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BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service. The company, last year, opened the service to phones powered by Google Inc's wildly popular Android operating system and Apple's iOS platform.



Action camera maker GoPro reports bigger loss as costs double

(Reuters) - GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. The net loss attributable to GoPro stockholders grew to $19.8 million, or 24 cents per share, in the second quarter from $5 million, or 6 cents. Excluding items, GoPro earned 8 cents per share and the company said it expected a seasonally stronger second half.



Canada's telcos burst into banking, healthcare in hunt for growth

By Alastair Sharp and Euan Rocha TORONTO August 1 (Reuters) - Canada's three biggest telecom firms, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases. BCE Inc , Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp dominate their industry in Canada but with landline connections on the wane, cable TV losing out to online portals and wireless growth slowing, Canada's telecom giants are pushing into uncharted businesses. Some of the moves - such as Rogers' C$5.2 billion-deal ($4.8 billion) for exclusive National Hockey League broadcast rights - may bring a rapid pay-off. Others, like Telus' bid to dominate healthcare services, are gambles that may not pay off for many years.



Samsung Electronics downbeat on third quarter prospects as profits slide

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Thursday reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and flagged uncertain earnings prospects for its key handset business, fuelling worries about its ability to return to growth. The downbeat guidance, as well as Samsung's decision to keep its interim dividend unchanged from last year, put the shares of South Korea's biggest company by market value on track for their worst daily percentage decline in nearly eight months. Samsung expects July-September handset shipments to pick up by 10 percent from the previous quarter and said it planned to release a new premium smartphone employing a new design and material, underscoring efforts by the world's largest smartphone maker to regroup. With its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone outsold by Apple Inc's iPhone 5S in May and its cheaper devices feeling the squeeze from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi, Samsung also vowed to revamp its mid-to-low-tier product lineup with more aggressive pricing and a focus on a smaller set of products.



Microsoft ordered by U.S. judge to submit customer's emails from abroad

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged the warrant, arguing it improperly extended the authority of federal prosecutors to seize customer information held in foreign countries. Following a two-hour court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said a search warrant approved by a federal magistrate judge required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored.



Canada takes steps to secure network after China hacking claim
Canada's top research body has taken steps to tighten security on its computer network, it said on Thursday, days after the government accused state-backed Chinese hackers of breaking into the system. Canada has declined to give details of the attack on the National Research Council, which works with firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc, but it took the unprecedented step of pinning the blame on China. It also plans to build a new technology infrastructure to help guard against "the risk of future cyber threats of this nature." "Creating a new, secure IT infrastructure within the broader government of Canada network could take approximately one year," it said in the statement on its website.
eBay is winning at gender diversity in technology



Start-up behind 'dunkable' phone technology explores Asian IPO

By Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - P2i, a technology spin-off from Britain's Ministry of Defence, is looking to raise as much as 10 million pounds ($17 million) from Singapore investors as it readies the launch of its "Dunkable" or waterproof technology for smartphones and tablets. The fundraising by the nanotechnology company follows an expanding list of overseas firms tapping Singapore's pool of high net worth individuals. P2i's technology applies a thin, transparent, splash-resistant polymer coat to products ranging from clothing to mobile phones. The company is in the process of introducing a new version of the technology, which it calls "Dunkable", that will allow devices to survive being immersed in water.



Poochi the robot dog can talk with your 3DS (and play rock-paper-scissors)



New malware can live inside any USB device undetected



Mars 2020 rover will give us a way to know the red planet better



MLB trashes ISPs, doesn?t like the FCC?s ?fast-lane? plan one bit

The net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet ?fast lanes? despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs. MLB wasted no time pointing out the problems with the FCC?s proposal and argued that, ultimately, the regular consumer would pay the price, and that fast lanes would also affect competition. ?Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the



Apple decal sellers saw a tremendous spike in sales following 'Stickers' ad



How Disney World is keeping tabs on visitors with rubbery wristbands

Beginning last year, Disney World started issuing "MagicBands," rubberized RFID wristbands that can do everything from unlock your hotel room to act as a fast pass to get you slotted to skip the long lines on rides. It also tracks your every move and lets you buy things. With tens of thousands of visitors to the park every day, Disney is amassing a wealth of personal information on its customers. ...



Here are all the free games PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners can download in August

Not to be outdone by Microsoft?s increasingly attractive Games with Gold program, Sony has announced the August lineup of the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus subscribers on the PlayStation Blog. This month, PS4 owners will be treated to the brand new downloadable title Road Not Taken for free on the day it releases. Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game from Spry Fox, the creator of Triple Town, and will be available on the PlayStation Store on August 5th. Fez will also go free on the PS4 for the month of August, a game that I loved to no end when it originally released in 2012. Fez is a cross-buy game as well, so if you?d rather play on your




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3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

Heavy Israel-Hamas fighting is reported right up until the start of the truce.



U.S. missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the deadly virus.



Senate kills border crisis spending bill

Crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths at U.S.-Mexico border was impetus for $3.5B bill.



Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.



NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA plans to make oxygen ? a key ingredient of rocket fuel ? on Mars early next decade.



Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.



Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast

The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.



Violet Palmer, NBA's first female referee, comes out as gay

Violet Palmer came into the NBA as something of a trailblazer and pioneer, as she and Dee Kantner became the league's first ever female referees upon their arrival in 1997.



Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.

Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.



Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'
Even from his own sickbed, Dr. Kent Brantly continues to put the well-being of others before his own.
?Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home

A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls ?home? in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.



Bush impeachment never happened, co-sponsor says

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Dems never tried to impeach Bush.



House cancels vote on $659M border bill

Divided House abandoned immigration vote after tea partyers withdrew support.



U.S. issues travel warning for 3 Ebola-hit countries

U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.



Ruth Bader Ginsburg on retirement rumors

Justice to Yahoo's Katie Couric: "I?m still here and likely to remain for a while."




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The latest news and headlines from Yahoo! News. Get breaking news stories and in-depth coverage with videos and photos.

3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

Heavy Israel-Hamas fighting is reported right up until the start of the truce.



U.S. missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the deadly virus.



Senate kills border crisis spending bill

Crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths at U.S.-Mexico border was impetus for $3.5B bill.



22 dead, more than 270 injured in Taiwan gas blasts

A gas leak reportedly caused multiple explosions in downtown Kaohsiung, Taiwan.



Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.



NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA plans to make oxygen ? a key ingredient of rocket fuel ? on Mars early next decade.



Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.



Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast

The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.



Violet Palmer, NBA's first female referee, comes out as gay

Violet Palmer came into the NBA as something of a trailblazer and pioneer, as she and Dee Kantner became the league's first ever female referees upon their arrival in 1997.



Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.

Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.



Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'
Even from his own sickbed, Dr. Kent Brantly continues to put the well-being of others before his own.
?Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home

A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls ?home? in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.



Bush impeachment never happened, co-sponsor says

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Dems never tried to impeach Bush.



House cancels vote on $659M border bill

Divided House abandoned immigration vote after tea partyers withdrew support.



U.S. issues travel warning for 3 Ebola-hit countries

U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.




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Sharp's axe too blunt; lenders to push for deeper restructuring
TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Sharp Corp's leading bank creditors are likely to demand a more sweeping restructuring at the struggling Japanese TV and display maker as a condition for extending new loans, said people involved in the ongoing talks.
Australia's Fairfax Media mulls $1 bln writedown - report
MELBOURNE, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Australian newspaper publisher Fairfax Media is considering a writedown of more than A$1 billion ($1.06 billion) on the value of its top newspapers, a report in a rival newspaper said on Friday.
Yahoo may rethink use of cash from Alibaba deal
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc may re-evaluate plans for the cash it gets from a multibillion-dollar sale of half of its 40 percent stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba Group.
UPDATE 2-Google pays $22.5 mln to settle Apple Safari charges
* Penalty is largest FTC has ever imposed for violating an order
UPDATE 2-U.S. judge backs RIM in patent dispute with Mformation
* RIM shares rise more than 4 percent following ruling (Adds comment from Mformation, updates share price move)
UPDATE 3-Nvidia rides Tegra wave, beats on revenue outlook
(Adds comment from CEO, details on supply and margins; updates stock price)
UPDATE 2-Virus found in Mideast can spy on bank transactions
* Gauss found in Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian territories
UPDATE 2-Nokia sells 500 patents, Qt software to counter losses
* Sells 500 patents to U.S. firm Vringo, Qt to Finnish Digia
UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs adds Cisco to conviction buy list
* Goldman cites fast growth for addition to conviction buy list
Infosys faces new lawsuit over visa whistleblower
MUMBAI, Aug 9 (Reuters) - A former U.S. employee has filed a lawsuit against Infosys Ltd, India's No.2 software services provider, saying he was harassed for pointing out possible misuse of U.S. business visas, according to a copy of the lawsuit seen by Reuters.

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NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland - Boston Globe

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NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland
Boston Globe
NEW YORK ? A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying that US law enforcement authorities can force the company to turn over e-mails it stores in Ireland. Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York, ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral ...
US court to Microsoft: Bring back customer's dataTimes of India
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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: Redmond must let feds into foreign serversRegister
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Facebook to bring free mobile Internet access to Zambia - Christian Science M...

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Facebook to bring free mobile Internet access to Zambia
Christian Science Monitor
Facebook announced Thursday the Internet.org app, which will provide basic Internet services for free in places that have traditionally had little Internet access. By Jacob Axelrad, Staff Writer July 31, 2014. close. Facebook announced Thursday a new app that ...
Facebook App Brings Free Internet To ZambiaInformationWeek
Facebook's Internet.org Launches In Zambia; Perhaps We Should Be Expanding ...Forbes
Facebook's New App Gives Free Internet Access in Developing WorldTIME
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Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds - BBC News

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Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds
BBC News
Dinosaur lineage Body trait analysis shows the miniaturisation of theropods started about 50 million years before Archaeopteryx, the earliest bird, lived. Continue reading the main story. Related Stories. Fluffy dinosaurs were 'very common' · Two-clawed T.rex ...
Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved into Flying BirdsAlaska Native News
Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birdsDaily Mail

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NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars - The Seattle Times

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NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars
The Seattle Times
NASA plans to make oxygen -- a key ingredient of rocket fuel -- on Mars early next decade. By SETH BORENSTEIN. AP Science Writer. Related. Reader Comments. Read all comments · Post a comment. advertising. WASHINGTON ?. NASA plans to make ...
New rover may produce rocket fuel on MarsThe Space Reporter
Seven extraordinary experiments to unlock man's mission to MarsChannel 9 News
NASA's Mars 2020 rover: tools it will use to hunt for ancient microbial lifeChristian Science Monitor
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Iliad Bids $15 Billion in Challenge to Sprint for T-Mobil - Bloomberg

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Iliad Bids $15 Billion in Challenge to Sprint for T-Mobil
Bloomberg
Iliad SA (ILD), the French mobile-phone carrier founded by billionaire Xavier Niel, offered $15 billion in cash for a controlling stake in T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS), rivaling a proposal from Sprint Corp. (S). T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom AG ...
Iliad's T-Mobile US bid raises strategy questionsFinancial Times
Surprise Bidder Enters Battle for T-Mobile USWall Street Journal
French telecoms start-up Iliad threatens to wreck T-Mobile deal with SprintTelegraph.co.uk
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Tesla Teams with Panasonic for Gigafactory, Still Hasn't Chosen Site Location...

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Tesla Teams with Panasonic for Gigafactory, Still Hasn't Chosen Site Location
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Panasonic is expected to be Tesla Motors' main partner in the Gigafactory, according to the automaker's CEO Elon Musk, and that position was likely solidified with Panasonic's planned investment in the plant. According to Tesla, Panasonic -- which already ...
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Microsoft's China woes increase - Fox News

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Microsoft's China woes increase
Fox News
China took its investigation of "alleged monopoly actions" by Microsoft to a new level this week, raiding four of the company's offices and carrying away internal documents and computers. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce -- the state ...

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Apple Eliminating 200 Jobs at Beats Following $3 Billion Acquisition - Variety

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Apple Eliminating 200 Jobs at Beats Following $3 Billion Acquisition
Variety
Apple, which is acquiring headphone and streaming-music service provider Beats, is eliminating about 200 positions at the company, representing 29% of its 700-employee workforce, according to sources familiar with the situation. In a statement, an Apple ...

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Twitter Slams DOJ 'Inaction' on National Security Data Request - PC Magazine

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Twitter Slams DOJ 'Inaction' on National Security Data Request
PC Magazine
Twitter's transparency report lacks national security data, which the DOJ refuses to let the company share. 0shares. Twitter Censored. Twitter's fifth transparency report hit the Web today. But like the four before it, this account lacks national security request ...
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Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel - Los Angeles T...

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Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel
Los Angeles Times
Among the issues the arbitrator might have to weigh in on are the price for SportsNet LA and whether the channel should be mandatory to all subscribers. Above, at Time Warner Cable Sports Networks in El Segundo, where the channel is produced.
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Happy Birthday, Game Boy! Nintendo Gamechanger Turns 25
The handheld gaming console that started it all, Game Boy, turned 25 years old Thursday, as difficult as that may be to believe.







Judge: Microsoft Must Turn Over Emails in Ireland
The ruling came in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.







No Keys? Hilton App Will Allow Digital Check-In
You already choose your seat before you fly, so why not your hotel room before you check in?







Mobile Courtship: French Suitor Makes T-Mobile Offer
Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake in T-Mobile US.







Is This the Death of Passwords?
If you hate trying to fill out those CAPTCHA forms with impossible-to-decipher characters, a new security strategy might give you some hope.







How Virtual Therapy Could Help the Military Fight PTSD
Meet Ellie, the virtual therapist that could one day help diagnose everyone from soldiers to cancer patients.







How Virtual Therapy Could Help the Military Fight PTSD
Meet Ellie, the virtual therapist that could one day help diagnose everyone from soldiers to cancer patients.







FCC Chair Questions Verizon Plan to Throttle Some Users
Tom Wheeler said he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's decision to slow connection speeds for certain customers during times of peak network congestion.







Facebook's New Internet.org App Launches in Africa
Mark Zuckerberg's mission to expand free web access in Africa starts with the Internet.org app in Zambia.

This Surprising Channel Is Breaking YouTube Records








Repel Mosquitos? There's An App For That








'Internet of Things' Devices Vulnerable to Attack: Report
A new study finds that the "Internet of Things" often lacks common security features, leaving devices and possibly your home open to attack.







Hands Free: Driverless Cars Could Hit U.K. in 2015
British officials have announced two official efforts to jump-start driverless vehicle testing and regulations in their country.







Will Feds Go After OkCupid for Deceiving Daters?
On Monday, President Christian Rudder disclosed in a blog post that OkCupid had conducted experiments on its users.







'Bronie' Boom? How 3D Printing Could Change the Toy Industry
The 3-D printing is making it easier than ever for fans to express their love for TV shows, movies and video games.








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