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From: Ars Technica Infinite Loop

Apple will pay $450M?or, maybe just $70M?to settle e-book claims
Unusual settlement structure hinges on Apple's appeal of government's case.

iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster, kind of, sometimes
Heavy users will see some improvement, but iOS 8's worst regressions remain.

Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent licensor
Big payment is the first public settlement for a controversial company.


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Target claims no responsibility for 'Black Friday' data theft in court
Five banks are suing retailer Target over the infamous "Black Friday" data breach in a federal lawsuit. In a hearing yesterday before US District Judge Paul Magnuson, Target claimed that the bank's losses weren't the retailer's fault, as it happened at the point of sale in many stores that it claims it was not responsible for, as opposed to a central failure in corporate data services, so the Minnesota and US Plastic Card Security Act provisions don't apply....

FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming
US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said that there is a specific reason why the regulatory group is taking its time with the net neutrality discussion. Speaking at a meeting on Friday, the chairman said that caution was prudent, and that the agency needs to "make sure that we understand what is going on here." Referring to Verizon, AT&T, and the other major Internet providers, he added that "the big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out."...

Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS)
For those who would welcome robot overlords, Carrot, by Grailr, promises to keep you on task! We've all been there; those days when absolutely nothing seems to get done. But what if there was a to-do list that actually encouraged the act of doing things. Wouldn't that be helpful? After all, most to-do lists are little more than polite and easily forgotten suggestions of what should be done. Supposing, however, that there was an app that actually pushed people to get out there and do them? Well, as it turns out, there is....


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How Exactly Has Star Wars Made $37 Billion?
How Exactly Has Star Wars Made $37 Billion?

The latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy looks at the massive business empire of Star Wars.

The post How Exactly Has Star Wars Made $37 Billion? appeared first on WIRED.

While You Were Offline: Here?s All the Internet You Need to Catch Up On
While You Were Offline: Here’s All the Internet You Need to Catch Up On

Can't keep up with everything people are talking about on the World Wide Web? Don't worry. We read the Internet so you don't have to.

The post While You Were Offline: Here’s All the Internet You Need to Catch Up On appeared first on WIRED.

Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need
Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need

Everyone hates Mattel's Computer Engineer Barbie book, but we've fallen in love with Feminist Hacker Barbie. She's the brainchild of Kathleen Tuite, an independent computer programmer based near Santa Cruz, California, who spent a half-day on Wednesday hacking together a website where people could re-caption the original book, hacking it to fix all of its pastel-hued problems.

The post Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need appeared first on WIRED.


From: Gizmodo

Rocket Through The Majestic Cascade Mountains In An F-15E Strike Eagle

Rocket Through The Majestic Cascade Mountains In An F-15E Strike Eagle

This is quite possibly the best F-15E Strike Eagle video of all time. F-15E cockpit videos are rare to begin with, but one that shows the 'Mud Hen' in its natural, low-level environment in brilliant HD is even rarer . Amazing.


It's Time To Revisit The Shawshank Redemption

It should've taken Tim Robbins twenty years to dig his way to freedom through solid concrete; and this year marks the 20th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption. That gives you a good reason to re-watch possibly the greatest movie of all time. But heck, you really don't need a reason.


This Discounted Alarm Clock Just Might Change Your Life

This Discounted Alarm Clock Just Might Change Your Life

Philips' line of wake-up lights have been incredibly popular among our readers, and it's no wonder why; they can change your life .



From: National Geographic News

Four Weird Ways Animals Sense the World
Creatures like crabs, butterflies, snakes, and octopuses sense the world in unusual ways.

For Thanksgiving, Our Favorite Photos of Feasts Around the World
We mined our archive for decades' worth of great pictures showing food, friends, and family.

Behind Tomb Connected to Alexander the Great, Intrigue Worthy of "Game
As archaeologists dig deeper into the burial mound, ancient sources tell a tale of family drama and palace intrigue.


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Embrace the arts, engineers told
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves
The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.




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