Philip Seymour Hoffman’s cause of death determined – Reality TV World

Reality TV WorldThe results of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s autopsy have been released nearly four weeks after the actor’s death. ADVERTISEMENT. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of…

Pro-Russia separatists flex muscles in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula – Washington Post

Washington PostSIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred armed men in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea’s regional capital…

Man arrested in triple stabbing in Lynnwood – The Seattle Times (blog)

The Seattle Times (blog)UPDATE 10:55 a.m. | A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbings at the mobile home park. Snohomish County sheriff’s spokesman Shari Ireton wrote…

Report: UK spies captured millions of Yahoo users’ webcam images – Computerworld

ComputerworldIDG News Service – U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ captured and stored still webcam images of millions of Yahoo users including substantial quantities of sexually explicit material, the Guardian newspaper reported…

UPDATE 2-US calls on Russia to be transparent, avoid risky Ukraine steps – Reuters

Reuters(Adds Hagel comments). BRUSSELS Feb 27 (Reuters) – Russia must be transparent about military exercises along Ukraine’s border and not take any steps that could be misinterpreted or “lead to…

UPDATE 1-Two years after Concordia wreck, captain returns aboard – Reuters

Reuters… * Schettino’s first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck. * Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant. * New probe into unauthorised visit by Costa officials. By Silvia Ognibene. GIGLIO, Italy,…

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles, Disrupts Easing Tensions – Businessweek

BusinessweekNorth Korea launched four short-range missiles, the first such action in more than nine months, disrupting a period of easing tensions with the South. The missiles were fired into the…

Is Ukraine’s potential dissolution real or overstated? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — As officials in Kiev move to contain unrest in the Crimea and others fret over divisions in Ukraine, there’s still no consensus whether the threat of…

Bitcoin Machine Allowing Cash Exchange Installed in Singapore – Businessweek

BusinessweekTembusu Terminals Pte set up what may be Singapore’s first automated tele-exchange machine for buying Bitcoins days after a Tokyo exchange for the virtual currency was shut amid concerns about…

Ukraine warns Russia against ‘aggression’ in Crimea – BBC News

BBC NewsHe said Russia’s troops from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet should not move outside their naval base in Sebastopol. The warning comes after armed men seized Crimea’s regional parliament and…

Nokia Unveils Android-Powered Nokia X Smartphone – PC Magazine

PC MagazineAfter countless leaks and months of speculation, Nokia finally took the wraps off of its latest project—the Nokia X. And true to all the rumors, the X eschews Nokia’s…

Netflix strikes deal to pay Comcast to ensure online videos are streamed smoothly – Washington Post

Washington PostNetflix has agreed to pay Comcast, the nation’s largest home Internet carrier, to ensure its online videos are streamed smoothly. The arrangement highlights the vast power of Comcast, which…

Holocaust survivor dies aged 110 – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThe world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor has died aged 110, her family have said. Alice Herz-Sommer, who lived in London and was originally from Prague, had been confined in the…

Netflix, Comcast reach deal to improve streaming quality – Fox News

Fox NewsNEW YORK – Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video…

UPDATE 3-Italy’s Renzi to be sworn in Saturday after unveiling cabinet – Reuters

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WhatsApp Free Texting Seen Siphoning $33 Billion From Carriers – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(See EXT6 for more on the acquisition.) Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. is a stark reminder of how much…

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum joins ranks of Silicon Valley tech titans – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsThe note that Jan Koum has taped to his desk in his Mountain View office says it all: “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!” It’s from Brian…

Libya votes amid ‘dividing’ boycott – BBC News

BBC NewsLibyans took to the polls on Thursday to elect a 60 member assembly, which will draft Libya’s constitution. Overnight, five polling stations were bombed in the eastern city of…

Libyan Vote on Charter Assembly Is Marred by Violence and Low Turnout – New York Times

New York TimesTRIPOLI, Libya — Libya’s long-delayed efforts to draft a new Constitution hit another obstacle on Thursday when elections for a 60-member constitutional drafting committee fell well short of…

Denver Comic Con responds to allegations from co-founder, who releases his … – Denver Post (blog)

Denver Post (blog)UPDATE: Denver Comic Con co-founder Charlie La Greca, who kicked of the public spat between himself and the Con on this site yesterday, has released his own follow-up…

UPDATE 1-Golf-Early Match Play exits for Poulter and Donald – Reuters

Reuters… slideshows. * Poulter loses 2&1 to Fowler. * Donald exits after 5&4 loss to Manassero. * Sterne sends third seed Johnson packing (Updates at end of round). Feb 19…

Merkel: Putin wants end to Ukraine unrest – Washington Post

Washington PostPARIS — The German chancellor says that she and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to do all they can to end the violence in Ukraine. Angela Merkel, speaking…

UPDATE 3-Olympics-Snowboarding-Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold – Reuters

Reuters(Adds quotes). * Vaultier edges Olyunin for gold. * American Deibold wins bronze. * World champion Pullin crashes out early. By Nick Mulvenney. ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) –…

UPDATE 1-Jimmy Fallon takes helm of ‘Tonight Show’, brings it back to New York – Reuters

Reuters(Adds celebrity appearances, Smith dance performance). By Chris Michaud. NEW YORK Feb 18 (Reuters) – Jimmy Fallon took the reins of the long-running “Tonight Show” on Monday, bringing NBC’s late…

Ethiopian Airlines Hijacking Shows Continuing Shortfalls in Security – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalEthiopian Airlines flight 702 on the ground in Geneva, where a hijacker forced the Rome-bound plan to land. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. The hijacking Monday of an Ethiopian Airlines…

Authorities: Co-Pilot Took Control of Ethiopian Airlines Plane, Wanted Asylum – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalEthiopian Airlines flight 702 on the ground in Geneva, where a hijacker forced the Rome-bound plan to land. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. An Ethiopian Airlines jet en route from…

Tanker Overturns, Bursts Into Flames In Houston [UPDATE] – Jalopnik

Tanker Overturns, Bursts Into Flames In Houston [UPDATE]JalopnikTanker Overturns, Bursts Into Flames In Houston [UPDATE] S. A tanker flipped over and caught fire just now on the northbound lanes of…

Andrew Weibrecht, Bode Miller medal in super-G – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneSOCHI, Russia – Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud took gold Sunday in the men’s Super-G at the Sochi Olympics, while Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller also reached the podium. Weibrecht…

Lebanon’s Sunnis, between ISIS and Hezbollah – Al-Arabiya

Al-ArabiyaLike all Lebanese sects, the Sunnis are in a state of disagreement over their identity ever since the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the prominent Sunni leader. Ever since his death…

UPDATE 4-Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock – Reuters

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USA’s Matt Antoine claims bronze in men’s skeleton – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For three heats in men’s skeleton, good friends Matt Antoine and John Daly of the USA alternated between third and fourth place, each knowing a…

Occidental Petroleum to move HQ to Houston, spin off California assets – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesOccidental Petroleum, the longtime Los Angeles-based energy giant, announced Friday that it would move its headquarters to Houston and spin off its California assets into a separate company.…

Italy President Tests Renzi’s Clout in Talks for Next Government – Businessweek

BusinessweekItalian President Giorgio Napolitano is testing lawmaker support for a new government, the next step in Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi’s quest for an appointment as prime minister. Napolitano must determine…

Italy’s Baa2 Outlook Changed to Stable from Negative by Moody’s – Businessweek

BusinessweekItaly’s credit rating outlook was changed to stable from negative by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the government’s financial strength and reduction of risks from contingent liabilities. Moody’s also affirmed…

UPDATE 3-Alpine skiing-Viletta shines on another golden day for Swiss … – Reuters

Reuters(Adds details, quotes). * Viletta emulates Gisin. * Kostelic settles for silver again. * Miller and Ligety flop. By Martyn Herman. ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The warm…