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Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

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Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service. In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo told w...

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Amazon says its instant video streams jumped

Amazon.com Inc  said on Tuesday that the number of Instant Video streams it offers nearly tripled from a year ago as the world’s largest online retailer tries to win a battle for control over people’s living rooms. Amazon did not disclose the actual number of video streams nor how many ...

8 April, 2014 |More »

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Retailers push into crowded mobile payment market

Big retailers are muscling in on the likes of Visa, MasterCard and Google in a fiercely competitive and growing mobile payment market that promises to cut transaction costs and increase customer loyalty. Stores such as British supermarket Tesco and France’s Auchan hope their “digital wal...

7 April, 2014 |More »

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Chinese microblogging service Weibo aims to raise $380M on NASDAQ, could be valued around $1.66B

China’s Weibo Corp said it expected its initial public offering of 20 million American Depository Shares to be priced at $17-$19 each, valuing the Twitter-like messaging service at about $1.66 billion. The IPO is expected to raise about $380 million at the top end of the expected price range. ...

7 April, 2014 |More »

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Microsoft unveils voice assistant Cortana to rival Apple’s Siri; to offer Windows for free in mobiles, tablets

Microsoft Corp is to give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets for consumers as it seeks to make more of an impact on those fast-growing markets and counter the massive success of Google Inc’s free Android platform. Microsoft’s move, announced at i...

3 April, 2014 |More »

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Amazon leaps into home entertainment fray with $99 Fire TV

Amazon.com Inc made a play for the increasingly crowded home entertainment arena by unveiling the $99 “Fire TV” video and game streaming device on Wednesday, with hopes of boosting its main online retail business over the longer term. The square device, which just about fits in the palm ...

3 April, 2014 |More »

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YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs

To imagine how YouTube might one day become a money-spinner for content producers, consider the power of the irreverent video gamer and online star PewDiePie over his young, free-spending audience. Each time the wildly popular YouTube impresario has donned Razer headphones in one of the many zany vi...

2 April, 2014 |More »

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Big Data firm Cloudera raised $900M in latest round valuing it at $4.1B

Intel Corp’s investment in Cloudera announced last week amounts to $740 million and gives the chipmaker an 18 per cent stake in the distributor of software for crunching Big Data, Cloudera said in a press release on Monday. The chipmaker’s investment values the startup, expected to go pu...

1 April, 2014 |More »

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Microsoft’s Nadella reshuffles senior ranks

Microsoft Corp on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions in one of new Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s first management shakeups. In a public email, the world’s largest software maker promoted Scott Guthrie to head of the cloud and enterprise group,...

1 April, 2014 |More »

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Candy Crush brings IPO market back to earth

In the weeks leading up to the IPO of King Digital Entertainment, the company’s bankers scrambled to persuade investors that the maker of popular online game “Candy Crush Saga” was more than a one-trick pony, according to a source familiar with the situation. As the debut approache...

31 March, 2014 |More »

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