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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.

May 21, 2014

New Facebook feature will recognize, share users’ music, TV shows

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will
add technology to its mobile apps that recognizes the music,
movies or television shows its users are enjoying, in the
company’s latest move to give prominence to media and
entertainment on its social network.

The new feature, which must be activated by the user and is
off by default, would create a status update on Facebook that
identifies the song a user is listening to and provide a
30-second preview of it that’s available to the user’s friends.

May 20, 2014

Exclusive: Facebook to expand video ads to seven countries outside U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its new video advertising service, allowing marketers to show the television-like spots to users of the social network in Britain, Brazil and five other countries, the company told Reuters.

The move marks a significant ramping up of one of Facebook’s most closely watched new advertising products, which analysts believe could help the Internet company capture a bigger slice of lucrative brand advertising budgets.

May 20, 2014

Facebook to expand video ads to seven countries outside U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is
expanding its new video advertising service, allowing marketers
to show the television-like spots to users of the social network
in Britain, Brazil and five other countries, the company told
Reuters.

The move marks a significant ramping up of one of Facebook’s
most closely watched new advertising products, which analysts
believe could help the Internet company capture a bigger slice
of lucrative brand advertising budgets.

May 14, 2014

Google gets take-down requests after European court ruling: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe’s top court ruled that subjects have the “right to be forgotten,” a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The world’s No. 1 Internet search company has yet to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests after Tuesday’s ruling, said the source, who is not authorized to speak on the record about the issue.

May 14, 2014

Google hopes test drives steer Americans to embrace its robot cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) – Google Inc’s self-driving car technology likely will not be available for several more years. But the Internet company is already beginning the job of making the public comfortable with the futuristic vehicles.

A fleet of Google’s robot cars ferried more than two dozen reporters around Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, in 30-minute ride-alongs that showcased their ability to automatically and safely navigate around city streets packed with cyclists, pedestrians and traffic signs.

May 8, 2014

Snapchat settles with FTC, faces 20 years privacy oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Messaging startup Snapchat has settled charges with U.S. regulators accusing it of deceiving consumers by promising that photos sent on its service disappeared forever after a certain period of time.

Under the terms of the settlement, Snapchat’s privacy practices will be monitored by an independent professional for the next 20 years.

May 8, 2014

For aspiring Internet moguls with burning questions, a TV call-in show

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet entrepreneurs made their television debut in April with the fictionalized comedy series Silicon Valley. Now start-up entrepreneurs are getting a self-help TV show in which aspiring tech moguls can call in anonymously and get advice from experienced industry players.

The new weekly television program, called FounderLine, will fill a void for the growing ranks of tech start-up company founders, said Joe Beninato, a serial tech entrepreneur who created and is hosting the show.

May 7, 2014

Alibaba files for what may be biggest tech IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alibaba gave investors a closer look at the scale and growth of the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut in an initial public offering (IPO) prospectus filed on Tuesday, the first step in what could be the largest technology debut in history.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, which powers 80 percent of all online commerce in the world’s second-largest economy, is expected to raise more than $15 billion, and could top the $16 billion pulled in by Facebook Inc when it listed in 2012.

Apr 29, 2014

White House wades cautiously into effort to protect online privacy

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The White House will lay out ideas this week for protecting U.S. consumers’ privacy in an era in which the ubiquitous use of computers and mobile phones provides a constant data feed on individuals.

But after a 90-day review of “big data,” the White House is expected to suggest ways to encourage companies to protect privacy and identify areas for further study, rather than calling for a legislative overhaul.

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