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43 Philippine commandos killed in battle with Muslim insurgents

Biggest single-day combat loss for Manila government in recent memory, officials say<p>At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of south-east Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials said …

Extremism

The official and unofficial stories of Google in space

A week ago, Elon Musk launched his new SpaceX satellite lab in Seattle. He plans to provide satellite internet access via a constellation of 4,000 satellites flying at 750km above the earth, each weighing hundreds of kgs. The announcement came two days after Richard Branson and Qualcomm invested in …

Google Earth

GOOGLE CHAIRMAN: ‘The Internet Will Disappear’

"I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear," Schmidt replied.<p>"There will be so many IP addresses … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won't even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you …

Internet of Things

Post-election relief in Athens: ‘This is the new face of democracy in Europe’

Mood of optimism on streets of Greek capital a day after election that brought anti-austerity Syriza to power<p>In the first three years of Greece’s agony, the wide expanse of Syntagma Square in front of the old Royal Palace – home of the present-day parliament – was a scene of savage clashes between …

Europe

Cuba's Illegal Underground Internet Is Thriving

In Old Havana's last remaining internet cafe, an hour online costs about almost a quarter of an average monthly salary. But armed with some piecemeal …

Muslim Brotherhood

FT MBA Challenge: use your new skills to help immunise children

Immunisation has protected millions of children in developing countries, but in recent years the International Rescue Committee — the FT’s appeal …

Bank of England

Family of man left in vegetative state hit out at IPCC over police brutality allegations

21-year-old in vegetative state after arrest by six officers in 2013, with Coles taking inspiration from Ferguson families to speak out<p>The family of a 21-year-old athlete left with a broken neck after he was detained by police 20 months ago have spoken publicly for the first time, complaining they …

Justice

Snow Testing an Electric Scooter

Dane Kouttron and friends demonstrate the impressive snow riding capabilities of Kouttron’s MK1 Electric Scooter in this video recorded recently in …

Off-roading

Once again, 2K Sports says it knows what the problem is with NBA 2K14.

<b>Once again</b><b>, 2K Sports says it knows what the problem is with NBA 2K14.</b> Ronnie Singh said yesterday developers are fixing crashes in the MyCareer/MyGM …

Basketball

A Father Says His Baby Daughter Was Named For a Mass Effect Character

"Tomorrow my daughter is scheduled to be born," wrote a soon-to-be-dad named Adam last night. "Since day 1 her first name was always going to be …

Luke Skywalker

Works eligible for science fiction awards

We're coming up on award season in science fiction and fantasy -- nominations are open or opening for the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, the Nebula …

The Best Way to End My Year is With a Bloody Tony Stark

While 2013 has been a pretty awesome year for movies and video games, on a personal level, it's been pretty crappy. What better way to send if off …

Iron Man

Geekolinks

Illustrations of the Most Common Video Game Characters

<i>Mashable</i> artist and writer Max Knoblauch has created an illustrated series of the “8 Most Common Video Game Characters.” You can view more of Max’s …

Gaming

Suddenly, Mewtwo is the Most Badass Pokémon of All

That is one spectacular, buffed up Mewtwo sculpture, like something out of the <i>XCOM</i> games, or a live action <i>Pokémon</i> movie—not one of the cartoony …

Gaming

The 16 Games That Consumed 311 Hours Of My 2013

Hello, my darlings! It is me, tim rogers, founder and director of Action Button Entertainment, currently directing an androgynous apolitical abstract …

iPhone

PixelJunk Eden Steam sale doubled Q-Games' income

Sales of Q-Game's <i>PixelJunk Eden</i> during the Steam holiday sale doubled the developer's annual income, according to tweets from designer and programmer Dylan Cuthbert.<p>Platform puzzler <i>PixelJunk Eden</i>, the third title in the PixelJunk series, was featured in Valve's annual two-week run of holiday game …

Deception 4 gameplay footage shows trap-based combat

A short segment of gameplay footage from Tecmo's upcoming <i>Deception 4: Blood Ties</i> shows how combat works via strategic placement of traps.<p>The video shows the game's heroine placing traps on a stairwell before leading an enemy over them. The traps work in concert to form a lethal combination, with …

Attack On Twitch Streamer Shuts Down Riot And EA Servers, Attracts Police

It started as a game of League of Legends, and ended with a swarm of cops pointing guns at the player and accusing him of having hostages held against their will in his home.<p>Welcome to the world of online video game harassment.<p>Professional League of Legends streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga spent …

WayForward director gives his 3DS XL custom Famicom paint job

WayForward director James Montagna dedicates his free time to crafty artistic pursuits, revealing via Twitter his latest project: a Nintendo 3DS XL custom painted to resemble the Famicom.<p>Montagna, who worked on the Adventure Time 3DS titles, covered the outside of the handheld in the familiar …

Dice delays Battlefield 4 ‘2XP’ event

You can still play Battlefield 4 this week, but premium members will only get half of the XP they were anticipating.<p>Battlefield 4 developer DICE revealed today that it is postponing its planned double-experience event for the modern military shooter. To mark the end of December, DICE was going to …

Looking back: The unlikely family behind Octodad

In a tiny apartment on Chicago’s North Side, a group of eight young men sits on the edge of its seats. It's mere months away from releasing a college project into the wild as a commercial game. Few people have played <i>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</i>, but everyone seems to love it. For three years developer …

Left 4 Dead 2 Is Free, So You Might Want To Get On That

Valve wants to say "Merry Christmas". So everyone gets a copy of Left 4 Dead 2. You get a copy, you get a copy, you get a copy, you get a copy.<p>If you …

Left 4 Dead

Steam's Store Went Down. Merry Christmas!

<b>UPDATE</b> - <i>Looks like it's back. Skyrim and Deus Ex are now both available for under $10. Merry Christmas!</i><p>Hope you weren't planning on buying - or in …

Left 4 Dead

Churches lo-jack their Nativity Jesuses

The headline says it all: a rash of Nativity-Jesus snatchings from churchyards has prompted high-tech, GPS-based countermeasures.

David Guttenfelder: Instagrams From North Korea

David Guttenfelder, an Associated Press photographer, was recently awarded TIME's Instagram Photographer of the Year 2013 for this shots in the DPRK. …

NSA had secret deal on back-doored crypto with security firm RSA, Snowden docs reveal

RSA SecureID electronic keys (Reuters/Michael Caronna)<p>"As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used …

Mecha-Naruto.

<b>Mecha-Naruto.</b> <b>Yes.</b> Designed by <i>Naruto</i> manga creator Masashi Kishimoto, Mecha-Naruto will be transforming into mechanical Kyubi form and piloting the …

Anime

Whale-shaped, hand-forged, kid-friendly pencil-sharpening knives

These whale-shaped Kujira knives were created by Japanese blacksmith Toru Yamashita, who was asked to make a knife for children to sharpen pencils …