SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet companies are no longer limited to the Web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses.
In recent years, the top Internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the prospect of exciting new technologies – but also new privacy concerns.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 (Reuters) – The personal data
gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and
other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans,
with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching
too much upon their lives, a new poll showed.
Google and Facebook generally topped lists of Americans’
concerns about the ability to track physical locations and
monitor spending habits and personal communications, according
to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11 to March 26.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 (Reuters) – Apple Inc,
Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made
significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to
power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace
said in a report on Wednesday.
But energy-hungry data centers operated by some of the
Internet industry’s top companies remain overly reliant on
carbon-emitting coal and gas, the report said.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.
But energy-hungry data centers operated by some of the Internet industry’s top companies remain overly reliant on carbon-emitting coal and gas, the report said.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as part of an ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world.
The world’s No. 1 social network said on Thursday it has hired aerospace and communications experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Center for the new “Connectivity Lab” project.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Does Facebook Inc have Google envy?
The social networking company’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality goggles, took Wall Street and technology observers by surprise, not least because of the hefty price for a company with no real revenue and untested technology.
But Facebook’s desire to bet on “the platforms of tomorrow,” as Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the deal on Tuesday, also marks a broadening of ambition for a company that has until now focused mainly on bolstering its existing service or defending its turf from immediate threats.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, for $2 billion, buying its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal.
The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its $19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a big bet by Facebook to anticipate the next shift in an evolving technology industry, at a time when consumers are increasingly abandoning their PCs for smartphones.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc slashed its cloud computing service prices on Tuesday, seeking to wrest customers from Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp in the fast-growing market of renting computers and data storage to companies.
Price cuts range from 30 to 85 percent. Google’s Cloud Storage will cost 2.6 cents per gigabyte, about 68 percent lower for most customers. Google’s Compute Engine services will cost 32 percent less across all sizes, regions and classes.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Turkey’s abrupt ban on Twitter Inc stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has in the past threatened to block Facebook Inc and Google Inc’s YouTube as well, though both remained online.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday it hopes access to its social media service in Turkey will be restored soon, a day after it was blocked by the country’s government.
The ban, which has proven to be not entirely effective, is the latest effort by a government to squash critical comments that flow freely over Twitter’s social network and highlights the thorny policy challenge facing the company.