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The long winter: 'Game of Thrones' fans in four-day viewing marathon

The long winter: 'Game of Thrones' fans in four-day viewing marathon LONDON (Reuters) – Ice zombies and fire-breathing dragons plague the characters in the hit fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones,” but for fans who took part in a four-day marathon to watch the series’ 67 episodes back-to-back, a pained rear end posed a greater threat. FILE PHOTO: The Iron Throne is seen on the set of the television series Game of Thrones in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Picture taken June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble The marathon…

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Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents

Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “in the iPhone X it’s clear you’re looking at a little ghost of the Pre.” It seems that Qualcomm’s legal team was taking note, they cited that line in a complaint alleging that Apple ripped off Palm’s patented interface. In the latest escalation of the nearly year-long…

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Google Home learns how to multitask

Google Home learns how to multitask Google’s smart speaker got a little smarter this week, with the addition of a multitasking feature. The new capability make it possible for the device to accomplish two different missions at the same time. It was rolled out with little fanfare and first noted by CNET. We’ve since confirmed the addition with Google. It’s a bit surprising that the company rolled it out to Home units with no mention. It’s a handy addition to what’s essentially been a single-minded device. The company has been…

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Business 

Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers

Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at investment bank Morgan Stanley, telling the company it was right to regard him as a threat. His comments came after the bank said in a report earlier this week that the risks of an incoming Labour government could be “as significant as Brexit”. On social media, he said bankers were the same “speculators and gamblers” who crashed the economy in 2008. Bankers like Morgan Stanley “should not run our country”, Mr Corbyn added. Earlier this…

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Breaking News 

Argentina ends missing sub rescue mission

Argentina ends missing sub rescue mission The Argentine navy has said it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago. “Despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate the submarine,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Thursday. The sub, the ARA San Juan, last made contact on Wednesday 15 November. Hopes of finding survivors faded after a suspected explosion was reported near its last-known location. Capt Balbi said the search for the submarine had been…

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Rex Tillerson: White House dismisses reports of replacement

Rex Tillerson: White House dismisses reports of replacement The White House has dismissed reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is about to be replaced. The US top diplomat “continues to lead the state department”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. And a state department spokeswoman said the reports “were not true”. The denials come amid reports from several news organisations, citing unnamed administration officials, that plans are being drawn up to replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo. President Donald Trump and Mr Tillerson have disagreed on foreign policy…

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Apple marks World AIDS Day with in-store and in-app donations

Apple marks World AIDS Day with in-store and in-app donations After raising $160 million for the Global fund as part of its partnership with (Red), Apple is marking tomorrow’s World AIDS Day by offering up a bunch of opportunities to donate. The easiest of the bunch is the company’s promise to donate $1 to the fund for every transaction made with Apple Pay at the company’s retail stores, on its site or in-app. In honor of the occasion, 400 of the company’s stores will turn their logos red for the…

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Politics 

PM 'cheering on' Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing

PM 'cheering on' Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing The prime minister says she is “cheering on” Debbie McGee to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Theresa May said Ms McGee, who is one of her constituents, was “doing very well” in the BBC show but her rival Alexandra Burke was also “very good”. Last year the PM backed her political rival, ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls. The show has proved popular with politicians. Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe have both taken part in…

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Rapper DMX pleads guilty to U.S. tax fraud charge

Rapper DMX pleads guilty to U.S. tax fraud charge NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rap artist and actor DMX pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to avoiding paying $1.7 million in taxes from 2000 to 2005 by shifting money among accounts belonging to managers and associates. FILE PHOTO: Earl Simmons, also known as the rapper DMX, exits the U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan following his presentment on income tax evasion charges in New York City, U.S., July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermi/File Photo DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded…

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Politics 

Minister Sam Gyimah 'deeply uncomfortable' with Trump visit

Minister Sam Gyimah 'deeply uncomfortable' with Trump visit A UK government minister has said he is “deeply uncomfortable” about the prospect of Donald Trump’s state visit, amid controversy over his tweets. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said on BBC One’s Question Time the US President would be “divisive at a time when we are trying to unite our country”. Mr Trump’s decision to retweet posts from a far-right group has prompted calls to scrap the planned visit. Theresa May has criticised the tweets but rejected calls to cancel. She said retweeting…

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