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Jul 31, 2012

Google delays widely-panned “Nexus Q” orb gadget

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 (Reuters) – Google Inc is
postponing the launch of the Nexus Q, the Internet giant’s first
self-designed and marketed consumer electronics device, in a
smudge on its budding hardware credentials.

The company announced the indefinite delay of the orb-shaped
media player device in an email on Tuesday to customers who had
pre-ordered the made-in-America gadget, saying it wanted to add
more features and functions. It offered a “preview version” of
the streaming device for free instead.

Jul 24, 2012

Nextdoor provides online tools to stop offline crime

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social networks often get accused of fostering crime by letting others know when people are not home, but Nextdoor.com is being used to bust burglars.

While community-based social network Nextdoor didn’t set out to catch thieves, the 9-month old San Francisco startup is increasingly helping in the apprehension of criminals or in crime prevention, users say.

Jul 16, 2012
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Survey: VCs more confident investing domestically, in IT sectors

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If every cloud has a silver lining, the silver lining for global venture capitalists during the current economic gloom appears to be cloud computing, according to results of a confidence survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association released Monday.

The first Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey measured the input of more than 440 venture capital, private equity and growth equity investors from around the world, revealing that global VCs have higher confidence investing domestically versus abroad and in information technology sectors like cloud computing and social media.

Jul 12, 2012
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Greenpeace upgrades Apple on ‘coal-free’ promise

Greenpeace International revisited their rankings of industry leaders in cloud computing to adjust Apple’s score, due in part to Apple’s promise to make its data centers “coal-free” by 2013 and its increasing ambition to power its growing iCloud through 100 percent renewable energy.

In a report released Thursday, the environmental organization upgraded Apple in three of four categories reflecting the company’s commitment to clean energy in its cloud computing facilities. Even with its upgrades, Apple remains near the bottom of the pack, which includes Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM, Oracle and others.

Jul 12, 2012
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Fortune 500 executives behind on social networking

With more than half of the U.S. public on Facebook and more than 200 million tweets sent each day (about 30 percent from the U.S.), American life is continuing to enmesh itself with social networks. But for the CEOs of the top 500 U.S. companies, social networking is a small — if existent — piece of successful living.

In a report released Thursday by Domo and CEO.com, the online presence of Fortune 500 companies’ top executives was compared to that of the general public, revealing that less than 30 percent have at least one profile on social networks. The vast majority have none.

Jul 10, 2012

AMD warns Q2 sales to take hit on global economic slowdown

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) slashed its outlook for second-quarter revenue after seeing disappointing sales in China and Europe, becoming one of the biggest tech names to date to warn that a global economic slowdown is taking a harsher-than-expected toll.

Shares in chipmaker AMD, a distant No. 2 to Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the PC market, slid 6 percent after the closing bell as it joined software firms Qlik Technologies (QLIK.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Informatica Corp (INFA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in issuing estimates far below market forecasts — likely harbingers of ugly numbers to come as the earnings season kicks into gear.

Jul 9, 2012

Kleiner bid for arbitration in sexism suit rebuffed

SAN FRANCISCO, July 9 (Reuters) – A California judge on
Monday tentatively rejected venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers LLC’s bid to move a gender discrimination
lawsuit brought by one of its own partners into arbitration.

The suit, brought by Ellen Pao in San Francisco state court,
has become the talk of Silicon Valley, where the digerati are
avidly debating its merits — along with broader questions about
sexism in the technology industry.

Jul 9, 2012

AMD warns of 11 percent decline in revenue; shares slide

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) warned on Monday that its second-quarter revenue would be down about 11 percent from the prior quarter due to softer-than-expected sales in China and Europe and a weak consumer-buying environment, knocking its shares down 6 percent.

The company had previously forecast second-quarter revenue would increase 3 percent from the first quarter, plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Jun 28, 2012

News Corp’s Murdoch is cooling on Britain

By Mauro Whiteman

(Reuters) – News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch no longer plans to buy the rest of satellite broadcaster BSkyB and is setting his sights on investing in the United States rather than Britain.

In an interview with his company’s FOX Business Network, the octogenarian media mogul spoke about the BSkyB stake and said Britain had lost its appeal for him and he was now keener to invest in a U.S. economy on steadier footing.

Jun 28, 2012

News Corp’s Murdoch is cooling on Britain

By Mauro Whiteman

(Reuters) – News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch no longer plans to buy the rest of satellite broadcaster BSkyB and is setting his sights on investing in the United States rather than Britain.

In an interview with his company’s FOX Business Network, the octogenarian media mogul spoke about the BSkyB stake and said Britain had lost its appeal for him and he was now keener to invest in a U.S. economy on steadier footing.