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Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done. The Rainbow Push Coalition, founded by Jackson, has also asked Twitter to signal its commitment to inclusion by hosting a public community forum to address the company’s plan to recruit and retain more African American talent. The coalition and black empowerment group, ColorOfChange.org, plans... 

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China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

China’s once furious pace to get on the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas,... 

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Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before, when it said it was pulling the ThinkPad 8 from the North American market and had discontinued offering a model of the Miix 2. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” Lenovo said in a press release published on its website Friday. “Our... 

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Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

If you’re waiting for that multi-functional smartwatch of your dreams, Sony is working to add contactless payments to wearables with a new chip. The electronics giant’s FeliCa Networks subsidiary is modifying its FeliCa contactless card technology, widely used in Japan for public transit and e-money payments, for wearables. The company is designing a low-power chip that could be used in wearables such as smartwatches and smart bands, giving them contactless e-money or transit functions... 

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Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Want to purchase a laptop with bitcoins? Dell is now accepting the digital currency as a form of payment. Consumer and business shoppers can pay for products directly via bitcoins or through Coinbase, a third-party payment processing company, Dell said. Buyers can pay for products through Bitcoin wallets or by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. The volatile Bitcoin has had its share of controversies and exchange shutdowns as the currency matures. Companies like Overstock.com, Newegg, Expedia... 

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Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

Google Inc  is the more properly positioned than any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth. At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745. The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said that second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent... 

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Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

Fake apps purposely masked to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro. The company looked at the top 50 free apps in Google’s Play Store and then searched Google’s app store and others to see if fake versions existed. It found fake versions existed for 77 percent of the apps. The fake apps are often made to look like the real ones and have the same functions, but carry a dangerous... 

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Amazon.com Considering Unlimited E-book Subscription Offer

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon.com Considering Unlimited E-book Subscription Offer

Amazon.com appears to be considering a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed “Kindle Unlimited.” The as-yet-unreleased service would offer unlimited access to more than 600,000 book titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device, according to a test page that was briefly online. The test page was cached before it was taken down. The test page was apparently first spotted by gigaom.com. Amazon.com did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The test... 

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Apple Agrees To $450 Settlement In E-book Antitrust Case

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Agrees To $450 Settlement In E-book Antitrust Case

Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to settle U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday. The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversing the... 

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Google Ends Real-name Requirement For Google+

July 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Ends Real-name Requirement For Google+

Google+ may attract some new — and certainly anonymous — users after Google announced it was abolishing its real-names policy for the profiles in the service. Since its introduction, Google’s social network has required that people use their real names in Google+ profiles, as part of an effort to help other people find them through the service. “You need to provide both your first and last name for your Google+ profile,” the guidelines said. One could be an initial,... 

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IBM To Partner With Apple To Sell iPads, iPhones For Business Users

July 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IBM To Partner With Apple To Sell iPads, iPhones For Business Users

International Business Machines Corp will join forces exclusively with Apple Inc to offer iPhones and iPads loaded with applications geared at enterprise clients this fall, the company announced. The announcement, just days before IBM releases its second quarter earnings, comes as the company attempts to shift its focus to software and services as its hardware unit continues to slump, and follows a string of mobile software acquisitions. The company hopes software sales will contribute half of its... 

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Bank Of America Accused Of Using $300M Worth Of Illegal Software

July 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bank Of America Accused Of Using $300M Worth Of Illegal Software

Bank of America illegally copied $300 million worth of Tibco’s enterprise software for use in a large-scale IT project at its Merrill Lynch subsidiary, Tibco alleges in a lawsuit. The bank amassed huge quantities of Tibco software while it was still within the terms of a license agreement that expired in February 2013, then used the software for the project when it was out of license, according to the suit. As of Tuesday, Bank of America hadn’t filed a response to Tibco’s suit,... 

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Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

July 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the became available online. Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders. The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, and the company is asking potential buyers to call in orders. “Due to strong demand, the Dell Chromebook 11 is currently... 

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Microsoft Rumored To Be Cutting Jobs Soon

July 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Rumored To Be Cutting Jobs Soon

Microsoft Corp is said to be planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software giant moves to integrate Nokia Oyj’s handset unit, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the company’s plans. The reductions, expected to be announced as soon as this week, could be in the Nokia unit and the parts of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as in marketing and engineering, Bloomberg reported. Since absorbing the handset business of Nokia this spring,... 

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Lionsgate Joins Alibaba In TV Streaming Joint Venture

July 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lionsgate Joins Alibaba In TV Streaming Joint Venture

Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, the studio behind the ‘Hunger Games’ films, plans on offering a subscription streaming service in China, the firms said in a statement on Tuesday. The service, to be known as Lionsgate Entertainment World, will be exclusive to Alibaba’s Internet television set-top boxes and is expected to launch in August. It will give users access to Lions Gate content, including several titles from the ‘Twilight... 

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