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Staff fear the chop in Samsung Electronics annual reshuffle

People walk at the main office building of Samsung Electronics in SeoulBy Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs. As is customary for Korean businesses, Samsung is expected to announce its annual personnel changes in early December, a ritual that even in good times means weeks of distracting uncertainty for staff facing promotion, transfer or the sack. The last of those options looks more likely after third-quarter operating profit fell by nearly two thirds. ...

11/27/2014 11:58 PM

EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. Google has been in the EU's regulatory sights since 2010, and is also grappling with privacy issues, requests to scrub search results to comply with a court ruling, copyright concerns and tax controversies. The non-binding resolution in the European Parliament is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. ...

11/27/2014 03:06 PM

Ridesharing firm Uber suspends operations in Nevada

Transportation app Uber driver Shuki Zanna waits for rides in his limousine in Beverly Hills(Reuters) - Ridesharing company Uber suspended its operations in the U.S. state of Nevada late on Wednesday in a setback that it said would cost nearly 1,000 jobs. Companies such as Uber allow passengers to summon cars using apps on their smartphones, rather than calling a taxi company, and have gained popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. ...

11/27/2014 07:07 AM

Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps

The Twitter logo is seen at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company said late on Wednesday. The feature, called "app graph," will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices. ...

11/27/2014 11:38 AM

Canadian startups woo Silicon Valley expats for top jobs

Major technology companies like Google and BlackBerry provide mentoring services to companies within Communitech in Kitchener's historic Tannery District in KitchenerBy Sayantani Ghosh TORONTO (Reuters) - Technology startups in Canada are seeking to lure back expatriates from Silicon Valley with the promise of executive roles, generous stakes and the chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry. Michael Katchen is one of the first. He came home to Toronto after helping to build and then sell a company in California. Four of the 40-odd employees of his latest venture, Wealthsimple, were once expatriates too. "There is a benefit in being part of the engineering culture in the Valley ... ...

11/28/2014 11:27 AM

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system. ...

11/28/2014 05:10 AM

Xbox's Japan chief resigns after bleak Xbox One sales


11/28/2014 09:49 PM

How to run Android apps on Windows 8 PCs in 15 easy steps

How to run Android apps on Windows 8 PCs in 15 easy stepsAndroid is currently the world’s dominant mobile platform, having more than a billion monthly users according to Google’s most recent stats. These users have also downloaded billions of apps from the Google Play Store on their Android smartphones and tablets, which shows Android apps are in high demand everywhere. Those Android fans that want, for some reason, to run Android on their Windows PCs complete with Google Play Store apps can now do so after performing some 15 dead easy steps, as detailed by PhoneArena. FROM EARLIER: Download $130 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free ahead of Black Friday The process involves installing BlueStacks’ software on compatible PCs that run either Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or

11/28/2014 09:45 PM

South Korea delivers a huge blow to selfie photographers

South Korea delivers a huge blow to selfie photographersSelfie fans who have significantly upped their selfie-taking game by using complex selfie sticks to take better pictures of themselves with or without friends should know the South Korean government has its sights on them… well, not so much on them as on the retailers currently selling these devices in the region. AFP reports that unregulated selfie sticks will be illegal in South Korea, as the country is ready to ban smartphone photo-taking accessories. FROM EARLIER: How to temporarily hide your nude selfies on an iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 or G3 Even though this decision sounds more like a bad joke, South Korea is taking selfie sticks very seriously, imposing punishments as hard as up to three years in prison or a

11/28/2014 08:30 PM

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

Target shoppers Kelly Foley, left, Debbie Winslow, center, and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.

11/28/2014 07:53 PM

Disney Animation team pushes technical boundaries with Big Hero 6

Disney Animation team pushes technical boundaries with Big Hero 6New software that took two years and 200 million computing hours to make creates the essence of "Big Hero 6."

11/28/2014 07:41 PM

Uber says it has discliplined its manager accused of tracking a journalist

Uber says it has discliplined its manager accused of tracking a journalistUber says it's completed an investigation into one of its managers, who earlier this month was accused of improperly using the transportation company's tools to track the travels of a journalist. Slate reports that the company has taken "disciplinary actions" against Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York, though it's currently unclear just what that means. According to a recent report in Buzzfeed News, Mohrer used the tool to track the whereabouts of Buzzfeed reporter Johana Bhuiyan while she was on her way to a meeting at Uber's Long Island City headquarters. Under the Uber's own privacy guidelines, that tool was explicitly limited in use to "legitimate business purposes," prompting questions into how many people at the company had access to it.

11/28/2014 07:32 PM

Enter the tech-powered playground of the future

Enter the tech-powered playground of the future

11/28/2014 07:30 PM

How to stop Twitter from tracking what other apps you use on iPhone or Android

How to stop Twitter from tracking what other apps you use on iPhone or AndroidTwitter is about to become more annoying for some users, as the company will start tracking what other mobile apps iOS and Android owners are using in a push to better profile users, and thus improve its targeted advertising business. FROM EARLIER: Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your stream As Re/code reports, the feature is opt-out, meaning that as soon as the official Twitter app for iPhone or Android is installed, it’ll start collecting data until you specifically opt out of it. Before sending any data to Twitter, the app will display a prompt, telling the user about the feature. The move should help Twitter improve content recommendations and make Twitter more interesting for new users — instead

11/28/2014 07:15 PM

People are already making awesome fan art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

People are already making awesome fan art for Star Wars: The Force AwakensWhether or not you were in a theater, we all got our first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. The long-awaited teaser showed off some familiar settings, briefly introduced us to a few new characters, and debuted a cross-shaped lightsaber that has already become both a meme and a source of heated debate. There's just a handful of scenes, and it's been online for less than 12 hours, but that's apparently enough time for the creative hive-mind of the internet to start churning out some stellar fan art.

11/28/2014 06:19 PM

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