5 Features an Amazon Phone Might Offer

April 19, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn’t confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by […]

White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

April 19, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , ,

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. “Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via […]

Kim Dotcom Wins Back Cars and Cash Seized in Megaupload Raid

April 18, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Kim Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of closed file-sharing site Megaupload, has won back cars, cash and property seized in a January 2012 raid. Requests from police to extend the length of time the assets could be held were declined by a court in Auckland, New Zealand, where Mr Dotcom lives. US authorities accuse Mr Dotcom […]

Facebook Rolls Out Location-Sharing Feature

April 18, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The “Nearby Friends” feature must be turned on by the user, so people shouldn’t expect to broadcast their location unknowingly. It will use your smartphone’s GPS system to […]

Teenager Arrested for Threatening American Airlines on Twitter

April 17, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Dutch police have arrested a 14-year-old girl in Rotterdam after she sent American Airlines a threatening tweet on Sunday. The message became a viral sensation on Twitter after a user who went by the name “@QueenDemetriax_” and identified as Sarah tweeted: “@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and […]

Fired Yahoo Exec Gets $58M for 15 Months of Work

April 17, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Yahoo’s recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing Wednesday may lead to more second-guessing about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command […]

Tencent Brings Popular Game Candy Crush to China

April 17, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Candy Crush Saga is King’s most popular game and the biggest contributor to its revenue China’s internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in a partnership with the game’s creator. The tie-up will give the UK-based King Digital Entertainment exposure to China. The Chinese version of the Candy Crush […]

Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked with Glue Mould

April 17, 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

The researchers fooled the new handset using a mould made out of glue The fingerprint sensor on Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale. Berlin-based Security Research Labs fooled the equipment using a mould it had previously created to spoof the sensor on Apple’s iPhone 5s. The […]

Google’s 1Q Earnings Disappoint as Ad Prices Slip

April 16, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Google’s first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet’s most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google’s Class A stock shed $17.10, or 3 percent, to $546.80 in extended trading. Although it […]

Wal-Mart to Unveil New Service with Electronic Payments Provider

April 16, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Wal-Mart said on Wednesday that it will announce a new service with electronic payments provider Euronet Worldwide Inc on Thursday, but gave no other details. Neither Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, nor Euronet, would comment ahead of a conference call for media, investors and analysts on Thursday morning. Euronet, based in Leawood, Kansas, said in […]