From the Wires

Government spies snooped in video games

CNN: U.S. and U.K. spies spent time undercover looking for terrorists in online video games like "World of Warcraft."

Tech firms seek surveillance reform

BBC: Leading global technology firms have called for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.

Ice storm wreaks havoc nationwide

CNN: A rare icy weather pattern is walloping virtually the entire United States at once.

Federal Reserve could ease stimulus sooner rather than later

New York Times: News that the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low increases the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will ease stimulus efforts soon.

Measles cases rise in U.S.

USA Today: The U.S. is experiencing a spike in measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

World mourns Nelson Mandela

BBC: South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Supreme Court to decide patent fracas between Google and Microsoft

Bloomberg Businessweek: A bitter software patent case that has split the high-tech industry will be heard by the Supreme Court and its ruling could have major implications for the U.S. economy.

20,000 apply for 400 jobs at Ikea in Spain

NPR: In just 48 hours, more than 20,000 people applied for 400 jobs at an Ikea opening on Spain's Mediterranean coast.

Twitter names first female board member

Reuters: Twitter Inc named Marjorie Scardino, former chief executive of publishing company Pearson, to its board on Thursday.

U.S. fast food workers strike

BBC: Fast-food workers across the US are staging a 24-hour strike in protest at low wages, organizers say.

WalMart pays legal fees for bribery probe

Reuters: WalMart is paying for lawyers to represent more than 30 of its executives involved in a foreign corruption investigation.

Google ramps up plan to make robots

BBC: Google has revealed it has taken over seven robotics companies in the past half a year, possibly posing challenge to Amazon's drones

Sales on Cyber Monday reach new heights

USA Today: Avoiding brick-and-mortar stores, holiday shoppers set a new Cyber Monday sales record lured by deals on, and other websites.