German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row

(Reuters) – The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon Communications as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.

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Mobile apps transforming the future of parking

(CNN) — An era of fumbling for spare change and driving in circles in search for a parking space may be coming to a close.

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Salesforce takes on healthcare with new apps, alliances

(Reuters) – Salesforce Inc, one of the first cloud-computing companies, is pushing into healthcare with new software and services aimed at the largest hospitals.

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GoPro’s IPO priced at $24 per share: underwriter

(Reuters) – Wearable sports camera maker GoPro Inc’s GPRO.O initial public offering was priced at $24 per share, an underwriter said, valuing the company at up to $2.96 billion.

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German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row

By  Tom Garnick
June 27th, 2014
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(Reuters) – The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon Communications as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.

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Mobile apps transforming the future of parking

By  Tom Garnick
June 27th, 2014
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(CNN) — An era of fumbling for spare change and driving in circles in search for a parking space may be coming to a close.

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Salesforce takes on healthcare with new apps, alliances

By  Melanie Rossi
June 26th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Salesforce Inc, one of the first cloud-computing companies, is pushing into healthcare with new software and services aimed at the largest hospitals.

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GoPro’s IPO priced at $24 per share: underwriter

By  Melanie Rossi
June 26th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Wearable sports camera maker GoPro Inc’s GPRO.O initial public offering was priced at $24 per share, an underwriter said, valuing the company at up to $2.96 billion.

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U.S. top court rules against TV startup Aereo

By  Tom Garnick
June 25th, 2014
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(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that online TV service Aereo Inc, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violates copyright law by using tiny antennas to provide subscribers with broadcast network content via the Internet.

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Google to focus more on wearable devices

By  Tom Garnick
June 25th, 2014
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Google revealed plans for Android Wear in March, but developers are anxious to get details on its planned features and specifications.

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AT&T tells U.S. lawmakers DirecTV deal is not Comcast/Time Warner

By  Jeff King
June 24th, 2014
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(Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s T.N proposed merger with DirecTV DTV.O does not compare with other mergers shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies largely provide different services, AT&T’s chief executive told lawmakers on Tuesday.

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Report: Bigger iPhones coming this fall

By  Jeff King
June 24th, 2014
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(CNN) — iPhone screens are about to get a lot bigger, if a new report is to be believed.

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T-Mobile wants to give you an iPhone

By  Melanie Rossi
June 23rd, 2014
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(CNN) — You can keep them for only a week. But T-Mobile is handing out free iPhones, along with a trial run of its cellular service, in the latest in a string of unorthodox promotions for the No. 4 wireless carrier in the United States.

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Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearables

By  Melanie Rossi
June 23rd, 2014
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(Reuters) – For decades, medical technology firms have searched for ways to let diabetics check blood sugar easily, with scant success. Now, the world’s largest mobile technology firms are getting in on the act.

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Verizon Wireless looking to buy Dish Network’s spectrum – NY Post

By  Tom Garnick
June 20th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Verizon Wireless is looking to buy satellite-TV operator Dish Network Corp’s spectrum to improve wireless internet speeds, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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Twitter splits former COO’s duties between two executives

By  Tom Garnick
June 20th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc split the roles of recently departed chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, at a time when the microblogging site is seeking to revive slowing user growth.

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Amazon expected to unveil 3D smartphone to court mobile shoppers

By  Jeff King
June 18th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s newest mobile device, a smartphone that may sport a 3D screen, is the retailer’s latest attempt to exert its influence over the way consumers shop online.

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Apple settles e-book antitrust case with U.S. states, others

By  Jeff King
June 17th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Apple Inc reached an out-of-court settlement with U.S. states and other complainants in an e-book price-fixing class action lawsuit on Monday, effectively avoiding a trial in which the iPad maker faced more than $800 million in claims.

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Alibaba names partnership members in new IPO prospectus

By  Tom Garnick
June 16th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding [IPO-ALIB.N] revealed the members of its 27-person partnership in an updated prospectus for its U.S. share listing on Monday.

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Sprint unveils HD voice for cell phones

By  Tom Garnick
May 1st, 2014
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) For all the amazing things smartphones can do, they’re still not great at actual phone calls. Sprint’s hoping to change that.
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Chip-based credit cards coming to Target

By  Tom Garnick
May 1st, 2014
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Target learned from its massive hack and will start issuing more advanced chip-and-PIN credit cards early next year.
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Facebook unveils anonymous login

By  Tom Garnick
May 1st, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) Are you uncomfortable with the information Facebook shares about you with third-party apps and websites? Good news: Facebook has a solution.
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U.S. state regulators issue warnings on virtual currency

By  Melanie Rossi
April 29th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Investors should consider risks associated with virtual currencies, including bitcoin, before trading in them, two U.S. regulators warned on Tuesday.

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Sprint’s subscriber losses fall as fewer defect, tablet sales rise

By  Melanie Rossi
April 29th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Sprint Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider on Tuesday reported fewer subscribers leaving than expected and strong tablet additions, as the company undergoes a massive network overhaul in a highly competitive market.

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Last Nokia phones sell sluggishly as loss widens

By  Melanie Rossi
April 29th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Nokia said on Tuesday its phone sales fell 30 percent in the last quarter they belonged to the previous world-market leader and the unit’s loss widened.

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Comcast offers to shed customers to win TWC approval

By  Melanie Rossi
April 28th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Comcast Corp offered to sell 1.4 million pay TV subscribers to Charter Communications Inc for $7.3 billion, as part of a wider transaction aimed at winning regulatory approval for its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

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Alibaba founders fund mega charity ahead of IPO

By  Melanie Rossi
April 28th, 2014
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HONG KONG (CNNMoney) Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, along with current CEO Joe Tsai, said Friday that they have established two trusts funded by share options worth about 2% of the company.

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Don’t assume you’re safe from Heartbleed

By  Melanie Rossi
April 28th, 2014
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) It sounds alarmist, but it’s true. Email, social media, banking — all of it is at risk.

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Apple, Google and Other Tech Giants Settle Anti-Poaching Lawsuit

By  Melanie Rossi
April 25th, 2014
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(NBC News) A class-action lawsuit alleging that a quartet of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies colluded not to recruit each other’s employees has come to an end.

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Microsoft Results Bolster New CEO Nadella’s Direction

By  Melanie Rossi
April 25th, 2014
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(NBC News) In Satya Nadella’s first quarterly earnings release as chief executive, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations, offering new justification for the CEO’s focus on cloud computing.

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FyreTV Porn Streamer Sues Amazon Over ‘Fire TV’ Trademark

By  Melanie Rossi
April 25th, 2014
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(NBC News) In what can only be called a highly expected development, Amazon is being sued over the trademark for its “Fire TV” streaming set-top box by the company that made a “FyreTV” device years earlier. That the latter only streamed porn, it seems, is not enough to differentiate the two.

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Verizon EPS fall short of Wall Street estimates

By  Melanie Rossi
April 24th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc profit fell short of Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, even as the company’s revenue rose 4.8 percent, its highest growth rate in five quarters.

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Nokia says India plant unlikely to be part of Microsoft deal

By  Melanie Rossi
April 24th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Nokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft.

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Big tech companies offer millions to help with Heartbleed crisis

By  Melanie Rossi
April 24th, 2014
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(Reuters) – The world’s biggest technology companies have agreed to donate millions of dollars to set up a group that will fund improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL, the software whose “Heartbleed” bug has sent the computer industry into turmoil.

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Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

By  Melanie Rossi
April 23rd, 2014
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(CNN) — Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too.

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Lytro refocuses with a new $1,600 camera

By  Melanie Rossi
April 23rd, 2014
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(CNN) — Lytro is trying to make interactive pictures happen, again.

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Reports say an Amazon phone is close

By  Melanie Rossi
April 23rd, 2014
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(CNN) — After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.

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FAA Says First Drone Test Site Is Ready for a Whirl

By  Jeff King
April 22nd, 2014
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(NBC News) Drones will soon be flying over North Dakota under the watchful eye of the Federal Aviation Administration to check on soils and crops.

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Netflix Says it Will Raise Subscriptions By Up To 25 Percent

By  Jeff King
April 22nd, 2014
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(CNBC) Netflix, which posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings, said it will raise subscription fees for new members by as much as 25 percent.

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Google Fiber Challenge: AT&T Eyes 100 Cities for Super-Fast Internet

By  Jeff King
April 22nd, 2014
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(NBC News, Keith Wagstaff) Google Fiber could get some competition from AT&T’s own ultra-fast fiber network.

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Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

By  Tom Garnick
April 21st, 2014
A Michaels arts and crafts store is seen in San Diego, California

(Reuters) – Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

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At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, ‘geek’ CEO sought both control and escape

By  Tom Garnick
April 21st, 2014
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(Reuters) – In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.

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Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps: WSJ

By  Tom Garnick
April 21st, 2014
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(Reuters) – Apple and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles

By  Jeff King
April 17th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Sony Corp said on Wednesday it sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 videogame consoles in just over four months to April 6, double the number of the older version, PlayStation 3, sold in about the same time frame after its launch.

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Wal-Mart takes on Western Union with store-to-store money transfers

By  Jeff King
April 17th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Wal-Mart said on Thursday it was launching a new domestic money transfer service called “Walmart-2-Walmart” in partnership with Euronet Worldwide subsidiary Ria Money Transfer, competing directly with Western Union Co.

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Google still top pick for Wall Street, despite mobile ad challenges

By  Jeff King
April 17th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Google Inc’s disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant’s ability to come to grips with a shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

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Tencent launches Candy Crush game in China

By  Jeff King
April 16th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch a Chinese version of King Digital Entertainment Plc’s explosively popular “Candy Crush Saga” game in China, as the UK-based mobile games maker looks to woo new users to support flagging sales in the United States and Europe.

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Yahoo shares a good buy as Alibaba nears IPO: analysts

By  Jeff King
April 16th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s surprise surge in revenue and its upcoming IPO present a great opportunity for investors to load up on Yahoo Inc’s shares, analysts said.

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Mt Gox set to liquidate as court denies rehabilitation

By  Jeff King
April 16th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company’s bid to resuscitate its business, the court-appointed administrator said on Wednesday.

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Vevo widens ties with Yahoo over its music videos

By  Jeff King
April 15th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc and Vevo, an online music video hub that provides some of the most popular content on Google’s YouTube, have expanded their content and regional partnership, Vevo said Monday amid mounting competition for online viewers.

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BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm

By  Jeff King
April 15th, 2014
File photo of a Blackberry logo at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo

(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth, a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a turnaround.

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Twitter buys social data provider Gnip

By  Jeff King
April 15th, 2014
A Twitter logo made from Californian license plates is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said it bought social data provider Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its business customers.

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Sony warns of battery fire risk in Vaio PCs launched in February

By  Melanie Rossi
April 11th, 2014
A logo of Sony Corp is seen outside its showroom in Tokyo

(Reuters) – Sony Corp on Friday urged customers to stop using a model of its Vaio computers launched in February, saying there was a risk that the battery would catch fire.

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Exclusive: Microsoft, Apple diverge on bankrolling big patent buyer

By  Melanie Rossi
April 11th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures has persuaded Microsoft and Sony to invest in its latest acquisition fund while Apple and Intel, which invested with IV previously, declined to participate, according to people briefed on the fundraising.

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Intel closes Costa Rica operation, cuts 1,500 jobs

By  Melanie Rossi
April 9th, 2014
File photo of People visiting the Intel booth at the 2013 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel, struggling with a shrinking personal computer market, is shutting its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica and eliminating 1,500 jobs, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

By  Melanie Rossi
April 9th, 2014
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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service.

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Retailers Push Into Crowded Mobile Payment Market

By  Tom Garnick
April 6th, 2014
A placard advertising an eBay app for Apple is shown in San Francisco

(Reuters) – Big retailers are muscling in on the likes of Visa, MasterCard and Google in a fiercely competitive and growing mobile payment market that promises to cut transaction costs and increase customer loyalty.

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Sears Investigating Potential Breach

By  Melanie Rossi
February 28th, 2014
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According to a Bloomberg News report, the U.S. Secret Service is investigating a possible secret breach at Sears, citing a person familiar with the investigation.

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Bitcoin’s Mt. Gox Files For Bankruptcy

By  Melanie Rossi
February 28th, 2014
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In a move that stunned the Bitcoin world, Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday.

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British Intelligence Agency Collected Yahoo Webcam Chat Images

By  Melanie Rossi
February 27th, 2014
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Unknown to Yahoo at the time, Britain’s spy agency GCHQ intercepted millions of people’s webcam chats and stored images of them, including sexually explicit ones, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

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Smartphone Growth Expected to Slow to Single Digits by 2017, According to IDC

By  Melanie Rossi
February 27th, 2014
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According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation, worldwide smartphone shipments will slow to 8.3% annual growth in 2017 and 6.2% in 2018.

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Pew Research Study Finds That The Internet Has Been A Plus For Society

By  Melanie Rossi
February 27th, 2014
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A just released Pew Research Center report finds that internet users say the web has been a good thing for them personally and for society as a whole.

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Court Orders Google To Remove Film From YouTube

By  Melanie Rossi
February 27th, 2014
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A U.S. appeals court ordered Google to remove an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world from YouTube.

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Senator Calls For Bitcoin Limits

By  Melanie Rossi
February 27th, 2014
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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has sent a letter to the US Treasury Department calling for a ban on Bitcoin usage in America.

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Comcast And Netflix Agree To Faster Speeds

By  Tom Garnick
February 24th, 2014
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Comcast and Netflix have agreed to a deal that will give Netflix subscribers better broadband access, ending a potential dispute which could have been difficult for both companies.

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Need A Parking Ticket Fixed? There’s An App For That

By  Tom Garnick
February 21st, 2014
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It used to be you had to “know” someone who had some pull to get a parking ticket dismissed. Well, not anymore.

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T-Mobile Unveils New Overseas Calling Plans

By  Jeff King
February 20th, 2014
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T-Mobile has announced that its Stateside International Talk & Text plan will add a new $15 option that would include unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling to more than 30 countries and up to 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to Mexico.

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Hewlett-Packard Slows Revenue Decline, Beats Estimates

By  Jeff King
February 20th, 2014
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Hewlett-Packard reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings and revenue, and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2014.

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U.S. Businesses Faced With Growing Cybercrime Threat

By  Jeff King
February 20th, 2014
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According to PricewaterhouseCooper’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey, cybercrime has moved to the forefront of U.S. companies’ concerns.

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T-Mobile Offers BlackBerry Users A New Deal

By  Jeff King
February 20th, 2014
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The not-so-subtle battle between T-Mobile and Blackberry continues, as T-Mobile attempts to give Blackberry customers one more reason to switch plans.

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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp For $19 Billion

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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Facebook announced Wednesday that it is buying mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, in a bid to boost its popularity among a younger crowd.

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Google Fiber Possibly Expanding To 34 Cities

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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Google announced that they’re in talks with 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas to potentially expand Google Fiber, which promises data transfer speeds that are 100 times faster than the average internet connection.

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Samsung’s Message To Apple: Size Matters

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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Samsung has just released a new television ad that takes a big swipe at the size of Apple’s iPhone screen in comparison to its Galaxy Note 3 with HD.

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LinkedIn Opens ‘Influencer Program’ To All Members

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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Hoping to generate interest after announcing that its page views had slipped for a second consecutive quarter, LinkedIn announced that it was opening its ‘Influencer Program’ to all 277 million accountholders.

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Microsoft SkyDrive Now Becomes OneDrive, With New Features

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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Microsoft has not only changed the name of its Cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive, it has also added new features for smartphones and PCs.

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Google Invests In Education Company Renaissance Learning

By  Melanie Rossi
February 19th, 2014
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The New York Times is reporting that Google Capital is investing $40 million in Renaissance Learning, an education technology company. Renaissance is now valued at $1 billion.

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Target Data Breach Cost Exceeds $200 Million

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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According to data collected by two trade associations, the costs associated with the Target data breach will exceed $200 million.

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HTC Announces ‘Advantage’ Program For Customers

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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HTC has revealed a new program, named ‘Advantage,’ which will offer customers screen replacement, Android updates, and additional storage on their HTC One®, HTC One max, or HTC One mini smartphones.

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Apple Looks To Cars, Medical Devices, For Growth

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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In a bid to spark slow growth from iPhones and iPads, Apple is looking towards cars and medical devices as new sources of revenue.

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Candy Crush Saga Maker Files For IPO

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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Mobile gamemaker King Media Entertainment, best known for Candy Crush Saga, announced that it has filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public.

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Robocoin To Install ATMs In Austin, Seattle

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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Robocoin said on Tuesday that they are planning to install the first bitcoin ATMs or kiosks in the United States, specifically in Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington.

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Sony Sells 5.3 Million Playstation Consoles

By  Tom Garnick
February 18th, 2014
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Sony Corp announced it has sold 5.3 million Playstation 4 game consoles as of February 8, which already surpasses its full-year target. The console is scheduled for release next week in Japan.

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Microsoft And DocuSign Announce Strategic Partnership

By  Rey Thomas
February 17th, 2014
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Microsoft Corp. and Docusign announced a long-term strategic partnership to bring the eSignature application to Office 365 customers.

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Google Acquires Password Startup SlickLogin

By  Rey Thomas
February 17th, 2014
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Google has announced the acquisition of SlickLogin, an Israeli security company that uses smartphones and high-frequency sounds for identity verification on Web sites.

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China Calls Kerry’s Plea For Internet Freedom “Naive”

By  Rey Thomas
February 17th, 2014
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China disapproved of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for more Internet freedom in the country, saying he was ‘naive.”

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Crowdfunding Website Kickstarter Hacked

By  Tom Garnick
February 16th, 2014
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Crowdfunding website Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, announced Saturday that hackers had gained access to some of its customers’ data.

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Kerry Pushes For Internet Freedom In China

By  Melanie Rossi
February 15th, 2014
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Chinese bloggers asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to help them “tear down the great Internet firewall” during a meeting in Beijing on Saturday on internet freedom.

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SEC To Hold Cybersecurity Roundtable

By  Melanie Rossi
February 14th, 2014
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After the recent round of breaches at major retailers, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that it plans to hold a roundtable next month to discuss cybersecurity.

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Season 2 Of ‘House Of Cards’ Starts Today

By  Melanie Rossi
February 14th, 2014
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Netflix hit ‘House of Cards,’ which helped establish Netflix as an original programmer, returns Friday for Season 2. It’s available for download all at once, meaning it could be a slow Valentine’s Day for some restaurants.

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Senate Democrats Introduce ‘Smartphone Theft Protection Act’

By  Melanie Rossi
February 14th, 2014
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A week after a similar bill was introduced in California’s legislature, a group of Senate Democrats have proposed a ‘Smartphone Theft Protection Act’ to help protect consumers and deter thieves.

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Best Buy iPhone Sale Starts Sunday

By  Melanie Rossi
February 14th, 2014
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If you’re in the market for an iPhone, Best Buy may be the place to go this weekend.

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Facebook To Add Gender Options For Transgender Members

By  Melanie Rossi
February 13th, 2014
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Starting today, Facebook is adding a customizable option for members that adds nearly 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender. It will also offer a choice among three preferred pronouns: him, her or they.

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Amazon Will Hire 2500 New Workers

By  Tom Garnick
February 13th, 2014
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Amazon announced that they will be hiring more than 2,500 full-time workers at shipment centers around the U.S. The jobs are available in Chester, Va., and Petersburg, Va.; Coffeyville, Kan.; Columbia, S.C.; Dupont, Wash.; Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Verizon’s ‘More’ Plan Cuts Price, Adds Data

By  Tom Garnick
February 13th, 2014
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Verizon, responding to recent moves by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, has introduced the ‘More Everything’ plan, which will give customers more data, 25GB of cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging.

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Snowden Stole Password From NSA Coworker

By  Tom Garnick
February 13th, 2014
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According to a memo obtained by NBC News, former agency contractor Edward Snowden used an NSA employee’s personal log-in credentials to access classified information.

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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable

By  Tom Garnick
February 13th, 2014
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Comcast Corp will buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. The all-stock deal combines the two largest U.S. cable operators.

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Mozilla To Insert ‘Content’ In Firefox Browser

By  Jeff King
February 12th, 2014
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Mozilla has announced a new program called ‘Directory Tiles,’ which will insert pre-packaged content into a new Firefox user’s web browser.

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Facebook Says No Ads On Paper For Now

By  Jeff King
February 12th, 2014
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that for the moment, the company would not be putting any paid ads on its newest venture, Paper.

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U.S. To Set Standards To Enhance Cybersecurity

By  Jeff King
February 12th, 2014
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The U.S. government will soon release the final version of voluntary standards intended to help American companies better protect themselves against cyber attacks.

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Microsoft Denies Censorship, Blames System Glitch

By  Jeff King
February 12th, 2014
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Microsoft denied a Chinese rights group’s accusation that it was omitting websites from its Bing search engine results for users outside China that the Chinese government deems politically sensitive.

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Top 10 Weather Apps For Smartphones And Tablets

By  Tom Garnick
February 12th, 2014
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This rough winter continues to get rougher. Cold temperatures, snow, ice and freezing rain have taken a toll on the majority of the United States.

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Major Tech Firms Urge Changes To Government Spying

By  Melanie Rossi
February 11th, 2014
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A group of the nation’s leading tech firms signed on to an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government’s spying programs, urging limits on electronic data collection and greater oversight and transparency.

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Sony In Talks To Supply Camera Sensors To Apple

By  Melanie Rossi
February 11th, 2014
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After announcing the sale of its PC unit, job reductions, and digital bookstore closing, Sony Corp announced that they’re in talks with Apple to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone, which is slated to roll out next year.

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Study: Americans On Board With Driverless Cars

By  Melanie Rossi
February 11th, 2014
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A new study commissioned by Intel Corporation found that half of Americans believe a driverless-car society is not far off in the future.  The report also saw high support for drone usage and investment in smart infrastructure.

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Virgin Atlantic To Use Google Glass

By  Jeff King
February 11th, 2014
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Virgin Atlantic Airlines announced today that Concierge staff in the airline’s Upper Class Wing will be using Google Glass and other wearable technology to check-in passengers.

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‘Theater Ears’ Offer No More Subtitles For Moviegoers

By  Jeff King
February 11th, 2014
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New mobile app Theater Ears will allow moviegoers the ability to hear a movie in the language of their choice, without the subtitles. The app is scheduled for release on both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

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Alibaba To Establish US E-Commerce Website

By  Jeff King
February 11th, 2014
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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is preparing to launch a U.S. e-commerce website as they continue their plans to expand into the world’s largest e-commerce market.

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Bitcoin Price Plummets, Technical Issues Blamed

By  Tom Garnick
February 10th, 2014
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The price of Bitcoin fell to $538 on Monday as investors fled from the currency. In Japan, Bitcoin withdrawals were halted over the weekend as technical teams investigated a problem with the processing of Bitcoin transactions.

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Dubai Government To Deliver Documents By Drone

By  Tom Garnick
February 10th, 2014
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While Amazon is waiting to get FAA approval for drone usage, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced plans to use miniature unmanned aircraft as part of program to deliver government documents.

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Wireless ‘Stratus Controller’ Enhances Gaming For iOS Devices

By  Tom Garnick
February 10th, 2014
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Working to make the gaming experience better for iPad and iPhone users, Steel Series has introduced their new Stratus Controller which connects by Bluetooth to those devices.

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HTC Looks To Manufacture Cheaper Smartphones, Stop Sales Slide

By  Melanie Rossi
February 10th, 2014
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Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is looking to make less expensive smartphones and regain lost market share from Apple and Samsung.

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Dyson Working On Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

By  Melanie Rossi
February 9th, 2014
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In a move that might make the iRobot old school, British billionaire and industrial designer Sir James Dyson confirmed that his company is working to perfect an autonomous vacuum cleaner.

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Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store

By  Tom Garnick
February 9th, 2014
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In an attempt to take on Latin America’s biggest market, Amazon Inc. started selling books online in Brazil, offering a selection of over 1.4 million books.

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Russia Says Nyet To Bitcoin

By  Melanie Rossi
February 9th, 2014
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In what will be seen as a blow to Bitcoin, the Russian Prosecutor General’s office released a statement that clearly prohibits Russians from using the new digital currency.

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Yahoo To Work With Yelp On Local Search

By  Tom Garnick
February 8th, 2014
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Per a Wall Street Journal Report, Yahoo will be partnering with Yelp to upgrade local results in its search engine.

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AOL CEO Attempts To Recover From ‘Distressed Babies’ Remark

By  Tom Garnick
February 8th, 2014
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AOL Inc Chief Executive Tim Armstrong attempted to clarify his words after he blamed a pension cut on costs stemming from two employees’ “distressed babies,” and he insisted that the Internet provider was focused on families.

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Google Wallet Partners With Ticket Liquidator

By  Tom Garnick
February 7th, 2014
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Buying tickets to that theater, concert or sporting event just got easier, as Ticket Liquidator announced the integration of Google Wallet as a payment option for customers.

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California Seeks To Mandate Antitheft Technology for Cellphones

By  Melanie Rossi
February 7th, 2014
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In a move that would eventually change the way cell phone companies manufacture their product, a California lawmaker is looking to introduce legislation requiring all smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have a “kill switch.”

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GoPro To Go Public

By  Jeff King
February 7th, 2014
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Video camera maker GoPro, loved around the world by action aficionados and extreme athletes, said on Friday that it planned to go public.

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