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Aug 27, 2013

Facebook says countries sought data on 38,000 users first half of 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Governments sought information on over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of 2013 and the No.1 social network complied with most requests, the firm said in its first report on the scale of data inquiries it gets from countries around the world.

The report follows allegations by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that practically every major Internet company – including Facebook, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp – routinely hands over troves of data on potentially millions of users to national intelligence agencies.

Aug 23, 2013

Pandora: Sing a song of slumping shares

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc (P.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday that rising expenditures to acquire music and expand its sales force would push fiscal 2014 earnings below analyst expectations, and its shares slumped 5 percent.

The company also backtracked on a 40-hour monthly limit on free music streaming that was announced just six months ago, a measure originally implemented to control rising costs. Pandora said it will lift the monthly cap September 1 after watching its margins improve.

Aug 21, 2013

Microsoft offers ad-free Bing for the classroom to battle Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The long-running rivalry between Microsoft Corp and Google Inc is turning into a schoolyard brawl.

Microsoft on Wednesday opened a new front against the world’s No 1 search provider by piloting an ad-free offering for educational users of Bing, its search engine that for years has trailed Google.

Aug 17, 2013

Wear and tear gains favor in U.S. vintage car market

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Reuters) – One sunny afternoon this week, a well-heeled crowd was milling around a showroom at Gooding and Co, the antique car auctioneer, to preview the prized relics that would soon go on the block.

They paused to admire the sumptuous 1929 Duesenberg and spotless postwar Ferraris. They appraised a gleaming MacLaren F1 and the perfectly restored 1936 Bugatti Atalante — a specimen rumored to be worth $10 million.

Aug 13, 2013

Zynga’s chief operating officer exits company

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Game publisher Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) announced Tuesday the departure of several senior executives, including Chief Operating Officer David Ko, as part of a management shake-up under new Chief Executive Don Mattrick.

The house cleaning comes a little more than a month after Mattrick, a former Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive, was named Zynga CEO on July 3 and tasked with turning around the struggling game maker.

Aug 7, 2013

Groupon names Lefkofsky CEO; revenue exceeds estimates

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Groupon Inc on Wednesday said it named interim Chief Executive Eric Lefkofsky to lead on a more permanent basis, and reported better-than-expected revenue for the second quarter. Its stock rose 19 percent in after-hours trading.

The company also authorized a $300 million share repurchase program.

Lefkofsky, who was named interim CEO in February, delivered higher revenue for his first full quarter in charge, and shares hit a 52-week high after hours at $10.35.

Aug 6, 2013

Nielsen study links Twitter chatter with TV ratings

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A frenzy of Twitter chatter
about a broadcast program generally means more viewers are
tuning in, while more popular TV shows generate more Twitter
activity, a new study by Nielsen has found.

The media measurement firm says that for the first time it
has proved with statistical rigor what many in the media
business have suspected in recent years: that a show’s ratings
and the magnitude of its Twitter buzz are correlated.

Aug 2, 2013

LinkedIn membership and revenue soar, mobile outlook promising

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp (LNKD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sailed passed Wall Street’s expectations with second-quarter revenue jumping 59 percent, as its efforts to become a highly trafficked website and popular mobile app paid off with robust membership growth.

The company’s shares surged 7 percent to record levels after the bell. It also raised its full-year guidance, although it gave a lower-than-expected forecast for the third quarter.

Aug 1, 2013

LinkedIn revenue soars as membership growth rate rises

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp
reported revenue jumped 59 percent to $363.7 million in the
second quarter after membership grew at a faster pace for the
first time since late 2011.

The site now boasts 238 million users, a 37 percent increase
from a year ago and a 9 percent increase from the first quarter.

Aug 1, 2013

Government requests for Twitter users’ data on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter is under increasing pressure from governments around the world to release user’s private information, with requests rising 40 percent in the first six months of the year, the microblogging company said Wednesday in its semi-annual transparency report.

The United States made three-quarters of the 1,157 data requests during the six-month period, according to the San Francisco-based company’s report. (Report: transparency.twitter.com/)