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Wednesday - March 18, 2015
Nintendo has reached an agreement that will see its beloved intellectual property finally arrive on mobile devices, CEO Satoru Iwata announced Tuesday at a hastily called briefing. Mobile publisher DeNA and Nintendo have entered a capital alliance, in which they'll trade a portion of their stock and develop games for smart devices. Nintendo will acquire 10 percent of DeNA's outstanding shares. [More...]

Wednesday - March 18, 2015
The U.S. government spends tens of billions of dollars each year just to make sure that computer and data processing systems keep functioning on a day-to-day basis. With so much investment allocated for operations and maintenance of legacy systems, it makes sense that far fewer dollars are available for cutting-edge information technology investment -- also known as "DME" spending. [More...]

Tuesday - March 17, 2015
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Facebook has launched Topic Data, a new service that reveals to advertisers the subjects users discuss, the products they use, and the activities they follow. Marketers will be able to sift through data compilations of what users say about events, brands, subjects and activities. Data on all of Facebook's 1.3 billion users will be used -- anonymized and aggregated to protect their identities. [More...]

Tuesday - March 17, 2015
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BlackBerry subsidiary Secusmart on Monday introduced the SecuTablet, a high-security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, at the CeBIT 2015 trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Developed in collaboration with IBM, the tablet targets national and international public sector markets and enterprises. IBM provided the secure app wrapping technology. [More...]

Monday - March 16, 2015
The way to permanently cure someone's headache is to cut off their head, and that appears to be the principle Yahoo has adopted with a new security policy announced Sunday. Users of Yahoo Mail no longer have to rack their brains to remember passwords, said Chris Stoner, director of product management. Instead, they can opt for on-demand passwords after signing in to their Yahoo.com account. [More...]

Monday - March 16, 2015
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The Federal Trade Commission last week charged DirecTV with deceptive advertising practices in a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. DirecTV, which has been in discussions over a potential merger with AT&T, currently has more than 20 million subscribers across the United States. [More...]

Friday - March 13, 2015
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Microsoft later this year will offer its Cortana personal assistant as a standalone app for iOS and Android devices. The engine behind Cortana is "arguably better than [Siri or Google Now] simply because it's far more mature and comprehensive," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. The Cortana personal assistant evolved from the AI character Cortana in the Halo video game series. [More...]

Friday - March 13, 2015
The ACLU earlier this week filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the NSA from indiscriminately snooping on U.S. Internet traffic. Using a technique called "upstream" surveillance, the NSA does a spinal tap of the Internet's U.S. backbone, which carries the communications of millions of Americans, the ACLU explained in its complaint filed with a federal district court in Maryland. [More...]

Friday - March 13, 2015
We see it all the time: a glowing 5-star comment on Yelp about our favorite neighborhood restaurant. At first glance, it looks authentic. However, what if the review actually were purchased by the restaurant? Would that change your perspective on the review or the restaurant? Of course, paying for advertising is hardly new. Celebrities for years have endorsed products and restaurants. [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
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When the FCC adopted new rules by a 3-2 vote last month, those rules were, for the most part, a big question mark. Only their broad strokes had been disclosed. The commission on Thursday released all of the devilish details in a 400-page document that surely will provide fodder for many lawsuits in the months and years to come. The courts ultimately will determine if the rules pass legal muster. [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
Samsung has opened its Milk Music streaming music service to anyone via a Web browser, one year after introducing it on its mobile devices. "In a word, why?" questioned Mike Goodman, director of digital media at Strategy Analytics. "There's Pandora, there's Spotify, there's Google Music Play ... . They're offering a lot of the same things everybody else is offering." [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
The wearable technology marketplace is already in place and growing. Now, enter the Apple Watch. Although it will speed up growth, this new space will be very different from the iPhone and iPad markets. Large companies like Google, Samsung and Sony, and smaller companies like FitBit and others have already thrown their hats into the ring and seen limited success. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
Google on Wednesday launched Nearline Storage, the latest addition to the Google Cloud Platform. Nearline seeks to reel in enterprises to the wider Google Cloud Platform with the promise of low-cost, low-latency storage for limitless amounts of data. Nearline has all of the benefits of offline, or "cold," storage, but the data it houses is available in a matter of seconds instead of hours. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
Google last week launched an auto insurance rate comparison site in California. Mercury Insurance, MetLife and 21st Century Insurance are among the 14 firms already signed up as partners, and Google promises more will follow. Bolt Solutions last week announced that it too has joined up. "We have a Google Compare agreement with Google," said Bolt spokesperson Chrissy Snyder. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
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"We are looking at this budget with cautious optimism, which is what I would recommend vendors do," said Deltek analyst Deniece Peterson. "It is only a request, so I would use it as a guideline for where agency priorities lie. IT budgets have been relatively stable over the past several years ... so it's highly likely that some of the growth built into this budget will pass." [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Square on Monday introduced two new services for small businesses: instant deposits; and protection for disputed purchases. Square, which six years ago began offering square-shaped mobile credit card readers for smartphones and tablets, has shifted its focus away from point-of-sale operations and toward data collection. The company processes millions of credit card swipes daily. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Ellen Pao on Monday testified in a San Franciso courtroom that she was passed up for promotions and sexually harassed by a partner during her employment at prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Pao said that after she broke off a relationship with former Kleiner Perkins partner Ajit Nazre, he made it difficult for her to do her job. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
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IBM last week announced the acquisition of AlchemyAPI, which uses deep learning to perform natural language processing. NLP consists of semantic text analysis, including sentiment analysis. IBM "has some of these capabilities already, and we continue to explore ways to expand and amplify them through our growing developer community," said IBM Watson VP Steve Gold. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
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Self-driving cars are coming, and here are some of the things they'll bring: Fewer accidents with far fewer fatalities or injuries; fewer repairs; lower-cost insurance premiums; time freed for other activities; fewer traffic lights; fewer parking structures. "Autonomous vehicles do have the potential to change the nature and structure of car ownership," said McKinsey & Co.'s Hans-Werner Kaas. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
Years have spent trying to oust the credit card as the ultimate payment method. Publications and pundits have been quick to hail new technologies as "credit card-killers," and they're not without justification. The credit card has lost whatever futuristic luster it may have once had. Magnetic stripes wear out, plastic snaps in half, and the incessant manual inputting of 16-digit numbers becomes tiresome. [More...]

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