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Killer winter storm sweeps east

A powerful storm that has hammered the West will hit the South and Mid-Atlantic.<p>A deadly wave of Arctic cold continued its assault across much of the nation Sunday and threatened to bring havoc to Thanksgiving travel this week.<p>The storm, blamed for at least eight deaths as it blasted California and …

Secret talks helped forge Iran nuclear deal

A historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world's most adversarial powers, it emerged on Sunday.<p>The meetings ran parallel to official …

Line messaging app doubles size in seven months, has 300 million users

The public's adoration of stickers and <i>kawaii</i> mascots continues unabated. There are now 300 million Line users out there, possibly making it the biggest messaging app you've never used. While it still has a challenge on its hands to claw away users from Western favorites like Whatsapp and Facebook, …

Microsoft's device chief sees a future without three versions of Windows

Microsoft currently ships Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Phone software on a variety of devices, but it’s heading towards a future where just a single version of Windows will exist. Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference last week, Microsoft’s head of devices, Julie Larson-Green, …

As China And Japan Move Closer To Armed Conflict, The Obama Administration Dangerously Dithers

The danger of the U.S. being drawn into lethal conflict with China over the Japan-China Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute has just risen. That the Obama administration has not done more to push the disputants—and particularly Japan—to de-escalate the crisis and to begin negotiating a resolution, is …

Zumba Instructor Involved in Prostitution Ring Released From Jail

A former Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution ring was released from jail Saturday, serving just six months of a 10-month sentence.<p>Alexis Wright, …

China’s Restriction on Airspace Over Disputed Islets Could Lead to War

The news of a welcome, if temporary, early-Sunday diplomatic breakthrough between the international community and Iran over its nuclear-development …

No Matter Why Apple Bought PrimeSense, It Should Be Interesting

Almost four years ago, I was knocked out by a demo at CES by an Israeli startup named PrimeSense. (The promotional video at the top of this post …

Oil Prices Take a Dive Following Iran Deal

Oil prices tumbled and stocks rallied on Asia bourses on Monday following the signing of a historic agreement between Tehran and six world powers …

Are China and Japan Inching Closer to War Over a Few Disputed Islets?

The announcement came on a weekend, just as the world’s attention was diverted by tense negotiations toward an Iranian nuclear deal. On Saturday, …