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Apple's iPhone 6 still one license away from elusive China launch

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during event at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc is still awaiting a critical license from Chinese regulators before it can sell its new iPhone 6 in one of the company's most important markets. The official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday that Apple's new iPhone had been given regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies, but the phone cannot be sold in China until a key network license is granted. The Xinhua report did not indicate when this is likely to happen. Speculation and uncertainty have surrounded the iPhone's status in China. ...


09/18/2014 09:23 AM

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy

A cleaner waters the flowers below a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering. The shares are expected to be priced after the markets close at 4 p.m. Thursday and start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker "BABA. ...


09/18/2014 05:16 AM

Alibaba cash could fund small spending spree at Yahoo

An employee walks past a wall painted with logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd at its headquarters office on the outskirts of HangzhouBy Alexei Oreskovic and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s upcoming public offering will give Yahoo Inc billions of dollars for a potential shopping spree that investors hope will jumpstart its comeback. But with numerous holes to fill and soaring tech company valuations, Yahoo will have to make tough choices with any acquisitions. Yahoo is expected to sell about $9.5 billion in stock of the Chinese e-commerce company. After giving at least half back to investors and paying taxes, Yahoo's cash stockpile, currently $4.2 billion, may swell by $3.1 billion. ...


09/18/2014 07:07 AM

French group develops mass electric car charging stations
By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge. A typical charging station of the popular Paris Autolib self-service rental cars has four to five charging plugs, which each make no more demand on the power grid than an average home. But imagine a firm or institution where dozens of employees arrive in the morning and all start recharging their cars at the same time. ...
09/18/2014 11:21 AM

Virtual meets real in Media-Saturn's new store

Wolfgang Kirsch, CEO of Media-Saturn Germany uses a huge online product information screen in the European state-of-the-art store of German electronics retailer Media-Saturn after a news conference at the headquarters in IngolstadtBy Emma Thomasson INGOLSTADT Germany (Reuters) - Europe's top electronics retailer Media-Saturn unveiled a new store with access to more products via a giant video wall and a drive-in collection point for online orders, aiming to better link online and offline shopping and fight back against internet specialists. Media-Saturn, whose sprawling stores selling everything from washing machines to laptops generate about a third of the revenues of retail group Metro, has seen online competition from the likes of Amazon steadily erode its business in recent years. ...


09/18/2014 08:36 AM

Kinnevik CEO says lessons from first Internet bubble to curb tech froth
By Mia Shanley and Helena Soderpalm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Painful memories of the Internet bubble more than a decade ago are likely to cut the risk that tech stocks get too frothy as online newcomers Zalando and Rocket Internet prepare to make market debuts, the CEO of Sweden's Kinnevik said. The Swedish company is the biggest investor in German online fashion retailer Zalando and has an 18.5 percent stake in venture capital company Rocket Internet, which has ambitions to be the largest Internet business outside the United States and China. ...
09/18/2014 09:14 AM

EU regulators agree on guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the "right to be forgotten", taking into account public profiles or crime for example, when search engines such as Google turn down requests to have information deleted from search results. But regulators made no mention of two thorny issues: whether search engines ought to inform publishers when articles have been delisted from search results, and whether links ought to be removed from all versions of Google, such as Google.com. ...


09/18/2014 11:16 AM

The Assassin's Creed curriculum: can video games teach us history?

The Assassin's Creed curriculum: can video games teach us history?In Level Five, a movie first released in 1997 by the experimental French filmmaker Chris Marker, a young woman replays a World War II strategy game on an outdated computer again and again, working through various combinations of keystrokes in search of a different outcome, though it seems the game is hard-wired to only allow her one option.


09/18/2014 11:11 AM

Dice cuts the crap to change the way you buy concert tickets

Dice cuts the crap to change the way you buy concert tickets


09/18/2014 10:57 AM

Apple's new encryption to lock out government

Apple's new encryption to lock out governmentApple unveiled new policies that block its access to user's mobile devices, even with a warrant, the tech giant revealed late Wednesday.


09/18/2014 10:50 AM

Alibaba's plan: Today, China. Tomorrow, the world.

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, a chef walks in the headquarter campus of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUTNEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and eBay should watch their backs.


09/18/2014 10:45 AM

Staples to offer iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Staples to offer iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusThe retailer is also trying to sweeten the deal with a couple of trade-in offers.>


09/18/2014 10:41 AM

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will land in the US on October 17

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will land in the US on October 17


09/18/2014 10:31 AM

Phony cell towers are the next big security risk

Phony cell towers are the next big security riskLast month, a Mr. Li in Shenyang, China, received a text from his bank's customer service number, notifying him that his credit card had accumulated reward points and telling him how to cash them in. When he followed the link and logged in, the site went dead. An hour later, he noticed more than $650 missing from his account. Only then did he realize he'd been scammed. The text had come from his bank's number, but it didn't come from his bank.


09/18/2014 10:30 AM

Apple and U2 Aren't Done Annoying You

Apple and U2 Aren't Done Annoying YouU2 isn't done infiltrating working with your iTunes library.


09/18/2014 10:24 AM

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