30 June 2014

Visa, Mastercard, Tracking Your Smartphone (video)


Banks and card networks like Visa and MasterCard are working with wireless carriers to cut down on fraudulent transactions by tying purchases to the location of a shopper's smartphone. Bloomberg's Crayton Harrison reports on "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg June 26)

Google execs visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet | Reuters: "... The Google delegation in Havana met with students and was given a tour of Havana's University of Information Sciences on Saturday, according to 14ymedio. Sanchez started 14ymedio, Cuba's first independent online newspaper in May, although the site has been repeatedly blocked in Cuba. The Cuban government sought to discredit Sanchez as a paid propagandist doing the bidding of the U.S. government."

Why Google, Amazon and Apple are making set-top TV boxes"The answer, says Creative Strategies’ Ben Bajarin, can be found in the attached chart, taken from Mary Meeker’s Internet trends slide show. It shows consumers around the world spending less time in front of their PCs and more time looking at their smartphones and televisions. Americans, for example, spend an average of 2 hours and 31 minutes a day staring at their smartphones and 2 hours and 27 minutes staring at their TVs."

Google Apps update alerts: Removal of Quickoffice from Google Play and App Store"With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Existing users with the app can continue to use it, but no features will be added and new users will not be able to install the app."


Facebook News Feed: 5 Changes
InformationWeek
Gone are the days when Facebook showed you every post from every friend. Here's a look at Facebook's latest News Feed algorithm changes and ...

Google I/O 2014: 10 Big Developments
InformationWeek
Google unveiled everything from Android to wearable news at its annual developers show. Here are the developments that matter most. Previous.

Google I/O: Project Tango LG Tablet Coming To Consumers In 2015
Forbes
Google's Google's Project Tango — an effort to develop mobile devices that can map the space around you — is set to be in consumers' hands next ...

Google focused on big data, real-time analysis in the cloud
Computerworld
Google plans to focus on helping those companies over the next year. ... continuing what some have called a price war with Amazon Web Services.

Status update: Facebook not so diverse
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook, the world's most popular social network, ... He appeared at the shareholder meetings of Google and Facebook to ...

Facebook battles Manhattan DA over warrants for user data
Boston Globe
NEW YORK — Facebook and the New York district attorney's office are in a bitter fight over a privacy question that was bound to come up sooner or ...

Google targets business users with cloud, Docs advances
Computerworld
"Microsoft Outlook is well-entrenched in almost all large businesses. ... or Apple devices, there's now mobile support for Google Slides, an Android app ...

Microsoft to double OneDrive free space, slash extra storage prices up to 73%
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft today announced it would double OneDrive's free storage space for ... (Data: Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Google, Microsoft.).

Microsoft $650 Macbook Air Trade-In: Fine Print
InformationWeek
But it appears especially interested in Apple customers who might be getting ... even in light of the price war among Google, Amazon, and Rackspace.

Microsoft Exchange Online Suffers Service Outage
InformationWeek
Microsoft's Exchange Online hosted email service suffered a disruption Tuesday morning, leaving many users without email for much of the morning.

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