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Alibaba worried about Facebook IPO as considered Nasdaq versus NYSE
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:10:18 -0400

An employee sits next to a logo of Alibaba during a media tour organised by government officials at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of HangzhouAlibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. All it had to do was list its shares on Nasdaq. The other said Nasdaq executives believed that Alibaba decided that the possibility of a botched IPO, however small, outweighed the possible benefits of being in the index.


Alibaba to boost IPO size on 'overwhelming' demand: sources
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:04:18 -0400

People walk at the headquarters of Alibaba in HangzhouAlibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to increase the size of its U.S. The Chinese e-commerce company launched the IPO last week and had enough investor demand to cover the entire deal within two days, people familiar with the process said last week. Alibaba could set a new record for the world's biggest IPO if underwriters exercise an option to sell additional shares to meet demand, pushing it as high as $24.3 billion and overtaking Agricultural Bank of China Ltd's $22.1 billion listing in 2010. Alibaba will likely file an amendment to its IPO later on Monday with a higher price range after discussing the new price with large U.S.


Netflix launches in France, partners with third-largest telco
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:03:40 -0400

The Netflix logo is is shown on an ipad in Encinitas, CaliforniaNetflix launched its video streaming service in France on Monday and teamed up with Bouygues to offer its content on France's third-largest telecom operator's set-top boxes. California-based Netflix said in a statement its subscriptions would start at 7.99 euros ($10.35) a month and give access to films, series and documentaries on television, computers but also tablets, smartphones and game consoles. Bouygues Telecom said in a separate statement that it would feature access to Netflix services on its clients' televisions starting in November. Vivendi-owned pay-TV operator Canal Plus has already launched its own streaming video services to blunt Netflix's arrival.


Google to launch Android One, phones to be priced at around $105
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:36:23 -0400

A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in TorontoNEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch in India on Monday the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at around 6,399 rupees ($105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world's fastest growing smartphone market. After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android One to Indonesia, Philippines and other South Asian countries by the end of 2014 and in more countries in 2015. Google outlined the pricing and expansion details in a marketing document seen by Reuters. India is seen as a lucrative market for low-cost smartphones because many people are buying the devices for the first time.


Hachette writers plan to appeal directly to Amazon's board: NYT
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:00:16 -0400

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado(Reuters) - Writers published by Hachette Book Group and their allies are planning to appeal directly to the board of Amazon.com Inc to find a way out of the impasse over e-book prices, the New York Times reported. The writers have been at the receiving end of a dispute, which has seen Amazon delay deliveries and cut discounts on some books published by Hachette, the fourth-largest U.S. Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and their allies, is warning the Amazon's board that the reputation of the retailer, and of the directors themselves, is at risk, the report said. The letter follows an ad in The New York Times last month that asked readers to email Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and ask him to relent.


Mobile banking firm Monitise posts bigger loss
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:56:25 -0400
By Noor Zainab Hussain Sep 15 (Reuters) - Monitise Plc , a mobile banking technology company, said full-year group EBITDA loss widened 63 percent due to investment in product and sales particularly in the second half of the year. The company, which provides payment solutions to 350 financial institutions, said loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization widened to 31.4 million pounds ($51 million) for the year ended June 30. Monitise had in July lowered its revenue growth estimate to a range of 31-33 percent from 50 percent, citing a shift in its revenue model. The company reiterated its outlook for revenue growth of at least 25 percent in 2015 and that it would be EBITDA profitable in 2016.

Google reveals the first low-cost Android One phones
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:22:00 -0400

Google reveals the first low-cost Android One phones


BT and mobile operators warn of rising bills if Scotland goes independent
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:14:00 -0400

BT and mobile operators warn of rising bills if Scotland goes independent


Google reveals the first ultra-cheap Android One smartphones
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:44:30 -0400

Google reveals the first ultra-cheap Android One smartphonesGoogle has unveiled the first smartphones to run on its Android One platform, a standard designed to help push affordable smartphones in the developing world. The initiative kicks off in India, where Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn are all selling phones said to have 4.5-inch screens, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras, 1.3GHz quad-core processors, dual-SIM slots, microSD expandable storage, and FM radios. Android One devices will ship with support for more languages, including Hindi, and feature more local publications in Google Play Newsstand. Google is also making a special version of YouTube available which will allow users to download videos and re-watch them multiple times without incurring excessive data charges.


Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:27:08 -0400
DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

CrashPlan review
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:06:26 -0400
Backup your data to local drives or other computers automatically

CDBurnerXP review
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:57:29 -0400
Create ISO files, burn DVDs, and rip your favorite songs from audio CDs

Clip2Net review
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:51:53 -0400
Upload your screenshots and files to free Web hosting service

Box Sync review
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:45:00 -0400
Keeps all your files safe and secure in the cloud with Box's desktop sync application

WebMD for Android review
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:26:21 -0400
24/7 access to health information and decision-support tools

Chromebook-to-Chromecast video? Yes, with Google Drive
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:02:00 -0400

Chromebook-to-Chromecast video? Yes, with Google Drive


Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:51:48 -0400
Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic

WatchESPN review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:27:17 -0400
Stay connected to live sports and shows from ESPN

Netflix officially says 'enchanté' to France
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:19:00 -0400

Netflix officially says 'enchanté' to France


Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:18:19 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives from rival LG Electronics Inc. of vandalizing its washing machines at stores in Germany earlier this month and has asked for an official investigation.

Volume Booster Pro review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:08:44 -0400
Boost the volume level at maximum of your Android device

Wikipedia review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:55:26 -0400
Official Wikipedia App for Android Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia containing more than 20 million articles in 280 languages, and is the most

Visual Anatomy Free review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:44:41 -0400
Interactive anatomy reference and fully support tablet

Vine review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:35:01 -0400
The best way to see and share life in motion

Vault-Hide SMS, Pics & Videos review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:28:43 -0400
Keep your private text messages, photos, and videos safely hidden from prying eyes

uTorrent review
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:18:30 -0400
Download and manage torrent files on your Android device

Motorola to begin taking Moto X preorders on Sept. 16
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:14:19 -0400

Motorola to begin taking Moto X preorders on Sept. 16Moto 36 smartwatch, which sold out in a matter of hours last week, will also be available again, but in limited quantities.>


'Star Wars' without music is downright disturbing
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:01:33 -0400

Remove the soaring soundtrack and Han Solo's grin looks rather disturbing.Awkward stares, random coughs, nervous laughing and scary Wookiee roars dominate the Throne Room awards ceremony when the soaring music soundtrack by John Williams is removed from "Star Wars.">


UK-based Phones 4u seeks administrator after EE contract loss
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:12:48 -0400
(Reuters) - UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u said it is seeking the appointment of administrators from PricewaterhouseCoopers after its key partner EE notified the company that it would not be renewing its network agreement. The contract, which ends in September next year with the UK's biggest mobile operator EE - which comprises T-Mobile and Orange, was crucial to the business for Phones 4u after it lost a similar contract with Vodafone Group Plc earlier this month. The company, majority-owned by private equity firm BC Partners, said the unexpected decisions by both Vodafone and EE "have come as a complete shock to the business." The decision has led Phones 4u to shut all of its 550 stores that employ about 5,600 workers, until a decision by the administrators is made on whether the business can be reopened for trading, the company said. "Today is a very sad day for our customers and our staff. If the mobile network operators decline to supply us, we do not have a business," Chief Executive David Kassler said in a statement.

Etsy bans sale of questionable Washington Redskins merch
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:23:00 -0400

Etsy bans sale of questionable Washington Redskins merch


In Sesame Street's 'Star Wars' parody, Chewie is a cookie, not a Wookiee
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:08:02 -0400

In Sesame Street's 'Star Wars' parody, Chewie is a cookie, not a WookieeSnuffleupagus plays a bantha, the mythical horned mount of Tatooine. Only-One Cannoli is a wise, weathered Jedi who mentors a young Luke Piewalker. Princess Parfaita's hair buns are made of two Oreos. That's about all you need to know to appreciate Star S'mores, Sesame Street's send-up of the George Lucas classic.


Nikon's mid-range D750 DSLR acts pricier than it actually is
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:35:00 -0400

Nikon's mid-range D750 DSLR acts pricier than it actually is


Simon Xie: Jack Ma's unassuming lieutenant at Alibaba
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:16:39 -0400

File photo shows representatives from Alibaba Group Holding arriving for the company's roadshow meeting in New YorkBy Gerry Shih and Matthew Miller BEIJING (Reuters) - Inside Alibaba, where co-founders are revered like rock stars, relatively few employees know about the soft-spoken executive who for years kept his same cramped office, unfashionable clothes and the self-effacing demeanor of a metalworker's son. Alongside Ma, who holds the lion's share of those domestic firms, Xie wields full legal sway over the onshore entities and the critical contracts that link them with the New York-listed vehicle. Yet much remains unknown about Xie, and the unusual shareholding arrangement has puzzled even high-level insiders. Some employees, said a former executive who worked closely with Xie, jokingly refer to the unassuming 45-year-old as shoufu - or "top millionaire" - even though he is not among the very top Alibaba shareholders.


Phones4u forced into administration after EE says it's pulling the plug
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400

Phones4u forced into administration after EE says it's pulling the plug


First Windows Phone spotted with new Windows branding
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:04:06 -0400

First Windows Phone spotted with new Windows brandingLeaked documents revealed earlier this week that Microsoft is planning to kill off the Windows Phone brand this holiday season in favour of just Windows. Now a new handset from My Go appears to be one of the first to use the Windows logo instead of Windows Phone. Images available on My Go's own website show a variety of Windows logos, and the Windows logo placement on the rear of the upcoming GoFone GF47W device. My Go's plans to brand its devices as Windows follows a similar move by HTC with its One M8 for Windows instead of Windows Phone for the device name, but HTC still opted to include a Windows Phone logo at the rear of the handset.


Last night's 'Doctor Who' might be one of its best ever
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:00:02 -0400

Last night's 'Doctor Who' might be one of its best everFor this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we'll be publishing on the site. The episode begins with the Doctor left alone in his thoughts — seemingly more of a trend this season than others. Instead of keeping Clara cooped up in the TARDIS, the Doctor seems to only pick up his companion when needed, which means we get to see a Clara grounded in reality, constantly revisiting a messy date with Danny Pink — née Rupert, which we know because the Doctor and Clara visit a young Rupert trying to solve the mystery of the boogeyman, with both of them nudging along his new "Dan the Soldier Man" name and identity. Yes, the Pink coincidence is a bit much — the one where his great-great-grandson (presumably) is the last man alive at the end of time — but the episode takes its time to provide enough justification and tie up whatever loose ends.


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