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theodp writes According to Steve Ballmer, Amazon.com is not a real business. "They make no money," Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. "In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point." Ballmer's comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you're going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there's a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all."
Egypt faces an existential threat from jihadists, the president says, after at least 31 soldiers are killed in two attacks in the Sinai peninsula.
More than 10,000 people have now been infected with the Ebola virus, according to the WHO. Medical workers returning to the US are facing tighter controls, while Mali has reported its first Ebola death.
The case of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill has been unfairly politicised, says Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.
The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak passes 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization's latest report says.
A fourth man from Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for Islamic State is believed to have been killed.
A list of tweaks and nudges for the latest version of Ubuntu with default Unity.
Basic pilot training for the RAF and Royal Navy will now take place in Anglesey, it is confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.
A man dies in hospital after he was shot in a west Belfast alleyway following what is believed to have been a serious brawl.
A 49-year-old woman dies after her crash collided with another car on the A862 Dingwall to Ardullie road in the Highlands.
Companies which cause "annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety" with marketing calls and text messages could be fined up to £500,000, ministers say.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp says the club have "moved on" from the row provoked by his criticism of Adel Taarabt.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says both Marussia and Caterham will miss next weekend's US Grand Prix.
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Two former first ministers of Scotland have hit out at Labour's treatment of its Scottish leader Johann Lamont.
A man is attacked in his County Down home by masked men carrying iron bars.
One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.
We all take notes in various ways. Whether it's old fashioned sticky notes littering the front of your PC monitor, an app on your smartphone or simply using your brain to take a 'mental note' (if your memory is that good!), it's a useful activity. How about note taking on the command-line? And in a really Unix-y, flexible way? Memo might be for you.
A 72-year-old man says he was raped by a priest in a Bedfordshire boys' home 65 years ago.
There’s a good news for app developers. On Wednesday at Twitter’s first annual developer conference Flight, the company announced a new tool for developers which will allow users to log-in to mobile applications using their phone numbers rather than a traditional username and password combinations. SAY NO TO PASSWORD The service will be called Digits, aimed at application developers