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  • New App Instantly 'Cleans Up' Your Facebook Account For Job Interviews Rob Waugh - Thu, 23 Apr, 2015 9:24 AM EDT

    Clear roots out every offensive statement you’ve ever made, instantly

    Clear roots out every offensive statement you’ve ever made, instantly

  • LG company logo is seen following an event during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
    EU court upholds LCD panel cartel fine for LG Display Reuters - Thu, 23 Apr, 2015 4:50 AM EDT

    LG Display, whose largest shareholder is LG Electronics, was initially fined 215 million euros. LG Display then appealed, seeking a greater reduction of the fine. It argued that the Commission, in calculating …

    LG company logo is seen following an event during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

    LG Display, whose largest shareholder is LG Electronics, was initially fined 215 million euros. LG Display then appealed, seeking a greater reduction of the fine. It argued that the Commission, in calculating the fine, should not have taken into account panel sales to the company's then parents LG Electronics and Philips. …

  • An employee works at a store of LG Electronics in Seoul
    LG Display books four-year-high profit, downplays supply glut fear Reuters - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015 6:57 AM EDT

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd <034220.KS> downplayed risks of a supply glut in the global panel market after reporting its best quarterly profit in more than four years, …

    An employee works at a store of LG Electronics in Seoul

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd <034220.KS> downplayed risks of a supply glut in the global panel market after reporting its best quarterly profit in more than four years, seeking to assuage fear about a sharp profit decline later this year. Investors and analysts worry that TV makers …

  • Sony raises profit view as higher sensors, videogame sales herald turnaround Reuters - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015 6:19 AM EDT

    Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp on Wednesday raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months, citing higher-than-expected sales of camera sensors and videogames. Sony said …

    Sony Mobile Communications Inc President and CEO Hiroki Totoki speaks during a news conference to announce Sony's new Xperia Z4 smartphone in Tokyo

    Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp on Wednesday raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months, citing higher-than-expected sales of camera sensors and videogames. Sony said it probably made an operating profit of 68 billion yen (380.68 million pounds) in the year ended March 31, compared with …

  • Deals in dark helped bitcoin take off, says chief scientist Reuters - Wed, 22 Apr, 2015 5:57 AM EDT

    By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Without dealings in the "grey areas" of the global economy, bitcoin might not have grown to be worth the $3 billion (1.99 billion pounds) it is today, according to Gavin …

    A bitcoin sticker is seen in the window of the 'Vape Lab' cafe, where it is possible to both use and purchase the bitcoin currency, in London

    By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Without dealings in the "grey areas" of the global economy, bitcoin might not have grown to be worth the $3 billion (1.99 billion pounds) it is today, according to Gavin Andresen, the closest thing the digital currency has to a CEO.  Andresen, a self-confessed "all-around geek", is chief …

  • Yahoo's profit, revenue miss Street forecasts as costs rise Reuters - Tue, 21 Apr, 2015 6:22 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported first-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates as the veteran internet company struggles to rev up its core online advertising business. Yahoo's shares were down …

    A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle

    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported first-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates as the veteran internet company struggles to rev up its core online advertising business. Yahoo's shares were down 2.1 percent at $43.72 in extended trading after the company also reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit. Revenue …

  • Google lobbying spending reached new high in early 2015 Reuters - Tue, 21 Apr, 2015 11:58 AM EDT

    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc, already one of Washington's biggest spenders, set a company record for its lobbying activity in the first quarter of 2015 when it spent $5.5 million (3.68 …

    A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich

    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc, already one of Washington's biggest spenders, set a company record for its lobbying activity in the first quarter of 2015 when it spent $5.5 million (3.68 million pounds), according to a government database. Google ranked ninth in terms of total lobbying spending in 2014 …

  • Nokia bets software revolution will help avoid past merger errors Reuters - Tue, 21 Apr, 2015 11:52 AM EDT

    By Leila Abboud, Jussi Rosendahl and Sven Nordenstam PARIS/HELSINKI/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nokia's acquisition of smaller rival Alcatel-Lucent may avoid the pitfalls that befell earlier telecom network …

    Media people attend a news conference with Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent in Paris

    By Leila Abboud, Jussi Rosendahl and Sven Nordenstam PARIS/HELSINKI/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nokia's acquisition of smaller rival Alcatel-Lucent may avoid the pitfalls that befell earlier telecom network equipment marriages, thanks to a revolution over the past decade in how products are launched and developed. Nokia has …

  • Qualcomm to tap Samsung to make new mobile processors: report Reuters - Tue, 21 Apr, 2015 3:37 AM EDT

    U.S. chip maker Qualcomm Inc plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 mobile processors manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, tech news website Re/code reported, citing unnamed sources.  …

    A man walks past Qualcomm stand while attending during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

    U.S. chip maker Qualcomm Inc plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 mobile processors manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, tech news website Re/code reported, citing unnamed sources. The move comes after Samsung opted to use its own Exynos processors for the recently launched flagship Galaxy S6 devices …

  • Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile Reuters - Mon, 20 Apr, 2015 1:02 AM EDT

    Sony Corp <6758.T> on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling …

    Employee poses with Sony's new Xperia Z4 smartphone after a news conference in Tokyo

    Sony Corp <6758.T> on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. The launch of the new flagship model comes amid a painful restructuring at the Japanese consumer electronics …

  • Crafts website company Etsy valued at $4 billion in market debut Reuters - Thu, 16 Apr, 2015 12:12 PM EDT

    Shares of Etsy Inc, an online marketplace for handmade goods and crafts, more than doubled in their debut on Thursday, valuing the company at about $4 billion. The company's offering of about 16.7 million …

    A sign advertising the online seller Etsy Inc. is seen outside the Nasdaq market site in Times Square following Etsy's IPO in New York

    Shares of Etsy Inc, an online marketplace for handmade goods and crafts, more than doubled in their debut on Thursday, valuing the company at about $4 billion. The company's offering of about 16.7 million shares raised about $267 million, after it was priced at the top end of the expected range of $14-$16. Brean Capital …

  • Netflix beats forecasts with 62 million streaming subscribers Reuters - Wed, 15 Apr, 2015 7:47 PM EDT

    Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc added more subscribers than projected in the United States and abroad during the first quarter, news that sent its shares up nearly 12 percent on Wednesday. The company …

    An USB key with the logo of Netflix the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media is seen  in Paris

    Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc added more subscribers than projected in the United States and abroad during the first quarter, news that sent its shares up nearly 12 percent on Wednesday. The company that shook up television with original shows such as "House of Cards" has been aggressively building its overseas presence …

  • Samsung creates team to make screens for Apple devices: report Reuters - Wed, 15 Apr, 2015 5:53 AM EDT

    (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co has created a standalone team of about 200 employees to work exclusively on making screens for rival smartphone maker Apple Inc's products, Bloomberg reported, citing …

    Picture illustration shows Samsung's logo reflected in a person's eye, in central Bosnian town of Zenica

    (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co has created a standalone team of about 200 employees to work exclusively on making screens for rival smartphone maker Apple Inc's products, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter. The team at Samsung Display Co, which provides screens for iPads and MacBooks, …

  • Periscope Threatens to Ban Accounts That Broadcasted ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Yahoo Tech - Mon, 13 Apr, 2015 2:13 PM EDT

    It didn’t take long for the Internet to use Periscope, the new Twitter-owned mobile video streaming app, for some skeezy and illegal activity.

    Periscope

    It didn’t take long for the Internet to use Periscope, the new Twitter-owned mobile video streaming app, for some skeezy and illegal activity.

  • Netflix seeks to raise share authorization in step to stock split Reuters - Fri, 10 Apr, 2015 7:29 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Netflix Inc is seeking to increase its share authorization by nearly 30 times, the video streaming service said in a filing with regulators. The company is seeking shareholder approval to …

    An USB key with the logo of Netflix the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media is seen  in Paris

    (Reuters) - Netflix Inc is seeking to increase its share authorization by nearly 30 times, the video streaming service said in a filing with regulators. The company is seeking shareholder approval to increase the number of shares authorized to 5 billion from the current 170 million, a regulatory filing showed. The move …

  • RBC CEO says tech firms pose threat, eyes start-up partnerships Reuters - Fri, 10 Apr, 2015 2:49 PM EDT

    By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - Technology companies pose a competitive threat to established lenders, the head of Royal Bank of Canada said on Friday, adding he was keen to work with start-ups …

    RBC President and CEO David McKay

    By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - Technology companies pose a competitive threat to established lenders, the head of Royal Bank of Canada said on Friday, adding he was keen to work with start-ups to improve the company's mobile offerings. RBC Chief Executive David McKay said he was positioning Canada's largest bank …

  • Backlogged orders as shoppers get close-up look at Apple Watch Reuters - Fri, 10 Apr, 2015 5:37 AM EDT

    By Noel Randewich and Astrid Wendlandt SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS (Reuters) - Customers preordering Apple Inc's smartwatch on Friday will have to wait at least a month for delivery, a sign of strong early demand …

    A staff holds Apple Watches after the watch went on display at an Apple Store in Beijing

    By Noel Randewich and Astrid Wendlandt SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS (Reuters) - Customers preordering Apple Inc's smartwatch on Friday will have to wait at least a month for delivery, a sign of strong early demand for company chief Tim Cook's first new major product. People flocked to Apple's stores around the world to get a …

  • Amazon gets green light from U.S. regulators for new drone tests Reuters - Thu, 9 Apr, 2015 9:32 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, less than a month after the e-commerce powerhouse blasted regulators for being slow to approve …

    The Amazon.com, Inc. logo is seen on the side of a delivery truck in Brooklyn, New Yor

    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, less than a month after the e-commerce powerhouse blasted regulators for being slow to approve commercial drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier given the green light to an Amazon prototype …

  • LinkedIn to buy online education company lynda.com for $1.5 bln Reuters - Thu, 9 Apr, 2015 12:16 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Professional social network operator LinkedIn Corp said it would buy privately held online education company lynda.com in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.5 billion (1.01 billion pounds). …

    The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking networking website for people in professional occupations, is shown in Mountain View

    (Reuters) - Professional social network operator LinkedIn Corp said it would buy privately held online education company lynda.com in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.5 billion (1.01 billion pounds). With the integration of lynda.com and LinkedIn, users will know what skills are needed for the available jobs in …

  • Apple faces local battles as it prepares global payments push Reuters - Wed, 8 Apr, 2015 9:16 PM EDT

    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Apple has made mobile payments look easy, after a decade of mostly failed experiments by banks, telecom operators and retailers to woo consumers away from cards and …

    Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Service, introduces Apple Pay during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino

    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Apple has made mobile payments look easy, after a decade of mostly failed experiments by banks, telecom operators and retailers to woo consumers away from cards and cash. Apple Pay has taken the United States by storm since its launch in September, and the company has said it already …

  • Bitcoin exchange Coinsetter acquires Canadian platform Reuters - Wed, 8 Apr, 2015 1:38 PM EDT

    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coinsetter, a New York-based bitcoin exchange that targets institutional and professional traders, said on Wednesday it has acquired Canadian Virtual Exchange, …

    A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris

    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coinsetter, a New York-based bitcoin exchange that targets institutional and professional traders, said on Wednesday it has acquired Canadian Virtual Exchange, a bitcoin trading platform which recently shut down due to security breaches. According to sources, the deal was …

  • Twitter and Facebook vow to challenge Turkey over ban Reuters - Tue, 7 Apr, 2015 9:33 AM EDT

    Twitter and Facebook have vowed to fight a Turkish ban that briefly blocked access to social media sites this week, a clampdown critics said was further evidence of Ankara's growing authoritarianism. …

    A man tries to get connected to the youtube web site with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul

    Twitter and Facebook have vowed to fight a Turkish ban that briefly blocked access to social media sites this week, a clampdown critics said was further evidence of Ankara's growing authoritarianism. Turkey has taken a tough stance on social media under President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party he founded, temporarily …

  • Swiss launch of Apple Watch hit by patent issue: report Reuters - Sat, 4 Apr, 2015 7:50 AM EDT

    Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. …

    Apple watches are displayed following an Apple event in San Francisco

    Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word "apple" to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of …

  • The ‘Star Wars’-Inspired History of the Iconic THX Audio Logo Yahoo Tech - Thu, 2 Apr, 2015 3:17 PM EDT

    Digital audio engineer James A. Moorer has had an impressive career: He holds multiple patents, has won an Oscar and an Emmy, and was involved in the founding of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research …

    THX

    Digital audio engineer James A. Moorer has had an impressive career: He holds multiple patents, has won an Oscar and an Emmy, and was involved in the founding of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

  • Apple has a new plan to crush its rivals and boost iPhone sales Business Insider - Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 11:03 AM EDT

    AP For the first time, Apple is letting you trade in your old Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone for a new iPhone, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports. The new trade-in program is said to start Monday, but …

    Apple has a new plan to crush its rivals and boost iPhone sales, and it starts today

    AP For the first time, Apple is letting you trade in your old Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone for a new iPhone, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports. The new trade-in program is said to start Monday, but it only applies to certain phone models. According to Apple’s new Reuse and Recycling Program (via MacRumors), you’ll …

  • Amazon in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter: report Reuters - Fri, 27 Mar, 2015 6:30 AM EDT

    (Reuters) - Amazon.com is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall …

    Two freshly delivered Amazon boxes are seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado

    (Reuters) - Amazon.com is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear …

  • Google to pay CFO Porat more than $70 million in two years Reuters - Thu, 26 Mar, 2015 6:27 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million in the next two years through a combination of restricted stock units and a biennial grant. …

    A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels

    (Reuters) - Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million in the next two years through a combination of restricted stock units and a biennial grant. The company hired Morgan Stanley CFO Porat as its finance chief earlier this week, a sign it is aiming to rein in costs …

  • Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope Reuters - Thu, 26 Mar, 2015 1:56 PM EDT

    Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely …

    An illustration picture shows the log-on icon for the Website Twitter on an Ipad in Bordeaux

    Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors …

  • Japan's Panasonic says ready for 1 trillion yen M&A spree as profit jumps Reuters - Thu, 26 Mar, 2015 6:03 AM EDT

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen (5.62 billion pounds) on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a …

    A woman walks past a logo of Panasonic Corp outside an electronics retail store in Tokyo

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen (5.62 billion pounds) on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a …

  • Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service Reuters - Wed, 25 Mar, 2015 5:58 PM EDT

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as …

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as ...

  • 16 Smartphones That Were Deemed ‘iPhone Killer,’ 2008-2011 Yahoo Tech - Wed, 25 Mar, 2015 10:11 AM EDT

    Apple sold more than 190 million iPhones last year. It is safe to say that the iPhone has not, in fact, been killed.

    Apple sold more than 190 million iPhones last year. It is safe to say that the iPhone has not, in fact, been killed.

  • Silicon Valley gender trial enters final stages Reuters - Tue, 24 Mar, 2015 11:13 PM EDT

    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dollar signs rather than discrimination drove a former partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to file her gender discrimination …

    Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco

    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dollar signs rather than discrimination drove a former partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to file her gender discrimination suit, a lawyer for the firm told jurors Tuesday in the high-profile trial. "The complaints of Ellen Pao were …

  • Taylor Swift, Harvard, Microsoft among those buying up .porn, .adult suffixes as a precaution The Canadian Press - Mon, 23 Mar, 2015 6:47 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this …

    Taylor Swift, Harvard, Microsoft among those buying up .porn, .adult suffixes as a precaution

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this ...

  • 5 Tech Tools to Make Your Teen a Safer Driver Yahoo Tech - Mon, 23 Mar, 2015 3:19 PM EDT

    I still remember the look on my daughter’s face the first time she plowed her car into a tree.

    Distracted driving

    I still remember the look on my daughter’s face the first time she plowed her car into a tree.

  • Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets Reuters - Mon, 23 Mar, 2015 12:54 PM EDT

    Microsoft Corp's Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google Inc's Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The …

    A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in Taipei

    Microsoft Corp's Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google Inc's Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest sign that Microsoft is pushing to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers …

  • IBM to share technology with China in strategy shift: CEO Reuters - Mon, 23 Mar, 2015 8:00 AM EDT

    By Matthew Miller and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM Corp will share technology with Chinese firms and will actively help build China's industry, CEO Virginia Rometty said in Beijing as she set out …

    A worker is pictured behind a logo at the IBM stand on the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover

    By Matthew Miller and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM Corp will share technology with Chinese firms and will actively help build China's industry, CEO Virginia Rometty said in Beijing as she set out a strategy for one of the foreign firms hardest hit by China's shifting technology policies. IBM must help China build …

  • Luxury brands hedge their bets with smartwatches Reuters - Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 2:03 PM EDT

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - The flurry of technology deals luxury watchmakers announced this week to tackle the Apple Watch threat are more a way to hedge their bets in case the smartwatch market …

    The Tag Heuer logo is seen at the entrance of their new watch manufactory in Chevenez

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - The flurry of technology deals luxury watchmakers announced this week to tackle the Apple Watch threat are more a way to hedge their bets in case the smartwatch market takes off than a strategic U-turn. On Thursday, LVMH's Tag Heuer and Bulgari, and Kering's Gucci were among the …

  • HTC founder Wang takes over as CEO Reuters - Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 7:49 AM EDT

    By J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker. …

    The logo of HTC is seen in Taipei

    By J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The return of Wang, a scion of one of Taiwan's most prominent families, comes as HTC's phones have often struggled to …

  • U.S. regulators give Amazon go-ahead for drone tests Reuters - Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 8:03 PM EDT

    By Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers …

    A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado

    By Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday …

  • Angry Birds maker bets on animated movie as profit drops Reuters - Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 8:36 AM EDT

    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games maker Rovio pinned its hopes on Thursday on a costly 3D movie project helping it return to growth, after a 73 percent profit drop gave the …

    Employee works inside an office of Rovio, the company which created the video game Angry Birds, in Shanghai

    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games maker Rovio pinned its hopes on Thursday on a costly 3D movie project helping it return to growth, after a 73 percent profit drop gave the latest sign its mainstay Angry Birds brand is losing appeal. A decline in its business licensing the Angry Birds brand …

  • Target agrees to pay $10 million to settle lawsuit from data breach Reuters - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 11:38 PM EDT

    Target Corp has agreed to pay $10 million (7 million pounds) in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit related to a huge 2013 data breach that consumers say compromised their personal financial …

    A customer leaves one of the stores of discount retail chain Target in Ancaster

    Target Corp has agreed to pay $10 million (7 million pounds) in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit related to a huge 2013 data breach that consumers say compromised their personal financial information, court documents show. Under the proposal, which requires federal court approval, Target will deposit the …

  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer seems headed for supporting role The Canadian Press - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 5:46 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program …

    No longer the star web browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer seems headed for supporting role

    SAN FRANCISCO - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program....

  • Canada's Clearpath Robotics raises $14M in venture capital CBC - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 3:08 PM EDT

    The company, which was started in 2009 by four University of Waterloo graduates, received the funds from RRE Venture Capital, with support from iNovia Capital. "It means we're much more able to invest …

    Clearpath Robotics raises $14M in venture capital

    The company, which was started in 2009 by four University of Waterloo graduates, received the funds from RRE Venture Capital, with support from iNovia Capital. "It means we're much more able to invest in the potential we've seen in robotics," said co-founder and CTO Ryan Gariepy. Clearpath makes unmanned robotic vehicles, …

  • Microsoft must face Xbox 360 class action claims Reuters - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 1:46 PM EDT

    Microsoft Corp must face class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who say the video game console has a design defect that causes game discs to be gouged, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The …

    Attendees walk past an Xbox sign at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles

    Microsoft Corp must face class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who say the video game console has a design defect that causes game discs to be gouged, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle said a lower court judge misapplied the law in finding that Xbox owners in …

  • Investors cheer Nintendo move to smartphones Reuters - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 4:45 AM EDT

    Shares in Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday notched their biggest daily gain since listing as investors cheered the decision by the creators of Super Mario to venture into smartphones …

    Shigeru Miyamoto, senior managing director of Nintendo and GM of its Entertainment Analysis and Development division, together with Nintendo character Mario, introduces the new game "Mario Maker" during a news conference at E3, in Los Angeles

    Shares in Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday notched their biggest daily gain since listing as investors cheered the decision by the creators of Super Mario to venture into smartphones in a bid to retain users. The stock ended limit-up, or 21 percent, at 17,080 yen ($141), a day after Nintendo said it would …

  • Samsung Electronics shares poised to hit record high on earning recovery hopes Reuters - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 3:55 AM EDT

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> hovered near record highs on Wednesday, fuelled by investors' expectations that strong sales …

    A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> hovered near record highs on Wednesday, fuelled by investors' expectations that strong sales of its chips and new smartphone line-up will hasten an earnings recovery.

  • German court to rule on legality of Uber ride service Reuters - Wed, 18 Mar, 2015 3:53 AM EDT

    A German court is set to rule on Wednesday whether Uber's novel taxi-hailing service violates driver licensing rules, a decision that could lead to a nationwide ban on the service. The case in a Frankfurt …

    An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign

    A German court is set to rule on Wednesday whether Uber's novel taxi-hailing service violates driver licensing rules, a decision that could lead to a nationwide ban on the service. The case in a Frankfurt court brought by German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland against Uber is one of more than a dozen lawsuits filed …

  • Microsoft tackles China piracy with free upgrade to Windows 10 Reuters - Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 11:33 PM EDT

    SEATTLE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, …

    A Microsoft representative shows a smartphone with Windows 10 operating system at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover

    SEATTLE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software. The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft …

  • Apple TV entices networks with promise of mobile viewers Reuters - Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 7:34 PM EDT

    By Jennifer Saba and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc's planned video streaming service may not be a tough sell for media companies who could be enticed by the company's ubiquitous …

    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco

    By Jennifer Saba and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc's planned video streaming service may not be a tough sell for media companies who could be enticed by the company's ubiquitous iPhones and iPads, which represent a new stream of growth for an industry losing viewers. The Wall Street Journal on …

  • Super Mario to go mobile as Nintendo ventures into smartphone games Reuters - Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 6:48 AM EDT

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