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Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false," Nokia said in a statement posted on its website. "Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets." However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing.



Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas. The phones, dubbed "Tianyi Taobao Shopping Handsets", will come installed with either an app for easy access to Alibaba's flagship Taobao online shopping platform or its home-grown YunOS mobile operating system, it said in a statement late on Friday. The partnership is a bid to deepen Alibaba's e-commerce base in less developed parts of the country and promote its mobile operating system in a shrinking, cut-throat handset market. Mobile Taobao is China's most popular mobile shopping app with more than 200 million monthly active users, it said.



India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology [XTC.UL], a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company on Sunday. Xiaomi, the No. 3 global smartphone maker, was valued at $45 billion after a December funding round. Tata, a respected business leader who was the chairman of salt-to-software Tata Sons for more than two decades, has previously invested in Indian start-ups, including online retailer Snapdeal.



Orange boss sees end to French telecom price war

The chief executive of France's telecom leader Orange said on Saturday he believed the price war in the national telecoms sector was coming to a close. Stephane Richard also argued in a radio interview for consolidation in the French telecoms sector, saying a market with three operators would function better than with four. "In France we have among the lowest prices in the world for both fixed and mobile telecoms. In France the entry of low-cost player Iliad into the mobile market in 2012, has put pressure on prices, which Richard said fell by around 45 percent over three years.



Sony raises FY 2015 profit forecast to $2.5 billion: Nikkei

Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen ($2.52 billion), or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the Nikkei reported without citing sources. No one from Sony was available to comment. Sony also expected earnings in the fiscal year that ends in March 2016 to improve as restructuring costs had been declining, the Nikkei said.



EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sources

By Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from official complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites. Being an official party to the case gives the companies an insider track on the regulatory proceedings as they will be able to get a copy of the detailed EU charge sheet and argue their case at a hearing of competition experts should Google ask for one. While around 30 firms have since gone public with their complaints, to date no one other than the EU enforcer and Google knows exactly which parties have been included as official complainants on the charge sheet.



Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) ? An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.
Nokia denies that it will resume making phones



Nokia denies reports that it's reentering the phone business

After rumors sparked up last week that Nokia has plans to get back into the phone business, the Finnish company today made the unusual move of publicly discrediting those claims. It's been a year since Microsoft closed the deal to purchase Nokia's phone business, but that hasn't stopped murmurs that Nokia would some day throw its hat back into the ring. Recode stoked the fire last week with a report that Nokia has plans to reenter the consumer handset market as soon as next year. Whatever Nokia's plans may or may not be, the company is restricted by its agreement with Microsoft not to use its brand on phones until Q4 2016.



The NSA made a coloring book for kids

Last week we met Dunk, the NSA's captivatingly weird Earth Day mascot, and now it looks like he's not the only anthropomorphic creature in the NSA family. Dan Raile at Pando Daily went to the RSA security conference last week, and returned with a prize: an NSA-themed coloring book.



Inhabitat's Week in Green: Chevy's concept car, LED bulbs and solar lanterns



How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast's $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable is officially dead, and the companies may have the fiery Net neutrality debate that raged this past year to blame.



Your Tor-based email isn't as secure as you think



What Good Is a Video You Can't See?

Soon, thousand of police officers across the country will don body-worn cameras when they go out among the public. I talked to several representatives from privacy, civil rights, and progressive advocacy groups working on body cameras. Body cameras were introduced as a tool of public accountability, but making their videos available to the public might be too fraught, too complex, and too expensive to actually put into practice. Much of the ambiguity around body cameras comes down to this: Despite their general popularity, despite being the only policy change called for by the family of Michael Brown, body cameras are a little weird.



Police can spot differences between identical twins by melting DNA




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More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

An aftershock adds chaos to an already devastated region.



Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.



Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspect
BALTIMORE (AP) ? A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.
Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.



Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case brought by three death row inmates that will be heard on Wednesday is whether the use of the sedative midazolam violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The case does not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but brings fresh attention to the debate over whether executions should continue in the United States. Opponents say midazolam is not approved for use in painful surgeries and should not be used in the death chamber because it cannot maintain a coma-like unconsciousness, potentially leaving inmates in intense pain from lethal injection drugs that halt breathing and stop the heart.



Twelve arrested in Baltimore after march to protest black man's death

By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched peacefully through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but pockets of violence erupted when a small group smashed windows and threw bottles at officers. At least 2,000 demonstrators attended the march to City Hall, the largest turnout since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died a week ago. As darkness fell, about 100 protesters splintered from the group and threw bottles, metal barricades and other objects at police officers and their cruisers, authorities said. The windows of several businesses were smashed, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.



Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.



A dozen arrested as Freddie Gray protests turn violent

Fredricka Gray tells demonstrators to "stop the violence" in her first public remarks since her brother's death.



11 stories reportedly under scrutiny so far in NBC's Brian Williams investiga...

Sources report that an NBC internal investigation has so far revealed 11 occasions on which the former "Nightly News" anchor appears to have bent the truth about his reporting.



Live blog: Hollywood collides with politics at WHCD

The annual D.C. event brings together journalists, politicians, and celebrities.




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More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

An aftershock adds chaos to an already devastated region.



Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.



Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspect
BALTIMORE (AP) ? A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.
Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.



Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case brought by three death row inmates that will be heard on Wednesday is whether the use of the sedative midazolam violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The case does not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but brings fresh attention to the debate over whether executions should continue in the United States. Opponents say midazolam is not approved for use in painful surgeries and should not be used in the death chamber because it cannot maintain a coma-like unconsciousness, potentially leaving inmates in intense pain from lethal injection drugs that halt breathing and stop the heart.



Twelve arrested in Baltimore after march to protest black man's death

By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched peacefully through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but pockets of violence erupted when a small group smashed windows and threw bottles at officers. At least 2,000 demonstrators attended the march to City Hall, the largest turnout since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died a week ago. As darkness fell, about 100 protesters splintered from the group and threw bottles, metal barricades and other objects at police officers and their cruisers, authorities said. The windows of several businesses were smashed, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.



Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.



A dozen arrested as Freddie Gray protests turn violent

Fredricka Gray tells demonstrators to "stop the violence" in her first public remarks since her brother's death.



11 stories reportedly under scrutiny so far in NBC's Brian Williams investiga...

Sources report that an NBC internal investigation has so far revealed 11 occasions on which the former "Nightly News" anchor appears to have bent the truth about his reporting.



Live blog: Hollywood collides with politics at WHCD

The annual D.C. event brings together journalists, politicians, and celebrities.




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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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Apple's Q2: It's still all about the iPhone - CNET

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Apple's Q2: It's still all about the iPhone
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People may be curious about the Apple Watch, but the talk of the world won't even be a blip for Apple's financials. by Shara Tibken · @sharatibken; 26 April 2015 1:00 pm BST. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +. email. tumblr.
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Sunday Science: Hubble telescope turns 25 - WCAX

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Sunday Science: Hubble telescope turns 25
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Reporter Cat Viglienzoni: We're joined by NASA scientist Jane Rigby, talking about the Hubble telescope turning 25. And I think when you start talking about the Hubble telescope you have to start with those images -- I want to wallpaper my house with them, ...
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Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race - seattlepi.com (b...

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Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race
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VAN HORN, Texas (AP) ? An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds ...

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Nokia denies reports it will manufacture or sell consumer phones - VentureBeat

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Nokia denies reports it will manufacture or sell consumer phones
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At the beginning of the week, reports suggested Nokia was planning a return to the smartphone business. Today, the Finnish company has issued a statement denying it has plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets: Nokia notes recent news reports ...
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Bees are addicted to pesticides: study - Maine News

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Bees are addicted to pesticides: study
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Bees might have become addicted to common pesticides, a new study by a group of researchers from Newcastle University and Trinity College Dublin suggests. According to the recently released research report, honeybees and buff-tailed bumblebees are ...
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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER slab from online store - The Register

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER slab from online store
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Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's Nexus 7 slab today, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront. A visit to the Google Store reveals that the tablet has now been axed. Anyone who searches for a ...
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Apple Watch Teardown Reveals Sensors That Measure Blood Oxygen Levels ...
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Facebook Hints That Oculus Rift Isn't Shipping This Year - GameSpot

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Facebook Hints That Oculus Rift Isn't Shipping This Year
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The clues are piling up that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will not launch in retail by the end of the year. Speaking on Facebook's most recent quarterly earning call, the company's chief financial officer David Wehner said that it has not announced any ...
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UPDATE 1-India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi - Reuters

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UPDATE 1-India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi
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Facebook to Google, how tech is helping Nepal earthquake survivors reach out
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Astell & Kern Unveils Flashy New High-End Audio Player
Astell & Kern, makers of luxury audio players, will soon have a flashy new device on the market: the highly pocketable AK Jr.







Tiny Robots Carry Loads Over 100 Times Their Weight
Inventors at Stanford have created a handful of tiny robots that can carry objects many times their weight, like robotic ants.







Computer Takes on Poker Pros at Texas Hold 'Em
Computers may have proven their superiority at chess, but what about poker, where mind games are as much a part of the game as the cards themselves?







Here's Why Your Boss Is Pumped About the Apple Watch
If you thought your smartphone had you tethered to your job, just wait until you're wearing an Apple Watch.







Will Consumers Learn To Love the Apple Watch?
The first customers to sign up for the new Apple Watch will begin receiving their devices today. NBC's Mark Barger and Julianne Pepitone report.

Latest Acer Notebooks Blaze With Color
If you're looking for a cheap Windows notebook and want something with a little flair, Acer has you covered.







New Turing Phone is Extra Strong, Extra Secure
The Turing Phone is a one-off product from a new company that aims to one-up the competition with a unique body and extra security software.







Emoji Use Around the World
A company called SwiftKey has analyzed over one billion pieces of emoji data from speakers of 16 different languages around the world.







Department of Defense Releases New Cyber Strategy
The Department of Defense unveiled its first new cyber strategy since 2011 on Thursday.

These Cybercrooks Are Available for Hire By the Hour
You can now anonymously hire a cybercriminal online for as little as $6 to $10 per hour, says Rodney Joffe, senior vice president at Neustar.







Amazon Tests Delivery To Your Car Trunk
Amazon and Audi are testing a way to have packages from the online shopping site delivered to owners' car trunks.

Some Apple Watches Shipping Sooner Than Expected
Soon it won't be just Beyonce with an Apple Watch.







No Dials: These Camera Lenses Have Displays Built In
A pair of new camera lenses from Zeiss dispense with the labeled dials for adjusting focus and aperture, instead opting for a built-in screen.







No iPhone Zone: Bug Crashes Apple Devices
A flaw in the way iOS apps handle secure connections could let hackers crash any affected app at will via an infected Wi-Fi network.







Atomic Clock Won't Lose a Second in 15 Billion Years
The latest in astronomical accuracy is an clock that, if it been running at the time of the Big Bang, would still be correct to within a second today.








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