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By Leila Abboud and Julia Fioretti PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" in the region. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin - who heads France's privacy watchdog and the WP29 group of EU national data protection authorities - said in an interview on Friday that no consensus had yet been reached on what she called a "complicated issue". The European Union's top court ruled in May that search engines must take down certain results shown under a search of a person's name if the information was "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Although the "right to be forgotten" existed as a concept in European law, the ruling marked the first time companies like Google have been asked to field such requests from the public.

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By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - An online stock trader who profited from inside information passed to him by a former Microsoft Corp finance employee was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison in Seattle on Friday. Sean Stokke had pleaded guilty to charges of insider trading, which federal prosecutors said netted more than $400,000 in illicit profits over an 18-month period for him and his Microsoft accomplice, Brian Jorgenson. Prosecutors had asked for a 1-1/2 year sentence for Stokke, 29, far short of the maximum prison sentence of 20 years for the charges of criminal insider trading, given his cooperation with investigators.

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I honestly feel like I’m in a scene from Billy Madison. Amazon has finally released a smartphone, and since Amazon PR won’t talk to us ever since I leaked the Amazon Kindle 2 like six years ago, I had to go buy one today in order to play with it. The radio silence also might have something to do with all of our incredible reporting detailing every single angle and feature of the phone prior to release, but… anyway. Amazon has spent so much money on the Fire phone, it’s incredibly incredible how downright horrible it is. The project was almost forced to release years ago, and I just can’t comprehend what device we would be talking about if that had actually happened.

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The Expendables 3 has leaked nearly an entire month before it's due to hit theaters nationwide. A DVD-quality copy of the film began circulating on piracy sites sometime Wednesday and as of Thursday evening had been downloaded over 100,000 times. Torrent Freak observed over 66,000 people attached to a single torrent, so the leak could quickly turn into major crisis for distributor Lionsgate. The third Expendables installment, co-written by Sylvester Stallone, follows the series tradition of cramming a seemingly endless roster of action stars into a single movie.

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Earlier this week, we told you about an incredible new website called TravelByDrone, which is basically a Google Maps Street View for aerial drone footage. While it doesn’t cover nearly as much ground as Street View, of course, TravelByDrone allows users to explore areas all over the world without leaving their homes. Now, another new website has been brought to our attention that also compiles aerial drone footage, but this one serves a different purpose entirely. Patrick Meier’s iRevolution blog brings our attention to a newly launched Crisis Map from the Humanitarian UAV Network. This crowdsourced interactive map is a compilation of drone-shot aerial footage of various disasters around the world. While the footage contained on the site is certainly fascinating to

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LONDON (AP) — London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.

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Lyft is finally launching in New York City, but it's making some concessions to do so. After a back-and-forth battle between Lyft and the city, the two have finally struck a deal that will allow Lyft to begin offering service throughout the city's five boroughs, but only so long as Lyft drivers register with the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission.

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People assume that iPhones, laptops and Netflix are evidence of progress. In some ways, that's true. A moderate amount of Googling, for instance, can be good for your brain, and there are apps that can boost brain function and activity.Yet tech advancements also come with some unintended consequences. Our brains being "massively rewired" by...

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The Galaxy S5 hasn’t been as overwhelmingly successful as Samsung might have hoped, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great phone with some of the most impressive specifications on the market. In fact, the Galaxy S5 features the very best smartphone camera on the market according to the photography experts at DxOMark, and now Samsung has released a video showcasing just how impressive footage recorded on an S5 can look. In the short film, Samsung walks us through a day in Trieste, a picturesque city by the sea in north Italy. It’s clear that given the right photographer, the phone’s 16-megapixel camera can be put to great use. The filmmaker also takes advantage of the camera’s HDR functionality to give the video

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Russian roulette is terrifying, even when the gun is made of pixels. You might think of a video game as something that's fun, because the medium is stocked full of powerful wish fulfillment fantasies that let you run rampant in a bustling city or hop into a giant robot suit and wage war. Gods Will Be Watching, on the other hand, is far from fun. Gods Will Be Watching tells the story of a sci-fi, dystopic future where two factions are at war over a powerful biological weapon that could be used to terrorize entire planets.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.

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Two huge Game of Thrones fans recently earned spots in a future novel from George R.R. Martin by donating $20,000 to causes close to the author's heart. "Although I'm not allowed to watch certain bits of Game of Thrones, I do enjoy playing Skyrim and acting out being a warrior with my bokken." 13-year-old Jack wrapped up the letter saying he'd "love" to appear in Martin's future work.

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Google’s upcoming new version of Android is an absolutely gorgeous reimagining of the company’s mobile operating system. Dubbed “Material Design,” Google has employed a new design identity throughout the user interface that makes Android L far more beautiful and approachable than the OS has ever been in the past. While Apple has done a great job of flattening its iOS platform in an effort to modernize it, Google is taking a different approach, adding different levels to the UI that combine with new graphics to create a great experience. The problem, of course, is that Android L won’t be available until sometime this fall and even then, there’s no telling when vendors will finally start updating their phones. Luckily, you don’t have

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By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cynk Technology shares plummeted more than 80 percent on Friday after the end of a temporary trading suspension, but the stock was only being exchanged in private deals. In mid-morning trading, Cynk was down 82 percent at $2.50 as 255,000 shares changed hands. OTC Markets Group, where the stock had traded prior to its suspension by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was not used for the trades, a spokeswoman for OTC Markets said. "Those transactions are taking place over the phone," said Saskia Sidenfaden, spokeswoman for OTC Markets Group.

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At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Brown Coats all over the 'verse got excited by the announcement of Firefly Online, which planned to revive the cult-hit show as an online game. Firefly Online never made its planned summer release date, but at SDCC 2014 we at least have some exciting news: the original cast is returning to reprise their roles. There's also a brand new trailer that provides the first look at actual gameplay, and it features a cameo from none other than Nathan Fillion, better known as Captain Malcom Reynolds from the show. ...

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In addition to being the only Android Wear device that will have a round watch face, the Moto 360 will also pack a unique feature existing competitors lack, Android Police reports, and that’s an ambient light sensor that will surely come in handy when it comes to adjusting to the lighting in a new environment and saving battery life. FROM EARLIER: ‘I saw a Moto 360 this morning’ and I liked it LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live both come without ambient light sensors, which means users have to manually adjust brightness depending on where they are. But the Moto 360 will not come with such annoyances, and Motorola’ Cathay Bi has confirmed the smartwatch’s ambient light sensor during

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I was in the kitchen making dinner, as I finished cooking I called my teenage kids to come eat. No one responded. I walked closer to the stairs (as their rooms are upstairs) and called their names, again nothing. I had a choice, to go upstairs and physically call them or to stay down stairs and just send them a text message. So I decided to go...

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Wednesday night, we got a look at the pilots from two of those series: The Flash, airing on CW, and NBC’s Constantine. The Flash ties into CW’s existing Green Arrow adaptation, and the protagonist, Glee star Grant Gustin, seems to nail the tone it’s going for: earnest and incredibly excited at its own geekery.

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The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man's penis. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks. In his February 2013 lawsuit against HP and its Palm unit, the singer objected to HP having in October 2006 begun online sales of "The Chubby Checker" app, which purported to let women estimate the size of a man's genitals based on his shoe size. A federal judge last August let Checker pursue part of his case, saying one might infer that HP should have known that "the owner of the Chubby Checker mark would never have consented to license the mark for such a vulgar purpose." HP spokeswoman Sarah Pompei on Friday declined to elaborate on the settlement.

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As we learned from a recent study, Verizon has been remarkably efficient at convincing unlimited wireless data plan holders to switch to newer, more profitable data plans. According to market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, just 22% of Verizon’s mobile subscribers were still on unlimited data plans as of the end of the second quarter. That still leaves millions of people with unlimited plans though, and we have bad news for all of them: According to a new report, all Verizon Wireless subscribers with unlimited data plans will be subject to throttling beginning October 1st. Verizon’s “Network Optimization” policy, which says that the company may intentionally slow your wireless data speeds in certain cases, currently only applies to 3G networks. Droid-Life

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