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Apr 23, 2014

San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants for Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 (Reuters) – The city of San
Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for allegedly evicting
tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a
new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental
services.

In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera,
the city named two groups of defendants that it called the “most
egregious” offenders because they evicted disabled tenants
before listing rooms online for as much as $595 a night.

Apr 22, 2014

Lytro unveils a more sophisticated ‘light-field’ camera

SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 (Reuters) – In 2011, Lytro Inc
dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket
flashlight-sized gizmo that could take “living” pictures -
images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked.

On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley company unveiled a bigger,
more expensive camera designed to make a “do-over” a reality
instead of a photographer’s dream.

Apr 17, 2014

Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors

SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm’s debut at Nasdaq’s New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail.

The timing of the two events, though coincidental, highlights the fundamental challenge for Shanghai-based Weibo: progressing from being a microblogging phenomenon in China to becoming an entrenched member of the international social media industry.

Apr 17, 2014

Analysis – Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors

SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm’s debut at Nasdaq’s New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail.

The timing of the two events, though coincidental, highlights the fundamental challenge for Shanghai-based Weibo: progressing from being a microblogging phenomenon in China to becoming an entrenched member of the international social media industry.

Apr 15, 2014

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars

By Gerry Shih and Supantha Mukherjee

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government.

The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, filling a position that had been vacant since January.

Apr 8, 2014

Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service.

In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo told worried Wall Street analysts that the company would make a number of changes to freshen up the service.

Apr 5, 2014

Mozilla CEO’s exit tests Silicon Valley’s tolerance

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tech workers in Silicon Valley debated on Friday whether Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich got the comeuppance he deserved or was himself a victim of intolerance when he resigned under pressure this week amid outrage over his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Some, especially a dating website that had urged its users to boycott Mozilla’s popular Firefox web browser, cheered Eich’s resignation after less than two weeks as CEO of the nonprofit software company. Others viewed him as a victim and called his critics intolerant of people with different views.

Apr 1, 2014

OkCupid urges boycott of Mozilla, cites CEO’s gay marriage views

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – OkCupid.com, the popular online dating site, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the world’s No. 2 Web browser naming a gay marriage opponent as chief executive.

OkCupid visitors who accessed the website through Firefox on Monday were told in a message to use other browsers such as Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer or Google Inc’s Chrome.

Mar 31, 2014

Microsoft’s Nadella reshuffles senior ranks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions in one of new Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s first management shakeups.

In a public email, the world’s largest software maker promoted Scott Guthrie to head of the cloud and enterprise group, the $20 billion division that Nadella helmed before replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO in February.

Mar 27, 2014

Microsoft CEO signals new course with Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella took the wraps off an Office software suite designed for Apple Inc’s iPad on Thursday, a widely anticipated move that underscores the new chief’s willingness to point the lumbering software giant in a new direction.

At a news conference Thursday, executives demonstrated a new “touch-first” version of Office crafted for the iPad, available for download as a free app, though a subscription is needed to let users create or edit documents. Significantly, executives did not demo any software on Windows machines.