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DealBook: Diagnosing Yahoo’s Ills: Ugly Math in Marissa Mayer’s Reign

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Investors think Yahoo’s core business is less than worthless. Is it Ms. Mayer’s fault?

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Hillary Clinton Calls on Tech Companies to Help Thwart ISIS Online

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Mrs. Clinton again urged Silicon Valley to work with the government to develop a “unified national strategy” to stop the Islamic State from recruiting via the Internet.

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Parrots use pebble tools to grind up own mineral supplements

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

For the first time non-human animals have been seen using grinding tools and passing them around in what seem to be an attempt to get calcium out of seashells

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Bits Blog: Man Arrested in VTech Breach of Children’s Data

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Police in Great Britain made a rare arrest in the hack of VTech, a Hong Kong electronic toymaker. The breach, which was first discovered last month, was notable for the fact that children’s information was taken.

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Public vote renames exoplanets for gods, monsters and scientists

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

The International Astronomical Union has announced the results of a contest to name far-off planets, and Copernicus, Veritate and Sancho are among the winners

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DealBook: Diagnosing Yahoo’s Ills: Ugly Math in Marissa Mayer’s Reign

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Investors think Yahoo’s core business is less than worthless. Is it Ms. Mayer’s fault?

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One Per Cent

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Socks with pee power, wearbables with solar power

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Two missions face off to seek life in icy seas of Enceladus

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been sampling the plumes on Saturn’s moon for a decade, with no sign of microbes. Two proposed missions hope to change that

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DealBook: Diagnosing Yahoo’s Ills: Ugly Math in Marissa Mayer’s Reign

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Investors think Yahoo’s core business is less than worthless. Is it Ms. Mayer’s fault?

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Bits Daily Report: Rules for Registering Your Drone

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

If you are an owner of one of these high-flying machines — or might be come Christmas — here is what you need to know.

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Prodigal gas cloud was born in Milky Way and is crashing back in

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

Smith’s Cloud seemed to be an intergalactic gas cloud or even a starless galaxy. But now Hubble hints it’s actually material from the Milky Way returning home home

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Paris deal could help narrow the US political divide on climate

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

US Republicans are likely to cooperate on funding clean energy research, so long as carbon capture and nuclear are in the mix, says Matthew Nisbet

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Qualcomm Analysis Concludes a Split Would be Detrimental

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

The chip maker has released the results of a monthslong review that it undertook to evaluate whether it should divide into two separate companies.

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First official UK astronaut Tim Peake takes fast route to ISS

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

The first British astronaut to fly under the European Space Agency banner blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on board a Russian Soyuz capsule

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E.U. Expected to Approve Tough New Data Protection Rules

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•15

The changes under review, which include penalties of up to 4 percent of a company’s global revenue, are likely to go into effect by early 2017.

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E.U. Expected to Approve Tough New Data Protection Rules

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

The changes under review, which include penalties of up to 4 percent of a company’s global revenue, are likely to go into effect by early 2017.

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Hudson’s Bay Is Said to Consider Buying Gilt for $250 Million

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

The fashion flash-sale website Gilt Groupe may sell itself at a price that is much lower than the valuation it fetched in years past, a person briefed on the matter said on Monday.

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DealBook: Diagnosing Yahoo’s Ills: Ugly Math in Mayer’s Reign

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

Despite Marissa Mayer’s insistence that Yahoo is a very different and better company than the one she took over three years ago, it is being valued as if she has done not much of anything.

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Samsung’s Patent Loss to Apple Is Appealed to Supreme Court

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

Samsung has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the legal framework for design patents is an issue larger than its dispute with Apple.

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Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

The city ordinance, approved unanimously, drew cheers from supporters, but is a new headache for the ride-hailing services.

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Drone Registration Rules Are Announced by F.A.A.

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

An estimated 700,000 drones are expected to be bought during the holidays, and owners of drones weighing between a half-pound and 55 pounds must register.

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Samsung’s Patent Loss to Apple Is Appealed to Supreme Court

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

Samsung has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the legal framework for design patents is an issue larger than its dispute with Apple.

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Hoverboard Safety Fears Continue to Grow

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

After fires, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating, and online retailers are removing some of the powered boards from their sites.

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Tech Tip: How to Download a Batch of Photos on Flickr

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

It’s possible to download photos in batches from a Flickr account’s Camera Roll page, instead of one by one.

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Drone Registration Rules Are Announced by F.A.A.

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

An estimated 700,000 drones are expected to be bought during the holidays, and owners of drones weighing between a half-pound and 55 pounds must register.

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Solar cell you wear like a bandage can power a watch

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

A stretchy solar cell that can be stuck to the skin could help make wearable devices more discreet

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Bits Daily Report: A Vote on Driver Labor Rights

Written By: admin - Dec• 15•15

Seattle is expected to vote Monday on whether on-demand drivers have the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions.

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In Virtual Reality Headsets, Investors Glimpse the Future

Written By: admin - Dec• 14•15

Venture capital is pouring into virtual reality start-ups, as proponents of the technology extol its potential to transform entertainment, communications and work.

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Apple Gains Exclusive Streaming Deal With Taylor Swift

Written By: admin - Dec• 14•15

The new streaming service Apple Music will show a film of Ms. Swift’s concert in Australia, part of her world tour promoting her latest album.

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Seattle Considers Measure to Let Uber and Lyft Drivers Unionize

Written By: admin - Dec• 14•15

The Seattle City Council plans to vote on a proposed law to give freelance, on-demand drivers the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions.

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Seattle Considers Measure to Let Uber and Lyft Drivers Unionize

Written By: admin - Dec• 14•15

The Seattle City Council plans to vote on a proposed law to give freelance, on-demand drivers the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions.

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Your Money: For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be Smartest Option

Written By: admin - Dec• 14•15

Since most new phones come with Internet access, parents need to plan carefully to find devices that allow only texting and talking. Or they need to make use of a smartphone’s parental controls.

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John Eaton, Composer and Electronic Innovator, Dies at 80

Written By: admin - Dec• 13•15

Mr. Eaton, who was also an academic and inventor, was a creator of operas large and small.

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Opinion: Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

Written By: admin - Dec• 13•15

Stop slouching over that tiny screen. It’s bad for your self-esteem.

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Inside Wealth: Today’s Butlers Are Trading Silver Trays for iPads

Written By: admin - Dec• 13•15

Recruitment agencies are now seeking prospective butlers with I.T. skills to manage everything from retinal scanners to scented ventilation systems.

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Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Tempering Walmart’s Digital Ambitions

Written By: admin - Dec• 13•15

A look at Walmart’s foray into digital wallets, Airbnb’s transparency claims and Yahoo’s big week.

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Uber Is Said to Be Shaking Up Policy and Communications Team

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The company is said to be cutting about 20 jobs, mostly at the headquarters in San Francisco, as it shifts its strategy under new executives.

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Fantasy Sites in New York to Stay Open After Companies Win Appeal

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

An appeals court judge on Friday allowed FanDuel and DraftKings to keep operating in New York.

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Your Money: For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be Smartest Option

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

Since most new phones come with Internet access, parents need to plan carefully to find devices that allow only texting and talking. Or they need to make use of a smartphone’s parental controls.

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Artificial-Intelligence Research Center Is Founded by Silicon Valley Investors

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The investors — including Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman — said they planned to commit $1 billion to the project long-term, but only small sums to start.

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Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The Chinese Internet giant said the deal was fueled by a desire to improve China’s image and offer an alternative to the biased lens of Western news outlets.

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Your Money Adviser: Automatic Payments Can Be Easy to Start, but Hard to Stop

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has tips to help consumers stop unwanted withdrawals from their bank accounts.

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Your Money: For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be Smartest Option

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

Since most new phones come with Internet access, parents need to plan carefully to find devices that allow only texting and talking. Or they need to make use of a smartphone’s parental controls.

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Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The Chinese Internet giant said the deal was fueled by a desire to improve China’s image and offer an alternative to the biased lens of Western news outlets.

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Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The Chinese Internet giant said the deal was fueled by a desire to improve China’s image and offer an alternative to the biased lens of Western news outlets.

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Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The Chinese Internet giant said the deal was fueled by a desire to improve China’s image and offer an alternative to the biased lens of Western news outlets.

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Bits Blog: A Protest App Rises to the Top in Taiwan

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•15

The top free application in Apple’s App Store there for much of last week wasn’t a mobile game or a social network, but a tool of protest.

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Business Briefing: Delta Bans Hoverboards, Citing Batteries’ Safety Risk

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Delta Air Lines says it is banning hoverboards — the motorized, two-wheel, skateboard-size scooters — because of the fire danger from the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices.

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Wearable microbial power plants generate electricity from urine

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Walk makes prototype smart socks generate electricity by pumping liquid waste over fuel cells packed with microbes

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Risk to Aircraft From Drones Being Debated

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

A report from Bard College researchers will add to the discussion over the extent and nature of the risk that unmanned aircraft pose in air safety.

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Bits Blog: Marissa Mayer of Yahoo Announces Birth of Twin Daughters

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Ms. Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, delivered identical twin girls on Thursday, just hours after announcing a spinoff of the company’s core Internet business.

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Standard Deduction: Yahoo’s Spinoff Plan Does Not Change Its Tax Risk

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

A reverse spinoff of the company’s core business assets and its stake in Yahoo Japan still leaves questions about the company’s strategy.

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Bits Blog: Hugo Barra of Xiaomi on the Company’s International Plans

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Mr. Barra, a Brazilian-born, M.I.T.-trained former senior executive of Google, discusses markets outside China, including smartphone adoption in Africa.

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Raft made of dust carries water droplets across a sea of oil

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

An unlikely vessel could shuttle drops of water around microfluidic devices, giving fine control over chemical reactions

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Bits Blog: Marissa Mayer of Yahoo Announces Birth of Twin Daughters

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Ms. Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, delivered identical twin girls on Thursday, just hours after announcing a spinoff of the company’s core Internet business.

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Xbox Live keys mistakenly disclosed

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Private keys that secure Xbox Live accounts have been "inadvertently disclosed", Microsoft says.

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Bits Daily Report: The Internet Is Full of Mean People

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

The Internet is full of terrorist recruiters, trolls, hackers and other ne’er-do-wells. But don’t forget the good stuff.

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Kickstarter hires journalist over Zano

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

The crowdfunding site Kickstarter hires a journalist to look into the failure of its most well-funded European project last month

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Hundreds held in child images probe

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

More than 680 people have been arrested in the past nine months for downloading indecent images of children, the National Crime Agency says.

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Tech Tip: Virtually Using Windows XP

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Windows 10 does not support the Windows XP Mode that came with some versions of Windows 7, but a virtual machine can circumvent the issue.

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Baidu driverless car completes test

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

Chinese tech giant Baidu successfully tests its driverless car on roads near the company’s headquarters in Beijing.

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UK to have ‘tech-savvy TV Christmas’

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

British viewers are more likely than those in other developed nations to watch on-demand TV this Christmas, a report by the UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom predicts.

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VIDEO: Riders try out British-made electric unicycle

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

A British-made electric transporter is hoping to change the way people get around.

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US embassy worker hacked for sex images

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

A former US official admits hacking into women’s emails to extort sexually explicit material from them

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Turning Points: The End of Work?

Written By: admin - Dec• 11•15

When robots start doing all the work, what will be left for humans?

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Japan Investigating Hacking Attack on Shinzo Abe’s Website

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

A person claiming to be part of the group Anonymous said access to the prime minister’s site had been disrupted in retaliation for Japan’s resumption of whale hunting.

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Black holes have a size limit of 50 billion suns

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Physicists have firmed up a theoretical limit on the mass of a black hole by figuring out when it will disrupt the disc that feeds it

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Walmart Prepares to Enter Mobile Payments Business

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The company said it would start accepting Walmart Pay, which will be integrated into its existing smartphone app, this month at stores in its home market around Bentonville, Ark.

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Coded Messages: F.B.I. Chief Says Texas Gunman Used Encryption to Text Overseas Terrorist

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

James B. Comey told senators that one of the attackers in a recent shooting in Garland, Tex., “exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist” that investigators could not read.

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Coded Messages: F.B.I. Chief Says Texas Gunman Used Encryption to Text Overseas Terrorist

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

James B. Comey told senators that one of the attackers in a recent shooting in Garland, Tex., “exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist” that investigators could not read.

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Yahoo to Keep Alibaba Stake but Spin Off Core Businesses

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo has decided to retain its Alibaba stake and will instead look at transferring its other assets, including Yahoo Japan, into a new company.

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How to Value Yahoo’s Core Business

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The market may price it as less than zero, but a company with $4.5 billion revenue has real value.

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Gadgetwise: Tech Toys to Inspire a Child’s Imagination

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

These interactive toys incorporate various technologies including virtual reality, animation and robotics.

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Independent blog site hit by malware

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The Independent newspaper’s blogging platform has been briefly compromised with malware that infects readers’ computers, security experts say.

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Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

As the White House takes on the challenge of the Islamic State, it is focusing on the online community of sympathizers in the United States, who number in the hundreds and fit no single profile.

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State of the Art: The Internet’s Loop of Action and Reaction Is Worsening

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Wouldn’t it have been kind of a pleasant dream world, in these overheated last few weeks, to have lived free of social media?

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App Smart: Video Feature: Apps, Like Elves, Help Make the Season Bright

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Apps for creating animated video during the holidays, and for help thinking of gift ideas, organizing lists, tracking Santa and donating to charities.

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Independent blogs ‘serve malware’

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The Independent newspaper’s blogging platform is compromised with malware that infects readers’ computers, according to security experts.

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Black holes have a size limit – of 50 billion suns

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Physicists have set a theoretical limit on the mass of a black hole by figuring out when it will disrupt the disc that feeds it

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One Per Cent

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Tennis court that helps you play, knit your own keyboard

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Yahoo to Keep Alibaba Stake but Spin Off Core Businesses

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo has decided to retain its Alibaba stake and will instead look at transferring its other assets, including Yahoo Japan, into a new company.

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Mars moisture-farming mission gets approval for 2018 launch

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

An instrument that will collect and test water on Mars is to launch on the 2018 ExoMars mission. If it works, it could provide water for future crewed missions

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Entrepreneurship: A Bad Review Is Forever: How to Counter Online Complaints

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

For small businesses that can live or die by word of mouth, an array of strategies helps track and respond to online ratings.

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Yahoo reverses Alibaba spin-off plan

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo has abandoned a plan to spin off its stake in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group.

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Bits Daily Report: Yahoo Changes Its Mind About Alibaba Spinoff

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo said it would retain its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Instead, the rest of what we know as Yahoo will be spun off.

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Media services to be portable in EU

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The European Commission announces plans that will allow people to take their online subscriptions with them when they travel, as well as proposals to unify copyright laws.

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Independent blogs ‘serve malware’

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The Independent newspaper’s blogging platform is compromised with malware that infects readers’ computers, according to security experts.

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Yahoo to Spin Off Core Businesses, Including Yahoo Japan

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo has decided to keep its Alibaba stake and will instead look at transferring its other assets, including Yahoo Japan, into a new company.

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Experts doubt Google’s claim about its quantum computer’s speed

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Google says that its quantum computer can solve problems 100 million times faster than ordinary computers, but its results don’t stand up to scrutiny

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Yahoo to Spin Off Its Core Businesses

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

Yahoo has canceled its plan to spin off its Alibaba stake and will instead look at transferring its other assets into a new company.

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Media services to be portable in EU

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The European Commission announces plans that will allow people to take their online subscriptions with them when they travel, as well as proposals to unify copyright laws.

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Spies ‘could hack into child’s toys’

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The security services could remotely take over children’s toys and use them to spy on suspects, MPs have been told.

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Australian Police Raid Home of Man Said to Be Likely Creator of Bitcoin

Written By: admin - Dec• 10•15

The police said the raid was for a tax investigation, and a spokesman denied any connection to the Bitcoin reports.

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Sydney police raid ‘Bitcoin founder’

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

Australian police raid the Sydney home and office of a man named by technology websites as the creator of the virtual currency Bitcoin.

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Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

As the White House takes on the challenge of the Islamic State, it is focusing on the online community of sympathizers in the United States, who number in the hundreds and fit no single profile.

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Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

As the White House takes on the challenge of the Islamic State, it is focusing on the online community of sympathizers in the United States, who number in the hundreds and fit no single profile.

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New York Looks Into ‘Speculative’ Ticket Resellers

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

The attorney general sent letters to StubHub and other resale sites regarding high-priced listings of concert tickets even before they go on sale.

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Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

The proposals, part of a push toward a so-called digital single market, also include a review of online content aggregation by major sites like Google.

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Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

The proposals, part of a push toward a so-called digital single market, also include a review of online content aggregation by major sites like Google.

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Bits Blog: Why Donald Trump’s Call to ‘Close Up’ the Internet Is Science Fiction

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•15

Donald Trump suggested asking Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, for help in shutting down the Internet in some areas. But the worldwide computer network was designed to thwart such an attempt.

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