Russian ruble plunged by about 12%, loses 50% against dollar  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

The ruble plunged by about 12% Monday, meaning it's lost nearly 50% against the dollar this year. Early Tuesday in Russia, the central bank hiked its key interest rate for a sixth time this year to 17% from 10.5%.

A double-whammy of collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions is driving up inflation. Cash is flooding out of the country and the risk that some Russian companies may default is increasing. - Referenced Article


Google to shut down news site in Spain over copyright fees  

Reuters By : ERIC AUCHARD

Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.

In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December. - Referenced Article


Instagram Celebrates 300M Users With Verified Accounts  

PC Magazine By : STEPHANIE MLOT

Instagram has something to shout about this holiday season, as the photo-sharing service announced a milestone 300 million users.

The image-centric social network has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos every day as a portal for users to share things like the beauty of the Nile River and the everyday silliness of Taylor Swift. - Referenced Article


Yahoo will host Mobile Developer Conference on Feb 19, 2015  

Maine News By : Staff Reporting

In a noteworthy announcement made on Monday, Yahoo said that it will host its first-ever mobile developers conference next year.

The conference will simply be called the Mobile Developer Conference; and it will be held in San Francisco on February 19, 2015.

The conference will be a one-day event, during which Yahoo and mobile analytics firm Flurry - which Yahoo acquired in July this year - will mainly focus on what the two companies are describing as their next stride in mobile development. Referenced Article


11 Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search  

Time By : Staff Reporting

Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one.

You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

Here’s an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks, from basic tips to new features just recently released. - Referenced Article


Girl Scouts Go Digital to Sell Their Iconic Cookies  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

There's a different kind of cookie coming to your computer this holiday season. For the first time in their more than 100-year history, the Girl Scouts have gone digital.

Starting Dec. 12, all you have to do is go online to buy your Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. Scouts can sell their cookies through personalized cookie websites and a mobile app, customizing their landing pages with pictures, text and more. - Referenced Article


Samsung Group sells shares in chemical, defense arms for $1.7 billion  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

South Korea's Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in four chemical and defense firms for 1.9 trillion won ($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group, the latest move in the massive task of restructuring the country's largest conglomerate.

Samsung Group is reorganizing its business empire to make it easier for the children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) chairman Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since a May heart attack, to divvy up the conglomerate. - Referenced Article


New Service by Google Kills Ads on Your Favorite Sites for a Monthly Fee  

Wired By : Staff Reporting

The web is funded by ads.

But so many people hate seeing them, and they often resent all the data tracking that props them up. It’s a clash that has become a major pain point for news websites and other publishers.

The rise of ad blockers, which let people surf the web without these annoying ads, is also blocking their revenue. But Google is now offering a service that addresses both sides of this rather complicated issue. - Referenced Site


Asia Stocks Rise on PBOC Cash Report as Yen Climbs on Aso  

Bloomberg By : Staff Reporting

Asian stocks rallied, with the regional index paring its weekly retreat, after a report that China’s central bank injected funds, while crude oil climbed a second day.

Japan’s yen rose for the first time in seven days as Finance Minister Taro Aso said its decline has been too fast. - Referenced Article


Firefox dumps Google for search, signs on with Yahoo  

CNET By : Staff Reporting

In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox's default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States.

"I'm thrilled to announce that we've entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop," Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Wednesday.

"This is the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years." - Referenced Article


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