Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices

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MILAN (Reuters) Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices. Regulators in several European nations including … [Read more...]

BlackBerry names ex-Sybase executive as chief operating officer

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TORONTO (Reuters) BlackBerry Limited named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer on Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle. Beard was most recently chief executive officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer … [Read more...]

U.S. judge OKs warrant for Google user’s emails, stoking debate

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By Joseph Ax - NEW YORK (Reuters) A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy. U.S. Magistrate … [Read more...]

Murdoch says he cannot buy Tribune or LA Times

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Twenty-First Century Fox cannot buy publisher Tribune Co or its Los Angeles Times newspaper, Fox Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch wrote on Twitter on Friday, citing U.S. laws on media ownership. "Sorry can't buy Trib group or LA Times - cross-ownership laws from another age … [Read more...]

New Cast Members Join Marvel’s Daredevil

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Daredevil, Marvel’s first of four Netflix series, will be hitting the streaming service come 2015. The cast has already started to fill in with Charlie Cox, as the man without fear while Elden Henson will be playing Matt Murdock’s best friend and business … [Read more...]

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

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By Alina Selyukh - WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday. The FCC will … [Read more...]

Amazon unveils e-book subscription service with unlimited access

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(Reuters) Amazon.com Inc on Friday unveiled a subscription service that allows customers to read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 e-books. Subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited service, which costs $9.99 per month, can read the e-books on Amazon's Kindle reader or on any … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – A Carless Police Chase!

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Friday's Funny Feature this week is from a couple of years ago, but still makes me laugh, especially the horrible 80's-style song. It's a clever Australian beer ad for Carlton Draught that makes fun of Hollywood police chases, only this one, involving robbers, is … [Read more...]

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia

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By Bill Rigby - SEATTLE (Reuters) Microsoft Corp will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it almost halves the size of its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. The … [Read more...]

Amazon ponders Netflix-like service for e-books: report

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc is considering a new e-book subscription service called "Kindle Unlimited," that aims to replicate popular video-streaming models for the digital books market, according to several online reports and a test page that briefly appeared on the Internet retailer's … [Read more...]

Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord

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By Nate Raymond and Alison Frankel (Reuters) Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday. But the settlement, which would provide … [Read more...]

Apple-IBM alliance dents BlackBerry’s stock price

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TORONTO (Reuters) BlackBerry Ltd's shares took a hit on Wednesday after IBM (International Business Machines) Corp said it planned to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications geared to business users. The Apple-IBM tie up, beginning this fall, is set to target the … [Read more...]

U.S. House backs permanent ban on Internet access taxes

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By Kevin Drawbaugh - WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban permanently any taxation of Internet access, a prohibition that is temporary and currently set to expire in 16 weeks. In a move opposed by some Democrats and state and local governments, the House … [Read more...]

World Cup was biggest social media event ever: Facebook

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By Esteban Israel - SAO PAULO (Reuters) Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called "real-time" market dominated by Twitter. People increasingly are using … [Read more...]

U.S. web companies press demands for net neutrality with FCC

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By Alina Selyukh (Reuters) Major U.S. web companies on Monday urged regulators to restrict the ability of Internet providers, including mobile carriers, to strike deals for faster delivery of some web traffic, and planned a publicity campaign about the government's proposal (net neutrality). The … [Read more...]

Ultra High Definition TV Group Adopts HEVC 10-bit Color Spec

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TV Standards board pushes HEVC up to 60 fps By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One thing that's been holding back 4K into being adopted is that while codecs like HEVC and VP9 are being standardized, the supporting standards for elements of color gamut and dynamic range have remained in flux. But in … [Read more...]

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