National NewsEU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google
By Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. Google has been in the EU's regulatory sights since 2010, and is also grappling with privacy issues, requests to scrub search results to comply with a court ruling, copyright concerns and tax controversies. The non-binding resolution in the European Parliament is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. ...
Ridesharing firm Uber suspends operations in Nevada
(Reuters) - Ridesharing company Uber suspended its operations in the U.S. state of Nevada late on Wednesday in a setback that it said would cost nearly 1,000 jobs. Companies such as Uber allow passengers to summon cars using apps on their smartphones, rather than calling a taxi company, and have gained popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. ...
Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company said late on Wednesday. The feature, called "app graph," will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices. ...
Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds
By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investment in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger advisory firm said on Thursday. Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners' report said that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to acquire so-called "Internet of Things" suppliers, with $5 billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine months of 2014. ...
Uber CEO must turn over emails in gratuity lawsuit, U.S. judge rules
By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick must disclose some of his emails to plaintiff lawyers in a lawsuit accusing the car service of misleading customers about how it shares gratuities with drivers, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. An Uber customer filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the company earlier this year, saying an advertised 20 percent gratuity is "false, misleading, and likely to deceive members of the public" because Uber keeps a substantial portion of the money. ...
Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. Indeed, to many in Brussels it is Google's fellow Americans - such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor - whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of Internet searches to push favored Web sites.
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Staff fear the chop in Samsung Electronics annual reshuffle
By Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs. As is customary for Korean businesses, Samsung is expected to announce its annual personnel changes in early December, a ritual that even in good times means weeks of distracting uncertainty for staff facing promotion, transfer or the sack. The last of those options looks more likely after third-quarter operating profit fell by nearly two thirds. ...
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How one man built the awesome Chromecast accessory Google should have made
Chromecast is a very cool way to stream content from your smartphone or PC onto your television. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a remote control that you can use to manage the device from your couch. GigaOM brings us the story of Chromecast fan Jeff Bower, who decided to take matters into his own hands and build his own remote control to use with Google’s popular streaming USB stick. Bower’s remote was built around a Raspberry Pi model B that he hooked up to a case and buttons using connector wires. The total bill of goods for the remote was a little more than $55, the majority of which went toward buying the Raspberry Pi, which Bower also programmed to
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eBay wants to put interactive mirrors in dressing rooms
To reach the brick-and-mortar world, eBay is turning to interactive mirrors. Because shopping wasn't stressful enough before the mirrors started talking to you. The mirrors are being modeled at the Rebecca Minkoff store.
Ebay's new 'smart stores' feel like the future of shopping
Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out PayPal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay was holding PayPal back. Still, the company has show steady growth and profit, giving it the breathing room it needs to try and reinvent itself. Its newest adventure takes eBay into the world of offline retail: a partnership with the designer Rebecca Minkoff for a new "smart stores" in New York and San Francisco.
Adam West: 'If I didn't love Batman, I'd be a little bit strange'
The inimitable Adam West talks about playing Batman once again for a special level based on the much-loved 1960s TV show in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and why he's the "luckiest actor in the world".>
These gorgeous photos perfectly capture the infuriatingly sad story of global warming
Global warming is a hotly debated topic around the world, as many people are still not convinced Earth’s climate is being affected by human activity. Business Insider has put up a collection of 17 gorgeous pictures that tell an infuriatingly sad story: global warming is affecting our lives in various subtle and not-so-subtle ways. FROM EARLIER: Global warming has never been explained quite so beautifully “Glaciers around the world are losing ice at unprecedented rates thanks to rising global temperatures. Here, the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina experiences an unexpected rupture,” the publication explains, showing an amazing picture of a melting glacier (first image below). Melting ice also affects local ecosystems, with polar bears having to eat their own cubs
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Ubisoft is working hard to take EA’s crown as the world’s most hated gaming publisher
For a long time, we didn’t think any company could ever rouse the gaming community’s ire as much as EA does on a regular basis. That said, Ubisoft has made a number of blunders recently that show it has definite ambitions for taking EA’s crown as the world’s most hated gaming publisher. RELATED: These are the most ridiculous Assassin’s Creed Unity glitches Like a lot of game publishers this year, Ubisoft has released several massively hyped games that have generally failed to live up to expectations, most notably Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed Unity. But what has set Ubisoft apart has been its use of review embargoes to keep potential bad news about its games down until after gamers have
National Museum of Computing opens EDSAC display, recreating 1949's top computer
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has unveiled its ongoing construction of a replica of Cambridge University's EDSAC computer (1949-58), which helped pioneer novel concepts such as "programming" and "users".
Hackers force message on websites via US firm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites.
Check out Staples’ special Cyber Monday tech deals – everything you need to know
Staples is getting ready to kick off its Black Friday 2014 sales, but the company has also prepared special offers for December 1st, or Cyber Monday. Just like its Black Friday deals, available starting with Thanksgiving Day, Staples’ Cyber Monday offers will actually begin a day earlier on November 30th, when buyers will be able to buy various discounted gadgets on Staples.com. FROM EARLIER: GameStop’s game-filled Black Friday 2014 sale is finally official The company has highlighted several Cyber Monday deals on a special page on its website (see links in the source section below): $149.99 Asus X205 laptop ($100 off) $39.99 Nobis 7” 8GB tablet ($20 off) $99.99 Dell 24” monitor ($100 off) $329.99 Asus T100TAM-C12-GR detachable laptop Up
Galápagos conservation organization may go bankrupt over souvenirs
The Charles Darwin Foundation, a 50-year-old conservation organization on Galápagos Islands faces an uncertain future. The CDF has helped prevent the extinction of the iconic Galápagos giant tortoises, after they were threatened by rats. The organization has been financially shaky for yearsThe Galápagos Islands famously inspired Darwin's masterpiece on evolution, On the Origin of the Species.
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Get your cash ready for some unbelievably hot eBay Cyber Monday deals
In addition to publishing its crazy Black Friday 2014 deals, eBay has also spilled the beans on some if its upcoming Cyber Monday deals, revealing some of its plans for December 1st. According to the company, the “Cyber Monday Frenzy” will start on Sunday, November 30th, at 9:00 p.m. PST, with deals coming up every hour, “while supplies last.” FROM EARLIER: eBay’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen – everything you need to know Here are some of the first Cyber Monday deals published in eBay’s first flier for the event (as seen in the image following the list below): 25% off iTunes codes $90 Staples digital gift card (10% off) $249.99 Nintendo Wi U
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Online deal site Livingsocial reveals big Black Friday deals
Livingsocial has no intention of letting top rival Groupon have all the fun, and the site has just revealed a wide range of special deals that will be made available to members for Black Friday 2014. Membership is free, of course, and since all of Livingsocial’s normal deals offer huge discounts below standard retail prices, you can imagine how deep the discounts will get as the site looks to reel in shoppers looking for Black Friday deals. DON’T MISS: Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today While Groupon’s Black Friday deals were a bit heavier when it comes to gadgets and other consumer electronics, location-based deal peddler Livingsocial still has several hot deals ready for Black
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The 10 hottest Black Friday deals at Walmart – online shopping starts on Thanksgiving Day
Just like Best Buy, Walmart has kicked off Black Friday 2014 online sales on Thanksgiving Day and is offering buyers the chance of purchasing various products for a discounted price from the comfort of their own homes. The retailer has already published its massive Black Friday offer, revealing it has prepared some interesting tech deals for customers looking for electronic devices on Black Friday. FROM EARLIER: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Moreover, Walmart is also ready to match the prices of its competitors, which should be good news for buyers who prefer to do all their holiday shopping at the giant retailer. That said, here are some of the hottest deals Walmart has to offer this Black Friday: $179 16GB
Watch the magic of sound and science in 'Cymatics'
Tallying up nearly two million views across Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, my favorite thing on the internet today is still "Cymatics," a music video from Nigel Stanford from his new album Solar Echoes. Stanford put together a series of science experiments that demonstrate how sound can move matter around and combined them into a pretty solid music track and a very awesome video. ...
Here’s what to do if your iPhone storage gets clogged by mysterious ‘Other’ data
If you use your iPhone to do a lot of different things, you may find that it has a huge block of storage space that’s being taken up by data that only gets categorized as “Other.” One iPhone owner on Reddit had a particularly acute case of “Other” data storage woes and found that this mysterious data accounted for nearly 38GB on his 128GB iPhone 6. Based on the recommendations of other iPhone users in the thread, here are some things you should do if you find that this mysterious data is taking over your device. RELATED: 5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother First, go through all your old Messages threads on the phone and delete
Western media websites hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) - The websites of British and North American media organisations and retailer Wal-Mart's Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among media sites hit were London newspapers the Daily Telegraph, Independent and Evening Standard. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Daily News also said they had fallen victim to the hack. ...
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