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Apr 4, 2014

Internet companies’ growing ambitions spook 51 percent of Americans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

SAN FRANCISCO (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.

Apr 4, 2014

Factbox: The footprint of Internet companies is getting larger

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.

Apr 4, 2014

Internet companies’ growing ambitions spook 51 pct of Americans

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.

Apr 2, 2014

Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener -report

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.

Apr 2, 2014

Apple, Facebook, Google Internet data centers getting greener, report finds

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.

Mar 27, 2014

Facebook to use satellites, drones to spread the Internet

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.

Mar 26, 2014

Facebook takes page out of Google playbook with Oculus deal

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.

Mar 25, 2014

Facebook to buy virtual reality goggles maker for $2 billion

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.

Mar 25, 2014

Google slashes cloud computing prices in rivalry with Amazon

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.

Mar 22, 2014

Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

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.

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