30 November 2014

Buyology Author Martin Lindstrom on Alipay, Global Retailing (video)

Will Alipay Revolutionize America?: Video - Bloomberg:
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“Buyology” Author Martin Lindstrom discusses the impact Alipay will have on global retailing. Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal also speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg Nov.28)


The Westside Story

Report: Sony Prepping E Ink Watch
PC Magazine
Details are scant on Sony's FES Watch, but it sure looks like a novel offering....



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Recalls this week: battery packs, doors
Charlotte Observer
A line of battery packs used to charge electronic devices are being recalled this week because they can overheat and cause a fire....



Daily Digest

Roku, Chromecast Or Fire TV: Which Streaming Stick Is Right For You?
Forbes
If you're looking to add streaming capability to your TV without taking up extra shelf space, a streaming stick can be a good—and less expensive—alternative to the standard set-top box . Roku, Google GOOGL +0.27%, and now Amazon all make sticks that let ...



ZDNet

Sony Pictures corporate files stolen and released in cyberattack
ZDNet
Sony has quite the history with hacking and cyberattacks affecting its networks, and now a subsidiary of the company is coping with intrusion on internal networks. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the television and movie arm of the tech giant, was hijacked this ...



ZDNet

Two-thirds of iPhone and iPad users now running iOS 8.0/8.1
ZDNet
It's been slow progress, but figures released by Apple show that iOS 8.0/8.1 usage has finally hit the 60 percent mark. See also: Compared to iOS, Android Lollipop adoption rates suck. Data released by Apple shows that almost two thirds of users accessing ...



Firstpost

How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
CNET
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to "Jurassic World", and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe EE...



NDTV

Google Play Deals Include Nexus 9, Smartwatches
PC Magazine
On Black Friday through Cyber Monday, get Google Play credit and some extra discounts on Nexus 9 and Chromecast. 0shares. Hands On With the Google Nexus 9. Big box retailers aren't the only ones offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. On the ...



Christian Science Monitor

Windows 10 Consumer Preview May Come In January
Tom's Hardware
Just days after Microsoft indicated that no more builds of Windows 10 will be pushed off to Insiders this year, unnamed sources are now talking about a large-scale event that will take place in January. This event will happen later in the month and will reveal ...



Mobile Burn

Tutorial: Google Play Store and All Apps on Your Windows PC
Mobile Burn
Some recent all-in-one PCs (we're thinking the HP Slate 21) came with Android instead of Windows and the truth is Android is not robust enough as a full machine OS. Of course, some laptops come with both Windows and Android, but these hybrids have ...


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29 November 2014

Will HP Enterprise Survive, or Is It Too Late? (video)

HP’s Fourth-Quarter Sales Miss Estimates Ahead of Split: Video - Bloomberg:
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Hewlett-Packard reported fiscal fourth-quarter sales that fell short of analysts’ estimates, hurt by an accelerating shift to cloud computing and a tepid personal-computer market. Bloomberg Intelligence's Anand Srinivasan takes a look at the numbers on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg - 11/25)


New York Times

EU Parliament Passes Measure to Break Up Google in Symbolic Vote
New York Times
A breakup of Google in Europe will almost certainly not happen, legal .... Google in Europe are major American technology companies like Microsoft ...
Europe has good reasons to fear Google - The Verge


Wall Street Journal

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs
Wall Street Journal
Chrisy Bossie built a $100,000-a-year gemstone e-commerce business by sharing information about her products on her company's Facebook page ...



New York Post

Apple Watch and iPhone will tether closer than expected
New York Post
Apple fans are still a good six months away from testing the gadget maker's new smartwatch, but details are ticking out — thanks to the geeks building ...


TIME

Why You Shouldn't Shop at Walmart or Amazon on Saturday
TIME
Local mom-and-pop stores are trying to make a strong sales pitch to holiday shoppers, while getting squeezed by big box Goliaths on one side and ...


Business Insider

A Cashier At The Whole Foods I Just Went To Says No One Uses Apple Pay
Business Insider
A couple of weeks after Apple Pay launched, payments expert Mike Dudas estimated thatApple Pay already accounted for 1% of all Whole Foods ...

The Switchboard: EU passes symbolic measure calling for break-up of Google
Washington Post (blog)
E.U. parliament passes measure to break up Google in symbolic vote. "Europe's resentment of the Americantechnology giant Google reached a new ...


Gigaom

How Amazon Echo could answer the call of greatness
Gigaom
Of course, Amazon ould implement voiceprint technology as its answer to Touch ID. The company has been stepping up its efforts in voice search, ...

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28 November 2014

Why European Parliament Is Picking a Fight With Google (video)



Thursday the European Parliament voted  in favor of breaking up Google (the vote is not binding). The world's largest search engine is accused of squeezing out its competitors. Bloomberg spoke with a legal expert about what's driving this action. (Source: Bloomberg 11/26) 

European parliament votes | Ars Technica: " Although the vote is non-binding, it's a definite setback for the company...."



India Today

International Business|In Symbolic Vote, EU Parliament Passes Measure to Break Up Google
New York Times
A breakup of Google in Europe will almost certainly not happen, legal .... Google in Europe are major American technology companies like Microsoft ...
European Parliament Votes To Break Up Google - Forbes
European Parliament Approves Google Breakup Resolution - Wall Street Journal
European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Its Other Businesses - TechCrunch


Wall Street Journal

EU Says Google Should Extend 'Right to Be Forgotten' to '.com' Websites
Wall Street Journal
In a new set of guidelines agreed upon in Brussels on Wednesday, the body representing the European Union's 28 national privacy regulators said search engines should apply the bloc's new right to be forgotten to all of their websites—in particular .com ...



New York Times

Sunset Overdrive, This War of Mine, Super Smash Bros. and Civilization
New York Times
Hovering above the destruction in Sunset Overdrive, set in a city of murderous creatures....


NDTV

Sony settles with FTC on allegedly misleading PlayStation tweets
Los Angeles Times
Sony's PlayStation Vita may not have been so game-changing after all. Sony settled with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday over charges that it deceived customers in 2011 about the "game changing" advanced technology on the handheld gaming ...


CNET

Get 100 free MP3 albums from Microsoft
CNET
"We'll see your one free album, Google, and raise you a hundred!" The catch? Windows 8 and Windows Phone users only...


PCWorld

Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone
PCWorld
Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its ...


San Jose Mercury News

Tablet shopping: iPad, Android or Windows?
San Jose Mercury News
NEW YORK -- Time for a tablet? People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it's possible for Android owners to have Apple's ...


CNET

Amazon Black Friday deals on Kindle and Fire devices start Thursday
CNET
Amazon is offering some impressive deals on its in-house Kindle readers, Fire tablets and Fire phones during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend....


Computerworld

Lenovo Pranks Shoppers for Yoga 3 Ad
PC Magazine
The laptop maker on Tuesday released a Yoga 3 promotional video featuring unsuspecting mallgoers and a broken Apple laptop. The prank featured members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater comedy troupe, who tricked passersby at the Plymouth ...


Computerandvideogames.com

Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass 'discontinued', free game offered
Computerandvideogames.com
In a drastic move following the marred launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has "discontinued" the game's Season Pass and announced free offerings as compensation to owners of the game. Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallet detailed the move in a ...



TechCrunch

Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments
TechCrunch
Editor's Note: Patrick Salyer is the chief executive officer of Gigya, a customer identity management company. There's been no shortage of attention ...

Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 10 event for January
Microsoft will hold an event this January to show off the new features of Windows 10, according to The Verge. Although January is traditionally ...

Hackers force message on websites via US firm - San Francisco Chronicle: "...The executive says hackers rerouted Internet traffic from its website to a computer server that generated a message to visitors that their site had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Published reports noted the message appeared on websites for several UK newspapers, CNBC and the National Hockey League. Gigya says no user or company data was compromised in the hack. The Syrian group aligns itself with Syrian President Bashar Assad..."

Here are most of Amazon's Black Friday videogame deals, all in one place


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27 November 2014

Security Risks to Shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday (video)

Security Risks to Shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday: Video - Bloomberg:
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Shape Security Director of Product Security Michael Coates discusses the security risks of shopping during the holiday season. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 11/25)


CNET

No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed ...
Register
T-Mobile USA has agreed to stop twiddling with subscribers' mobile broadband speeds to hide the fact they were being capped. The telco was caught switching off download and upload bandwidth limits when people visited internet speed test websites.

Game Informer

New Sony Ad Markets PlayStation With 'Sexy' Female Doctor
Huffington Post
Women may represent nearly half of the gaming market, but video game companies are still catering first and foremost to heterosexual men. A new ad reportedly published to Sony's European YouTube channel on Friday has drawn criticism for its depiction of ...



Reuters

Samsung Electronics wins $3 billion Vietnam project license
Reuters
The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking. Stocks. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. 005930.KS. ₩1,197,000.00. -23,000.00-1.89%.



VentureBeat

BlackBerry offers up to $550 to trade your iPhone for a BlackBerry Passport
VentureBeat
BlackBerry today announced a new trade-in program to woo Apple users over to its latest flagship device. In short, the company is offering iPhone owners up to $550 for their device, as long as they purchase a BlackBerry Passport. The BlackBerry Passport ...



USA TODAY

Nexus 9 tablet is a serious contender to iPad's throne
USA TODAY
Unlike in some other product categories, finding the best tablet is often less about having the fastest hardware than about the experience the software provides. It's the reason why Apple has kept churning out iPads that sometimes lose the spec sheet war, but ...



Yahoo Tech

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review: A 2-in-1 MacBook Air Killer?
Yahoo Tech
Laptop or tablet? Tablet or laptop? Which should you buy? That's the question a good number of people will likely be asking themselves this holiday season while they sit at their old computers or stand in the electronics aisles of the nearest big-box stores.


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26 November 2014

The Real Reason Aereo Lost in the Supreme Court (video)

The Real Reason Aereo Lost in the Supreme Court -

Chet Kanojia, founder and chief executive officer at Aereo, talks with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu about the Supreme Court ruling against the company and his thoughts on the price of content. He speaks on “In The Loop.” (Nov. 25 Bloomberg)


Reuters

United States says EU's Google case should not be politicized
Reuters
People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with aGoogle logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29 ...
EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up - Reuters


Wall Street Journal

Facebook, Please Don't Let the Mullahs Troll Us
Wall Street Journal
Our Facebook page is one of the most popular in the Persian language, ... Sanctions on this activity have been lifted, and Google already offers the ...


Wall Street Journal

Amazon Offers Help Finding Local Handymen
Wall Street Journal
The handyman listings service, known as Amazon Local Services, is part of a broaderAmazon effort to compete with brick-and-mortar stores.


Forbes

In Amazon Vs. Alibaba, Bezos Turns His Sellers Into Soldiers
Forbes
Delivery drones and smartphones are great for headlines, but if Amazon.com AMZN -0.7% wants to win back the investors who have soured on its ...


Wired

The Only Way to Save Google Glass Is to Kill It
Wired
But if the pent-up consumer demand was really there, why isn't Google rushing to ...Apple, meanwhile, has a powerful channel for introducing the ...


Billboard

Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content
Billboard
Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same ...


Bloomberg

Apple Reaches $700 Billion Valuation
Bloomberg
Microsoft now has a market capitalization of $394 billion. Apple's value also moved above that of Google Inc. in January 2010. The operator of the ...


Fortune

Microsoft sues IRS for details of probe on internal transactions
Fortune
Microsoft sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, seeking ... has scrutinizedtechnology companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com Inc, ...

Microsoft sues IRS to get attorney agreement information on tax probe | Electronista: "... The IRS is currently conducting an audit of Microsoft over the transfer pricing used from 2004 to 2009. Transfer pricing is the fee charged between a company's subsidiaries for goods and services, a tactic that is often used to reduce tax burden in large companies. When subsidiaries are located in different parts of the world, companies can often take advantage of areas with lower taxes, like Ireland. What makes the IRS probe different is how the agency entered into a contract with a private law firm to investigate Microsoft, a maneuver that the IRS allowed with a temporary regulation change in June...."

All Eyes on Apple as Google Search Deal Expires Next Year - The Information: "...all eyes are on the upcoming expiration of the only search distribution deal that matters anymore: Apple’s Safari Web browser...."

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25 November 2014

Toyota Mirai, Hydrogen-Powered Car of the Future? (video)

Toyota Mirai: Hydrogen-Powered Car of the Future?: Video - Bloomberg:
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A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai -- which means "future" in Japanese -- and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation, isn't without risks in an unproven market. (Source: Bloomberg 11/24)


USA TODAY

Apple launches massive two-week (RED) campaign
USA TODAY
... recent high-profile personal donations and corporate campaigns targeting the recent ebola crisis from companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.
Apple partners with app developers for major Product RED fundraising effort - The Verge


NPR (blog)

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups
NPR (blog)
A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Keleher soon became intimately familiar with unofficial Marine Facebook pages like JTTOTS, which are forums for ...


BBC News

Google case over online abuse settled
BBC News
A UK businessman who took Google to court over malicious web postings about him appearing in its search results has reached a settlement with the ...
Google settles online abuse court case - The Guardian


Computerworld

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud
Computerworld
While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.


USA TODAY

Dell, Microsoft, Staples enter Black Friday fray
USA TODAY
Staples will also be offering a variety of deals throughout the week including a Google Chromecast for $25 ($10 off) and Amazon's new Fire TV Stick ...


Washington Business Journal

Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media
Washington Post
About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to ...


TheStreet.com

How Apple Is Absolutely Poised to Win Black Friday 2014
TheStreet.com
NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Apple (AAPL) is poised to win Black Friday and ... and Google(GOOGL) , should help Apple "shine bright this holiday season. ... With larger screens coupled with innovations such as Apple Pay, .... using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials.


Google Glass Was Never Given a Chance to Succeed | Digital Trends: "Viewed in the larger context of the consumer electronics industry, the answer seems pretty clear. Two years is a pretty abysmal lifespan for a product line, and it seems pretty clear that we can toss it on the heap of rare, but mounting Google failures, alongside Buzz, Wave, and that overpriced movie streaming cephalopod, the Nexus Q. But should we hold all such products to the same standards? More to the point, what ultimately was Google attempting to accomplish with Glass in the first place?"

Google Introduces New Security Dashboard and Wizard for Google Apps Users:  Google’s new Devices and Activity dashboard allows Google Apps users to quickly identify and revoke access for any device that has been used to access an account and its data.


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24 November 2014

Webcam Hackers and Cyber Security (video)



Cyber security experts in the UK have been warning the public of a Russian hosted website containing thousands of live webcam feeds. Bloomberg spoke to internet security expert, David Emm from Kaspersky Lab, and asked what people can do to protect themselves. (Source: Bloomberg 11/21)

Tech NEWS

New York Times

Washington Post Releases Free App for Kindle, in First Collaboration WithAmazon
New York Times
The phrase, borrowed from its new owner, the billionaire Amazon founder ... with Mr. Bezos, said Shailesh Prakash, The Post's head of technology.
Washington Post launches twice-daily tablet editions on Amazon Fire app - Washington Post


CNET

Google tests subscription service for ad-free websites
CNET
The test for Google's Contributor program enables you to see a thank-you ... Facebook is next at 8 percent, followed by Microsoft at 2.9 percent and ...


Reuters: Google Break-up?
European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution


New York Post

Amazon plans a streaming-video alternative
New York Post
Amazon's vice president of Kindle, Peter Larsen, displays the Amazon Fire ... Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is primed and ready for a fresh assault on the ...
Amazon Moves Closer To A Free, Ad-Supported Video Service - TechCrunch
Amazon reportedly launching free, ad-supported video service - Engadget


Wall Street Journal

Google Looks to Get Back Into China
Wall Street Journal
In the U.S., just two app stores dominate— Apple 's App Store for iPhones ... News of Google's effort was earlier reported by technology website The ...


USA TODAY

Amazon unveils its Black Friday plans
USA TODAY
As more and more companies continue to move their Black Friday sales earlier into Thanksgiving Thursday, Amazon has taken a different approach.

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