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Why Japanese watchmakers have no time for smartwatches
If the Rufus Cuff smartwatch is anything to go by, some people want a lot of hardware on their wrists.
Surveillance, ICANN transition dominate Brazil NETmundial meeting
A global Internet governance conference in Brazil concluded Thursday with a strong focus on countering surveillance, including asking for a review of the implications on privacy of existing practices and legislation.
Pinterest puts its posts in the spotlight with 'Guided Search'
How do you find the best food recipes or clothing on Pinterest that's just right for you? The site thinks it has a way.
Baidu's profit boosted by mobile ad revenue
Despite rising costs in research and promotional spending, Chinese search giant Baidu reported net profit was up by over 24 percent in the first quarter on growing ad revenue made through its mobile services.
Microsoft profit drops but devices, consumer products help results
Microsoft's profit dropped and its revenue was almost flat in its third fiscal quarter, during which the company replaced Steve Ballmer with Satya Nadella as CEO.
Exclusive: Google mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber
Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service.
US wireless users may get to share military spectrum
The U.S. military might have to share its radar frequencies with mobile broadband providers under a plan the Federal Communications Commission continued to flesh out this week under the catchy name Citizens Broadband Radio Service.
Apple, Samsung bicker over jury verdict form
As the second jury trial between Apple and Samsung approaches its conclusion, the companies are sparring over the precise questions the jury will be asked to consider.
World Tech Update: On the road at the New York Auto Show
This week on World Tech Update we take you inside the New York Auto Show, where BMW introduced its X5 eDrive concept car.
Four growing European startups to keep an eye on
Europe's startup scene is as diverse as any in the world, and young companies with unique value propositions are expanding quickly.
Activism's slippery slope: Anonymous targets children's hospital
Supporters of the faceless collective known as Anonymous have taken up the cause of a young girl, after the State of Massachusetts removed her from her parents earlier this year. However, the methods used to show support may have unintended consequences, which could impact patient care.
US tech spending to see 'solid, steady growth' this year and next, Forrester says
Combined U.S. business and consumer spending on technology will rise 5.3 percent this year to US$1.315 trillion and 6.0 percent to $1.4 trillion in 2015, thanks to an improving economy and an acceleration in purchases by businesses and government agencies, according to Forrester Research.
Official urges state to adopt federal Obamacare site, rather than fix one Oracle built
Oregon's CIO has recommended state officials adopt the federal government's insurance exchange in time to meet a Nov. 15 open enrollment deadline, rather than attempt to fix the troubled site it built along with Oracle.
Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel agree to settle Silicon Valley hiring case
The four remaining defendants in Silicon Valley's closely watched employee hiring case -- Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel -- have agreed to a settlement, according to a new court filing.
California phone kill-switch bill fails vote in state senate
A bill that would mandate a kill-switch on all smartphones sold in California failed a key vote in the state's senate on Thursday.
Wearable device battery could last 10 years
Researchers have designed a battery that could keep wearable and health care devices running for 10 or more years without a recharge.
Public cloud market ready for 'hyergrowth' period
The public cloud market is set for what one analyst firm calls 'hypergrowth.'
Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say
Apple exposed iOS users to security threats by taking three weeks longer to patch the same vulnerabilities in the mobile OS that it previously fixed in Safari on OS X, a former Apple security engineer said.
San Diego's SAP system has tripled workloads for some tasks, report says
San Diego's US$50 million SAP system has ended up tripling employees' workloads for certain types of tasks, but the city has also failed to devote enough attention to training, according to a consultant's report released earlier this month.
Vic Gundotra, who led the creation of Google+, leaves Google
Vic Gundotra, a key executive at Google who helped to create Google+, is leaving the company, he announced on Thursday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook steps up on the auction block again
Apple CEO Tim Cook is back on an auction block, repeating an offer that last year brought in $610,000 for the Washington, D.C.-based Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Google Plus now minus chief Vic Gundotra
Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google Plus and one of Google’s most prominent executives, announced today that he will leave the company “effective immediately.”
New iPad rumor rollup for week ending April 23
iPad rumors have been rare for months, but April showers seemed to have caused them to burst into bloom.
Facebook enters fitness tracking with acquisition of 'Moves' app maker
Facebook is moving into the hot space of fitness tracking by acquiring a Finland-based mobile app maker.
As iPad sales slump, Cook hijacks analysts' fast-uptake explanation
Apple on Wednesday conceded that it sold 16% fewer iPads in the March quarter than in the same period last year, fulfilling analysts' expectations -- in spades -- that iPad sales have slowed.
Facebook tries to break the news with FB Newswire
Facebook, looking to provide more valuable news information, is providing a new tool to that will post real-time content related to the day's news.
FCC defends new net neutrality proposal
A new net neutrality proposal from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets the goals of past efforts and does not destroy open Internet principles, as critics have feared, FCC officials said Thursday.
Verizon boosts revenue, income on mobile and broadband growth
Driven by growth in mobile and Fios broadband customers, Verizon Communications on Thursday reported first quarter 2014 revenue of $30.8 billion, up from $29.4 billion a year earlier.
Tip of the Hat: Heartbleed prompts chastened tech giants to fund OpenSSL
Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica for an incisive look at how only a potential disaster could convince top tech execs to finally help fund the OpenSSL and other open-source projects.
Planet Labs plans big increase in imaging cubesats
Planet Labs, a satellite imaging startup formed by ex-NASA engineers, has applied for permission to more than double the number of satellites it has in orbit.

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