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Yahoo Reintroduces a Messenger for This Millennium

In the midst of takeover speculation, Yahoo on Thursday reintroduced its standby Messenger app in a more robust version, with a set of features designed to breathe new life into a semi-comatose patient. ...

Target’s Website Misses the Mark on Cyber Monday

Target's website traffic hit a wall when a record number of shoppers showed up in search of Cyber Monday bargains ...

Pirate Bay Scores Rare Legal Victory

A District Court in Stockholm, Sweden, last week ruled against an international group of content providers who sought to force a local Internet service provider to block The Pirate Bay, a file-sharing site, said lawyers for the plaintiffs. ...

Security Certificate Issues Plague Dell

Dell earlier this week announced that it was notified of a security flaw linked to a certificate that it installed on computer systems starting on Aug. 18. ...

Austrian High Court to Rule on Class Action Status in Facebook Privacy Case

The Austrian Supreme Court will consider whether a suit against Facebook Ireland can proceed as a class action. Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems brought the suit to challenge the transfer of private data to Facebook's European subsidiary in Ireland. ...

Diane Greene to Lead Google Into Cloud Business Fray

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday announced the appointment of Diane Greene, cofounder of VMWare and a current Google board member, to lead its cloud business operations. ...

Investors Buying In Following Salesforce’s Q3 Stunner

Salesforce shares rose to an all-time high Thursday, after the company reported better-than-expected revenue during the quarter and raised earnings estimates for 2016 ...

Google+ Tries On New Social Media Identity

Google on Tuesday reintroduced its Google+ social network with major revisions to its look and feel, as part of a last ditch effort to make the struggling site a player in a much deeper and more crowded landscape ...

Nadella: Microsoft to Be Stealth Operator for Cloud Security

CEO Satya Nadella on Monday made a bid to reintroduce Microsoft to professionals working in a brave new cyberworld of virtual, interconnected computing. Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum in Washington, Nadella presented a broad new vision of a cloud- and mobile-first enterprise that promises to make personal and client security a central theme of its business...

Facebook to Broaden Use of Safety Check in Disasters

Facebook faced a social media firestorm this weekend for deploying its safety check tool during Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The decision prompted users to ask why the technology was not deployed during similar incidents in other regions ...

Time for Apple to Broaden Its Model?

Apple shares have been sliding since Credit Suisse last week warned of weaker-than-expected iPhone 6s demand ...

Apple Faces Twitter Storm Over Mac App Security Glitch

Apple faced the wrath of legions of Mac users after it reportedly allowed a security certificate to expire on Wednesday, leaving customers unable to use some apps. ...

Apple May Enter P2P Mobile Payments Fray

Apple is in negotiations with several major banks to launch a peer-to-peer mobile payment system that would compete against rival digital payment companies, including PayPal and Square, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday ...

Microsoft Hands Cloud Data Control to German Trustee

Microsoft on Wednesday said it would offer its Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM cloud services to business clients using two Germany-based data centers hosted by a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. ...

NSA Keeps Some Security Bugs Under Its Hat

The U.S. National Security Agency is getting a collective side-eye after posting what it characterized as proactive information: the fact that it discloses 91 percent of security vulnerabilities that pass through its internal review process ...

Toyota’s $1B AI, Robotics Play Jolts Driverless World

Toyota Motor on Friday announced plans to launch a new company, Toyota Research Institute, as part of a five-year US$1 billion investment in artificial intelligence and robotics technology for automobiles ...

Circle With Disney Lets Parents Unglue Kids From Media

Circle Media and Disney Interactive on Wednesday launched Circle With Disney, a device that gives parents greater control over the management of their children's online activities. ...

Film Industry Claims Victory in Shutdown of Major Piracy Sites

The Motion Picture Association of America ran a victory lap on Tuesday, after announcing the shutdown of movie and television torrent sites Popcorn Time and YTS. The shutdowns resulted from major legal wins in Canada and New Zealand. ...

New Parental Leave Policies, Bookstore Show Amazon’s Softer Side

Amazon on Monday informed employees of significant improvements to its parental leave policies. It also announced the opening of its first physical bookstore in a letter to customers posted online Tuesday. Both moves no doubt have been in the works for a while, but the timing of the announcements may not be coincidental. Amazon's image could use some buffing, having become tarnished in the aftermath of sharply unfavorable publicity...

HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Go Separate Ways

The long-awaited split of HP's personal computer and enterprise operations has taken place, and CEO Meg Whitman, who oversaw the transition of the massive, listing ship, clearly faces the most challenging crisis of her career -- trying to save a legacy business from being buried by the sands of time and progress ...

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