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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. ...


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". ...


HP fourth-quarter revenue drops on weak enterprise demand

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoBy Sarah McBride (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said its quarterly revenue fell in almost every business segment over the year, highlighting weaknesses ahead of the company's planned 2015 separation of its enterprise services from its traditional computer and printing units. Sales fell 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter to $28.41 billion, from $29.13 billion a year earlier, HP said on Tuesday. Analysts had expected $28.76 billion. Profit declined 2.7 percent to $2.01 billion, or $1.06 cents a share, compared with $1.01 cents a share a year ago, in line with analysts' expectations. ...


Megaupload's Dotcom says extradition fight leaves him bust

Kim Dotcom talks with supporters at his Internet Party pool party at the Dotcom mansion in Coatesville, AucklandWELLINGTON (Reuters) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, says his nearly three-year fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges has left him broke. Dotcom, the New Zealand resident who once flaunted a fleet of vintage cars, a fully staffed rented mansion and globe-trotting holidays, said that his wealth had evaporated due to mounting legal fees which had resulted in the departure of most of his legal team. ...


United States says EU's Google case should not be politicized

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States voiced concern on Tuesday over a draft plan by two EU lawmakers to break up Google Inc , saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine. The U.S. Mission to the European Union said in an email it "noted with concern" the call for competition regulators to consider splitting search engines from other Internet services. ...


Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)


Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put


EU wants its 'right to be forgotten' to erase Google search data around the world

EU wants its 'right to be forgotten' to erase Google search data around the worldEuropean Union regulators want Google to extend the controversial "right to be forgotten" to searches worldwide, including those made on Google.com, according to The Wall Street Journal. The right to be forgotten was put into place following a court ruling earlier this year and requires Google to remove search results about people in Europe should a person deem those results to be irrelevant, outdated, or inaccurate. Google has begun removing links across European domains, but the EU now wants to see those removals extend to all of its domains so that the block can't be circumvented.


The best action camera

The best action cameraAction cameras aren’t just for crazy stunts. We test GoPro’s Hero 4, Sony Action Cam Mini and more to find the best one.


Pro tip: Fix Android data sync issues

Pro tip: Fix Android data sync issuesData sync issues on your Android device? Jack Wallen walks you through a quick solution.


MacMall reveals big Black Friday sale with huge savings on Apple gear

MacMall reveals big Black Friday sale with huge savings on Apple gearThis year, like every year, Apple’s own Black Friday sale really isn’t anything to speak of. The company is offering Black Friday shoppers some Apple Store gift cards along with big purchases, but you won’t find any significant savings at the Apple Store. Fortunately for Apple fans, it’s a completely different story over at MacMall, which is offering shoppers huge savings for Black Friday 2014 on nearly every Apple product and accessory you can think of. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! A percentage of certain purchases made at the Apple Store on Black Friday this year will benefit AIDS research, which is obviously a great thing to do this holiday season. Of course, you can also


Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A funding

Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A fundingConsumer-to-consumer e-commerce site, Carousell, secures US$6 million in its latest round of financing and will be looking to expand into the region including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.


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.


Sony's new A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera comes to the US on December 9th

Sony's new A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera comes to the US on December 9thIt won't be long before you'll be able to get your hands on Sony's recently-announced A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera: the electronics company announced today that it will arrive in the US on December 9th starting at $1699. That price will get you just the camera body itself, but Sony is also offering a kit with a 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999. Sony says that eager customers can place preorders for the new camera starting today, though the orders won't actually ship until December 9th.


The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700

The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700


Video: The first teaser for Game Of Thrones Season 5 is finally here

Video: The first teaser for Game Of Thrones Season 5 is finally hereWe still have a few months to go before the hotly anticipated fifth season of Game Of Thrones premieres, but HBO is already starting to get fans excited for the Spring 2015 premiere of season 5. On Tuesday afternoon, the official Game Of Thrones Twitter account posted a short video to Twitter along with a cryptic message. “The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: ThreeEyedRaven.com,” the tweet read. The linked website allows users to sign up for updates delivered via SMS or on Twitter, but no other information was provided. The Game Of Thrones Season 5 teaser video that accompanied the tweet is embedded below. The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/LknnRX0f4D — Game Of Thrones


Learn JavaScript if you want to land a web development job

Learn JavaScript if you want to land a web development jobVeteran developer Tony Patton lists five reasons why he believes JavaScript is the first language a person should learn if they want a job in web development.


The 7 games you can play with the whole family this Thanksgiving

The 7 games you can play with the whole family this ThanksgivingMaybe you're waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Maybe the meal's over and you're all together in the living room staring silently at a wall. Whatever the case, if you're looking to spend quality time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving and you want to beat them in a friendly competition, here are seven games we'd recommend — no consoles required.


The 6 mobile games that will help get you through Thanksgiving

The 6 mobile games that will help get you through ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about how the Bears are terrible this year. Luckily, there's an easy way to enjoy yourself, even when you're not stuffing your face with turkey — and it's right there in your pocket. Mobile games are a great way to kill time, and no matter if you only have a few minutes or a few hours, there's something out there to keep you occupied. ...


Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide

Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide


Xbox Slashes Prices for Black Friday

Xbox Slashes Prices for Black FridayThe Xbox One has generally lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales, but Microsoft is doing everything in its power to close that gap for the 2014 holidays. Microsoft has just launched an Xbox Black Friday page, detailing a variety of impressive deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, games, peripherals and online subscriptions. While it's not an exhaustive list of every Xbox deal debuting on Black Friday, it's an excellent place to start if you're in the market to pick up Microsoft's latest console.


Samsung's Eyecan+ is an Eye Controlled Mouse

Samsung's Eyecan+ is an Eye Controlled MouseA volunteer group of engineers at Samsung has devised an effective and affordable method for disabled people to use computers. The Eyecan+ is a portable unit that attaches to the bottom of a monitor and detects your eye movements to launch tasks onscreen.


Malware Bites Malwarebytes: Company Forums Hacked

Malware Bites Malwarebytes: Company Forums HackedAnti-malware maker Malwarebytes revealed last week that its user forums had been hacked into earlier on Nov. 10. The hackers apparently exploited a vulnerability in the third-party service that hosts Malwarebytes' forum. Malwarebytes' forums, located at https://forums.malwarebytes.org, are run by a company called Invision Power Services, using a platform called IP.Board.


CuBox is a Tiny XBMC Set-Top Box in a 2-inch Cube

CuBox is a Tiny XBMC Set-Top Box in a 2-inch CubeIf Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV and the Nexus Player are all simply too dumbed-down/user-friendly for your taste, you could always try the $100 CuBox TV instead. This tiny (2 x 2 x 2 inch) streaming box uses Kodi and XBMC software platforms to give hardcore technophiles a streaming device to call and make their very own.


Target’s early Black Friday sale is going on right now

Target’s early Black Friday sale is going on right nowLadies and gentlemen, start your engines. It’s only Wednesday but Black Friday 2014 has officially begun. Early Black Friday sales have kicked off at dozens of retailers across the country, and even online retailers are getting in on the action. Most notably, Amazon is currently hosting a massive number of limited-time lightning sales, with new sales being made available every 10 minutes. And now, nationwide retail giant Target has joined the fun with an early Black Friday sale that has already begun. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes Target on Wednesday kicked off an exciting early Black Friday sale that offers big savings on a number of products. Per BFAds, here are


How video game remakes do retro right and wrong

How video game remakes do retro right and wrongHalo doesn’t look as good as you remember.


MacMall's Black Friday Apple deals include $40 off iPad Air 2 16GB, $798 MacBook Air

MacMall's Black Friday Apple deals include $40 off iPad Air 2 16GB, $798 MacBook AirUnlike Apple itself, this retailer is offering discounts on all iPads and Macs, including at least $200 savings on the Mac Pro.


Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo shows the app that links to shopping on Amazon.com on the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. The best tool for saving money while holiday shopping can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps.


First impressions of the Sony SmartWatch 3: Capable of hitting the road alone

First impressions of the Sony SmartWatch 3: Capable of hitting the road aloneMost Android Wear devices only show the time after separating from an Android phone. The new Sony SmartWatch 3 includes integrated GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi, as well as offline music playback.


Get $140 off of an unlocked Moto X in Motorola's Cyber Monday sale

Get $140 off of an unlocked Moto X in Motorola's Cyber Monday saleIf you've been fancying a new Moto X, but haven't yet committed to the purchase, you might want to wait a few more days: Motorola announced that it will be selling the unlocked second-generation Moto X for $140 off this coming Monday as part of its Cyber Monday promotion. That brings the price down to $359 for a 16GB model (or $409 for the 32GB version) without a contract. It's one of the best deals on one of the best Android phones you can buy today.


Check out this gorgeous steel iPhone 6s concept inspired by the Apple Watch

Check out this gorgeous steel iPhone 6s concept inspired by the Apple WatchApple released new iPhone models only a couple of months ago with completely new designs compared to predecessors, including the larger displays many buyers wanted. But that doesn’t mean designers out there have stopped creating gorgeous iPhone concepts for the future, with Grisha Serov posting an iPhone concept on Behance that’s made of steel and seems to be inspired by the Apple Watch to some extent, but also by the current iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: This incredible iPhone 8 concept is the most beautiful smartphone you’ve ever seen As all iPhone concepts, this “iPhone EDITION” design also proposes some changes that Apple will likely never make, such as the removal of the Home button, which comes with fingerprint-scanning features on current iPhone


UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit

UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit


Senator Tom Coburn agrees that Bitcoin is not legal currency

Senator Tom Coburn agrees that Bitcoin is not legal currencySenator Tom Coburn's office finally got around to answering my letter concerning the illegality of Bitcoin. I'm happy to report that he agrees with me that Bitcoin is illegal in the United States.


4 apps to help you take notes

4 apps to help you take notesThe next time you have to write something down quickly, try one of these 4 apps for taking notes.


Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 Black Friday bargains

Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 Black Friday bargainsMicrosoft is knocking the price off of some models of the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 2 for the holiday shopping season.


Nice 'stache Watson: First look at 'Sherlock' special goes Victorian

Nice 'stache Watson: First look at 'Sherlock' special goes VictorianBenedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman don vintage clothes and hairstyles for a sneak peek at the upcoming "Sherlock" special. Will the lads be time-traveling or attending a costume party?>


Target teases surprise doorbuster deals ahead of Black Friday 2014

Target teases surprise doorbuster deals ahead of Black Friday 2014Target has already announced its Black Friday 2014 deals, but the giant retailer is ready to offer additional savings to customers, listing on its website a Black Friday “Surprise Doorbusters” page that includes various products that weren’t initially included in the retailer’s Black Friday ad. Mysteriously, however, their prices will only be revealed on Thanksgiving Day. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon As BFAds explains, it’s not clear whether these particular doorbuster deals will be available in retail stores, online-only, or both in-stores and online. Here are the products included in Target’s Surprise Doorbusters sale: Westinghouse 32″ 720p 60Hz DLED HDTV (DWM32H1Z1) LG 24″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (24LB4510) Magnavox 40″ 1080p


Netflix's December line-up comes early this year

Netflix's December line-up comes early this yearBeginning December 1st, Netflix Instant subscribers will be able to enjoy a fresh crop of movies and television shows. Decider recently published a catalog of the anticipated titles. Two of the most enticing names in this repository of entertainment options are arguably comedy Anchorman 2 and The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy Award-winning black comedy inspired by debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Social media sweetheart Sharknado 2: The Second One will also be available, along with short-film-turned-feature-length horror film Oculus, which pivots about an antique mirror.


'Game of Thrones' teasers begin with Arya Stark's darkness

'Game of Thrones' teasers begin with Arya Stark's darknessWe're still months away from the debut of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, but the tantalizing hints about what's to come have already begun. First up is a brief video snippet featuring Arya Stark. She broods, she stabs, and she dashes through the shadows to the tune of Melisandre's ominous words: "I see a darkness in you." It's all very menacing and as yet indeterminate (at least for those of us who haven't read the books), though it seems to mark only the start of a series of such snippets, which will be distributed to fans who visit the newly introduced Three Eyed Raven website. ...



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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.


Guard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

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) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.


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.


National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across U.S.
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. ...
Two FBI agents shot at house near Ferguson unrest

A St. Louis County police car stands parked at the scene where two FBI agents had been shot the night before in Hanley Hills, MissouriFERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was "not directly related" to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said. One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the leg while assisting local police in executing an arrest warrant, FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said in a brief statement. Their injuries were not life-threatening. "The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests," Wu said, but did not elaborate further. ...


U.S. government says 462,125 health plans selected on Healthcare.gov

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustration(Reuters) - During the first week of open enrollment for 2015 in the individual health plans created by the national healthcare reform law, 462,125 people selected plans from the federal healthcare website Healthcare.gov, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. Of the people selecting the plans between Nov. 15 when enrollment began and Nov. 21, 48 percent were new customers and 52 percent were individuals enrolled in a 2014 plans. ...


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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