Rob Schneider gets ‘Real’ with new Netflix series



LOS ANGELES — Rob Schneider is definitely no stranger to the industry. But the 52-year-old comedian has lacked one thing throughout much of his career: creative freedom.

That’s part of the reason why he decided to take control with his own show, Real Rob, which debuted on Netflix on Tuesday. The eight episode scripted comedy series — which Schneider starred in, produced and directed — is what he deems a “labor of love.”

“I like the freedom of it, there was no timetable,” he told Mashable in a phone interview. “We took as long as we wanted to write. We got to cast it the way we wanted and then we shot it the way we want it. Also we didn’t have to worry about language or even the length.” Read more…

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Hello, it’s Alexa, the Amazon Echo voice with Adele and ‘Hunger Games’ Easter eggs



Hello, Alexa, can you hear me?

Alexa, the voice behind interactive speaker Amazon Echo, can hear your Adele reference loud and clear — and respond to it cleverly, too. Capitalizing on Adele’s recent album drop as well as the theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Amazon developers added a few Easter eggs to Amazon Echo last week.

The device can already do a variety of things, including answer your questions, play music, control your smart home lights and provide updates on news, sports, weather and traffic. Now with the right phrases, Alexa revels in the Adele and Hunger Games craze just like us humans. Read more…

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EU deal could turn Turkey into ‘dumping ground’ for refugees, says rights group



Turkey has rounded up some 1,300 asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria after agreeing to stop the flow of refugees to Europe.

The sweep came after Turkey and European Union leaders made a deal Sunday that includes $3.2 billion in aid over two years, easing of visa requirements for Turks traveling to the EU and renewed attention to Turkey’s long-frozen EU membership bid in exchange for Ankara’s help in stepping up border security.

Turkey’s state-run news agency and the Associated Press said the refugees, some of whom were trying to hide in olive groves, were detained in a sweep in Ayvacik, in Canakkale province on Monday as they prepared to make their way to Greece by boat. Read more…

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Dongjin Koh is the new president of Samsung’s mobile business



SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung appointed a new mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the world’s largest smartphone maker.

The Samsung Group conglomerate said Tuesday that Dongjin Koh was promoted to president. He will replace Shin Jong-kyun as the head of the mobile business at its flagship company Samsung Electronics starting next year. The change was announced as part of annual management reshuffle at South Korea’s top conglomerate.

Samsung Electronics’ smartphone sales lead has been dwindling in the face of competition from Apple Inc. in the premium market and Chinese companies in cheaper devices. The management change comes as Lee Jae-yong, the only son of ailing Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, takes a bigger role in Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in May last year. Read more…

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Sued For Using HTTPS: Companies In Crypto Patent Fight

yoink! writes: According to an article in The Register, corporations big and small are coming under legal fire from CryptoPeak. The Company holds U.S. Patent 6,202,150, which describes “auto-escrowable and auto-certifiable cryptosystems” and has claimed that the Elliptic Curve Cryptography methods/implementations used as part of the HTTPS protocol violates their intellectual property. Naturally, reasonable people disagree.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hipchat-Maker Atlassian Sets Share Prices For Its IPO

Atlassian Hipchat Enterprise software company Atlassian, which filed a month ago to go public on NASDAQ, has disclosed how much its shares will cost. In a SEC filing, the company said its 20 million shares will be priced between $16.50 to $18.50. Read More

The IMF just gave the Chinese yuan a huge stamp of approval



WASHINGTON — The Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world’s leading currencies, the International Monetary Fund announced Monday.

The IMF said that the yuan “met all existing criteria” to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization’s Special Drawing Rights, which serves as a standard for dealing with the financial reserves of its 188 member governments.

Should #China‘s #renminbi be added to the #IMF‘s currency basket? #economics

— World Economic Forum (@wef) November 20, 2015 Read more…

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Inspired by the Paris hugs campaign, a blindfolded Kashmiri offers free embraces to promote harmony in the strife-torn Indian state



On Monday, a Kashmiri doctor named Sandeep Mawa surprised the residents of Srinagar by standing blindfolded in the heart of the Jammu and Kashmir capital, inviting passersby to hug him, irrespective of their religion. His inspiration was a similar initiative by a Muslim man in Paris in the wake of the city-wide terrorist attacks on 13 Nov

“We do not want politicians and agencies to divide people on the basis of religion. We will not allow anyone to harm Kashmiriyat. We oppose the hate campaign. The politics of religion is not good,” he told reporters Read more…

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Leading Indian Classifieds Site Quikr In Talks To Acquire Real-Estate Portal Commonfloor

real estate india Quikr, which claims to be India’s largest classifieds site, is in talks to acquire Commonfloor, a property listings portal. A source says the deal will be worth roughly $200 million and help Quikr build its real-estate listings vertical into an industry leader. Read More

Food Discovery Service Burpple Eats Up $6M To Expand In Asia

Screenshot 2015-12-01 13.38.38 Food discovery service Burpple is savoring the taste of cash today after the Singapore-based company landed a $6 million Series A round from Tembusu Partners, Singapore Press Holdings’ Media Fund and Triumph Capital. Read More