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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 …

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Secret talks helped forge Iran nuclear deal

Meetings that ran parallel to official negotiations help achieve most significant Washington-Tehran agreement since 1979<p>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 …

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, …