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  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
    Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street 3 hours ago

    Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing. Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted net income and revenue ... More »

  • Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil
    Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil 4 hours ago

    By Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Big Internet companies were the clear winners at a global conference hosted by Brazil on the future management of the Web where most participants agreed it should remain a self-regulated space free of government intervention. Convened by President Dilma Rousseff after revelations of U.S. surveillance undermined trust in the Internet, the NETmundial conference concluded that governments, companies, academics, technicians and users should all have a say in where to go next. That is exactly what companies such as Google or Facebook say is essential to spur innovation, expand the boundaries of the Internet and keep their businesses growing. "Our focus is on making sure the Net stays free and open," said Ross LaJeunesse, Google's head of international relations. More »

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks 4 hours ago

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Apple Inc. rose 8.2 percent to $567.77 with 24,106,200 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell .7 percent to $23.33 with 33,390,100 shares ... More »

  • Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up
    Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up 5 hours ago

    The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar. The markets gains were modest, ... More »

  • Warburg Pincus to take majority stake in start-up PayScale 5 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has agreed to take a majority stake in software start-up PayScale, which offers compensation data to individuals and companies. Warburg Pincus will invest up to $100 million (59 million pounds) to recapitalize and grow the company to allow it to develop new data and software tools for the human resources market, the companies said on Thursday. Founded in 2000 by former Microsoft manager Joe Giordano, Seattle-based PayScale provides data on individual compensation and competes with companies such as Salary.com Over the past two decades Warburg Pincus, which has more than $37 billion in assets under management, has invested more than $3 billion in software companies, according to its website. More »

  • Microsoft earnings beat Street expectations
    Microsoft earnings beat Street expectations 6 hours ago

    Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the January-March quarter. Revenue gains from its Windows operating system and cloud computing services like Azure were offset by the ... More »

  • Microsoft earnings slip on soft computer sales
    Microsoft earnings slip on soft computer sales 6 hours ago

    A customer walks near a display of Microsoft Windows XP software at a CompUSA store March 22, 2006, in San Francisco, California More »

  • Microsoft 3Q earnings beat Street expectations
    Microsoft 3Q earnings beat Street expectations 6 hours ago

    Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the fiscal third quarter. The results still beat analyst expectations. Net income in the quarter through March 31 came to $5.66 billion, ... More »

  • Google's top social networking executive departs 7 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook. More »

  • Google social networking boss Gundotra leaving company
    Google social networking boss Gundotra leaving company 7 hours ago

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, is leaving the Internet search company, he said on Thursday, three years after overseeing the launch of the Google+ social network. Gundotra, who has worked at Google for eight years, announced the move in a Google+ post. "We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish," Gundotra wrote. More »

  • Tech Giants Pledge $3.6M to Help Fund OpenSSL Following Heartbleed Bug
    Tech Giants Pledge $3.6M to Help Fund OpenSSL Following Heartbleed Bug 13 hours ago

    A group of 12 technology companies including Intel, IBM, Facebook and Google have pledged $3.6 million (£2.1m) to help maintain under-funded open source software projects which are "essential to the global computing infrastructure" with OpenSSL - the software which caused the huge Heartbleed Bug - the first to receive funding. The full list of companies is Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, and VMware, all of whom have pledged to commit at least $100,000 a year for at least three years to the Core Infrastructure Initiative. The announcement of the support comes after a couple of weeks when system administrators have been rushing to patch a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL library which caused what became known as the Heartbleed Bug and left millions of web users vulnerable to attack - potentially leaving sensitive information like passwords and credit card details open to attack. OSF president Steve Marquess noted that he is the only full time employee at the foundation, with the only other help coming from people working out of a sense of "responsibility and pride". More »

  • Big tech companies offer millions to help with Heartbleed crisis 14 hours ago

    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. Amazon.com Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, IBM, Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp are among a dozen companies that have agreed to be founders of the group, known as Core Infrastructure Initiative. It will support development of open source software that makes up critical parts of the world's technology infrastructure, but whose developers do not necessarily have adequate funding to support their work, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. More »

  • Nokia says India plant unlikely to be part of Microsoft deal
    Nokia says India plant unlikely to be part of Microsoft deal 16 hours ago

    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. Nokia will instead operate the factory as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft after the deal, a spokeswoman for the Finnish company's Indian unit said on Thursday. "It's highly unlikely that the plant will transfer, given that the (deal) closing with Microsoft is tomorrow," the spokeswoman said. "If the asset doesn't get transferred, we are entering into a service agreement with Microsoft." Nokia has yet to agree to conditions set by an Indian court, including payment of a guarantee for potential tax dues in a dispute with Indian authorities, before it transfers the plant to Microsoft. More »

  • Green Energy or Cheap Energy? You Choose
    Green Energy or Cheap Energy? You Choose 17 hours ago

    Not only can homes with photovoltaic cells and wind turbines generate electricity, but they can also sell that juice on the backs of grids that the power companies pay to maintain. No wonder they’re asking states to tax renewables. More »

  • Apple slice: Share split makes joining the Dow more likely Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Who says Apple does not want to be in the Dow Jones industrial average? The iPhone maker's market value has stood high above most U.S. corporations' for a few years, yet Apple still isn't a component of that blue-chip stock benchmark. That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 (297.78 pounds) stock would overwhelm the index. A seven-for-one stock split that will chop the price to about $75 changes the picture. More »

  • The Age Of Inocence by scally number1
    The Age Of Inocence by scally number1 Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Three of my grand children looking at some water snails. At least it got them away from their Xbox for a day. More »

  • Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround
    Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and retreating to an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan. Zynga shares were up 5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after closing at $4.42 on the Nasdaq. Pincus, who remains chairman of the board, has decided to move on from day-to-day operations as chief product officer, Zynga said in a statement. He has been stepping back from the company that once dominated gaming on Facebook with "Farmville" and raked in over $1 billion (595 million pounds) in revenues, but is losing users to mobile game developers. More »

  • Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role
    Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide. More »

  • AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows
    AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Jennifer Saba and Lisa Richwine NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week. With an eye on the big bucks such shows can command, Microsoft will trot out a football reality show called "Every Street United." Sony Corp's digital network Crackle will serve up Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and AOL is presenting a documentary drama about five New Yorkers called "Connected." This is a big shift from the short Web episodes many tech companies have presented for the last two years at the week-long "NewFronts" event - modeled after the annual "upfronts" where broadcast and cable TV channels show their wares to Madison Avenue. Yahoo Inc is also looking for longer original programming it can unveil at the showcase, three people familiar with those efforts said on condition on of anonymity because the deals have yet to be finalized. More »

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview app releases, letting you control a PC from …
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview app releases, letting you control a PC from … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Microsoft began letting you control a desktop PC from an Android or iOS device last year, and now it has announced Windows Phone users will soon receive the same support. The Redmond-based company revealed today it is rolling out a preview version of its Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone users. The app, called Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview app, will let you control your PC from a Windows Phone device while on the go, but it requires Windows Phone 8.1 (which is also technically a preview for some). Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to release for existing Windows Phone handsets sometime within the next few months. More »

  • Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online
    Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a ... More »

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday: WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON —Labor Department releases weekly jobless ... More »

  • Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade. More »

  • Chinese Government Shuns 'Expensive' Windows 8
    Chinese Government Shuns 'Expensive' Windows 8 Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The Chinese government will try to patch up the outdated Windows XP operating system -because it is too expensive to upgrade. Microsoft stopped providing security updates for the 13-year-old software earlier this month, and those still using the system are at risk of cyber attack. Senior official Yan Xiaohong said: "Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers." He added that upgrading to Windows 8 would be "fairly expensive", increasing government procurement costs. More »

  • MIA in the War on Cancer
    MIA in the War on Cancer Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’ More »

  • The rate of cybercrime is on the rise, with some firms losing nearly €4 million …
    The rate of cybercrime is on the rise, with some firms losing nearly €4 million … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The study from PWC found that cybercrime in Ireland has risen from 24 per cent to 45 per cent since 2011. More »

  • Sledgehammer Releases Next COD Game Screenshot: Launch Expected in Fall 2014 …
    Sledgehammer Releases Next COD Game Screenshot: Launch Expected in Fall 2014 … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Given above is the first screenshot of the next Call of Duty game that is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. The title's publisher, Activision, has announced that it will be 'next-gen first', meaning gamers on the Xbox One and PS4 can expect preferential treatment. Back in early 2013, Activision gave gamers what was thought to be their first look at the next-gen Call of Duty in the form of a few screenshots. Developer Sledgehammer Games released the above image as the title's first in-game image. More »

  • Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009. More »

  • Nokia to Rebrand as Microsoft Mobile
    Nokia to Rebrand as Microsoft Mobile Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Microsoft is planning to change the name of Nokia to Microsoft Mobile following the completion of the sale of its Devices and Services unit on 25 April, according to recently leaked documents. Nokia news and review site Nokia Power User (NPU) discovered the leaked memo outlining the terms of sale to Microsoft, apparently sent by Nokia to the Devices and Services business suppliers base. "Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/ Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy," the memo reportedly stated. More »

  • Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q
    Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming ... More »

  • Almost 700,000 Gamers are Requesting Rockstar for GTA 5 on PC
    Almost 700,000 Gamers are Requesting Rockstar for GTA 5 on PC Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Close to 700,000 people are now asking Rockstar to port GTA 5 onto the PC, according to a Change.Org petition. While rumours indicate that Rockstar might port GTA 5 onto next-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, the chances of the game arriving on PC appear to be slim. However, it cannot be ruled out since Rockstar might not want to ignore the requests of such a large fan base. GTA 5 made its debut back in September 2013, and went on to reap some serious rewards for its developer, Rockstar. More »

  • Microsoft will finally complete its Nokia deal this week, but there are a few …
    Microsoft will finally complete its Nokia deal this week, but there are a few … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The €5.4 billion deal was originally supposed to be completed a month ago but was delayed as Microsoft waited for regulatory authorities in Asia to approve the deal. More »

  • Microsoft takeover date for Nokia
    Microsoft takeover date for Nokia Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Microsoft has confirmed that it will complete its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business this Friday, expanding the reach of the Windows Phone operating system. More »

  • New Project CARS Videos to Excite Gamers Across the Globe
    New Project CARS Videos to Excite Gamers Across the Globe Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The most anticipated racing game of 2014, Project CARS, now has two amazing new videos that are poised to excite gamers even more. The first video, which is a little over ten minutes long, showcases the game's different licensed cars, tracks and real-time day and night cycles. The cars in the video include the Ariel Atom Mugen, Bac Monaco, Caterham Seven Classic, Caterham SP/300 R, Radical SR-8RX, Palmer Jaguar JP-LM, Audi R8V10 Plus, Audi RS LMS Ultra, Audi R18 TDI, RUF RGT 8, RUF CTR3, BMW 1-Series M Coupe and many more. The second video adds weight to expectations that Project CARS is poised to be one of the only true next-gen games that we might see this year. More »

  • GTA 5 Online: Game Breaking Glitch Allows Players to Buy Anything For Free, …
    GTA 5 Online: Game Breaking Glitch Allows Players to Buy Anything For Free, … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Rockstar has apparently deactivated the feature in order to take measures to tackle a game-breaking bug. "Access to the GTA Online Creator has been temporarily disabled to stop the spread of a new exploit," said the game's developer on their Support page. More »