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  • Yahoo tests using Google search skills
    Yahoo tests using Google search skills 18 hours ago

    According to eMarketer projections, Microsoft and Yahoo combined will own 6.5 percent of the $81.59 billion search market globally in 2015 More »

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings 20 hours ago

    New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock. The details ... More »

  • Facebook In Talks With Music Labels, Sparking Rumours of Its Own Streaming  …
    Facebook In Talks With Music Labels, Sparking Rumours of Its Own Streaming  … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Facebook is reportedly in talks with major music labels fuelling speculation that it will launch a streaming service to rival Apple Music and Spotify. According to The Verge, multiple sources have reported that Facebook has had meetings with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group about ‘getting into music’. The news comes just two days after the long-awaited launch of Apple Music and its Beats 1 radio station. More »

  • Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia
    Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Representatives from the world's top pharmaceutical companies attend an Australian parliamentary hearing in Sydney on July 1, 2015 More »

  • Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit
    Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week. During her visit, Google announced it would inaugurate a new engineering space in Belo Horizonte in November that will more than double the number of engineers working in Brazil on some of the company's core products. More »

  • Backers of Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery
    Backers of Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush's roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he began running for president. Bush provided the names to The Associated Press. More »

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. More »

  • Capital controls mean Greeks can click, but not buy Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers including Google , Amazon.com Inc , Apple and Facebook . Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders. The controls mean payments via debit or credit cards to accounts outside Greece are prohibited. More »

  • Investors bet on e-sports wagering startup Unikrn
    Investors bet on e-sports wagering startup Unikrn Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Unikrn co-founder Rahul Sood (C) is flanked by Bryce Blum (L) and Stephen Ellis as members of the e-sports wagering platform team stop for a picture at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, ... More »

  • Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling
    Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game. But what if high scores came with cash, too? More »

  • Microsoft hands display ads to AOL, maps to Uber
    Microsoft hands display ads to AOL, maps to Uber Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said those employees would be offered the chance to transfer to AOL and that it was not making any layoffs. More »

  • P Diddy Falls Down A Hole At BET Awards
    P Diddy Falls Down A Hole At BET Awards Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    P Diddy's first awards appearance since his arrest for assault last week was made memorable for the wrong reasons when he fell over while performing. The rapper, whose real name is Sean Combs, appeared to fall down a hole while on stage as part of a star-packed tribute to his record label. He was joined by Pharrell Williams, Lil' Kim, Mase and Faith Evans as he celebrated 20 years of Bad Boy Records with a medley performance at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. More »

  • Microsoft sheds some of its ad business, mapping service Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber, as the giant software company tries to focus on activities more relevant to its core business. More »

  • ‘Money-hungry Madrid want everything Barcelona have’
    ‘Money-hungry Madrid want everything Barcelona have’ Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The head of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has slammed the Spanish club over the issue of broadcasting rights. More »

  • Real Climate Change as World Does More Than 'Show Up' (Op-Ed)
    Real Climate Change as World Does More Than 'Show Up' (Op-Ed) Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Lynn Scarlett, managing director of public policy at The Nature Conservancy, contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The lead-up to this year's climate negotiations in Paris  — officially, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) — is embodying that truth. More »

  • Airbnb teams up with FEMA to boost disaster response program Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Airbnb is teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to strengthen its program that lets victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters stay at host homes for free. On Monday, the ... More »

  • P Diddy at first awards show since arrest, as stars step out for BET 2015 h …
    P Diddy at first awards show since arrest, as stars step out for BET 2015 h … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The rapper made a public appearance the week after an alleged bust-up at his son’s college. More »

  • Diddy at first show since arrest
    Diddy at first show since arrest Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Hip hop music mogul Diddy made his first awards show appearance since his arrest for assault with a star-packed tribute to his record label. More »

  • Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
    Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. More »

  • Missing Clinton emails likely to raise new questions
    Missing Clinton emails likely to raise new questions Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said. More »

  • Bill Gates hopeful of AIDS vaccine in 10 years
    Bill Gates hopeful of AIDS vaccine in 10 years Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates, who spends millions of dollars on AIDS drug development, said Friday he hoped for a vaccine against the disease within the next decade as a cure remains far off. More »

  • Fossil fuel divestment alone will not halt climate change: Gates
    Fossil fuel divestment alone will not halt climate change: Gates Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Fossil fuel divestment would be ineffective on its own as a means of halting global warming, software billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said Friday. More »

  • Her Story review: An interactive murder mystery for the ages
    Her Story review: An interactive murder mystery for the ages Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Executed well, this is how unforgettable stories in games are told, and there is no finer example of that in action than Her Story – the new game from British developer Sam Barlow. In Her Story, players assume the role of someone granted access to an archaic police computer terminal, searching through hundreds of short video files from a series of interviews conducted in the summer of 1994. More »

  • State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache
    State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Micron revenue forecast misses as PC chip prices remain low Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Micron Technology Inc said it expects a further decline in prices of chips used in personal computers, and forecast revenue for the current quarter well below market estimates. Micron Technology makes both dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, used mostly in personal computers, and NAND memory chips for storing music, pictures and other data on smartphones, cameras and other mobile devices. The company said on Thursday it expects revenue of $3.45 billion-$3.7 billion, well below analysts' average expectation of $4.16 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "Part of the guidance miss is also because of NAND, it's not just DRAM," Summit Research analyst Srinivasan Sundararajan said. More »

  • ‘You've Got a Hit’: How a James Taylor Album Finally Reached Number 1
    ‘You've Got a Hit’: How a James Taylor Album Finally Reached Number 1 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    James Taylor is going to number one, but not just in his mind—on the Billboard charts, too. Sweet Baby James, generally considered his biggest record, only made it to No. 3. The song was “Never Die Young,” a synth-adorned lite-reggae period piece that makes one yearn for the Eagles, but Taylor was apparently wise to take its counsel. More »

  • Satellite Internet venture OneWeb gets $500 mln in funding
    Satellite Internet venture OneWeb gets $500 mln in funding Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Aman Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - Internet delivered globally via satellites came a step closer on Thursday after a group of global investors agreed to put $500 million into OneWeb Ltd, one of the largest corporate venture financings so far this year. OneWeb, whose backers include Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal's Bharti Enterprises, said it would use the funds to acquire 65 commercial rockets to launch satellite-borne Internet services to extend the reach of mobile operators to customers in remote corners of the world. ... More »

  • In Tech: Microsoft Office, Foursquare mayors, Amazon Echo
    In Tech: Microsoft Office, Foursquare mayors, Amazon Echo Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Android phone owners can now use an updated version of Microsoft's Office tools for writing, spreadsheets and slideshows. More »

  • Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones
    Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Microsoft followed through on a promise to release versions of its widely used Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software More »

  • LaLiga to bundle international TV rights without Barca Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Spain's professional league (LaLiga) is planning to offer international broadcasters the rights to show matches next season but the package will not include champions Barcelona and three other clubs. LaLiga has 38 of the 42 professional clubs in Spain's top two divisions on board and has appointed Spanish broadcaster Mediapro as its agent to negotiate with interested parties but Barca, along with Espanyol, Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad, will not be included. Barca, the European champions, agreed in February to sell the rights to screen their league games next season to Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, ending a long-standing collaboration with Mediapro. More »

  • Google Genomics adds Broad Institute's DNA analysis toolkit Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Google Genomics, the cloud-based computing business that is racing to increase its share of online DNA analytics, on Wednesday began offering a cloud service version of the popular DNA analysis software from the Broad Institute, a biomedical research organization. The Google Inc research tie-up comes as academic institutions and healthcare companies are choosing between Google and other technology companies, like Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and International Business Machines Corp, to host and analyze genetic databases as they look to cure diseases. More »

  • US stocks move higher, pushing Nasdaq to new record
    US stocks move higher, pushing Nasdaq to new record Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 6.12 (0.12 percent) to 5,160.09, hitting a record close for the second day in a row More »

  • Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart on stock market
    Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart on stock market Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market. The world's biggest online social network knocked the world's largest retailer out of the top 10 list of the ... More »

  • Delayed Batman Arkham game finale goes on sale, hit with PC problems Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The highly-anticipated last instalment to the "Batman Arkham" video game trilogy went on sale on Tuesday after an eight-month delay but some users reported teething problems with the PC version of the title. "Batman: Arkham Knight", which won "Best Action Game" at last year's major E3 gaming convention, had been scheduled for release in October but was pushed back when developer Rocksteady Studios needed more time. Rocksteady and publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment said the problem was being looked at. More »

  • Gates praises UK aid 'leadership'
    Gates praises UK aid 'leadership' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has reiterated his praise for the UK's approach to global development, calling it an "international leader" that has set the standard on foreign aid that other countries should aspire to. More »