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Sep 13, 2014

Islamic State’s Twitter silence raises questions

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State’s Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group’s violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days.

Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to U.S. government sources, raising questions about whether the government has pressured Twitter to clamp down more aggressively or whether the group has moved to other social media channels.

Sep 9, 2014

Apple kicks off star-studded event with larger iPhones

By Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

CUPERTINO Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday with sharper and larger displays, moving into a market segment dominated by arch-rival Samsung Electronics.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will support more than 200 telecoms carriers worldwide, including all three in China – a key growth market for the company.

Sep 4, 2014

Photo-sharing service Twitpic says shutting down after Twitter threats

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitpic, an early online service that allows Internet users to share photos on the Twitter Inc social network, is shutting down due to what it said were legal threats from Twitter.

The dispute revolves around Twitpic’s effort to have its name approved as a trademark, which Twitter appears to believe violates its own trademark.

Sep 4, 2014

AirBnB partners with Nest to equip some homes with thermostats

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Home rental service AirBnB will offer free smart thermostats from Google Inc-owned (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Nest to 500 of its hosts in the United States, the first step in a partnership that could lead to broader cooperation between the two technology companies.

AirBnB said it is offering the Nest thermostats as part of its effort to help users of its service conserve energy. Nest’s thermostats can detect when a person is at home or away, and automatically set heating and cooling temperatures accordingly.

Aug 29, 2014

Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday.

The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, marks the company’s latest expansion beyond its Web-based origins and could help Google break into lucrative markets such as commerce and package delivery, ratcheting up the competition with Amazon.com Inc.

Aug 28, 2014

Alibaba revenue accelerates ahead of IPO

Aug 27 (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s
revenue accelerated in the April-to-June quarter on strong gains
in its mobile business, providing investors with what may be the
final glimpse of the Chinese e-commerce company’s financials
before its expected landmark market debut.

Alibaba, whose IPO could be the largest ever by a technology
company, said mobile revenue was roughly a third of its total
transaction volume in the three months ended June 30, up from
27.4 percent in the first three months of the year.

Aug 27, 2014

Alibaba revenue soars ahead of IPO

By Abhirup Roy and Alexei Oreskovic

(Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s [IPO-BABA.N] revenue accelerated in the second quarter on strong gains in its mobile business, providing investors with what may be the final glimpse of the Chinese e-commerce company’s financials before its expected landmark market debut.

Alibaba, whose IPO could be the largest ever by a technology company, said mobile revenue was roughly a third of its total transaction volume in the three months ended June 30, up from 27.4 percent in the first three months of the year.

Aug 8, 2014

Exclusive: Tango secondary financing values company at around $1.5 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tango, the mobile messaging company, is arranging a financing transaction that would value its business at around $1.5 billion, roughly one-third more than the valuation it received just five months ago, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Tango’s transaction would involve early investors and shareholders selling shares to Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, who wishes to increase his stake, and potentially others, according to one of the people. Blavatnik, who owns Warner Music Group, first invested in Tango in 2011, when he led a $42 million funding round that valued the company at $160 million.

Aug 8, 2014

Tango secondary financing values company at around $1.5 billion

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Tango, the mobile messaging
company, is arranging a financing transaction that would value
its business at around $1.5 billion, roughly one-third more than
the valuation it received just five months ago, according to
three people familiar with the situation.

Tango’s transaction would involve early investors and
shareholders selling shares to Ukrainian-born billionaire Len
Blavatnik, who wishes to increase his stake, and potentially
others, according to one of the people. Blavatnik, who owns
Warner Music Group, first invested in Tango in 2011, when he led
a $42 million funding round that valued the company at $160
million.

Jul 31, 2014

Facebook mobile app to offer free, limited Internet in Zambia

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.

The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook’s own social network and messaging service.

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