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Jun 9, 2014

Facebook’s Instagram to expand ads beyond U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 (Reuters) – Instagram, the mobile
photo service owned by Facebook Inc, is expanding its
nascent advertising business beyond the United States and will
begin showing ads to users in Britain, Canada and Australia, the
company said on Monday.

The ads will start to appear on versions of the service in
the three countries later this year, Instagram said in a post on
its official blog.

Jun 3, 2014

Facebook acquires mobile data plan firm Pryte

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is acquiring Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to make it easier for mobile phone users in under-developed parts of the world to use wireless Internet apps.

Facebook did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which spokeswoman Vanessa Chan said is expected to close later this month.

May 30, 2014

For Web startups with big ambitions, regulation increasingly on the radar

By Alexei Oreskovic

RANCHO PALOS VERDES Calif. (Reuters) – Internet startups are starting to see what could come between them and their ambitions: regulators.

Recent lawsuits and government investigations into high-flying “sharing economy” services have put the issue front and center. Now, Web companies developing services in everything from healthcare to transportation are crafting strategies for working with government agencies.

May 30, 2014

Google takes steps to comply with EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

By Alexei Oreskovic

(Reuters) – Google Inc has launched a service through which European citizens can request that links to what they deem as objectionable material be taken off search results, the first step to comply with a court ruling affirming the “right to be forgotten.”

The world’s largest Internet search engine, which processes more than 90 percent of all Web searches in Europe, said on Thursday that it has made available a webform through which people can submit their requests, but stopped short of specifying when it would remove links that meet the criteria for being taken down.

May 30, 2014

Google takes steps to comply with EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling

May 29 (Reuters) – Google Inc has launched a service through
which European citizens can request that links to what they deem
as objectionable material be taken off search results, the first
step to comply with a court ruling affirming the “right to be
forgotten.”

The world’s largest Internet search engine, which processes
more than 90 percent of all Web searches in Europe, said on
Thursday that it has made available a webform through which
people can submit their requests, but stopped short of
specifying when it would remove links that meet the criteria for
being taken down.

May 29, 2014

Apple hopes Beats co-founder’s “ear” can help amid “dying” music industry

, May 28 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s
newest high-profile hire isn’t sure he has a job title
and won’t commit to working full-time at its home base, but the
iPhone maker is banking on Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to
steer it through a changing music business.

The recording industry veteran is joining up with Apple as
part of its $3 billion acquisition of music streaming and audio
equipment maker Beats. Iovine’s “ear” for music
and his entertainment industry expertise are valuable qualities
for Apple, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and
Services Eddy Cue said on Wednesday.

May 28, 2014

Intel readies 3D-printed robots for handy consumers

RANCHO PALOS VERDE, California, May 28 (Reuters) – Intel
Corp introduced a walking, talking robot on Wednesday
made from 3D-printed parts that will be available to consumers
later this year, if they are willing to assemble it with a kit
that costs around $1,600.

The company’s Chief Executive Brian Krzanich was accompanied
by “Jimmy” on stage at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos
Verdes, California. The white 2-foot tall robot shuffled onto
the stage, introduced itself and then waved its arms.

May 28, 2014

Google building self-driving cars with no driver seat, steering wheels

, May 27 (Reuters) – Google Inc
is building cars that don’t have steering wheels,
accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of
the Internet company’s efforts to develop self-driving cars.

The small electric cars, which seat two passengers, are
currently prototypes that Google has been building through
partnerships with automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Google
co-founder Sergey Brin said at the Code conference in Southern
California on Tuesday.

May 22, 2014

Facebook narrows audience that sees new users’ first posts

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has
changed a privacy setting on its social network, limiting the
audience that sees new users’ first posts in a reversal of a
feature that had critics said forced people to over-share
personal information.

The company said on Thursday that the status updates that
new users post will now be viewable only to friends by default,
instead of being viewable to the general public as it had
previously been. Facebook users will continue to be able to
customize their settings so that status updates can be seen by
as big or small an audience as they want.

May 21, 2014

Recall by Google’s Nest reveals 440,000 fire alarms shipped in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, according to a U.S. government notice on Wednesday that provides the first public revelation of how many of the smart home appliances have shipped since sales started in November.

Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year for $3.2 billion, shipped 440,000 of its smoke alarms in the United States between November 15 and April, according to figures contained in a notice by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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