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EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015

An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, CaliforniaBy Deepa Seetharaman and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - EBay Inc's agreement on Tuesday to spin off PayPal next year will give the unit more flexibility to strike deals in the rapidly evolving payments space as growth at the company's traditional e-commerce business slows. The surprise move is a huge about-face for eBay's leadership, including Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, who resisted shareholder activist Carl Icahn's calls for a split earlier this year and led a months-long campaign to convince investors that eBay should remain intact. ...

09/30/2014 05:04 PM

Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

Microsoft CEO Nadella addresses the media during an event in New DelhiBy Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. The next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers and is used by 1.5 billion customers worldwide, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8. ...

09/30/2014 06:33 PM

Amazon, Disney appear close to settling dispute over movies: WSJ

A part of the signage at the main gate of The Walt Disney Co. is pictured in Burbank(Reuters) - Inc  appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Upcoming Disney DVD releases including "Guardians," "Maleficent," "Million Dollar Arm," "Planes: Fire and Rescue" and "The 100-Foot Journey" were back on Amazon last week, the WSJ said, citing a person with knowledge about the issue. ...

09/30/2014 10:09 PM

Larry Ellison still the top draw at Oracle's mega-convention

Oracle's Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison gestures while giving a demonstration during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San FranciscoBy Noel Randewich and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Larry Ellison was the main draw for tens of thousands of technology professionals at Oracle Corp's annual conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, where he joked about losing his name after relinquishing his role as the company's CEO. Ellison, who this month gave up his position as chief executive of the enterprise software behemoth he co-founded 37 years ago, stuck to his tradition of delivering the main presentation at Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle surprised Wall Street on Sept. ...

09/30/2014 07:37 PM

German privacy watchdog tells Google to restrict use of data

A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsFRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German data protection watchdog told Google Inc on Tuesday to seek users' permission for creating data profiles from its various services, adding to pressure on the U.S. technology giant in Europe over its privacy policy. "Google is ordered to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling," the data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg said in a statement on Tuesday. ...

09/30/2014 03:24 PM

U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

A Spanish Games blogger is silhouetted against the logo of Microsoft's Xbox during the Xbox Play Day 2014, before the Gamescom 2014 fair in CologneBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. ...

09/30/2014 04:19 PM

iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store

iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store

10/01/2014 02:08 AM

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners.

10/01/2014 02:00 AM

Spending on mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels

Spending on mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levelsA record third quarter sees 2014 on track to hit almost $500 billion in M&A spending, says a research firm, not far from 2000's nearly $600 billion.>

10/01/2014 01:19 AM

The government insists airlines replace WiFi-allergic cockpit displays

The government insists airlines replace WiFi-allergic cockpit displays

10/01/2014 01:19 AM

Fascinating gif visualises the patterns of flight

Eleanor LutzA beautiful gif deconstructs the wing motions of a bat, a goose, a moth, a dragonfly and a hummingbird to reveal the looping patterns therein.>

10/01/2014 01:06 AM

Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next year

Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next yearApple will add gold to the iPad's monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg. "People familiar with the plans" reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new versions of Apple's tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction.

10/01/2014 01:00 AM

VC Ron Conway's 'One City' enlists techies, celebs to help schools

VC Ron Conway's 'One City' enlists techies, celebs to help schoolsA spoof video about an overhyped tech product called "MyBook" aims to get tech companies to donate books and resources to San Francisco public schools.>

10/01/2014 12:48 AM

SwiftKey Note review
CNET Five stars spectacular A must-have for taking notes Fast Company Magical time-saving technology MacLife This is something else entirely
10/01/2014 12:37 AM

Terraria review
10/01/2014 12:30 AM

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