Hungary's internet tax axed after public protests

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Barely a week after it was first proposed, Hungary’s internet tax looks to be dead in the water. Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred….

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31Oct

Google Calendar for the web now lets you plan a schedule more quickly

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The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are you’re already busy planning your schedule for the next couple of months. Knowing how important it is to stick to a schedule for seasons like this, Google has introduced a handful of changes to its…

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31Oct

HTC's recovery stays on track by the slimmest of margins

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When a company like HTC has been on a year-long losing streak, it’s hard to work out if its earnings for this quarter are a cause for celebration or despair. Last quarter, you see, the One M8 helped the company achieve a huge turnaround, pulling down…

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31Oct

Sony loses a little less money thanks to the PlayStation 4

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If you’re rooting for Sony to pull through recent tough times, it’s still a cliffhanger, according to its latest earnings report. On the plus side, PS4 sales have been stellar, up 83 percent over last year at 310 billion yen ($2.8 billion). The good…

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31Oct

You can try Sony's VR headset at the 'PlayStation Experience'

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Tickets for Sony’s PlayStation Experience in December go on sale today, but aside from a few coy teases, what you’ll do there hasn’t been clear. Well, now that’s changing. For starters, Project Morpheus — the catch-up king’s VR headset — is making…

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31Oct

Google Wallet can now auto-withdraw from banks and send low balance alerts

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You can’t exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you’ll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the…

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31Oct

Protests in Burkina Faso spiraling out of control

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Protests in Burkina Faso turned violent on Thursday as demonstrators stormed the country’s parliament building ahead of a planned vote that would have paved the way for extending the president’s 27-year rule.

The vote, which would have changed the West African country’s constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to remain in office, was cancelled due to fierce opposition from the public.

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Protesters in the capital city of Ouagadougou were seen dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main parliament chamber ablaze. They swarmed other areas around the country, setting fire to several buildings and ransacking the offices of the national television station which is now off air Read more…

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30Oct

Peshmerga troops enter Kobani to fight ISIS

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SURUC, Turkey — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said.

The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants.

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The footage below, from Dubai’s Arabic Al Aan TV, shows the fighters driving into Kobani:

Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bani said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters. Bani spoke to The Associated Press just minutes after the peshmerga forces arrived. Read more…

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30Oct

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state

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Sweden’s new government has recognized a Palestinian state. The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — to do so.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled.

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“There is a territory, a people and government,” she told reporters in Stockholm.

Wallstrom said she hopes Sweden’s “excellent cooperation (with Israel) would continue” nevertheless and that the decision would be met in Jerusalem “in a constructive way”. Read more…

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30Oct

'People have no mercy': Inside the life of a Syrian arms dealer

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AZAZ, Syria — Abu Ammar is a soft-spoken but charismatic man, who loves his five children and hates ISIS.

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Before the war, he ran a moderately successful TV and computer repair shop. But after his showroom in Azaz, Syria, was destroyed by a tank shell, he decided he needed a change of career: he would go into the business of selling and repairing arms instead.

“When I was a child I would go hunting with my father.” Handling weapons, he says, “was a hobby.”

With fierce fighting raging in Syria and across the border in Iraq, what was once a hobby has now become a lucrative — if bloody — business for Abu Ammar who spoke on condition that only his nickname be used for security reasons. Read more…

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30Oct

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, written publicly about his sexual orientation in an essay published in Businessweek on Thursday

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook writes.

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In the essay, Cook says he has been open with many people about his sexual orientation for years, including Apple employees“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me.”

He adds that while he never denied his sexuality, he had not publicly acknowledged it either. Writing about his motivation to do so, the Apple boss cites Dr. Martin Luther King: Read more…

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