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Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row
- December 07, 2016

It looks like Samsung might just wiggle its way out of the $399 million fine it was ordered to pay to Apple after a lengthy patent dispute case, though it won't get out entirely unscathed. This will save Samsung , and cost Apple , hundreds of millions. Samsung in a statement called the ruling a victory "for all those who promote creativity, innovation and fair competition in the marketplace". (more...)
Three-horse race for NZ prime minister
- December 07, 2016

Prime Minister John Key announced his surprise resignation as Prime Minister of New Zealand and National party leader on Monday, citing family reasons. "All we're hearing from. the spills coming out of caucus is awful instability, feuding, backstabbing, fighting,"Peters said". Mr. Key was among the Pacific Rim leaders pushing back against growing skepticism toward free-trade deals in the US and elsewhere at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Lima, Peru, in November. (more...)
Notley ready to defend pipelines to BC NDP critics
- December 07, 2016

She said the decision shouldn't be seen as a betrayal of West Coast voters, including those in her southwest B.C. riding. "This is a decision based on rigorous debate, on science and on evidence". Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, a former B.C. NDP MLA, has slammed the decision, while the New Democrat Opposition in the legislature has said " Kinder Morgan can not go forward". (more...)
Ex-Spice Girl Mel C follows Little Mix; sends fans into frenzy
- December 07, 2016

But they weren't sexy and it's got more and more that way. "I'd love to see the girls more and when we do have periods of being in each other's lives, it's lovely". She is a massive Little Mix fan but I've started to be more sparing in what I show her. "Of course I want to compete for my country, but one of the main reasons I want to do it is because I want to try a suit with "Chisholm GBR" on it - there's nothing wrong with that, is there?" she joked. (more...)
Angela Merkel calls for full-face veil ban in Germany Angela Merkel calls for full-face veil ban in Germany
- December 07, 2016

The post German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocates for banning face veils appeared first on PBS NewsHour . "It does not belong to us", she said to the Christian Democratic Union party members who gathered for the conference on Tuesday. (more...)
Iran says UN atomic agency chief to visit Tehran again
- December 07, 2016

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned Washington there will be consequences if it renews sanctions over his country's nuclear scheme for another decade. Rouhani had promised an economic renaissance after the 2015 agreement, which led to the lifting of most of the sanctions that had been crippling the Iranian economy in exchange for the mothballing of Iran's nuclear program. (more...)
Trump Officially Nominates General James Mattis As Defense Secretary
- December 07, 2016

Unless Congress votes and the president signs an exception, "a person may not be appointed as secretary of defense within seven years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of an armed force", the law says. (more...)
Why is Softbank investing in the U.S. now?
- December 07, 2016

Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower, Son brandished a document featuring the names of SoftBank and of Foxconn , the Taiwanese technology giant, that read: "Commit to invest $50bn + $7bn in U.S., generate 50k + 50k new jobs in USA in next four years". (more...)
Paris pushes measures to fight spike in pollution
- December 07, 2016

Authorities say pollution is due to weather conditions and a heavy dependence on diesel fuel. Private cars with registration plates ending in even numbers were banned from the road from between 5:30 am and midnight Wednesday. For more than a week now, Airparif has published readings of PM10 at more than 80 microgrammes per cubic metre of air particles, triggering the pollution alert. (more...)
More rumors on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 More rumors on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- December 07, 2016

Based on new rumors (with some credibility), we can expect the Surface Pro packing up to a 512 GB of storage, twice that of the Surface Pro 4. Because of this and so much more, the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will be a monster machine. The device might also run using the Windows 10 Redstone 3 straight out of the box. That said, we do know that Microsoft is working on a phone, and one that's created to be "the ultimate mobile device". (more...)
Persona 5 Futaba English introduction trailer
- December 07, 2016

Aside from the pre-order declaration, Atlus has also started streaming a "Persona 5" English story trailer for Westerners to enjoy. Persona 5 has been positively received by fans in Japan and by all accounts, it is a very good game indeed. (more...)
Emma Watson Stars in New Trailer For 'The Circle' Emma Watson Stars in New Trailer For 'The Circle'
- December 07, 2016

It all starts off with good intentions, but you'll immediately get a glimpse of the flaws behind having to know everything about everyone. Holland goes from answering questions about her favorite Beatle and video game at a job interview to discovering the nefarious side of the Circle's latest invention: a small, portable, high-quality camera. (more...)
Spotify now lets you control Sonos speakers from its app Spotify now lets you control Sonos speakers from its app
- December 07, 2016

It could be controlled through a dedicated Sonos app. Sonos and Spotify first announced this feature in August, and a number of Sonos users have been beta-testing it for the past couple of weeks. If you're anxious you won't be able to group speakers you have in separate rooms, don't fret: that feature is available in Spotify , too. One of the new fantastic features is the grouping of nodes in the sound system, this will enable users to play different songs in different speakers, as reported ... (more...)
Markets Right Now: Dow at another high in midday US trading
- December 07, 2016

At 12:29 p.m. ET (1729 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 11.34 points, or 0.06 percent, at 19,227.58. The Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,206. After voters in Italy rejected constitutional changes, dealing a major blow to the Prime Minister, the markets shall be focused on what is happening in Italy . (more...)
Biden jokes about 2020 bid
- December 07, 2016

So I could announce now I'm not running and be popular again". Mr. Biden knows this - and he knows his appeal is to the white, working-class citizens - a segment no one in the Democratic Party now represents. Asked by The Associated Press in January if he regretted his decision, Mr. Biden replied: "I regret it every day". On " The Late Show ", Biden reiterated that he was leaving the decision about 2020 up to fate, adding that his age won't be a factor. (more...)
Tribal leader tells pipeline foes to leave camp Tribal leader tells pipeline foes to leave camp
- December 07, 2016

A Native American tribal flag stands atop a hill overlooking the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2016. The monthslong protests stemmed from objections raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which argued the pipeline would disturb sacred sites and contaminate water supplies if it leaked. (more...)
Stop Donald Trump Petition Receives 4.7 Million Signatures Stop Donald Trump Petition Receives 4.7 Million Signatures
- December 07, 2016

Each party selects their electoral college representatives - and because Donald Trump won the most votes in Missouri, Republican presidential electors will be the ones asking Missouri's votes for president. Clinton called Trump in the early morning hours to concede the election. The Electoral College system has saved this county again. That is until you read what the Founding Fathers were doing, and grasp the significance and importance of federalism in the lasting success of our ... (more...)
At least 54 killed in Indonesia quake
- December 07, 2016

The US Geological Survey said it was centred about 20 kilometres north off Reuleut and 92 kilometres south of Banda Aceh , at a revised depth of 8.2 kilometres. In the capital Jakarta , President Joko " Jokowi " Widodo said he has ordered all government agencies to take part in the rescue efforts for Aceh, a conservative province that has considerable autonomy from the central government under a peace deal with separatists. (more...)
Trump announces SoftBank investing $50 billion in the United States
- December 07, 2016

Trump's administration is also, Reuters noted, expected to more accepting of big business mergers than was the climate under President Barack Obama. Speculatively, the figures could indicate a proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which now has a market cap just above $45 billion. A spokesman at SoftBank headquarters in Tokyo declined to comment. (more...)
Pebble Time 2 and Core Are Canceled as Fitbit Acquisition Approaches
- December 07, 2016

Fitbit Inc., the fitness band maker, is close to buying software assets from struggling smartwatch startup Pebble Technology Corp.in a bid to better compete with Apple Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Very few Pebble interface designers were offered jobs and hardware teams were not offered positions, the people said. He will probably return to Y Combinator to advise new companies on hardware development. (more...)

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