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Feb 24, 2013

Firefox takes on smartphone powers Apple, Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mozilla, makers of the popular Firefox Internet browser, is preparing to challenge Google and Apple’s grip on smartphone software.

A new Firefox operating system for mobile devices is set for a July release after winning the backing of 13 wireless service providers around the globe, including Spain’s Telefonica, China Unicom and America Movil.

Feb 24, 2013

Web browser-maker Firefox takes on smartphone powers Apple, Google

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Mozilla, makers of the
popular Firefox Internet browser, is preparing to challenge
Google and Apple’s grip on smartphone
software.

A new Firefox operating system for mobile devices is set for
a July release after winning the backing of 13 wireless service
providers around the globe, including Spain’s Telefonica, China
Unicom and America Movil.

Feb 14, 2013

Google app store policy raises privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s
privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software
developer said the company was providing him with personal
information, including email addresses, of everyone who
purchased his mobile app.

The information that Google shared, which included
customers’ full names, email and some postal code information,
was not the result of a glitch with its software. Rather it
appears to be in accordance with Google’s existing policies for
its app store and its Google Wallet payment service – though
some privacy advocates believe Google has not been clear enough
in informing consumers about the practice.

Feb 13, 2013

Google hits back against BT with patent lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc and its Motorola Mobility unit struck back on Wednesday against BT Group Plc, filing patent lawsuits against the British telecommunications group more than a year after BT launched its own lawsuit against Google.

BT, Britain’s dominant fixed-line telecoms group, sued Google in 2011 over six patents related to mobile technology. But in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a California federal court, Google asserted four patents of its own.

Feb 12, 2013

Yahoo CEO says Microsoft search deal underperforms

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chief
Executive Marissa Mayer said the company’s search partnership
with Microsoft Corp was not delivering the market share
gains or the revenue boost that it should.

“One of the points of the alliance is that we collectively
want to grow share rather than just trading share with each
other,” Mayer said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet
Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Feb 9, 2013

Google’s Schmidt to sell roughly 42 pct of stake

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Google Inc
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling roughly 42 percent of
his stake in the Internet search company, a move that could
potentially net the former chief executive a $2.51 billion
windfall.

Schmidt, 57, will sell 3.2 million shares of Class A common
stock through a stock trading plan, Google said in a filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

Feb 7, 2013

Web-holding firm IAC promises continued search growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – IAC/InteractiveCorp’s said that growth in its search business would slow from the “meteor ride” of the past two years, but it was confident of double-digit growth for the “foreseeable future.”

Shares of IAC were unchanged at about $43 in after hours trading on Wednesday after the company reported a 28 percent increase in fourth-quarter revenue, slightly exceeding Wall Street targets.

Feb 2, 2013

Hackers target Twitter, could affect 250,000 user accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Anonymous hackers attacked Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts, the microblog revealed late on Friday.

Twitter said in a blog post that the passwords were encrypted and that it had already reset them as a “precautionary measure,” and that it was in the process of notifying affected users.

Feb 1, 2013

Web start-up Path to pay $800,000 to settle privacy charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social networking start-up Path will pay $800,000 to settle charges with federal regulators that it improperly collected personal information on children.

The company also agreed to submit to 20 years of independent privacy reviews to settle charges that it secretly collected information from its users mobile phone address books.

Feb 1, 2013

Web startup Path to pay $800,000 to settle child privacy charges

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Social networking start-up
Path will pay $800,0000 to settle charges with federal
regulators that it improperly collected personal information on
children.

The company also agreed to submit to 20 years of independent
privacy reviews to settle charges that it secretly collected
information from its users mobile phone address books.

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