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Mar 31, 2013

Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) – Create personal
profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and
music.

That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of
millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a
wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping
across North America, Asia and Europe.

Mar 26, 2013

Facebook expands ad targeting system to its newsfeed

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is
expanding the advertising system that lets marketers tailor
messages to users of the No. 1 social network based on their
browsing history, in the company’s latest step to refine its ad
business.

So far, the system has been used to target graphical display
ads on the right side of a Facebook user’s page, based on
websites visited in the past, such as for products or potential
vacation destinations.

Mar 25, 2013

Yahoo acquires mobile news start-up Summly

March 25 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc has snapped up
mobile news aggregator Summly, the latest in a string of small
acquisitions intended to bolster the Web portal’s mobile
services.

Summly, founded by 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, sorts news by
topics in quick bites for smartphones. The start-up works
closely with News Corp and is backed by Chinese
investor Li Ka-Shing and angel investors including the actor
Ashton Kutcher and artist Yoko Ono.

Mar 14, 2013

More change at Google as Maps-Commerce chief gets new role

March 14 (Reuters) – Google Inc’s mapping and
commerce chief is stepping down in the latest senior management
reshuffle after Android architect Andy Rubin moved on to a
still-undefined role at the company on Wednesday.

Google will split its Maps/Geo and Commerce group into two
separate units. Senior Vice President Jeff Huber, who has led
the group since 2011, is moving to Google X, the company’s
experimental projects group known for developing self-driving
cars and the Google Glass wearable computer.

Mar 12, 2013

Google pays $7 million to settle 38-state WiFi investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will pay $7 million to 38 states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation into a controversial incident in which its Street View mapping cars collected passwords and other personal data from home wireless networks between 2008 and 2010.

The deal, details of which were reported last week, ends a nearly three-year investigation.

Mar 12, 2013

Yahoo’s Mayer gets internal flak for more rigorous hiring

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chief
Executive Marissa Mayer was asked at an all-staff meeting
several weeks ago whether her rigorous hiring practices had
caused the company to miss out on top engineering talent in
Silicon Valley’s hyper-competitive job market.

Mayer dismissed the complaint that she had refused good
candidates because they did not have degrees from prestigious
universities, and instead she challenged her staff to get better
at recruiting, according to an employee who was at the meeting.

Mar 12, 2013

Pinterest offers new tool, lays base for money-making features

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (Reuters) – Online scrapbook
Pinterest is rolling out new tools that will show businesses the
number of visitors it delivers to their websites, part of the
fast-growing start-up’s efforts to build a base for the
introduction of money-making features.

Pinterest does not currently display any revenue-generating
advertising on its website, but retailers and large brands such
as The Gap, Patagonia and Dell are increasingly using the site
to promote their products.

Mar 8, 2013

Google nears $7 million settlement with U.S. states over Wifi incident: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is nearing a $7 million settlement with some 30 U.S. states over a 2010 incident in which its Street View mapping cars collected passwords and other personal data from home wireless networks, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The announcement of the settlement is expected to be made by the states early next week, according to the person, though some of the final details of the deal were still being hammered out on Friday. Google has said the incident was a mistake.

Mar 8, 2013

Google nears $7 mln settlement with U.S. states over Wifi incident-source

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 (Reuters) – Google Inc is
nearing a $7 million settlement with some 30 U.S. states over a
2010 incident in which its Street View mapping cars collected
passwords and other personal data from home wireless networks,
according to a person familiar with the matter.

The announcement of the settlement is expected to be made by
the states early next week, according to the person, though some
of the final details of the deal were still being hammered out
on Friday. Google has said the incident was a mistake.

Mar 8, 2013

Facebook puts focus on photos in new look; may boost ads

MENLO PARK, California (Reuters) – Facebook Inc introduced the biggest change in years to its popular newsfeed on Thursday, with a new look and focus on photos that is expected to make the social network more ad-friendly and may entice users to spend more time on the website.

The changes to the newsfeed, whose look and feel had remained largely unchanged since Facebook’s inception, include a division into several sections, with separate areas for photographs and music.

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