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Congressional critics ready to block Obama push to normalize Cuban relations
The historic plan announced by President Obama on Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba was met with heavy bipartisan resistance on Capitol Hill, raising questions of whether Congress will even consider easing a more than 50-year trade embargo ...
Taking Cuba Off Blacklist Leaves Only North Korea as Cold War VestigeNew York Times
Where US-Cuba relations stand and what may changeWashington Post
How the Obama-Castro Deal Went DownBloomberg
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North Korea's purported vast hacking network in spotlight after Sony hack
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea is one of the world's poorest countries, seen as well behind most everyone when it comes to most technologies and much more. Hacking may not be one of them. Scant resources or not, a defector who once worked ...
US Says N. Korea Behind Sony Cyber AttackVoice of America
Alex Proud: We let the bad guys win in Sony hack storyTelegraph.co.uk
Sony hack fallout: A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilitiesCTV News
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India terms Lakhvi bail 'unfortunate', wants Pak govt to reverse decision
A Pakistani court on Thursday granted bail to 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, sparking outrage in India which minced no words to condemn the decision as unacceptable and unfortunate. His bail came a day ...
Pakistan judge grants bail to alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attackWashington Post
Man accused of organizing Mumbai attacks granted bailUSA TODAY
26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi's trial exposes Pak's double standardsThe Indian Express
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A Look at North Korea's Cyberwar Capabilities
Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in ...
Experts on North Korea see regime's fingerprints on Sony attackLos Angeles Times
Sony slammed by Deputy PM Clegg for bowing to N. Korean 'intimidation'RT (blog)
The Switchboard: US officials believe North Korea really did hack SonyWashington Post (blog)
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Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press ...
Putin claims U.S., Europe sanctions 'declaw' RussiaNew York Daily News
Putin plays down rouble crash as he vows to diversify Russian economy in ...The Independent
Vladimir Putin's annual press conference: liveTelegraph.co.uk
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Jeb Bush, praised by liberals, already drawing flak from the GOP
Jeb is the man to beat, the savvy ex-governor, the game-changer with Hispanic voters, the choice of big donors, the common sense voice on immigration and education, the establishment candidate with the best chance of recapturing the White House for the ...
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Microsoft has retired the browser choice screen it agreed to show new Windows users in the European Union as part of an antitrust settlement.
For five years it showed the screen to new Windows users in a 2009 settlement of an antitrust case in which the European Commission found it had exploited its dominant position in the operating system market to push its own Internet Explorer browser.[ Safeguard your browsers; InfoWorld's experts tell you how in the "Web Browser Security Deep Dive" PDF guide. | Get the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]
The choice screen -- at browserchoice.eu until Wednesday -- is now gone, and in its place is a message from Microsoft: "The obligations imposed by the decision have now expired and Microsoft will no longer maintain this website. Microsoft encourages customers who want more information about web browsers or want to download another browser to do so by visiting the websites of web browser vendors directly."
LG Electronics' upcoming smart TVs will run an upgraded version of webOS that promises better performance and more customization.
The TVs will be launched at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas next month. The improvements on webOS 2.0 include better boot times and faster access to content. For example, when switching from the home screen to YouTube users will see an improvement in loading time of up to 70 percent, LG said, without revealing how many seconds it would take.[ Read Bill Snyder's Tech's Bottom Line blog for what the key business trends mean to you. | Cut to the key news for technology development and IT management with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]
New features let users access favorite channels faster than before from the main menu and adjust their TV without interrupting the program they're watching.
Human error was the culprit for a November outage of the Microsoft Azure cloud storage service. The company is hoping that recent updates that automate formerly manual processes will help prevent similar outages in the future.
"Microsoft Azure had clear operating guidelines, but there was a gap in the deployment tooling that relied on human decisions and protocol," wrote Jason Zander, Microsoft vice president for Azure, in a blog post Wednesday detailing the outage. "With the tooling updates the policy is now enforced by the deployment platform itself."
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Fla. man faked heart attack as friend took Barbie toys: cops
New York Daily News
A Florida thief faked a heart attack to distract Walmart security guards so his pal could steal a motorized Barbie car and vacation house, police said. But the duo's cunning Christmas-present plan was rumbled after surveillance cameras caught them carrying ...
Toys stolen amid faked heart attackIrish Independent
Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toysDaily Mail
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Pope Francis treats Rome's homeless to new sleeping bags on 78th birthday
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VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday. Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work, led ...
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