June 11 (Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies
called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on
national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to
distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as
willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.
In similarly worded statements released within hours on
Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and
Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission
to make public the number and scope of data requests each
receives from security agencies.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Major tech companies including Apple Inc, Google and Facebook Inc on Thursday said they do not provide any government agency with “direct access” to their servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that they have granted such access under a classified data collection program.
The newspaper reported that the U.S. National Security Agency and the FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies” through a secret program known as PRISM, and extracting massive amounts of data including audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Salesforce.com Inc, the biggest maker of online sales software, will pay $2.5 billion for marketing software maker ExactTarget Inc in Chief Executive Marc Benioff’s most significant bet to date on the social marketing business.
Salesforce.com shares slid nearly 8 percent on investor fears that the bid, priced at $33.75 a share or nearly 53 percent above ExactTarget’s Monday close, will depress margins in the near term. Some analysts also wondered how soon Salesforce.com’s recent binge of acquisitions will translate into growth for the bottom line.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 (Reuters) – Zynga Inc
announced on Monday its biggest ever round of layoffs and warned
that bookings will be weaker than previously forecast, raising
questions about the social game developer’s attempt at a
recovery as it struggles to retain players.
Zynga said it will cut about 520 jobs, or roughly one-fifth
of its work force, and close some offices in the United States.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Zynga Inc, the game maker that has been struggling to retain players, announced on Monday its most dramatic cost-cutting measure to date, with a plan to slash nearly one-fifth of its work force.
Shares in Zynga were down 11.6 percent at just above $3 in mid-afternoon after resuming trade after a second trading halt.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Square Inc, a closely watched payment-processing company, made a significant push into the hardware business on Tuesday, unveiling a new credit-card reader that it claimed could be the centerpiece of the next-generation checkout counter.
At a press event in a sunlit San Francisco cafe, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey introduced the “Square Stand,” a white, molded-plastic iPad holder that lets businesses accept credit cards with a mounted iPad and an integrated card reader.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9 (Reuters) – Box Inc, a cloud-storage
company, said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire Crocodoc, a
small start-up that provides the technology behind document
viewers found on some of the world’s most popular websites,
including Facebook and Dropbox.
The acquisition would provide Box’s users with more
interactive features such as the ability to annotate documents
or create slide shows, said Aaron Levied, Box’s chief executive.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In the past twelve months, Zynga Inc has struggled with a contracting player base, a deflated stock price and waves of layoffs. Now it is coming to terms with downsized ambitions.
As Chief Executive Mark Pincus, 47, leads the online games developer he founded in 2007 through perhaps the most crucial year of his tenure, he is pushing to restore revenues by doubling down on “FarmVille,” the franchise that took Facebook users by storm four years ago and launched Zynga to stardom.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2 (Reuters) – For futurists in Silicon
Valley, the question is fundamental, almost philosophical: In
the coming years, will the humble website still be the dominant
way we interact with the Internet?
For David Rusenko, the 27-year-old founder and chief
executive of global website builder Weebly, the answer is: Of
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc and
Peoplebrowsr Inc, a social media analytics firm, reached a
settlement that would allow Peoplebrowsr to continue to buy
Twitter’s data until the end of 2013, the two companies
Beginning next year, Peoplebrowsr will have to purchase
access to the full “firehose” of 400 million daily tweets
through one of Twitter’s authorized data resellers, according to
the settlement’s terms.