National NewsEBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015
By Deepa Seetharaman and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - EBay Inc's agreement on Tuesday to spin off PayPal next year will give the unit more flexibility to strike deals in the rapidly evolving payments space as growth at the company's traditional e-commerce business slows. The surprise move is a huge about-face for eBay's leadership, including Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, who resisted shareholder activist Carl Icahn's calls for a split earlier this year and led a months-long campaign to convince investors that eBay should remain intact. ...
Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'
By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. The next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers and is used by 1.5 billion customers worldwide, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8. ...
Amazon, Disney appear close to settling dispute over movies: WSJ
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Upcoming Disney DVD releases including "Guardians," "Maleficent," "Million Dollar Arm," "Planes: Fire and Rescue" and "The 100-Foot Journey" were back on Amazon last week, the WSJ said, citing a person with knowledge about the issue. ...
Larry Ellison still the top draw at Oracle's mega-convention
By Noel Randewich and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Larry Ellison was the main draw for tens of thousands of technology professionals at Oracle Corp's annual conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, where he joked about losing his name after relinquishing his role as the company's CEO. Ellison, who this month gave up his position as chief executive of the enterprise software behemoth he co-founded 37 years ago, stuck to his tradition of delivering the main presentation at Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle surprised Wall Street on Sept. ...
German privacy watchdog tells Google to restrict use of data
U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. ...
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Hackers charged with stealing Xbox, 'Call of Duty,' and US Army secrets worth over $100 million
Four hackers have been jointly charged with conspiracies to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, and theft of trade secrets. Individually, they have been charged with counts of aggravated identity theft, unauthorized computer access, copyright infringement, and wire fraud.
These solid state hard drives will self-destruct if you text them
British company Secure Drives' Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t are solid state drives with 128GB of storage space. The SSDs are like piggy banks — once you've made the decision to delete the data, the drive is physically destroyed, with the NAND flash chips and security controller broken inside the drive's enclosure.
UK government swaps paper car tax discs for its vast camera network
?Deezer's redesigned its web interface to look more like a tablet app
Apple Watch has a smaller screen in tweaked video
Microsoft teases Windows 10 phone and Xbox interfaces
Microsoft's Windows 10 unveiling was focused on the desktop and the enterprise, but the company also dropped some significant hints at its future direction for phone and Xbox. While there was no meaningful discussion about the user interface changes to Windows Phone and Xbox, Microsoft did reveal some changes in an image highlighting Windows 10 across multiple devices. Traditional Windows Phone devices appear to feature the familiar tiled interface with Windows 10 that currently exists with Windows Phone 8.1, scaling all the way up to devices with 6-inch displays. ...
iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store
App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding
Spending on mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels
The government insists airlines replace WiFi-allergic cockpit displays
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Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next year
Apple will add gold to the iPad's monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg. "People familiar with the plans" reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new versions of Apple's tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction.
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Rayman Fiesta Run review
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76 of 79 deceased NFL players' brains had evidence of degenerative disease
New data from the United States' largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for analysis after their death suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Department of Veterans Affairs' brain repository, based in Massachusetts, found that 76 of 79 former pro players had evidence of the condition, which can be caused by repeated head trauma.
Bloomberg: Apple's splashing gold paint on the iPad too
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Assassin's Creed Identity offers first RPG experience for iOS
Stationary bike MMO lets you race the world without leaving home
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The Wu-Tang Clan is selling its new album inside a $79.99 speaker
In a world where Neil Young is trying to sell an MP3 player for $399, and Taylor Swift sees selfies as a form of currency, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA wants to sell the group's latest album inside a portable speaker. The legendary rap group has partnered with speaker company Boombotix to come up with a wearable speaker that has eight of the songs from Wu-Tang's upcoming album, A Better Tomorrow included, along with an exclusive bonus track. The entire package will actually be available in November before the album is released. If there's one catch to all this, it's that only 1,000 of the $79. ...
You can finally buy Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch again
The only watch that seems to have customer demand enough to sell out is back in stock. The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch — which sold out quickly at the beginning of September — is now available for people to buy and wonder if it’s worth it. Sure, the jury is still out as to whether smartwatches can become practical and ubiquitous gadgets, but that won’t stop the big companies from investing in their production. Apple is coming out with one, Samsung has one, and people seem to be wary on whether they should get one. What makes the Motorola’s Moto 360 different is that it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It looks like a fancy watch which is probably why they’re selling out
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