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Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

(Reuters) - Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers. Shares of Altera shot up about 28 percent after the talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, closing at $44.39 per share on the Nasdaq.

Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany - manager in WiWo magazine

Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany - manager in WiWo magazine

Uber aims to launch a service in Germany by this summer that will allow its novel taxi-hailing service to operate legally in Europe's biggest economy, the company's German chief was quoted saying by weekly magazine Wirtschafts Woche (WiWo). The move comes after a German court earlier this month banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws. Under the new service, drivers would hold commercial passenger transport licenses whose cost of between 100 euros ($109) and 200 euros will be paid by Uber, the magazine quoted Uber's Fabien Nestmann as saying. "We will also pay the 150 to 200 euros it would cost our partners to have the Chamber of Commerce license them as taxi companies," he said.

Salesforce aims to surpass SAP on German market: executive tells WiWo

Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc aims to overtake SAP in terms of sales on the German company's home market in the coming years, the Europe chief of Salesforce told a German magazine. "We want to become the biggest software company in Germany by sales," weekly Wirtschafts Woche quoted Joachim Schreiner as saying, without saying exactly when U.S.-based Salesforce aimed to surpass its rival.

BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide

BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd posted a surprise quarterly profit on Friday and said it is pushing to end a slide in its revenue in this fiscal year, sending the stock up as much as 5.1 percent. We're now turning our attention to revenue stabilization," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call. Chen plans to grow BlackBerry's small but high-margin software division by moving more customers onto its products, including a system that allows companies and government agencies to manage multiple employee devices. The stock rose as high as $9.77, before easing to $9.59, up 3.1 percent on the Nasdaq, despite a much bigger-than-expected decline in fiscal fourth quarter revenue.

Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days

Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days

Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives. The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the arrangement entirely after five years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Yahoo and Microsoft mutually agreed to extend that deadline to a 60-day period following Feb. 23. "We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future.

Ben Stiller's high school noise band will reissue their only album

Ben Stiller's high school noise band will reissue their only album

Here's something: Ben Stiller probably listened to a lot noisy proto-punk in high school. You know how I know? Because A-list actor, Meet the Parents star, and plucky goofball Ben Stiller was in a band back in his teen days. He played the drums. He played the drums like a wild, pubescent kid who thought The Stooges were dad rock but totally worshipped Arto Lindsay.

Cubicle Workers: Here's How to Fight Chronic Pain With Science and Technology

Among employees who spend hours each day in cubicles and offices, pecking away at keyboards, slouching in cheap desk chairs, and squinting at bright screens, chronic pain is incredibly prevalent. And while it can be easy to write off the pain as part of the package, it's important that you understand the causes of these problems and fight back...

The internet's favorite runaway llamas are retiring from public life

The internet's favorite runaway llamas are retiring from public life

It's been over a month since Llama 1 and Llama 2 stole our hearts during a glorious high-speed chase through Sun City, Arizona. Now it looks like the furry celebs — whose names are Kahkneeta and Laney — have had their last taste of sweet, sweet fame. The USDA contacted the llamas' owners soon after the chase, saying they needed a license to showcase the animals at public events, The Guardian reports.

Uber will reportedly pay for commercial driver's licenses to avoid German ban

Uber will reportedly pay for commercial driver's licenses to avoid German ban

Uber is no stranger to legal battles, but the tough-negotiating startup appears to be making a rare concession in Germany. Uber's German chief, Fabien Nestmann, was quoted saying that the company will pay the €100 to €200 cost for a license. The court ruled that, per German law, Uber's drivers were required to obtain commercial licenses. In Nestmann's comments to Wirtschafts Woche, the executive explained that Uber would start a new low-cost service in Germany this summer, likely called Uber X, that would comply with the commercial license regulations.

Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms.

You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza game for free right now

You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza game for free right now

The standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is available now for the low, low price of $0. Like Horizon 2, Fast & Furious is an open-world racing game. Ludacris' character from the films, Tej Parker, will task you with tracking down the rides needed for the team's next big mission as you drive around the south of France. The game has the unwieldy official title of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, but that name is a fairly accurate description.

One the most useful iPhone apps ever is coming to Apple Watch – here’s what it will look like

We’ve written about popular to-do list app Wunderlist plenty of times before, and with good reason — if you’re looking for a way to make lists of your most important daily tasks, it’s one of the best apps around. MacRumors writes that Wunderlist will be making a companion app for the Apple Watch and it’s posted some pictures showing what the popular productivity app will look like when it’s on your wrist. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS As you’d expect, the app is pretty simple from a functionality standpoint, given the limited screen space it has to work with. It will show you one task at a time that you’re free to dismiss once it’s

Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phones

Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phones

Microsoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported. That's soon about to change. Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the very latest builds of Windows 10, and the good news is that the list has expanded considerably. The bad news is that there are still a few notable absences, including the Lumia 930 and any HTC Windows Phone devices.

Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at night

Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at night

Volvo is turning its attention to two-wheeled safety, for the moment. The Swedish car manufacturer and UK design firm Grey London have partnered with Albedo100 to create a reflective spraypaint that's only visible at night. "Every year more than 19,000 cyclists are injured on the UK’s roads," Nick Connor, managing director at Volvo Car UK said in a statement.

The Weekender: Hangovers, The Terminator, and George R.R. Martin

The Weekender: Hangovers, The Terminator, and George R.R. Martin

Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, we tried to cure our hangovers, we explored porn VR, and we found out George R.R. Martin doesn't care if the Game of Thrones show spoils his books. We'll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us..mobile-layout .link { width: 15px; float: right; padding: 10px; }Do thisThe Mac Daddy, New York City

Those amazing 'Furious 7' cars? This man built them

Those amazing 'Furious 7' cars? This man built them

The seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise is nearly upon us. Dennis McCarthy, who has wrangled cars for the series since 2006's "Tokyo Drift," tells us how he pulled together the amazing rides for this latest film.

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Amazon in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter: Forbes

Amazon in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter: Forbes

(Reuters) - Amazon.com is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported on Thursday, citing the person. Seattle-based Amazon has long eyed the high-end fashion retail sector and any deal for Net-a-Porter would mean a new commitment in an area where the company lacks a strong presence, Forbes said. Media reports in 2014 said Amazon was in talks to buy Indian fashion retailer Jabong.com for $1.2 billion.

Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope

Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors that included Silicon Valley venture capitalists Greylock Partners and Sound Ventures, Ashton Kutcher's fund.

Pentagon research arm says military must react faster to tech changes

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The famed Pentagon research arm that gave the world the Internet and the miniaturized GPS receivers used in consumer devices said on Thursday one of its key goals now is to ensure U.S. troops do not get left behind as technologies advance at a lightning pace. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said easy access to once-proprietary products and the fast pace of commercial technological development threaten the U.S. military's competitive edge, and underscore the need for change. "Pace today matters on every scale," Prabhakar told the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. She called for a shift away from complex military systems that take decades to produce and toward far more nimble and adaptive systems.

Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO

Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO

Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit that accuses the gaming company known for its "FarmVille" game of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. Ruling 13 months after dismissing an earlier version of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco said on Wednesday that shareholders could pursue claims that Zynga concealed declining user activity, masked how changes in a Facebook Inc platform for its games would affect demand and inflated its 2012 revenue forecast. Zynga's market value slid by several billion dollars between March 2, 2012, when its share price peaked at $15.91, and July 26, 2012, when the price dropped below $3 after the company posted disappointing earnings and cut its outlook. "Confidential witnesses all corroborate that the updates on game users and spending data was readily accessible to Zynga's management." White rejected a claim over Zynga's alleged product launch delays, saying it was mere "business puffery" for the company to call its game pipeline "strong," "robust" and "very healthy." Shareholders led by David Fee also claimed that Zynga hid its weaknesses to enable insiders to sell $593 million of stock before a post-IPO lockup was to expire, and avoid a roughly 75 percent drop in its share price over the next four months.

EU antitrust regulators to investigate ecommerce

EU antitrust regulators to investigate ecommerce

By Foo Yun Chee and Rene Wagner BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union regulators plan to investigate ecommerce to help remove barriers to cross-border trade in the 28-nation bloc, the EU's antitrust chief said, a move that may lead to action against companies which deliberately block online sales. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she decided to launch the year-long inquiry because such hurdles were hampering the growth of online sales. According to the European Commission, while one in two EU consumers shopped online last year, just 15 percent bought a product online in another EU country because of restrictions such as language, different laws and anti-competitive behavior, "It is high time to remove remaining barriers to ecommerce, which is a vital part of a true Digital Single Market in Europe," Vestager told reporters at a conference organized by the German competition authority on Thursday.

Verizon's online video service revenue may depend on ads: CFO

Verizon's online video service revenue may depend on ads: CFO

By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc may rely largely on advertising for revenue from its upcoming online video service, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview. This could set the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier apart from rival online video services such as Dish Network Corp's Sling TV and Sony Corp's PlayStation Vue, which offer traditional TV content with ads and collect subscription fees. Original online programing on Verizon's service could use an "advertising-type" model, "not necessarily a consumer-pay model," Shammo said in the recent interview. Most Americans own a mobile phone, and Verizon is looking at online video delivery to increase data consumption on mobile devices and increase revenue.

U.S. House committee advances 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

U.S. House committee advances 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without the fear of lawsuits. The legislation is expected to come before the full House as soon as late April, after lawmakers return from a two-week early April recess. Similar legislation is making its way through the U.S. Senate and backers of both bills say they have a good chance of passing after repeated setbacks. U.S. corporations have been clamoring for more protection against cyberattacks, but they also worry about potential lawsuits if they hand information over to government investigators.

Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars

By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - In the race to build a self-driving car, German automakers are hitting a road block in their efforts to test vehicles so complex they need more than 10 times the amount of software found in a fighter jet. German laws currently place limits on testing on public roads. Automakers fear this is allowing U.S. competitor Google to pull ahead in developing software, specifically programs that will give cars the correct reflexes in real-life traffic situations. For years, so-called "autonomous vehicles" have been a distant dream but technological advances and a push by Google, with its huge financial resources, to introduce a model in 2012 has kicked the race build them into high gear.

FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe

FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe

Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its probe of Google Inc as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny from European authorities. The document, which was at the center of a report by The Wall Street Journal, indicated that key staff members at the FTC were in favor of suing Google for allegedly breaking antitrust law. In a statement the commissioners -- Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Julie Brill and Maureen Ohlhausen -- defended the final outcome.

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. The new features mark Facebook's latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with consumers and businesses as its flagship 1.4-billion user social network. Facebook unveiled the new features at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, for the first time allowing developers to create apps that function inside the Messenger service used by more than 600 million people. Messenger will feature more than 40 different apps in the next few days, allowing users to send each other sports clips, animations and other items, Facebook said.

United Internet 2014 core profit up by a third on new customers

German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday its 2014 core profit had risen by more than a third due to record growth of new customers both organically and through acquisitions. Organic growth in fee-based customer contracts amounted to 910,000 while a further 420,000 contracts were added from the Versatel takeover, United Internet said. "All in all, the number of fee-based customer contracts rose by 1.33 million to 14.78 million," it added. United Internet proposes to pay a dividend of 0.60 euros per share, up from 0.40 euros in the previous year.

PayPal to pay $7.7 mln in U.S. Treasury sanctions case

PayPal to pay $7.7 mln in U.S. Treasury sanctions case

PayPal, the electronic payments firm, agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle charges by the U.S. Treasury Department that it violated numerous sanctions programs against countries that include Iran, Cuba and Sudan, Treasury said on Wednesday. PayPal, owned by EBay Inc , did not adequately screen its transactions for U.S. sanctions targets for several years through 2013, resulting in 486 apparent violations of U.S. law, Treasury said in a statement. PayPal also dismissed alerts and processed about $7,000 worth of payments for Kursud Zafer Cire, a Turkish national on the sanctions blacklist tied to proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, according to the statement.

New online platform tracks corporate actions in tropical forests

By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of large companies, mainly in the food sector, have promised to reduce their role in the destruction of the world's forests, and a new online portal launched on Wednesday aims to hold them to their word. Some of the biggest names in global food production, processing and retailing, including Cargill, McDonalds, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Walmart are among the companies, with a combined market capitalization of nearly $4 trillion, pledging to tackle deforestation in their supply chains. The planet loses more than six million hectares of tropical rainforest a year - an area the size of Sri Lanka - a coalition of NGOs said in the report "Supply Change: Corporations, Commodities and Commitments that Count", released in tandem with the tracking portal. Land made available by felling tropical forests produces an estimated 70 percent of the world's soybeans and all of its palm oil, along with timber, cattle and other goods worth an estimated $98 billion in annual exports, the report said.

China clamps down on sexual content on WeChat

China clamps down on sexual content on WeChat

China's Internet regulator issued on Wednesday new guidelines prohibiting sexual and vulgar content on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app, the latest step in the agency's perennial campaign to clean up China's Internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said sexually explicit pictures and text, including nude photos and erotic animation, and stories of "one-night stands, wife-swapping, sexual abuse and other harmful information" will be subject to punishment. Drug advertisements for illegal sexual enhancement products or sexually transmitted diseases are also banned, as are voyeuristic pictures and leaked media. WeChat, known as Weixin in China, is by far the country's most popular messaging app with 500 million users.

U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime

U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Cyber crime is probably the biggest risk facing companies across the world, and they need to do more to help governments tackle the problem, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said on Wednesday. "Each of us must recognize this risk is perhaps the most pressing operational risk of our time," she told the CityWeek conference in London. Financial services firms were making substantial investments in reinforcing their resilience to cyber attacks but they needed to embed this resilience into their existing business units rather than grafting improvements on top of them, she said. Cyber threats undermined freedom of expression and hampered global economic recovery, and governments needed to ensure international legal principles that respect state sovereignty and human rights apply to conduct online as well as offline, Raskin said.

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday. China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilizing force for Chinese society or even affect the country's security. Popular foreign social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service are all inaccessible in China without specialized software to vault what is known as the "Great Firewall".

Moneysupermarket founder cancels 6.4 percent stake sale

The founder of British price comparison company Moneysupermarket.com, Simon Nixon, on Wednesday scrapped a plan to sell a stake of up to 6.4 percent in the company, less than a day after announcing it. A source had earlier told Reuters that Nixon was reducing offer to 4 percent of the company's share capital -- 22 million shares -- from the 35 million shares previously targeted, with a price range of between 268 pence and 270 pence. News of the cancellation sent shares in Moneysupermarket down 6.3 percent to 268.5 pence by 0850 GMT.

Delhi government asks federal ministry to block Uber, Ola apps

Delhi government asks federal ministry to block Uber, Ola apps

New Delhi authorities on Wednesday asked India's federal information technology ministry to block the taxi-hailing apps of U.S.-based Uber and its local rival Ola in the city in a bid to enforce a ban on the companies' services. India in December ordered all unregistered web-based taxi companies to halt operations until they obtain an operating license after a driver contracted with Uber was accused of rape. The ban, however, has largely been ineffective and both Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Corp, and Uber have continued to operate in Delhi while their license applications are pending.

Airbnb wins bid to provide rooms for Rio 2016 Olympics: source

Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc has won a bid to provide rooms for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as the city scrambles to accommodate visiting fans and athletes, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. The company, which has become one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups in the five years since it was founded by a trio of graduates, beat off competition from two other accommodation providers Hotel Urbano and Alugue Temporada.

Cricket-New Zealand still bubbling over semi-final performance

By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND, March 25 (Reuters) - Grant Elliott's towering six which propelled New Zealand into their first cricket World Cup final was still generating media buzz on Wednesday. The 36-year-old dispatched Dale Steyn's delivery over deep midwicket to take New Zealand to 299 for six on Tuesday, giving them a tense four-wicket victory over South Africa in the first semi-final at Eden Park. It ended a run of six defeats in semi-finals for New Zealand, who will play either Australia or India in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Reigning champions India meet four-times winners Australia in the second semi in Sydney on Thursday.

'Threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill introduced in U.S. House

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government, without the fear of being sued. Prompted in part by high-profile cyber attacks on corporations, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act has significant bipartisan support. Representative Devin Nunes, the intelligence panel's chairman, told reporters. The intelligence panel is due to vote on the legislation on Thursday.

Court tells Delhi gang rape lawyers to explain documentary remarks

By Suchitra Mohanty NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's top court on Tuesday called on two lawyers to explain comments made in a controversial BBC documentary on the gang rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus, after female advocates said the remarks were "inhumane" and "unjustifiable". The documentary "India's Daughter" was banned by the government earlier this month, when the home minister said remarks by Mukesh Singh - one of four men convicted for the December 2012 crime - in which he blamed the victim, were derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women. The remarks, widely broadcast before the ban was imposed, also prompted the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association to seek action against the convicted men's defense lawyers, Ajai Pratap Singh and Manohar Lal Sharma, who were also interviewed in the documentary. In the petition, female lawyers urged the Supreme Court to ban the two men from the court premises and demanded they apologize for the "inhumane, scandalous, unjustifiable, biased, outrageous and ill-minded" remarks.

Clash of Clans maker Supercell doubles profit

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell tripled sales and doubled core profit last year on the back of hit titles Clash of Clans, Hay Day and Boom Beach, the company said on Tuesday. Chief Executive Ilkka Paananen said in the statement that the rapid growth was thanks to users' increased play of the company's existing games, which it updates regularly with extended story lines and features. Supercell has managed so far to avoid the fate of San Francisco-based Zynga and Finnish rival Rovio, which have both struggled to extend their franchises beyond initial hugely popular game titles. Founded in 2010, Supercell introduced its first games for mobile phones in 2011 and sold 51 percent of the business to Japanese technology and telecoms company SoftBank Corp in 2013 for about $1.5 billion.

Moneysupermarket.com founder to sell 6.4 percent stake in firm

The founder of financial services price comparison firm Moneysupermarket.com intends to sell up to 6.4 percent of the company's issued share capital, reducing his stake to about 10 percent. The sale of around 35 million shares in a placing could earn Simon Nixon, who founded the company in 1993, about 100 million pounds ($148.74 million), based on Moneysupermarket's closing share price of 286 pence on Tuesday.

India's top court ditches 'Facebook' arrest rules

India's top court ditches 'Facebook' arrest rules

By Suchitra Mohanty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities powers to jail people for offensive online posts, a verdict hailed as a victory for free speech in the world's largest growth market for the Internet. Section 66A of the country's Information and Technology (IT) Act was challenged in the Supreme Court by law students, bloggers, writers and rights groups following arrests across the country for statements posted on social media sites. Justices Jasti Chelameshwar and Rohinton F. Nariman in their order said they found "the law hit at the root of liberty and freedom of expression". The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it welcomed the ruling.

Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears

Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears

By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently, Mckinsey Consultants data shows. Africa had 16 percent Internet penetration and 67 million smartphones in 2013. This growth is attracting interest from Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia, which are striking deals with service providers such as Vodacom, MTN, Bharti Airtel and Safaricom to offer users free, or 'zero-rated' access to their sites and services.

IT security firm NCC buys UK rival Accumuli to boost capabilities

(Reuters) - British IT security firm NCC Group said it had agreed to buy rival Accumuli to bolster its capabilities in round-the-clock operational support and incident management, and develop its consulting business. NCC is paying about 55 million pounds ($82 million) for the equity of the AIM-listed group, representing a 19 percent premium on its closing price on Monday, funded by the issue of about 20.4 million new NCC shares and 10 million pounds in cash. Accumuli is growing revenue quickly, expecting to post about 27 million pounds in the year to end-March up from 16.6 million pounds, but made a loss from continuing operations of 500,000 pounds in its first half. "A growing number of customers today are looking for 24-7, 365 (days) operational security support and incident management services that Accumuli provides," NCC Chief Executive Rob Cotton said in an interview.

Swiss competition body approves Swisscom online directory merger

Swiss competition body approves Swisscom online directory merger

Switzerland's competition commission WEKO said on Tuesday it had approved the purchase of online directory search.ch by Swisscom, as the telecoms group tries to compete with the likes of Google in digital advertising. In a deal reached last year, Swisscom is to combine directory operator local.ch, which provides information on phone numbers, with Swiss media company Tamedia's search and information service search.ch in a joint subsidiary. Together the local online directories will reach 3.6 million internet users per month in Switzerland, and the merger will be completed by mid-2015, the companies said in a joint statement.

Online video site Vessel bets fans will pay for early access

Online video platform Vessel launched its paid subscription service on Tuesday, offering programming at least three days before other websites in a bid to reshape an industry dominated by free content on Google Inc's YouTube. Vessel, which costs viewers $3 a month, was founded by former Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar and Chief Technology Officer Richard Tom. "There are a lot of consumers who would love to see something early." More than 130 creators will provide early access to content on Vessel. After the exclusive period ends, videos can go to YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo or other free, ad-supported sites, and are free on Vessel.

Online platform 'Open Humans' launches to share DNA, other data

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - People eager to share personal information beyond what's on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launching on Tuesday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological data. The "Open Humans Network" aims to make more health-related data available for scientists to mine for discoveries and also help volunteers make that data more accessible to more researchers. Open Humans is launching when scientists are increasingly concerned that valuable genetic and other data are being kept under wraps. Academic researchers do not want to give competitors access for fear they will be scooped on new discoveries, and gene-testing companies keep data private so they can profit from it, said geneticist George Church of Harvard University.

FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules

FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC's net neutrality regulations. Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc challenged the FCC's new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.

Amazon's Twitch says its site may have been hacked

(Reuters) - Amazon Inc's Twitch unit said on Monday there may have been unauthorized access to some of its user account information, according to the live streaming gaming network's official blog. Twitch said it had expired passwords and stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube to protect the users. As a result, the consumers will be prompted to create a new password the next time they try to log into their Twitch account, according to a message on its official blog. (http://bit. ...

U.S regulator sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules

U.S regulator sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC's net neutrality regulations. Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc challenged the FCC's new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.

Pentagon notifying 100 U.S. troops threatened by Islamic State

The Pentagon said on Monday it was notifying 100 U.S. troops that a group claiming ties to Islamic State militants had posted their names, addresses and photos on the Internet and was calling for American sympathizers to kill them. Asked about the kill list, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon took "the safety of our people very seriously" and that the posting of the list on social media was the sort of "vile" behavior that caused the United States to be determined to defeat Islamic State militants in the first place. Carter, speaking at Camp David after a meeting with Afghan leaders, rejected claims that the group, which identified itself as the Islamic State Hacking Division, had stolen the information by breaking into U.S. military servers, databases and emails. It wasn’t stolen from any DoD (Defense Department) websites or any confidential databases," Carter said, referring to the group by an acronym.

Online gambling company GVC interested in 'something like' Bwin

Online gambling company GVC Holdings Plc is in talks for potential acquisitions and "something like" rival Bwin.party would be of interest, Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander said. Consolidation activity in the gambling industry has gathered steam as an increase in taxes and regulations in some of the biggest markets hurts companies. GVC is looking at transactions that could transform the company "the same way Sportingbet did in 2013", Alexander told Reuters on Monday. GVC, which is listed on London's AIM, acquired Sportingbet's operations in 24 countries for around 31 million pounds.

Online ad revenue at risk in war on 'click fraud'

Online ad revenue at risk in war on 'click fraud'

Spurred by a warning in December by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) that businesses are losing $6.3 billion a year to so-called "click fraud," these companies now stipulate in advertising contracts that they will only pay for online ads when given proof that humans clicked on them. "We don't want to be paying for non-human traffic," said Mark Clowes, global head of advertising at American International Group Inc , the largest commercial insurer in the country. In a typical click fraud scheme, a crook infects many computers with malicious software, and directs the machines - called bots - to visit a webpage, click on an ad or watch a video. A study conducted by cybersecurity firm White Ops for the ANA found that bots viewed almost one-fourth of online video ads and 11 percent of display ads.

Optimal Payments to buy e-wallet rival for $1.2 billion

London-listed Optimal Payments Plc is to buy the maker of the Skrill e-wallet, the biggest competitor to its Neteller business, for an enterprise value of about 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), it said on Monday. Skrill Group, one of the largest pre-paid online voucher providers in Europe with its paysafecard brand, reported a core profit of $89 million in the year ended September.

Hon Hai, Tencent partner in electric car business

Hon Hai, Tencent partner in electric car business

Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd on Monday said it has partnered Chinese social networker Tencent Holdings Ltd to develop opportunities related to electric vehicles, marking the latest tech foray into "smart" cars. Hon Hai, WeChat operator Tencent and luxury car dealer China Harmony Auto Holding Ltd signed an agreement to work together in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, the contract manufacturer said without detailing specifics. The partnership would put Tencent on a par with online peers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Baidu Inc, which have already moved into the nascent market for Internet-connected cars vie tie-ups with major auto makers. Hon Hai said the coalition would form a working team drawing on its manufacturing capabilities, Tencent's Internet platform and China Harmony Auto's dealership network, to explore commercial possibilities in smart electric vehicles.

China to reap Alibaba windfall as tightens up on tax

China to reap Alibaba windfall as tightens up on tax

By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - China could make billions of dollars from taxing gains made by employees of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group who are free to sell their shares for the first time since its IPO, as the country tightens up its leaky mechanisms for tax collection. On Wednesday, a six-month lock-up period for the recently New York-listed stock expired, allowing insiders who bought 437 million shares prior to the IPO to sell their stock, though 100 million of them are subject to trading restrictions that apply to employees until the company reports results in May. The total lock-up represents roughly 18 percent of Alibaba's shares, which if sold would fetch just over $37 billion at Friday's closing price. Although Alibaba did not disclose the identity of the shareholders subject to the lock-up, many will be taxable in China, where most of its 22,000 people are employed, and its share scheme is subject to a number of controls that will help ensure China gets its tax.

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How many Android users will convert to iPhone because of the Apple Watch?

As applied to Apple, the ‘halo effect’ refers to the dynamic wherein the popularity and success of one product incentivizes  consumers to purchase other Apple products they might not otherwise have given a second look. The first notable example of this dynamic was seen when the iPod became a household name back in the mid-2000s. Building on this, the unparalleled success of the iPhone and iPad further served to familiarize the masses with the Apple brand, thereby having a discernible impact on Mac sales overall. Looking ahead, with the Apple Watch launch on the horizon, Apple’s most impactful halo effect yet may be just around the corner. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t

Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Apple Inc. fell .8 percent to $123.25 with 38,221,800 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 1.7 percent to $9.46 with 25,276,400 shares traded. ...

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now (save $40!)

Another week is drawing to a close and if nothing else, it has been packed full of great paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. The week isn’t over just yet, though, and we want to end things on a high note. Today’s list of paid iOS apps on sale for free includes $40 worth of paid apps, but you won’t pay a cent if you hurry and download them now. There are also still a few free apps left in yesterday’s post, so be sure to check out that one as well. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available

BlackBerry tops 4Q profit forecasts

BlackBerry posted a surprise profit in the fourth quarter, but saw a sharp drop-off in revenue as the once-iconic smartphone company said it reached the halfway mark of its turnaround effort. The Canadian ...

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. DON’T MISS: BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works “Our focus this past year was on getting our financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in our product portfolio,” Chen said on Friday in a prepared statement. “We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well

Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, that initiatives such as its $2 billion purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus last year, and the hiring of aerospace experts make sense for the 1.4-billion member social network. While virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift suggest video games and entertainment, the gadgets could transform how people communicate on Facebook, they said.

Video: People are calling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge iPhone clones – but will they bend?

Ahead of Samsung’s next-generation flagship smartphone debut, people saw leaked images of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and called them iPhone clones. While there are clearly some indisputable similarities between the new Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the end, we believe the S6 definitely isn’t the shameless iPhone ripoff some Apple fans believe it to be. We’ll see plenty of comparisons between the Galaxy S6 lineup and Apple’s latest iPhones in the coming weeks once the new Samsung phones are released. In the meantime, one gadget reviewer set out to answer a question that will determine whether or not Samsung inadvertently copied one of people’s least favorite iPhone features: “Bendgate.” DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and

HP partners with Bang & Olufsen for sound technology

HP partners with Bang & Olufsen for sound technology

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it had entered into a partnership to equip its PCs, tablets and other gadgets with audio technology from Danish television and sound system maker Bang & Olufsen. HP said on Tuesday that it would start selling personal computers with Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY audio technology this spring. The Bang & Olufsen brand will appear on HP's Spectre, OMEN, ENVY and select commercial PCs, while the B&O Play brand will appear on HP Pavilion PCs, tablets and PC audio accessories, HP said. ...

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

It looks like there finally might be some warmer weather on its way to the Northeast, and we’re celebrating by sharing a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free right now. Ok, we would share a list of paid iOS apps on sale today regardless of what the weather in the New York area looked like for the rest of the week, but we’re just really excited right now… Of course, don’t forget to check yesterday’s list of paid iOS apps on sale, because a few of the best apps on there are still free downloads. DON’T MISS: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about These are paid iPhone and iPad

This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need

No matter what platform you use, you probably still have some major complaints about your smartphone, with battery life and storage being the most prominent ones. However, there’s one tiny device called WonderCube that’s trying to fix your phone’s battery and memory problems while also helping out with other things while you’re on the go. FROM EARLIER: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about In addition to offering up to 64GB of storage and extra battery life through its spare battery packs, the WonderCube also offers a built-in connectivity for either Lightning or microUSB cables, and supports USB OTG and data syncing. The gadget is so tiny that it can be worn on a regular key chain and

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

What better way to start a week than by downloading a bunch of nifty new paid iPhone and iPad apps without paying a cent? We shared tons of great iOS apps on sale with you last week, and we’re jumping right back into it with a new list today. As always, these are limited-time sales that could be over at any time, so be sure to jump on anything that looks appealing. DON’T MISS: Meet the tweak every Netflix user needs: ‘God Mode’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time

We’ve had a heck of a week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but the week isn’t over just yet. We’re closing things out strong with eight new paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free. There are some very cool options today including a nifty pair of apps with very useful Notification Center widgets, so be sure to grab them before these sales are gone. Also, a few of the best apps from yesterday’s list are still free downloads if you hurry! DON’T MISS: This sleek metal bumper is easily my favorite iPhone 6 case right now These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a

Tag Heuer is working on exciting vaporware to take on the Apple Watch

Reading Tag Heuer’s announcement about its intentions to develop a luxury smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel certainly sounds interesting, at least on paper. From its press announcement, the company sounds ready to challenge the Apple Watch with what could be one of the best Android Wear devices yet. However, the Swiss watchmaker has not revealed any specific details about this major product nor has it shared any images that might show potential buyers what the gadget would look like. DON’T MISS: PC makers are laughing at Apple’s new Retina MacBook It’s clear that Apple is putting plenty of pressure on conventional smartwatch makers, even though the iPhone maker has never sold a watch until now. Tag Heuer is not the only

Google Maps for iPhone just got a big update – here are 4 new features to check out

Google has been hard at work over the past few months improving the iOS version of its insanely popular Google Maps app, which is a universal build optimized for both the iPhone and iPad. We had a nice big update to enjoy back in January, and then Google came right back in early February with another update. Now, the world’s best mobile mapping solution has been updated once again, and there are several nifty new features to enjoy as a result. DON’T MISS: My dream of having Google take over my iPhone is almost a reality The notion that Google makes some of the best mobile software on Earth is fairly widely accepted, but there are still some people who try

Google X boss says company should have curbed Glass hype

Google X boss says company should have curbed Glass hype

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab said on Tuesday. The Internet company did not do enough to make clear that the $1,500 computer that mounts to a pair of eyeglasses was merely a prototype and not a finished product, Google’s Astro Teller said during a talk at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. “We allowed and sometimes even encouraged too much attention for the program,” said Teller, whose official title at Google is Captain of Moonshots, during a talk that focused on how his group has learned from some of its failures. Google stopped selling Glass to consumers earlier this year, noting that it was time for a “pause” and a strategy “reset.” The company still sells Glass to businesses.

U.S. FAA ineffective to ensure compliance on hazardous materials: study

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacks the skills to ensure that U.S. air carriers comply with rules governing the safe transport of hazardous materials including lithium batteries, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties. The OIG report surfaced a week after aircraft maker Boeing Co said that high-density packages of lithium batteries, like those used in cell phones and laptops, should not be carried on passenger planes because they pose fire risks. In 65 percent of hazardous material cases, OIG investigators found that the FAA did not obtain sufficient evidence to ensure that carriers fixed reported problems.

Republicans seek State Department documents on Clinton emails

Republicans seek State Department documents on Clinton emails

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans on Tuesday asked the State Department to hand over numerous documents related to Hillary Clinton's use of private email while she was secretary of state. Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender and Republicans' top target in the run-up to the 2016 election, has come under scrutiny for using a personal email address to conduct government business, as well as a private computer server to store that correspondence. Clinton has said she gave copies of all her work-related emails to the State Department. The Republicans seek "records related to the configuration, vetting and/or encryption" of Clinton's BlackBerry and copies of any "separation statements" signed by Clinton and her top aides.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

We started the week off properly with a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry you can still grab a few of them without paying a single cent. Today is a new day, though, and we have a fresh list for you with seven paid iOS apps that are all currently on sale for free. DON’T MISS: 5 secret things you didn’t know your iPhone could do These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from

Google app store gets more oversight

Google app store gets more oversight

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is tightening supervision of its freewheeling Play store, forming a special team to screen new apps for malware and sexually explicit material, and strengthening its age-based rating system. The change brings Google Play, a bazaar for digital games, social media apps and entertainment software, closer to Apple Inc's tightly controlled App Store. Google, whose Android software runs most of the world's smartphones, and the iPhone and iPad maker each manage online hubs with more than one million apps ranging from calendars to video games. Google said in its official blog on Tuesday that its expert team will screen each app submitted by developers to spot earlier anything that runs afoul of its rules.

A game-changing battery is close to becoming a reality… but not for phones just yet

Everyone wants to have better battery life on their gadgets and one company that’s been working on game-changing battery technology just got a huge vote of confidence from home appliance vendor Dyson. As Technology Review reports, Dyson has agreed to use batteries designed by startup Sakti3 in its products as part of a $15 million investment in the battery tech company. RELATED: Jony Ive offers a bizarre explanation for why your iPhone can’t have a better battery Sakti3 has developed a lithium-ion battery that’s capable of storing twice as much power as batteries found in today’s smartphones and its deal with Dyson means its technology is closer than ever to coming to market. Technology Review speculates that it will first be

Samsung’s Apple Watch killer isn’t coming anytime soon

Samsung mostly struggled to affirm itself as a strong smartwatch maker before Apple unveiled the Apple Watch, as it launched a variety of wearable devices running on various operating systems, including Samsung’s own Tizen OS. The company was expected to come up with an even more complex wrist gadget at MWC 2015, dubbed the Orbis, which would offer a round design and more advanced interaction features in line with what the Apple Watch has to offer – though not an exact clone. However, Samsung confirmed during the event that it’s not ready to release such a device yet, hinting that it’s going to take its time to perfect its design while sort of admitting that its previous smartwatches were rushed. FROM EARLIER:

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

We always pick the best possible iPhone and iPad apps for our posts covering paid apps that go on sale for free, but this week we’re starting off particularly strong with a few apps that users will love. Today’s post includes eight apps in all, and one of them is particularly cool — you can use it to unlock your Mac computer with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on your iPhone! As always, these sales could be over at any minute, so hurry up and download anything that looks appealing. DON’T MISS: 5 secret things you didn’t know your iPhone could do These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by

Blackberry launches new secure tablet

Blackberry launches new secure tablet

(Reuters) - Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said on Saturday it was launching a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany, reflects the Canadian company's stress on secure connections for governments and businesses as it seeks to preserve a niche market after a drubbing in recent years at the hands of emerging smartphone makers such as Apple Inc. “Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, chief executive officer of Secusmart GmbH, in a statement on the new device. The device was undergoing certification by the German Federal Office for Information Security for secure rating, the statement said, adding that the new tablet used the same security technology as the Secusmart Security Card.

The world’s first pain relief wearable is available for preorder

One of the wearables we saw at CES earlier this year is called Quell, a drug-free device supposed to help out relieve chronic pain. At the time, details about Quell availability were not available, but the device is currently up for preorder on Indiegogo, where it already hit almost $250,000 in pledges. FROM EARLIER: Scientists have invented a water filter that could change the world For $199, buyers can preorder the Quell and one month’s worth of supplies, saving $50 off the future $250 retail price of the device. Each month, the device needs two electrodes, which are priced at $29.99 and available from the company’s website. Unfortunately, the gadget will only ship to buyers in the U.S. and Canada in June, as the

BlackBerry wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over BlackBerry 10

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said the plaintiffs failed to show that BlackBerry and top officials materially misled them in touting how well customers were accepting the devices, and failing to take writedowns fast enough when sales proved disappointing. Once known as Research in Motion, BlackBerry launched BlackBerry 10 in January 2013 in a bid to recoup market share lost to Apple Inc's iPhone, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd devices powered by Google Inc's Android.

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now

It’s our last list of the week, but don’t despair — we’ve got a great one for you today. Thursday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was our biggest of the week, and some of them are still free downloads for a limited time. Today, we’re back again today with a fresh new list of free iOS apps that are normally paid but are completely free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: How to stop cell phone companies from secretly selling your info to advertisers These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will

Video explains why you should be really excited about USB Type-C

OK, so USB Type-C ports aren’t the kinds of things that get people super hyped like new iPhones or Samsung phones. But they’re actually a very exciting development and they came into the spotlight earlier this week when we learned that both Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel featured USB Type-C ports. DON’T MISS: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Apple engineer reveals the secret story behind the new MacBook To explain the importance of USB Type-C, Google this week posted a video in which it breaks down exactly why the new ports are so important to laptops and gadgets. Why is USB Type-C so awesome? Here’s the quick rundown: You can use it for a lot more than regular

Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo that became an Internet meme — Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing sunglasses, staring at her BlackBerry — troubles Republicans on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, for what they say is an incomprehensible omission.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps gone free was a solid one, but it was also marred by the massive day-long services outage Apple suffered that left the App Store unusable. So to make up for it, we’ve put together this week’s biggest list with 10 paid iOS apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. Of course, a few from yesterday are still free as well, so be sure to check that post for even more great freebies. DON’T MISS: My dream of having Google take over my iPhone is almost a reality These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Apple engineer reveals the secret story behind the new MacBook

Rarely does Apple permit its employees to pull back the curtain and tell the world the inside story of how a product came to be, but that’s exactly what happened when one Apple engineer gave an exclusive interview about the sleek new Retina MacBook on Spanish TV. Ok, that’s not true at all, but it’s the premise of a hilarious new viral video that will have Apple fans dying of laughter. DON’T MISS: My dream of having Google take over my iPhone is almost a reality YouTuber and gadget reviewer Armando Ferreira posted an amazing parody video on YouTube on Wednesday and it has since gone viral among Apple fans and tech enthusiasts in general. The video shows an amazing Spanish-language interview

Here’s how you can rent the Apple Watch before you buy it

Let’s say that Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday was enough to convince you that the Apple Watch is worth keeping an eye on, but not enough to convince you to actually place a preorder next month. You certainly aren’t going to buy the watch before you have a chance to test it out. That’s where Lumoid’s Apple Watch rental service comes in. READ MORE: Hands-on Apple Watch review roundup At some point soon after the Apple Watch launches, Lumoid, a gadget rental startup, will allow customers to rent the Apple Watch Sport for $45 a week, according to Mashable. $20 from each weekly payment will go towards the purchase of the device, should you decide to buy once you’re done renting. The standard steel

Leak: This is the phone LG will launch to combat the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6

LG was smart to not debut its next-generation flagship smartphone during this month’s Mobile World Congress trade show. It’s not that the phone is a dud, per se, but rather that Samsung and HTC definitely stole the show with their respective new flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. These hot new Android phones took center stage in Barcelona, but now that the buzz is dying down it looks like LG is getting ready to pull back the curtain on its latest and greatest Android phone. Unfortunately for LG, it looks like a huge new leak just beat it to the punch. DON’T MISS: 5 key ways the Apple Watch crushes Android rivals French gadget site Nowhereelse has a good

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One the most useful iPhone apps ever is coming to Apple Watch – here’s what it will look like

We’ve written about popular to-do list app Wunderlist plenty of times before, and with good reason — if you’re looking for a way to make lists of your most important daily tasks, it’s one of the best apps around. MacRumors writes that Wunderlist will be making a companion app for the Apple Watch and it’s posted some pictures showing what the popular productivity app will look like when it’s on your wrist. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS As you’d expect, the app is pretty simple from a functionality standpoint, given the limited screen space it has to work with. It will show you one task at a time that you’re free to dismiss once it’s

How many Android users will convert to iPhone because of the Apple Watch?

As applied to Apple, the ‘halo effect’ refers to the dynamic wherein the popularity and success of one product incentivizes  consumers to purchase other Apple products they might not otherwise have given a second look. The first notable example of this dynamic was seen when the iPod became a household name back in the mid-2000s. Building on this, the unparalleled success of the iPhone and iPad further served to familiarize the masses with the Apple brand, thereby having a discernible impact on Mac sales overall. Looking ahead, with the Apple Watch launch on the horizon, Apple’s most impactful halo effect yet may be just around the corner. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t

HTC still in turmoil: Lead designer out after just one year on the job

It’s never a good sign to see a major executive shakeup at a company just after it makes a major product launch — see Windows 8 architect Steven Sinofsky’s abrupt departure from Microsoft after Windows 8 launched, for instance. This is now the case with HTC, which last week announced that CEO Peter Chou would be replaced by chairman Cher Wang less than a month after the company unveiled its flagship HTC One M9 phone. And now Engadget brings us word of another key departure: Jonah Becker, HTC’s VP of Industrial Design, who leaves the company after just a year working as its lead designer. DON’T MISS: Man takes one selfie for every mile on a 2,600-mile hike, turns it into an incredible

Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Apple Inc. fell .8 percent to $123.25 with 38,221,800 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 1.7 percent to $9.46 with 25,276,400 shares traded. ...

This is when we can expect the next-gen Moto X to be released

This month has been packed with exciting news for Android fans, but even with the release date and pricing of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 out of the way, there’s still time for a few more smartphone revelations before the end of March. READ MORE: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t On Tuesday, Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh responded to a question on Twitter regarding the release date of the next-gen Moto X. Osterloh responded with the following statement: “ try to stay on a roughly annual cycle for all of our products including Moto X.” Let’s take a look back. The first-generation Moto X launched in August 2013, not long after

Leaked pics may reveal LG’s massive new ‘G4 Note’ phablet

We know LG is working on some hot Android handsets that will come out in 2015 and recent leaks from xda-developers have revealed that a high-end G4 model, and maybe even a G4 Note phablet, will be launched this year. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS According to the leakers, the company’s phablet is supposedly even better than the G4 and is supposed to come with a Galaxy Note-style stylus. The device would compete directly against Samsung’s top phablet line and also against Apple’s own phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus. The leaked images posted by a user identifying himself as a T-Mobile employee who’s testing a G4 with a stylus reveal the G4 Note will have some of the same

Do this now: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with just one click

Recent reports have shown that Wi-Fi routers are frequent targets for hackers who try to reroute some of the Internet traffic from the homes of unsuspecting users to fake websites that masquerade as genuine trusted sites. From there, they send the users more ads than they’d usually see while online, potentially steal their personal information, and perform other malicious tasks. To help users discover whether their home routers have been taken over by skilled attackers, F-Secure has come up with a simple online tool called Router Checker that lets anyone secure their home network with just one click. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS The software analyzes the security of your Wi-Fi router and tells you whether any

These charts show just how amazing the Galaxy S6’s display is

Needless to say, we’re big fans of the Galaxy S6’s display — in our preview, we said that we “have never seen anything quite so impressive on a mobile phone” before. However, this was just our early impressions after using the phone for one day and didn’t involve any actual testing to measure brightness or color accuracy. Thankfully for us, Anandtech has done a lot of this work and has confirmed our hunch: Namely, that the Galaxy S6’s display is a thing of wonder. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t Here, for example, is Anandtech’s chart showing maximum brightness for several different smartphones. As you can see, when auto-boost mode is enabled, both the

WTF of the week: Android phone maker says Apple is Hitler

Billionaires often have a tendency to, shall we say, speak their minds freely. This apparently rings true for Chinese billionaires who are about to jump into the smartphone market, because LeTV CEO Jia Yueting just dropped a pretty big bombshell on his verified Weibo account. We’ve seen rivals take aim at Apple in the past in an effort to generate some buzz. For example, Samsung regularly mocks iPhone users in its TV commercials. As common as it is to jab Apple, however, we have never seen a company go this far. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t On Friday morning, Yueting posted this image on his Weibo account: The text at the top of the image

Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS

Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t The most popular response had to do with having more granular app permissions on the Google Play store. While Apple lets users grant individual app permissions to apps while rejecting others, app permissions on Google Play are an all-or-nothing proposition where you either grant

Dev kits for Valve's first SteamVR headset, the HTC Vive, to be free for select developers

Dev kits for Valve's first SteamVR headset, the HTC Vive, to be free for select developers

Valve will be offering development kits for the upcoming HTC Vive virtual reality platform to developers free of charge, at least initially. Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi told Ars Technica that the dev kits will be free in the early stages of the hardware's life cycle, and developers of every size will be able to sign up for the kits in the near future. The development kits will ship this spring, with an expected retail release date near the end of the year. This is great news for existing virtual reality developers with promising games or demos, however, as they'll be able to work on the hardware and prepare a launch title without any additional cost for the development hardware.

BlackBerry ekes out profit as revenues plunge

BlackBerry ekes out profit as revenues plunge

Canada's BlackBerry said Friday it posted a modest profit in the past quarter, beating expectations despite a continued slide in its revenues. Its fourth quarter revenues, meanwhile, were $660 million -- down 32 percent from a year earlier and 16 percent from the prior quarter. Approximately 1.6 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers in the quarter, the company said. For the full fiscal year, BlackBerry narrowed its losses.

10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t

Beginning in two weeks on April 10th, we’re in store for an epic battle of the sixes. Apple’s iPhone 6 burst onto the scene this past September and helped Apple rack up more profit in the holiday quarter than any other company has ever earned in a three-month period. iPhone 6 sales are still going strong according to estimates, but the phone will finally see some real competition next month when the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge hit store shelves. All three of these phones are fantastic options, but there are a few key features on Samsung’s new handsets that could make iPhone 6 owners a bit jealous. In this post, you’ll find 10 of the most impressive things the

BlackBerry tops 4Q profit forecasts

BlackBerry posted a surprise profit in the fourth quarter, but saw a sharp drop-off in revenue as the once-iconic smartphone company said it reached the halfway mark of its turnaround effort. The Canadian ...

Not even HTC can tell the difference between the One M9 and M8

The HTC One M9 is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, just like its predecessors. But unlike in previous years, HTC has the misfortune of fighting against completely new iPhone and Galaxy S designs while the HTC One M9 looks too much like last year’s HTC One M8. In fact, last year’s model and this year’s M9 are so similar that not even HTC’s social networking team can tell them apart. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Next to a picture posted on the company’s Facebook page (see below), HTC advertises one of the main features of the phone, its BoomSound speakers, clearly identifying the device pictured with a #HTCOneM9 hashtag. However,

How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league. A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the New York Knicks being demoted to the NBA D-league for having the worst record in the NBA. That said, here’s what recently went down in the German ProB basketball league. Don’t Miss: Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of In the final game of the season, a German basketball club named BV Chemnitz 99 played against a team

Everything you need to know about when and where to buy the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9

After what seemed like a painfully long wait, Android fans across the country can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. The three biggest flagship Android phone launches of the first half of the year are now upon us, with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 all set to be released in the coming weeks. Want to buy one? Here’s everything you need to know about where to buy them, when to buy them and how to buy them. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? First things first: both phones are available for preorder beginning today. In the case of the M9, you can get an unlocked version or

Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet

Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook timeline. The unpiloted aerial vehicle, or drone, has a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737 passenger jet and weighs about as much as a small car, Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer told a packed audience at the social network's annual gathering of developers in San Francisco. "The idea is to loiter over an area for months at a time and beam down Internet service," Schroepfer said.

BlackBerry beats 4Q profit forecasts

On a per-share basis, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company said it had net income of 5 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 4 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. ...

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. DON’T MISS: BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works “Our focus this past year was on getting our financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in our product portfolio,” Chen said on Friday in a prepared statement. “We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on. New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports. FROM EARLIER: Google Maps for Android

CCP is changing the virtual reality game using ... Kinects?

CCP is changing the virtual reality game using ... Kinects?

Real objects in this virtual world have the same shimmery, windblasted look as those films. I remove the virtual reality headset and I'm back in a large room in Rejkyavik, Iceland, demoing CCP's latest virtual reality experiments. CCP has a seven person team in its Atlanta offices working on these virtual reality experiments, which we described in a past story. It's unlikely any will be turned into a full game any time soon, but the team's job is to come up with best practices and ideas for virtual reality so when the time comes they can put something they're sure of into full production.

India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves auction

India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves auction

By Aman Shah MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top three mobile phone network operators have spent a combined $13.6 billion in a government auction of airwaves to secure almost 80 percent of the spectrum on offer, reinforcing their positions in the world's second-biggest mobile market. "The outcome of this auction ... will eventually lead to a significant outflow of funds and further burden the industry, which already remains under a debt of 2.5 trillion rupees ($39.8 billion)," Cellular Operators Association of India said in a statement. Altogether India raised $17.6 billion in the auction after 19 days of fierce bidding, of which the government expects to receive about 288.72 billion rupees ($4.6 billion) in initial payments, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. Idea Cellular, the country's third-biggest mobile operator by market share, spent 303.06 billion rupees in the auction, the single biggest amount spent.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders Start March 27, On Sale April 10

Samsung Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders Start March 27, On Sale April 10

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were built to out-sexy, out-shoot and outlast the iPhone 6, and now they finally have a release date. Smaller and discount carriers, such as Boost Mobile, Cricket and Metro PCS, will carry only the Galaxy S6, not the curved S6 Edge. To recap, both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge share the same specs and hardware, including a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of storage to start (64GB and 128GB options will be available). With the S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung basically started over with a redesign that emphasizes premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back and an aluminum frame.

Asian markets follow Wall St lower after US data

Asian markets follow Wall St lower after US data

Hong Kong (AFP) - Asian markets mostly wound back Thursday, in line with a hefty sell-off on Wall Street, after surprisingly weak US data hinted at ongoing weakness in the world's number one economy.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 launching March 31 on PS4 and Xbox One

R.B.I. Baseball 15 launching March 31 on PS4 and Xbox One

R.B.I. Baseball 15, the back-to-basics baseball game from Major League Baseball Advanced Media, will launch March 31 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $19.99, the company confirmed to Polygon today. Interested parties can pre-order downloadable copies of R.B.I. 15 from GameStop on PS4 and Xbox One. R.B.I. 15 is also in development on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows PC, but a representative for MLB Advanced Media declined to comment on pricing or release timing for those versions. Sony Computer Entertainment's MLB 15 The Show will be released March 31 on PlayStation 3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita, leaving R.B.I. 15 as the only licensed baseball game this year on any Xbox platform. This is the second straight year of the rebooted R.B.I. Baseball from MLB Advanced Media, which brought back the long-dormant series last year with R.B.I. Baseball 14.

U.S. jury says Motorola infringed one Intellectual Ventures patent

U.S. jury says Motorola infringed one Intellectual Ventures patent

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures' second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded on Wednesday after a U.S. jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging. The jury, which deliberated for about a day and a half, cleared Motorola on a second patent related to wireless bandwidth, which it said was invalid. Damages are to be determined later. It was the second time the two companies faced off in court. ...

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Yelp expands Asian presence with Taiwan launch

Yelp expands Asian presence with Taiwan launch

Yelp launched Wednesday in Taiwan, in an expansion of the Asian presence of the popular consumer business review service. "Beginning today, people throughout Taiwan are able to create accounts on Yelp.com.tw to share their opinions about great local businesses," the San Francisco company said in a statement. Yelp also launched its iPhone and Android applications for Taiwan and tools for business owners. Taiwan's 23 million residents "are, in many ways, very similar to Yelp’s home population in Silicon Valley,” said Miriam Warren, Yelp's vice president for new markets.

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L.A. commuter train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt

L.A. commuter train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries.

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.

Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

NEW YORK (AP) — Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim.

Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at Oklahoma

Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at Oklahoma

At a press conference announcing the findings of an investigation into a racist chant that prompted the shuttering of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma University chapter and the expulsion of two fraternity members, OU President David Boren saluted the student activists of Unheard, who first brought the now widely viewed SAE video to light.

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'

Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.

Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles commuter train struck a car that turned in front of it near the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, derailing into a major thoroughfare and injuring 21 people, two of them seriously. The car, a silver Hyundai Sonata, was left crumpled and unrecognizable and pinned against a pole alongside the tracks by the collision shortly before 11 a.m. PST, according to a Reuters witness. The lead train car jumped the tracks, crashing through a metal fence and across a grass-covered median before coming to rest in the middle of Exposition Boulevard. The operator of the three-car Metrolink train suffered serious injuries, said Donald Frazeur, assistant chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Seven shot at spring break party in Florida: police

(Reuters) - Three Alabama university students were among seven people shot, several critically injured, early on Saturday morning at a raucous spring break party in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the suspected shooter was taken into custody, local police said. Shortly before 1 a.m., officers were called to a building near the beach, where they found the victims, three of whom are students at Alabama A&M University, the Bay County Sheriff's office said in an electronic statement. The suspected shooter, 22-year old David Jamichael Daniels of Mobile, Alabama, was found nearby and taken into custody. The Florida Panhandle city has been struggling with out-of-control, around-the-clock parties attended by the hundreds of thousands of college students who pack into the area in March and April during spring break.

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading "No hate in our state" and carrying rainbow flags, a crowd of at least 2,000 people including Democratic elected officials rallied the same day that business-rating website Angie's List Inc put on hold its plans to expand its Indianapolis operation with new offices, citing the new law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs.

Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation so far has not turned up a "particular element" in the life of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz which could explain his alleged action in the ill-fated Airbus plane, he added.

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

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Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet

Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook timeline. The unpiloted aerial vehicle, or drone, has a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737 passenger jet and weighs about as much as a small car, Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer told a packed audience at the social network's annual gathering of developers in San Francisco. "The idea is to loiter over an area for months at a time and beam down Internet service," Schroepfer said.

Twitter’s awesome Periscope app can make anyone into a TV news broadcaster

Anyone who’s ever wanted to be a TV news broadcaster can fulfill their dreams with an awesome new iPhone app from Twitter. Called Periscope, the new app lets you stream live video broadcasts over your iPhone so people can watch what you’re watching in real time. FROM EARLIER: You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck This app is particularly useful since it’s integrated with Twitter, which is already a go-to platform for delivering live news as it happens. Sharing your broadcasts over Twitter is as easy as clicking a small bird icon on the screen, which will send out a link to your live broadcast right to your Twitter feed. You can also archive your

Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, that initiatives such as its $2 billion purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus last year, and the hiring of aerospace experts make sense for the 1.4-billion member social network. While virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift suggest video games and entertainment, the gadgets could transform how people communicate on Facebook, they said.

Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope

Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors that included Silicon Valley venture capitalists Greylock Partners and Sound Ventures, Ashton Kutcher's fund.

Twitter takes on Meerkat with Periscope streaming app

Twitter takes on Meerkat with Periscope streaming app

The battle for live streaming smartphone video heated up Thursday as Twitter launched its Periscope application, taking on fast-rising online rival Meerkat, which unveiled a fresh round of capital investment. The Periscope app, like Meerkat, allows anyone to stream live video to a wide audience with their smartphone. The new app "lets you share and experience live video from your mobile phone" and is "a perfect complement to Twitter, which is why we acquired the company in January," Twitter's Kevin Weil said in a blog post. The Periscope team outlined a range of possibilities for the service, including how it can turn any smartphone user into a global reporter.

Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops

Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said.

Facebook aims to replace YouTube as world's leading video platform

Facebook aims to replace YouTube as world's leading video platform

On opening day at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg shared a number of announcements, including two that reflect Facebook's goal to compete directly with YouTube and step up its presence on the internet video scene. Facebook is introducing a new embeddable video player, meaning that users can now bring clips from the social network directly to outside websites and blogs simply by copying and pasting a string of HTML code. Some observers consider the announcement somewhat overdue, since embeddable players have long been a feature of YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, among other platforms. Previously, Facebook users could only embed videos as part of a supporting post, including the likes count and the comments feed.

Twitter launches Meerkat-killer app Periscope

Twitter launches Meerkat-killer app Periscope

Twitter on Thursday launched its streaming video application Periscope, a move that could dampen enthusiasm for the rising online star Meerkat, which offers a similar service. The Periscope app, like Meerkat, allows anyone to stream live video to a wide audience with their smartphone. The new app "lets you share and experience live video from your mobile phone" and is "a perfect complement to Twitter, which is why we acquired the company in January," Twitter's Kevin Weil said in a blog post. The Periscope team outlined a range of possibilities for the service, including how it can turn any smartphone user into a global reporter.

Twitter on a roll as Periscope launches

Meerkat and Periscope haven’t exactly entered uncharted waters. Live-streaming start-ups have struggled to get users over the years. But Meerkat and Periscope are changing the game. Will Periscope be a big winner for Twitter?

Twitter chief vows to help Indonesia fight disasters

Twitter chief vows to help Indonesia fight disasters

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Thursday the microblogging site planned to work with Indonesian authorities to warn people about natural disasters that regularly hit the archipelago, from earthquakes to volcanic eruptions. During a visit to Jakarta, where Twitter opened an office this month, Costolo told reporters that he and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla had discussions about "government and Twitter working together in times of emergency to make sure in events like flooding, that people can be alerted right away". He also hailed Indonesia as "one of our largest growth opportunities". Information Technology Minister Rudiantara, who goes by one name, said he planned to discuss the possibility of using Twitter to warn people about natural disasters at a meeting with Costolo later Thursday.

Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers

Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers

Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Messenger Platform, describing it as a way for software developers to boost appeal to the more than 600 million people using the application. Facebook executives introduced more than 25 products and tools tailored to help developers "build, grow, and monetize" mobile applications aimed at the social network's audience of approximately 1.39 billion people. The changes underscore Facebook's vision for Messenger as a new communication tool that complements the social network and ramps up efforts to compete with rivals like Snapchat, which is adding media partners to its messaging app.

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. The new features mark Facebook's latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with consumers and businesses as its flagship 1.4-billion user social network. Facebook unveiled the new features at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, for the first time allowing developers to create apps that function inside the Messenger service used by more than 600 million people. Messenger will feature more than 40 different apps in the next few days, allowing users to send each other sports clips, animations and other items, Facebook said.

How to counter the Islamic State on Twitter

The social media forays of the Islamic State (IS) range from the jarringly adolescent to sophisticated advertising campaigns meant to portray extremism as a normal lifestyle decision. These include Twitter feeds aimed at women, with pictures of kittens and designer shoes tweeted alongside jihadist rhetoric and snapshots of children in IS fan gear, “much as children are dressed in favorite football team jerseys,” notes Christina Schori Liang, senior fellow in the Emerging Security Challenges program at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. While these efforts have prompted popular movements to oppose the IS message, including online vigilante groups of women known as the Anonymisses, the US government has been grappling mightily with how it, too, can counter IS rhetoric in the social media realm. The possibilities might include giving former foreign fighters a platform to discuss how their perception of joining IS did not match up with the reality, and figuring out how to create an atmosphere that encourages the sorts of organic social media outpourings that happened in the wake of the Sydney, Australia, shootings by an IS sympathizer last year.

Facebook woos media giants: Will social media control the future of news?

Over recent months, the social media giant has been holding closed-door discussions with at least half a dozen media mammoths such as The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic, etching out the details of a proposed plan to host news content inside Facebook, instead of making users go to an external site. “The company’s [Facebook’s] news feed algorithm is an increasingly important news filter, particularly for younger 'millennials.' That means any deeper partnerships with media groups to host their stories could be controversial, with publishers that do not sign up likely to complain vociferously if Facebook’s algorithm penalises their stories as a result,” wrote Stuart Dredge for the Guardian. The ability of small publishers to reach their audience has already diminished even without the preferential treatment that Facebook’s potential media collaborators could receive. In 2012, Facebook announced that organic page reach was just 16 percent.

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

Twitter has been under fire for the past several months for failing to provide adequate tools to fight harassment on its social network. The company has recently admitted to its shortcomings, and in an attempt to make the website a safer place to interact with other users, it’s testing a new “quality filter” to block notifications that contain abusive or offensive content. DON’T MISS: Google quietly added an insanely cool security feature to Android Lollipop Anil Dash was the first to share the news after he was prompted by Twitter to turn the setting on after opening the app on his phone on Monday. Here is the description he was presented with: “Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline

Will Facebook Kill the News Media or Save It?

Will Facebook Kill the News Media or Save It?

Facebook, with more than a billion users, currently drives a tremendous amount of traffic directly to news sites via links that appear in its users’ news feeds. The social media giant sent nearly a quarter of the total visits publishers received in December 2014, according to Shareaholic, up 18 percentage points from three years earlier. If Facebook essentially wants to become the Internet for its users, it knows it still has work to do. Facebook officials have said that the process of opening a news link on a web browser generally takes about eight seconds, an eternity in an era when users have more content choices than they can possibly consume.

Why an Air Force vet started Twitter's trending #FindKatrinaGirl

Ten years ago, Master Sgt. Michael Maroney of the US Air Force helped rescue a family of seven in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One member of the family, a little girl in a bright pink shirt with pigtails and a smile the size of Texas, captured his heart.

Facebook 'On This Day' Lets You Keep Track of Your History

Facebook 'On This Day' Lets You Keep Track of Your History

The social network announced today it is launching "On This Day," a tool that will allow its 1.39 billion users to take a private peek back at what they were doing on this date in previous years. Facebook will begin rolling out the feature today globally.

Family of alleged Facebook fraud fugitive to forfeit bail: U.S. judge

Family of alleged Facebook fraud fugitive to forfeit bail: U.S. judge

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family of a New York man who became a fugitive after being criminally charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social media company was ordered on Tuesday to forfeit his bail. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan entered a $250,000 judgment against Paul Ceglia's parents and brother after previously revoking his bail. Broderick said he might reduce the penalty if the family helps locate Ceglia, who disappeared more than two weeks ago. A prosecutor said Ceglia could face new fraud and bail jumping charges soon.

Why Facebook's Offer to Host News Is So Terrifying

Why Facebook's Offer to Host News Is So Terrifying

Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. The New York Times is considering publishing some of its stories directly to Facebook, according to a story in the paper Tuesday. These stories would look somewhat like a normal news story in a user’s News Feed, but instead of sending users to NYTimes.com servers, they’d send users to Facebook’s own. We still don’t know how (or even if) Facebook will share revenue with its partners, and how those deals could change in the future.

Facebook as a Press Baron

Facebook as a Press Baron

Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. The New York Times is considering publishing some of its stories directly to Facebook, according to a story in the paper Tuesday. These stories would look somewhat like a normal news story in a user’s News Feed, but instead of sending users to NYTimes.com servers, they’d send users to Facebook’s own. We still don’t know how (or even if) Facebook will share revenue with its partners, and how those deals could change in the future.

Facebook users still more active than those of Twitter or Google+

Facebook users still more active than those of Twitter or Google+

At the end of 2014, seven out of 10 internet users described themselves as social network users, according to a report published by GlobalWebIndex. Facebook emerged as the site these users visit most frequently during a given day, returning again and again to read and like their friends' latest posts. While 73% of those surveyed said they visited Facebook at least once a month, only 42% of them said they were truly active users. 36% of respondents said they had logged into Twitter, 29% to Google+ and 25% to LinkedIn over the past 30 days.

Afghan police official fired for mob-killing Facebook comment

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's interior ministry fired the spokesman for Kabul's police chief on Tuesday for Facebook comments that seemed to try to justify the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman falsely accused of burning a Koran. The woman, named Farkhunda, was killed and set on fire last week in front of police officers after she was accused of burning a Koran, Islam's holy book. Protesters in Kabul painted their faces red on Tuesday to represent Farkhunda's bloodied face as filmed by mobile phones as she was beaten to death. "We have come here to register a very deep sense of anger and frustration with the process of reform," said Afghanistan's former spy chief, Amrullah Saleh, who was at the protest.

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Do this now: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with just one click

Recent reports have shown that Wi-Fi routers are frequent targets for hackers who try to reroute some of the Internet traffic from the homes of unsuspecting users to fake websites that masquerade as genuine trusted sites. From there, they send the users more ads than they’d usually see while online, potentially steal their personal information, and perform other malicious tasks. To help users discover whether their home routers have been taken over by skilled attackers, F-Secure has come up with a simple online tool called Router Checker that lets anyone secure their home network with just one click. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS The software analyzes the security of your Wi-Fi router and tells you whether any

Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS

Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t The most popular response had to do with having more granular app permissions on the Google Play store. While Apple lets users grant individual app permissions to apps while rejecting others, app permissions on Google Play are an all-or-nothing proposition where you either grant

Meet Pivot, the amazing app that offers location-based ‘tunnels’ to the past

What if you could instantly pick up your phone to learn more details about a certain historical landmark or your location and then get visual cues about how that particular place changed over time? That’s what a new application called Pivot looks to offer smartphone users: A way of traveling back in time and staying connected to the history of a certain place, as long as there are available pictures of that place to tell its story. DON’T MISS: Report claims Apple will shock the world with a third new iPhone model this year Pivot is an augmented reality app that uses your device’s camera and location to offer you a look at a specific target “from a specific vantage

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on. New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports. FROM EARLIER: Google Maps for Android

Report calls for improvements at FBI to combat terror

Report calls for improvements at FBI to combat terror

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI must work speed up its efforts to confront increasingly sophisticated terrorists and improve its ability to gather intelligence on global threats to the nation's security, according to an outside review released Wednesday.

FBI needs better intelligence, information sharing: U.S. report

FBI needs better intelligence, information sharing: U.S. report

By Doina Chiacu and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI needs to strengthen its intelligence programs and information sharing to counter the diverse and fast-moving national threats that have evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a congressional commission said on Wednesday. The 9/11 Review Commission report also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation's progress in developing key intelligence programs, analysis and human intelligence collection lags its law enforcement capabilities. "Their message is: You've done great, it's not good enough," FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.

China's Huawei given clean bill of health by UK security board

China's Huawei given clean bill of health by UK security board

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the telecoms equipment company whose products are now integral to various mobile and fixed-line networks, poses no threat to Britain's national security, a board established to monitor the company's operations said. The world's second largest telecoms equipment maker set up an independent cyber security evaluation center in Oxford in 2010 in conjunction with the government to check whether its equipment could pose a threat to national security. British lawmakers said in 2013 that Huawei, which was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former People's Liberation Army officer, should have been scrutinized more closely by ministers before it signed its first major deal with BT. "Any risks to UK national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated," it said.

China's ZTE 2014 profit almost doubles on smartphones, 4G roll-out

China's ZTE 2014 profit almost doubles on smartphones, 4G roll-out

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp posted a 94 percent rise in 2014 net profit on Wednesday, in line with its own forecast, due to strength in its smartphone business overseas and high-speed 4G network division at home. The Shenzhen-based company recorded profit of 2.63 billion yuan ($423.4 million) from 1.36 billion yuan a year earlier, in line with the company's forecast of 2.6 billion yuan. Operating revenue rose 8.3 percent to 81.4 billion yuan. ...

U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime

U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Cyber crime is probably the biggest risk facing companies across the world, and they need to do more to help governments tackle the problem, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said on Wednesday. "Each of us must recognize this risk is perhaps the most pressing operational risk of our time," she told the CityWeek conference in London. Financial services firms were making substantial investments in reinforcing their resilience to cyber attacks but they needed to embed this resilience into their existing business units rather than grafting improvements on top of them, she said. Cyber threats undermined freedom of expression and hampered global economic recovery, and governments needed to ensure international legal principles that respect state sovereignty and human rights apply to conduct online as well as offline, Raskin said.

U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Gilmore said the office of Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has made "a lot of progress" on developing a "sensible and measurable" joint military requirement for cybersecurity.

Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control

Ahhhhh! Save yourselves! Google is evil! We hear it time and time again; people erupting with concern over Google’s “evil” policies that play it fast and loose with our privacy. And who complains about Google and its evil policies more frequently and much louder than anyone else? Why, it’s Google’s competitors, of course. Case in point: A new blog post published by one of Cyanogen’s investors on Monday. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus face off in the ultimate camera shootout For those unaware, Cyanogen is a company started by a bunch of Android hackers — that’s “hackers” in the good sense, not malicious hackers — who were out to offer users a more customizable version of Android. They

House unveils cyber bill and signals bipartisan compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill Tuesday amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.

IT security firm NCC buys UK rival Accumuli to boost capabilities

(Reuters) - British IT security firm NCC Group said it had agreed to buy rival Accumuli to bolster its capabilities in round-the-clock operational support and incident management, and develop its consulting business. NCC is paying about 55 million pounds ($82 million) for the equity of the AIM-listed group, representing a 19 percent premium on its closing price on Monday, funded by the issue of about 20.4 million new NCC shares and 10 million pounds in cash. Accumuli is growing revenue quickly, expecting to post about 27 million pounds in the year to end-March up from 16.6 million pounds, but made a loss from continuing operations of 500,000 pounds in its first half. "A growing number of customers today are looking for 24-7, 365 (days) operational security support and incident management services that Accumuli provides," NCC Chief Executive Rob Cotton said in an interview.

Carter: Troop data in online kill list was not stolen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

The story behind the first computer viruses ever

When we think about computer viruses, one tends to think about Windows or perhaps cross-platform malware that comes from visiting questionable websites. But truth be told, computer viruses have a long and storied history, both on the PC and Apple side of the equation. To be fair, most of the earlier computer viruses weren’t terribly dangerous. If anything, they were more often than not proof-of-concept type of exploits rather than anything malicious. Don’t Miss: No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own Taking an interesting step back through time, Priceonomics recently took a close look at two of the first computer viruses to ever be released in the wild, Elk Cloner and Brain. Elk Cloner was the first

Why Android Wear may never catch on like Android did

When Google unveiled Android back in 2007, it was an OEM’s dream come true — Google wouldn’t charge any licensing fees to use the bare-bones version of it and OEMs could customize it to their hearts’ desires. Android Wear, on the other hand, is another beast entirely and OEMs are showing significantly less enthusiasm for it than they did with the original Android. DON’T MISS: Our HTC One M9 review! Exhibit A in this case is Huawei. As Android Authority reports, Huawei vice president of product management Yang Yong recently explained why Android Wear just isn’t as appeal to manufacturers. Essentially, the company thinks Google needs to open up the platform for more customization so OEMs can more easily differentiate

No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

Given the myriad of security mechanisms and technologies tech companies have developed, it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency and think that what you’re doing is safe from prying eyes. Truth be told, if skilled attackers really want to see what you’re up to online, there’s not really much you can do to stop them. Case in point: Last week at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, all 4 major browsers were exploited.Safari, Firefox, IE, Google Chrome — none of these browsers can provide safe refuge from hackers. DON’T MISS: Meet the tweak every Netflix user needs: ‘God mode’ Incredibly, three of the web browsing hacks — IE 11, Chrome, and Safari — were carried out by one extremely skilled

Pentagon wraps up new acquisition rules to protect weapons from cyberattacks

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of U.S. weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters. In addition to the acquisition policy, the department is producing a guidebook to help program managers assess the cost and risk tradeoffs in structuring new weapons programs and making them more secure, said Assistant Secretary of Defense Katrina McFarland. Both documents should be completed in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, McFarland told Reuters in an interview this week. Chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall said this month cyberattacks on U.S. weapons and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention.

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital

Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbours such as Kenya and Uganda. Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totalling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank. Ethiopia is one of the last African countries to have a state monopoly in telecoms and has lagged some neighbours in rolling out 4G, which offers much faster speeds than 3G, allowing users to browse the Internet more easily and run complex applications. State-run Ethio Telecom is committed to improving its network, however.

Hilarious CollegeHumor video lampoons the new Retina MacBook charger

The transition from MagSafe ports to USB Type-C is a painful-yet-necessary step for Apple and its customers, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Having a bunch of useless cords lying around the house is not something that any MacBook owner is looking forward to, which is why CollegeHumor’s latest video should strike a chord with Apple fans. DON’T MISS: The funniest thing you’ll see today: The real reason the Apple Watch costs $10,000 Google showed us how great the new charging standard could be, but we also learned that, with only one port, the Retina MacBook is more susceptible to certain exploits involving USB-based malware. If you’ve ever wondered why Apple changes the cords to charge its devices so

Exclusive: Cyber IPO pipeline grows as data breaches boost security spending

Exclusive: Cyber IPO pipeline grows as data breaches boost security spending

By Liana B. Baker, Olivia Oran and Jim Finkle NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Rapid7, LogRhythm and Mimecast are joining a growing list of cybersecurity firms planning to go public in 2015 to capitalize on investor interest following a spate of hacker attacks, according to people familiar with the matter. Shares of publicly traded cybersecurity firms have outperformed the market in recent months, as high-profile data breaches at Sony Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Anthem Inc prompt businesses to spend more to secure their computer networks. It has more than 3,500 customers, including Amazon.com Inc, American Express Co and Bank of America Corp. Mimecast, also based in Boston, is an email security firm with 10,000 customers. Rapid7, whose investors include Bain Capital Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures, has chosen Morgan Stanley and Barclays to assist with an initial public offering, the people said.

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked.

Many U.S. boards lack vision, just tick boxes in search for women directors

Many U.S. boards lack vision, just tick boxes in search for women directors

By Nadia Damouni NEW YORK (Reuters) - Linda Hudson, former CEO of the U.S. arm of British defense company BAE Systems Plc, is among the women that boards call on when they are looking for a female director. The demand for the 64-year-old Hudson underscores an issue women directors are noticing: companies may be talking about how they want to have more diverse boards but a lot aren't putting in the effort needed to make it happen. "You often don't get the enlightened thinking of reaching beyond the obvious candidates," said Hudson, who sits on the boards of Bank of America Corp and utility Southern Co., and is thinking of joining a third. Of the 478 new directors appointed to Fortune 500 boards in 2014, only 27 percent were women, according to research firm BoardEx.

New next-gen Nexus smartphone rumor could mean great news for Android fans

After a series of reports suggested that a Chinese smartphone maker might build the next-gen Nexus smartphone for Google, a report from South Korea indicates the company behind two popular Nexus devices might be working on a third one this year. MASSIVE SALE: Download over $100 worth of paid Android apps for free right now from Amazon Apparently, Google engineers have visited LG headquarters, with Etoday suggesting that LG might make the Nexus 6 successor this year. The company is an old Google partner when it comes to Nexus handsets, having created the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 in previous years, which were both very popular with Nexus fans. One of the recent rumors did say that Google is considering both LG and

Chinese military denies role in reported U.S. hacking

Chinese military denies role in reported U.S. hacking

China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied that it had anything to do with a cyber attack on Register.com, a unit of Web.com, following a report in the Financial Times that the FBI was looking into the Chinese military's involvement. "The relevant criticism that China's military participated in Internet hacking is to play the same old tune, and is totally baseless," the ministry said in a fax to Reuters in response to a question about the story. It is not clear what the Chinese military would be looking for or what it would gain from Register.com's data. China and the United States regularly accuse each other of hacking attacks.

China web freedom group faces online disruption

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-subsidized advocacy group that helps Internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations.

US hopes reward offers can help net foreign cyber criminals

US hopes reward offers can help net foreign cyber criminals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI considers Evgeniy Bogachev one of the world's most prolific and brilliant cyber criminals, slapping his photos — bald, beefy-faced and smiling faintly — on "Wanted" fliers posted online. The Russian would be an ideal target for prosecution — if only the Justice Department could find him.

The Next Cybersecurity Target: Medical Data

The Next Cybersecurity Target: Medical Data

Hackers often carry out massive cyberattacks to gain access to financial data through banks and retail companies, but this week's cybercrime hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross.  The attack affected 11 million patients, making it the largest cyberattack involving medical information to date. The healthcare industry has been catching hackers' attention lately. In February, the health insurance company Anthem reported a breach in which hackers accessed to about 80 million records, and in 2014, the Tennessee-based hospital operator Community Health Systems saw 4.5 million records accessed, though both companies said no medical data was exposed. "The healthcare industry is not immune to attacks," he told me.

New bugs uncovered in encryption software

New bugs uncovered in encryption software

By Jim Finkle and Eric Auchard BOSTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - New bugs in the widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat like the "Heartbleed" vulnerability in the same technology that surfaced a year ago. Cybersecurity watchers had feared the new round of bugs would be as serious as "Heartbleed," according to experts who help companies identify vulnerabilities in their networks. The concerns surfaced after the OpenSSL Project, which distributes OpenSSL software, warned several days ago that it planned to release a batch of security patches. "You need to take all vulnerabilities seriously, but I’m kind of disappointed.

China's Huawei leads international patent filings: WIPO

China's Huawei leads international patent filings: WIPO

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] became the world's No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said Thursday, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies. Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc while Huawei's crosstown rival ZTE Corp, which was the world's leading applicant in 2012, took third place in its number of filings, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

US turns to rewards in hunt for overseas cyber criminals

US turns to rewards in hunt for overseas cyber criminals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI considers Evgeniy Bogachev one of the world's most prolific and brilliant cyber criminals, slapping his photos — bald, beefy-faced and smiling faintly — on "Wanted" fliers posted online. The Russian would be an ideal target for prosecution — if only the Justice Department could find him.

In boon for bitcoin, UK to regulate digital currency exchanges

In boon for bitcoin, UK to regulate digital currency exchanges

By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Britain took a significant step towards becoming a global bitcoin hub on Wednesday as the government announced it would regulate digital currencies for the first time by applying anti-money laundering rules to exchanges. Already the center of the $5-trillion-a-day market for traditional currencies, the UK is fast emerging as a center for digital currencies too, cementing its place as European's financial technology, or "FinTech", capital. In a report published alongside finance minister George Osborne's annual budget statement, Britain's Treasury said the new regulation would support innovation and prevent criminal use of digital currencies. "I think it is a good balance between on the one hand the U.S. and specifically New York, which I think have gone too far, and what a lot of countries are doing which is just completely ignoring it." The potential for digital currencies to be used for illicit financial transactions has led many to steer well clear of the them.

FBI probes possible China military link in cyber attack: FT

The FBI is looking into whether the Chinese military was involved in a cyber attack on Register.com, a unit of Web.com, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the probe. A Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson said she was not familiar with the probe and that the agency does not comment on such matters. According to the Financial Times, hackers apparently have had access to Register.com's network for about a year, but the attack did not disrupt or result in theft of client data. It was not clear what the Chinese military would be looking for or what it would gain from Register.com's data.

Swedish crowdfunding platform launches bitcoin pilot

Swedish crowdfunding platform launches bitcoin pilot

Swedish crowdfunding platform FundedByMe is launching a bitcoin pilot project, allowing investors to use the virtual currency to buy stakes in a bitcoin trading company. It will see the trading company, Safello, accept the digital currency from investors during its 45-day campaign that starts on Wednesday. Crowdfunding allows individuals and small businesses, often start-ups, to raise money from pools of investors who can buy equity in a company or put money into peer-to-peer lending schemes.

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What we learned about Firewatch: ghost stories, toilets and mental health

What we learned about Firewatch: ghost stories, toilets and mental health

How easy is it to get lost in Firewatch? Not very, Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman tells me, but I've done it all the same. Firewatch is the debut title from indie dev Campo Santo coming to Linux, Mac and Windows PC. It's a gorgeous exploration of isolation and choice, filtered through the lens of a man named Henry who takes a job as a fire lookout.

Super Mario 64 comes to the PC, thanks to a developer experimenting in Unity

Super Mario 64 comes to the PC, thanks to a developer experimenting in Unity

If you're in need of a quick Super Mario 64 fix, look no further than this Unity remake of the game's first level, Bob-Omb Battlefield, playable on Linux, Mac and PC. The remake comes to us courtesy of developer Erik Roystan Ross, who built the project in Unity 3D. "I originally built this to demonstrate the Super Character Controller, a custom character controller written for Unity, but I got a little carried away," he wrote.

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews.

Why Sally Ride’s Space Odyssey Was Only the Beginning

Sally Ride might be best known for being the first American woman in space, but her work on Earth might be her most enduring legacy. Back on Earth, she embraced her newfound identity as national role model. Setting a positive example would become her lifelong mission—one that is carried on by the Sally Ride Science foundation, which develops STEM curricula and other initiatives to get students thinking about space. Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose….

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna brings mercy, redemption and soul saving this spring

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna brings mercy, redemption and soul saving this spring

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna will expand Croteam's philosophical puzzle game this spring on Steam, the developer and publisher Devolver Digital announced this week. Road to Gehenna's four episodes will include "some of the most advanced and challenging puzzles yet," according to the announcement. The Talos Principle's writing duo, Tom Jubert and Jonas Kyratzes, have returned for the downloadable content. "We wanted to revisit the world of The Talos Principle and deliver new characters and a new world with its own history and culture," Jubert said. The Talos Principle was released last December on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

This free VR platform is helping universities experiment with the next frontier of tech

This free VR platform is helping universities experiment with the next frontier of tech

Twenty leading universities will receive open source virtual reality hardware dev kits as part of a new OSVR academia program, organizers of the Open Source Virtual Reality announced today. OSVR is a software platform that is designed to create an open standard for VR. The creation of a standardized and open-source platform for VR is said to help to experiment with and discover new virtual reality experiences. "The technologies that drive virtual reality are changing quickly, and a standardized platform like OSVR enables technology to adapt to that shift more quickly than ever before," said Aaron Westre from the Virtual Reality Design Lab at the University of Minnesota.

Hands-On: Linux UEFI multi-boot, part two

Hands-On: Linux UEFI multi-boot, part two

I covered the general layout and operation of UEFI boot in my part one. Now it's time to get down to brass tacks, and see what my multi-boot configuration looks like.

Red Hat profit forecast matches estimates despite strong dollar

(Reuters) - Red Hat Inc , the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, forecast a profit for the first quarter that matched analysts' estimates despite warning on a strong dollar hurting its revenue. Red Hat shares were up 5 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday after the company's profit beat the average analyst estimate for the eighth straight quarter. The company also said a $500 million share buyback program will replace an existing $300 million program. ...

​LibreOffice finally to go online

​LibreOffice finally to go online

It's been years since The Document Foundation announced that LibreOffice would be ported to an online version. It looks like it will finally arrive... in 2016.

VLC for Android review

Free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files

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PlayStation Vue adds AMC in time for The Walking Dead's finale

PlayStation Vue adds AMC in time for The Walking Dead's finale

PlayStation Vue, Sony's streaming TV service available on a trial basis in three markets, has added AMC, the home of The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. The addition comes just in time for The Walking Dead's season 5 finale, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. AMC is one of three cable networks added to Vue, which launched March 18 in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

Destiny's Vaults expand, but at a cost to PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers

Destiny's Vaults expand, but at a cost to PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers

Destiny's latest update, coming in April, will expand a character's vault but it comes at a cost for players on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Bungie wrote in its latest weekly update. "We had a choice, leave the Vault as-is, or find some kind of compromise to enable it safely," said Brad Fish, the game's engineering lead for user interface.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed beyond 2015, skipping E3

The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed beyond 2015, skipping E3

Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U won't be making it's previously announced 2015 release date, series producer Eiji Aonuma said in an update today. "In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," Aonuma said in a video posted to Facebook and YouTube.

Here’s every new feature you’ll find in the Xbox One April system update

April is going to be a busy month for Xbox One owners. Not only is Microsoft delivering a double dose of free games, but there are a few frequently requested features coming to the console as well. DON’T MISS: Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April On the Xbox Wire, Microsoft revealed that members of the Xbox One preview program would begin receiving additional features scheduled to be included in the next system update on Thursday evening. The most anticipated addition is the ability to send voice messages to other users. This was one of many features that didn’t make the transition from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One at launch, but starting

Xbox One's Instant On under heat from energy efficiency group

Xbox One's Instant On under heat from energy efficiency group

Turning off the Xbox One's Instant On function can provide a near 40% reduction in the console's annual power consumption, saving up to $250m across the US, advises an NRDC report. The Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental group headquartered in New York City, is encouraging Microsoft to adjust how the Xbox One is set up and sold in order to reduce power consumption on an individual and cumulative level. Microsoft had responded to previous calls for lower power consumption during Instant On mode by decreasing the console's pull from 18W to 12.5W, but the NRDC is pushing for the feature to become non-standardized across North America. "If 'Instant On' mode was not the default setting, or if Xbox Ones were updated to make disabling the mode easy at set up, we could save up to $250 million in future energy bills per year in the United States," wrote Noah Horowitz, Director of the NRDC's Center for Energy Efficiency.

Xbox One gets voice messaging this April

Xbox One gets voice messaging this April

Xbox One systems will receive voice messaging as part of the console's April firmware update, according to further details about the patch made available by Microsoft today. This week, Xbox One dashboard preview testers will be able to test out the new voice messaging system that allows users to leave audio clips in their friends' inboxes. Interestingly, this will allow both Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners to exchange voice messages regardless of what platform they use. Earlier this month Major Nelson revealed just a few of the changes coming to Xbox One in April, including changes to party chat and achievement apps.

Xbox Live Games with Gold doles out double the games in April

Xbox Live Games with Gold doles out double the games in April

Microsoft will give away six games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of its Games with Gold promotion during April, the company announced today. That's twice the number of games Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners typically get through Games with Gold.

Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April

This has been an incredibly busy month for game releases, but Microsoft isn’t planning on letting its foot off the gas in April either. On Thursday, Microsoft announced the latest slate of Games with Gold, but in April, Xbox owners are getting double the free games that they normally do. That means two free games on Xbox One and four games on Xbox 360. DON’T MISS: Did GTA 5 just receive a massive graphics downgrade? Xbox One owners with active Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be able to download both Child of Light and Pool Nation FX for free all month in April. These games have absolutely nothing in common, but if you’re looking for a free billiards game with “spot-on physics” and a

Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO

Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO

Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit that accuses the gaming company known for its "FarmVille" game of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. Ruling 13 months after dismissing an earlier version of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco said on Wednesday that shareholders could pursue claims that Zynga concealed declining user activity, masked how changes in a Facebook Inc platform for its games would affect demand and inflated its 2012 revenue forecast. Zynga's market value slid by several billion dollars between March 2, 2012, when its share price peaked at $15.91, and July 26, 2012, when the price dropped below $3 after the company posted disappointing earnings and cut its outlook. "Confidential witnesses all corroborate that the updates on game users and spending data was readily accessible to Zynga's management." White rejected a claim over Zynga's alleged product launch delays, saying it was mere "business puffery" for the company to call its game pipeline "strong," "robust" and "very healthy." Shareholders led by David Fee also claimed that Zynga hid its weaknesses to enable insiders to sell $593 million of stock before a post-IPO lockup was to expire, and avoid a roughly 75 percent drop in its share price over the next four months.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 launching March 31 on PS4 and Xbox One

R.B.I. Baseball 15 launching March 31 on PS4 and Xbox One

R.B.I. Baseball 15, the back-to-basics baseball game from Major League Baseball Advanced Media, will launch March 31 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $19.99, the company confirmed to Polygon today. Interested parties can pre-order downloadable copies of R.B.I. 15 from GameStop on PS4 and Xbox One. R.B.I. 15 is also in development on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows PC, but a representative for MLB Advanced Media declined to comment on pricing or release timing for those versions. Sony Computer Entertainment's MLB 15 The Show will be released March 31 on PlayStation 3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita, leaving R.B.I. 15 as the only licensed baseball game this year on any Xbox platform. This is the second straight year of the rebooted R.B.I. Baseball from MLB Advanced Media, which brought back the long-dormant series last year with R.B.I. Baseball 14.

Rosetta Stone and Xbox join forces

Rosetta Stone and Xbox join forces

Language study company Rosetta Stone announced this week the launch of its Discover Languages Xbox launch, which lets you learn either English or Spanish the fun way, by playing a video game.

PlayStation 4 leverages social side in 2.50 update

PlayStation 4 leverages social side in 2.50 update

Two main features mark a significant update being pushed out to PlayStation 4s on March 26: a long-awaited suspend and resume function for games in progress, and a range of socially oriented additions that help make sharing with friends a cinch. It means players can pause a game, put the PS4 into low-power hibernation, and come back to it at their convenience, where game software allows: "nearly all" PS4 games will, according to Sony.