Amazon runs the numbers to convince you that e-books should be cheaper

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After unsuccessfully trying to charm authors, Amazon is now appealing to its customers during the ongoing war with Hachette. The retailer has revealed the reasons behind the spat, i.e. cheaper e-book prices, and the noble intentions behind it. Using…

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30Jul

UK to let driverless cars loose on roads by January

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Anxious to start… not driving in the UK? Though late to the party, the government has announced that driverless cars will hit the streets in three UK cities starting in January 2015. The Department of Transport also launched a £10 million ($17…

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30Jul

It's time to crowdfund the first step towards giant car-juggling robots

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A robot that can juggle cars. And without any involvement from Michael Bay. That’s the dream. Well, maybe it’s just our dream, but a new Kickstarter project is trying to make it happen. It’s (giant robot-sized) baby-steps to start with with: the…

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30Jul

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

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More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS’s first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview…

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30Jul

Sky's Now TV streaming app comes to the Xbox One

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Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week after it rolled out the app to the PlayStation 4, Sky’s now brought Now TV to the Xbox One. With today’s launch, Sky now has Microsoft and Sony’s new and old gaming consoles covered, as well as a number of…

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30Jul

'Mario Kart 8' couldn't save Nintendo from a $97 million loss

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Mario Kart on the Wii U is really good. Unfortunately it’s just one game — and it looks like it won’t be enough to rescue the Wii U’s sales. Nintendo apparently agrees, stating that its 9.9 billion yen loss was due to a lack of hit titles outside of…

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30Jul

For the New York Times, a Profit Shortfall

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It’s the same old story for the New York Times: Digital subscriptions continue to rise, but not enough to offset falling revenues and earnings.

Profit fell 21% to $55.7 million or $0.07 a share, versus the average analyst estimate of $0.085 in The New York Times Company’s second quarter. An overall 4.1% slump in overall ad revenues weighed on the results as did increased investments in “strategic initiatives,” the company said.

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A 32,000 jump in digital-only subscribers, fueled by new products like the NYT Now app, Times Premier and an Opinion app, brought the total number of paid digital subscribers to 831,000 Read more…

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29Jul

Twitter Looks to Break Out of Its Earnings Slump

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A busy second quarter of 2014 will be overshadowed if Twitter is unable to convince investors that its user growth is back on the upswing when the company reports earnings on Tuesday afternoon.

The social media company is set to release its report after the close of market trading at 4 p.m. ET, with analysts expecting the company to post a narrow net loss of $0.01 per share on revenue of $283.07 million

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There had been no shortage of news out of Twitter in the second quarter with a raft of acquisitions, product tweaks, executive exits and, of course, the World Cup Read more…

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29Jul

Fiery Skies and Black Clouds: Gaza's Long, Burning Night

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group’s control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip’s only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.

Flares turned the sky over Gaza City orange overnight and by daybreak, as the conflict entered its fourth week, heavy clouds of dust hovered over the territory. A thick column of black smoke rose from a burning fuel tank at the power plant.

See also: In Pictures, Palestinians Visit Ravaged Gaza Areas During Cease-Fire

Gaza’s only power station is hit by #Israel shell fire – it’s loss will add further misery to the people of #Gaza ..pic.twitter.com/DsXBUd7K6q

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29Jul

At Least 22 Civilians Were Killed in Ukraine Today

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At least 22 civilians were killed on Tuesday as violence between government forces and pro-Russian separatists engulfs eastern Ukraine

The use of unguided rockets has dramatically escalated the violence in the area in the weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down. Though eastern Ukraine has been entrenched in bloodshed over the past few months, it’s different this time around. The fighting is no longer confined to the rural outskirts; it’s now spilling over into the cities and residential areas. As a result, civilian casualties are mounting

In Donetsk, the main rebel city in the east, three shells hit an apartment building in the center of the city on Tuesday, killing at least one as 50 others hid in an underground parking area. Although the city is the separatist stronghold, government forces have refrained from attacking the most populated areas. The rebels accused the Ukrainian government of of using heavy artillery in the area, but Ukraine says it has banned usage of such weapons in residential areas, adding that separatists target civilians to discredit the army. Read more…

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29Jul

20 Private Thoughts From the Backseat of an Uber Car

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At the end of an exhausting day, it’s comforting to know that with just a few taps on your smartphone, a car will be on its way to pick you up and deliver you to your front door.

Some of the best thinking gets done while seated in the back of an Uber car. Groundbreaking thoughts like: Do I have enough Uber credits to cover this ride? Will my driver judge me if I play Kim Kardashian: Hollywood at full volume all the way home? Will he stop to let me pick up pizza?

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Confession-sharing app Secret shared some of your best backseat Uber thoughts

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