SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft
have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release
limited information about the number of surveillance requests
they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they
struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret
government data-collection program.
Facebook on Friday became the first to release
aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it
received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in
the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’
accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
Gmail accounts belonging to Iranian users have been targeted in
an extensive hacking campaign in the weeks leading up to the
country’s closely watched presidential elections on Friday,
Google Inc said on Wednesday.
The U.S. Internet company, which described the attacks as
broad “email-based phishing” attempts seeking to trick
unsuspecting Gmail users into giving up their user names and
passwords, said they originated in Iran and appeared to be
“politically motivated in connection with the Iranian
presidential election on Friday.”
(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.
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.