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Oscars TV audience rises to 43 million, best showing in a decade #internet

Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in HollywoodSunday's Oscar ceremony drew 43 million television viewers in the United States, delivering the biggest audience for the Academy Awards in a decade, broadcaster ABC said. Nielsen ratings data on Monday showed the audience that watched slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" capture the best picture honor grew 6.4 percent from last year. Producers' middle-of-the-road approach to the show with host Ellen DeGeneres gave the Walt Disney Co-owned network similar results among younger viewers compared with last year when they gambled with edgier comedian Seth MacFarlane as host. The show, which critics found humorous, inoffensive but at times dull, proved to be a smash on social media as DeGeneres' staged "selfie" with several stars in the audience set the record for most retweets on Twitter, surpassing 2 million.


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News Corp’s education unit launches digital lessons #internet

News Corp’s education division Amplify on Monday unveiled a digital curriculum aimed at middle school students in a move to kick-start growth in the unit after years of investment. The curriculum is for English Language Arts aimed at sixth-, seventh-, and eight-grade students, and features content from a library of e-books, dramatic readings by actors, story animations, and role-playing games about classic authors such as Edgar Allan Poe. “If this succeeds, teachers will want to use this to orchestrate their lessons,” said Joel Klein, the chief executive of Amplify and former New York City schools chancellor. Amplify is betting on the changes roiling U.S. school districts, which are spending billions of dollars on digital technology at the expense of textbooks.


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U.S. top court denies FilmOn X role in Aereo case #internet

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that online television service FilmOn X LLC cannot intervene in support of competitor Aereo Inc, which is being challenged by the four major U.S. broadcasters over its use of television broadcast signals. In a brief order the court said on Monday that it had rejected FilmOn X’s request to participate in the one-hour oral argument and in the written briefing of the case. The broadcasters, Walt Disney Co’s ABC network, CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, sought high court review after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled for Aereo in April. FilmOn X has been involved in litigation similar to that faced by Aereo.


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Sears says investigating possible security breach #internet

Women walk past the Sears department store at Fair Oaks Mall in FairfaxSears Holdings Corp said Friday it has launched an investigation to determine whether it was the victim of a security breach, following Target Corp's revelation at the end of last year that it had suffered an unprecedented cyber attack. "There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach," Sears spokesman Howard Riefs said in a statement on Friday. He did not say when the operator of Sears department stores and Kmart discount stores had begun the investigation or provide other information about the probe. Sears Holdings Corp operates nearly 2,500 retail stores in the United States and Canada.


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Chinese criticize state firm behind Three Gorges dam over graft probe #internet

Ships sail on the Yangtze River near BadongBy Li Hui and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – A scathing report on corruption at the company that built China's $59-billion Three Gorges dam, the world's biggest hydropower scheme, has reignited public anger over a project funded through a special levy paid by all citizens. The report by the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog last week found that some officials at the Three Gorges Corporation, set up in 1993 to run the scheme, were guilty of nepotism, shady property deals and dodgy bidding procedures. Between 1992 and 2009, all citizens had to pay a levy built into power prices across China to channel money to the dam's construction, a project overshadowed by compulsory relocations of residents and environmental concerns. The Three Gorges Corporation published a statement on its website on Tuesday saying it would look into the issues the probe raised, and strictly punish any corrupt conduct and violations of the law and party discipline.


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EBay founder rejects Icahn’s call for PayPal spinoff #internet

Photo illustration of an Ebay logo in Encinitas, California(Reuters) – EBay Inc founder and Chairman Pierre Omidyar rejected investor Carl Icahn's call to separate the company's fast-growing PayPal payments unit, saying the businesses were better off together. Omidyar, who is the largest shareholder in eBay with a stake of 8.37 percent, said separating PayPal from eBay was not a new idea and the board had evaluated the option but decided to keep the businesses together. Icahn, who disclosed a 2.15 percent stake in the e-commerce company last week, had also accused two long-time eBay board members, Marc Andreessen and Scott Cook, of having business interests that directly competed with eBay.


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Identity theft again leads U.S. top fraud complaints: FTC #internet

The seemingly intractable problem of identity theft led the list of top consumer complaints once again in 2013, with U.S. consumers reporting that they lost over $1.6 billion to various types of fraud, the Federal Trade Commission said in a report released on Thursday. Of the 2 million consumer complaints that the commission received last year, 290,056, or about 14 percent, were related to identity theft, the FTC said. “This (identify theft) has topped the list since at least 2006,” said David Torok, director of the FTC’s Division of Planning and Information. A total of 43 percent of fraud victims were reached through email, while 21 percent were telephoned and another 20 percent were defrauded through a website, the FTC said.