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Mar 21, 2014

Obama to meet with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Google Inc and Facebook Inc, were to meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss changes to government surveillance programs.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama will meet with six tech executives to “continue his dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology and intelligence following his January 17 speech.” The meeting is scheduled to start in the Oval Office at 4:05 p.m. EDT (2005 GMT).

Mar 20, 2014

With cars, drivers, Google revs up home delivery

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 (Reuters) – When Google
started testing a free same-day shopping delivery service in San
Francisco last year, industry observers were surprised by the
company’s foray into a notoriously tricky and decidedly
low-margin real-world business.

Others raised their eyebrows when orders of one or two
items, such as toothpaste or a can of soda, sometimes arrived in
a bag big enough to hold a week’s worth of groceries.

Mar 20, 2014

New Tribune mobile app creates ‘playlists’ of streaming audio news

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new smarpthone app developed by the Tribune Co will read aloud a personalized “playlist” of news articles along with weather and traffic updates, as the media organization looks for new ways to reach consumers.

The free Newsbeat app released on Thursday is the first product developed by the year-old Tribune Digital Ventures group headed by former Yahoo Inc executive Shashi Seth.

Mar 18, 2014

Google says Android watches to be available later this year

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc said on Tuesday that smartwatches based on its Android mobile software will be available later this year, significantly expanding the Internet company’s push into the nascent market for wearable devices.

Google said it was partnering with several consumer electronics and technology companies, including Samsung Electronics Co, LG Electronics and Intel Corp, as well as with fashion company Fossil Group to develop the new line of watches.

Mar 13, 2014

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the U.S. government’s
electronic surveillance practices on Thursday, saying he’d
personally called President Barack Obama to voice his
displeasure.

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we
imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own
government,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook
page.

Mar 6, 2014

Privacy groups ask regulators to halt Facebook’s $19 billion WhatsApp deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook Inc’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp’s 450 million users.

WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other messages, has had a longstanding commitment to not collect user data for advertising purposes.

Mar 6, 2014

Flickr co-founder seeks another hit with new Findery app

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 (Reuters) – Findery, a map-based
social networking service started by the co-founder of popular
photo-sharing site Flickr, launched a mobile app on Thursday.

The free app, which is available for Apple Inc
iPhones, lets users leave notes, photos and videos about
real-world locations on digital maps.

Mar 5, 2014

Yahoo to stop user access of services with Facebook, Google IDs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials.

The change, which will be rolled out gradually according to a Yahoo spokeswoman, will require users to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use any of the Internet portal’s services.

Feb 28, 2014

More than $1 billion worth of Apple TVs sold in 2013: CEO

CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company sold more than $1 billion worth of Apple TV set-top boxes in 2013 and reassured shareholders at the annual meeting that the company is investing heavily in the next generation of products.

“We’re working on some things that are extensions of things you can see and some that you can’t see,” Cook said at the annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, referring to a 32 percent increase in research and development costs last year.

Feb 27, 2014

Baidu eyes buying its way into more mobile screens in China

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc is poised to make more acquisitions this year to entice smartphone users to tap into its services, a strategy that will put it on a collision course with bigger rivals like Tencent Holdings Ltd.

The biggest Internet search engine company in China saw mobile revenues grow last year to exceed, for the first time, a fifth of its total revenue as a $2.5 billion buying spree boosted mobile products.

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