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U.S. appeals court won't reconsider Microsoft email seizure ruling

The logo of Microsoft is pictured in Issy-les-MoulineauxNEW YORK (Reuters) - An equally divided federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its landmark decision that the U.S. government cannot force Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. By a 4-4 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan let stand a July 14 decision that was seen as a victory for privacy advocates and for technology companies offering cloud computing and other services worldwide. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


01/24/2017 09:35 AM

Amazon offers to scrap e-book clauses to settle EU antitrust probe

Amazon.com's logo is seen at Amazon Japan's office building in TokyoU.S. online retailer Amazon has offered to alter its e-book contracts with publishers in a bid to end an EU antitrust probe and stave off a possible fine, the European Commission said on Tuesday. Amazon, the biggest e-book distributor in Europe, proposed to drop some clauses in its contracts so publishers will not be forced to give it terms as good as those for rivals, the Commission said. Such clauses relate to business models, release dates, catalogs of e-books, features of e-books, promotions, agency prices, agency commissions and wholesale prices.


01/24/2017 06:23 AM

Alibaba raises guidance as strategy shift makes progress

A logo of Alibaba Group is pictured at its headquarters in Hangzhou(Reuters) - Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding beat analyst estimates with a 54 percent rise in third-quarter revenue, benefiting from its sharpened focus on cloud and digital media ventures as well as gains in its core business. Seeking new revenue streams with a series of data, cloud, artificial intelligence and logistics projects as China's e-commerce market begins to show signs of saturation, Alibaba said after Tuesday's results that it would raise 2017 full-year guidance for revenue growth to 54 percent from 48 percent. In recent months, executives including Chairman Jack Ma have identified Alibaba as a data company, downplaying the role of online retail in its future.


01/24/2017 09:47 AM

Verizon earnings and subscriber additions fall short of estimates

A Verizon sign at a retail store in San DiegoShares of Verizon, which is in the process of buying Yahoo Inc's core assets as a way to diversify, were down 2.7 percent at $51 in premarket trading on Tuesday. Verizon added a net 591,000 retail postpaid subscribers - those who pay their bills on a monthly basis - in the quarter, far fewer than the 726,000 analysts had expected, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Net income attributable to Verizon fell to $4.5 billion, or $1.10 per share, in the three months ended Dec. 31 from $5.39 billion, or $1.32 per share, a year earlier.


01/24/2017 08:08 AM

Yahoo beats Wall Street view, sees Verizon deal closing in second quarter

A photo illustration shows a Yahoo logo on smartphone in front of a displayed cyber code and keyboardYahoo Inc on Monday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, and said the sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc should be completed in the second quarter, allaying some investor concerns that the deal might collapse. The $4.8 billion Verizon transaction had originally been expected to close in the first quarter but was delayed by the disclosure of two major cyber breaches that exposed information from more than a billion Yahoo accounts. The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe into whether Yahoo's data breaches should have been disclosed sooner to investors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


01/23/2017 07:28 PM

Samsung Electronics warns of political risks as chips boost fourth-quarter profit

FILE PHOTO - An exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at the company's headquarters in SeoulBy Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it expects profit growth in 2017 despite challenges arising from political uncertainty, after record chip earnings glossed over the Note 7 smartphone fiasco in the fourth quarter. The South Korean tech giant and Apple Inc rival is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye, with five Samsung Group executives already grilled by prosecutors and investigations ongoing. "The uncertain business environment such as the changing political landscape in Korea and overseas poses a challenge to the execution of mid- to long-term business strategies, such as M&A and investment decisions and developing new growth engines," Samsung Electronics said in a statement.


01/24/2017 04:37 AM

Hearing underway on plan to run pipeline through Pinelands

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, the sun shines through snow-covered pine trees in the New Jersey Pinelands in Manchester, N.J. A hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through New Jersey’s federally protected Pinelands preserve is getting a do-over. A public hearing on the proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pemberton. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — A public hearing is underway on a hotly contested proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands region.


01/24/2017 09:51 AM

Galaxy S8 announcement set for late March
Samsung this week revealed what caused the Galaxy Note 7 explosions that eventually led to a global recall, saying that one of the immediate side effects of the battery disaster is the Galaxy S8’s launch delay. The phone was expected to arrive at MWC in Spain for a public debut, but Samsung may only show it behind closed doors to partners attending the show. Now, a new rumor claims the phone will be unveiled in late March, and will be promoted by a “record breaking marketing campaign” following its release. According to Italian gadget leaker @Ricciolo1 , Samsung is planning a multi-city Galaxy S8 event. The American and European cities where Samsung will supposedly host its first Unpacked event of the year were not revealed, but previous rumors did say the phone will be announced in New York. https://twitter.com/Ricciolo1/status/823514126857236480 The same leaker mentions a March 29th announcement date for the phone, a date he offered a few days ago as well. https://twitter.com/Ricciolo1/status/821136688164511744 However, he did not say when the phone would hit stores. A Forbes report  said earlier this week that the Galaxy S8 will be the first phone to launch with a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip inside. Competing devices will not get the phone until April, according to that report. "The Snapdragon 835 won't be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches," the news site's unnamed source said, explaining that the Galaxy S8 might be released on April 14th in South Korea. This particular release window fits well with a March 29th media event. That said, Samsung is yet to confirm any Galaxy S8 launch details.
01/24/2017 09:41 AM

Asteroids is an interactive comedy with a fraught relationship to fiction

Asteroids is an interactive comedy with a fraught relationship to fictionAsteroids, the second animated project from virtual reality studio Baobab, has lofty ambitions for a 10-minute short. It’s supposed to draw elements from both traditional animation and video games, put them in VR, and end up with something unprecedented: a piece of storytelling that, as Asteroids director (and Madagascar co-director) Eric Darnell describes it, lets us connect to fictional characters the way we would real human beings. It’s also supposed to be a funny cartoon about aliens in the style of classic Warner Bros.


01/24/2017 09:40 AM

Asteroids is an interactive comedy with a fraught relationship to fiction

Asteroids is an interactive comedy with a fraught relationship to fictionAsteroids, the second animated project from virtual reality studio Baobab, has lofty ambitions for a 10-minute short. It’s supposed to draw elements from both traditional animation and video games, put them in VR, and end up with something unprecedented: a piece of storytelling that, as Asteroids director (and Madagascar co-director) Eric Darnell describes it, lets us connect to fictional characters the way we would real human beings. It’s also supposed to be a funny cartoon about aliens in the style of classic Warner Bros.


01/24/2017 09:40 AM

Saudi Arabia warns destructive computer virus has returned
Saudi Arabia is warning that a computer virus that destroyed systems of its state-run oil company in 2012 has returned to the kingdom, with at least one major petrochemical company apparently affected ...
01/24/2017 09:36 AM

A Ghost Story has it all: romance, metaphysics, and Rooney Mara eating pie for 5 minutes

A Ghost Story has it all: romance, metaphysics, and Rooney Mara eating pie for 5 minutesThe first thing you will hear about A Ghost Story, director David Lowery’s indie follow-up to last year's Pete’s Dragon reboot, is that Rooney Mara spends 5 minutes comfort-eating a pie. The “pie scene,” which feels initially like an act of cinematic self-indulgence, becomes a crucial point of reference, like a constant in a complex equation. A Ghost Story is a film about, among other things, the passage of time.


01/24/2017 09:30 AM

A Ghost Story has it all: romance, metaphysics, and Rooney Mara eating pie for 5 minutes

A Ghost Story has it all: romance, metaphysics, and Rooney Mara eating pie for 5 minutesThe first thing you will hear about A Ghost Story, director David Lowery’s indie follow-up to last year's Pete’s Dragon reboot, is that Rooney Mara spends 5 minutes comfort-eating a pie. The “pie scene,” which feels initially like an act of cinematic self-indulgence, becomes a crucial point of reference, like a constant in a complex equation. A Ghost Story is a film about, among other things, the passage of time.


01/24/2017 09:30 AM

Oscars 2017: The complete list of Academy Awards nominations
The Golden Globes have come and gone and, well, we're not sure many people even notices. There are so many awards shows these days that they're nowhere near as prestigious as they used to be. But if there's one annual awards ceremony that has stood the test of time and managed to maintain all of the prestige and fanfare of Hollywood's heyday, it has to be the Oscars. Each year the Academy announces Oscar nominations about a month before the actual show, and today is the day film fanatics have been waiting for. The Oscar nominations for 2017 have all now been revealed, and we'll run down the complete list of Oscar nominees for you right here. Best picture “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “Hidden Figures” “La La Land” “Lion” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” Lead actor Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,” Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic” Denzel Washington, “Fences” Lead actress Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” Ruth Negga, “Loving” Natalie Portman, “Jackie” Emma Stone, “La La Land” Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins” Supporting actor Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea” Dev Patel, “Lion” Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals” Supporting actress Viola Davis, “Fences” Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” Nicole Kidman, “Lion” Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” Best director Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” Animated feature “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Moana” “My Life as a Zucchini” “The Red Turtle” “Zootopia” Animated short “Blind Vaysha” “Borrowed Time” “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” “Pearl” “Piper” Adapted screenplay “Arrival” “Fences” “Hidden Figures” “Lion” “Moonlight” Original screenplay “20th Century Women” “Hell or High Water” “La La Land” “The Lobster” “Manchester by the Sea” Cinematography “Arrival” “La La Land” “Lion” “Moonlight” “Silence” Best documentary feature “13th” “Fire at Sea” “I Am Not Your Negro” “Life, Animated” “O.J.: Made in America” Best documentary short subject “4.1 Miles” “Extremist” “Joe’s Violin” “Watani: My Homeland” “The White Helmets” Best live-action short film “Ennemis Interieurs” “La Femme et le TGV” “Silent Nights” “Sing” “Timecode” Best foreign language film “A Man Called Ove” “Land of Mine” “Tanna” “The Salesman” “Toni Erdmann” Film editing “Arrival” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “La La Land” “Moonlight” Sound editing “Arrival” “Deep Water Horizon” “Hacksaw Ridge” “La La Land” “Sully” Sound mixing “Arrival” “Hacksaw Ridge” “La La Land” “Rogue One” “13 Hours” Production design “Arrival” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “Hail Caesar!” “La La Land” “Passengers” Original score “Jackie” “La La Land” “Lion” “Moonlight” “Passengers” Original song Audition, “La La Land” Can’t Stop the Feeling!, “Trolls” City of Stars, “La La Land” The Empty Chair, “Jim: The James Foley Story” How Far I’ll Go, “Moana” Makeup and hair “A Man Called Ove” “Star Trek Beyond” “Suicide Squad” Costume design “Allied” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “Florence Foster Jenkins” “Jackie” “La La Land” Visual effects “Deepwater Horizon” “Doctor Strange” “Jungle Book” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” The 2017 Oscars will take place at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST on February 26th, and the ceremony will air live on ABC.
01/24/2017 09:18 AM

Someone Just Designed the iPhone 8 of Your Dreams

Someone Just Designed the iPhone 8 of Your DreamsCan Apple truly wow shoppers with the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 or will it be more of the same? This glass-and-steel iPhone 8 concept has a vertical dual-lens camera. Made of glass on the front and back and with a flat, slim stainless steel band running along the outside, this mock from designer Imran Taylor on YouTube is quite sleek.


01/24/2017 09:10 AM

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