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Samsung Electronics Sells Assets In Defense, Chemical Units, Plans To Reinvest Capital In Core Business

The deal comes at an important inflection point for Samsung Electronics. As Reuters notes , the sale will help the children of Samsung Group and Samsung Electronics’ chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has been hospitalized since May after a heart attack, reorganize company’s business structure. The capital raised will also help them pay an inheritance tax bill that is estimated to be about 6 trillion won.

Twitter Is Tracking Users’ Installed Apps for Ad Targeting

Twitter said it only collects and updates the list of apps users have installed, but that it does not collect data from within apps themselves. In addition to helping with ad-targeting, Twitter said the information it collects also can be used to improve “who to follow” suggestions on its service, and to add tweets accounts and other content to users’ timelines.

Hong Kong police arrest key student protest leaders

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities cleared more street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile district Wednesday, part of a two-day operation in which police arrested more than 100 people, including key student leaders.

Twitter 'held talks' with Justin Bieber-backed app Shots - Telegraph

Reports of a move for photo-sharing app come after Anthony Noto, Twitter's new chief financial officer, accidentally revealed the company wants to buy a mystery company

Singaporean Mobile Game Developer Inzen Raises $748,000 To Tackle The Chinese Market

Inzen , a Singapore-based mobile game developer, has raised a Series A round of $935,000 SGD (about $748,000). The company is setting its sights on China as it prepares to launch a new portfolio of titles for international markets next year. Its latest funding round, which brings the total Inzen has raised to $1,485,000 SGD (about $1,190,000) so far, was led by Japan’s Incubate Fund, with participation from returning investors Hatcher and Hans De Back. New investments came from China’s Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC) and angel investor Melvin Tan.

7 Ways To Stop Your Overwhelming Need To Procrastinate

Stop putting off your goals... right after you watch this video.

'Game of Thrones' teasers begin with Arya Stark's darkness

We're still months away from the debut of the fifth season of Game of Thrones , but the tantalizing hints about what's to come have already begun. First up is a brief video snippet featuring Arya Stark. She broods, she stabs, and she dashes through the shadows to the tune of Melisandre's ominous words: "I see a darkness in you." It's all very menacing and as yet indeterminate (at least for those of us who haven't read the books), though it seems to mark only the start of a series of such snippets, which will be distributed to fans who visit the newly introduced  Three Eyed Raven website . Its sole purpose for now is to sign people up to receive updates via Twitter DM or text message. The small print on the SMS signup page requires consent to receive up to 15 texts, so there are clearly plans to keep trickling out information throughout the cold, dark winter that is to come.

Person of Interest: "The Devil You Know" Review - IGN

There were even seeds planted for a possible Dominic/Link split in the future during the conversation between Link and Scarface, where Elias' loyal-to-the-end friend questioned Dominic's overall "brotherhood" bonds ("Someday you might just find yourself sitting in a chair that looks a hell of a lot like this one"). So that might be coming our way soon, though Dominic, even in defeat, still has that impressive, pesky way of figuring things out. It didn't work with Elias' vault, but he's now on the trail of Team Machine - piecing together that they're all a part of something else much larger and clandestine.

What's Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies | WIRED

When that Thanksgiving bomb lands in your tummy, it starts stirring up activity in something called your parasympathetic nervous system. This is one half of the neural network that controls your unconscious actions, like breath, heartbeat, and digestion. (Its partner, the sympathetic nervous system, is associated with the fight-or-flight response that gets you amped up, for example when you see a table of Thanksgiving goodies.) Also known as the “rest and digest” response, the sense of calm triggered by a big meal is biologically very similar to the drowsiness you feel after sex or a good cry.

James Cameron: 'Avatar' sequels are going to be bitchin'

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GoPro reportedly planning to launch consumer drones next year

GoPro will soon be manufacturing drones.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the company, known for its hugely popular line of action video cameras, will release consumer drones "late next year." GoPro's drones will be multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras likely resembling those used in existing devices like the GoPro Hero series. According to the report, GoPro is aiming to price its consumer drones between $500 and $1,000, an aggressive range that could immediately shake up the consumer drone market.

Kim Dotcom on Fighting Extradition

“We all thought this (precedent) would apply to us too, we are a dual-use technology – yes, people can use Megaupload to upload a movie and share it, but we have always taken it down,” he says. “We have a 100 percent takedown compliance, we gave Hollywood studios direct access so they could remove things they thought were infringing on their material. So for us, all of this is incredible that this is even possible. It’s the same story we have with Iraq and weapons of mass destruction – ‘either you’re with us or against us’.

AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

An AT&T spokesman said the company would pause all investments outside of the commitments made in connection with the DirecTV merger, including potential new customer locations beyond the company's initial expansion plan for 25 metropolitan areas as well as other markets. He said the pause affected millions of potential customer locations.

Timeline Photos - Facebook AI Research | Facebook

ning machine. Vladimir is rejoining some of his long-time collaborators Jason Weston, Ronan Collobert, and Yann LeCun. He is working on new book, and will be collaborating with FAIR research scientists to develop some of his new ideas on conditional density estimation, learning with privileged information, and other topics.

Ex-CBC host Jian Ghomeshi arrested, charged with sexual assault

On Wednesday, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair encouraged other sexual-assault victims to file complaints. "I want to offer them my assurance that they will be treated with dignity and respect, that my people are well trained in these investigations and in dealing with concerns that victims may have," he said.

You can now check which devices are logged into your Google account

Google has launched a new security feature for its users Monday: A Devices and Activity dashboard, letting you know which devices are accessing your Google account.

Uber Reportedly Valued at $40 Billion by Investors

Uber last raised money earlier this year, when it secured around $1.2 billion at a $17 billion pre-money valuation. Since then, it has experienced massive growth and more than its fair share of controversy. Just last week, a company executive floated the idea of creating an opposition research arm to dig up dirt on critical reporters, while another Uber executive was accused of improperly accessing and displaying a specific user’s data.

The Case For Embracing Lateral Career Moves

It’s your responsibility to keep up with those you’ve left behind. Sometimes that can feel like a job within itself, but well worth it. YOU are responsible for your career. And that means reminding people from your previous role(s) exactly what you’re up to, what tools you’re adding to your tool belt, and how that helps the bigger picture. There’s no one more relevant than the person who can share a best practice from their new organization with their old co-workers. "Hey, Bob, remember that huge headache we have every month around staffing? Well, here’s what my new group does to solve for that. You’re welcome."

GoPro Is Reportedly Getting Into The Drone Business

It would be a smart move for GoPro, which sells rugged, take-anywhere cameras targeted at adventurous types for $200 to $400. Picture this: Someone gets an entry-level GoPro for Christmas. They have fun with it, wear it snowboarding, etc. After a few months, they feel compelled to take their amateur filmmaking to the next level, and splurge another $1,000 for a GoPro quad-copter that will make it fly. No incompatibility issues you might encounter with a drone-maker like Parrot, no extra equipment—nada. It would be akin to Apple's strategy with the iPod, which, for some people opened the door to more-expensive Apple products.

Canopy Brings Curated Shopping to iPhone

I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping in an actual brick and mortar store. Because of that, I try to purchase most of my items online and most of that via the gigantic and sometimes overwhelming

The New Habit Challenge: Trick Yourself Into Accomplishing Your Goals

Here's how to do it: Start by making a list of goals you want to accomplish. Next, think of what environmental cues you would associate with each goal. And lastly, place these cues in a prominent place where you’ll see them. These visual clues will elicit the lasting effect you need to create psychological connections between your goals and the things you commonly encounter in your daily regimen.

Netflix Alleges These Emails Show Yahoo's CIO Took Kickbacks In His Old Job

Over two or three years, Netflix paid $1.4 million to Vistara for its services, the suit claims, and $2.3 million to Netenrich. At some point along the way, Kail began requiring the companies pay commissions to Unix Mercenary in chunks of around $5,000 to $10,000 at a time. The 12-15% commission rate would mean that Kale took between $450,000 and $560,000, the lawsuit implies. However, the suit only mentions specific payments to Unix of $76,000.

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Mark Cuban Again Illustrates He Has No Idea What Net Neutrality Is Or Why It's Important | Techdirt

"I try to work on what i know Im working on, what i know is happening." That's an entirely good thing. I suggest that you might want to try getting down in the trenches with those of us who helped build and run this network. I don't mean the nouveau-rich elite, or the investors, or the management teams, or people hobnobbing at resort-hosted conferences. I mean the people who have their hands on the wires and their eyes on the terminals: the network engineers and system administrators that you'll rarely see, and who will rarely, if ever, get to cash out in a big way. I mean the people who actually run the Internet , not the people running operations connected by the Internet. The world looks very different from there than it does from boardrooms. Those of you who are new to the Internet ("new" means "did not have an email address ending in .ARPA") would greatly benefit from exposure to the ideas of the people who envisioned it decades out. I also think you'd find both their success stories and their failures instructive -- particularly the latter, as we humans seem to learn best from catastrophes.

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Be kind. Even if someone doesn't look sick, help them.  #TravelWithEmpathy

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Is Coming To Help Mt. Gox Find The Bitcoins It Lost

Once handling 80 percent of the world's bitcoin trades, Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in February in Tokyo after it lost 750,000 of its users' bitcoins and 100,000 of its own. Mark Karpeles, the 28 year-old French CEO of Mt. Gox, blamed hackers for the loss.

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7 Leadership Tips for Women Tech Executives

Female executives are unfairly held to a different standard than men in the workplace and are judged not only on their competence, skills and experience but on their appearance and even their speech patterns. Here, four female IT executives weigh in on how to address and overcome these challenges.

God's Lonely Programmer

TempleOS is more than an exercise in retro computing, or a hobbyist’s space for programming close to the bare metal. It’s the brainchild—perhaps the life’s work—of 44-year-old Terry Davis, the founder and sole employee of Trivial Solutions. For more than a decade Davis has worked on it; today, TempleOS is 121,176 lines of code, which puts it on par with Photoshop 1.0. (By comparison, Windows 7, a full-fledged modern operating system designed to be everything to everyone, filled with decades of cruft, is ​about 40 million lines .)

Meet Plague: An app plumbing the depths of viral networking

Right now the app depends on GPS location to find its possible infection vectors, but Zudin said his team is preparing for a day when the app could reach a level of penetration where infections can be spread by much closer contact. An update to Plague will allow the app to communicate off-the-grid, establishing direct peer-to-peer connections via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with no internet connection or server acting as intermediary, Zudin said. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same means off-grid messaging app FireChat uses to build its ad-hoc mesh networks , allowing nearby users to keep communicating when the internet goes down .

iPhone 6, 6 Plus owners using iPads less, Pocket’s data suggests

We already know that the growth rate for iPad sales is declining , partially because the devices have longer replacement cycles than smartphones. Add in more people carrying larger smartphones — and replacing them more often — and I think you’ll see iPad demand slow down further. Of course, if people are simply passing on upgrading or buying a new iPad because they’re buying a new larger iPhone,  I doubt Apple will mind much .

Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

But should any American take time on Thanksgiving to scoff at Thursday's non-binding vote in the European Parliament, when lawmakers may urge EU regulators to get tough with the search engine Goliath, they should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but U.S. competitors.

9 Mac Apps, 1 Bundle: Name your Own Price!

Oh, and yes, there are two nine-hour long tutorials to help you learn to get the most out of these fine products. Name your price and give your Mac the power to do more!

7 Ways to Use Social Media to Attract Holiday Shoppers

How can social media help businesses drive traffic to their ecommerce or bricks-and-mortar sites this holiday season? posed that question to dozens of marketers and social media experts. Following are their top seven strategies for how to use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube to engage customers and get them – and their friends – to check out (and hopefully buy) your holiday offerings.

Eyeing Up O2, BT Is Also In ‘Exploratory Discussions’ To Buy EE

“Deutsche Telekom AG and Orange SA, the joint shareholders of EE Ltd, regularly analyse the development of the market in which EE operates, evaluating various strategic options which have the potential to create value for EE’s shareholders and strengthen the market position of EE,” Orange noted. “As one of these options, Deutsche Telekom AG and Orange SA are having highly preliminary exploratory discussions with British Telecom,  although it is too early to state whether any transaction may occur. Deutsche Telekom and Orange will make further announcements if and when  appropriate.”

NASA completes first successful in-space 3D-printing project - CNET

The printer was installed on the ISS as a means of testing the feasibility of astronauts manufacturing their own parts and tools in microgravity; so the first object printed seems rather apropos. It's a part for the printer itself -- a faceplate for the extruder printhead, emblazoned with the logo for Made In Space, the company that designed and built the 3D printer for NASA, and the NASA logo.

Twitter to snoop on every app on your phone - Telegraph

The information, which Twitter calls a person's "graph data" will be used to "improve 'who to follow' suggestions that share similar interests; add tweets, accounts or other content to your timeline that we think you'll find especially interesting, and showing you more relevant promoted content".

Confirmed: BT Is In Talks To Acquire EE's Mobile Network

EE has confirmed that it’s in exploratory acquisition talks with BT to sell its UK mobile network. Earlier this week, we heard that BT has been in discussions with O2 about a similar deal.

iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that indeed, users of Apple’s newest, larger smartphones do spend more time perusing their saved content on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, even when they also own and use an iPad.

Steam Exploration Sale: Watch Dogs, Lords of the Fallen, more

As if there weren't enough deals to ruin your wallets this holiday season, Steam's Exploration Sale started today. As expected , the digital gaming platform began offering a number of discounted PC and Mac games today, with the sale lasting until December 1. Among the games on sale are Lords of the Fallen ($29.99), Don't Starve ($3.74), The Long Dark ($9.99), Watch Dogs ($29.99) and Goat Simulator ($4.99) A number of retailers and publishers already listed their Black Friday deals, such as EA's discounts on games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 ($40 each) through Origin. Some stores are already offering deals on games and consoles, like Wolfenstein: The New Order ($30) and Infamous: Second Son ($32.94) through Amazon as well as Sony's Co-Op Gaming sale on PSN that kicked off yesterday. [Image: Steam]

The Strange Things You Google: Thanksgiving Recipe Edition

Who wants some frog eye salad? Google has found the most distinct dishes you're searching for in every state.

Technology and the Moral Dimension

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, two publications with different ideas of moral dimensions, are asking the same question, one that has been on my mind for a long time: How does Silicon Valley reconcile the reality of its success with the fear its success instills in real people whose lives it sets to redefine?

Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke'

Mr Dotcom's declaration comes seven months after he won back access to about $750,000 worth of property - including several of his cars - that had been taken at the time of his arrest. However, other assets, including dozens of bank accounts, remained frozen.

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Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

It’s more subtle — less overtly racist — than in 1865 or even 1954. It’s a remake of the Southern Strategy, crafted in the wake of the civil rights movement to exploit white resentment against African Americans, and deployed with precision by Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. As Reagan’s key political strategist, Lee Atwater, explained in a 1981 interview: “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘N-----, n-----, n-----.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘n-----’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights’ and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that.” (The interview was originally published anonymously, and only years later did it emerge that Atwater was the subject.)

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

After a year, just send your jeans back to the manufacturer and swap them out for a new pair—same size or different.

How autism freed me to be myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

How to make hard choices

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

My stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

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