Microsoft to explicitly ban 'terrorist content' on its services
2016-05-21 18:38:14 UTC
With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services.
In a blog post, the company said it would ban what it called "terrorist content...
"Make Bubbles Great Again" — Donald Trump's feud with Silicon Valley
2016-05-18 06:46:08 UTC
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that a dangerous financial bubble has formed in the technology industry - and Silicon Valley responded with a collective eye roll.
In a Reuters interview, the New York billionaire said technology start-ups that had never earned a...
Facebook revenue rose more than 50 percent as mobile ad sales surge
2016-04-28 07:33:07 UTC
Facebook revenue rose more than 50 percent as mobile ad sales surge.
Facebook handily beat Wall Street expectations with a 50 percent jump in revenue driven by its wildly popular mobile app and push into live video. The company also proposed a new stock class designed to protect the role of f...
EU Highest Court Struck Down Data-Transfer Pact With US - Violates Privacy
2015-10-06 16:41:03 UTC
EU Highest Court Struck Down Data-Transfer Pact With US - Violates Privacy.
The court case stemmed from a complaint by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged Facebook's transfers of European users' data to its American servers because of the risk of U.S. snooping, in light of Edward ...
Shares of San Francisco-based Twitter fell more than 11 percent
2015-07-29 07:44:25 UTC
San Francisco - Shares of San Francisco-based Twitter fell more than 11 percent in extended trade on Tuesday after the company said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from just 302 million in the prior quarter. Raising concerns it will never become mass market like Facebook.
Google installed eavesdropping tool on your computers without permission
2015-06-23 16:30:56 UTC
Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission. Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations. Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing...
Facebook earns 51 percent of ad revenue overseas
2015-06-09 21:02:14 UTC
Exclusive (Reuters) - Overseas markets bring in more advertising revenue than the United States for Facebook Inc, amounting to 51 percent of global ad sales in the first quarter, with growth in Asia the fastest in the world at 57 percent, company executives told Reuters.
While Facebook has rep...
Google search results:'Nigga house' takes you to White House
2015-05-20 20:22:04 UTC
Searching for "nigga house" in Google Maps takes users to the White House, in the latest vandalism and abuse to hit the mapping service, which relies on users to help make sure that it's correct.
For users in Washington DC, searching for just the phrase was enough to take them to Barack Obama'...
Tech leaders gather to mourn Dave Goldberg as the great connector
2015-05-06 03:47:12 UTC
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Long after the crowd gathered for Dave Goldberg's memorial service had left the auditorium at Stanford University on Tuesday, one friend of the SurveyMonkey CEO sat in the shade of a pine tree trying to make sense of things.
Goldberg's passing Friday due to an accident whil...
European Union to File Antitrust Charges Against Google - The Biggest Competition Battle in Brussels
2015-04-14 20:14:21 UTC
<strong>Brussels - Europe’s antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges against Google Inc. for violating the bloc’s antitrust laws, stepping up a five-year investigation that is set to become one of the biggest competition battles in Brussels.</strong>
The European Union will accus...
Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users
2015-03-10 17:05:10 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — TODAY, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Our lawsuit says tha...
Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'
2014-07-24 20:49:44 UTC
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, leading to censorship concerns.
Silicon Valley's High-Paid High School Interns
2014-07-11 19:04:32 UTC
After Facebook (FB) recruited Michael Sayman last November, it didn’t mess around—it flew him out from Miami to meet Mark Zuckerberg. The chief executive talked to Sayman about 4 Snaps, the mobile game he built using Facebook’s development tools that has attracted more than 500,000 players. Sayma...
Sexism in Silicon Valley
2014-07-03 07:57:00 UTC
Managers in Silicon Valley call it the “Dave rule”: to assure proper gender balance you must have at least as many women on your team as guys named Dave.
It is an insider joke delivered, depending on who says it, with a smile or wince, because women are indeed vastly underrepresented in the te...
Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and provide internet connections to underserved areas....
Google builds self-driving cars without standard controls
2014-05-28 12:55:38 UTC
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks like a city car with a "friendly" face, designed to ...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactly to enforce a breakup of a US-based company, Sigm...
"Right to be forgotten": EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people
2014-05-13 22:06:05 UTC
</h3>A top EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called "right to be forgotten".</h3>The European Union Court of Justice said links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request.
The case was brought by a ...
Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success
2014-04-24 17:59:33 UTC
Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform.
Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wednesday that it had revenue of $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in t...
Facebook boss wants women to act to create 'equal world'
2014-04-23 08:10:53 UTC
Facebook's highest-ranked woman has said women need to take action to create a more equal world.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network site, said women should hold half of the important positions in business.
"If you're thinking about doing something, ask yourself w...
Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data
2014-04-03 17:52:10 UTC
Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of government surveillance of private citizens.
Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s recently appointed chief information security officer, said on Wednesday his ultimate aim w...
Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park
2014-03-12 06:52:37 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate after a threat against the company was called in to authorities, Menlo Park police said, but the threat was quickly cleared.
The threat was originally called into the San Francisco Police Departm...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their join...
Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.
The world's biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $1...
New gender options for Facebook users
2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Gende...