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Dec 18, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent shares jump 8 percent on Nokia merger report

LONDON/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Two of Europe’s top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALUA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany’s Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources.

The two companies could agree to merge or strike up a close cooperation, the magazine said, adding that the contacts had resumed in the autumn.

Dec 17, 2014

IBM says cloud business enjoying ‘breakthrough year’

LONDON (Reuters) – IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a “breakthrough year” in 2014 for its cloud computing business.

IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over U.S. government Web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules.

Dec 16, 2014

Rocket Internet backs rental start-up looking to replace realtors

LONDON (Reuters) – German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet is backing online apartment rental firm Nestpick as the start-up expands into four European countries, aiming to connect landlords with tenants and put real estate agents out of a job.

Nestpick said on Tuesday it was expanding into 14 cities in Britain, France, Italy and Spain, seeking to do for medium-term property rentals what AirBnB has done to transform the market for short-stay rentals for holiday and business travelers.

Dec 11, 2014

Google to shut down news site in Spain over copyright fees

LONDON (Reuters) – Google said it plans to close
its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation
under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites
to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.

In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the
Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove
Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut
down this service in Spain on 16 December.

Dec 11, 2014

Google News to shut in Spain ahead of new publisher rights law

LONDON (Reuters) – Google said it was closing its news-linking service in Spain next week due to new legislation under which publishers can charge search engines for using their content.

In a statement, the global Internet search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that, “with real sadness”, it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News and shut down its service in Spain on 16 December.

Dec 9, 2014

Two security firms launch rival automatic password changers

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A French-American start-up
launched an automatic password changer in an attempt to remove
the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer
security” a worrying oxymoron, leading a rival U.S. software
firm to launch a similar service.

For most people, properly managing passwords verges on
impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on
which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com
and LastPass are stepping up their offerings to counter hackers.

Dec 9, 2014

UK start-up Truphone gets 51 mln pounds in new funding; cuts jobs

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – British telecoms company Truphone
said on Tuesday it will get 51 million pounds ($80 million) in
new financing from existing backers including Russian steel
magnate Alexander Abramov but will also cut roughly a quarter of
its existing workforce.

The company has been looking for a way to staunch mounting
annual losses, which widened to 91.5 million pounds in 2013,
compared with a 34.4 million pound loss the previous year, as
it has pursued aggressive international expansion
.

Dec 9, 2014

French-American software start-up to launch automatic password changer

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A French-American software
start-up is to launch the world’s first mainstream automatic
password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human
frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer security” a
worrying oxymoron.

For most people, properly managing passwords verges on
impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on
which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com
is stepping up its offering to counter hackers.

Dec 8, 2014

U.S. consumers warm to wearable tech, Europeans cooler: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumers are warming to the idea that wearing a computer on their wrists or clothing may not be the fashion faux pas that early clunky prototypes led many to fear, with 2015 poised to be a breakout for the much-hyped trend, a new study has found.

Forrester Research said in a report to be published on Tuesday that the number of people using a wearable computer will triple in 2015, led by the expected arrival of Apple Watch, which it predicts will draw 10 million users next year.

Dec 3, 2014

Global semiconductor outlook brightens, Microchip sees sales rebound

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Strong demand for smartphones and
automotive electronics has boosted growth for the semiconductor
industry this year, as a global industry association said
results for 2014 were set to have beaten forecasts with further
modest growth expected.

Even Microchip Technology, which sent shudders
through global markets in October by warning of a coming
industry downturn, now says business is proving to be better
than previously expected and sales should return to
quarter-on-quarter growth early next year.

    • About Eric

      "Eric Auchard is editiorial innovation director at Reuters News. He builds tools to help journalists at the world's largest news organization report, edit and present the news. In 2009, Eric was a technology investment columnist for Reuters. Previously, he was the chief technology correspondent from 2000 to 2008. His main focus was covering consumer Internet trends, global technology competition and emerging technologies. He has worked for Reuters covering technology news since 1993. He began covering politics for Reuters in in California in 1992, then moved to Washington. He moved to New York and switched to technology writing for Reuters late in 1993. ..."
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