19 June 2014

Priceline buys OpenTable (video); Amazon Fire Smartphone

Why Priceline Paid $2.6B for OpenTable: Video - Bloomberg:
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Priceline is buying OpenTable in a deal valued at $2.6 billion to add restaurant bookings to its travel business as the industry steps up investments in local listings and mobile services. Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky, Cory Johnson and Jeffrey McCracken comment on Bloomberg Television's “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg June 13)

Amazon.com unveils the Fire Phone, its first smartphone
Los Angeles Times
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos holds up the Fire Phone at a media ... The silhouette of Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., ...

Amazon And Samsung Are Locked In A Battle Against Google
Forbes
Amazon's operating system – for the Kindle, and presumably the Fire Phone ... This is, to some extent, the ultimate rebellion by Amazon, using Google's ... and here Amazon might even be able to beat Apple and Google, because it ...

Yahoo, LinkedIn, Google: Not A Diverse Club
InformationWeek
Yahoo joined LinkedIn and Google in releasing workplace diversity statistics. They tell the same tale: Silicon Valley is predominantly white and male....

Facebook announces its open data-center switch
Computerworld
Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the ...

Amazon Appstore heads to BlackBerry 10 phones
CNET
BlackBerry 10 supports apps designed for Google's Android mobile ... Its selection of apps is limited compared to Google's Play store and Apple's App ...

Google Ready to Comply With 'Right to Be Forgotten' Rules in Europe - NYTimes.com
By By MARK SCOTT
Google will start to remove links to online content in Europe by the end of the month to ... Last month, Google created a rudimentary framework, including a new online form for ... BlackBerry to Add Amazon App Store to Phones ... Yahoo Tech | Harvard scientists successfully transferred a smell across ...
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Amazon Fire Phone: An All-Seeing 3D Prime Contender - Gizmodo
By Brent Rose
...Amazon's phone is here, and it's called the Fire Phone. ... Report: Google in Talks to Buy Stake in Virgin Galactic ...
Gizmodo

Yahoo CEO takes heat for stilted presentation in Cannes
USA TODAY
CANNES, France — This is an advertising conference, so some spinning and selling is expected. Yet, a Tuesday presentation from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was flagged by some attendees as an excessively hard sell. Audience members took to Twitter to ...

Earth's Most Abundant Mineral is Seen for the First Time and is Given a Name
Chinatopix
Believe it or not but the Earth's most abundant mineral doesn't have a name and hasn't been seen, until now. What on Earth is the Earth's most abundant mineral? If you answered quartz, you'd only be partially correct. Quartz is the commonest mineral in the ...

BC court ruling orders Google to block sites worldwide
The Globe and Mail
In an unprecedented ruling, a B.C. court has ordered Google Inc. to block a group of websites from its worldwide search engine – a decision raising questions over how far one country's courts can exert their power over the borderless Internet. The temporary ...


Agency Aims to Regulate Map Aids in Vehicles - NYTimes.com"“They don’t have enough software engineers,” said Catherine McCullough, executive director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, an industry group. “They don’t have the budget or the structure to oversee both Silicon Valley and the auto industry.”"

SpaceX's Elon Musk hopes to put humans on Mars in 10 years
CNET
The founder of the private space transport company gives a short timeline for the possibility of firing up a self-sustaining city on the Red Planet. by Dara Kerr...


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