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Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, followed the social networking company's announcement on Wednesday of its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split.



Apple's stock suffers worst week since 2013

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock's relatively low valuation as a key reason to hold onto the stock.



Google faces first EU fine in 2016 with no deal on cards: sources

Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. There are few incentives left for either party to reach a deal in a six-year dispute that could set a precedent for Google searches for hotels, flights and other services and tests regulators' ability to ensure diversity on the Web. Alphabet Inc's Google, which was hit by a second EU antitrust charge this month for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, shows little sign of backing down after years of wrangling with European authorities.



U.S. spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015: memo
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders granted for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a longstanding trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for authority to intercept communications, including email and phone calls, according to a Justice Department memo sent to leaders of relevant congressional committees on Friday and seen by Reuters. The court did not reject any of the applications in whole or in part, the memo showed.
Amazon's profit and revenue surge sweeps away doubts

Amazon.com Inc's shares jumped in early trading on Friday, a day after the company reported profit and revenue that swept away analysts' estimates along with doubts about the online retailer's investment spree. "While it's tempting to try to pull out each component of AMZN?s strong 1Q (and generally recent) performance, we think it's the combination of many factors - the 'AMZN Flywheel', Prime, a growing distribution footprint, getting closer to customers, 3P (third party), AWS ? the list goes on." The "Amazon Flywheel" refers to founder Jeff Bezos' strategy of offering the biggest selection of goods at the lowest prices and providing the best customer experience to create a "positive feedback loop".



Exclusive: Yahoo's bidder shortlist points to cash deal -sources

Yahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter. Some bidders that did not make the shortlist because their first-round offers were not specific enough are still being kept close to the process by Yahoo's advisers, the people said. One of those bidders is Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone, who has proposed a tax-efficient merger with one of the companies he controls, the people said.



See what it?s like to live in solitary confinement with this terrifying VR ex...
Virtual reality is responsible for some of the most fascinating experiences in recent memory, from a tour of Chernobyl to some of the most immersive games in the history of the medium . These are all worthwhile applications of the technology, but it's hard to imagine any of them could be as effective as The Guardian's  virtual experience of solitary confinement , which you can try for free right now. SEE ALSO:  Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball "6x9 is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience," the site explains "which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation." In order to experience the project as it was meant to be seen, you'll need to download the Guardian VR app [ iOS , Android ], plug in your headphones and either hold your phone in front of you or slot it into a Google Cardboard. If that sounds like too much work, you can also watch a 360-degree video from YouTube embedded below ? just make sure you have a browser with Flash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odcsxUbVyZA Most people excited about VR know that games aren't the only thing that developers, filmmakers and other creative types are bringing to the medium, but it's nice to see a major publication jumping in headfirst.
Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

If Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.



These aren?t Steve Jobs?s last words, but they still managed to inspire a bil...
Remember back when email chains were a thing? Instead of sharing anything and everything you find online using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, people would pass along anecdotes via email. Several of these chain emails would reach your inbox each day, and you'd forward the best and most inspirational among them to everyone on your contact list. And the best part about them, of course, was that the stories they recounted were almost always completely and utterly fake. We were reminded recently of these silly chain emails by an inaccurate story currently making the rounds online claiming to recount the inspiring last words of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs . Interestingly, the passage was still moving enough to inspire a billionaire even though it doesn't recount Jobs's final words at all. DON'T MISS:  Completely change the look of your iPhone with round folder icons, no jailbreak needed In late 2011 after Jobs's passing, his sister Mona Simpson published the eulogy she had given at his memorial service  in The New York Times . Her moving account of Jobs's last words read as follows: But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve?s capacity for wonderment, the artist?s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. Steve?s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he?d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life?s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve?s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. Billionaire Virgin boss Richard Branson is well aware that those were Jobs's final words, but he still managed to find inspiration in the "last words of Steve Jobs" meme currently being passed around online. In fact, he found the passage so inspirational that he decided to share it on his blog despite the fact that it's fake. Here it is in its entirety, as reprinted by Branson : The last words of Steve Jobs I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death. In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me. Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth. It should be something more important: For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac
Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%. With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple's most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours During a recent interview relayed by Macworld , Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gotthell opined that Apple is making a big mistake by continuing to ignore its Mac lineup. Sure, we see updates here and there, but it's clear that Apple has been giving much more of a push to the iPad, a device which I strongly believe has never been a true PC replacement , despite Tim Cook's seemingly blind assertions to the contrary. There?s no indication that people are giving up their Macs to go to Windows, or that new entrants are choosing Windows or Chromebooks rather than Macs,? said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, in a Wednesday interview. But the slide in Mac sales does show something, Gottheil argued. ?The keeping-your-older-PC-longer problem caught up with Apple, too,? he said, referring to, as analysts see it, the heart of the slump in personal computer shipments: Consumers are simply not upgrading to new systems at the rate they once did, either holding onto their machines for years longer or simply not bothering at all. One factor to consider, Gottheil pointed out, was that machines with solid-state drives tend to last longer than older computers that shipped with more traditional hard drives. As a result, new Macs really need to up the ante from a feature prospective in order to compel users to upgrade. And there, Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac?Gottheil cited the line?s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system?and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple?s refusal to add a touch-based screen to the Mac line, and the omission of the Siri digital assistant in OS X. Even just a few years ago, I remember when new versions of OS X would jam pack all sorts of interesting and compelling new features. And sure, iOS is where all the money is at these days, but keep in mind that the Mac is not only more profitable than the iPad these days, it also is a much higher-product line. So while Apple has rolled out some nice improvements with the MacBook, it'd be nice to see Apple roll out some improvements to the entirety of the Mac line far more consistently. The iMac especially seems to be completely off of Apple's radar in recent years. As it stands today, it feels far too often that the Mac is nothing more than an afterthought.
Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

If you're willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch's specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft's old OS.



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Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, comes two days after the social networking company announced its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure, effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, follows the 31 year-old's announcement last December that he intends to put 99 percent of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.



SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landing

SpaceX has just published a stunning 360-degree video of its most recent feat: landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. If you ever wanted feel like you're standing under a spaceship that's landing without the awful side effect of being burned to shreds, here's your chance.




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Protests force Trump into a ditch, en route to make his California pitch

BURLINGAME, Calif.?A little over a month before California?s pivotal Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump began his official wooing of party delegates Friday, headlining a kickoff lunch at the state?s annual GOP convention. But Trump?s appearance was nearly derailed by massive protests outside the Hyatt Regency near the San Francisco airport, where the convention is being held. The protests blocked Trump?s motorcade route, forcing the candidate and his Secret Service detail to abandon their vehicles on a nearby highway, jump a barricade wall and cross a ditch to get to the hotel?s back entrance?movements that were captured by television news helicopters.



Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor

HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries ? but not one owned by Woody Harrelson.



Linebackers Smith, Jack drafted despite knee issues

The NFL dream was still alive for linebackers Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, who were selected on the second day of the draft despite concerns over knee injuries that disrupted their college football careers. Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall selection, a higher spot than many expected because of the major knee injury he suffered playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. University of California at Los Angeles linebacker Myles Jack's agonizing wait ended when the Jacksonville Jaguars added to their offseason overhaul on defense by drafting him 36th overall.



Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

If Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.



Lakers announce Luke Walton has been hired as head coach

Walton went 39-4 as the Golden State Warriors' interim head coach to start the season and was considered one of the top candidates on the market.



16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."



First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus. "The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a poor clotting condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Although Zika virus?associated deaths are rare, the first identified death in Puerto Rico highlights the possibility of severe cases, as well as the need for continued outreach to raise health care providers' awareness of complications that might lead to severe disease or death," the CDC said.



Cruz gets Indiana governor's endorsement

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? In a setback for Donald Trump, Indiana's governor endorsed the front-runner's chief rival, Ted Cruz, on Friday, injecting new drama into the state's critical Republican primary contest just days before voters head to the polls.



At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.



N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory defends HB2: I can?t believe we?re talking about this

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks during an interview at the governor?s mansion in Raleigh, N.C., on April 12, 2016. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory continues to defend the controversial ?bathroom bill? he signed into law last month ? rousing anger and boycotts by LGBT activists. In an appearance on ?The Kelly File? Thursday night, the much-maligned governor argued that the primary purpose of House Bill 2 (HB2) is to protect the privacy of children in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms.



The GOP has split into Trump and Ryan wings

The day after Donald Trump swept five primaries this week and tightened his grip on the Republican nomination for president, both he and the other most prominent Republican politician in the country were speaking the language of populism. ?We?re going to get rid of these politicians,? Trump said in his opening remarks during an hourlong appearance on Fox News on Wednesday in which Greta Van Susteren and a studio audience in Indianapolis lavished him with praise, sometimes in the form of questions. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., sounded a similar note.



Former US House speaker: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Former US House speaker John Boehner has let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate. "Lucifer in the flesh" is how the ever-blunt Republican heavyweight -- who stepped down as speaker last year -- described the Texas senator, who is struggling to block billionaire Donald Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Stanford Daily newspaper. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends," Boehner said.



Ex-SS Auschwitz guard, 94 tells court, 'I am truly sorry'

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, Reinhold Hanning admitted to a German court that he knew prisoners were being shot, gassed and cremated at the death camp in occupied Poland. Hanning said he had been "silent all my life" about the atrocities he witnessed at the camp where more than one million European Jews died, and had never spoken a word about it to his wife, children or grandchildren. "No one in my family knew that I worked at Auschwitz.



North Korea sentences Korean American to 10 years hard labor

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a Korean American man to 10 years hard labor for subversion, North Korean media reported, in the latest conviction of a foreigner for crimes against the isolated state. Kim Dong Chul, 62, was arrested in North Korea in October and had admitted to committing "unpardonable espionage" including stealing military secrets, the North's official KCNA news agency reported earlier. Weeks earlier North Korea sentenced American Otto Warmbier to 15 years hard labor in March for trying to steal a propaganda banner.



About 20 demonstrators arrested outside of Trump rally in California

Demonstrators smashed the window of a police squad car, marched in protest and blocked traffic as police in riot gear tried to disperse the crowd outside of the county fair grounds in Costa Mesa, California, according to local media and the Twitter account of the Orange County Sheriff?s Department. The department said on its Twitter account that about 20 arrests were made and that no major injuries were reported.




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Protests force Trump into a ditch, en route to make his California pitch

BURLINGAME, Calif.?A little over a month before California?s pivotal Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump began his official wooing of party delegates Friday, headlining a kickoff lunch at the state?s annual GOP convention. But Trump?s appearance was nearly derailed by massive protests outside the Hyatt Regency near the San Francisco airport, where the convention is being held. The protests blocked Trump?s motorcade route, forcing the candidate and his Secret Service detail to abandon their vehicles on a nearby highway, jump a barricade wall and cross a ditch to get to the hotel?s back entrance?movements that were captured by television news helicopters.



Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor

HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries ? but not one owned by Woody Harrelson.



Linebackers Smith, Jack drafted despite knee issues

The NFL dream was still alive for linebackers Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, who were selected on the second day of the draft despite concerns over knee injuries that disrupted their college football careers. Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall selection, a higher spot than many expected because of the major knee injury he suffered playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. University of California at Los Angeles linebacker Myles Jack's agonizing wait ended when the Jacksonville Jaguars added to their offseason overhaul on defense by drafting him 36th overall.



Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

If Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.



Lakers announce Luke Walton has been hired as head coach

Walton went 39-4 as the Golden State Warriors' interim head coach to start the season and was considered one of the top candidates on the market.



16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."



First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus. "The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a poor clotting condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Although Zika virus?associated deaths are rare, the first identified death in Puerto Rico highlights the possibility of severe cases, as well as the need for continued outreach to raise health care providers' awareness of complications that might lead to severe disease or death," the CDC said.



Cruz gets Indiana governor's endorsement

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? In a setback for Donald Trump, Indiana's governor endorsed the front-runner's chief rival, Ted Cruz, on Friday, injecting new drama into the state's critical Republican primary contest just days before voters head to the polls.



At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.



N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory defends HB2: I can?t believe we?re talking about this

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks during an interview at the governor?s mansion in Raleigh, N.C., on April 12, 2016. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory continues to defend the controversial ?bathroom bill? he signed into law last month ? rousing anger and boycotts by LGBT activists. In an appearance on ?The Kelly File? Thursday night, the much-maligned governor argued that the primary purpose of House Bill 2 (HB2) is to protect the privacy of children in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms.



The GOP has split into Trump and Ryan wings

The day after Donald Trump swept five primaries this week and tightened his grip on the Republican nomination for president, both he and the other most prominent Republican politician in the country were speaking the language of populism. ?We?re going to get rid of these politicians,? Trump said in his opening remarks during an hourlong appearance on Fox News on Wednesday in which Greta Van Susteren and a studio audience in Indianapolis lavished him with praise, sometimes in the form of questions. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., sounded a similar note.



Former US House speaker: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Former US House speaker John Boehner has let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate. "Lucifer in the flesh" is how the ever-blunt Republican heavyweight -- who stepped down as speaker last year -- described the Texas senator, who is struggling to block billionaire Donald Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Stanford Daily newspaper. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends," Boehner said.



Ex-SS Auschwitz guard, 94 tells court, 'I am truly sorry'

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, Reinhold Hanning admitted to a German court that he knew prisoners were being shot, gassed and cremated at the death camp in occupied Poland. Hanning said he had been "silent all my life" about the atrocities he witnessed at the camp where more than one million European Jews died, and had never spoken a word about it to his wife, children or grandchildren. "No one in my family knew that I worked at Auschwitz.



North Korea sentences Korean American to 10 years hard labor

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a Korean American man to 10 years hard labor for subversion, North Korean media reported, in the latest conviction of a foreigner for crimes against the isolated state. Kim Dong Chul, 62, was arrested in North Korea in October and had admitted to committing "unpardonable espionage" including stealing military secrets, the North's official KCNA news agency reported earlier. Weeks earlier North Korea sentenced American Otto Warmbier to 15 years hard labor in March for trying to steal a propaganda banner.



About 20 demonstrators arrested outside of Trump rally in California

Demonstrators smashed the window of a police squad car, marched in protest and blocked traffic as police in riot gear tried to disperse the crowd outside of the county fair grounds in Costa Mesa, California, according to local media and the Twitter account of the Orange County Sheriff?s Department. The department said on its Twitter account that about 20 arrests were made and that no major injuries were reported.




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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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World's Largest Atom Smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, Reportedly Shut Down...

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World's Largest Atom Smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, Reportedly Shut Down by Rodent
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A weasel-like rodent shut down the world's most powerful atom smasher after it apparently gnawed through a power cable, facility officials said today. The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile long machine sitting deep underground on the border of France ...
Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle ColliderNPR
Weasel knocks out CERN's powerful particle acceleratorCNN
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Microsoft declares Cortana search box as Bing- and Edge-only turf - Computerw...

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Microsoft declares Cortana search box as Bing- and Edge-only turf
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Microsoft on Thursday began blocking rival browsers and search providers from using Windows 10's Cortana search box, the operating system's prime search real estate. "To ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, ...
The Digital Assistant Cortana Has a One-Track Mind: MicrosoftWall Street Journal
Microsoft locks down Cortana: Blocks integration with other browsers, search enginesPCWorld
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Strange comet may reveal clues about Earth's birth - CBS News

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Strange comet may reveal clues about Earth's birth
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A new kind of comet that is nearly tailless has been discovered -- and the surprises don't stop there. The new comet recently returned from the edge of the solar system but may have originated much closer to the sun, scientists say. In fact, it may ...
Newly discovered comet has no tailWashington Post
Tailless Comet C/2014 S3 (PANSTARRS) Discovered Living In Oort Cloud Could Answer Mysteries About EarthTech Times
A Mysterious Object From Earth's Distant Past Has ReturnedGizmodo
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Japanese Hitomi satellite deemed to be beyond repair - The Space Reporter

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Japanese Hitomi satellite deemed to be beyond repair
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has suspended efforts to repair its malfunctioning Hitomi satellite launched on February 17, deeming it beyond repair. Hitomi was launched to study the X-rays emitted by black holes, dark matter, and galaxy ...
Japan gives up on fixing lost satellite HitomiChristian Science Monitor
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Driving a ?Lunar? Rover, From the Space Station - Air & Space Magazine

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Driving a ?Lunar? Rover, From the Space Station
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His ?world,? for the past four months, has been the International Space Station, and it was from the station that Peake remote-controlled a six-wheeled rover located in Stevenage, England. The experiment, called SUPVIS-M, lasted about two hours ...
Tim Peake's next challenge: Driving a rover from spaceChristian Science Monitor
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'Semantic Atlas' Shows Where in the Brain Words Are Processed - U.S. News & W...

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'Semantic Atlas' Shows Where in the Brain Words Are Processed
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The new discovery may eventually give voice to people who have lost the ability to speak. By Rachel Dicker | Staff Writer April 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Reddit; Cancel. Scientists Have Developed a Map of Where the Brain ...
A brand new 'atlas' shows where different ideas live in our brainsWashington Post
UC Berkeley researchers create semantic map of brainDaily Californian
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These dozing 'dragons' could change how we think about sleep - Washington Post

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These dozing 'dragons' could change how we think about sleep
Washington Post
The dragon's eyes twitch under its lids. An electronic monitor hooked up to its brain shows activity spiking across it. Somewhere inside its reptilian subconscious, a dream may be playing out ? of enjoying a satisfying meal or relaxing on a sun-baked ...
Sleep patterns discovered in Australian bearded dragon: ResearchNH Voice
Do dragons dream? Scientists stumble upon surprise findingCBS News
Reptiles go through REM cycles in their sleep, study showsRedOrbit
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13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week - TechCrunch

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13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week
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This week, earnings reports continued, Elon Musk announced plans for SpaceX's first Mars mission, we spoke with the Reverend Jesse Jackson about diversity in the tech industry and more. These are the stories everyone in tech is talking about. 1. Major ...

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Romero and Carmack put Kickstarter for new FPS, Blackroom, on hold - Destructoid

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Romero and Carmack put Kickstarter for new FPS, Blackroom, on hold
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The recently announced Kickstarter for Blackroom, an FPS from Doom co-creators John Romero and Adrian Carmack, is already on hold. Fundraising has been suspended and the campaign clock has been set back to zero. An update posted on the project's ...
Why DOOM Creator's New Project Blackroom Was Already Pulled From KickstarterCinema Blend
Romero and Carmack cancel Blackroom's Kickstarter to make a game demo, they'll be backTechnoBuffalo
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'A Beautiful Planet': A 3D Film of Earth from Space - Space.com

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'A Beautiful Planet': A 3D Film of Earth from Space
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The new IMAX documentary "A Beautiful Planet," filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station, illuminates life on the station and the beauty and fragility of the Earth it overlooks. The film, which will be shown in IMAX theaters on April 29 ...
In ?A Beautiful Planet,? astronauts shoot the stunning footage from space, but Earth's the real starWashington Post

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Why Companies and the Feds Hack Each Other All the Time
For no cost, the Department of Homeland Security will test the digital defenses of local, state and federal bodies, as well as private businesses.
Check Out These Techie Gifts for Your Plugged-In Mom
Shopping for a gift for Mother's Day doesn't have to be stressful.
Startup Wants to Share Your Car With Other Drivers
The founder of car-sharing service Getaround says her startup is leading the way towards a future that's less reliant on owning a car.
World's Largest Atom Smasher Disabled .... by a Weasel
It's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized? temporarily? by a weasel.
China Will Likely Continue to Take a Bite Out of Apple
Apple is coming off a 26 percent sales decline in Greater China, the steepest drop among its regions. More worrisome: The greatest risks lie ahead.
Supreme Court Approves Rule to Expand FBI Hacking
The Supreme Court approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction.
Google CEO Says Prepare for an AI World
In Alphabet's annual founder's letter, CEO Sundar Pichai documented Google's accomplishments, and homed in on the potential of AI.
Amazon Profit Crushes Estimates as Cloud Rains Money
Amazon's revenue topped analysts' expectations by a wide margin as the Prime loyalty program helped the online retail giant attract more customers.
Carl Icahn Says He's Dumped His Shares of Apple
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn no longer has a position in Apple, he told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday.
Why China Is Key to the Future of Virtual Reality
Chinese manufacturers are hard at work on better VR headsets.
Apple Releases Software for Medical Apps
Apple is edging its way further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions.
'Laser Walls' Installed at Nuclear Flashpoint Border
India has reportedly introduced "laser walls" at its border with archenemy Pakistan.
'Angry Birds' Maker Wants Phones Out as Credits Roll
The creators of 'Angry Birds' hope audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their devices at the end of upcoming movie.
Revamped Sony Posts 666 Percent Rise in Profit
Japanese electronics giant Sony posted a 666.5 percent rise in pretax profit for its full fiscal year on Thursday, helped by cost cutting in
FBI Says It Did Not Buy the Rights to the iPhone Hack
The FBI said that when it hired an outside party to unlock the phone, the agency did not purchase the rights to the technique.

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