17 July 2014

Microsoft Layoffs Coming

Microsoft to Announce Job Cuts as Soon as This Week - Bloomberg: "... Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview last week that he has preparing to make sweeping changes at Microsoft. The reductions will probably be in engineering, marketing and areas of overlap with Nokia, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The restructuring -- which may be unveiled as soon as this week -- may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said...."

Microsoft won't let you set Google as default search on some new Lumias | The Verge: ".... Google allows Android users to set Ask, Bing, or Yahoo as the default search engine in Chrome, and Apple also offers a choice between Google, Yahoo, and Bing in its Safari for iOS browser. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment, and we’ll update you accordingly."

Internet giants press for net neutrality in FCC filing | PCWorld: "An association of more than two dozen technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to create strong, enforceable net neutrality rules for wired and mobile networks. The companies want to secure an open Internet for the future, they said in a comment filed by The Internet Association with the FCC. They want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes as that will distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users, they said...."

FCC extends net neutrality comment deadline after 'overwhelming' traffic | The Verge: "The Federal Communications Commission has been calling on the public to provide comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal, and it said today that it would actually be extending the length of the comment period by several days to ensure that all interested parties are able to submit their remarks. The initial net neutrality comment period was supposed to end today, but the commission is now extending it until midnight on Friday, July 18th"

blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: Join us - reddit is filing an FCC comment to fight for an Open Internet: "We are filing an official comment in support of the Open Internet and net neutrality. We want your voice in it as well. It's easy to be cynical about the net neutrality debate, but the gears are turning and politicians & officials are noticing. There are many people in the FCC that believe in net neutrality and the open internet. Now we need your help again. We just need to convince the FCC commissioners that any perceived political cost is far less than the damage it will cost the Internet economy...."

The undersigned civil society organizations, companies, and security experts are writing to urge you speak out against S. 2588, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”) of 2014.1 The bill, which was marked up in a secret, closed session last week, focuses on increasing information sharing between the government and private sector... http://images.politico.com/global/2014/07/14/veto-cisa-coalition-ltr.html

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Says Disappointing Earnings Were Just A “Short-Term Setback ...
By Anthony Ha
After an earnings report that came in below analyst expectations, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer spent a good portion of today's analyst call making the ...
TechCrunch

Google now tells you how much your Bitcoin is worth - Engadget
By Daniel Cooper
Let's assume that you've just spent more than $200,000 on some of Russ Ulbricht's Bitcoin fortune -- but what do you do with it now? If it were us, we'd ...
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Chrome Releases: Chrome for iOS Update - Google Chrome Releases - Blogger
By Jason Kersey
The Chrome team is excited to announce Chrome 36 for iPhone and iPad. Chrome 36.0.1985.49 contains a number of improvements including:.
Google Chrome Releases

BlackBerry Is Tanking Following Apple's Big Partnership With IBM - Business Insider
By Steve Kovach
The Apple-IBM deal could threaten BlackBerry's plans for the enterprise. ... blackberry tanks ibm and apple news. Yahoo Finance. facebook ... Login With Facebook Login With Twitter Login With Google. Submit the comment for ...
Business Insider

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push
Computerworld
Google is clearly one target of the new Apple-IBM partnership. ... among 14 vendors making client management tools, just behind top-rated Microsoft.

Amazon Finally Tries Out the 'Netflix for Books' Craze
Wired
Amazon is already a go-to place for people who love to binge on shopping, TV shows, and music, thanks to its all-you-can-consume Amazon Prime ...

Yahoo exec lashes out against sexual harassment claims
San Jose Mercury News
A high-level Yahoo female executive struck back with a vengeance Wednesday against a lawsuit alleging she sexually harassed a software engineer, ...

Just Google it - - POLITICO.com: "Google celebrated opening their offices here in D.C. with a party that by all accounts, we've been told, "is the best reception I've ever been to in D.C.," from a guy who knows a thing or two about receptions. "The office space is huge — the reception was in multiple rooms — the main room was set up in a nightclub atmosphere. They also had a game room set up" with our dream game, Guitar Hero! Plus, the top-shelf liquor and waiters with vodka cranberry shooters were a big hit, especially with all the Hill staffers, natch....This is D.C., people, meaning: 1. We're about three years late on every trend and 2. It's the little things."

When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on…: "...Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.... "

USPTO Refuses to Register Apple's "Touch ID" Trademark - Patently Apple: "...The case against Apple's Touch ID being registered seems to be solid and valid. Apple officially has six months to reply to USPTO with a work-around remedy or risk automatic trademark abandonment.... "

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