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Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card transaction volume in US
Almost two months later, the service has the support of dozens of new services and banks.

Apple ceases online sales in Russia due to extreme ruble fluctuations
Apple has already tried increasing iPhone prices as Russia's currency crisis continues.

Jury finds for Apple in iTunes case, throws out billion-dollar lawsuit
After just a few hours of deliberation, jury nukes a 10-year antitrust case.


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, Game and console bundles, more [U]
[Updated with more deals!] There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not even out the cost by getting some great Friday Deals? Every Friday afternoon, we search for bargains on hardware, peripherals, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Prices are right at the time of writing, but double-check before purchasing, as prices could change. Also, b...

BlackBerry creeping closer to profit with $148 million quarterly loss
Cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry has published its most recent quarterly results. While the company is trumpeting a return to profitability, it still incurred a fair value debenture charge, forcing the company to post a $148 million loss on the quarter, or $0.28 per share. Without the debenture, it would have posted a modest profit of $2 million. While it appears that the cost-cutting measures are starting to pay off given the improvement in the loss numbers, the company showed a 34 percent drop in revenue over the year-ago-quarter, suggesting that the road ahead for the company is still chal...

Briefly: Procreate Pocket illustration app; Switcheasy's new releases
Savage Interactive has released illustration app Procreate Pocket, a scaled-down version of its iPad app Procreate. Intended for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Procreate Pocket is powered by a 64-bit Silica engine, offering a variety of drawing tools and 250 levels of "Undo". Among its features, its 18 layers of Blend Modes allow for versatile composition, and 1080p video recording option can document all stages of the drawing process without interruption. Priced at $3, Procreate Pocket requires iOS 8.1 or later....


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Report: Security
issues with Disk Utility vs. the diskutil command-line program for SMART data reporting with FileVault2/Core Storage volumes (offering a tip about getting a little more out of Disk Utility), along with notes about FileVault2 passwords vs. login passwords (vs. firmware passwords), a catalog of vulnerabilities in Apple websites; what's wrong with user tracking and profiling, plus unprecedented, warrantless government surveillance









Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2?s Venusian Adventure (1962)
Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962)

Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […]

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Dystopian Fiction?s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future
Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything.

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While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview
While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here.

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From: Gizmodo

Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

Remember Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow before you knew who Judd Apatow was? The show starred Seth Rogen and James Franco some 15 years before the pair would help spark the international cyber-clusterfuck we know as the Sony Hacks. Forget about the hackers and just watch the show.


Hozier's "Take Me to Church" Will Haunt You But That's a Good Thing

"Take Me to Church," the worldwide hit by Hozier, sounds like it's about religion, but it's not?not exactly. The song also sounds kind of haunting, but it's not?exactly. As Hozier told New York Magazine earlier this year, the song is about sex and humanity. The church part is just a metaphor.


Report: US Wants China to Stop North Korean Hacks with "Blocking Action"

Report: US Wants China to Stop North Korean Hacks with "Blocking Action"

Well, this is a weird twist. Just hours after we learned that North Korea wanted to work with the United States on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack, The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. now wants China's help in stopping North Korean hackers. Apparently, U.S. officials want to unleash the Great Firewall on North Korea.



From: National Geographic News

New Online Archive Shows Colonial New York Was Rowdy, Filthy, Smelly
New York City now has a trove of 17th-century documents online, including ordinances that depict New Amsterdam as a raucous, drunken, smelly center of commerce.

Move Over, Rudolph: National Geographic's Favorite Reindeer Pictures
With Christmas just around the corner, National Geographic editors choose the most compelling pictures of reindeer and the indigenous people who depend on them.

What's the Difference Between Rabbits and Hares?
Hares are less social than bunnies, and their lively courtship and skittish behavior likely inspired the term "harebrained."


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Antarctic science archive unlocked
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Nasa emails spanner into space
Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.




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