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China Levies $140 Million Tax Settlement on Microsoft Corporation

Tech giant Microsoft needs to pay the Chinese government a huge amount in fines, a first major case in the country concerning cross-border tax evasion as regulators build up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China’s Xinhua official news agency, China has levied about 840 million yuan ($140 million) in [...]

Solar Energy

Creating solar, wind power now is as cheap as other energy sources

It has been a long-held dream for the solar and wind industries in the United States to generate energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day seem to be dawning soon. Since the last five years, the cost of providing electricity from wind- and solar-power plants has plunged, [...]

FDA Calorie Count

FDA issues new rules for food chains, will put calorie counts on menus

Soon, consumers will no longer be able to ignore the number of calories in most of the foods they buy when they eat out. In an effort to address obesity in America, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to publish new set of rules today that will require disclosing calorie counts on [...]

Google Drive

Google Offers 1TB of Google Drive Storage Free With Selected Chromebooks Ahead Of The Holiday Season

While Chromebooks haven’t been the most popular devices lately, Google announced a new promotion designed to allure customers to purchase a Chromebook. Anyone purchasing a new Chromebook notebook computer this holiday season will receive a free 1TB of data storage on its Google Drive cloud storage system. In order to receive the great deal, customers will need to [...]

Amazon Travel

Amazon to enter hotel industry, will launch travel service featuring hotel booking

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly all set to break into the travel industry with its own travel service that will allow users to book hotels and resorts through the retail giant’s website. Skift, a global travel industry intelligence platform, first broke the news of Amazon Travel, the title of the new web-based travel service. Skift said that it [...]

Contributor by Google

Google rolls out Contributor, a subscription service to remove ads from sites

Google Inc. announced an initiative Thursday that offers ad-free web browsing to users interested in paying a monthly subscription fee. The crowdfunding tool called Contributor asks users to pay anywhere from $1 to $3 to view the pages. Essentially it’s kind of a subscription service for online publications allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. [...]

Cloud Data Centre

Amazon pledges to long-term renewable energy on its cloud platform

Amazon has pledged to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage vowing to run its data centers completely on renewable energy, after being criticised by Greenpeace for being stuck in a dirty energy past. Major tech companies are making an extensive environmental pledge to use renewable energy, considering the large number of data centers and machines [...]

Cola Drink

Marketers of sugary drinks still aggressively target U.S. children, report finds

Even though Beverage companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have pledged to advertise less to children, they still continued to remain a key target for marketers through various other means such as product placement and social media, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy [...]

Google Play

Chinese app developers can now offer paid Android apps via Google Play store

Google Inc. has announced merchant support for Chinese developers, meaning they can now offer free or paid apps for Android users in over 130 countries via its Google Play store. They however cannot earn any money in China, as the Play Store is unavailable in the country. Nonetheless, this is a small step towards giving Chinese [...]

WhatsApp messaging app adds end-to-end encryption between Android devices

WhatsApp messaging app adds end-to-end encryption between Android devices

WhatsApp, the Facebook owned massively popular messaging app is now encrypting text messages by Android users, boosting efforts by technology companies to shield consumers from hackers and government spies. The change is the result of a partnership with Open Whisper Systems to use TextSecure protocol so messages can’t be deciphered when stored or traveling between [...]

Parrot’s HD-Video Bebop Drone Launches For $499

Parrot’s HD-Video Bebop Drone Launches For $499

French drone company Parrot on Tuesday unveiled its latest flying machine, the Bebop drone. Named Bebop for its ability to dance in the air, the drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0. The announcement of Bebop drone was made back in May and Parrot today announced that its Bebop Drone [...]

First Wind

SunEdison and TerraForm turn to wind generation, will acquire First Wind for US$2.4 billion

Solar developer SunEdison and renewable energy operator TerraForm Power announced on Monday that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire wind energy projects developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. With this deal, SunEdison would be world’s largest renewable energy development company. SunEdison said it was raising its 2015 project installation guidance from a range of [...]

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FTC says web privacy firm deceived consumers about recertification program

TRUSTe, the provider of privacy certifications for online businesses skipped follow-up audits of some companies that had received its seal and allowed it to be falsely portrayed as a nonprofit corporation, even after it became a for-profit business in 2008, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a settlement announced Monday. The San Francisco-based TRUSTe firm [...]

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Facebook developing workplace network similar to career website LinkedIn

Facebook is reportedly working on another version of its social networking site that would cater to workplace environments. While LinkedIn connects businessmen, enterprises, entrepreneurs and companies, Facebook wants to become the platform that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their professional account. The professional version of the website called ’Facebook at Work’ [...]

Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota Motor Corp Launches “Mirai” Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Plans Hydrogen Stations In Northeast

With Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being the new alternative fuel vehicle, Toyota Motor Corp. offered more details about its long-awaited fuel-cell powered sedan named “Mirai,” meaning “future” in Japanese. The Japanese automaker made the announcement on the eve of the Los Angeles auto show. The eco-friendly car can travel 300 miles (483 kilometers) deriving energy from [...]

Facebook Privacy Basics

Facebook updates its privacy policies to make it easier to understand

Facebook updated its privacy policies on Thursday, making it easier for the 1.3 billion users of the social network to take control of their own privacy. The social network launched a page called Privacy Basics, which tells users how to manage settings to make sure they have the level of privacy they want for their Facebook [...]

The Blackberry BES Platform

BlackBerry and Samsung come together for better Android security

BlackBerry Ltd announced partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co. to provide a new level of security on Android devices, broadening the reach of its new mobile-device management and security platform. Early in 2015, Samsung will integrate BlackBerry’s BES12 end-to-end encryption service, into its own Knox security software that will add an extra layer of security to [...]

Marissa Mayer

Yahoo acquires video-advertising service BrightRoll for $640 Million

On Tuesday, Yahoo announced it has acquired digital video ad firm BrightRoll for $640 million to bolster its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers. Video ad tech company BrightRoll hosts videos for publishers and along with algorithms, helps them select which ads to run against them. BrightRoll also helps advertisers find the [...]

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Google signs 60-year lease on former NASA airfield for space and robotics research

Google has decided to invest in Moffett Federal Airfield which is owned by NASA. The company’s subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC signed a second long-term lease with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for expanding research concerning space exploration and robotics. The company already uses Moffett airfield for its top executive’s private jets. The field is [...]