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Google Challenges Nonprofits On Ideas To Use Glass
Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality. Conservationists at the Washington-based World Wildlife Fund have been using Google Glass for hands-free field research. In Nepal, a research officer has been using Google Glass to track and monitor rhinos to help protect them from poaching.
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Syria Says Washington Informed It Before Strikes
Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.
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Naver Says Held Back Line IPO To Further Build Business
Naver's chief financial officer told Reuters on Tuesday that the corporation held off on an IPO for its Line Corp unit on the belief that the messaging app operator can command a better valuation by further building its revenue and profit. South Korea-based Naver said on Monday that it does not plan an initial public offering for Line this year--dashing market expectations for a deal that one banking source has said could value Japan-based Line at $10 billion-$20 billion.
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Argentina's Fernandez Meets Billionaire Investor Soros In New York
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met on Monday with Argentina bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest default. The meeting came as Fernandez's leftist government struggles to kick-start growth and contain runaway consumer prices after failing to complete a June interest payment to Soros and other holders of bonds restructured after a previous default.
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Microsoft Xbox One Set To Launch In China On September 29
U.S. software giant Microsoft Corporation said on Tuesday that September 29th is the new launch date for its Xbox One game console in China-- the first launch since a 14-year ban on sales of foreign games consoles was lifted this year. The world's biggest software company gave no reason for the delay in the launch, which was originally scheduled for September 23rd. Microsoft said the Xbox One console will cost $602.76 without the Kinect motion detection system, and $700.53 with Kinect.
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Munich Prosecutors Charge Deutsche Bank's Fitschen
German prosecutors have filed charges against Deutsche Bank co-Chief Executive Juergen Fitschen and several former bank executives in connection with the Kirch media group's long-running bankruptcy case. Munich prosecutors have been investigating whether Fitschen and a number of former executives gave misleading evidence during a civil court case brought by the heirs of Leo Kirch, the deceased media magnate who had sued Deutsche Bank.
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Brazil's Rousseff Overtakes Silva In Potential Oct Runoff: Poll
A new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has overtaken her closest rival Marina Silva and has a slight lead in a likely second-round presidential election runoff in October. Rousseff would win the runoff by 42 percent of the votes against 41 percent for Silva, who was leading by almost three percentage points in the previous survey by polling firm MDA two weeks ago.
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Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Says He Accepted Secret Payoff From Beijing
Local media reported, a former top Hong Kong civil servant told a court on Tuesday that he had received a secret payment of $1.4 million "from Beijing" in 2007 through a businessman intermediary. Hong Kong's former chief secretary, Rafael Hui, was testifying in one of the financial hub's largest corruption trials, charged with accepting "concealed and disguised" payments from property tycoons Thomas and Raymond Kwok, the billionaire co-chairmen of Asia's largest developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, seeking government favor. Hong Kong's public broadcaster RTHK reported that Hui told the High Court that one particular payment worth some $1.4 million had been facilitated by Liao Hui, the influential former head of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing.
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Paula Deen Returns To Today After 15 Months
No tears were shed during Paula Deen's return to the "Today" show. Fifteen months after the former Food Network host broke down on national TV, she returned to the show to face Matt Lauer, address the fallout from her legal scandal, and reveal her plans for comeback. In the aftermath of her deposition and her emotional Today interview, major partners, including the Food Network, QVC, Target and Walmart, dropped Deen. Several months later, all charges in the lawsuit were dismissed and Deen announced a digital venture. Today, Deen is back to her bubbly self. "Hello, everybody out there," she said as the interview began. She said that after she "sat quietly" and "got off the merry-go-round," she realized the power of words to help and to hurt people. She added, "I'm here to make people happy, not to bring sadness."
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Video Shows U.S. Navy Launching Missiles Against ISIS In Syria
According to the U.S. Central Command, U.S. military unleashed a multitiered assault on ISIS militants in Syria overnight that included a mix of fighter jets, bomber planes, drones and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. The AFP reports at least 120 militants were killed in the strikes. The airstrikes mark the United States' first military action inside Syria, news of which first broke on Twitter. Appearing on CNN Tuesday morning, Rear Admiral John Kirby said of the strikes, "We hit what we were aiming at." He said the military used more than 150 "precision-guided missiles" in the airstrikes and that "all indications so far is that we were really successful."