Ukraine diplomacy deal aims to ease tensions

In Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reached a deal with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to take steps to de-escalate the tension in Ukraine. The U.S. has accused Russia of playing a role in escalating Ukraine’s crisis, which Russia denies, and Washington is considering more sanctions. Craig Boswell reports.

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Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis embraces a practice that riled traditional Catholics when he first did it last year

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Flash Points: What can we learn from the new al Qaeda video?

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the new video from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and what it could tell us about the present — and future — of the terrorist group.

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Pope Francis washes feet of women and disabled

Pope Francis performed the ritual washing of the feet Holy Thursday at the Don Gnocchi Center in Rome. The pope washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people, including women and non-Catholics.

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Jews ‘ordered to register and list property’ in east Ukraine city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings

Jews were also told they would need to provide a list of property they own as well as being ordered to pay a fee or face the threat of deportation.

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Flash Points: On the verge of a deal in Ukraine crisis?

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the steps outlined by negotiators to end the crisis in Ukraine and what to look for from Russia as the tension continues.

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Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life

Scientists have discovered Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star. The so-called ‘Earth cousin’ just might have liquid water and the right conditions to support life.

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College Kids Hack Siri to Unlock Teslas and Heat Up Your House

When Apple first introduced Siri three years ago, she amazed the world with her warm voice and her human-like voice response. But the years since her debut have been quietly underwhelming, in large part because Siri isn’t able to access the wide range of apps that are available on the iPhone. So a group of University of Pennsylvania developers have hacked Siri with the idea of going it alone and building their own Siri App Store.



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Amazon heats up Fire TV voice search with trio of new partners

Despite many positive early reviews, early adopters of Amazon’s streaming media box have been underwhelmed by many half-baked features including voice search, which will get a little more useful this summer.

Amazon today announced three new content partners are working to enable unified voice search on Fire TV, the e-tailer’s little black box for the living room launched earlier this month.

At launch, Fire TV’s coveted voice search feature was limited strictly to Amazon’s own movie and TV show content as well as music videos from VEVO – a shortcoming the company appears ready to start addressing.

Starting this summer, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime will integrate their full catalogs into Amazon’s voice search – and that’s only the beginning of what Bezos and Friends have in store for us.

Best yet to come

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV. We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime integrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Devices.

While Amazon’s press release Thursday mostly consisted of chest-thumping snippets culled from Fire TV’s more glowing reviews, the web veteran also reiterated its commitment to improving the available content lineup in the months ahead.

In addition to previously promised Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration with a forthcoming over-the-air software update, Fire TV will soon make it easier for Prime Instant Video subscribers to find movies and TV shows.

Gamers will also have something to look forward to with new titles on the way from heavyweights like Telltale Games, Halfbrick and Disney Interactive, while the upcoming Fire TV app will allow smartphone and tablet screens to control the fun as well.

Fancy a real gaming console? Read our review of the new Xbox One!



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Terraria Patch 1.2 Offers Mountain Of New Content On PS3, Vita, Xbox 360

Lovers of digging, crafting and questing, go ahead and bid farewell to your free time, because the stupid jerk-faces behind Terraria have gone and added in update 1.2, a free batch of DLC for the PS3, Vita and Xbox 360 versions of the build-it-yourself adventure game that adds a metric ton of new content.

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Collective CEO Joe Apprendi Tells Us When He’ll Go For An IPO

Adtech firm Collective has long been rumored to be a candidate for an IPO. So when we got a chance to visit CEO Joe Apprendi in his midtown office recently, we put the question directly to him.

As with all CEOs who are considering taking their companies public, he dodged the question but admitted it was a consideration.

“We want to be one of those companies that can meet and beat expectations when we do decide to public, if that’s the best path,” he said. He says Collective’s finances are approaching the level of “predictability” that allows companies to thrive when they sell stock on the open market.

Currently, Apprendi says, the company is doing about $200 million a year in net revenues. It’s also profitable, and Apprendi is fond of joking that unlike his rivals in the adtech business, his company actually pays taxes because of it.

Collective has just over 400 employees and will move offices to the old New York Times building in Times Square in the next few months in order to accommodate their growth. “We intend to organically double in size every three to four years,” Apprendi says. About half the company’s global staff are in New York.

That puts Collective at the same level as AppNexus, Turn, Kenshoo and Pubmatic, which all have about 400 staffers or more. If headcount is a proxy for the size of their client portfolios, then all those companies would be bigger than Rubicon Project, which went public with about 315 employees.

Collective counts 76 of the top 100 advertisers as clients buying digital media across a range of venues and formats. Their accounts grow at about 30% per year, Apprendi says.

SEE ALSO:RANKED: The 15 Hottest Pre-IPO Adtech Startups Right Now

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Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing

The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies to revoke the SSL certificates for their domains and services and obtain new ones. The total costs of Heartbleed are yet to be calculated, but CloudFlare has come up with […]



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Families agonize over search for missing ferry passengers

Rescuers are searching the upturned hull of a capsized South Korean ferry in the hopes of a response from hundreds of people believed to be trapped after it began to sink. Families of the missing are angry about how slow search operations are going. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

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Dynasty Warriors 8 XL Comes To Steam This May

Oh boy, even if you haven’t been a big fan of Dynasty Warriors, you have to admit that Tecmo Koei’s highly fan-favorite series coming to Steam is still massive news. In fact, it’s epic news.

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Salem Review: Something Wicked Is Brewing At WGN

FX’s American Horror Story: Coven put a bit of dark, witchy magic on basic cable and now it’s WGN America’s turn, albeit with a different setting and tone, through their own original drama, Salem. Serving as both a period piece and a supernatural drama, Salem takes us to Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century, where the only thing scarier than the witch hunt may be the actual witches amidst this puritanical society.

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Peeing Teen Prompts Portland to Flush 38 Million Gallons of Drinking Water

Officials in Portland, Ore., are flushing 38 million gallons of public drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught on camera urinating into an open reservoir on Wednesday (April 16).

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Silicon Valley Takes Us Into The Incubator With A Hacker Hostel Tour

Just two episodes in, Mike Judge’s tech-savvy sitcom Silicon Valley is already one of the funniest shows on TV, with a pitch-perfect cast delivering wit, bro humor and satire in a single, easy-to-operate unit. A lot of this comedic magic happens inside the “incubator,” where T.J. Miller’s Erlich Bachmann houses fellow coders and programmers for a percentage of their development profits…

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