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Google auctions off Motorola battery patents

When Google bought Motorola back in 2012, many believed that its intentions in doing so were primarily to increase its number of mobile patent holdings. At the time, Google was recovering from copyright infringement accusations from Oracle, and the owners of Android wanted to ensure that their …

Mobile

Cord cutters face a sea of streaming options

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV.<p>The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely watched.<p>So Hartstein and his wife recently ditched their …

Televisions

The Smack Track: Heroin Smuggling Is Undermining African Countries

Two drug busts in November, netting 712kg of the stuff, closed a record year for heroin seizures off the coast of Kenya. The haul is less a sign of improved policing and more evidence of the growing importance of the route.<p>The largest seizure took place in April, when an Australian warship found …

Iran confirms death of general in attack

Iran has confirmed that a general of its elite Revolutionary Guards has died in a suspected Israeli strike on Syria that also killed six members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah.<p>Shia Iran and Hezbollah are Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional allies in his war against the mainly Sunni …

Middle East

Muslim extremists attempt to storm French center in Gaza

Around 200 muslim extremists chanted slogans threatening the lives of French nationals in Gaza during a rally on Monday, while holding up pictures of …

'Guantanamo Diary': In new book, detainee describes torture

One of the longest-held prisoners at Guantanamo Bay alleges in a book to be published Tuesday that he was tortured and abused during his early years in U.S. captivity.<p>The 466-page book, partially redacted by U.S. officials, appears to be the first lengthy account by a current Guantanamo inmate …

Freedom of Information

Drugs in dirt: Scientists appeal for help

<b>US scientists are asking the public to join them in their quest to mine the Earth's soil for compounds that could be turned into vital new drugs.</b><p>Spurred on by the recent discovery of a potential new antibiotic in soil, the Rockefeller University team want to check dirt from every country in the …

5 Things to Know for Your New Day -- Tuesday, January 20, 2015

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>The State of the Union address is tonight. Marches mark MLK Day. And the Pope gives out birth control advice.</i><p><i>It's Tuesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."</i><p>OBAMA STATE OF THE UNION<p><b>Trending upward:</b> Headed into tonight's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama …

North Korea

US senators urge Saudi Arabia to halt ‘barbaric’ flogging of blogger

A high-powered group of U.S. senators is demanding that Saudi Arabia cancel the "barbaric punishment" of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the country's clerics, saying the floggings are particularly troubling in the wake of terror attacks driven by "religious intolerance."<p>Blogger …