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Amazon's heavy investing eats into bottom line, shares drop
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:51 -0400

A box from is pictured on the porch of a house in GoldenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics. Amazon's stock price has dropped 10 percent so far in 2014, with investors leery of betting on its long-term growth at the expense of little to no profit. Amazon is investing heavily in new businesses and hardware products, as it prepares to take on major tech rivals from Apple Inc and Google Inc to Netflix. Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said Amazon had a "tremendous amount of opportunities" and its investments were "certainly impacting short-term results." The company is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, a substantial increase compared to last year and the second quarter, Szkutak said.

Facebook goes express to mega-cap status - now valued more than AT&T, Coke
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:05 -0400

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Dell laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of ZenicaBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers. The gains represent a reversal of fortune for the social media company.

Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:08:22 -0400

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's GOOGL.O handling of "right to be forgotten" requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its European search engines such as, which means that anyone can easily access the same information by switching to the widely used, said the source, who was present at the meeting. The European Union's top court in May ruled that people have a right to request that years-old personal information that is no longer relevant be removed from Internet search results. Google has so far approved more than half of roughly 90,000 incoming requests, sought additional information in about 15 percent of cases, and rejected around 30 percent of them, according to a source close to the company.

U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:58:39 -0400

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found "most troubling" a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings. Speaking on a teleconference, Cote questioned if that would be fair and what might happen if the appeals court reversed her ruling on a minor issue. She also took issue with the lack of any requirement for Apple to pay interest while the appeals go forward.

Nortel Networks to pay U.S. bondholders up to $1 billion in interest
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:15 -0400
By Tom Hals WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) - Nortel Networks Inc, the U.S. unit of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp, has agreed to pay up to about $1 billion in interest that has accrued on the $3.9 billion it owes to its U.S. bondholders, a court filing showed.     Thursday’s settlement comes as Nortel’s bankrupt units in Canada and Europe are fighting with the U.S. unit over how to divide $7.3 billion raised by liquidating the global telecommunications company.     The settlement, if approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross in Wilmington, Delaware, could affect Nortel retirees in Canada and the United Kingdom. They argued that the bondholders should get $90 million in interest, or no interest at all.     Any funds that are left over in Nortel’s U.S. bankruptcy after paying off the bondholders and other U.S. creditors could be used to help to make up for pension shortfalls in Canada and the United Kingdom.     Under the proposed settlement, bondholders would be entitled to post-petition interest of $876 million, potentially increasing to as much as $1.01 billion if Nortel has not repaid them by June 30 next year.     Nortel said the settlement will help speed the resolution of its bankruptcy.

Facebook shares hit record high as market likes earnings
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:56 -0400

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo AltoShares of Facebook Inc hit a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world's No. 1 social network trounce analysts' expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. At that price, Facebook's market value is just short of $200 billion, putting the company in position to overtake IBM Corp as the fourth-largest U.S.-listed tech company. The top three are Apple Inc , Google Inc and Microsoft Corp . At $100, Facebook would be valued at more than $250 billion.

Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:53:00 -0400
BEIJING (AP) — Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, says its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew.

​More dinosaurs had feathers than we thought
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:00 -0400

​More dinosaurs had feathers than we thought

Verizon remixes the HTC One mini 2’s name, launches it for $50
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:30:50 -0400

Verizon remixes the HTC One mini 2’s name, launches it for $50Buyers looking to score a brand new HTC One mini 2 from Verizon will have to look for the HTC One remix in the carrier’s inventory, as Big Red decided to have a special name for HTC’s latest mini smartphone. To further mark its territory, Verizon has plastered its logo all over the front and back of the phone. FROM EARLIER: HTC One mini 2 review The HTC handset is available starting today for just $49.99 on a new two-year contract with Verizon or for $22.49 per month for 20 months when purchased with Verizon Edge. The full price of the handset is $449.99, in case the other options aren’t interesting enough. The HTC One remix is not a top-of-the-line Android

Amazon's 'Fire' smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, NXP
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:29:03 -0400

An Amazon Fire smartphone is seen opened up during a teardown procedure in a handout picture provided by iFixitBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's new "Fire" smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday. The Fire phone also houses chips from Synaptics Inc and Skyworks Solutions Inc, said the repair outfit, which made a name for itself taking apart devices like Apple Inc's iPhone and identifying its internal components.

Engadget Daily: the Oppo Find 7, shoes that vibrate in the right direction and more!
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:03:00 -0400

Engadget Daily: the Oppo Find 7, shoes that vibrate in the right direction and more!

‘Coolest’ cooler Kickstarter pledges could reach record-shattering $21M
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:31:10 -0400

‘Coolest’ cooler Kickstarter pledges could reach record-shattering $21MThe “Coolest” cooler is a very successful Kickstarter project that has so far raised almost $7 million, or about 14,000% its initial goal of $50,000, with KickTraq stats saying the campaign could end up raising more than $21.7 million by August 29 when it ends, assuming it’ll continue to draw backers at the same rate. FROM EARLIER: This cool ‘Coolest’ cooler just passed $4M on Kickstarter with more than a month to go To reach the number, the Coolest cooler has to keep raising an average of $410,020 per day or so, data from the site suggests, until the deadline. The cheapest cooler costs $185 on Kickstarter, and will arrive only in February next year packed with many additional features compared to regular coolers. Meanwhile, the average

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:27:00 -0400

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study

Wil Wheaton shows why Hollywood's nostalgia obsession is killing movies
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:05:57 -0400

Wil Wheaton shows why Hollywood's nostalgia obsession is killing moviesDo you remember the past? Hollywood is really hoping that you do — it's much too difficult to appeal to human beings on a shared emotional level. Much easier to simply make reference to a toy popular when the largest movie-consuming demographic was young and hope that draws in the millions. This obsession with nostalgia has been particularly pronounced in recent years, neatly emphasized by the upcoming release of a gritty-fied movie version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the success of Michael Bay's brain-melting Transformers franchise.

Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposal
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:38:02 -0400

Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposalDo you know who's not a fan of the Federal Communication Commission's proposal to let internet service providers offer different speeds to online services? Major League Baseball. In a letter to the FCC last week, the league's digital group argued that the most recent open internet proposal could do more harm than good to consumers and upstart businesses, and likened the move to "rolling the dice." "Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall," the league wrote in a letter to the FCC last week. "American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed." It went on say that the changes would make it more difficult for "start-up entrepreneurs and innovators" that want to build things.

Data Cuisine creates meals based on cultural statistics
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:37:00 -0400

Data Cuisine creates meals based on cultural statistics

Pandora Media profit forecast below analysts' estimates, shares fall
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:36:32 -0400
(Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc forecast current quarter adjusted profit below analysts' estimates as it plans to plow money back into the business. Analysts on average were expecting an 8 cents per share in profit on revenue of $234.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Pandora Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said in an interview that adjusted profit forecast was because the company plans to "reinvest aggressively." Pandora faces stiff competition from Spotify, Apple Inc's Beats online streaming service, Google Inc and Inc in the fast-growing music streaming business as downloads decline. "That said, there has been for years and we have continued to grow market share." Advertising revenue, where Pandora makes the bulk of its money, jumped 39 percent to $177.3 million in the second quarter helped by strong mobile advertising revenue growth.

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:30:15 -0400

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fallWe all wish that Halo 5: Guardians could be done in time for the holiday season this year, but 343 Industries and Microsoft are doing everything they can to tide us over in the meantime. At San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, Microsoft took the stage to show off the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, an original television series based on the game franchise which will begin airing this fall. “In science fiction, we’re always searching for new frontiers. We’re drawn to the unknown,” said Ridley Scott, executive producer on the show. “With Halo: Nightfall, we’re pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox.  It’s going to be fun for long-time fans to see how the worlds come

Everyone can now play the 'Destiny' beta on PlayStation or Xbox
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:04:04 -0400

Everyone can now play the 'Destiny' beta on PlayStation or XboxAnyone with a compatible console can now download and play the beta version of Destiny, the next video game from Halo creators Bungie. The early trial version of the game lets players create a character to blast both computer-controlled aliens and other players in a multiplayer arena, and can be downloaded on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in addition to PS3 and Xbox 360. To play, you'll need a PlayStation Plus account or an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The beta began on July 17th on PS4 and PS3, but Xbox One and 360 owners had to wait a week before their version of the trial started on July 23rd.

Here's the first look at Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo' project
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:51:00 -0400

Here's the first look at Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo' project

This is Hot Wheels' life-size 'Darth Vader Car'
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:40:02 -0400

This is Hot Wheels' life-size 'Darth Vader Car'A visit to the Hot Wheels booth at Comic Con's exhibition floor will give visitors a look at a life-size car that looks just like Darth Vader's iconic helmet. Hot Wheels went all out with the car, giving it all the Star Wars touches you could think of: Sith lightsaber-style exhaust pipes, Imperial insignias in the wheels, and even Vader's life support panel. The Darth Vader Car is actually a modified Chevy Corvette C5, with the Darth helmet comprised of fiberglass that sits atop the car's frame.

Christopher Nolan talks up the science of 'Interstellar' in surprise Comic-Con appearance
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:53 -0400

Christopher Nolan talks up the science of 'Interstellar' in surprise Comic-Con appearanceIn a surprise appearance at Comic-Con, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception says that his latest film is his grandest in scope. One of the film's executive producers is the theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who gave Nolan extensive guidance on how wormholes could work — a hint at how the film's characters will accomplish their interstellar travel. Nolan was joined on stage by the film's star, Matthew McConaughey, who reiterated what was previously disclosed about the plot: that it involves his character, an astronaut named Cooper, and his efforts to find another planet for humanity to live on after earth becomes uninhabitable. A new trailer shown to the Comic-Con crowd showed McConaughey and co-star Anne Hathaway, who plays a fellow astronaut, as they hunt for an inhabitable planet.

Forget the cloud, researchers are working on 1TB memory for smartphones
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:37 -0400

Forget the cloud, researchers are working on 1TB memory for smartphonesWhat if your smartphone shipped with 1TB of memory, which would be not only be able to store all the digital content you want to carry with you at all times, but would also be faster and more reliable? Researchers from Rice University are already working on such technology, MIT’s Technology Review reports, having discovered a more practical way to mass-produce it. Called resistive random access memory (RRAM), the memory is already being developed by some companies, but it’s not an easy or affordable process. However, Rice scientists have figured out how to make RRAM at room temperature and using far lower voltages. More importantly, they say they can store 1TB of data in a chip that’s about the size

What's the deal with 'Seinfeld' coming to Netflix?
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:28:28 -0400

What's the deal with 'Seinfeld' coming to Netflix?Jerry Seinfeld has confirmed that he is in talks to bring his iconic comedy series Seinfeld to Netflix. Speaking in an AMA question and answer session on Reddit, the comedian replied "conversations are presently taking place" when asked if the hit show, created by Seinfeld himself and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, would be brought to the streaming service. In addition to confirming that his show could soon be on its way to Netflix, Seinfeld used the Reddit AMA to reminisce on his comedy career, describing the making of the now-classic comedy series that bears his name. The comedian said one of his most memorable Seinfeld scenes came when Jerry Stiller as George Costanza's father challenged Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine to a fight, denied a rumor that every episode of the show featured a Superman reference, and dropped the bombshell that he never really drank coffee in the 1990s.

Comixology now offers DRM-free comic backups, but only from select publishers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:28:00 -0400

Comixology now offers DRM-free comic backups, but only from select publishers

The 'Destiny' beta is now open to everyone
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:59:00 -0400

The 'Destiny' beta is now open to everyone

HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement app
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:32:43 -0400

HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement appLast February, rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker sued the companies, asking for $500,000 while claiming the third-party app called the Chubby Checker "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value." The app itself, which was first released in 2006, would estimate penis length from whatever shoe size was inputted. Nonetheless, Chubby Checker — whose real name is Ernest Evans — went after the companies, arguing that the app infringed on a number of his trademarks.

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LG
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:21 -0400

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LGBGR recently reviewed LG’s new flagship G3, which just launched last week in the United States. We called the phone Android’s new king, supplanting Samsung’s lackluster Galaxy S5, which has been something of a disappointment for many consumers and for Samsung’s bottom line. While LG has a long way to go before it catches up to Samsung in terms of shipments, the company on Thursday reported record smartphone sales for the second quarter. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king LG posted a June-quarter net profit of $400 million on revenue across all divisions that totaled $14.9 billion. The company said mobile sales rose 16% on-year to $3.5 billion on record smartphone shipments that came in at 14.5 million

Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:13 -0400

This June 4, 2014 photo shows boxes in Phoenix. Amazon reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

Qlik forecasts revenue above Street as software demand grows
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:16:06 -0400
Qlik Technologies Inc forecast current-quarter revenue largely above Wall Street expectations, citing strong demand for its business analytics software. Qlik's shares rose more than 8 percent after markets closed. The company's flagship product, QlikView, helps companies to organize vast amounts of data in the form of reports, charts and infographics. Customers include American Apparel Inc, Coca-Cola Co and healthcare company Omnicare Inc. Chief Executive Lars Björk said "continued strong demand for QlikView", combined with Thursday's launch of the company's Qlik Sense software, would drive sales in a growing market for self-service visualization and data discovery.

MIT students modify a 3D printer with a height-measuring laser
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:12:00 -0400

MIT students modify a 3D printer with a height-measuring laser

China's Baidu outpaces Street targets as mobile revenue surges
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:11:05 -0400
Baidu Inc, China’s biggest Internet search company, blew past Wall Street's targets with a 34.1 percent jump in quarterly net profit, helped by a surge in mobile revenue. On Thursday, the company often likened to a Chinese Google said it now gets 30 percent of its revenue from mobile services, up from around 20 percent in previous quarters, as online advertisers migrate to mobile devices. Revenues for the second quarter rose 58.5 percent to 11.986 billion yuan from 7.56 billion yuan a year earlier, in line with Baidu’s own forecasts of between 11.82 billion yuan and 12.11 billion yuan. Baidu had struggled to keep up with rivals on mobile devices such as smartphones as they invest in an array of apps to keep users engaged.

Amazon spending more than $100 million on original content in third-quarter
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:04:32 -0400
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, considerably higher than its spending a year ago and in the second quarter, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The largest U.S. online retailer, which also reported a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss Thursday, is beefing up its digital content. Szkutak told analysts during a call that members of Amazon's Prime membership program are increasingly streaming free videos online.

Video: Want to see what happens when an iPhone 5s gets run over by a train? Of course you do
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:45:05 -0400

Video: Want to see what happens when an iPhone 5s gets run over by a train? Of course you doThe iPhone 5s is amazingly solid for a smartphone made entirely of glass and ultra-thin aluminum. It looks great, it feels great and it can survive its fair share of drops as long as it doesn’t hit a hard surface on its corner. But can it survive being run over by a speeding train? No, of course it can’t. YouTube user TechRax recently posted a video of not one but two iPhone 5s handsets being run over by speeding trains. Why? We have absolutely no idea… but that didn’t stop us from watching the video out of sheer morbid curiosity. The full video is embedded below.

Amazon expects to lose half a billion dollars in the next three months
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:05 -0400

Amazon expects to lose half a billion dollars in the next three monthsAmazon has a pretty stable pattern when it comes to reporting earnings. For the last couple years that has kept the company's share price on a steady upward climb. Today Amazon announced its second quarter earnings, and losses were nearly twice what analysts had predicted, leading to a more than 5 percent drop in its share price during after-hours trading. More importantly, Amazon predicted that its losses for next quarter would be between $410 and $810 million, or more than 16 times the amount it lost during the third quarter of last year.

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