From the Wires

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.

CNN plans major changes

Capital New York: CNN is planning major programming changes under Worldwide President Jeff Zucker.

One million new visits to Obamacare website Monday

Reuters: More than 1 million new visitors had checked out the website on Monday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms.

Shanghai teens top international education rankings

CNN: When it comes to mathematics, reading and science, young people in Shanghai are the best in the world.

Los Angeles could ban feeding homeless people

MSNBC: The Los Angeles City Council is weighing a ban on feeding homeless people in public areas.

Energy drinks 'change' heartbeat

BBC: Energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way the heart beats, researchers warn.