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Guilt may spoil restorative effects of entertainment

(Reuters Health) – People who play video games or watch television to unwind after a hard day may end up feeling worse about themselves, not better, says a new study. Although enjoying something pleasurable can restore “vitality” after a draining bout of demanding work, researchers found that users of entertainment media will get less benefit if they see the activity as procrastination rather than rest. The spent state following a period of self-control to complete […]

JD.com to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One games console in China

BEIJING Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:41pm EDT (Reuters) – JD.com Inc, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday. The pre-orders will be taken via Tencent Holdings’ mobile social networks Mobile QQ and WeChat, known as Weixin in China, JD.com said in a statement. Tencent holds a 17.6 percent stake in JD.com. The […]

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:11pm EDT (Reuters) – IBM Corp’s recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of […]

Facebook says SEC’s IPO probe ends, extending WhatsApp closing date

Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:55pm EDT (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May “notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC.” Facebook shares began trading on May 18, 2012, but soon […]

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:00pm EDT (Reuters) – Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted […]

Amazon’s heavy investing eats into bottom line, shares drop

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:46pm EDT (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics. Amazon’s stock price has dropped 10 percent so far in 2014, with investors leery of betting on its long-term growth at the expense of little to no profit. On Thursday, the shares fell […]

U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:58pm EDT (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found “most troubling” a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals […]

Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:08pm EDT (Reuters) – Google’s  handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its European search engines such as google.co.uk, which means that anyone can easily […]

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:15pm EDT (Reuters) – As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country. Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted to people via mosquitoes, kills more than half million people a year, mainly infants in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors […]

U.S. CDC says it ‘may never know’ how bird flu mishap occurred

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:11pm EDT (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “may never know” how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency spokesman said on Monday. That’s because most of the materials used in the experiment to culture the virus were discarded shortly after they […]