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BlackBerry shares surge 15.5% on Foxconn deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYShares of BlackBerry surged 15.5% Friday to close at $7.22 after the company announced a five-year partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The primary focus of the deal will be creating a smartphone for Indonesia…





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Google antitrust offer rejected in Europe – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Google’s latest offer to end an antitrust investigation in Europe was rejected by authorities in the region, leaving a question mark over how the world’s largest Internet search provider operates in…


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Was 2013 the year for video gamers? – ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)Among video-game enthusiasts, the year was nearly consumed by the official announcement, subsequent speculation about, and ultimate release of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One home consoles. Controversy and questions from gamers …The…






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5 things you need to know on Friday – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJapan robot chats with astronaut on space station. The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station….




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Microserver Chip Maker Calxeda Abruptly Shutters – CRN

CRNCalxeda will stop making chips based on the ARM architecture and close its doors, laying off the majority of its 130 employee workforce, the Austin, Texas-based microprocessor pioneer said Thursday. The company that raised $90million…



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Android customizer Cyanogen notches $23M – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Talk about a mobile revolution. A growing software movement is quietly taking hold on Android-based devices, allowing people to customize smartphones and tablets more to their liking. What’s known as Android…



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Facebook and Zuckerberg to Sell More Shares – New York Times

New York TimesFacebook’s headquarters during the company’s 2012 initial public offering. Zef Nikolla/Facebook, via European Pressphoto Agency Facebook’s headquarters during the company’s 2012 initial public offering. Updated, 12:15 p.m. |. When the markets open on…






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Redesigned Honda Fit, Acura TLX to debut – USA TODAY

Redesigned Honda Fit, Acura TLX to debutUSA TODAYDETROIT — Honda will debut an all-new Fit subcompact and an Acura TLX concept next month at the North American International Auto Show. First introduced in 2007, Honda…







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Facebook to launch video ads in news feed – WDAM-TV

WDAM-TV(CNN) – Facebook is rolling out a feature that will allow advertisers to play video in users’ news feeds. The social networking giant is testing the feature with a small group a users this week….


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Spacewalks set to fix space station cooling pump – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Astronauts will conduct a series of Christmas-week spacewalks to replace a faulty coolant pump aboard the International Space Station that has forced operations to be scaled back since last week, NASA announced Tuesday….


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Facebook plans to roll out video advertising – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Tuesday said it soon plans to begin video advertising within members’ News Feeds, a move that takes aim at massive spending budgets for television ads. The social-networking giant says…



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Meta’s $3000 3D glasses look to … – CNET

CNETMeta expects to ship the equivalent of a MacBook Air in a pair of augmented reality glasses and a pocket computer in June 2014. Dan Farber. by Dan Farber. December 17, 2013 9:55 AM PST….


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Microsoft to pick CEO by early 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday said its executive search committee expects to pick CEO Steve Ballmer’s successor by early next year, a decision that could determine two strikingly different paths for the software…



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White House taps new chief for health care website – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former president of the Microsoft Office Division, will replace Jeff Zients as the administration’s point person on HealthCare.gov, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. “Jeff did an…



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Mandela, Miley top Google searches in 2013 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNelson Mandela, the former South African leader and human rights activist who died earlier this month, was the world’s top trending search on Google, according to annual data released by the tech giant on…



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Facebook to roll out video advertising in test – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comFacebook plans to begin selling video ads that play automatically in users’ news feeds, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook is expected to announce the move Tuesday. Facebook has confirmed it is testing video advertising,…





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Neanderthals cared for elder, burial site shows – AFP

AFPWashington — New findings at an old Neanderthal burial ground in France have bolstered the notion that cavemen cared for their elders, researchers said. The research is based on excavations around the skeleton of an…



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Google moves into military robotics realm – USA TODAY

USA TODAYGoogle is scooping up robotics firms like nobody’s business, buying eight in six months. The tech giant confirmed Friday its latest acquisition with Boston Dynamics, an engineering company known for developing battlefield bots for…



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China puts photocopier on the moon – Register

RegisterChina’s National Space Administration, as the outfit’s website hasn’t had meaningful updates since 2009, so we’re reliant on state media service Xinhua for the news that the Chang’e-3 lander touched down safely and Jade Rabbit…


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Moon rover sends back first photos – BBC News

BBC NewsThe first robot to land on the Moon in nearly 40 years, China’s Jade Rabbit rover, has begun sending back photos, with shots of its lunar lander. Jade Rabbit rolled down a ramp lowered…



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Chinese moon rover launched successfully – CNN

CNN(CNN) — China’s first lunar rover deployed successfully from the unmanned spacecraft Chang’e-3 that landed on the moon Saturday. China launches first mission to the moon. Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) is a six-wheeled…



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