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  • 1/50   Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model
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    By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...

    By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...


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  • 2/50   Russia's Khodorkovsky awarded Lech Walesa prize
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    WARSAW (Reuters) - The jailed Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been awarded the annual Lech Walesa prize, named after the Polish Nobel laureate who helped overthrow Communist rule. The Walesa Institute decided to give Khodorkovsy the prize, because he has "inscribed on the banner of his public life values such as economy freedom, civic values and social justice", Walesa said in the statement. Khodorkovsky, the former head of oil company Yukos, has been convicted of money-laundering, tax evasion and fraud. ...

    WARSAW (Reuters) - The jailed Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been awarded the annual Lech Walesa prize, named after the Polish Nobel laureate who helped overthrow Communist rule. The Walesa Institute decided to give Khodorkovsy the prize, because he has "inscribed on the banner of his public life values such as economy freedom, civic values and social justice", Walesa said in the statement. Khodorkovsky, the former head of oil company Yukos, has been convicted of money-laundering, tax evasion and fraud. ...


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  • 3/50   Cher saves 'best effort' for first album in 12 years
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few musicians are able to keep their careers alive for more than five decades, but pop diva Cher says her latest album is her "best effort ever." Cher, 67, a staple of American dance music, released her 26th studio album, "Closer to the Truth" on Tuesday, her first record in 12 years. "It's my best effort ever, so I'm happy with that. I'm singing better than ever and the songs are really good. I'm unbelievably proud of it," the singer said in an interview with Reuters at her home in California's beachside community of Malibu. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few musicians are able to keep their careers alive for more than five decades, but pop diva Cher says her latest album is her "best effort ever." Cher, 67, a staple of American dance music, released her 26th studio album, "Closer to the Truth" on Tuesday, her first record in 12 years. "It's my best effort ever, so I'm happy with that. I'm singing better than ever and the songs are really good. I'm unbelievably proud of it," the singer said in an interview with Reuters at her home in California's beachside community of Malibu. ...


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  • 4/50   Amanda Bynes' drunk driving case moved to mental health court
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The drunk driving case against troubled actress and former teenage star Amanda Bynes has been moved to the mental health court at the request of her attorney, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. Attorney Richard Hutton argued that the 27-year-old former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial in the case due to doubts about her mental competence. Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks in July. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The drunk driving case against troubled actress and former teenage star Amanda Bynes has been moved to the mental health court at the request of her attorney, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. Attorney Richard Hutton argued that the 27-year-old former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial in the case due to doubts about her mental competence. Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks in July. ...


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  • 5/50   Prominent Cuban dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe dead at 72
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    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Oscar Manuel Espinosa Chepe, a dissident Cuban economist whose work was censored by the government, died in Spain on Monday at age 72 after battling chronic liver disease and cancer, his wife announced on Facebook. Espinosa, a soft-spoken man known to friends and colleagues as Chepe, was one of 75 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms in an April 2003 crackdown on the opposition and named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Espinosa's health quickly deteriorated in prison and he was paroled for health reasons in November 2004. ...

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Oscar Manuel Espinosa Chepe, a dissident Cuban economist whose work was censored by the government, died in Spain on Monday at age 72 after battling chronic liver disease and cancer, his wife announced on Facebook. Espinosa, a soft-spoken man known to friends and colleagues as Chepe, was one of 75 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms in an April 2003 crackdown on the opposition and named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Espinosa's health quickly deteriorated in prison and he was paroled for health reasons in November 2004. ...


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  • 6/50   Entertainer Rolf Harris appears in UK court on child sex charges
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    LONDON (Reuters) - Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was charged in a London court on Monday with 13 child sex offences, dating back to the 1980s, as part of an investigation which has led to the arrest of more than a dozen celebrities. Harris, 83, arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court with his wife and was released on conditional bail after the hearing. He was committed for trial at Southwark Crown Court where he is due to appear on October 7. His lawyer indicated he would be pleading not guilty, according to the BBC. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was charged in a London court on Monday with 13 child sex offences, dating back to the 1980s, as part of an investigation which has led to the arrest of more than a dozen celebrities. Harris, 83, arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court with his wife and was released on conditional bail after the hearing. He was committed for trial at Southwark Crown Court where he is due to appear on October 7. His lawyer indicated he would be pleading not guilty, according to the BBC. ...


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  • 7/50   Billionaire Soros weds consultant in third marriage
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    By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton. Soros and Bolton, 42, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at his Bedford, New York, estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton. ...

    By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton. Soros and Bolton, 42, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at his Bedford, New York, estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton. ...


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  • 8/50   Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota's rise, dies at 100
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    By Yoko Kubota TOKYO (Reuters) - Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota Motor Corp's global rise and pioneered the automaker's vaunted production system, died on Tuesday, the Japanese automaker said. He was 100. Toyoda, cousin of the automaker's founder, died of heart failure in Toyota City, the company said in a statement. A taciturn engineer, Toyoda served as president between 1967 and 1982. He was chairman until 1994 and remained an honorary advisor at Toyota up until the time of his death. Over his career, Toyoda presided over Toyota's rise in the U.S. ...

    By Yoko Kubota TOKYO (Reuters) - Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota Motor Corp's global rise and pioneered the automaker's vaunted production system, died on Tuesday, the Japanese automaker said. He was 100. Toyoda, cousin of the automaker's founder, died of heart failure in Toyota City, the company said in a statement. A taciturn engineer, Toyoda served as president between 1967 and 1982. He was chairman until 1994 and remained an honorary advisor at Toyota up until the time of his death. Over his career, Toyoda presided over Toyota's rise in the U.S. ...


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  • 9/50   Pop singer Pink named Billboard's Woman of the Year
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Pink has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year after scoring her first ever No. 1 album this year, the music industry trade magazine said on Monday. Pink, 34, who emerged on the pop scene in 2000 as a self-styled antidote to the girl-next-door image presented by young pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, released her sixth album "The Truth About Love" last September. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Pink has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year after scoring her first ever No. 1 album this year, the music industry trade magazine said on Monday. Pink, 34, who emerged on the pop scene in 2000 as a self-styled antidote to the girl-next-door image presented by young pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, released her sixth album "The Truth About Love" last September. ...


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  • 10/50   Gates tops Forbes rich list again as young wealthy play catch up
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    By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts, according to two reports released Monday. The annual Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list showed that total wealth climbed 19 percent in the last year to $2.02 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion, with an average net worth per individual of $5 billion, up from $ 4.2 billion in 2012. It now takes $1.3 billion in assets just to get on the list. (See the full list at http://forbes. ...

    By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts, according to two reports released Monday. The annual Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list showed that total wealth climbed 19 percent in the last year to $2.02 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion, with an average net worth per individual of $5 billion, up from $ 4.2 billion in 2012. It now takes $1.3 billion in assets just to get on the list. (See the full list at http://forbes. ...


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  • 11/50   Patriots keep Falcons guessing, win again
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady never doubted the Patriots would find their offensive rhythm.

    ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady never doubted the Patriots would find their offensive rhythm.


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  • 12/50   Rays, Rangers force AL wild-card tiebreaker
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    The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.

    The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.


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  • 13/50   Manning masterful in Broncos' 52-20 rout of Eagles
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    DENVER (AP) — Seems the only one not impressed by Peyton Manning's off-the-charts exploits is Peyton Manning.

    DENVER (AP) — Seems the only one not impressed by Peyton Manning's off-the-charts exploits is Peyton Manning.


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  • 14/50   Indians clinch wild card with 5-1 win over Twins
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As he dived through the clubhouse on a makeshift slip-and-slide drenched with beer and champagne, a euphoric Nick Swisher could only think about how far his Cleveland Indians had come, and how quickly they got there.

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As he dived through the clubhouse on a makeshift slip-and-slide drenched with beer and champagne, a euphoric Nick Swisher could only think about how far his Cleveland Indians had come, and how quickly they got there.


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  • 15/50   Rangers force AL wild-card tiebreaker, beat Angels
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    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers had to keep winning to keep playing. After seven wins in a row, they have to do it one more time to get into the playoffs.

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers had to keep winning to keep playing. After seven wins in a row, they have to do it one more time to get into the playoffs.


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  • 16/50   Marlins' Alvarez throws odd no-hitter vs Tigers
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    MIAMI (AP) — With the bases loaded, two outs and the score 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Henderson Alvarez stood in the Miami Marlins' on-deck circle, bat in hand, hoping to complete his no-hitter.

    MIAMI (AP) — With the bases loaded, two outs and the score 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Henderson Alvarez stood in the Miami Marlins' on-deck circle, bat in hand, hoping to complete his no-hitter.


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  • 17/50   Playoff Chase: TB, Texas in wild-card tiebreaker
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    The regular season is going to game No. 163 when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers on Monday night in an all-or-nothing tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:

    The regular season is going to game No. 163 when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers on Monday night in an all-or-nothing tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:


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  • 18/50   5 things to know from Seahawks' win over Texans
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    HOUSTON (AP) — After Seattle rallied for an overtime win against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Pete Carroll joked that halftime was the best thing that happened to his team.

    HOUSTON (AP) — After Seattle rallied for an overtime win against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Pete Carroll joked that halftime was the best thing that happened to his team.


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  • 19/50   USC fires Lane Kiffin; Orgeron is interim coach
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lane Kiffin triumphantly flew in from Tennessee nearly four years ago as the unlikely choice to extend Southern California's football renaissance.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lane Kiffin triumphantly flew in from Tennessee nearly four years ago as the unlikely choice to extend Southern California's football renaissance.


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  • 20/50   SEC insider trading trial against Mark Cuban set to begin
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    (Reuters) - Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, is set to go on trial on Monday to face civil charges that he committed insider trading in shares of a little-known internet search company nearly a decade ago. Cuban, 55, is accused of selling his 600,000 shares of the former Mamma.com Inc on June 28 and 29, 2004, soon after learning from Chief Executive Guy Fauré that it was planning an equity offering that could dilute his 6.3 percent stake. The U.S. ...

    (Reuters) - Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, is set to go on trial on Monday to face civil charges that he committed insider trading in shares of a little-known internet search company nearly a decade ago. Cuban, 55, is accused of selling his 600,000 shares of the former Mamma.com Inc on June 28 and 29, 2004, soon after learning from Chief Executive Guy Fauré that it was planning an equity offering that could dilute his 6.3 percent stake. The U.S. ...


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  • 21/50   Government shutdown: Who's going to feel it?
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Buying a home will be tougher—and skip the visit to the Statue of Liberty.

    Buying a home will be tougher—and skip the visit to the Statue of Liberty.


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  • 22/50   Militants attack Nigeria college dorm, 40 students die
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    Damaturu (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday opened fire in a college dormitory in northeast Nigeria as the students slept, killing 40, in the latest massacre blamed on the Islamist insurgents.

    Damaturu (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday opened fire in a college dormitory in northeast Nigeria as the students slept, killing 40, in the latest massacre blamed on the Islamist insurgents.


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  • 23/50   Photos: Images from a fiery Calif. jet crash
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    Firefighters work to extinguish fire at the site of a plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Authorities say a twin-jet Cessna Citation went off the right side of the runway and crashed into a hangar after landing about 6:20 p.m. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the plane or whether anyone was inside the hangar, and there was no immediate word on any injuries or deaths. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    Firefighters work to extinguish fire at the site of a plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Authorities say a twin-jet Cessna Citation went off the right side of the runway and crashed into a hangar after landing about 6:20 p.m. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the plane or whether anyone was inside the hangar, and there was no immediate word on any injuries or deaths. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


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  • 24/50   Israel's Netanyahu warns White House about Iran
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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership.

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership.


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  • 25/50   A final session of Walter White's 'Bad' behavior
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Any "Breaking Bad " fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday's finale held no major surprises.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Any "Breaking Bad " fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday's finale held no major surprises.


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  • 26/50   AP PHOTOS: 'Breaking Bad' kept its audience hooked
    ENTERTAINMENT TOPIC NEWS

    For five seasons audiences have been hooked on the evolution of Walter White and the dark world he embraced in "Breaking Bad." As the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord, Bryan Cranston and the rest of the show's cast have earned their share of Emmys while the show has logged record ratings. As the show's finale airs tonight in the United States, here are some images from past episodes:

    For five seasons audiences have been hooked on the evolution of Walter White and the dark world he embraced in "Breaking Bad." As the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord, Bryan Cranston and the rest of the show's cast have earned their share of Emmys while the show has logged record ratings. As the show's finale airs tonight in the United States, here are some images from past episodes:


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  • 27/50   Folk music rules at 'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert
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    NEW YORK (AP) — When Justin Timberlake couldn't make Sunday's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead.

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Justin Timberlake couldn't make Sunday's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead.


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  • 28/50   'Cloudy' sequel tops weekend box office
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" slurped up the box office.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" slurped up the box office.


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  • 29/50   Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad' has 'SNL' cameo
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    NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" had some fun with anticipation over Sunday's "Breaking Bad" finale with help from Aaron Paul in a surprise cameo.

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" had some fun with anticipation over Sunday's "Breaking Bad" finale with help from Aaron Paul in a surprise cameo.


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  • 30/50   Wonder headlines NYC concert highlighting poverty
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder gave an electrifying performance at New York's Central Park in front of thousands of fans and several world leaders Saturday, singing his hits and calling for an end to poverty worldwide at the Global Citizen Festival.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder gave an electrifying performance at New York's Central Park in front of thousands of fans and several world leaders Saturday, singing his hits and calling for an end to poverty worldwide at the Global Citizen Festival.


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  • 31/50   Twitter to make IPO filing public this week: Quartz
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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc plans to make its IPO filing public this week, news website Quartz reported on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the social media network's plan. Twitter, which is expected to be valued at up to $15 billion, filed with U.S. regulators on September 12 to go public, but did so confidentially and without providing a timeline under a process available to emerging growth companies. Quartz said that Twitter's IPO could still be delayed by a variety of factors, from changes to the prospectus to market conditions, to a potential shutdown of the U.S. government. ...

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc plans to make its IPO filing public this week, news website Quartz reported on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the social media network's plan. Twitter, which is expected to be valued at up to $15 billion, filed with U.S. regulators on September 12 to go public, but did so confidentially and without providing a timeline under a process available to emerging growth companies. Quartz said that Twitter's IPO could still be delayed by a variety of factors, from changes to the prospectus to market conditions, to a potential shutdown of the U.S. government. ...


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  • 32/50   Nokia says wins favorable ruling from Indian court on assets freeze
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    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nokia Corp, which is in a $333 million tax dispute with Indian authorities, said the Delhi High Court last week ruled in the company's favor in a case where the tax office froze some of its assets. "We are now working closely with the tax authorities to ensure that the parties will find a comprehensive solution to the remaining open issues, and discussions have been constructive," the Finnish company said in a statement, declining to comment further. ...

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nokia Corp, which is in a $333 million tax dispute with Indian authorities, said the Delhi High Court last week ruled in the company's favor in a case where the tax office froze some of its assets. "We are now working closely with the tax authorities to ensure that the parties will find a comprehensive solution to the remaining open issues, and discussions have been constructive," the Finnish company said in a statement, declining to comment further. ...


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  • 33/50   Siemens' new CEO riles labor reps with news of job cuts
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    MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Weekend news of 15,000 job cuts at Germany's Siemens has put the German engineering group's new chief executive, Joe Kaeser, on a collision course with workers' representatives only two months after he took the helm. "We oppose a margin-driven job-cutting program. Siemens needs a sustainable and future-oriented program that focuses on people and not just on margins," works council chief Lothar Adler said on Monday. Siemens, Germany's second-biggest company by market value, aims to save 6 billion euros ($8. ...

    MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Weekend news of 15,000 job cuts at Germany's Siemens has put the German engineering group's new chief executive, Joe Kaeser, on a collision course with workers' representatives only two months after he took the helm. "We oppose a margin-driven job-cutting program. Siemens needs a sustainable and future-oriented program that focuses on people and not just on margins," works council chief Lothar Adler said on Monday. Siemens, Germany's second-biggest company by market value, aims to save 6 billion euros ($8. ...


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  • 34/50   How to Strip Ads from your Facebook Newsfeed
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    New tricks and tools to control the advertisements on your Facebook pages.

    New tricks and tools to control the advertisements on your Facebook pages.


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  • 35/50   Sony's PS4 tops Xbox One as gamers' holiday choice: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More U.S. shoppers prefer Sony Corp's upcoming PlayStation 4 than Microsoft Corp's Xbox One, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, as the industry's two leading videogame console makers prepare to do battle this holiday season. Asked about their interest in dedicated game devices, 26 percent of 1,297 people surveyed online last week say they are likely to purchase the new PlayStation 4 when available, versus 15 percent opting for the Xbox One. The rift widens among those below the age of 40. ...

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More U.S. shoppers prefer Sony Corp's upcoming PlayStation 4 than Microsoft Corp's Xbox One, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, as the industry's two leading videogame console makers prepare to do battle this holiday season. Asked about their interest in dedicated game devices, 26 percent of 1,297 people surveyed online last week say they are likely to purchase the new PlayStation 4 when available, versus 15 percent opting for the Xbox One. The rift widens among those below the age of 40. ...


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  • 36/50   Facebook to join Twitter in providing TV networks with user data
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    Now that Facebook has granted broadcasters access to your public wall posts, it wants to give them even more of your data -- but anonymously this time. Zuckerberg and Co. told the Wall Street Journal it'll supply the ...

    Now that Facebook has granted broadcasters access to your public wall posts, it wants to give them even more of your data -- but anonymously this time. Zuckerberg and Co. told the Wall Street Journal it'll supply the ...


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  • 37/50   BlackBerry Z30 reaches the FCC with Canada-ready LTE
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    BlackBerry hasn't said exactly when the Z30 will reach North America, but we now know that it's getting close -- a GSM variant with compatible LTE has reached the FCC. The smartphone supports 4G on both the 1,700MHz and 2,600MHz bands, suggesting that it will soon launch through bigger Canadian carriers like Bell, Rogers and Telus. We'll still have to wait for an American model, however.

    BlackBerry hasn't said exactly when the Z30 will reach North America, but we now know that it's getting close -- a GSM variant with compatible LTE has reached the FCC. The smartphone supports 4G on both the 1,700MHz and 2,600MHz bands, suggesting that it will soon launch through bigger Canadian carriers like Bell, Rogers and Telus. We'll still have to wait for an American model, however.


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  • 38/50   Google launches Android game vending machines, puts first ones in Tokyo (naturally)
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    In a country that has no shortage of vending machines, Google Japan has decided to join the fray. The company has announced three dedicated Google Play machines that will sell 18 different gaming titles which are a mix of free-to-play and paid-for titles. To use the machines, you'll need a smartphone running Android 4.0 and NFC -- and that's about it.

    In a country that has no shortage of vending machines, Google Japan has decided to join the fray. The company has announced three dedicated Google Play machines that will sell 18 different gaming titles which are a mix of free-to-play and paid-for titles. To use the machines, you'll need a smartphone running Android 4.0 and NFC -- and that's about it.


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  • 39/50   Xbox One Kinect sensor can understand two people talking at the same time
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    Microsoft has revealed that the Kinect sensor it will ship with the Xbox One can detect two people talking at the same time. Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo in London, Microsoft's Phil Harrison revealed further details about the new Kinect. Coupled with the Xbox One, Kinect will now be able to hear and understand two people talking at once, even detecting whether mouths are open in a dark room.The new capabilities work alongside improvements to Kinect that allow it to track thumbs, 25 joints of up to six people, and heart rates by scanning a face. ...

    Microsoft has revealed that the Kinect sensor it will ship with the Xbox One can detect two people talking at the same time. Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo in London, Microsoft's Phil Harrison revealed further details about the new Kinect. Coupled with the Xbox One, Kinect will now be able to hear and understand two people talking at once, even detecting whether mouths are open in a dark room.The new capabilities work alongside improvements to Kinect that allow it to track thumbs, 25 joints of up to six people, and heart rates by scanning a face. ...


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  • 40/50   John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA
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    Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a "D-Central" gadget that communicates with smartphones, tablets, and laptops to create decentralized networks that can't be accessed by government agencies. ...

    Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a "D-Central" gadget that communicates with smartphones, tablets, and laptops to create decentralized networks that can't be accessed by government agencies. ...


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  • 41/50   UK cyber defense unit promises to 'strike back' at enemies
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    The UK government announced last December that it was building a "Cyber Reserve" to protect itself, and now it has a few more details to divulge. Crucially, rather than merely focusing on defending the country from attacks, ...

    The UK government announced last December that it was building a "Cyber Reserve" to protect itself, and now it has a few more details to divulge. Crucially, rather than merely focusing on defending the country from attacks, ...


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  • 42/50   Terra Motors' electric scooter is a $4,500 iPhone accessory
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    No electric vehicle is more iconic than Tesla Motors' Model S, and none of its features are more notorious than the colossal 17-inch touchscreen that replaces many of the traditional buttons and knobs found on your regular car dashboard. The Verge's Chris Ziegler wasn't too impressed with the interface when he took the Model S for a spin, finding it overbearing and unreliable. But what if you could bring your own touchscreen to an electric vehicle, providing more useful information while keeping the standard controls intact?

    No electric vehicle is more iconic than Tesla Motors' Model S, and none of its features are more notorious than the colossal 17-inch touchscreen that replaces many of the traditional buttons and knobs found on your regular car dashboard. The Verge's Chris Ziegler wasn't too impressed with the interface when he took the Model S for a spin, finding it overbearing and unreliable. But what if you could bring your own touchscreen to an electric vehicle, providing more useful information while keeping the standard controls intact?


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  • 43/50   'Breaking Bad' cinematographer thanks Netflix and cheap HDTVs for show's success
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    Michael Slovis is Breaking Bad's cinematographer. He's the man responsible for the show's striking visual style: its filmic landscapes, its lingering timelapses, and its trademark perspective shots. And what does Slovis say allowed him to imbue Breaking Bad with its own distinct aesthetics?

    Michael Slovis is Breaking Bad's cinematographer. He's the man responsible for the show's striking visual style: its filmic landscapes, its lingering timelapses, and its trademark perspective shots. And what does Slovis say allowed him to imbue Breaking Bad with its own distinct aesthetics?


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  • 44/50   Samsung claims 100 million people use its ChatOn messaging service
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    Though we haven't received any ChatOn messages ourselves lately, Samsung says that its messaging service has caught on with some. In fact, it's just chalked up a "global subscriber base" of 100 million folks in around two years ...

    Though we haven't received any ChatOn messages ourselves lately, Samsung says that its messaging service has caught on with some. In fact, it's just chalked up a "global subscriber base" of 100 million folks in around two years ...


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  • 45/50   Softbank announces the Arrows A, can fast-charge a day of use in just 10 minutes
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    Softbank has just held its biannual showcase to reveal its new smartphone family and, as is often the case with Japanese carriers, there's a few interesting devices alongside the more predictable iPhone fare. Poring over the company's Winter 2013 ...

    Softbank has just held its biannual showcase to reveal its new smartphone family and, as is often the case with Japanese carriers, there's a few interesting devices alongside the more predictable iPhone fare. Poring over the company's Winter 2013 ...


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  • 46/50   SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from California
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    By Irene Klotz VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to test upgrades before commercial satellite launch services begin later this year. The 22-story rocket, built and flown by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, soared off a newly refurbished, leased launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Station at noon (1600 GMT). The Falcon 9 blazed through clear blue skies out over the Pacific Ocean, its water vapor trail visible even as the rocket left the atmosphere. "It went better than expected. ...

    By Irene Klotz VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to test upgrades before commercial satellite launch services begin later this year. The 22-story rocket, built and flown by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, soared off a newly refurbished, leased launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Station at noon (1600 GMT). The Falcon 9 blazed through clear blue skies out over the Pacific Ocean, its water vapor trail visible even as the rocket left the atmosphere. "It went better than expected. ...


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  • 47/50   Commercial cargo ship reaches International Space Station
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    By Irene Klotz (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. commercial cargo ship flew to the International Space Station on Sunday, completing the primary goal of its test flight before supply runs begin in December. After a series of successful steering maneuvers, the Orbital Sciences Cygnus freighter parked about 39 feet from the station at 6:50 a.m. EDT/1050 GMT as the ships sailed 260 miles above the Southern Ocean south of Africa. ...

    By Irene Klotz (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. commercial cargo ship flew to the International Space Station on Sunday, completing the primary goal of its test flight before supply runs begin in December. After a series of successful steering maneuvers, the Orbital Sciences Cygnus freighter parked about 39 feet from the station at 6:50 a.m. EDT/1050 GMT as the ships sailed 260 miles above the Southern Ocean south of Africa. ...


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  • 48/50   Scientists more convinced mankind is main cause of warming
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    By Alister Doyle and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last. ...

    By Alister Doyle and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last. ...


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  • 49/50   Crowdfunding: What's in It for Scientists?
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    Crowdfunding: What's in It for Scientists?

    Crowdfunding: What's in It for Scientists?


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  • 50/50   Biology in the Big Apple: Surveying the Wildlife of Central Park
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    Biology in the Big Apple: Surveying the Wildlife of Central Park

    Biology in the Big Apple: Surveying the Wildlife of Central Park


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