SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc and
Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline
to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet
companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by
former chief executives.
The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed
the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the
arrangement entirely after five years. Under the terms of the
deal, the companies had 30 days to make changes following Feb.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts.
Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, that initiatives such as its $2 billion purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus last year, and the hiring of aerospace experts make sense for the 1.4-billion member social network.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach.
The new features mark Facebook’s latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with consumers and businesses as its flagship 1.4-billion user social network.
(Reuters) – Google Inc said it hired Ruth Porat, chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, as its own finance chief, a move signaling that the search engine company may be looking to bear down on fast growing expenses.
Google’s costs have jumped as the company embarked on an increasing number of ambitious projects including self-driving cars and internet-connected eyeglasses. Last year, the company’s revenue grew 19 percent, while total expenses rose 23.4 percent, a trend that alarmed some analysts.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – About 40 percent of adult Apple iPhone owners in the United States are interested in buying the company’s new Apple Watch, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The high-tech smartwatch, which will range in price from $350 to $17,000 for an 18-karat gold model, is Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) first major new product in five years and consumer demand for the device is being closely watched by competitors and investors.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 (Reuters) – Google Inc
was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable
gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab
said on Tuesday.
The Internet company did not do enough to make clear that
the $1,500 computer that mounts to a pair of eyeglasses was
merely a prototype and not a finished product, Google’s Astro
Teller said during a talk at the South by Southwest Interactive
conference in Austin.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 (Reuters) – Google Inc
is tightening supervision of its freewheeling Play
store, forming a special team to screen new apps for malware and
sexually explicit material, and strengthening its age-based
The change brings Google Play, a bazaar for digital games,
social media apps and entertainment software, closer to Apple
Inc’s tightly controlled App Store. But Google is not
adopting Apple’s practice of only approving apps that meet its
stringent quality standards.
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc clarified its rules banning certain content from its social network, as the Internet company strives to curb controversial posts such as support for violent militant groups and nudity without damaging its status as a global hub for users to share information.
The 1.39 billion-member social network updated its “community standards” late Sunday, providing specific examples of content prohibited under its general rules against direct threats, hate speech and criminal activity.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s new smartwatch may be a tough sell, with 69 percent of Americans indicating they are not interested in buying the gadget, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
However, the survey also showed limited awareness of the watch. The poll was taken after Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook rolled out the product on Monday, and only about half of respondents said they had heard news of the timepiece in the last few days.
(Reuters) – Google Inc’s finance chief said on Tuesday that he plans to retire, the latest in a series of changes in the company’s upper ranks but a move that some analysts said was unlikely to cause major disruptions.
Patrick Pichette is leaving Google to go backpacking, the 52-year-old French Canadian announced in a lengthy post on his personal Google+ Web page on Tuesday.