Friday’s Funny Feature – Calvin and Hobbes: The Gritty Reboot

Calvin and Hobbes: The Gritty Reboot

By Heath McKnight Like many comics fans, I was a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Growing up, I would read Iron Man and other Marvel comics, then flip open the local paper and read Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and others. My first exposure to Calvin and Hobbes was in the mid-1980s, … [Read more...]

Fandor Invests In Filmmakers With Initiative

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The online distribution platform Fandor has decided to go beyond featuring independent content to funding it, with a new initiative designed to build a community of filmmakers, connect them with their audiences, and to finance their projects through crowdfunding. … [Read more...]

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, shares rise

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SEATTLE (Reuters) Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Thursday, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets, and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins intact. The results allayed fears of investors in … [Read more...]

FCC pauses clock on AT&T-DirectTV, Comcast-TWC merger reviews

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday paused its informal "shot clock" deadline on the reviews of the proposed mergers of AT&T Inc and DirecTV, and of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc over the issue of confidential programming agreements. The FCC, … [Read more...]

Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

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By Marton Dunai - BUDAPEST (Reuters) Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for … [Read more...]

Big Tech winning battle with ‘patent trolls’

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By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of … [Read more...]

Angie’s List revenue jumps 24 percent as ad sales rise

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(Reuters) Angie's List Inc, which operates a website that allows users to review local businesses, reported a 24 percent jump in quarterly revenue as it earned more from advertising and fees. The company's net loss narrowed to $5.2 million, or 9 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. … [Read more...]

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims – Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple … [Read more...]

Behind The Scenes With Ridley Scott’s New Halo Series

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Halo Nightfall to Premiere with Master Chief Video Game Collection By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Although Microsoft has decided to shutter their XBox Originals production studio, that doesn't mean a Halo Cinematic Universe is dead. Quite the contrary. When Machinima showed the Halo web … [Read more...]

Amazon strikes deal with Simon & Schuster on e-book prices

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(Reuters) Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal … [Read more...]

Staples says probing possible payment card data breach

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(Reuters) Staples Inc is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has contacted law enforcement about the matter, making it the latest U.S. retailer to become a possible victim of a cyberattack. "Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card … [Read more...]

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators’ joint cybersecurity approach

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By Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The … [Read more...]

Paul Schrader Attacks ‘Dying Of The Light’ Producers On Facebook

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Director Paul Schrader and star Nicolas Cage have launched a protest against the producers of their latest film, Dying of the Light. Producing duo Todd Williams and Gary Hirsch have taken post-production duties away from the Taxi Driver writer after they were not … [Read more...]

Obama signs order to tighten security for federal credit cards

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By Sarah N. Lynch and Steve Holland - WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud. The order, … [Read more...]

Amazon expands grocery delivery service to Brooklyn

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By Deepa Seetharaman - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc is expanding its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn's well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood on Friday, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The … [Read more...]

Friends will ‘be there for you’ in Netflix streaming deal

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) "Friends" may have wrapped up ten years ago, but Ross, Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey will appear on Netflix beginning in January, Warner Bros. TV and the online Internet-streaming service said. All 236 episodes of the popular NBC 10-season series, one of the … [Read more...]

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