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Sep 10, 2014

Swiss watch industry denies ‘Nokia moment’ from new Apple Watch

ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s iPod upended the music industry, and its iPhone knocked Nokia off its smartphone perch, but Swiss watch makers breezily dismissed warnings that the technology giant’s new wristwatch gadget could do something similar to them.

“They are essentially transient products rather than items of enduring value,” one Swiss watch industry expert sniffed.

Sep 9, 2014
Sep 5, 2014

Apple’s rivals hope its iWatch makes “wearable” work

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Know what a “Wearable”
is? Most top tech executives would struggle to define it. Now
they’re hoping that Apple will do it for them.

Next week, Apple Inc is expected to stride into the
market for wearable accessories that link wirelessly up to
phones and create a template for other firms that have struggled
to create products consumers would want to be seen in.

Sep 2, 2014

Frankfurt court bans Uber taxi services across Germany

FRANKFURT, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A regional German court has
issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the U.S.-based
online chauffeur service, saying its drivers lacked necessary
commercial permits, potentially barring the company from
operating in cities across Germany.

San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon
taxi-like services on their smartphones, has faced regulatory
battles and court injunctions from its early days, even as it
has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world.

Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 11, 2014

Online meal delivery firm foodpanda gets $60 mln in financing

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Foodpanda, an online
take-away food delivery company active in dozens of emerging
markets, said it had raised $60 million in new financing from a
group of investors including existing backer Rocket Internet AG.

Foodpanda, one of a stable of ecommerce and financial
services ventures created by Berlin-based Rocket Internet, is in
a global race to stake out the highly local food take-away
market, an online segment that has featured two high-profile
share listings this year and big investments by U.S. and
European venture firms.

Jul 31, 2014

Smartphone management flaws puts users at risk, researchers say

VIENNA (Reuters) – Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 percent of the world’s 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices.

One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.

Jul 19, 2014
Jul 3, 2014

Rocket Internet launches pick-up and storage business in Britain

VIENNA, July 3 (Reuters) – German startup backer Rocket
Internet is entering the British market for self-storage, with a
pick-up and store business that seeks to eliminate the need for
customers to rent their own locker space.

SpaceWays, as the new company is called, will launch in
London on Thursday, with plans to expand to other British cities
and around the globe in the near future, said one of the three
co-founders hired by Rocket Internet to create the service.

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      "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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