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Microsoft Takes Six Billion Dollars From Android

A long time ago, Microsoft purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division. In the period between the deal being announced and the deal closing, Nokia’s engineers pushed out one last hurrah. The Nokia X range of handsets, powered by Nokia’s own fork of Android, tied into Nokia’s ID system as …

Windows Phone

What You Should Know About The Federal Inmate Release

Thousands of federal inmates are getting out of prison because of a change in the way the U.S. government sentences drug criminals. It's part of a broader movement to reconsider tough-on-crime laws that were passed during the War on Drugs.<p>The decision to change sentencing guidelines — and apply the …

Sentencing Guidelines

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

Get a Room: Last-Minute Hotel-Booking Apps Compared

Comparing Hotel Tonight and Booking.com's Tonight app.<p>With summer quickly coming to an end, many of you might be in the midst of enjoying one last vacation before the kids head back to school and the balmy beach breezes turn into bone-chilling winds. Maybe you’re even having such a good time that …

U.S. denies trying to overthrow Castro with Twitter clone

The U.S. government acknowledged Thursday it created a Twitter-like social media service for Cubans, but denied the effort was meant to subvert the island nation's communist government.<p>To get around Cuba's iron grip control on technology and outside influence via the Internet, the U.S. Agency for …

Obama's Immigration Speech Was Interrupted by a Heckler on Stage with Him

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>During his speech from San Francisco on Monday, President Obama was heckled by someone from an …

Insurance Companies Use 'Misleading' Cancellation Notices On Obamacare

Some insurance companies are sending cancellation notices or other "misleading" letters to customers in an attempt to push them into pricier alternatives, according to new reports.<p>Reporters at Talking Points Memo found at least two instances where insurance companies canceled policies, but provided …

Obama: Critics 'grossly misleading'

President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended his health care law from “grossly misleading” critics challenging his claim that Americans who liked their insurance could keep it and from persistent problems with HealthCare.gov.<p>“For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you …

Must-see video: SpaceX Grasshopper rocket makes a half-mile hop

SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket prototype made another record-setting vertical takeoff and landing this week from the California-based company's test pad near McGregor, Texas. But what's really cool about Oct. 7's half-mile (744-meter) ascent and controlled descent is the amazing view from a …

Space Travel

Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Exclusive: Investigation uncovers FSB surveillance system – branded 'Prism on steroids' – to listen to all athletes and visitors<p>Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the …

8 Things To Know About A Government Shutdown

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money.<p>While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no …

Americans Oppose House GOP’s Obamacare Strategy

Re­pub­lic­ans, take note. Amer­ic­ans might not like Pres­id­ent Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law, but they don’t dis­like the massive pro­gram …

Obama says Russian Syria proposal could be a breakthrough

President Obama said on Monday he would "run to ground" a proposal outlined by the Russians that would wrest control of chemical weapons from Syria and would potentially head off a U.S. military strike against the Bashar Assad regime.<p>Obama, who conducted a half dozen television interviews on Monday …

Oyster for iPhone offers all-you-can-read e-books for $10 per month

All-you-can-eat subscriptions work well for digital magazines, music and videos; why shouldn't they work for e-books? Oyster certainly thinks they should, as it just launched a flat-rate book service for iPhone users. Members pay $10 per month for unfettered access to about 100,000 books from …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …