By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones for use on a competitor's network, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday. Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached between the carriers and the agency, and details will be presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday. The deal would also require carriers to process or deny unlocking requests within two business days, according to FCC's earlier guidance. U.S. wireless carriers often "lock" smartphones to their networks as a way to encourage consumers to renew their mobile contracts.
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There are plenty of of high profile names currently being bandied about as potential successors to Steve Ballmer's Redmond throne. Stephen Elop's name has been on the tip of a lot of tongues, thanks in no small part to his past Microsoft experience. And just about a month ago, Reuters noted that Ford CEO Alan Mulally's name had been added to the shortlist.
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Microsoft has been hunting for a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer since August — the company has said it hopes to get someone on board before the end of 2013 — and now a new name has entered the running. According to a report from Bloomberg, Microsoft is said to be considering Qualcomm Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf for the job. Mollenkopf joins the rest of Microsoft's rumored short list, which is reported to include Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft cloud boss Satya Nadella, and former Skype president Tony Bates.
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Ford is convinced that autonomous cars are the future, and it's putting its money where its mouth is by unveiling a Fusion Hybrid variant built solely for researching driverless-car technology. The experimental machine boosts existing driver-assistance tech with four …
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Oliver Schmidt's team at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Germany has created a controllable spermbot. Not a word we'd ever think we'd be writing either. After adding cone-shaped nanotubes to bull sperm, Schmidt's team observed that when one swam into the wider end of the tube, it would become trapped, but with the flagella free, enabling it to carry on swimming.
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By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – College students who consume energy drinks tend to drink more alcohol and having both in the same day may lead to more negative consequences, a new study says. Combining heavily caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol is a trend, especially among college students. In fact, about half of energy drink users admit to combining them with alcohol while partying. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks is a serious public health concern when compared to drinking alcohol alone.
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Whether consciously or not, the holidays are filled with situations in which we feel socially evaluated by others, and assessed by our ability to give others what they want — materially and emotionally.
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By Jennifer Saba and Alexei Oreskovic NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Photo-sharing service Instagram unveiled a new feature Thursday that allows users to send images and messages privately, as the Facebook-owned company sought to bolster its appeal among younger consumers who are increasingly using mobile messaging applications. "Sometimes you want to be able to share, not with everyone, but just with a specific group," said Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder and chief executive during a presentation in New York. "Instagram Direct is a simple way to send photos and videos to your friends." Instagram claims to have more than 150 million monthly users who have shared 16 billion photos on the service. Facebook Inc, the world's No. 1 Internet social network, bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.
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By Sinead Carew and Nicola Leske NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers said on Thursday that the network equipment company is preparing for a long battle to improve its business in China, one that will not be won "in a quarter or two." The company's revenue in China fell by 18 percent in the quarter ended in October, a major contributor to a 21 percent decline in the company's top five emerging markets. Cisco said on November 13 that a backlash against U.S. government spying in China contributed to its declining revenue, after a former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed widespread surveillance – in particular through Internet data, much of which is transmitted via Cisco equipment. It said that the spying scandal, which involved multiple countries, was not a significant issue for Cisco outside of China. Chambers said Cisco is "in China for the long run," but he was reluctant to offer much detail on how the company plans to improve its business in the country, where China-based rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has been gaining a lot of ground.
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When I first saw the Netflix Profiles pop-up I thought it was a trick: “Who’s watching?” it asked. Eek! Not me! Sorry! I’d been using a friend’s account for two years and thought my day of reckoning had arrived.
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Trust has been at the core of the U.S. approach to Internet policy for more than a decade and should not be squandered. While many intuitively understand why this must be preserved for human rights reasons, there are also vital economic concerns.
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There was something strange about the rockets that landed on Zamalka, a town south of Syria's capital, just after two in the morning on Aug. 21. They didn't explode. Yet even lodged into walls of homes or injected into the dirt fully intact, they proved lethal. Hundreds of people sleeping near the landing sites were killed instantly and bloodlessly, as if choked by invisible hands. A cloud of death spread quietly, ending hundreds of other lives. …
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In a move that does San Francisco’s tech community no favors, another successful startup CEO has taken to the Internet to air his grievances with the city’s flaws, this time with a tone-deaf attack on its homeless population. Greg Gopman, CEO of hackathon organizer AngelHack, posted a controversial Facebook post Tuesday night that has since been removed. "Just got back to SF. I've traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco," he reportedly wrote." Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless,
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The battle for one of gaming's most coveted world records just keeps getting more bananas. A new mini-documentary by Vice magazine chronicled the battle for the worldwide high score in "Donkey Kong" at Kong Off 3 in Denver. In one corner is current world-record holder Hank Chien, a Harvard-educated plastic surgeon practicing in Manhattan. In the other is a young, vain French-Canadian fitness freak by the name of Vincent Lemay. …
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By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany. The added risk was small, researchers found, but it’s in keeping with other studies linking heart disorders with depression. “It’s consistent with a large and growing literature on the role that depression plays with heart disease,” Richard Sloan, who was not involved with the new study, said. Sloan is the Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York.
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Attorneys general from 28 U.S. states have asked the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller Zohydro ER, which Kentucky’s top law enforcement official said could start an epidemic of abuse. The drug, manufactured by Zogenix Inc of San Diego, was approved by the FDA in October. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said his state had been hurt by abuse of prescription painkillers, especially OxyContin, and he feared more problems with Zohydro ER. Conway joined attorneys general from 27 states and the U.S. territory of Guam in signing a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, dated Tuesday, asking that approval of Zohydro be reconsidered or that the drug be reformulated with chemical deterrents to abuse.
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This year had its remarkable share of senseless diets, bizarre research and odd inventions. Here's what you might've missed.
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By a lopsided vote of 13 to 1, an independent committee of medical experts voted on Thursday to recommend approval of a new type of diabetes drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb that U.S. regulators rejected two years ago due to safety concerns. The advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of the medicine, called dapaglifozin, appear to outweigh its risks. Bristol-Myers is developing the drug, which is already approved in Europe, in partnership with AstraZeneca Plc. The FDA typically follows the advice of its advisory panels, but is under no obligation to do so. The FDA rejected the medicine in January 2012 after a previous medical advisory panel said clinical data did not provide enough certainty about its cancer and heart risks.
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.
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An impenetrable fog rolled into London Wednesday morning (Dec. 11), which caused some travel woes, and also produced rare views of the city's skyline from above, with only the tallest buildings poking above the mist. While many planes at London's major airports were grounded, a team of officers with the city's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) flew above the fog in a helicopter. One of the members of this Air Support Unit snapped this amazing photo with an iPhone and posted it to Twitter. Radiation fogs often dissipate in the morning, when the sun comes out again and warms the ground, according to the Met Office, the United Kingdom's national weather service.
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