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Jul 8, 2013

Crew tried to abort landing before San Francisco air crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco’s airport on Saturday was traveling “significantly below” its intended speed and its crew tried to abort the landing just seconds before it hit the seawall in front of the runway, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday.

Information collected from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder indicated that there were no signs of trouble until seven seconds before impact, when the crew tried to accelerate, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference at the airport.

Jul 7, 2013

Investigators seek cause of deadly plane crash San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. officials examined flight information recorders and began investigating the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that burst into flames upon landing in San Francisco, killing two teenaged Chinese students and injuring more than 180 people, officials said on Sunday.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of Saturday’s accident but Asiana said mechanical failure did not appear to be a factor. The airline declined to blame either the pilot or the San Francisco control tower.

Jul 4, 2013

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (Reuters) – Douglas Engelbart, a
technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a
vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas
to the mass market, died on Tuesday night. He was 88.

His eldest daughter, Gerda, said by telephone that her
father died of was kidney failure.

Jul 3, 2013

Douglas Engelbart, father of the mouse, dies at 88

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (Reuters) – Douglas C. Engelbart, a
technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a
vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas
to the mass market, died on Tuesday night. He was 88.

Engelbart had suffered from poor health and died peacefully
in his sleep, his daughter, Christina, told friends in an email.

Jul 3, 2013

Twitter begins cookie-based ad targeting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said Wednesday it would begin showing individually targeted ads using cookies, an effective online tracking technology that has also fueled concerns about internet privacy.

Twitter is only the latest Web company to use cookies, which have been deployed for years by firms like Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon Inc and practically every other major website. These small files, placed on Web surfers’ computers, contain bits of information about the user, such as what other sites they have visited or where they are logging in from.

Jul 2, 2013

Zynga, seeking salvation, names Microsoft Xbox head as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – Zynga Inc’s
decision to bring in the head of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox
business to replace founder Mark Pincus is a bold stroke that
was hailed on Wall Street, but it still leaves questions as to
who is ultimately in charge at the troubled game-maker.

Don Mattrick was personally recruited by Pincus. But Pincus
holds on to 61 percent of the voting rights due to a two-tiered
stock structure and will remain Zynga’s chairman and its chief
product officer.

Jul 2, 2013

Microsoft Xbox head named Zynga CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has replaced chief executive Mark Pincus with Don Mattrick, the Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) executive who headed the critical Xbox business, Zynga announced on Monday.

The news, reported first by AllThingsD, sent Zynga shares up more than 11 percent earlier in the day. The shares rose a further 3 percent to $3.17 when Zynga confirmed the appointment after the bell.

Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head to be named Zynga CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc will replace chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft Corp executive Don Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s critical Xbox business, Zynga announced on Monday.

The news, reported earlier by AllThingsD, sent Zynga shares up more than 11 percent earlier in the day.

Jun 27, 2013

Facebook ad products director to join online-payment firm Square

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s director of advertising products has been hired by Square in a significant coup for the young online-payments company.

Gokul Rajaram starts work at the San Francisco-based company next week as lead product developer, overseeing Square Register, the firm’s point-of-sale product for retailers, Square said on Thursday. The product allows retailers to use an Apple iPad computer tablet as a cash register.

Jun 27, 2013

Square’s website for small businesses takes on e-commerce giants

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Since 2010, Square Inc’s matchbox-sized card readers have steadily supplanted credit card machines in coffee shops and corner stores across the United States.

Now, the company, one of Silicon Valley’s most highly valued private firms, is diving into a market as expansive the internet itself.