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SAN FRANCISCO - It happened many weeks ago, but salesmen at a suburban AT&T store here still vividly recall the customer who bought an Amazon Fire phone. They remember her because they haven't sold another Fire since. Professional reviews of the phone were mixed, but the ultimate arbiters - consumers - decisively rejected it. At many companies, such an expensive and high-profile stumble would prompt endless analysis, a deflated stock and perhaps even questions about whether management was up to the task. But Amazon is not like other companies. Amazon's shares have not suffered much, if at all, from the Fire's failure.   more...
 
 
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A day after a terror attack convulsed the heart of Ottawa, the Canadian capital, police officers were quoted as saying on Thursday that the attack was the work of a lone gunman who shot a soldier dead before being killed in a hail of gunfire in the Parliament building. The Associated Press cited Constable Marc Soucy of the Ottawa Police as saying officers were satisfied that there was only one attacker. The Ottawa police chief, Charles Bordeleau, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that "there is no longer a threat to public safety," The A.P. said.   more...
 
 
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Canadian authorities identified the gunman in the deadly shooting Wednesday of a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau, who had a criminal record, recently converted to Islam, senior American law enforcement officials said. He was shot and killed in the attack. The episode was the second deadly assault on a uniformed member of Canada 's armed forces in three days, and the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West against soldiers, and in some cases civilians, by individuals who have professed their affinity for radical Islam or sympathy to militant ideology.   more...
 
 
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Microsoft Corp. is slated to disclose Thursday after market closes the company's financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30. Here's what to keep an eye on: Earnings forecast: Microsoft is expected to post earnings of 50 cents a share, according to the average of analyst estimates gathered by Thomson Reuters. A year earlier, Microsoft posted earnings of 62 cents a share. Analysts expect a drag of about 6 cents a share related to Microsoft's widespread job cuts that started this summer and costs to integrate Nokia 's mobile-phone business. Microsoft doesn't issue quarterly financial guidance.   more...
 
 
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Indonesian online marketplace PT Tokopedia has secured commitments for a $100 million fifth round of funding from investors including Sequoia Capital and CyberAgent Ventures , East Ventures, PT Indonusa Dwitama and SB Pan Asia Fund. SB Pan Asia Fund participated in the latest round, a Tokopedia news release said. SoftBankInternet and Media Inc. is leading the deal. William Tanuwijaya, chief executive of Tokopedia, declined to say how much the company had previously raised. The most recent investment is slated to close mid-December. Write to Sonja Cheung at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @sonjacheung   more...
 
 
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For almost a decade, Taylor Swift has been waging, and winning, a war, smiling all the while. Country music has been - was - a natural enemy for her: hidebound, slow moving, lousy with machismo. She could break the rules and make people nervous simply by showing up. And yet country was also a hospitable host body. She faced almost no direct competition there, and it's a genre that embraces success, grudgingly if need be. Most important, country gave Ms. Swift context. It made her a transgressor, which means even her most benign songs could be read with mischievous intent.   more...
 
 
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SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea has announced that it will not accept any foreign tourists beginning Friday because of fear of the Ebola virus, three agencies that take tourists to the isolated country said on Thursday. The news came as the country said it was stepping up inspections and quarantine measures at its airport, borders and ports to guard against the spread of the deadly virus, which has killed thousands of people in the latest outbreak. "Three days ago, they said that anybody who's been to West Africa would have to provide a doctor's certificate stating that they don't have Ebola," said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel operator based in China.   more...
 
 
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Follow staff photographer Ozier Muhammad on his shooting assignment: the People's Climate March in New York City.   more...
 
 
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Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have significant lifesaving potential. So, with the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings. The first round will be held Nov. 7 at four locations: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts; Texas A&M; the University of California, Berkeley; and in Washington.   more...
 
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