President Obama, House Speaker Boehner discuss "fiscal cliff": aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, locked in a stalemate over the “fiscal cliff,” spoke by telephone this afternoon, a Boehner spokesman said.

Sports fans can pursue U.S. antitrust case over programs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday allowed sports fans to pursue a lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and various networks of antitrust violations in how they package games for broadcast on television or the Internet.

UPDATE 1-Emulex to offer $130 mln for New Zealand-based Endace

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Storage-equipment maker Emulex Corp
said it intends to make an offer for New Zealand-based
network equipment maker Endace Ltd for about $130
million in cash to expand its market.

MB&F’s New Lamborghini-Inspired Watch Is Beautiful, And ‘Relatively’ Affordable (But Still $63K)

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If you’re into drooling over watches that you’ll likely never be able to afford (and I am), then you’ll probably recognize the name MB&F (Max Busser & Friends). The boutique watch-maker has created some stunners, including the HM3 special edition profiled by contributor Ariel Adams last May. While that watch retailed for $93,000, the HM5 Adams shows off on his own site today retails for a much more affordable $63,000, putting it still far, far beyond my grasping claws.

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The HM5 is inspired by driving watches from the 1970s, according to Adams, and it also takes industrial design cues from classic cars like the Lamborghini Miura. That slat-style vents on its upward-facing surface actually open and close, letting light leak in to charge the SuperLumiNova that makes the discs for hour and minutes glow in the dark. You actually read the watch through a viewing window mounted on the side, which features a sapphire lens that makes the hour and minute appear through that window. The actual discs themselves are lying flat on top of the movement, a custom-tailored affair based on a Sowind movement with a dual-rotor for automatic winding.

The design is surprisingly understated for something that’s this much of a departure from what’s generally accepted as standard for a watch, and wouldn’t look out-of-place as part of an upscale European auto manufacturer’s engine assembly. Which I intend as very high praise indeed. MB&F is only making 66 of these, so start those engines if you want to snap one up.

UPDATE 1-PPR’s Redcats to sell U.S. plus-size business

PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – French retail group PPR
said on Wednesday its Redcats mail order unit had agreed to sell
its U.S. plus-size fashion business, OneStopPlus Group, to
private equity firms…

HTC Said To Be Prepping Its New “M7″ Flagship Android Phone For A Q1 2013 Launch

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Financially speaking, HTC hasn’t had the best track record this year. Even after promising to focus on hero devices in 2012, the company has had to deal with rough quarter after rough quarter. It seems that HTC is already working to make 2013 a bit brighter though — recent report from Focus Taiwan points out that the company is currently slaving away on its next flagship smartphone, tentatively named the “M7.”

There’s very little known about the device at this point, but a little digging from the folks at HTC Source seems to have unearthed an early spec sheet. If true, the M7 could ship with a 5-inch display running at 1080p, an aluminum unibody chassis, a 13-megapixel camera, and (most importantly) a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor.

On some level it seems like HTC is rushing into things — after all, the Taiwanese company just launched a pair of 1080p display-toting phones in Japan and the United States within the past two months, though it doesn’t seem like either of them will land in Europe any time soon. Then again there’s not a whole lot of time for players in the wireless industry to sit around and catch their proverbial breath. Rivals LG and Samsung are both widely expected to launch followups to their own respective flagship phones (complete with 1080p displays as well) within the first half of 2013. The eventual announcement may not be the most welcome news for customers who have just taken the plunge on another device, but hey — that’s just the nature of the beast.

If this thing really is in the works, then I imagine it won’t be too long before it makes its grand entrance — HTC usually shows off some impressive new hardware (the One series, anyone?) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and that’s less than three months away. Couple that with some analyst chatter about a March 2013 launch and the company’s track record with employees’ loose lips, and we have all the makings of a potential leakfest sooner rather than later.

CORRECTED-Emulex to offer $130 mln for New Zealand-based Endace

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Storage-equipment maker Emulex Corp
intends to make an offer for New Zealand-based network
equipment maker Endace Ltd for about $130 million in
cash.