27 February 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: I'd Love to Work with Google (video)



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discusses Internet.org and working with Google with Bloomberg's Emily Chang in a new episode of "Studio 1.0" on Bloomberg Television.

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26 February 2015

T-Mobile Has Surpassed Sprint says CEO John Legere (video)


Wireless Carrier T-Mobile Has Already Surpassed Sprint says CEO John Legere (video above) - T-Mobile CEO John Legere discusses the T-Mobile's expansion plans and subscriber base. He speaks on Bloomberg's “Market Makers,” February 19, 2015.

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25 February 2015

Apple Electric Car, In Production by 2020? (video)


Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020  - Former Apple CEO John Sculley discusses the reports that Apple is developing technology for an electric car. He speaks with Bloomberg's Trish Regan and Cory Johnson on "Street Smart."

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24 February 2015

Cyber Security: Spy Software on Hard Drives (video)

Cyber Security: Who’s Behind the Spy Software Found on Hard Drives? -

Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson reports on Kaspersky Lab finding concealed software on drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and others. Johnson speaks on “Market Makers.” (Feb 17)

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23 February 2015

Electric Cars, The Role Will Apple Play (videos)


Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop” February 20th.

Electric Cars: What Role Will Apple Play? -
Feb. 17 -- MIT Engineering Professor John Leonard and Bloomberg’s Tim Higgins discuss Apple’s rumored electric car project. They speak on “Bloomberg West.”

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22 February 2015

Tech: Unlocked Mobile US Cellphones, Xiaomi Smartphones

All US carriers must comply with requests from postpaid and prepaid customers to unlock their devices, as long as certain parameters are met. The industry group CTIA had committed last year to have all wireless carriers adhering to the regulation by February 11, 2015. Last year, the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," was enacted which overruled a controversial 2012 decision by the Library of Congress. (read more at CNET)

Xiaomi's key to smartphone success: 'Be friends with our fans' - CNET"The up-and-coming Chinese smartphone manufacturer has gone from obscurity to China's number-one vendor in just four years. Xiaomi owes a large part of that to its attitude toward customers."


New York Times

Tech Investors Create a Billion-Dollar-Baby Boom
New York Times
... investors say, is the advent of today's technology — high-speed Internet connections, the ubiquity of smartphones, modern social networks — that ...


Forbes
Europe And Tech: Who's Hot?
Forbes
Silicon Valley showed the world how powerful and inspiring a strong tech sector can be, to an entrepreneurial culture and a nation's economy.
What's Germany's Top Tech Hub? - Forbes

5 most popular tech stocks among hedge funds
MarketWatch
However, David Tepper, George Soros, and Peter Rathjens of Arrowstreet Capital all dumped their positions in the tech giant, feeling the ceiling had ...


Fortune
Big tech is on sale
Fortune
The good news is that large tech stocks still have room to run, say experts, ... in its Android operating system, which drives the vast majority of smartphones. ... Investors can also gain diverse exposure to large-cap tech through the ...


Entrepreneur
How to Find the Right Tech Talent (for the Non-Tech Entrepreneur)
Entrepreneur
Unfortunately, when seeking tech talent with specialized training, such as back-end and front-end development skills for websites, mobile apps and ...


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21 February 2015

Startups Push Back on FCC Net Neutrality Critic Pai Argument

Pai boosts profile as net neutrality critic -- Startups push back on his business argument - POLITICO: "... STARTUPS PUSH BACK ON PAI’S ARGUMENT — In a letter to the FCC ... a group of more than 100 startups — including Etsy, Foursquare and Tumblr — are taking issue with Pai’s comment earlier this month that Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal will saddle “small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market.” To the contrary, the startup community supports Wheeler’s plan to reclassify broadband as it “will encourage competition and innovation by preventing ISPs from using their gatekeeper power to distort the Internet market for their own private benefit,” the companies wrote. “A vibrant Internet economy depends on an open playing field in which small, innovative entrepreneurs can compete with incumbents on the quality of their services, not on the size of their checkbook or their roster of lobbyists.”..." (read more at the link above)

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20 February 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple On Track to Run on Renewable Energy (video)

Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Are On Track to Run Apple on Renewable Energy

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at The White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. (Source: Bloomberg)

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19 February 2015

Apple Embraces Solar, Renewable Energy (video)

Apple Taps First Solar for Renewable Energy in $850M Deal -

Apple is embracing renewable energy with an $848 million commitment to obtain electricity from a solar farm that’s big enough to power its offices in California, along with 52 retail stores and a data center. Bloomberg’s Michael di Capua and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone speak on “Bloomberg West.”

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18 February 2015

Did Electric Vehicles Charge Into the Wrong Market? (video)

Did Electric Vehicles Charge Into the Wrong Market? -

The electric car market may have been looking at the wrong country. China is the big prize, but Japan looks better equipped with more charging stations than gas stations. That’s according to Nissan research. Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell reports on “Asia Edge.”

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17 February 2015

How Much Money Is Yahoo Making in Mobile? (video)

How Much Money Is Yahoo Making in Mobile? -

Yahoo Senior Vice President of Mobile and Emerging Products Adam Cahan discusses the company’s mobile revolution, strategy and reach. He speaks on “Market Makers.”

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16 February 2015

SpaceX and ESA Successfully Launch Rockets (video)

SpaceX and ESA Successfully Launch Rockets -

The Falcon 9, a SpaceX rocket, lifted off from Cape Canaveral carrying NOAA’s $340 million Deep Space Climate Observatory. Bloomberg “Money Clip” Host Pimm Fox also reports on a successful ESA rocket launch.

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15 February 2015

Tech News: Bit Rot, Vint Cerf, Digital Memory

What is 'bit rot' and is Vint Cerf right to be worried? | Technology | The Guardian: "...What is ‘bit rot’? What Cerf coined as “bit rot” is a process by which the mechanisms for accessing a digital file are lost, rending that file useless junk. A big part of the problem is the use of closed file formats that require specific software to read those files. If, for instance, you have memoirs written over the last decade stored in a Microsoft Office .doc file from Word or a similar program, that file is easily readable today with a multitude of programs - not all of them made by Microsoft. But the .doc file is a proprietary file format made and licensed by Microsoft. Facebook Twitter Pinterest In 1985, not even Bill Gates knew that computers would not feature 5.25 inch floppy disk drives forever. Photograph: Deborah Feingold/Deborah Feingold/Corbis Should Microsoft choose to stop supporting it and prevented other software from using the format, all those documents would be unreadable once the last version of the old software that could read them no longer runs on newer computers...." (read more at link above)

What Obama said in his cybersecurity executive order: "At the Cyber Security Summit at Stanford Friday, President Obama signed an executive order intended to protect computer networks and data. Among the provisions: Information hubs: The order promotes the create of so-called "information sharing and analysis organizations" or ISAOs. These would serve as central points to share information on particular threats and in specific regions. The order also envisions the development of voluntary standards to which these organizations, which could be private companies or community organizations, would comply. Information sharing: The order gives the Department of Homeland Security and the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center the authority to share threat data..."

Xiaomi will enter U.S., sort of - MarketWatch: ".... At a San Francisco event Thursday, Xiaomi said it will bring its mi.com e-commerce website to the U.S. to sell accessories like earphones, power banks and fitness bands. But Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin said the company has no plans to offer its popular handsets in the U.S., citing the difficulty of having such devices certified. The event was Xiaomi’s first in the United States and was intended as a broad overview of the company’s products, its software and the culture it has sought to build around its brand in China. Hugo Barra, the company’s vice president of international, showed off dozens of features Xiaomi has created for its phones...."

Sleuthing Search Engine: Even Better Than Google? - WSJ: "The program, a tool called Memex developed by the U.S. military’s research and development arm, is a search engine on steroids. Rather than endless pages of Web links, it returns sophisticated infographics that represent the relationships between Web pages, including many that a Google search would miss."

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12 February 2015

Obama's Plan to Create Agency to Fight Cyber-Attacks (video)



President Barack Obama is creating a new agency to combat cybersecurity threats against the U.S. government and private businesses. CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry and Leidos Executive Vice President Michael Leiter speak on “Bloomberg West” February 10th.

New Cybersecurity Agency to Aid in Battle Against Hackers - US News: "... The effectiveness of the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, however, will depend on assistance from the private sector and overseas law enforcement, Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, said Tuesday... The new agency will report to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, like the National Counterterrorism Center after which it is modeled. The NCTC, formed after the attacks of 2001, is an integration and analysis center built to study terrorism-related intelligence. The new cybersecurity center will apply this same focus by reviewing intelligence collected from entities like the National Security Agency, the FBI and foreign law enforcement agencies, Monaco said..."

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11 February 2015

Sam Cossman, the Man Behind Volcano Diver (video)

Meet Sam Cossman, the Man Behind `Volcano Diver’ -

Qwake Founder and CEO Sam Cossman discusses his success and the tech available to make adventure videos. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.”

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10 February 2015

Privacy Fight in Mark Zuckerberg's Backyard (video)


Feb. 9 -- Today’s “BWest Byte” is 9,600 = the square footage of the home to be built on the property behind Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's property. Bloomberg's Joel Rosenblatt reports on "Bloomberg West." - Privacy Fight in Mark Zuckerberg's Backyard

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09 February 2015

Inside the New York City Drone Film Festival (video)


Inside the World's First Drone Film Festival: Randy Scott Slavin, director, photographer, aerial cinematographer and now the founder of the New York City Drone Film Festival, sits down with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock" to discuss the creative use of unmanned aerial vehicles.


The Inspire One drone looks cool flying and offers a ton of new features, including a 360 degree camera that records in 4K.Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7210621/dji-inspire-one

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08 February 2015

Tech News Week Review: Anthem Hack, Ransomware, Mobile Payments, Xiaomi, Micromax

Chinese State-Sponsored Hackers Suspected in Anthem Attack - Bloomberg Business: "(Bloomberg) -- Investigators of Anthem Inc.’s data breach are pursuing evidence that points to Chinese state-sponsored hackers who are stealing personal information from health-care companies for purposes other than pure profit, according to three people familiar with the probe. The breach, which exposed Social Security numbers and other sensitive details of 80 million customers, is one of the biggest thefts of medical-related customer data in U.S. history. China has said in the past that it doesn’t conduct espionage through hacking.   The attack appears to follow a pattern of thefts of medical data by foreigners seeking a pathway into the personal lives and computers of a select group -- defense contractors, government workers and others, according to a U.S. government official familiar with a more than year-long investigation into the evidence of a broader campaign...."

How Ransomware Works, and Why You Should Be Afraid | MIT Technology Review: ".... It is hard for malware to spread on mobile devices, because most people download software only from official app stores. Simplocker is typically spread through downloads of apps from pornography websites. The best way to keep ransomware off your computer, experts say, is to follow best practices by keeping software updated, using antivirus and other security software, and being careful about where you click and what you install. Backing up data on a separate hard drive or using a cloud service could save you from being held for ransom if an infection does occur. “Ransomware could be just a minor nuisance if people could just restore the data from the backup,” says Lipovsky. However, like other security researchers, he is resigned to discovering many more cases of ransomware in coming months. “Even though the advice is quite simple, lots of people don’t listen to it.”

New Technologies Shake Up Old Money | MIT Technology Review: "... “The smartphone is the catalyst for a lot of change in this industry,” says Dana Stalder, a venture capitalist with Matrix Partners and a former eBay and ­PayPal executive now on the board of Poynt, which recently introduced a smart credit card terminal. Venture capitalists invested over $2 billion in payment technology firms between January 2013 and June 2014, according to the data tracking firm CB Insights...."

How Smartphone Brands You've Never Heard Of Are Taking Over India And China: "domestic brands like India’s Micromax and China’s Xiaomi have manufactured relatively good smartphones that retail for less than $200. In India, for example, Canalys estimated that nearly a quarter of the smartphones sold in the fourth quarter cost less than $100, while 41 percent were between $100-$200. Xiaomi’s latest Redmi Note 4G costs 999 yuan (about $160); its popular Redmi sells for only about $100 in India."

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07 February 2015

Anthem Data Breach, Hackers Sponsored by China? (video)



Feb. 6 -- Investigators of Anthem’s data breach are pursuing evidence that points to Chinese state-sponsored hackers who are stealing personal information from health-care companies for purposes other than pure profit, according to three people familiar with the probe. Bloomberg’s Michael Riley reports on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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06 February 2015

Anthem Hack: Is There A Way To Stop Data Theft? (video)

Anthem Hack: Is There Anyway to Stop Data Theft? -

Anthem said hackers obtained data on tens of millions of current and former customers and employees in a sophisticated attack that has led to an FBI probe. NCSA Executive Director and Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson speaks on “Bloomberg West.”

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05 February 2015

Artificial Intelligence, a New Smart Money Investment? (video)

Is Artificial Intelligence a New Smart Money Investment? -
Peter Diamandis, chairman at X Prize Foundation, talks about the investment opportunities in funding research into artificial intelligence (AI). He speaks with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (source: Bloomberg News, Feb. 4)

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04 February 2015

Online Scammers Use New Backdoor to Europe: Latvia (video)



Online Scammers Use New Backdoor to Europe: Latvia

 A website called SecureInvestment.com persuaded investors from around the world to wire their money to bank accounts in a handful of countries, including Latvia, where a web of the site's holding companies and cut-outs also seems to end. Bloomberg's Willem Marx reports. (source: Bloomberg)

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03 February 2015

Why RadioShack Is in Trouble (video)

This Is Why RadioShack Is in Trouble -
Radio Shack is in talks to close half it's stores and convert the other half into Spirit mobile shops. If that happens will anyone even notice? Bloomberg took to the streets of San Francisco to ask potential customers how much they really know about Radio Shack. The lack of knowledge or attachment to the brand illustrates just why Radio Shack is going broke. (Bloomberg)

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02 February 2015

Tech News: Microsoft, Android, CyanogenMod

Microsoft to Invest in CyanogenMod: What Could It Mean For Google? : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times: "Microsoft is reportedly taking part in a $70 million investment round in CyanogenMod, an Android ROM creator that is one of the most popular alternative versions of Android. CyanogenMod essentially takes the Android code and modifies it, adding different features and bringing it to other devices. What could a Microsoft-powered CyanogenMod mean for Google? There are a number of reasons that Microsoft could be investing in CyanogenMod. Android is a very open operating system. However, Google does not offer the source code for services like Gmail and YouTube. Google has also been tightening its grip on Android in the past few years...." (read more at the link above)


New York Post

Apple is in a league of its own
New York Post
What Tim Cook and his execs pulled off this week is nothing short of amazing, as the tech giant reported record earnings and the stock on Friday came ...



Business Insider

Apple's earnings report was *too good*. People don't think Apple can beat it. Here's why that's a ...
Business Insider
And yet, Apple has consistently outperformed the skeptics. ... Apple's sales were up 30%, while Google's revenues were only up 15% last quarter.


In Kansas City, Google Fiber has changed workers' lives
The Tennessean
In 2010, Nashville was among the 1,100 cities that applied to be the first Google Fiber city. The title went to Kansas City, which has been reaping the ...


CNET
Why Apple keeps winning in style
CNET
Technically Incorrect: As technology becomes more fixated on fashion, the maker of the iPhone and the Apple Watch is well placed to take advantage.


Quartz

The most poignant commercial you'll watch today is on Google's homepage
Quartz
“I dream a world where man, no other man will scorn,” begins Google's animated tribute to the quintessential poet of the Harlem Renaissance, ...



Gizmodo

Apple Stores Will Be Outfitted With Special Safes for Gold Apple Watches
Gizmodo
As we get closer to Apple Watch's official launch, more details are becoming clearer and clearer. For one, we're pretty certain they'll be shipping in ...



Gizmodo

The British Army is Creating a Battalion of "Facebook Warriors"
Gizmodo
Warfare is a constantly changing landscape, from the weapons that are used to the battlefields they're fought on. Amidst mountains of Snowden leaks ...


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01 February 2015

The Virtual Reality Content Race (video)


Now that the Oculus Rift has some competition, the virtual reality content race has begun. (source: New York Times video)

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