Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

Anti-Hunger Advocates Put Pressure on Lawmakers Over Food Stamp Bill

Efforts by leaders of food banks and soup kitchens came as the Republican-controlled House was expected to take up the measure this week. read more

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Bits Blog: Grand Theft Auto V Muscles Its Way to Sales Record

Grand Theft Auto V has beaten sales records for the edgy and violent adventure game series, earning more than $800 million in sales for its first day on store shelves. read more

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Books of The Times: Richard Dawkins’s ‘Appetite for Wonder,’ a Memoir

In “An Appetite for Wonder,” the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins looks back at his childhood in Africa and the roots of his interest in how animals act. read more

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Dot Earth Blog: The Vital Long View in Tracking Diminishing Arctic Sea Ice

Sea ice around the North Pole retreated less this year than last, but the trend toward an open-water Arctic Ocean in summers remains. read more

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About New York: The Day When Neurons Go on Trial

Research that aims to unlock the mysteries of the brain seems likely to have a great impact on the courtrooms of the future. read more

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Bits Blog: Salesforce and Workday Form Cloud Alliance

Salesforce.com and Workday announced an alliance considered to be the biggest step yet by cloud providers to compete against big software companies. read more

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Bits Blog: Facebook Removes Dating Ads Featuring Photo of Dead Girl

The social network apologized for ads placed by a dating service that featured photos of a Canadian girl who committed suicide in April after she had been cyberbullied. read more

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Bits Blog: Google and Former Genentech Chief Announce New Biotech Company

Calico, a new start-up focusing on aging and illness, is run by Arthur D. Levinson, the former chief executive of Genentech, and financed by Google. read more

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Court Gives a Victory to Pandora Over Licensing Streaming Music

A federal judge ruled against Ascap, saying it must make its entire publishing catalog available for licensing by Pandora. read more

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Tool Kit: Better Smartphone Typing Is Just a Tap Away

Apps and tips to help ease your virtual keyboard frustrations. read more

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Bits Blog: Outsource Your Memory, With an App

Memoir, a new start-up, wants to take the place of that scrapbook on your smartphone by offering a way to store and organize photos, notes and more. read more

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Activision says U.S. court stops $8.2 billion deal with Vivendi

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. court has handed down a preliminary decision to halt the closing of Vivendi SA’s $8.2 billion deal to sell most of its stake in Activision Blizzard Inc back to the U.S. company, the games publisher said on Wednesday. read more

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Take Two's GTA V starts strong with $800 mln in first-day sales

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – “Grand Theft Auto V,” the fifth installment of the video game that became a focal point of debate about gratuitous violence and explicit content in the media, came out guns blasting with $800 million in global first-day sales. read more

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Facebook's Zuckerberg says U.S. spying hurt users' trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said revelations about U.S. government surveillance hurt users’ trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve some of the public concerns. read more

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