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OneNote App Gets Windows 8.1 Share Charm Support, Camera Scan

Microsoft today updated its OneNote note-taking app for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Improvements include making it easier to capture notes, leveraging the camera to scan things, OCR support, page preview for recent notes, and a new full screen view. You can download the new version now directly from …

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has declined to act immediately on a request to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacture of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.<p>City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree …

Los Angeles

Edward Snowden leaks: UK 'let NSA store email addresses'

<b>The UK allowed the US National Security Agency to keep the mobile phone numbers and email addresses of ordinary Britons from 2007, reports say.</b><p>Channel 4 News and the Guardian said existing rules were modified in 2007 to allow the US to keep information swept up incidentally about Britons not …

Surveillance

Twitter Employees Reveal The Worst Things About Working At Twitter

They rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars and 85% would recommend it to a friend, according to job hunting site Glassdoor.<p>But Twitter isn't perfect and employees are starting to complain about it's shortcomings, mostly due to how fast its grown. According to 89 reviews posted on Glassdoor, employees are …

Employment

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Concept imagines a much needed redesign of Apple’s Messages app for OS X

It’s no secret that Messages on OS X, Apple’s IM app that’s integrated with its iMessage service on iOS devices, has long been a frustration for users. The app has received a name change and slightly new look since the iChat days, but it hasn’t improved much in terms of functionality or …

Steady stream of abortion cases headed toward high court

Justices won't reconsider decisions striking down Oklahoma laws on mandatory ultrasound and abortion-inducing drugs, but more states are seeking to defend their laws.<p>WASHINGTON — A steady stream of abortion cases are heading toward the Supreme Court, making it only a matter of time before the …

Dispute with Kraft costs Starbucks $2.7 billion

An arbitrator has decided that Starbucks owes $2.7 billion in damages for pulling out early from a distribution deal with Kraft Foods.<p>Starbucks owes Kraft Foods big-time.<p>An arbitrator on Tuesday concluded that Starbucks must pay $2.23 billion in damages plus $527 million in prejudgment interest and …

12-Room Duplex in 515 Park Avenue Asks $29.5 Million

515 Park Avenue #30/31<p>Condominium building <b>515 Park Avenue</b> has revealed yet another very impressive floorplan with this <b>$29.5 million</b> listing for a duplex on the the 30th and 31st floors. The apartment has a bit more logic to it than "The X Factor" judge L.A. Reid's unit in the building (which is …

Once $95M, 15 CPW Combo Now Asking a Paltry $70M

15 Central Park West $70M<p>The tale of combination unit <b>#35AB</b>—the massive, 6,000-square-foot apartment owned by steel tycoon <b>Leroy Schecter</b>—at <b>15 Central Park West</b> is well-documented, but it just got a little more interesting, now that its back on the market asking <b>$70 million</b>.<p>Schecter bought units A and …

Teens Are Deserting Facebook, And They're Heading To Places Where Their Parents Can't Find Them

Their gradual exodus to messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk boils down to Facebook becoming a victim of its own success. The road to gaining nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users has seen the mums, dads, aunts and uncles of the generation who pioneered Facebook join it too, …

Apps

The wearable dilemma: forming habits first, then building ecosystems

"Getting people to want to wear things all the time -- whether it's on or off" is a huge stumbling block, said Becky Stern, director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit. Sure, smartwatches and activity trackers are becoming increasingly more visible in the tech space, but mainstream adoption is …

Israel warns John Kerry over Iranian nuclear deal

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has launched a furious tirade against a possible deal struck between the international community and Iran over its nuclear programme, warning that it was "the deal of the century" for the Islamic republic, and that Israel would not be bound by it.<p>At a …

GOP hits Obama the manager

Strip away everything else, and the heart of Barack Obama’s appeal was supposed to be a very simple proposition: I’ve got this.<p>For years, his critics have tried to argue that he doesn’t. Now they believe they finally have proof everyone can agree on: the botched Obamacare website, the questions on …

Abortion fight returns to the Hill

Undeterred by charges that the GOP is too focused on social issues, Senate Republicans are gunning for a fight this fall over the hot-button subject of late-term abortions.<p>Flanked by anti-abortion groups, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will unveil legislation on Thursday to federally ban abortions …

Colorful questions, but few easy answers, as court wrestles with prayer

When the Supreme Court agreed to take a case on prayer at government meetings, some advocates on both sides hoped for a clear resolution — a test that would establish, once and for all, what is acceptable under the Constitution.<p>They appear unlikely to get it.<p>Arguments before the court on Wednesday, …

Blockbuster exiting US retail market, closing its last 300 stores

The writing is finally on the wall for Blockbuster: the video rental chain, ubiquitous for years across the US, is finally closing its last 300 retail stores across the country. With that, the company has effectively exited the US retail market — in addition to closing its stores, the company's …

Sebelius hearing: More bad news

<b>3. Democrats can’t settle on a message</b><p>If you needed any reminder of how painful the Obamacare rollout has been for Democrats, all you had to do was listen to them veer back and forth between scolding Sebelius and throwing her softballs — never quite finding the right mix.<p>Baucus, whose warning of a …

Moderates win the day in off-year election

Republican Gov. Chris Christie rolled to easy reelection Tuesday in New Jersey, setting up an expected 2016 presidential bid, while former national Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe squeezed past his tea party Republican opponent to seize the Virginia governor's mansion.<p>Elsewhere, New York …

'Yes we can' – Barack Obama's lesson in American rhetoric

This year sees a deluge of anniversaries of major American speeches. In August, the world marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech to the 1963 March on Washington. This month is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address, and the 50th anniversary of …

Former Amazon Employee Explains How The Company's Business Model Really Works

Last week, Amazon reported its second straight quarterly loss. Instead of dumping the stock, investors bought more pushing Amazon to new heights and prompting analysts to slap $400+ price targets on it.<p>This oddity — Amazon getting rewarded for not making money — led to the usual jokes on Twitter …

Joel Osteen’s gay problem: The religious right is history if he can’t solve it

<b>Joel Osteen (AP/Pat Sullivan)</b><p>Evangelicals need to tone down their views to stay relevant. The slick Houston pastor is showing them how it’s done<p>Chris Sosa<p>November 3, 2013 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Joel Osteen has a problem, one that all Evangelicals in the U.S. are facing. The anti-gay position of mainstream …

A loss for Apple: iOS veteran Henri Lamiraux steps down

Henri Lamiraux, Apple’s top Vice President of Engineering for the iOS iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, has left the company, according to a report from 9to5mac.com.<p>Lamiraux had worked at the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant for over 20 years, so his departure comes as a shock to the …

Sunday Supper: Slow Cooker Pho With Eye of Round

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>Few things are more comforting or restorative than a piping-hot bowl of pho. And the scent when it cooks, slow and low, wafting throughout your home? That's …

Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state

WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said.<p>"We felt like outcasts," Galloway said. "We are not …

Obama Ratings Sink As Trustworthiness Comes Into Question

Barack Obama has been subjected to as many personal attacks as any modern president.<p>Terrorist. Traitor. Hater of America. Secret Muslim.<p>Unusually for a politician, however, the one thing he hasn't been called much is a liar, except by his most adamant critics.<p>That's all changed now. Obama is being …

Last Year President Obama Reportedly Told His Aides That He's 'Really Good At Killing People'

According to the new book "Double Down," in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he's "really good at killing people" while discussing drone strikes.<p>Peter Hamby of The Washington Post noted the moment …

Android 4.4 KitKat Continues To Reduce Fragmentation Of The Platform Thanks To Google Play

With the release of Android 4.4 (codename KitKat, in an interesting marketing move with Nestle), Google has taken more control of the software stack of the mobile operating system, leaving less control in the hands of the networks and addressing the issue of fragmentation in Android.<p>This is not a …