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Samsung Offers $200 Trade-in For Any Working Smartphone With Galaxy Note 4 Pre-order

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is up for pre-orders in the US on AT&T and Verizon for $299.99 on-contract. If you’re thinking about pre-ordering the device, …

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Alibaba is not the Amazon of China

Forget what you've read, Alibaba is NOT "the Amazon of China."<p>The analogy has been used widely as Alibaba prepares for its IPO. But it is only partially accurate, and masks big differences in business models.<p>Sure, Alibaba (BABA) and Amazon both do business on the Internet. They both enable …

The heat is on: Honeywell is finally challenging the Nest thermostat

The idea of a connected home — one smart enough to know your schedule, your routines, when you come and go, and adjust itself to meet your every need — is a decades-old concept. But in a world where companies are making refrigerators that you can send tweets from, we’re still sorely missing truly …

A startup is pushing an alternative to Facebook by showing how much info we really share

A social media startup called Five wants to give us a new way of communicating with our friends that’s more akin to a dinner table conversation than …

HP's Machine technology rethinks the basics of computing

We've seen bits and pieces of technology that hint at the future of computing, but HP has just taken a big, big step toward bringing them all together. The company has unveiled The Machine (yes, that's the name), a processing architecture designed to cope with the flood of data from an internet of …

iPhone makes gains but Android remains dominant

The iPhone gained some lost ground in its global share of smartphone sales last quarter but continues to lag behind the Android juggernaut.<p>For the first quarter of 2014, the iPhone saw a higher slice of sales in several key countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Japan, and Australia, Kantar …

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After Indictment, Rep. Michael Grimm Vows to Fight Criminal Charges

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As expected, Rep. Michael Grimm was arrested on federal criminal charges early Monday morning after …

3 arrested over evidence, call center raided in South Korea ferry probe

South Korean authorities arrested three people Monday on suspicion of destroying evidence connected to the sinking of the ferry Sewol. Investigators also raided a Coast Guard office in a probe of how officials handled the first emergency call from a passenger.<p>The director and two other people with …

Comcast in deal with Charter as it seeks approval for TWC

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp on Monday agreed to a three-way deal with Charter Communications Inc as part of Comcast’s efforts to win regulatory approvals for its proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc.<p>The transaction would make Charter, which lost out to Comcast in a bid to acquire …

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They’ve already spent their allotted $630,000 to increase the number of “likes” and fans on their Facebook and Twitter pages.<p>The NATO ambassador for the U.S. needs …

Jeb Bush may want to run for US president, but do US voters really want him to?

<b>Name:</b> John Ellis Bush, hence "Jeb".<p><b>Age:</b> 61.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Plump regional manager of a leading chipboard supplier.<p><b>Actual job:</b> Former Florida governor.<p><b>Wasn't he George W Bush's younger brother?</b> He still is.<p><b>And wasn't he also</b> <b>governor of Florida in 2000</b> <b>when the state, through a series of irregularities in</b> …

Doom and Myst creators to discuss their games 20 years later at NYU April 18

John Romero, a creator of <i>Doom</i> at id Software,and Rand Miller, a creator of <i>Myst</i> at Cyan<i>,</i> will look back on the two decades since their influential games were released on Friday, April 18, at NYU Game Center.<p>Frank Lantz, director of NYU Game Center, will moderate the "free-wheeling conversation," …

What Alibaba’s IPO Means For E-Tailing in The US

<i>Julia Q. Zhu is Founder of</i> <i>Observer Solutions</i><i>, a China-focused e-commerce consulting and research firm.</i> <i>You can reach out her via</i> <i>LinkedIn or</i> <i>email.</i><p>Global investors are eagerly awaiting the most talked about Chinese Internet IPO of all time. As one of China’s e-commerce pioneers, Alibaba has dominated …

EU court cites “constant surveillance,” strikes down data collection law

Europe’s highest court declared on Tuesday that a directive requiring phone and internet companies to retain data for up to two years violated …

As nuclear talks begin, US must ask Iran to free 3 Americans being held

As the Obama administration prepares for its next negotiating session with Iranian representatives in picturesque Vienna over Tehran's illicit nuclear weapons program, three Americans are languishing in Iranian custody.<p>Sadly, the U.S. has made no assertive effort to secure the release of the …

U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest

WASHINGTON/LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.<p>Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still …

Senate Passes Bill Preventing Iranian UN Ambassador From Entering the United States

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Senate passed a bill on Monday that would bar Iran’s appointed United Nations ambassador from …

Germany: Oldest message in a bottle shown to relative

<b>Perhaps the world's oldest message in a bottle, cast into the sea near Germany 101 years ago, has been presented to the sender's granddaughter, it's been reported.</b><p>Last month, fishermen in the Baltic Sea pulled an old beer bottle out of the water, along with their catch. Inside they found a …

Government often has 10 agencies doing one job

WASHINGTON — A new government report on duplication and fragmentation in federal programs can read like a book of "screw-in-a-light-bulb" jokes.<p>It takes 10 different offices at the Department of Health and Human Services to run programs addressing AIDS in minority communities. Autism research is …

Hagel squares off with Chinese defense minister over dispute with Japan over islands

The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no …

Three Simple Tricks to Make Your Chromebook More Like a Real Laptop

I've been on the fence about Chromebooks for a long time. Their speed, simplicity, and ease of use makes them extremely tempting. And yet, it's hard …

Game of Thrones Fans, Here's Your Season Three Recap — In Emoji

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is back this Sunday, which means it's probably time for fans to refresh their memories about last season. And sure, you have plenty …

Scientists Create an Unprecedented Map of the Developing Human Brain

Scientists released the most detailed map ever made of the fetal human brain today. It contains a massive amount of information about gene activity …

Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields

Antibiotics save lives, but they also wipe out a lot of beneficial organisms that our bodies rely on, says Martin Blaser. João Canziani<p>We're in the …

Honda Lawnmower Sets Speed Record of 117 Friggin' MPH

For some, there's nothing better than spending a lazy Sunday cutting the grass on a riding mower. For others, ripping around a racetrack is the …

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

Forty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, NASA open sourced the software code that ran the guidance systems on the lunar module.<p>By that time, …