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EU Lawmakers Urge Regulators to Break Up Google

“Parliament should not be engaging in anti-Google resolutions, inspired by a heavy lobby of Google competitors or by anti-free market ideology, but ensure fair competition and consumer choice,” said lawmaker Sophie in’t Veld from the Parliament’s ALDE liberal group. Google is the target of a four-year investigation by the Commission, triggered by complaints from Microsoft, Expedia, European publishers and others.

Uber temporarily suspends operations in Nevada

The company began operations on Oct. 24. Regulatory police officers with the Nevada Taxicab Authority and the Nevada Transportation Authority immediately went after Uber drivers as illegal and unlicensed carriers. Under Nevada’s strict common carrier regulations, drivers are to be tested and their vehicles inspected. Regulators also require proof of insurance. While Uber stated that their drivers are thoroughly investigated and must drive late-model vehicles and that the company holds a blanket insurance policy for its drivers when transporting customers, state officials said it wasn’t good enough.

Watch Out For These 3 Holiday Online Shopping Scams

Your digital life will be targeted in a number of ways to get you to click on a link that will download spyware or a malicious program designed to capture your passwords and other personal information. These will come in the form of offers for great deals in your inbox, on your mobile phone via text messages and on Facebook from shady accounts. Also beware the emails telling you a package you didn’t order is being delivered.

Easily Charge Your Lightning-Compatible Devices From Across The Room + Free Shipping

With this handy Apple MFi-certified 10-foot cable in your tech arsenal, you’ll never have to compromise your chillaxing multi-tasking again. It can easily stretch across the room to conveniently give you power wherever you decide to be.

Best Buy Black Friday 2014 sale goes live: $100 on iPad Air 2, $300 off on Retina MacBook Pro, and more

As announced by Best Buy a couple of weeks ago , its deal on the iPad Air 2 have now gone live. The retailer is offering a flat discount of $100 across the Wi-Fi only models of the tablet.

Star Citizen space game racks up $63 million in crowdfunding

The campaign blew through the $37 million mark in January of this year, which means it has raised almost the same amount in the past eleven months as it did in the previous two years. Every time it has broken through a funding target, Star Citizen has added new features as a reward for fans, and this time it added two new starship models to the game — which is designed to have a combination of single-player and massively multi-player elements inside a single game, spread across a giant universe of planets .

IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS

Black Friday is traditionally thought of as the first day of holiday shopping in the U.S., but with more buying options (and promotions) becoming available online, many are now starting their shopping a day earlier, on Thanksgiving. As a bellwether for how e-commerce companies will fare in the busiest buying period of the year, yesterday was a mixed (shopping) bag.

Let's talk about the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber

The best explanation I’ve heard comes from the  commenter squiz , who points out that the crossbar beams look unfocused and that maybe this guy is an old Sith "reawakened," and that he has an early model lightsaber. This seems plausible! But then the question is: did people realize the crossbar makes no sense? Did lightsabers get stickier at some point, making the crossbar useless? Is the crossbar a good idea or a dumb one? Discuss in the comments.

No more robot reporters: Narrative Science is now focused on data

Narrative Science now courts organizations like financial-service providers who may have already invested in data-gathering services but have no idea what to do with all that information. Frankel claimed that Narrative Science can basically cut out a lot of busy work; a business can use the Quill platform instead of having someone on staff whose job is to sift through data, read from a dashboard, annotate the data and send off a report to the appropriate person.

Outbrain said to be considering an IPO that could value it at $1B

If you’ve been to any one of a thousand different news websites, from CNN to US Weekly, you’ve probably seen a “suggested reading” or “recommended for you” section at the bottom with links to other sites — some of which are sponsored ads. In all likelihood, those links are powered by Outbrain, a New York-based company that is reportedly considering an IPO on the Nasdaq exchange that could value the business at about $1 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .

Dropshare Helps You Share Files Using a Service You Control

Dropshare for OS X makes uploading and sharing your own files easy. Instead of hosting on a shared service, you choose where to put your files. Using Dropshare, you can host them with Amazon’s S3 service, Rackspace Cloud Files or a self-hosted server using SCP.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014: all the best deals in one place

Black Friday (and the following Cyber Monday) is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We've culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn't. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.

Apple Watch and Android Wear: Same destination, different paths

Apps on Android Wear and the Apple Watch will also have a more fundamental difference, at least at launch: On the Apple Watch, third-party apps will require a paired smartphone to operate until Apple allows for fully native apps later in 2015. (It’s not clear which of Apple’s own apps, if any, will be subject to these restrictions.) By offloading computational tasks and storage to the phone, Apple Watch apps can run smoother with less drain on battery life.

OnePlus Accelerates Its Own Tweaked Android OS Plans

OnePlus has announced today that it will be advancing the development of its own tweaked build of Android Lollipop following Cyanogen’s decision to give Micromax exclusive rights to use the OS on its handsets in India.

7 reasons Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday

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New Nintendo 3DS XL review - CNET

How this translates is quite wonderful. For someone who found the 3DS's 3D unbearable, I have been able to play almost all the way through The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds with the 3D on the New 3DS XL at its highest level for the entire duration of the game, and it looks utterly superb. It's so smooth and comfortable I forget at times that it's not how I usually play. And, of course, the larger screen of the XL makes for top visibility, particularly on games that have a lot of action happening in a small space.

Black Friday 2014: Get $100 iTunes Gift Card for $75

PayPal’s Digital Gift store on eBay is selling $100 iTunes Gift Cards for only $75 for Black Friday. So if you buy the $100 Gift Card, it’s equivalent to getting $20 worth of apps, games, or music free.

Grab These Great TNW Deals on Black Friday

We’re celebrating Black Friday here at TNW Deals with a bunch of amazing offers, and a little something special just for you – use the coupon code HAPPYBF10 when placing your order to get an additional 10% off any deal in our store.

Bing Begins Removing Search Results Following 'right to Be Forgotten Requests' in Europe

The head of Article 29 Working Party of EU national data protection authorities said earlier this week that it won’t be mandatory for Google to notify publishers and media outlets when their stories are delisted from search results – so it’s also possible that Bing has complied with other requests and removed them, but hasn’t received any such notifications.


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Cleveland police officer shot Tamir Rice immediately after leaving moving patrol car

The video showed Wednesday by police captures the Saturday afternoon shooting at a West Side recreation center in which 12-year-old Rice was shot.

How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company

I don't know about the other commentors but where I live in Canada just outside of Hamilton we have a coffee store called ecs coffee which has tons and tons of different varieties of coffee that are made for keurig and tassimo brewers, so basically its a keurig k-cup store. Anyway in my store they sell every box of the different varieties of Marley coffee and I mean EVERY box and that's the coffee I always buy so I guess I'm pretty lucky aha. I'm surprised nobody has found it as these ecs stores are all around canada and I can honestly say that Marley coffee is one of the best coffee's out there it's my favourite if you ever do find it like I did I highly suggest buying every flavour you see as they all taste amazingly different.

13 Reasons I'd Still Pick Nintendo's Wii U Over the PS4 and Xbox One

The Wii U remains the only game system you can readily shlep around like a handheld, and one with friendlier ergonomics for longterm sessions than either Sony’s PS Vita or Nintendo’s own 3DS. The PS4’s slender enough, but you’d need to lug a screen with you, and it’s the screen that’s probably the biggest hurdle here. By folding the screen into the gamepad, Nintendo has essentially designed the first portable gaming platform that doesn’t in some fundamental way (think the tiny thumbsticks on the Vita) compromise the interface to said platform.

Fifty shades of gay

Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line? (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Gurmit Singh bids goodbye to MediaCorp

Gurmit got on the phone with the show’s producers and said he wasn’t coming to work. “I mean, I’m human, so there’s only so much I can take ... These people seem to think I’m going all out to destroy people’s lives and make you angry and frustrated watching my show – and forcing you to watch. I said, ‘They’ve got it all wrong. And I don’t want to be here any more.’”

Rohinni's Lightpaper Is Incredibly Thin, And Printable

Nice new aproach! I'd love to see what this "LED printer" looks like! There are several comparable, and perhaps "better" techniques available such as conductive inks, and "printscreen" ( Ultra thin-film electro luminescence) that does not have the "shimmering effect" problem. With the technology you can apply passive matrix displays in grey-scale or multi-color on paper, leather, stone and wood. If interested you can read more about it here: In any way it will be interesting to see future applications of these exiting new techniques!

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

Truth be told, I think the difference between passion and delusion isn’t even very distinguishable. I suspect many an entrepreneur has fallen too far down the rabbit hole without even realizing it. It happened to me. Maxed-out credit cards, empty cupboards, and a frustrated spouse helped me wake up to the delusion I created in myself. I was laser-focused on the belief I had to succeed no matter what, which led me to lose sight of reality. My story fortunately has a happy ending. But if I hadn’t faced that reality head-on (and it did indeed feel like a crash), I wouldn’t have been able to honestly evaluate my business and redirect toward a healthier course.

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

It’s been said that the only two jobs of a Zen monk are sitting zazen (meditation) and sweeping. Cleaning is one of the daily rituals of a Zen monk, one of their most important daily practices. They sweep or rake, and they try to do nothing else in that moment. The next time you’re doing housework, try concentrating on the housework—on the dust, on the motion, on the sensation. Cooking and cleaning are often seen as boring chores, but actually they are both great ways to practice mindfulness—something I ritualistically try to do at least once or twice a week. Sounds simple—but it’s actually pretty hard—go ahead and try it.

China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

Officials say casual alteration of idioms risks nothing less than ‘cultural and linguistic chaos’, despite their common usage

Budweiser Cans Clydesdales For EDM, Zombies And Jay-Z

Budweiser hit its peak in 1988, when it sold some 50 million barrels of beer. Last year, the brand only sold 16 million barrels, according to the WSJ report. The beer's sales have declined as more Americans reach for light beers (Bud Light is the #1 selling beer in the U.S.), flavored alcoholic drinks like Lime-a-Rita, which is another AB InBev product, and craft beers.

Eight weeks to a better brain

Amishi Jha , a University of Miami neuroscientist who investigates mindfulness-training’s effects on individuals in high-stress situations, says, “These results shed light on the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based training. They demonstrate that the first-person experience of stress can not only be reduced with an eight-week mindfulness training program but that this experiential change corresponds with structural changes in the amygdala, a finding that opens doors to many possibilities for further research on MBSR’s potential to protect against stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.” Jha was not one of the study investigators.

Life that doesn't end with death

In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does. (Filmed at TEDMED.)

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

EI should not be associated with being a "positive-look on the bright side" sort of person. This article is assuming that all emotionally intelligent people are emotionally sensitive. I don't think EI is what the author is defining; instead, Ithink he/she is defining optimistic people and their habits. I define emotional intelligence as being able to read peoples emotions and having the capacity to act accordingly. You can be emotionally intelligent and use that knowledge(some would say skill) to manipulate others to get what is in your best interest- that's not being a positive-surround myself with like-minded people...If you are "highly" EI and you come across someone who is negative and wants to vent, because of the way the sound, act, look, and so forth, you will act accordingly to whether you are a selfless or selfish person. Furthermore, if there is no personal investment, the "highly" EI can decide not to act at all because they are apathetic to the person/situation. Thoughts?

The Case Against Paying Designers By The Hour

As I state in the article the hourly calculation as an “internal” mechanism to cover overhead and insure profitably, is not going away. The “model” I offer attempts to draw an equivalency to a more tangible expense a client has readily accepted to put the value of design in some context. I like playing with odd examples such as branding a zoo. I imagine what their salary costs might be for security. Fifty union guards at $25,000 a year results in over $1,000,000 annually. Is it unreasonable, that a world class branding program might cost 15% of that? AND when that branding effectively promotes the wonders of the institution thus driving increased visitors and revenue for years, is it not worth it? Whether you calculate this based on “time” or not, the total amount proposed can be better negotiated against a “known” expense to the client. Try it as an exploratory exercise.

What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Google's biggest mobile update in years

There's something magical about the idea that, in the space of a few minutes, your smartphone or tablet can look dramatically different and do some cool new things, to boot. That's why operating system updates can be oddly exciting, and Android's latest upgrade -- known as version 5.0 or Lollipop -- is the firmware equivalent of opening a stack of presents on your birthday. The upcoming release, which is now available on the Nexus 9 and heading to dozens of mobile devices in the coming months, brings a fresh design and no shortage of new features. Join me as I unwrap Google's latest gift to the wireless community. Gallery | 24 Photos Nexus 9 Lollipop screenshots + See all 24 Gallery | 70 Photos Android 5.0 Lollipop screenshots + See all 70

The illusion of consciousness

Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Flux capacitor watch turns your wrist into a DeLorean - CNET

There's a slight learning curve involved with reading time on the flux capacitor watch. You have to count blinking lights. Press the bottom-most button and keep track. The first set of blinks is the hour, the next set is the first minute and the third set is the second minute. So, if you count twelve lights, four lights and then six lights, the time is 12:46. It will repeat if you didn't catch it the first time around.

6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day

A common thread among these great tips is humility. It's humbling to go to the gym, where some days you're slower around the track or can't lift as much as yesterday. It's humbling to pick up a new hobby or activity, especially one that really stretches you because at the beginning you're going to suck! The sweater you're learning to knit will look wonky, which teaches us patience and perseverance as we rip it out and try again. Of course, helping others is the most humbling thing we can do - it's so valuable to listen with compassion, remind ourselves that we've been there and be aware of the opportunities in our life that allow us to be able to help. Thanks for the article!

Easy Winter Cat Shelter

This easily constructed cat shelter is perfect for our outdoor feral friends during those cold months. From start to finish only  took me less than a hour to complete. I had everything to make do this project around the house, besides the styrofoam cooler which was only a couple dollars.

How to turn small talk into smart conversation

Go ahead, be bold. Upend the dinner table conversation! Turn small talk into big ideas at the next summer wedding reception you’re forced to attend! You never know which ideas will be worth spreading next.

Spotify: Friend or Foe?

Ek’s phlegmatic manner makes his unshakable, almost spiritual belief in Spotify burn all the more brightly. His vision, that Spotify is a force for good in the world of music, is almost Swedenborgian: salvation in the form of a fully licensed streaming-music service where you can find every record ever made. Spotify doesn’t sell music; it sells access to it. Instead of buying songs and albums, you pay a monthly subscription fee ($9.99), or get served an ad every few songs if you’re on the free tier. You can listen to anything on the service—the Beatles (as with iTunes, the surviving members are not rushing in) and Taylor Swift (who left the service in a flurry of publicity in early November) notwithstanding—and there is an astonishing amount of music. When Spotify launched, in October, 2008, in Sweden and a handful of other European countries, Ek’s dream seemed like the longest of long shots. Now Spotify is the Netflix of music sites. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, says, “Daniel just saw the opportunities of streaming music before anyone else.”

Powerful Habits To Build Your Career Every Day

When you make your daily to-do list you're choosing your habits. Here's how to make sure they are moving you closer to where you want to be.

The Sony Logo That Never Was

"It was the decision of the judges that there was no clear first, second, or third place winner and that the prize money should therefore be divided equally among the three finalists," Sony's copy reads. "And until the time comes in the future that we decide to make a change, the Sony logo will remain the same and continue to represent our commitment to innovative thinking and quality projects." Because what better represents innovation than leaving things the same?

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Feature: A castaway from ancient Mars

There is one diva in particular that I’m here to pay homage to: Black Beauty, a shiny, scaly-skinned, 4.4-billion-year-old rock from Mars. It began its journey to Earth more than 5 million years ago, about the time humans and chimpanzees were splitting from a common ancestor. That is when an asteroid struck Mars, catapulting the rock into space. Sometime in the last thousand years or so, orbital mechanics and gravity delivered the wandering rock to Earth. Surviving an incendiary plunge through the atmosphere, it landed in more than a dozen pieces in the western Sahara. There the fragments sat, untouched except by wind and sand. Finally, a nomad plucked a piece from the dunes. After passing through the hands of several Moroccan middlemen, the first piece wound up in Piatek’s hands in 2011. He would acquire nine more.

Watch the First Star Wars Trailer Everyone Was Waiting For

It is set 30 years after the death of Darth Vader and the fall of the Empire. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprise their original roles.

Understanding How Habits Rule Our Lives

In the past decade, our understanding of the neurology and psychology of habits and the way patterns work within our lives, societies, and organizations has expanded in ways we couldn’t have imagined fifty years ago. We now know why habits emerge, how they change, and the science behind their mechanics. We know how to break them into parts and rebuild them to our specifications. We understand how to make people eat less, exercise more, work more efficiently, and live healthier lives. Transforming a habit isn’t necessarily easy or quick. It isn’t always simple.

9 Skyrim Secrets You Probably Didn't Find - IGN

The Dragonborn DLC featured the ability to ride dragons, but what good is a dragon that’s just going to either die or turn on you? If you travel back to the Throat of the World after learning the new shout, you can summon your personal dragon to the ground from where he flies around the peak, and ride him wherever you please through fast traveling. Best of all, he’s an important NPC that can’t be killed, and he won’t turn on you like other tamed dragons.

Brands Are Wasting Time And Money On Facebook And Twitter, Report Says

I'm going to go ahead and point at the elephant in the room here. The reason these strategies don't work, is because companies try to "automate" or "roboticize" their social media efforts. Instead of having a HUMAN write/post tweets in real time (where they can then like, share, or favorite the work of others), companies rely on software/tools like Hootsuite to "schedule" posts. The WHOLE ENTIRE point of social media is to INTERACT with OTHER HUMANS. By removing humans from this process, we've created a system where people aren't talking/communicating with people anymore... Plus a LOT of companies push content to their fans instead of engaging with them. You aren't supposed to simply tell people to view your content, you're supposed to share the content of your followers by re-tweeting/reposting, liking and sharing their posts, and last I checked--hootsuite didn't do that. Instead of making a giant ruckus about it, why don't you guys just hire an intern to manage the facebook page??

51 4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams
52 MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart’s Vital Signs Easy
53 Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review
54 9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
55 Spotify Doesn't Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It | WIRED
56 Want To Conquer A New Skill? Do It Every Day
57 Our South Park, Ourselves
58 5 Books To Help You Build Better Habits
59 ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Guidelines Published By European Regulators
60 How Slack has made itself an indispensable business tool
61 10 creative recipes to reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers
62 Black Friday is a day of death and destruction in this parody trailer - CNET
63 How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court
64 TNW Rewind
65 Know thyself, with a brain scanner
66 Future-proof Your Brand With The Right Typeface
68 How To Take Great Photos, According To A National Geographic Channel Photographer
69 Needed: citizen scientists for Higgs hunt
70 Europe Targets U.S. Web Firms
71 5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome
72 Crows Understand a Fundamental Part of Logical Reasoning
73 A teen just trying to figure it out
74 Help Right Now in Ferguson
75 The Creative Benefits Of An Intense Morning Coffee Routine
76 This Black Friday, Patagonia Is Giving Away Lots Of Free, Lightly Used Clothing
77 Jonathan Wilson on Twitter
78 Nanoparticle Tags Trace Cancer Cells in Blood | MIT Technology Review
79 Mickey Rourke returns to boxing at age 62 and beats 29-year-old opponent
80 A choreographer's creative process in real time
81 Aerial bombing: Turns out, it almost never works
82 THE PROGRAMMATIC ADVERTISING REPORT: Real-Time Bidding Is Taking Over The Digital Ad Market
83 Driving Conversations: Yves Behar and Jaime Derringer discuss design
84 With Warmest Regards: The 12 Most Annoying Email Habits You See Every Day
85 The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding
86 Gimmie Raises $700,000 For A New Messaging-Based Lead Conversion Service
87 5 email myths you can stop believing now
88 iPad apps for editing your photos like a pro - CNET
89 The Perfect High-Tech Carry-On Has No Zipper At All
90 How To Do a Content Audit - Step-by-Step
91 The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers
92 Why You Should Stop Bragging About Being A Workaholic
93 6 Top Baristas On How--And Why--To Make A Great Cup Of Coffee
94 Reg Saddler on Twitter
95 25 DIY wrapping paper ideas for gifts too beautiful to tear open
96 Under $25 | Holiday gift guide 2014
97 Black Friday 2014: The best deals in comic books
98 The Beginner’s Guide to Biohacking
99 The 6 best movies to see in theaters Thanksgiving weekend