Monthly Archives: May 2016

Microsoft sells patents to Xiaomi, builds ‘long-term partnership’

File photo of a Microsoft logo on an office building in New YorkSoftware maker Microsoft Corp is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi [XTC.UL], a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets. "This is a very big collaboration agreement between the two companies," Wang Xiang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, said by telephone ahead of the deal.

Prosecutors sue to recover life insurance held by San Bernardino shooter

Syed Rizwan Farook is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors filed a civil forfeiture action on Tuesday seeking to seize the proceeds of two life insurance policies held by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people in a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California. Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, died in a shootout with police hours after the massacre last December at the Inland Regional Center social services center where he worked. According to the complaint for forfeiture, Farook obtained two life insurance policies through his job with San Bernardino County, one in 2012 for $25,000 and one in 2013 for $250,000.

Authorities seek San Bernardino attacker’s life insurance

Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik died in a shootout with police following the December 2 assault in San Bernardino, CaliforniaUS authorities filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to seize $275,000 worth of life insurance money linked to the man behind the San Bernardino attack that left 14 people dead. The suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles states that Syed Rizwan Farook had obtained two life insurance policies in 2012 and 2013, after he had become radicalized and had initiated plans to carry out terrorist attacks. Farook and his wife died in a shootout with police following the December 2 assault in San Bernardino, California.

Israel fills UN hall for anti-BDS conference

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 1,500 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

Day energized by challenge of Spieth, McIlroy

Jason Day of Australia hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic on April 28, 2016 in Avondale, LouisianaRecent wins for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have only energized world number one Jason Day, who said Tuesday he's looking forward to teeing it up against his rivals in the Memorial on Thursday. During his well-deserved break, McIlroy ended a six-month victory drought with a scintillating victory in the Irish Open, while Spieth shook off a Masters meltdown to win at Colonial Country Club on Sunday and edge closer to Day atop the world rankings. "I heard a couple of weeks ago that it bothered Jordan that I was winning tournaments and have the number one spot in the world," Day said as he prepared for the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela

FILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, the new secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), former Uruguay Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, speaks to the general assembly in the Hall of the Americas at the OAS in Washington. Almagro has called for an urgent meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric organization to analyze whether Venezuela has suffered an alteration of constitutional order. The announcement was published on the OAS website on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.