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Apple tops Samsung in global smartphone sales.

  Research group Gartner said the launch of the super-sized iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gave Apple a 20.4% market share in the fourth quarter, ahead of Samsung’s 19.9%. The South Korean electronics giant, which had held the smartphone crown since 2011, recently announced two new flagship phones that could help it retake the lead.
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Edward Snowden is trying to come home.

  The NSA leaker is working with US and German lawyers to find a way to return to the United States, according to his Russian lawyer. Snowden, who has said in the past he is willing to leave Russia if can be assured a fair trial, faces three felony charges for releasing classified information about US surveillance programs.
2 hours ago

David Petraeus admits to giving secrets to his mistress.

  The former CIA director and top US commander in Iraq and Afghanistan will plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of mishandling classified information, after giving his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, sensitive notebooks and then lying about it. Petraeus, currently working for private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, will most likely pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years probation.
March 03, 2015

Europe may go the other way on net neutrality.

  Days after the US Federal Communications Commission instituted net neutrality, banning preferential treatment for different kinds of internet content, the Financial Times reported (paywall) that European regulators are thinking of letting internet service prioritize certain data services. The head of the FCC, meanwhile, stoutly defended its ruling.
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