Sci-Tech

JD.com to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One games console in China

BEIJING Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:41pm EDT (Reuters) – JD.com Inc, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday. The pre-orders will be taken via Tencent Holdings’ mobile social networks Mobile QQ and WeChat, known as Weixin in China, JD.com said in a statement. Tencent holds a 17.6 percent stake in JD.com. The […]

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:11pm EDT (Reuters) – IBM Corp’s recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of […]

Facebook says SEC’s IPO probe ends, extending WhatsApp closing date

Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:55pm EDT (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May “notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC.” Facebook shares began trading on May 18, 2012, but soon […]

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:00pm EDT (Reuters) – Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted […]

Amazon’s heavy investing eats into bottom line, shares drop

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:46pm EDT (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics. Amazon’s stock price has dropped 10 percent so far in 2014, with investors leery of betting on its long-term growth at the expense of little to no profit. On Thursday, the shares fell […]

U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:58pm EDT (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found “most troubling” a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals […]

Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:08pm EDT (Reuters) – Google’s  handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its European search engines such as google.co.uk, which means that anyone can easily […]

Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord

By Nate Raymond and Alison Frankel Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:21pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday. The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that […]

Microsoft expected to announce thousands of job cuts Thursday

SEATTLE Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:03am EDT (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected early Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. What could be the deepest job cuts in the company’s 39-year history come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, […]

Apple iPhone a danger to China national security: state media

BEIJING Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:19am EDT (Reuters) – Chinese state media branded Apple Inc’s iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone’s ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. “This is extremely sensitive data,” said a researcher interviewed by the broadcaster. If the data were accessed, it could […]

Apple targets rising water use, production partners’ emissions

SAN FRANCISCO Wed Jul 9, 2014 9:11pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc acknowledged on Wednesday it needs to address manufacturing partners’ carbon emissions and its own rising water consumption, though the iPhone maker said it had cut back sharply on greenhouse gas output. Apple last year hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to push cleaner initiatives, amid past criticism over its emissions and use of toxic materials. Observers say it has improved its […]

Google reverses decision to delete British newspaper links

Thu Jul 3, 2014 7:20pm EDT (Reuters) – Google Inc GOOGL.O GOOG.O on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is having implementing Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Guardian protested the removal of its stories describing how a soccer referee lied about reversing a penalty decision. It was unclear who asked Google to remove the stories. Separately, Google has not […]