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Turner will create shows for Snapchat in expanded partnership

Turner Broadcasting System Inc will create more video content for mobile app Snapchat and collaborate with the social media company on advertising, Turner said on Wednesday, as they expand a partnership to broaden their reach among millennials. TV networks of the Time Warner Inc unit, including TBS and Adult Swim, will create original series exclusively for the unit of Snap, Inc, the broadcaster said in a statement. The shows include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAAA) Division I Men's Basketball Championship and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship.



AT&T touts Time Warner merger at U.S. Senate hearing

By David Shepardson and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc will increase innovation and bring "better-priced options" to consumers upset by high cable bills, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told lawmakers on Wednesday. "We want consumers to pay for their content once and watch it any where any time," he said at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel. Senator Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the panel, expressed concern that the deal would create incentives for AT&T to refuse to license Time Warner's movies and television shows to competitors.



Payments start-up Circle moves away from bitcoin business

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.-based Circle Internet Financial Ltd, a social payments app backed by Goldman Sachs, said on Wednesday it will no longer allow customers to buy and sell bitcoin because it has failed to become a meaningful part of its business. "Using bitcoin for speculative trading or people buying and selling bitcoin because they think it's fun -- that's not an interesting business for us," Jeremy Allaire, Circle's chief executive and co-founder, said in a interview with Reuters. "It's a distraction to have to support these customers given that our growth has been on our social payments business." Instead, customers will be directed to digital asset exchange Coinbase if they want to buy and sell the digital currency.



Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top 50 million units worldwide

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Wednesday sales of its PlayStation 4 video game console had exceeded 50 million units as of Dec 6 helped by strong demand during the year-end holiday season. The PlayStation 4, which went on sale in late 2013, has been Sony's fastest-selling game console. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; editing by Jason Neely)



Fitbit buys smartwatch maker Pebble's software assets

(Reuters) - Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc said it had bought smartwatch maker Pebble's software and intellectual property as it looks to strengthen its position in the wearables market. The overall wearables market grew 3.1 percent in the third quarter, with Fitbit's share accounting for 23 percent of the overall market, according to research firm IDC. Fitbit also said it would partner with Medtronic Plc to allow patients with type 2 diabetes to monitor their glucose levels and physical activity data.



Sprint to partner with Pokemon Go developer

(Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Wednesday it would partner with the developer of Pokemon Go, Niantic Inc, in a bid to pull fans of the wildly popular location-based game into more than 10,500 of its stores in the United States. Pokemon Go players can go to Sprint, Boost and Sprint at RadioShack locations to recharge phones, get data plans, collect in-game items, including Poke balls and eggs, and battle with their favorite characters. The blockbuster game developed by Niantic, in which Japan's Nintendo Co has a large stake, uses augmented reality and GPS mapping to make animated characters appear in the real world.



Watch Miyamoto play the Super Mario Bros theme song with The Roots

It?s probably the most famous song in video games being played by the most famous video game designer and producer ? he?s also the most adorable. It?s a big day for Nintendo with Miyamoto doing the press rounds ahead of the launch of Super Mario Run next week. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé was also on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show off the new Nintendo Switch console.



Watch Jimmy Fallon play Zelda on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé swung by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight to show off two of the company?s most important products in years ? smartphone game Super Mario Run, and the new Switch console. Fallon gets extremely excited, as he does with basically everything, but this is the first time Nintendo has demonstrated the hybrid system actually working in public. Fils-Aimé shows the Switch running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a big screen, then takes the tablet out of the dock so Fallon can play it in portable mode. ...



Chrome for Android now lets you download web pages and read them offline

Version 55 of Chrome for Android is rolling out across the Google Play store, dramatically expanding the browser's downloading functionality. You can now download entire web pages, as well as media like videos or music, and save them for offline usage. A new section lets you view these downloads and share them with other users. The features were first announced in September as part of a push by Google focused on the Indian market.



Apple Music now boasts more than 20 million subscribers
Apple Music still has a long ways to go if it ever wants to catch up to Spotify, but Apple's streaming music service is still chugging along and picking up new subscribers, albeit slowly but surely. During a recent interview with Billboard , Apple executive Eddy Cue revealed that Apple Music just recently passed the 20 million subscriber threshold. DON'T MISS:  Amazon should have the NES Classic Edition in stock soon Last we heard, Tim Cook said that Apple Music had 17 million subscribers as of this September, meaning that Apple Music enjoyed a 17% increase in subscribers in just about three months. While that's nothing to be ashamed of, it's still a far cry from Spotify's cumulative total of 40 million paying subscribers. Other points of interest include the fact that more than 50% of Apple Music subscribers reside overseas. What's more, a majority of Apple Music subscribers haven't purchased any songs off of the iTunes Music Store over the last 12 months, underscoring the fact that most consumers today aren't concerned in the slightest about actually owning the music they listen to. As for what the future of Apple Music holds, Cue told Billboard that we can expect more of the same, which is to say that Apple will remain obsessed with securing exclusive releases from big name artists such as Drake, Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper. "We were thrilled to see that we could take [artists'] passions and drive them all the way to No. 1," Cue said. "Chance the Rapper, who we put on Apple Music exclusively, hit the top 10 on the Billboard charts [based on streams alone], and I can't recall that being done before." All told, Apple Music hasn't been without its share of usability problems, but the service has undoubtedly come a long ways since its less than illustrious release 18 months ago.
This dude built a functional Atari 2600 emulator inside of Minecraft
People have been constructing seemingly impossible things within the blocky building game Minecraft for many years now, but every once in a while a new project comes along that somehow surprises us all over again. Popular YouTuber  SethBling may be the new king of insane Minecraft builds thanks to his ridiculously cool, fully functional Atari 2600 emulator that he somehow built using nothing but lots and lots of blocks. MUST SEE:  Amazon should have the NES Classic Edition in stock soon The massive project utilizes thousands of command blocks, which automatically execute custom commands and runs actual Atari 2600 ROMs. The game images have have been transferred into the game and stored as huge collections of blocks, using two different block types to represent the 1s and 0s of each byte. A "video card," again made of command blocks, draws the game sprites and backgrounds on a towering display made entirely of blocks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nViIUfDMJg The entire system works like an original Atari 2600, albeit a bit slower than the on you can hook up to your television. In fact, it pretty much crawls, with a refresh rate of 60 frames every four hours, making the games themselves rather unplayable. Even if the blocky emulator could somehow approach the 60 frames-per-second that the original hardware produced, SethBling hasn't actually built in any type of control interface, so none of the games ever go past the title screen. Still, it's a monumental achievement, and if you dive into the technical how-to video that shows the behind-the-scenes workings of the contraption, you'll no doubt be amazed at the sheer scale of the build.
Microsoft unveils its hardware plans to take on Amazon's Echo with Windows 10...

Microsoft is rumored to be preparing a HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Google?s Home and Amazon?s Echo. While that feature isn?t expected to debut until later next year, Microsoft is laying the hardware groundwork for new devices that will run Windows 10 in ways that are more like the Echo and Alexa. Microsoft is partnering with Intel to allow device makers to create hardware that incorporates the latest artificial intelligence with Cortana, and the ability to support far-field speech communications and wake on voice.



Microsoft is bringing Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors

Four years ago, Microsoft wanted to ditch its traditional desktop apps in favor of new touch-based apps for tablets with ARM processors. Windows RT was the official name for the Windows on ARM project, and it debuted on Microsoft?s first Surface RT device. It was a bold and confusing attempt to force people into a new world of touch apps, but Microsoft made the fatal mistake of providing something that looked like Windows but didn?t function like Windows.



Microsoft details Windows 10 VR minimum PC specs

Microsoft accidentally revealed some of its minimum PC specs for Windows 10 VR headsets last month, but the company is fully detailing its plans today. The minimum specs essentially mean that most modern PCs will be able to run Windows 10 VR experiences, but games and apps will vary depending on the available specs to power them. Here's the full minimum specs:CPU: Intel Mobile Core i5 (e.g. 7200U) Dual-Core with Hyperthreading equivalentGPU: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DX12 API Capable GPURAM: 8GB+ Dual Channel required for integrated GraphicsHDMI: HDMI 1. ...



The dark side of Amazon?s marvelous retail store of the future
A few days ago, Amazon unveiled the retail store of the future. You walk in with your smartphone, get the items you wanted, and walk out. In Amazon Go shops there won?t be a cash register or lines. Amazon?s advanced artificial intelligence will handle everything that?s related to the payment and checkout experiences of shopping. It will replace cashiers with something more efficient, but this advanced tech is also slightly creepy. DON?T MISS: Amazon's 12 best daily deals: Black Friday returns for one 4K TV, deep Apple Watch discounts, more In order for Amazon to actually know what you picked up from a shelf, how many items you got, and what things you put back, it needs to monitor you. To do that, it?ll track you in a variety of ways, from interacting with your phone, to simply following you around in the store with its cameras and advanced face and product recognition software. Amazon has not really explained how everything works, other than telling us that everything works. But, as FastCoDesign explains, Amazon will mix the special Amazon Go smartphone app with ?some combination of machine learning, computer vision, and sensors,? to keep track of your shopping. The idea is brilliant and should make traditional shopping obsolete. At the same time, it?s also a little creepy. To work, you?ll likely need to accept Amazon?s tracking every time you go into a store. The app on your phone will likely trigger tracking features once you step inside the store. Cameras will monitor your face to link you to your Amazon account that you?ll use for paying, and other cameras will track your interaction with products on the shelves. Again, Amazon won?t say exactly how it does it. But the scenario above is plausible considering what?s possible with sophisticated technology today. How will Amazon protect the data it collects? Will Amazon store that data to build better profiles about its customers? Will it share data with law enforcement if asked to? These are all questions that Amazon has not addressed. Ultimately, you?ll have to decide whether it?s worth trading some of your privacy for the seamless shopping experience Amazon wants to offer. And something tells me that Amazon will not be the only company deploying such technology in retail stores in the future.

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Trump?s Homeland pick lost son in Afghan war

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly gave a remarkable speech in 2010, four days after his son, Michael, died serving in Afghanistan.



Trump rips Carrier union head: 'Terrible job'

The official had accused the president-elect of lying about a deal to keep the company from moving some jobs to Mexico.



Starbucks CEO: America is 'over-retailed?

At Starbucks Investor Day, Schultz said brick-and-mortar is dying?and announced plans to open 12,000 more stores.



Raging Oakland fire trapped victims in smoke

Victims of the deadly blaze were "consumed by smoke" before they could exit the building, according to the ATF.



Poll reveals what drove young Trump voters

Feelings of racial and economic vulnerability appear to be closely linked to support among young white voters, data shows.



Sandy Hook denier allegedly made death threats

Federal authorities indict a Tampa woman who allegedly believes a conspiracy theory about the 2012 massacre.



Recount ends, sealing Trump's Michigan win

A judge affirms a state court ruling that Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to seek another look at ballots.



Hard-liners question Trump's Homeland pick

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was not the first choice of immigration hawks to run DHS.



Former astronaut John Glenn hospitalized

He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, then represented Ohio in the Senate from 1974 to 1999.



How one man went from prison to NYU

Terrance Coffie tells Katie Couric that before graduating from college, the only thing he'd ever completed was a prison term.



Cabinet candidate defends Russia, rips China

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, rumored in the running for secretary of state, is making waves with his global comments.



Megyn Kelly blasts Trump's social media chief

The Fox News anchor is highly critical of Dan Scavino, saying he "really enjoys nastiness and threats."



Trump's likely EPA pick has enraged activists

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fits with the president-elect's pledge to eliminate regulations on oil and gas drilling.



Juveniles charged in deadly Tenn. wildfire

Two juveniles face aggravated arson charges in connection with the blaze that killed 14 people, authorities say.



Adviser's startling Trump-Obama comparison

Ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says Trump "has done more to help this country than ? Obama has done in the last four years."




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Trump?s Homeland pick lost son in Afghan war

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly gave a remarkable speech in 2010, four days after his son, Michael, died serving in Afghanistan.



Trump rips Carrier union head: 'Terrible job'

The official had accused the president-elect of lying about a deal to keep the company from moving some jobs to Mexico.



Starbucks CEO: America is 'over-retailed?

At Starbucks Investor Day, Schultz said brick-and-mortar is dying?and announced plans to open 12,000 more stores.



Raging Oakland fire trapped victims in smoke

Victims of the deadly blaze were "consumed by smoke" before they could exit the building, according to the ATF.



Poll reveals what drove young Trump voters

Feelings of racial and economic vulnerability appear to be closely linked to support among young white voters, data shows.



Sandy Hook denier allegedly made death threats

Federal authorities indict a Tampa woman who allegedly believes a conspiracy theory about the 2012 massacre.



Recount ends, sealing Trump's Michigan win

A judge affirms a state court ruling that Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to seek another look at ballots.



Hard-liners question Trump's Homeland pick

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was not the first choice of immigration hawks to run DHS.



Former astronaut John Glenn hospitalized

He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, then represented Ohio in the Senate from 1974 to 1999.



How one man went from prison to NYU

Terrance Coffie tells Katie Couric that before graduating from college, the only thing he'd ever completed was a prison term.



Cabinet candidate defends Russia, rips China

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, rumored in the running for secretary of state, is making waves with his global comments.



Megyn Kelly blasts Trump's social media chief

The Fox News anchor is highly critical of Dan Scavino, saying he "really enjoys nastiness and threats."



Trump's likely EPA pick has enraged activists

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fits with the president-elect's pledge to eliminate regulations on oil and gas drilling.



Juveniles charged in deadly Tenn. wildfire

Two juveniles face aggravated arson charges in connection with the blaze that killed 14 people, authorities say.



Adviser's startling Trump-Obama comparison

Ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says Trump "has done more to help this country than ? Obama has done in the last four years."




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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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Are We Losing Our Right to Freedom of Speech Online?
Terrorist propaganda, fake news stories and people who are just flat out mean seem to be spoiling the fun of the internet now more than ever.
Scientists Develop Robot Hand for Quadriplegics
Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks.
MACH: Could Universal Income Be Cure for Automated Future?
As we innovate ourselves away from conventional work and labor, an unlikely question begins to form: How do we feel about free money?
Tech Fail: Passport Robot Tells Asian Applicant to Open Eyes
A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed.
Like a Virgin, in Space for the Very First Time
Virgin Galactic's space plane just passed its first glide test. So when will the first ticket holders get to go to space?
Why Everyone Is Falling in Love with this Polish Grandfather
The internet has melted with love for a Polish grandfather depicted in what is surely the season's most heartwarming holiday ad.
Facebook, Google, Twitter Join Forces to Build a Terrorist Database
Some tech companies are joining forces to create a terror database.
Will Trump Quash Burgeoning Zero-Emission Fuel-Cell Technology?
Several car makers are betting hydrogen can clean up the nation's heavy-duty truck fleet ? but will climate-change-skeptic Trump kill their plans?
Parents Glued to Screens 9 Hours a Day
Most American parents think they are great role models for their kids, but they admit they're glued to their screens 9 hours a day or more.
A Look at the Near Future of Tactical Police Robots
The success of the Dallas Police Department's robotic IED to end a firefight in July, and the lack of any legal blowback following its deployment, was a signal to police chiefs and SWAT commanders across the country: It "demonstrated that, tactically, the use of a robot with lethal force is viable."
So What Would an Apple Car Look Like Anyway?
Apple kind of, sort of, finally acknowledged the worst kept secret in Silicon Valley ? that it is working on autonomous driving technology.
Tim Cook Claims Record Apple Watch Sales; Report Says Otherwise
Apple Watch sales set a record over Thanksgiving week, said Tim Cook in response to a report that claimed sales dived by 71 percent.
Oakland Fire Exposes Silicon Valley's Ugly Housing Crisis
Tech companies have created well-paid jobs, but they've also driven up rent, leaving lower income people to get creative about their living situation.
There's No Need to Check Out at the Amazon Go Store
The new Amazon Go, announced Monday, has no registers.
How AI Helps the Visually Impaired "See" Facebook
Matt King is helping to launch Facebook's automatic alternative text initiative, which uses artificial intelligence to describe photos for people who are visually impaired. The move is part of the company's mission to make the social network accessible to all.

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