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Sep 17, 2013

How freewheeling Twitter became a money-spinning juggernaut

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Around midnight on
Christmas Eve of 2009, a handful of employees at Twitter
received an unconventional holiday greeting from Dick Costolo,
then the chief operating officer.

“It was an email that said, ‘We have to move really, really
fast. There’s no time to rest because we have a massive
opportunity in front of us,” recalled Anamitra Banerji, who
headed the team that built Twitter’s first advertising product.
“It was kind of crazy because we were all on break, but that
attitude was exactly what we needed at Twitter.”

Sep 12, 2013

Facebook tests auto-play videos, explores video ad potential

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is testing videos that play automatically on mobile versions of its service, setting the stage to turn the 1.15 billion-member social network into an attractive venue for lucrative, television-like video ads.

The videos will be silent when they appear in a Facebook user’s newsfeed, but expand and play the audio when clicked, the company said in a post on its official blog on Thursday.

Sep 12, 2013

Facebook shares break $45 for first time since 2012 IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc rose more than 3 percent to a new high Wednesday, valuing the world’s No. 1 social network at $106 billion, as investors focused on its recent mobile advertising advances and the potential to expand ad revenue into new areas.

The stock touched $45 at 1:50 p.m. ET and briefly hit $45.07 shortly after 2 p.m. on the Nasdaq – highs not seen since May 18, 2012, the day of Facebook’s initial public offering. It closed at $45.04.

Sep 10, 2013

Motorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones weekly from Texas

FORTH WORTH, Texas, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Motorola is shipping
100,000 of its new Moto X phones weekly from a manufacturing
facility near Dallas, a modest start for a made-in-the-USA phone
that marks the most significant effort to revive the iconic
company after Google Inc bought it last year.

Motorola is betting that color-customization,
voice-activated software and its homegrown pedigree will help
the company narrow the gap with market leaders Apple
and Samsung Electronics, even though labor costs are
running about three times higher than if the devices were built
in China.

Sep 8, 2013

Smartphones try fashion makeovers to stand out from pack

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Bright colors, funky
textures and personalization are coming to a smartphone near you
as mobile phone makers turn to fashion to buoy sales in a
crowded market.

Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola are
among those trying to score style points as game-changing
technological innovation becomes harder to achieve in the
maturing business.

Sep 4, 2013

Planned LinkedIn $1 billion stock offer is for expansion, products

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp said on Tuesday it will sell an additional $1 billion (642.5 million pounds) of its Class A common stock as the Internet company moves to bolster product development and perhaps make more acquisitions.

LinkedIn shares, which have more than doubled this year, were down 2.3 percent at $240.49 in afterhours trading on Tuesday following its announcement about the secondary share offering.

Aug 30, 2013

Twitter’s top legal executive steps down in surprise move

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter’s top lawyer, known as a champion of free speech, unexpectedly stepped down on Friday as the microblogging company moved closer toward a long-expected initial public offering.

Alexander Macgillivray, known for fending off legal challenges to Twitter users’ right to express themselves in pithy, 140-character messages, himself tweeted the news without giving a reason for the move.

Aug 29, 2013

Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members’ profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network’s controversial technology.

The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its “Tag Suggest” feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network.

Aug 15, 2013

With balloons and fibre, Google experiments in Web access

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – From sending solar-powered balloons into the stratosphere to offering free Wi-Fi in parks, Google is quietly spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nascent Internet services that may one day challenge the telecom and cable companies.

In recent months, Google Inc has announced plans to bring free wireless Internet access to 7,000 Starbucks cafes across America, eventually displacing AT&T Inc; it has asked U.S. regulators for broader access to wireless airwaves; and it has launched 30 solar-powered balloons over the South Pacific ocean, designed to beam the Internet to remote regions.

Aug 14, 2013

Analysis: With balloons and fiber, Google experiments in Web access

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – From sending solar-powered balloons into the stratosphere to offering free Wi-Fi in parks, Google is quietly spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nascent Internet services that may one day challenge the telecom and cable companies.

In recent months, Google Inc has announced plans to bring free wireless Internet access to 7,000 Starbucks cafes across America, eventually displacing AT&T Inc; it has asked U.S. regulators for broader access to wireless airwaves; and it has launched 30 solar-powered balloons over the South Pacific ocean, designed to beam the Internet to remote regions.

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