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  • Group led by Apple and Microsoft sells about 4,000 technology patents for $900 million 25-12-2014 03:39 PM

    San Francisco: A group led by Apple and Microsoft has sold about 4,000 technology patents to patent management company RPX Corp. for $900 million. The deal announced marks another shift in the ownership of a patent portfolio auctioned off in 2011 after telecommunications company Nortel Networks went bankrupt. Apple, Microsoft,...
  • Jurgen Waber to return as Austria Fed Cup captain 25-12-2014 12:07 PM

    Vienna: Austrian tennis coach Jurgen Waber is returning as Fed Cup captain next season, taking over from Clemens Trimmel whose contract hasn't been extended by the national federation. Waber led Austria's Fed Cup team from 2010 to 2013, but was replaced last season by Trimmel, who also served as Davis...
  • 'The Interview' released on digital platforms; here's where you can watch the movie online 25-12-2014 11:20 AM

    You don't need to leave your house to watch "The Interview." Sony Pictures released the comedy on digital platforms. The online release comes a day after the studio reversed its previous decision not to show the movie after hackers stole internal documents and emails from Sony. The US said North...
  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery 25-12-2014 11:15 AM

    Los Angeles: Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided,...
  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola 25-12-2014 08:36 AM

    Freetown: Alice Marke and her family aren't celebrating Christmas the way they used to. The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night. Authorities this year have banned any activities that could further the spread of the highly contagious virus...
  • CDC monitoring technician for possible Ebola exposure 25-12-2014 07:48 AM

    Atlanta: A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials have said. The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact with a small amount of...
  • Team India face uphill task against Australia in Boxing Day Test 24-12-2014 10:45 AM

    Melbourne: Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood says his team's refusal to be intimidated by India's verbal sledges and physical play during the second Test will give them an advantage when the teams meet again on Friday in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India greeted Australia fast bowler...
  • These 3 smartphones may outperform your stand-alone cameras 24-12-2014 10:32 AM

    New York: Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore. Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as an SLR. There's just no way to squeeze a powerful, SLR-type lens into the...
  • Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to win Super Cup 23-12-2014 03:53 PM

    Doha, Qatar: Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 on penalties to win the Italian Super Cup on Monday and deny Massimiliano Allegri a first trophy in charge of the Bianconeri. Rafael saved Simone Padoin's final penalty after Kalidou Koulibaly had converted to win the match for Napoli despite Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon...
  • Sri Lanka draw 2-day tour match in New Zealand 23-12-2014 11:21 AM

    Queenstown, New Zealand: Niroshan Dickwella made an unbeaten 63 and Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne also compiled half centuries as Sri Lanka drew its two-day match against a New Zealand Chairman's XI on Monday. The match at the Queenstown Events Center offered Sri Lanka's only preparation in New Zealand conditions...
  • David Warner says he will be fit for third Test against India 23-12-2014 11:07 AM

    Melbourne: Opening batsman Dave Warner says an injured thumb will not prevent him playing in Australia's third cricket Test against India from Friday. Warner was struck on the thumb while batting in the second innings of the second Test at Brisbane but told reporters Monday he will not be forced...
  • Justin Lin to direct third 'Star Trek' film 23-12-2014 10:36 AM

    Los Angeles: The USS Enterprise is about to get a little faster. 'Fast & Furious' director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third installment in Paramount's 'Star Trek' franchise. Lin's rep confirmed the news Monday. Lin is no stranger to franchises. He directed several of Universal's 'Fast &...
  • British singer Joe Cocker of 'You are so beautiful' fame dies of lung cancer 23-12-2014 08:59 AM

    New York: Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70. His London-based agent,...
  • EPL: Terry, Fabregas score as Chelsea beat Stoke City 2-0 23-12-2014 03:34 AM

    John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0 on Monday and restore their three-point lead atop the Premier League table. Terry put his side ahead in just the second minute with a powerful header from a corner, and Cesc Fabregas doubled the...
  • Spain handing out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery 22-12-2014 05:12 PM

    Madrid: The drawing is underway in Spain for the world's biggest lottery payoff, a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders. The top prize for this year's "El Gordo" (The Fat One) drawing are tickets that will win $490,000. Many more people...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan 22-12-2014 10:11 AM

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead....
  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history 22-12-2014 08:52 AM

    New York: The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government, and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities has said. Moments before opening fire,...
  • North Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims 22-12-2014 08:14 AM

    Seoul: North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyber attack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such North Korean rhetoric during times of high tension with Washington is routine....
  • EPL: Liverpool score late for 2-2 draw against Arsenal 21-12-2014 11:33 PM

    Liverpool: Martin Skrtel powered home a header deep into stoppage time to earn 10-man Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. In the seventh of nine minutes of injury time, Skrtel leaped high to head a right-wing corner from Adam Lallana into the bottom corner....
  • Massimiliano Allegri eyes first title in charge of Juventus 21-12-2014 10:48 PM

    Doha: vMassimiliano Allegri has a shot at his first title with Juventus when it faces Napoli in Monday's rearranged Italian Supercup. Allegri, who was fired from AC Milan in January, replaced Antonio Conte in the summer and has enjoyed a positive start at Juventus, which heads into the winter break...
  • Sampdoria and Genoa miss chance to end the year in third 21-12-2014 10:10 PM

    Sampdoria and Genoa missed the chance to end the year in third spot as both teams failed to win in the final round of Serie A fixtures before the winter break. Sampdoria was held to a 2-2 draw at home to Udinese to leave it behind third-place Napoli on goal...
  • Since you won't get to see 'The Interview', here are 5 other films with plots to kill real world leaders 21-12-2014 06:01 PM

    Los Angeles: Kim Jong Un isn't alone. Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII have also been the targets of wacky assassination attempts on film. But those world leaders actually made it to the multiplex, while the demise of the North Korean dictator in Sony Pictures' beleaguered 'The...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan 21-12-2014 01:15 PM

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead....
  • Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping 21-12-2014 12:55 PM

    Berlin: Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used by carriers...
  • Jason Holder appointed West Indies ODI captain, Dwayne Bravo sacked 21-12-2014 11:05 AM

    Jason Holder replaced Dwayne Bravo as captain of the West Indies one-day international side on Saturday, less than two months out from the Cricket World Cup. Holder, who turned 23 last month, was named to lead the squad in the five ODIs in South Africa starting on Jan. 16, after...
  • Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre 21-12-2014 07:12 AM

    Peshawar: One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies mostly children started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to...
  • EPL: Manchester United, Aston Villa share the spoils at Villa Park 20-12-2014 10:49 PM

    Birmingham: Aston Villa ended Manchester United's six-match winning streak in the Premier League with a fiercely contested 1-1 draw at Villa Park on Saturday. Christian Benteke fired Villa ahead after 18 minutes with a well-placed shot from the edge of the penalty area after he had evaded his marker and...
  • La Liga: Suarez finally scores, Lionel Messi nets brace in Barca win 20-12-2014 10:32 PM

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez's long wait for a goal in the Spanish league finally ended when he added to Lionel Messi's brace to give Barcelona a 5-0 win over Cordoba on Saturday. After putting Barcelona ahead two minutes in at Camp Nou, Pedro Rodriguez passed in the 53rd for Suarez to...
  • Pakistan executes terrorists and bombards tribal areas 20-12-2014 04:18 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan hanged two convicted terrorists on Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the...
  • Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host 20-12-2014 03:36 PM

    New York: Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than 'The Late Late Show.' Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show. And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end...