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Google vs. Microsoft: See who's clashing behind the scenes — Microsoft Advocacy groups: Association for Competitive Technology. Founded by Microsoft in the late 1990s to help make its case that it was innocent of antitrust allegations. Though too late to have much impact then, the ACT has been among Google's most vocal critics these days. ICOMP, or the Initiative for a Competitive Marketplace.

Aereo dream finally dies as company files for bankruptcy — Aereo, the TV streaming service that faced long-running legal battles against broadcasters, announced today that it has filed for bankruptcy.

FailCon comes to France to teach entrepreneurs how to, well, you know — TOULOUSE, France - Don't snicker, Silicon Valley. Yes, French entrepreneurs need help learning how to fail. The French tech economy has seen a groundswell of startups and venture capital in recent years. But the culture's fear of failure is still holding it back, say veterans of the French Tech scene.

Silicon Alley blues: Fab may be latest high-profile NYC startup to sink — It appears is about to be a member of a club that no one wants to join. The e-commerce company is on the verge of being sold for as little as $15 million to custom manufacturer PCH International, according to a report from TechCrunch.

PUP senator Glenn Lazarus called 'one-eyed brick' at inquiry into Newman Government — Updated November 21, 2014 18:03:10 An inquiry into the Queensland Government has descended into a partisan shouting match, with its chairman, Senator Glenn Lazarus, being labelled a "one-eyed brick". Liberal National Party (LNP) senators regularly interrupted and challenged the Palmer United Party (PUP) senator at the second hearing of the inquiry, led by a six-month select committee set up by the PUP, Labor and the Greens.

Uber mocks disgraced French political rival as part of petition drive to rally support — As Uber awaits the results of an appeal to a case it lost in a Paris court, the company has launched a petition drive to rally French supporters to its side. In the petition, the company portrays itself as the victim of a campaign coordinated by powerful public transportation incumbents and taxi unions.

Surveillance court judge to Yahoo lawyer: What people don't know can't hurt you — On June 19, 2008, Yahoo lawyers appeared before the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, a three-judge panel that convened in Providence, R.I. Yahoo wanted to contest the growing volume of requests it was getting to let federal officials monitor its users' email and other digital communications.

China smartphone giant Xiaomi now making big internet video bet — Not content to join the ranks of the world's biggest smartphone makers, China's Xiaomi is making an aggressive push into the online video market. Xiaomi announced today that it had partnered with Shunwei Capital to invest $300 million in iQiyi, a video platform controlled by Chinese search giant Baidu, according to Reuters.

Google to test Project Loon in Australia with new carrier partner — Google plans to test Project Loon, its ambitious attempt to deliver internet connectivity via hot air balloons, in western Australia later this year. The search giant has partnered with Telstra, an Australian telecommunications company, to test 20 balloons in December, according to The Guardian. Google has previously run Project Loon tests in New Zealand.

Meet the Japanese artist who made the world's largest GPS drawing for his marriage proposal — However big you're hoping to make your marriage proposal in this age of viral one-upmanship, you're going to have a tough time topping Japan's artist known as " Yassan." In 2010, Yassan (real name: Yasushi Takahashi) left behind his girlfriend for six months to wander across Japan to create an epic marriage proposal.
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Nov 22, 2014

An eight-team College Football Playoff would level playing fields 16, actually, is where it needs to go.

Nov 21, 2014

@generaltsao no, there is a lot of homework here. :-) but as a family, we think kids get too much homework, too young.

Nov 21, 2014

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