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Facebook testing new ‘Place Tips’ app, its location based recommendations service in New York

Social networking giant Facebook updated its mobile app Thursday with a new Place Tips service that offers a range of content, information and recommendations about places in the real world. The new feature is aimed directly at apps like Yelp or Foursquare. Place Tips appear as a notification at the top of the News Feed. The [...]

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China blocks virtual private network services to further tighten its grip on the Internet

The government of China has since long been blocking content which it deems as sensitive Internet content. So far, the country has blocked numerous major internet websites such as Gmail, Google, Instagram and Flicker. Also access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has also been blocked in China. Besides that, several other virtual private networks such [...]

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TracFone to pay $40 million for misleading consumers about ‘unlimited’ data plans

TracFone Wireless, the largest prepaid mobile phone service company in the country will pay $40 million to settle claims that it deceived millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone’s advertising promised unlimited data to customers, and then the company resorted to throttling speeds when [...]

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Amazon Launches Email Service For Companies

E-commerce giant Amazon announced on Wednesday an email and calendar service dubbed WorkMail. It comes under Amazon Web Services and is geared towards professionals only. The Amazon WorkMail is the latest expansion of its online empire, as the company challenges enterprise services offered by the likes of Google and Microsoft. Amazon’s WorkMail will enable users to [...]

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China’s Yuan ranks among top five world payment currencies

China’s yuan has moved into the ranks of the top five world payment currency in November, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, global transaction services organisation SWIFT said on Wednesday. The data comes as China is trying to make the yuan used more internationally in line with [...]

Marriott is now the largest full-service hotel company in Canada.

Marriott signs $168M deal to acquire Canada’s Delta Hotels

Marriott International Inc. announced that it has signed a deal to acquire the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand and management and franchise business from a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corp. for $168 million. Delta Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s largest hotel operators with 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms in more than [...]

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Cablevision Announces Freewheel, Its Wi-Fi Only Mobile Phone Service

Cablevision Systems is entering the wireless market with a Wi-Fi-based low-cost mobile phone service, making it the first U.S. cable operator to launch such an offer. The company’s new wireless Internet phone service will be called Freewheel and aims to give users an option to costlier data plans from other cellular networks. Since 2007, Cablevision [...]

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Google handed WikiLeaks staff emails and more to FBI under secret warrant

WikiLeaks criticized Google Inc on Monday after the search engine admitted that it turned over private emails and other data on three WikiLeaks employees to the US government. The company said that the data was handed over to the US government in the spring of 2012, which means Google took more than two years to [...]

is working on MagSafe-based inductive charging mechanism for the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch details surface, battery supposedly lasts only a couple of hours under active use

Battery life has always remained one of the main challenges for smartwatch makers. Apple did not shed any light on its battery life when the company officially unveiled its smartwatch. According to reports, Apple’s much awaited Apple Watch isn’t going to be any different from other smartwatches in terms of battery life. The company seems [...]

Google’s deal with Sprint and T-Mobile will enable the company to save up on infrastructure development costs

Google reported to launch its own wireless carrier using Sprint and T-Mobile

According to a report Wednesday in The Information, Google is planning to launch its own cellular phone service. The service could come into operation sometime this year. The move would mark a great shift from the search giant’s core business and could help build a strong alternate revenue stream. Google is close to striking deals [...]

The layoffs are expected to be made before the end of March.

EBay To Lay Off 2,400 Jobs Ahead Of Possible Spinoff Of PayPal Business

On Wednesday, eBay announced that it would slash 2,400 jobs or 7 percent of its workforce across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses. The layoffs are expected to be made before the end of March. The move comes as the e-commerce giant announced its profit in the fourth quarter rose to US$936 million on US$4.9 [...]

Amazon plans a 150 megawatt wind farm to power its data centers

Amazon plans a 150 megawatt wind farm to power its data centers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a Power Purchase Agreement with Pattern Energy Group to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. The farm that will be known as Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) is said to generate electricity for its cloud data centers. “Amazon Web Services Wind [...]

Microsoft said that it expects a sizeable number of Equivio’s present employees to join the company.

Microsoft acquires Israeli data analysis start-up Equivio for an estimated $200 million

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it has acquired Israeli start-up Equivio, a text analytics service which uses machine-learning techniques to help organizations identify documents relevant to their legal and compliance needs. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but reports state that the deal could be anywhere around $200 million. Microsoft reportedly plans to use [...]

The survey finds what these Internet users worry about the most when it comes to online interactions.

Microsoft poll finds users are more scared than ever about internet privacy

The results from Microsoft’s second annual Views From Around The Globe poll on how personal technology is changing our Lives has been released at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, revealing the likes and dislikes of Internet users from around the globe. The survey was conducted over the past 12 months by Microsoft that [...]

Google is close to investing about $1bn (£660m, €863m) in the Elon Musk owned SpaceX.

Google said to be in talks to invest $1bn in SpaceX’s low-cost satellite internet service project

According to reports, tech giant Google is close to making a major investment in rocket maker SpaceX to beef up efforts to deliver low-cost Internet access to countries that lack ground Internet infrastructure. Google is close to investing about $1bn (£660m, €863m) in the Elon Musk owned SpaceX that is engaged in space exploration and [...]

The Beijing-based company would be increasingly investing in media and content

China’s Xiaomi to buy stake in software firm Kingsoft for $68M

Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone distributor has agreed to purchase close to 3% stake in Kingsoft Corp., a Beijing-based software company, in which the smartphone maker’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Lei Jun is an investor. Xiaomi will acquire the shares from Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd. for HK$527 million ($68 million) as [...]

It is possible that the pen will be charged with a Lightning connector.

Apple likely to launch a stylus along with the iPad Pro

Apple is reportedly preparing to take a big step out of Steve Jobs’ prescribed path for touch screen computing. The tech giant is planning to launch a stylus alongside the gigantic iPad Pro, before the end of this year. The latest iPad Pro will be a larger version of the iPad with a 12.9-inch display. [...]

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Google Domains Open For Business In US, International Expansion Planned In The Future

Google has launched its own website-naming service, Google Domains to the United States market. The search giant announced on its company blog that Google Domains is no longer an invitation-only service, but will be limited to U.S. residents only. The domain registration and site building platform was launched in beta last summer with the hope of helping more small businesses [...]

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Schlumberger to cut 9,000 jobs due to crude oil collapse

World’s No.1 oilfield services provider, Schlumberger Ltd said it will cut 9,000 jobs because the collapse in oil prices have forced petroleum companies to cut drilling budgets. “In response to lower commodity pricing and anticipated lower exploration and production spending in 2015, Schlumberger decided to reduce its overall headcount to better align with anticipated activity [...]