230000) will come with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support, HTC Source reports. The same certification says the HTC tablet runs Android L, identifying the Android L as “LMP,” which is believed to stand for Lemon Meringue Pie. The document doesn’t mention anything about Google and doesn’t list the Nexus 9’s commercial name, but does reveal the device’s

Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack

Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack

By Malathi Nayak and Sophie Knight SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States. Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users' information. A Twitter user with the handle @LizardSquad claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday, and said the attack was meant to pressure Sony to spend more of its profits on the network.

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting complaints by Chinese reporters who say they're being discriminated against.

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in use

Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in use

No wonder you may be having trouble buying the right Android smartphone and/or tablet for you, as there are simply so many devices to choose from. OpenSignal has released its “Android Fragmentation Visualized” report for August 2014, revealing there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, a significant increase from last August, when 11,868 devices were registered. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how to make sure you get Android L before everyone else The company says that of all those devices, 43% are made by Samsung. What’s more, just 20.9% of current Android users are on KitKat – something Google revealed in its own report for early August. “Fragmentation” is probably one of the most hated words in the Android ecosystem, right next to “Apple”

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

Philippine police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment. The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them performing sexual acts, Gilbert Sosa, head of the police anti-cyber crime group, said. "Today, we smashed a gang led by a woman who used children to lure foreigners to engage in sexual activities and later blackmail them on threats their sex videos will be uploaded on the internet," Sosa said. The children said they were paid about 70,000 pesos ($1,600) for three days' work, chatting with foreigners and luring them to perform sexual acts.

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

While Android is usually the mobile platform of choice for hackers, new research that’s about to be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego shows that it’s actually possible to use a newly discovered trick to steal data from an unsuspecting smartphone users’ apps, whether they’re running Android, iOS or Windows Phone, Phys.org reports. Researchers have discovered a clever way of spying on a targeted device in real-time and stealing information that takes advantage of the way apps work on a smartphone. Even though the researchers only tested their findings on Android, they believe they can exploit it in a similar manner iOS and Windows Phone. “The assumption has always been that these apps can’t interfere with each other

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

By Jim Finkle and Nadia Damouni BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase & Co customers in an email "phishing" campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank and also infect PCs with a virus that steals passwords from other institutions. The campaign, dubbed "Smash and Grab," was launched on Tuesday with a widely distributed email that urged recipients to click to view a secure message from JPMorgan, according to security researchers with corporate email provider Proofpoint Inc. JPMorgan, the No. 1 U.S. "It looks like they sent it out to lots of people in hopes that some of them might be JPMorgan Chase customers,” said bank spokeswoman Trish Wexler. Users who click on a malicious link are asked to enter credentials for accessing accounts with JPMorgan.

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

Security has always been a huge concern for Android users. From seemingly insignificant security flaws to massive outbreaks that make international headlines, it’s never a bad idea to be cautious when downloading a new app or browsing the web. Unfortunately, sometimes even being careful isn’t enough. In a recent analysis, the FireEye Mobile Security Team discovered that 68% of the top 1,000 free apps on Google Play are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. According to OWASP, a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is when an attacker intercepts a communication between two systems and then splits the connection in two, injecting new data in between. The 1,000 free apps were just a sample of the roughly 10,000 applications FireEye checked during the analysis. The results are

'Ambiguous warfare' providing NATO with new challenge

By Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different to those of the latter half of the 20th century.     The West then was defending against the risk of Soviet armor pouring across the North German plain. Now, officials and experts say, it is "ambiguous warfare" that is focusing minds within NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Confrontations are viewed as more likely to start with cyber attacks or covert action to stir up Russian minorities in Europe's east than from any overt aggression.   So as NATO prepares for its summit on September 4 and 5 in Wales, it is having to come to grips with relatively new threats to test Article 5 of its treaty. Since NATO's post-Cold War expansion that has meant protecting eastern members including the Baltic states.

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The Future of Farming: Out of the Dirt and Into the Streets

“When supply lines get stressed more, when our natural resources get stressed more, you will see a potential war over food.” That’s a widely held sentiment these days; His CityFARM project, developed at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., uses aeroponics and hydroponics—plants grown in air and water, respectively—to make farming possible in small, indoor, urban spaces. He imagines such a skeptic might say, “This is freaky food, this is super-freaky food, and what did you do with it, because I as a consumer feel like I have been lied to for a long time about my food, and I don’t believe you.” This is part of the reason why CityFARM is all open-source—there’s no subterfuge, no hiding what’s going into the processes behind the plants.

How to feed the cities of the future

How to feed the cities of the future

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts.

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation. “We know that the majority of cases of foodborne outbreaks really never end up getting reported to the local health department anywhere in the country,” Dr. Bechara Choucair told Reuters Health in a phone call. “We realize the people might not pick up the phone and call the doctor, but they might go to Twitter and complain to the world that they got food poisoning from eating out,” he said. Choucair and his colleagues in the Chicago Department of Public Health wondered if there was some innovative way for them to identify new cases of foodborne outbreaks in Chicago that are regularly missed.

Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control

Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control

University of Wyoming professor Peter Thorsness didn't used to pay much attention to how much the introductory biochemistry textbooks on his syllabus cost. He knew they were expensive, but he expected that students would use them over and over as a reference. Since then, "I know what things cost," Thorsness said. Recently, Thorsness and other faculty members picked one textbook — Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry — that students could use for three courses in sequence, so they wouldn't have to spend more each semester.

Tech chief during Healthcare.gov rollout leaves White House: source

Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. The move signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley.

Just Touching a Laptop Can Reveal Secret Data

Just Touching a Laptop Can Reveal Secret Data

It's the most "current" news you'll read all day: The pattern of the electric currents that pass through your laptop computer can be used to determine your encryption keys, as a group of three Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have shown. By measuring the electric potential running through a laptop's casing, or through a cable attached to the machine, or even by measuring the electric potential of a human touching the casing, the researchers were able to extract two different types of encryption keys used in the open-source encryption hardware known as GnuPG. When the computer's owner accessed GnuPG software and entered the decryption key, the pattern of electrical potential that flows through the laptop's metal parts was enough to let the researchers determine 4096-bit RSA keys and 3072-bit ElGamal encryption keys.

Ringdroid review

Create personal ringtones, alarms, and notification sounds from existing music/audio files and record new ones

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are obsessed with Burning Man

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are obsessed with Burning Man

It's a special time of year in San Francisco, when neighborhoods empty, and executives from major Internet giants join 70,000 people in pilgrimage to the experimental mecca of Burning Man. Burning Man is located in a temporary 5-square-mile city erected in the bare flatland of the Nevada desert. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Larry Page, and Tesla's Elon Musk have all joined their fellow burners in years past, weathering blistering heat and unpredictable sandstorms to enjoy a week of dancing and interactive art.

10 Percent of Chrome Extensions May Be Malicious

10 Percent of Chrome Extensions May Be Malicious

Up to 10 percent of Google Chrome browser extensions may be up to no good. Of 48,332 Chrome extensions, 130 were found to be seriously malicious, and another 4,712 labeled "suspicious," by six computer science experts at the University of California's Berkeley, Santa Barbara and San Diego campuses. The researchers have also developed Hulk — not the gamma-irradiated superhero — which is a piece of software for detecting malicious behavior in Chrome browsers.

Now you have an awesome way to make Google Street View come to life with location-specific sounds

Now you have an awesome way to make Google Street View come to life with location-specific sounds

Google Street View is one of the best ways to take a virtual tour of a potential vacation destination, a place you want to know more about or even your own hometown, but it’s only part of the experience. With Sounds of Street View, the hearing solution professionals at Amplifon are bringing ambient noise to Google Maps. Using Amplifon’s Web Audio API platform, developers can designate ordinary Google Maps markers to emit 3-dimensional sounds that will change in volume and direction depending on where the user is “standing” in Street View. The company has put together three separate experiences to demonstrate how the software works. In France, you can approach a church and hear the bells begin to toll, walk past a man

Defense Grid 2 hits Sept. 23

Defense Grid 2 hits Sept. 23

Tower defense title Defense Grid 2 will launch on Sept. 23 for Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announced today.

Can you own a language?

Can you own a language?

In its first-ever transparency report, the Wikimedia Foundation revealed a handful of odd stories about takedown requests sent to Wikipedia. Among the claims on public-domain books and monkey selfies was a curious request from 2012: that Wikipedia remove a page on the Tasmanian language palawa kani, because an aboriginal resources center owned the rights to the language itself. According to intellectual property lawyer Brad Newberg, invented languages aren’t so different. In 2012, Oracle claimed that it owned aspects of programming language Java.

NYPD Denies Request For Open-Source Counterterrorism Reports

NYPD Denies Request For Open-Source Counterterrorism Reports

NEW YORK -- Chalk another one up for secrecy at the New York City Police Department. The NYPD has rejected a HuffPost request to give the public a look at open-source counterterrorism reports the department regularly shares with thousands of private security honchos.The department denied HuffPost's public records request for open-source...

Juice Head: Open Source Organics recently opened a...

Juice Head: Open Source Organics recently opened a...

Open Source Organics recently opened a second outlet on 638 N. Robertson in West Hollywood, serving a similar array of cold-pressed juices, kombuchas, smoothies, acai bowls, and wellness shots. Basically anything to rejuvenate and regenerate the tired urban body and...

'Naked PCs' lay bare Microsoft's emerging markets problem

'Naked PCs' lay bare Microsoft's emerging markets problem

On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. Indeed, Microsoft's current issues in China conceal a deeper problem for the U.S. software giant - despite the popularity of its Windows operating system and Office suite, few people in emerging markets are willing to pay for legitimate copies. This not only costs Microsoft in lost revenue, but is also holding back the spread of its newest Windows 8 version - analysts say even buyers of pirate software prefer older versions. According to StatCounter, a website that tracks what software is loaded on Internet-connected computers, more than 90 percent of PCs in China - now the world's biggest market - are running pre-8 versions of Windows.

Khmer Rouge diary: 'Everyone works like animals'

Khmer Rouge diary: 'Everyone works like animals'

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — From 1975 to 1979, when the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died through overwork, medical neglect, starvation and execution. One of them was Poch Younly, a school inspector who kept a rare diary made public last year. The following are selected excerpts from the second half of the diary, written between Feb. 9 and Aug. 1, 1976:

'Football Manager 2015' to arrive in November

'Football Manager 2015' to arrive in November

As expected, Sega and Sports Interactive have confirmed the release of a new version of their soccer management simulation game, which will go on sale this November for Mac, PC and Linux. While the publisher has promised to reveal a list of updates and improvements on the previous version this October, so far little is known about "Football Manager 2015."

Snowden leaks spur new crop of secure phones, communications

Snowden leaks spur new crop of secure phones, communications

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Public concerns about the U.S. government's secretive surveillance programs exposed by Edward Snowden have spawned a slew of encryption products and privacy services that aim to make electronic spying more difficult. Two products brought out in the past five weeks illustrate the rapid development of the new marketplace: Blackphone, a handset which started shipping on June 30 for $629, and Signal, a free app that appeared on the iPhone app store last week. They are among an array of offerings to emerge since Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, last year leaked documents that showed the U.S. government harvested enormous amounts of data from the likes of Google Inc, Yahoo Inc, Microsoft Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc. Though they have different business philosophies, target markets and tactical approaches, the companies behind Blackphone and Signal share an underlying encryption technique, world-class cryptographers, and an anti-government stance.

How to Protect Yourself from Digital Stalkers

How to Protect Yourself from Digital Stalkers

If you're afraid someone is spying on you, you've probably already stopped posting pictures to Facebook or checking in on Foursquare. Next, remove location data from your Facebook posts and tweets, including any attached photographs, and recheck the privacy settings for all your social-media accounts. You don't want your stalker learning that you've searched for ways to avoid him or her, as that could trigger a confrontation.

Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

Docker, Inc., the commercial company behind the open source Docker project, announced today it had sold its dotCloud Platform as a Service business to Berlin-based cloudControl. The deal presumably will allow Docker to focus on its core software containerization business.In a blog post on the dotCloud website, Developer Support Manager Andrew...

Exclusive: Goldman group set to buy message system as alternative to Bloomberg - sources

Exclusive: Goldman group set to buy message system as alternative to Bloomberg - sources

By Lauren Tara LaCapra and Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc are close to buying a stake in chat and instant messaging startup Perzo Inc in pursuit of an alternative to a similar application from Bloomberg LP, sources familiar with Goldman's plans said. Bloomberg has dominated messaging on Wall Street for years, but its application is part of a data, trading and news terminal that costs about $20,000 a year. Goldman Sachs spokespeople declined to comment on its Perzo investment, its plans to develop a chat program or its use of Bloomberg terminals. Bloomberg declined to comment for this story.

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Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting

Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting

It’s been a trying year for Nintendo as the Wii U struggles to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One, but with the holiday season approaching, the company has a few tricks up its sleeve to entice fans. Unfortunately, those plans do not include an upgraded home console on par with the next-gen system from Microsoft and Sony. Instead, Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS during a Japanese Nintendo Direct on Friday. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL will feature new shoulder buttons, a second analog stick and brightly colored buttons to match the old Super Nintendo controller. The internal hardware has been upgraded as well — with a new CPU, the handheld will be able to play

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been incredibly successful up to this point, but there’s no question that the new consoles would have benefitted greatly from a little more time in development before launch. By lacking a few key features, both consoles felt unfinished, but Microsoft has been hard at work getting the Xbox One up to speed. The latest update might be the most significant one yet. As we noted earlier this month, the September update for the Xbox One is bringing a media player to the console. The Media Player app will let you play a wide variety of files from a USB device, even more than the Xbox 360 supported. The Party app has also received an upgrade,

Nintendo Announces More Powerful 3DS

Nintendo Announces More Powerful 3DS

Nintendo never seems satisfied releasing only one version of a console, and its 3DS is no exception. The announcement came via today's Nintendo Direct video stream in Japan. The company will release the New Nintendo 3DS (16,000 yen;

Upcoming video games: 'Dance Central Spotlight,' 'The Sims 4'

Upcoming video games: 'Dance Central Spotlight,' 'The Sims 4'

The Xbox's music and movement franchise "Dance Central" recasts itself as a low-priced, heavily supported download for Xbox One, and "The Sims 4" is revamped for another outing that can hardly avoid commercial success. Dance your feet off in front of your Xbox Kinect with this "Dance Central" oriented towards add-on content -- the $10 package comes with 10 songs to start with (one of them being Pharrell's "Happy"), and a further 50 available as optional extras for $1.99 apiece.

Angry Birds maker Rovio names new CEO

Angry Birds maker Rovio names new CEO

Finland's Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile game, said it has hired Pekka Rantala from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new chief executive by the beginning of next year. Current CEO Mikael Hed, son of board chairman Kaj Hed, will join the company's board of directors as well as take on the role of chairman at Rovio's animation studios. After scoring a global breakthrough with Angry Birds in which players use a slingshot to attack pigs who steal birds' eggs, Rovio has expanded the brand into an animated TV series and merchandising of toys and clothing. Rovio said several years ago it could go public in Hong Kong or New York, but has later said it was not planning an initial public offering any time soon.

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Xbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. During the month of September, Microsoft is only offering three free games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but they’re all incredibly. Xbox 360 owners are going to get Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, a top-down stealth game, and Halo: Reach,

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

Over the last several years, there has been a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Consoles, unchallenged for years as the PC market faded, slowly started to lose ground as smartphones and tablets became competent gaming platforms. Suddenly, everyone was playing games on their mobiles devices, from casual fans to hardcore gamers. Things got even more contentious when Steam hit the scene, bringing triple-A and indie developers alike back to the PC in droves. As the last generation stretched on and on for nearly a decade, it looked like the era of home consoles might finally be coming to a close, but Sony and Microsoft aren’t going down without a fight. Based on the latest data from The Independent Games

Nintendo Wii Balance Board could be useful to MS patients: study

Nintendo Wii Balance Board could be useful to MS patients: study

Italian researchers say the Nintendo Wii Balance Board has therapeutic applications, provoking changes in brain connections associated with balance and coordination that reduce the risk of accidental falls. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system of which balance impairment is a defining symptom, and the Nintendo Wii could be a more practical tool for rehabilitation than physical therapy, allowing patients more independence. "This finding should have an important impact on the rehabilitation process of patients, suggesting that they need ongoing exercises to maintain good performance in daily living activities," says lead author Luca Prosperini, M.D., Ph.D., from Sapienza University. A total of 27 participants with MS used Wii Balance Board-based visual feedback training for 12 weeks under the researchers' surveillance.

Video games come of age as spectator sport

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."