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 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:36:39 GMT

Apple to lay off about 200 people at Beats: Bloomberg
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:30:27 GMT(Reuters) - Apple Inc intends to lay off about 200 people at Beats Electronics LLC following its $3 billion acquisition of the headphone and music streaming services company, Bloomberg cited a person with knowledge of the restructuring as saying.

Khosla-backed startup hopes to bring doctors to patients' mobiles
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:10:04 GMTSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - HealthTap Chief Executive Officer Ron Gutman believes paying the doctor a visit is expensive and time-consuming. So why not bring the doctor to the patient - digitally?

Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:52:17 GMTBOSTON Reuters - Tor, the prominent system for protecting Internet privacy, said on Wednesday many of its users trying to reach hidden sites might have been identified by government-funded researchers.

Microsoft board adds mobile savvy with Stanton
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:36:19 GMTSEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp named wireless industry pioneer John Stanton to its board on Wednesday, adding a director with experience in the mobile sector it has struggled to crack.

U.S. regulator questions Verizon plan to slow data speeds for some
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:09:23 GMTWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon Communications Inc's plan to slow data downloads for some high-speed wireless customers remaining on the older unlimited data plans.

U.S. cellphone users frequent victims of 'cramming': Senate study
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:03:26 GMTWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. mobile phone users have likely paid hundreds of millions of dollars in unauthorized charges "crammed" onto their bills, according to a report released by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday to coincide with a hearing on the topic.

European regulators training sights on Google's mobile software
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:15:07 GMTBRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied.

Twitter's surge revives valuation debate
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:37:13 GMT(Reuters) - The surge in Twitter Inc's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook Inc , its biggest rival in social media.

Germany to examine BlackBerry's planned Secusmart buy
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:15 GMTBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will examine BlackBerry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, whose encryption technology protects the devices of government officials including Angela Merkel.

Russia wants Apple, SAP to cooperate against foreign spying
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:49:07 GMTMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has proposed that Apple Inc and SAP hand the government access to their source code to make sure their widely used products are not tools for spying on state institutions.

Best Buy CEO says tablet sales are 'crashing': Re/code
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:46:21 GMT(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc Chief Executive Hubert Joly said tablets sales were "crashing" and the PC business was seeing a revival in sales, according to the website, Re/code.

Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on September 23
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:53:06 GMTSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third-biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year.

Applied Micro ships microserver chips in challenge to Intel
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:40:47 GMTSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Applied Micro Circuits has begun shipping a new kind of low-power server chip that might challenge heavyweight Intel in cutting-edge data centers.

23andMe lands $1.4 million grant from NIH to detect genetic roots for disease
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:50:56 GMTWASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) - Home genetics startup 23andMe has secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build survey tools and expand its gene database.

Facebook to shut down Gifts service in latest e-commerce shift
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:27:23 GMTSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will shut its 2-year-old Gifts shop on Aug. 12, as the world's largest social network tests other ways to let consumers buy products on its website.

Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 percent
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:46:01 GMTSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked.

Netflix agrees to pay AT&T to ensure smooth video downloads
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:37:51 GMTWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Video streaming service Netflix has agreed to pay U.S. broadband provider AT&T Inc to ensure smooth delivery of Netflix content to Internet users, the companies said on Tuesday.

Amazon says lower ebook prices benefit authors, publishers
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:30:16 GMT(Reuters) - Inc, locked in a war with publisher Hachette Book Group over ebook prices, said its push for lower prices was good for authors, publishers and booksellers.

Microsoft gives employees sneak peek at new 'selfie' phone
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:50:33 GMTSEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's hardware chief gave employees a sneak peek at a 'selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the company said on Tuesday.




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