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Salesforce Beats On Earnings And Revenue In Q1

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), announced results for its fiscal first quarter, ended April 30, 2017, today. The company reported a net loss of $9.2 million, or 1 cent per share, in the latest quarter, compared with a profit of $38.8 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, Salesforce reported earnings […]

Uber Targeted Lyft Drivers With ‘Hell’ Program

Uber has been accused of using a secret software program to spy on its rival, Lyft, from 2014 to 2016. Using its software, Uber could track how many Lyft drivers were available for new rides and where they were. The company then took action to encourage these drivers to drive for Uber instead. Lyft said […]

Google Releases New CAPTCHA Version To Developers

Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google has released a new version of the CAPTCHA test that will be less intrusive to internet users. The new Invisible reCAPTCHA feature is a free service is designed to protect sites and apps from spam and abuse The announcement is part of the news from this week’s Google Next ’17 conference in […]

Bitcoin Value Surpasses Previous Peak

The value of Bitcoin is at all-time high, surpassing its previous peak established in November 2013. The digital currency’s value hit $1,206.60 per coin Friday, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. At its prior peak, the currency was trading at $1,163 per coin. There is now more than $18 billion of the digital currency […]

Google Takes Steps Against Piracy In The U.K.

Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google has agreed to demote piracy sites in its search results in the U.K. The company has agreed to a voluntary code of practice with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Motion Picture Association. Google says that it will reduce “the visibility of infringing content in search results by 1 June 2017.” Google […]

China Moves To Regulate App Stores

The Cyberspace Administration of China says that app stores will now be officially regulated. In a notice posted to its website, the Cyberspace Administration announced mobile app stores will now required to register with its offices. The government says that this new measure will make the stores both safer and more profitable. App stores will […]

Uber Movement Gives Traffic Data To Cities

Uber has developed a new website called Movement that will give cities access to the company’s traffic flow data. The new Movement website is intended for use by those interested in improving urban mobility. In a blog post written on Jan. 8, the company stated, “City planners face a myriad of challenges, and we hope […]

Fiat Chrysler Partners With Google On Infotainment System

Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) has partnered with Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) to build a new in-car infotainment system. The companies announced the partnership just ahead of the beginning of CES, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The new system is a combination of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system and Android 7.0 Nougat, released in 2016. It […]

Amazon Secures Patent For ‘Airborne Fulfillment Center’

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been awarded a patent for a logistics technology described as an “airborne fulfillment center (AFC).” Amazon originally filed for the patent in 2014. It was awarded in April, but wasn’t discovered until this week. Amazon hasn’t publicly commented on the patent and traditionally doesn’t comment on its patents for drone technologies. Amazon […]

Samsung To Sell Voice Controlled Robot Vacuum

Samsung is launching a new robot vacuum that you can control with your voice called the POWERbot VR7000. Details are still pretty scarce at the moment and there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Samsung has announced plans to show the device off next week at the Consumer Electronics Show. The POWERbot VR7000 can […]

Twitter To Relaunch Vine As Vine Camera

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) recently announced that the mobile app Vine will be relaunched as Vine Camera in January 2017. A blog post by the Vine team said, “In January, we are transitioning the Vine app to a pared-down Vine Camera. With this camera app you will still be able to make six-second looping videos, and either […]

BlackBerry Investing Heavily In Smart Car Technology

BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is opening an autonomous driving research center to develop advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicle technology. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the launch by the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. BlackBerry has remained tight-lipped regarding exact details of the new center. The facility is said to be developing advanced driving features like automatic emergency […]

T-Mobile’s New Service Gives Users More Freedom Over Numbers

T-Mobile (NYSE:PCS) has launched a new service called Digits that gives users much more freedom with their phone numbers than before. T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert announced the project saying, “Since the beginning of telephones, one number has been tied to one phone. Since GSM came out, that number was seared into that SIM chip. We’ve […]

AT&T’s New Plan Draws Fire From FCC

AT&T’s (NYSE:T) planned use of data cap exemptions, a practice known as “zero-rating,” has attracted the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. The practice could be a violation of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that broadband providers should treat all content, sites, and platforms equally in terms of traffic. Some companies have attempted […]

Tesla Completes Deal For SolarCity

Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA) deal to acquire SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ:SCTY) closed Monday. The all-stock deal valued SolarCity at $2 billion based on Tesla’s closing stock price Friday. When Tesla and SolarCity announced the agreement in August, it was worth $2.6 billion. However, both of their share prices have dropped since then. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is […]

Facebook Enhances WhatsApp With Secure Video Calling

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is adding fully encrypted video calling to its WhatsApp messaging app in a move to assuage privacy concerns. Now, people have another way to communicate without fear of eavesdropping by companies or government authorities. The feature will be introduced at an event in India and subsequently be rolled out to 180 countries within […]

LinkedIn Blocked In Russia After Court Ruling

Russia‘s communications regulator has ordered that public access to LinkedIn’s (NYSE:LNKD) website be blocked throughout the country. Roskomnadzor, also known as the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, ordered Internet service providers to block access to the business networking company. The order against LinkedIn was issued in a short […]

Facebook Under Fire For Fake News On News Feeds

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is facing increasing criticism over allowing fake news stories to spread on the social-media site. President Barack Obama famously called Facebook a “dust cloud of nonsense” during the 2016 US presidential election cycle. Now, Facebook has officially vowed to do better when it comes to fake news on the platform. A recent study […]

Samsung Makes $8B Bet On Smarter Cars

Samsung’s (SSNLF) latest deal, announced Monday, will find it acquiring U.S. auto-parts supplier Harman International for $8 billion in an all-cash deal. Samsung’s $112-a-share offer for Harman is well below the roughly $145 that each Harman share was worth early last year. However, the deal values Harman at 15.8 times next year’s adjusted earnings and […]

Google Launches Android Auto Smartphone App

Android Auto is now available as an app for your phone after Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) launched its most recent update to the program. You can now get all the benefits of Android Auto even if your car isn’t Android Auto compatible. The Android Auto app is compatible with any phone that runs Android 5.0 and newer. […]

Facebook: Posts Can’t Be Used For Pricing Car Insurance

The rollout of a new app has been delayed after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) determined that posts to its social media site cannot be used to price car insurance for new drivers. Insurance company Admiral had intended to launch an app that used an algorithmic assessment of Facebook posts to price car insurance premiums for first time […]

Facebook Under Fire Over Ethnic Targeting

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has come under fire over an option in its ad targeting platform that lets advertisers exclude certain ethnicities from seeing certain ads. The potential flaw in the ad-buying system was discovered by ProPublica. While, Facebook’s targeted advertising is designed to exclude people who wouldn’t be interested in a product or service, discriminating ads […]

Samsung Halts Shipping Of Replacement Galaxy Note 7s

Samsung has stopped production of the Galaxy Note 7 in cooperation with safety regulators from South Korea, China and the US. Samsung said it is “temporarily adjusting” the production schedule to ensure a safer phone. There has been no word on how long the adjustment would take. The Note 7 launched in mid-August as one […]

Facebook Aiming To Become A Workplace Essential

Facebook has officially launched Workplace, aiming to expand its services into the business world. Many people communicate with their friends primarily via social media platforms like Facebook. The social media giant now wants us to use Facebook at the office during working hours. A company spokesperson said, “The same way we connect people, we want […]

Yahoo Accused Of Scanning Users’ Email For Government

Reports have emerged of Yahoo’s (NASDAQ:YHOO) use of custom-built software to scan its users’ emails on behalf of federal investigators. Yahoo reportedly built a specialized program to search the incoming emails of its hundreds of millions of customers for the U.S. government. The Yahoo program as described in the report would be the first case […]

Amazon Changing Its Policy On Incentivized Reviews

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is eliminating incentivized reviews from its platform, except for those from within the Amazon Vine program. The change was made to its Community Guidelines and announced today. The changes will apply to all product categories other than books. This is yet another step in Amazon’s effort to make its review and rating system […]

Nintendo’s Pokémon Go Aims To Regain Popularity

Nintendo’s (NTDOY) hit game Pokémon Go is trying to regain its former popularity with updates that make the game more attractive to players. The augmented reality app has players find Pokémon throughout their surroundings with the use of GPS and internet services. Niantic and Nintendo want to bring the game back near its peak in […]

Catch The General Election Debates On Twitter

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has formed a partnership with Bloomberg Media to livestream the general election debates. Bloomberg Media is Twitter’s exclusive streaming partner for the debates. Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith said in a statement, “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Twitter to include our coverage of the U.S. presidential debates during this […]

Facebook Dismisses Concerns It’s Becoming A Media Company

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is denying that it will ever become a media company, despite its recent forays into the media industry. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the firm would remain a technology platform and had no ambitions to become a content provider. The topic came up as part of his live-streamed Q&A session on Monday. […]

New Google Operating System Possibly On Horizon

It looks like Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is creating a completely new operating system. The tech blog Android Police was one of the first to report on the existence of the OS. The project’s name is Fuchsia, but no one knows quite what it’s for. There has been no official announcement from Google and the company has […]

Delta Air Lines Outage Delays Flights Worldwide

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) reported flights were grounded Monday after a system outage at the company’s Atlanta hub. Delta stopped worldwide departures about 3 a.m. ET, a period that would have typically had 192 departures. Delta tweeted that its systems were “down everywhere.” Tens of thousands of people were left stranded around the globe The […]

Businesses Can Book Employee, Client Travel Through UberCentral

Uber has unveiled a new dashboard called UberCentral that lets businesses secure multiple Ubers at the same time. The dashboard is designed for both small business owners and those in charge of travel arrangements at larger companies. UberCentral is now available to users in the US and Canada. The service was formally launched by the […]

Microsoft Offering New Service For Booking Appointments

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is launching a new self-service appointment booking service for its Office 365 Business Premium users. The new service, called Bookings, lets business owners to create their own scheduling page, and then let potential customers look at a list of prices, and then schedule time for an appointment with a list of employees. The […]

Uber Surge Pricing Notifications Going Away

Uber has announced that it is implementing a new upfront pricing policy to mitigate the effects of surge pricing on the business. Uber’s product team has been testing the idea in select cities throughout the U.S. and India since April. The new upfront pricing has now been made available in Miami, San Diego and Philadelphia, […]

Millions Of Twitter Account Logins Exposed By Hackers

Twitter has confirmed that millions of Twitter account logins have been exposed by hackers on the dark web. More than 32 million Twitter account details have appeared on the website LeakedSource, a search engine that contains nearly two billion online account credential leaks. The total number of legitimate leaked account credentials is unclear, as Twitter […]

Fiat Chrysler Reportedly In Talks To Partner With Uber

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) is reportedly in talks with Uber Technologies Inc. to form a partnership to build self-driving cars for the ride-hailing startup. Reports have emerged that the talks are at a preliminary stage, and a deal could be announced by the end of the year. The information was obtained by sources who […]

Exelon Starts Plan For Closure Of Two Illinois Plants

Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC) has announced plans to close two of its nuclear plants in Illinois. In a statement, the company said that it will close the Clinton Power Station in Clinton on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova on June 1, 2018. The Quad Cities site began operation in 1973, […]

Tesla Model 3 Owners Won’t Have Free Access To Supercharger Stations

The nearly 400,000 people that have already put down a deposit with Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) for the forthcoming Model 3 got an unpleasant surprise Tuesday. Chief Executive Elon Musk said at Tesla’s annual shareholders’ meeting that the company would have to charge Model 3 owners for the ability to use its network of Supercharger […]

ForcePhone Technology Uses Sonar to Mimic Apple’s 3D Touch

Apple’s 3D Touch technology is easily among the most impressive features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.  In fact, the technology is so impressive  that it may become the gold standard of all smartphones, coming soon to more models. This might include Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which are Android-based devices. The […]

Google Wins Fair Use Case Over Java

In the mobile web world, APIs are the programs which hold everything together.  Among the most commonly used APIs, at least in the Android community, is script written in the Java language.  And recently, Google and Oracle have been going at it over the use of APIs (and Java) to leverage applications and services a […]

Facebook Announces Third Party Advertising Through “Audience Network”

Facebook is an online juggernaut; a powerful network of people, trends, and advertising.  And like any business, Facebook has to continue to find new ways to expand revenue if it wants to be able to keep pace with its user growth; and so, Facebook has figured how to use more third party advertising to turn […]

Intel Acquires Itseez to Continue Expanding IoT And Autonomous Car Technologies

Chip maker Intel has been making strides to increase its relevance in the emerging Internet of Things and, particularly, the autonomous car industry.  This was the reasoning behind the company’s acquisition of Itseez, a startup focused on computer vision and machine learning. While this is the only information the company has made available to the […]

Apple Announces Plans to Continue Apple Pay Expansion in Asia and Europe

Digital payment systems are still quite new but the market is quickly expanding.  Apple Pay, for example, is currently only available in six countries but the tech giant is looking to expand to many more in the years to come. According to Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey. She recently has detailed that the company […]

Google iOS Update Brings “AMP”ed Ads to Apple Users

On Friday, Google released an updated version of its app on Apple iOS today.  The company now claims that the update brings iPhone users improvements to both speed and performance, with optimizations that will save users “a combined 6.5 million hours,” by the end of the year.  According to Google vice president of product management, […]

Facebook, Microsoft To Build Biggest Sub-Atlantic Network Cable To Expand Internet Availability

It looks like Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up to build a new, state-of-the-art cable to stretch across—or through—the Atlantic ocean. The “Marea” cable is aimd to help meet the increased demand for reliable, high-speed connections for both standard online and cloud services used by Microsoft, Facebook, and their growing customer bases. “As the world […]

Just How Biodegradable Is “Biodegradable Plastic”?

Plastic may be durable and pliable and buoyant but it also contributes to pollution. This is particularly true in the ocean’s of the world where plastic elements are widely known for unifying into massive structures like the Great Garbage Patch of the Pacific Ocean. But, biodegradable plastics were supposed to put a stop to this, […]

Could An Implantable Opioid Addiction Treatment Be Available Soon?

The United States is on the brink of a full-blown opioid epidemic and medical professionals are scrambling to stay ahead of the trend. Of course, one strategy is to increase education and awareness to try and keep people away from these drugs. At the same time, it is possible that opioid prescriptions may have been […]

Microsoft Says Cortana is for Bing and Edge Searches Only

This week Microsoft started blocking rival browsers as well as search providers from using the Cortana search box in Windows 10. Cortana is the prime search area for the operating system. Microsoft on a post to its company blog said that to ensure it can deliver integrated search engine experiences designed for the operating systems […]

Vine Releases Watch Button Since Scrolling is Harder Work

Twitter’s social network Vine that has turned into an entertainment platform, has announced a new way of see content on its app. The company has introduced the “watch” button, which allows users to watch an account or channel without needing to do any scrolling. When the watch button is pressed by a user on a […]

Six Flags To Add Virtual Reality To Nine Coasters Across the Country

The Six Flags theme parks have transformed the way we think about “roller coasters.” As a matter of fact, some of their attractions are so outrageous (and different) that the term “roller coaster” doesn’t accurately describe them. Of course, that is mostly because many of these rides no longer simply “coast”; but they do offer […]