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Mar 6, 2014

Privacy groups ask regulators to halt Facebook’s $19 billion WhatsApp deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook Inc’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp’s 450 million users.

WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other messages, has had a longstanding commitment to not collect user data for advertising purposes.

Mar 6, 2014

Flickr co-founder seeks another hit with new Findery app

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 (Reuters) – Findery, a map-based
social networking service started by the co-founder of popular
photo-sharing site Flickr, launched a mobile app on Thursday.

The free app, which is available for Apple Inc
iPhones, lets users leave notes, photos and videos about
real-world locations on digital maps.

Mar 5, 2014

Yahoo to stop user access of services with Facebook, Google IDs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials.

The change, which will be rolled out gradually according to a Yahoo spokeswoman, will require users to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use any of the Internet portal’s services.

Feb 28, 2014

More than $1 billion worth of Apple TVs sold in 2013: CEO

CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company sold more than $1 billion worth of Apple TV set-top boxes in 2013 and reassured shareholders at the annual meeting that the company is investing heavily in the next generation of products.

“We’re working on some things that are extensions of things you can see and some that you can’t see,” Cook said at the annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, referring to a 32 percent increase in research and development costs last year.

Feb 27, 2014

Baidu eyes buying its way into more mobile screens in China

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc is poised to make more acquisitions this year to entice smartphone users to tap into its services, a strategy that will put it on a collision course with bigger rivals like Tencent Holdings Ltd.

The biggest Internet search engine company in China saw mobile revenues grow last year to exceed, for the first time, a fifth of its total revenue as a $2.5 billion buying spree boosted mobile products.

Feb 26, 2014

China’s Baidu Q4 revenue tops forecast, shares jump after hours

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc finished 2013 with its fastest revenue growth in more than a year and forecast revenue for the first quarter that beat Wall Street targets thanks to strength in its mobile business.

Shares of Baidu, the largest Internet search engine in China, jumped more than 6 percent in after-hours trade on Wednesday to $184.10.

Feb 25, 2014

LinkedIn jumpstarts China expansion with Chinese language site

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Professional social
networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese
language version of its website on Monday, a move that could
jumpstart its expansion into the world’s largest Internet market
by users even as the company acknowledged it will have to police
what some of them say on its website.

LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner acknowledged in a blog
post on Monday that the company would have to censor some of the
content that users post on its website in order to comply with
Chinese rules.

Feb 24, 2014

Facebook CEO riding high – for now, after WhatsApp deal

SAN FRANCISCO/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will take a victory lap at the world’s largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on Monday, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp. But he is facing a new arduous race on the horizon.

Just 18 months after appearing at risk of getting crushed by the swelling mobile wave, the No. 1 social network is riding high. It gets a huge chunk of ad revenue on world-wide users of smartphones and tablets, from virtually nothing several years ago.

Feb 13, 2014

In new profile feature, Facebook offers choices for gender identity

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the first time, Facebook Inc is letting users of its online social network identify themselves as a gender other than male and female.

The basic user profile for members in the United States now includes a customizable category among the gender types that users must select, the world’s No.1 Internet social network announced on Wednesday, the day the feature became available for U.S. members using the site’s English-language version.

Feb 5, 2014

Google taps longtime executive Wojcicki to head YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc executive Susan Wojcicki has been appointed new head of the company’s YouTube video business, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The move, in which Wojcicki will replace Salar Kamangar, represents the latest change to Google’s top properties by Chief Executive Larry Page and comes as Google is striving to turn the popular video portal into a bigger money-maker.

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