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Mass. doctor confirmed as new surgeon general
Gloucester Daily Times
BOSTON — Massachusetts Dr. Vivek Murthy won confirmation as surgeon general late Monday, taking on a portfolio to combat Ebola worldwide and strengthen the health of Americans. A 2003 Yale University School of Medicine graduate, Murthy is the ...
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Robin Williams Tops 2014 List of Google Searches
Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests.
Kim K. is NOT Google's 2014 most-searched celebUSA TODAY
Google Reveals 2014's Top SearchesPC Magazine
San Diego's top Google searches in 2014U-T San Diego
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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' is a disappointing final film
Peter Jackson's epic Middle Earth saga started with a bang with 2001's “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” but now ends with a whimper in the final chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy: “The Battle of the Five Armies.” The tale of the burglar Hobbit Bilbo ...
Ian McKellen takes Gandalf into the final 'Battle'USA TODAY
Review: Jackson TKO over Tolkien in 'Battle of 5 Armies'Asheville Citizen-Times
After 6 films and $5 billion, New Line not planning to go back again to Middle-earthMinneapolis Star Tribune
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Russia's Steep Rate Increase Fails to Stem Ruble's Dive
New York Times
MOSCOW — Despite the Russian central bank's extraordinary move to defend the currency, the ruble's value continued to slide on Tuesday, presenting President Vladimir V. Putin with an acute new set of political and economic challenges. Scenes that ...
Russia's ruble in freefall amid panicUSA TODAY
World Markets Roiled by Oil Slide, But US Stocks ResilientWall Street Journal
Russia's Lavrov Sees Grounds for Optimism Over Ukraine CrisisBusinessweek
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As surgeon general, Vivek Murthy to focus on health, not guns
Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON – The Senate has approved Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and the gun rights lobby because of his political advocacy work and statements calling guns a public health concern. Murthy, 37 ...
Mass. doctor Vivek Murthy OK'd as surgeon generalBoston Globe
Senate Approves Obama Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Vivek MurthyU.S. News & World Report
Finally, we have a Surgeon General - thanks to clueless Ted CruzNewsworks.org
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Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis' former brother-in-law blasts bail decision
The former brother-in-law of Sydney terrorist Man Haron Monis today spoke of his anger that the gunman had been freed on bail despite facing charges over the murder of his sister. Talat Khalik said the self-styled sheikh would 'burn in hell' after he was shot ...
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While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT landscape.
Final numbers for the amount of venture capital money poured into startups in 2014 have not yet been tallied, but already experts say 2014 is going to blow away such investments in at least each of the last five years. Through September, $33 billion had already been invested in the technology industry in 2014, which means investments made nine months into the year had already eclipsed the $30 billion in total handed out in 2013.
In a breach notification letter sent to employees this week, Sony Pictures outlines the full scope of data that was compromised by attackers shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The notice is similar to an email sent earlier this month, but with more detail, and encourages staff to take advantage of AllClearID, which will offer identity protection services for the next 12 months.[ Watch out for 11 signs you've been hacked -- and learn how to fight back, in InfoWorld's PDF special report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security newsletter. ]
It also warns them against Phishing attacks, or other malicious communications that might use this incident as leverage.
Apple and IBM last week kicked off their five-month-old partnership with an "impressive" 10-pack of focused mobile business apps catering to sectors ranging from financial to law enforcement.
"The three that I've seen were pretty impressive," said Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner. "They're very complex, with some drawing from three, four or more separate data sources."[ Get the best apps for your mobile device: InfoWorld picks the best iPad office apps and the best Android productivity apps. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobile Computing newsletter. ]
Apple and IBM, partners from 1991 through 2005 -- they had a falling out a decade ago when Apple switched its Macs to Intel processors -- rejoined forces in July to meld Apple's iPhone and iPad with IBM's big data and analytics capabilities.
A one-year extension to a U.S moratorium on Internet access taxes was buried in a $1.1 trillion government spending bill passed by the Senate on Saturday.
The Internet Tax Freedom Act, which also prohibits states from enacting Internet-specific taxes like email or bandwidth taxes, passed the House of Representatives in July, meaning Senate action over the weekend was the last step before heading to President Barack Obama for his signature.[ Get your websites up to speed with HTML5 today using the techniques in InfoWorld's HTML5 Deep Dive PDF how-to report. | Get the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]
This will be the fourth extension of the tax moratorium, first passed in 1998. The ban on states and local governments passing access and other Internet-specific taxes expired in November.
Banged-up Heat lose McRoberts, possibly for season
MIAMI — The Miami Heat may be without forward Josh McRoberts for the remainder of the season, after tests Monday revealed a torn right meniscus that will require surgery. The Heat also say Chris Bosh will miss Tuesday's game at Brooklyn with a strained ...
Report: Josh McRoberts Will Require Surgery, Out IndefinitelyCBS Local
Heat F Josh McRoberts has meniscus tear, possibly done for seasonSI.com
Josh McRoberts Could Miss The Rest Of The SeasonFanSided
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Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo; only 5 left worldwide
(CNN) -- A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, leaving only five worldwide and bringing the species closer to extinction. Angalifu, 44, died of old age Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced that Angalifu, ...
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High schooler scores $72M playing stock market
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The New York City high school student is the teen version of the Wolf of Wall Street, raking in a small fortune by trading stocks on his lunch breaks. Islam told New York magazine he bought himself a BMW, even though he doesn't have a license to drive it.
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As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain
San Jose Mercury News
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed op-ed ...
UN accuses Ukraine forces, pro-Russia rebels of 'torture'The Sun Daily
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Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users' personal information: one online store records a phone's location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather.
In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics Research (INRIA) in conjunction with the National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL). Mobilitics recorded every time another app accessed an item of personal data -- the phone's location, an identifier, photos, messages and so on -- and whether it was subsequently transmitted to an external server. The log of the apps' personal information use was stored on the phone and downloaded at the end of the three months for analysis.
Obama to thank troops in NJ ahead of holidays
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is observing the end of combat operations in Afghanistan by visiting U.S. troops at a New Jersey air base that has been a launching point for deployments and the scene of emotional returns for many service ...
Chris Christie Welcomes Obama Back To New JerseyBreitbart News
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After Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network was breached in late November, it appeared the hackers wanted to blackmail the company.
"We've got great damage by Sony Pictures," read an email sent to Sony executives. "The compensation for it, monetary compensation we want."[ Watch out for 11 signs you've been hacked -- and learn how to fight back, in InfoWorld's PDF special report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security newsletter. ]
Apparently Sony Pictures didn't give the hackers what they wanted, and gigabytes of data were posted online, including a spreadsheet of all of the company's employees and their salaries.