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Dr. Dre maybe the ‘first billionaire in hip-hop,’ but what does that mean for hip-hop?

By Chris Richards<p>, Pop music critic<p>A rap icon who hasn’t dropped an album in nearly 15 years is now calling himself “the first billionaire in hip-hop” — and he might be exaggerating by only $200 million.<p>Beats Electronics, a company co-founded by Dr. Dre that specializes in high-end headphones and a …

Why an Oculus Rift demo convinced Facebook's CEO to buy the VR company

Strapping on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset convinced Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of the technology's potential and led to its purchase.<p>"I think using it is the biggest thing," Zuckerberg told Wired of the virtual reality headset.<p>Alongside the demo, Zuckerberg was impressed that Oculus …

A Major Video Game Company Is Trying To Grab A Piece Of The $2 Billion Facebook-Oculus Deal

Lawyers for ZeniMax Media, a major video game publisher behind massively popular titles such as "The Elder Scrolls" series, have sent two letters to Facebook and Oculus VR in recent weeks.<p>The letters alleged that former ZeniMax employee John Carmack, who joined the Oculus team in August, took …

Intellectual Property

Apple's new hire focuses on renewable energy

Apple has hired a longtime renewable-energy expert as part of its efforts to green up.<p>Bobby Hollis has been appointed senior renewable energy manager at Apple, according to his LinkedIn page. He started at Apple in April after leaving NV Energy, where he served as that company's vice president of …

Microsoft Snaps Up Cloud Computing Startup GreenButton

Microsoft is stepping up its cloud computing game after acquiring GreenButton, a New Zealand-based startup that uses its Azure platform and has an existing relationship with the Redmond company.<p>The deal was first revealed on a New Zealand government website, which shows that Microsoft is now the …

'Doom' Creator John Carmack Accused of Stealing IP For Oculus Rift

Video Games<p>The biggest business deal in virtual reality could be facing a war over intellectual property.<p>Facebook announced in March its purchase of virtual-reality headset maker Oculus VR for $2 billion. Now, another company is claiming an Oculus employee allegedly stole its intellectual property …

Web Performance Monitoring Startup Catchpoint To Expand In China And Russia

Catchpoint Systems, a web and infrastructure performance monitoring company, has expanded its monitoring locations to 206 backbone nodes, and plans to add more to Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.<p>Backbone nodes are machines that monitor data quality on devices, as well as browsers, web …

Apple, Facebook, and Other Tech Companies Will Disclose More About Government Data Requests

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google will tell their users more about government requests for …

Sony bets on speed with the second edition of its Alpha A77 DSLR

The Alpha portfolio from Sony is pretty well stacked, what with cameras like the newly minted, 4K-ready A7s. To add to that, the Japanese electronics giant today's announcing the A77 II, a successor to the 24.3-megapixel shooter it revealed back in 2011. Similar to its predecessor, Sony's A77 II …

Nigeria needs to accept West's offers of help to stop Boko Haram

Nigeria's seeming inability to stem the rise of Boko Haram, a shadowy Islamist rebel insurgency, poses severe existential threats to Africa's largest economy and democracy and to the continuation of President Goodluck Jonathan's presidency.<p>This month's kidnapping of 234 girls from a Northern …

Netanyahu to push for Jewish statehood

<b>Jerusalem</b> — Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, says he will introduce a law defining Israel as a Jewish state, giving high-level support to a controversial idea that has long been a demand of the Israeli right.<p>The state has never before officially defined itself as Jewish, though …

Nigeria girls' abduction: Chibok parents plead for help

<b>Parents of the 230 schoolgirls abducted in north-eastern Nigeria have marched to plead for more help to find their daughters, residents in the town of Chibok have told the BBC.</b><p>The girls were taken from their school in Chibok by suspected Islamist militants more than two weeks ago.<p>One parent, who …

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White House Defends New Benghazi Email

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today sought to defend a newly released email from a White House communications adviser, prepping then-U.S. …

White House Report Warns Of 'Big Data' Abuses

Security<p>The White House has published the results of a 90-day inquiry into the benefits and challenges of "big data" in our increasingly information-driven era, addressing everything from tornado tracking to health care fraud.<p>The report (PDF), commissioned by President Barack Obama in January, …

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Parents of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls hold desperate protest

Hundreds of parents in Nigeria, many dressed in red, held a day of protest on Thursday in the town where the kidnapping of more than 100 schoolgirls by Islamists has left families lurching from fury to despair.<p>In Chibok, the town in Borno state where suspected Boko Haram insurgents stormed into the …

Deadly bomb attack hits Nigerian capital

A blast on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja has killed at least a dozen people, witnesses and police sources say.<p>Thursday's car bombing hit the suburb of Nyanya, close to the site of a morning rush-hour bomb attack at a bus station on April 14 that killed at least 75 people.<p>Besides the …