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Google cuts a deal over old Nortel Networks patents

Remember the Rockstar Consortium? The group was formed by a handful of tech giants (including Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson and Sony) to buy a treasure trove of patents and promptly sue both Google and some Android partners, which promised one of the bigger legal battles in recent tech history. Well, …

America's Most and Least Attractive People (PHOTOS)

Lauri Flaquer gets almost starstruck by people in Minnesota's Twin Cities.<p>"They're tall with long, graceful limbs, which work well for climbing over mountains of snow," gushes the owner of consulting firm Saltar Solutions, based in New York City. People in Minneapolis, Flaquer continues, "are …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Half an hour of brain stimulation on sleep-deprived military staff improved their performance twice as much as caffeine<p>Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year …

Netflix And NBC Back Away From Bill Cosby

On Tuesday, Netflix announced that it is shelving a planned Bill Cosby stand-up special that was supposed to debut the day after Thanksgiving. Any family-friendly vibes Neflix might have been hoping for with the special have been dashed over the past few days as old and new allegations have emerged …

Cubs make pitch to Jon Lester

CHICAGO -- After a day and night of courting by the Chicago Cubs, free-agent hurler Jon Lester is moving on, presumably to talk with the Atlanta …

Uber’s God View Shows The Privacy Wars Are Revving Up

On-demand car hailing service Uber’s latest PR disaster doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about the company. It is, after all, unabashedly named <i>Uber</i>. Translation: <i>above</i>. Aka: <i>superior</i>. Its brand is absolutely intended to embody and convey all the dastardliness required to get to that …

JetBlue to charge for checked bags in new airfare fare class

Say it ain't so, JetBlue!<p>In order to appease investors, JetBlue announced Wednesday that it will begin charging for checked bags for its lowest priced tickets.<p>Beginning in the first half of 2015, the airline said it will create three ticket classes, and only the top two include at least one free …