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Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

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

Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks

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

Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares

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

AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

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

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

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

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

A Motorola Mobility logo is seen on a screen at the public unveiling of their global headquarters in ChicagoBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's attempt to hold several Asian suppliers liable under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Motorola Mobility, a unit of Lenovo Group Ltd, could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because its foreign subsidiaries had been the "immediate victims" of a conspiracy to boost prices on liquid crystal display screens. ...

Here's why GoPro wants to make its own drones

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

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

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

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

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

Promote your app on social more effectively with this PHP redirect

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

'Serial' is getting a second season

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

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

Amazon sale offers unlocked Fire Phone for $199

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

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

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

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 smartphones this holiday season

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 smartphones this holiday seasonPeople want electronics for the holidays now more than ever, with tablets and smartphones being some of the most popular gifts to get. While seemingly everyone wants an iPhone or iPad, there are other devices that are just as good. With the National Retail Federation showing that the average person will spend more than $800 this year for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts, it’s important to make sure every dollar counts. As such, there are quite a few devices that aren’t worth your time and you should avoid buying for anyone, including your mortal enemies. Here are three phones to avoid buying this holiday season, at any cost, even if they’re free. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now –

The 20 best Black Friday deals

The 20 best Black Friday dealsBlack Friday is right around the corner, and there are plenty of great deals to be had. We've been covering the deals for weeks now, but if you want to cut through the mess and just score the best deals you can find, you've come to the right place.

Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme and more

Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme and moreOn today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in stunning HD and watch a beloved bacon internet meme come to life via a laser printer hack.>

Tibco merger vote can proceed despite $100 million error: judge
By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Tibco Software Inc can proceed with a shareholder vote next week on its proposed $4.2 billion buyout by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, despite an erroneous share count that initially overvalued the deal by $100 million, a Delaware judge said. Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard on Tuesday ruled that a shareholder seeking a preliminary injunction had failed to establish that Tibco and Vista agreed the merger would be consummated for an overall amount rather than at a price per share. ...
Canada just joined Twitter, eh

Canada just joined Twitter, ehCanada joined Twitter today, and it did it in the best way possible. Whoever's running the official @Canada account could have said "sorry" for being late to the party, but instead the country that spawned Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, and Ryan Reynolds played to its strengths and decided to laugh at itself. Of course, Canada couldn't join Twitter without also creating a French language account that mirrors @Canada's English tweets.

How much Turkey Day stuffing would fill your house? Find out here

How much Turkey Day stuffing would fill your house? Find out hereThe Movoto bloggers are at it again -- this time calculating not how much stuffing you need to feed your house guests, but to fill your house itself.>

James Cameron says the 'Avatar' sequels will make you 'shit yourself with your mouth wide open'

James Cameron says the 'Avatar' sequels will make you 'shit yourself with your mouth wide open'Prolific documentary filmmaker James Cameron has only directed three feature-length films in the last 20 years: True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). Before that, he made The Abyss, Aliens, and the first two Terminator films. And every single one of those films was a huge box office success for its time — the last two films each crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide.

First 'Game of Thrones' season 5 teaser all about Arya

First 'Game of Thrones' season 5 teaser all about AryaWith season 5 still several months away, the "Game of Thrones" hype machine has started rolling with the first official teaser trailer from Westeros.>

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercialBGR has just learned through multiple sources that Apple is set to release a celebrity-packed commercial for the company’s new Beats Solo2 headphones either today or tomorrow. The video itself looks like something Beats would have done on its own, but it definitely has an Apple-like feel and vibe to it, which actually works quite nicely with the Beats theme. Look for Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Funkmaster Flex, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Norman Reedus, Serena Williams, Alesso, Victor Cruz and more. It also looks like the video was shot with only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, all with only the front-facing camera as part of something Apple’s doing called the #SoloSelfie campaign. Here’s the full spot: UPDATE: It

Steam celebrates Black Friday with deals on 'Watch Dogs, 'Civilization,' and more

Steam celebrates Black Friday with deals on 'Watch Dogs, 'Civilization,' and moreSteam is getting in on the Black Friday fun with a huge collection of great deals dubbed the "Steam Exploration Sale." It includes a pretty massive selection of games — Valve says there are "thousands of titles" on sale — and features some big-name new releases for cheap. You can grab Watch Dogs for only $29.99, for example, or Civilization: Beyond Earth for $34.99. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's new game, The Evil Within, might just be the best deal, at only $22.60. ...

Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce data

Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce dataSo much for all those recipes listing dozens of new ways to cook stuffing and pumpkin pie.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $32!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $32!)We have less than a day to go before Thanksgiving is here, and you should thankful for BGR’s series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time. We save you hundreds of dollars each week by sharing the best paid apps that go on sale for free, and yesterday’s post has a few gems that are still free downloads if you hurry. Today, however, we have seven new paid apps on sale and if you’re quick, you won’t have to pay a cent for any of them. DON’T MISS: eBay’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen – everything you need to know These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have

Screeny is the screenshot-deleting iPhone app we have wanted all our lives

Screeny is the screenshot-deleting iPhone app we have wanted all our livesOne of the iPhone's cleverest features is its ability to take a screenshot of the device just by holding down two buttons. I take screenshots every day, of all kinds of things: errant tweets that I know are about to be deleted, mobile boarding passes for a flight home, or images from the web that I might want to share in a story or on social media. The problem is that these screenshots are useful for about 24 hours — but I never go back to delete them, because iOS doesn't offer a way to sort through them. Screenshots are the main reason my camera roll looks so cluttered.

Give thanks they haven't forced net neutrality yet

Give thanks they haven't forced net neutrality yetWorse than a solution looking for a problem, the campaign to regulate ISPs aggressively is based on lies. Netflix and one transit ISP were the source of performance problems earlier this year.

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

FILE - in this July 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inhofe, who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said in a statement late Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2104, that a stricter standard to be announced Wednesday by the Obama administration on smog-forming pollution allowed in the air "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." He vowed "vigorous oversight" of the proposal in his new position. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

GameStop’s game-filled Black Friday 2014 sale is finally official

GameStop’s game-filled Black Friday 2014 sale is finally officialGameStop on Tuesday officially announced its Black Friday 2014 deals, publishing the full Black Friday ad on its website, even though it had leaked online a few days ago. The company is offering many gaming-related deals this Black Friday, but buyers will also be able to buy smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics from GameStop. FROM EARLIER: Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals Most GameStop locations will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, with the company saying that buyers who do not want to wait until midnight to take advantage of the deals can purchase their desired items online on Thanksgiving Day, and receive free shipping on all purchases.

Samsung Electronics to buy back $2B in shares

Samsung Electronics to buy back $2B in sharesThe move is viewed as part of Samsung's plan to placate shareholders that have grown increasingly concerned about its declining smartphone business.>

Pour Klingon Bloodwine at your holiday table

Pour Klingon Bloodwine at your holiday tableTrek-themed wines sure to liven up any gathering are available for preorder at>

Sony Prepping Fully E-Paper Smartwatch (Report)
As smartwatches become more and more like mini-phones on our wrist, Sony's next move in the wearables space could be taking things back to basics. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Japanese tech giant is preparing a simplistic, fully e-paper smartwatch that prioritizes stylish looks over robust functionality. This description brings to mind Sony's recently released SmartBand Talk, which is a thin fitness band that uses a minimalist e-ink display.
5 awesome Android Lollipop features you’ve probably never heard of

5 awesome Android Lollipop features you’ve probably never heard ofBy now we’re all very familiar with the big features Google added to Android with its Lollipop release, highlighted by the addition of its gorgeous Material Design user interface. Droid Life, however, has dug below the surface and has unearthed some lesser known gems in Lollipop that we think are really worth highlighting. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them Droid Life goes over a lot of great features in its in-depth Lollipop review but the five most intriguing from our perspective are: The Do Not Disturb mode that gives you the ability to tell your phone to stop sending you notifications at a given time. This works very signed up 462,125 people in one week signed up 462,125 people in one weekThe first week of open enrollment for 2015 healthcare plans began on November 15, and seems to have handled the rush without breaking. The Obama Administration is reporting that 462,125 people signed up for plans through the site in the first week of open enrollment, and nearly half of them had not purchased plans through the site before. The White House has made huge changes to the site since the disastrous launch, pulling together experts from across the country for a two-month marathon rebuilding effort.

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

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

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

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

Consumer drones are coming from GoPro

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

Officer Darren Wilson Discusses His Personal Life

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

Ginsburg gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery but was expected to be back at work for the start of next week, court officials said.

Applications for US jobless aid jump

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

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

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

Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

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

Protesters force lockdown of St. Louis City Hall

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Several people protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision stormed into City Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, leading police to lock down the building and to call in more than a hundred additional officers.

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

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

Scores arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Police arrested scores of people in cities around the United States who were protesting a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager, authorities said on Wednesday, but the town where the shooting took place was a little calmer. Protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and elsewhere came on a second night of street violence in the St. ...
U.S. East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring rain to major cities, including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see as much as a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. ...
Cleveland releases video of police shooting of 12-year-old boy
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, which shows the boy pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. The video shows the boy walking back and forth in the snowy park, pointing the gun in different directions. He goes under a gazebo. A patrol car pulls up to the gazebo, and two officers jump out and draw weapons. ...
Relative calm prevails in Ferguson

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

Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

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

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

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