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Jan 22, 2014

Facebook tests ad network business on other companies’ mobile apps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that it is displaying ads from a small group of marketers on other companies’ smartphone apps, the latest sign that the world’s No. 1 online social network is closer to launching an ad network business.

Facebook said that the test is currently limited to a “few” advertisers and mobile app publishers.

Jan 22, 2014

Silicon Valley firms to pay fee for commuter shuttles amid tech backlash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco’s transportation agency agreed on Tuesday to charge Google Inc, Apple Inc and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents.

The commuter buses take about 17,000 passengers a day from their homes in San Francisco to dozens of technology companies based in Silicon Valley, south of the city.

Jan 17, 2014

Facebook “relationships guy” courts Hollywood, media in new push

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Beyonce fans got a big surprise at midnight on December 13, when the pop star announced her new album from out of the blue.

Just as surprising was her decision to announce the album by posting a 15-second video on Instagram, the Facebook-owned online photo-and-video sharing service.

Jan 16, 2014

Latest perk on Google buses: security guards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – First, San Francisco-based commuters to Google Inc got buses with plush seats and free WiFi. Now, they are getting security.

In recent days, men with earpieces have closely monitored passengers boarding Google commuter buses at the site of at least one bus stop in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their presence comes a few weeks after Google buses were targeted by protesters who blame tech-industry employees for rising city rents.

Jan 16, 2014

Yahoo COO de Castro departs; no reason given

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc chief operating officer Henrique de Castro, the high-profile recruit Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer poached from Google Inc shortly after she took the helm, will leave on Thursday after about a year on the job.

Yahoo did not give a reason for his departure in a Wednesday filing, but in an unusually blunt memo to Yahoo staff obtained by the Recode technology blog Mayer said she had fired him.

Jan 14, 2014

Google gains entry to home and prized team with $3.2 bln Nest deal

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Google Inc took
its biggest step to go deeper into consumers’ homes, announcing
a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke
alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of
products and a prized design team led by the “godfather” of the
iPod.

Nest will continue to operate as its own distinct brand
after the all-cash deal closes, Google said on Monday.

Jan 13, 2014

Google to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion in cash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc on Monday announced plans to acquire Nest Labs Inc, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion, signaling the Internet company’s intention to expand into a broader array of devices and bringing valuable hardware design expertise in-house.

Nest, which was co-founded by one of the creators of Apple Inc’s iconic iPod music player, will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google said.

Jan 9, 2014

Google linking of social network contacts to email raises concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new feature in Google Inc’s Gmail will result in some users receiving messages from people with whom they have not shared their email addresses, raising concerns among some privacy advocates.

The change, which Google announced on Thursday, broadens the list of contacts available to Gmail users so it includes both the email addresses of their existing contacts, as well as the names of people on the Google+ social network. As a result, a person can send an email directly to friends, and strangers, who use Google+.

Jan 7, 2014

Yahoo CEO unveils handful of new products to big CES crowd

LAS VEGAS/SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc
Chief Executive Marissa Mayer unveiled a handful of new
products, including a competitor to Google Inc’s
predictive search technology for smartphones, in a debut
appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show that drew a big
crowd.

The former Google executive who took the reins at Yahoo in
the summer of 2012, has moved aggressively to revamp the
struggling Internet company’s business with product makeovers,
acquisitions and a renewed focus on its media offerings.

Jan 7, 2014

Twitter co-founder puts social twist on search with new mobile service

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – One of the creators of
Twitter Inc unveiled a new mobile service called Jelly
on Tuesday, hoping for another hit product in what has become an
increasingly crowded field of social and mobile products.

The Jelly smartphone app seeks to improve the way people
search for and find information, by querying people instead of
Internet search engines.

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