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Facebook's Instagram rolls out new 'carousel' ads

A photo illustration shows the applications Facebook and Instagram on the screen of an iPhone in ZagrebBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram will let brand marketers showcase more images on its photo-sharing smartphone app, the Facebook-owned service’s latest move to expand its money-making advertising features. The new ad service marks the latest step in Instagram’s effort to position its mobile service as an online marketing channel.

03/04/2015 01:22 PM

Exclusive: Avago vied for Freescale, still seeking large deal - sources
Avago Technologies Ltd held advanced talks last month to acquire Freescale Semiconductor Ltd, and is still looking for an acquisition that could be transformative, according to four people familiar with the situation. Freescale agreed on Sunday to be acquired by NXP Semiconductors NV for $16.7 billion, including debt. Avago's previously unreported negotiations to acquire Freescale indicate that major deals in the sector are set to continue as chipmakers respond to their customers seeking to consolidate suppliers. The rise in the share price made Freescale too expensive for Avago, which had identified fewer synergies than NXP did and was betting on cutting costs and divesting some of Freescale's less profitable assets to make the deal work, the people added.
03/04/2015 02:18 PM

Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkApple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit said. Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees.

03/03/2015 06:34 PM

IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit

A worker is pictured behind a logo at the IBM stand on the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverInternational Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM's push into more human-like computing services, based around its Watson technology, which can sift huge amounts of data, learn from the results and respond to spoken questions. IBM is trying to build a big business around Watson, which came to prominence in 2011 when it beat two previous champions on the U.S. quiz show Jeopardy. IBM gives developers access to Watson so they can use the technology in their own applications, but it has only just started to filter down to mainstream use.

03/04/2015 07:31 AM

China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of its impact and demanded amendments. China's proposals, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement access for counterterrorism investigations, drew criticism from Obama, who told Reuters in an interview this week China would have to change the draft law if it were "to do business with the United States". Fu Ying, China's parliamentary spokeswoman, said many Western governments, including Washington, had made similar requests for encryption keys while Chinese companies operating in the United States have long been subject to intense security checks.

03/04/2015 04:14 AM

Reed's Risk boss reaps rewards from tackling online fraudsters
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The softly-spoken head of the Risk division at Reed Elsevier does not wish to thank the U.S. online fraudsters who have helped drive his unit's growth, but his investors may not be so bashful. Mark Kelsey's Risk and Business Information division has been one of the stand out performers for Europe's largest media company in recent years, with its technology helping U.S. state governments and firms to spot and prevent online fraud. Kelsey, who joined Reed 32 years ago this week, said he expected the unit's around 6 percent growth to continue through the next few years, and potentially improve as it expands. "There are more and more online services facilitating online payments and ... there are also very smart and very tech savvy criminals." With a history dating back to 1880, the Anglo-Dutch Reed Elsevier has been transformed in recent years, ditching media assets that were dependent on volatile advertising and refocusing on data analytics and technology.
03/04/2015 10:26 AM

U.S. judge upholds insider trading conviction despite law change

A logo of Apple is seen in an illustration photo in SarajevoBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge let stand the insider trading conviction of former Foundry Networks Inc executive David Riley, rejecting his argument that a recent appeals court decision setting a higher bar for convictions warranted his acquittal. While acknowledging that her jury instructions would have been different, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said in a decision late on Tuesday that evidence introduced at trial "left no reasonable doubt of Riley's guilt." Jurors found the former Foundry chief information officer guilty last Oct. 2 of two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy, for leaking tips in 2007 about the computer equipment company's financial results, and in 2008 about Brocade Communications Systems Inc's plan to buy the company. Riley is one of more than 80 people who were convicted of or pleaded guilty to insider trading charges brought since 2009 by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan.

03/04/2015 03:00 PM

Video: Watch Samsung Pay in action on the Galaxy S6 edge
One of the main features of Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S toys is Samsung Pay, the company’s own mobile payments solution that’s supposed to compete directly against Apple Pay. Samsung Pay will not be available immediately to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers — in fact, it won’t launch until this summer in America and Korea — but Samsung has set up a demo corner at MWC that shows how the feature works, and CNET recorded a video of it. FROM EARLIER: Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Why Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge might not simply just work Those of you familiar with the way Apple Pay works on the iPhone will immediately spot the similarities and differences between the
03/04/2015 03:00 PM

Here's what our readers think of the iPhone 6 Plus

Here's what our readers think of the iPhone 6 Plus

03/04/2015 03:00 PM

HBO's streaming service is reportedly called HBO Now, costs $15 per month

HBO's streaming service is reportedly called HBO Now, costs $15 per monthHBO's subscription streaming service will be called HBO Now and is expected to cost $15 per month, according to the International Business Times. The report says that HBO is targeting a launch for Now in early April, ahead of the start date for Game of Thrones. While Game of Thones would be a great way for HBO to drive subscriptions to the new service, it'll have to be careful if it plans to do that: last year, HBO's online streaming option for cable subscribers, HBO Go, wouldn't work for many who were trying to watch during the premiere. Apple is reportedly one of the partners that HBO could launch its new service with.

03/04/2015 02:53 PM

Xbox One wireless controller adapter for Windows arrives later this year

Xbox One wireless controller adapter for Windows arrives later this yearMicrosoft is planning to release a wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers later this year. If you're a fan of using an Xbox One controller on PC, then this will allow you to play games without a USB cable. The software maker had a similar adapter for the Xbox 360, and this timely release comes alongside Windows 10. Later this year you'll be able to use the Xbox app on Windows 10 to stream Xbox games on PC all with an Xbox One controller, so this adapter will come in handy if you hate cables.

03/04/2015 02:50 PM

John Carmack says Samsung will put its full strength behind the Gear VR later this year

John Carmack says Samsung will put its full strength behind the Gear VR later this yearSamsung and Oculus haven't pushed the Gear VR too hard just yet — but that's going to change later in 2015. Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack just said that the formal strategy for his company is to put all of Samsung's considerable marketing muscle around Gear VR later this year, during Samsung's next big release cycle. "We've got a plan now, we've got a date, you can mark this in the calendars," Carmack said. Carmack noted that he couldn't discuss unannounced Samsung products — but then said that history has shown Samsung has two big releases per year. During the next one Gear VR would receive the full weight of Samsung's considerable marketing and product strategy muscle.

03/04/2015 02:48 PM

Xbox games are coming to Microsoft's augmented reality headset

Xbox games are coming to Microsoft's augmented reality headset

03/04/2015 02:46 PM

Security software awards

Security software awardsIndependent labs have announced their awards for the top security apps of the year.

03/04/2015 02:41 PM

8 possible explanations for those bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

8 possible explanations for those bright spots on dwarf planet CeresIt's a real-life mystery cliffhanger. We've come up with a list of possible reasons a large crater on the biggest object in the asteroid belt looks lit up like a Christmas tree.>

03/04/2015 02:39 PM

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