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Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google team up to support marriage equality

A total of 379 companies, including tech's biggest names, are trying to convince the Supreme Court to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality. These corporations, including Apple, Facebook, Google ...

Sharp asks turnaround fund for help, on top of aid from banks: source

Shopper wearing a mask rides an escalator past advertisements for Sharp Corp's Aquos television at an electronics shop in Tokyo By Ritsuko Ando and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Loss-making Sharp Corp has asked a domestic corporate turnaround fund to invest up to $250 million in capital - aid which would come on top of plans to tap its two main lenders for a second major bailout, a source said on Friday. Weak sales of smartphone screens in China, aggravated by an unexpected comeback by rival Japan Display Inc, have derailed Sharp's recovery efforts. Sharp Chief Executive Kozo Takahashi met with officials from its main lenders Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on Thursday, although he did not request specific amounts or make promises about restructuring, sources familiar with their exchange said. The embattled electronics manufacturer has also reached out to Japan Industrial Solutions to offer a stake worth up to 30 billion yen, according to one source with knowledge of the situation.


Tougher test awaits Deutsche Bank after clearing first Fed check

Headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt By Thomas Atkins FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank AG has passed the first "stress test" set by U.S. regulators but is unlikely to clear the next hurdle as the German bank struggles to tighten compliance fast enough to appease controllers at the Federal Reserve. By running its Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) tests, the Fed aims to ensure foreign banks are as well-run as domestic ones, and that the U.S. government is not left on the hook for problems created by overseas-based lenders.


Italy's €6bn broadband plan: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the rural notspots

Italy's €6bn broadband plan: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the rural notspots The government has laid down €6bn to give Italy better broadband, and it's hoping local telcos will do the same.


Italy's €6bn broadband plan: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the rural notspots

Italy's €6bn broadband plan: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the rural notspots The government has laid down €6bn to give Italy better broadband, and it's hoping local telcos will do the same.


Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars: do you need a map?

Google presents self-driving car in Mountain View The company at the forefront of the race, Google Inc, is creating intricate maps that detail every tree and curb along the road - an expensive endeavor that other companies could find difficult to match. Newer entrants such as ride-share service Uber and Apple Inc could take a shortcut and develop a car capable of piloting itself without such elaborate and expensive blueprints, industry experts say. Raj Rajkumar, one of the leading experts on self-driving cars at Carnegie Mellon University, said the map-based approach makes sense for a company with Google’s resources but is not required. “Google is capable of collecting all this information.


Dollar revs up for jobs data, euro bonds rally on ECB

A trader works at his screen at the Frankfurt stock exchange By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar hit a new 11-year high against major currencies on Friday as investors bet the monthly U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a 1 trillion euro campaign of bond-buying. Europe's benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 was barely changed in early trading after Thursday's news that the ECB will start its long-awaited QE program on Monday had seen it hit a seven-year high.[.EU] Analysts polled by Reuters expect U.S. payrolls due later to have increased 240,000 last month and the jobless rate to have ticked down to 5.6 percent from 5.7 percent. Philip Marey, a U.S.-focused strategist at Rabobank, said the Fed is happy with the labor market in terms of interest rate hikes, but slack prices were a concern. A strong jobs report could offset that and give the Fed reason to stick to its tightening timetable at the next policy meeting on March 17-18.


Iran would sell more oil if Western sanctions lifted: Mehr agency

A man inserts a fuel smart card to start a pump at a petrol station in northwestern Tehran Iran said oil prices would not rise above $60 a barrel until 2016 and that it would increase crude exports if Western sanctions over its nuclear program were lifted, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Friday. "We're not expecting oil prices to go over $60 until 2016. What will happen after that is not clear," Mehr quoted National Iranian Oil Co's head of international affairs, Mohsen Ghamsari, as saying. "When sanctions are lifted, it is our natural and legal right to increase our oil sales in an effort to raise market share." U.S. and EU sanctions that came into force in 2012 prohibit the import, purchase and transport of Iranian petroleum products.


EU rules that ebooks are an 'electronic service' and subject to higher tax

EU rules that ebooks are an 'electronic service' and subject to higher tax Not all books are equal, said the European Union this week, ruling that ebooks sold in Europe constitute an "electronically supplied service" and so are subject to a higher rate of value-added tax (VAT) than physical books. This means that buying ebooks is likely to become more expensive in some countries, as booksellers raise their prices to pass the cost of increased VAT rates onto customers. This change will primarily affect France and Luxembourg — the two countries that prompted the ruling after petitioning the EU's Court of Justice (ECJ) to be allowed to sell ebooks at the VAT rate of paper books. In France, this means the VAT rate will increase from 5.5 percent to 20 percent, while in Luxembourg it will rise from 3.5 percent to 17 percent.


Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon.

Oil climbs to $61 on Mideast supply concerns

An oil well pump jack is seen at an oil field supply yard near Denver Brent crude oil rose to around $61 a barrel on Friday as fighting in Libya and Iraq stoked output worries, while traders kept a close eye on Iran nuclear talks that could eventually bring more supply to world markets. Fighting has escalated in northeast Iraq where Islamic State militants have set fire to oilfields to deter Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers from advancing. In Libya, worsening security conditions have led to the closure of 11 oilfields. "The Libyan and Iraqi oilfield skirmishes are worrying," said Tamas Varga, oil analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.


Oracle's now dumping Java crapware bundles on your Mac, too

Since megayachts aren't going to buy themselves, Larry Ellison's Oracle has been picking up extra cash for years by slipping adware to Windows users via its ubiquitous Java software. If you felt smug because ...

Oracle's now dumping Java crapware bundles on your Mac, too

What's in a name: The battle for the soul of Arduino

What's in a name: The battle for the soul of Arduino The creators of Arduino have differing visions for the open source hardware project's future. Whose will win?


What's in a name: The battle for the soul of Arduino

What's in a name: The battle for the soul of Arduino The creators of Arduino have differing visions for the open source hardware project's future. Whose will win?


SAP to cut 2,250 posts while creating similar number in refocusing

A SAP logo is seen at its offices in the CityWest complex, Dublin Business software maker SAP SE will cut about 2,250 posts, or around 3 percent of its global workforce, while creating a similar number in expanding parts of the company, as it accelerates a push to sell its products via the Internet. Last year SAP, Europe's largest software maker, which employs about 75,000 workers worldwide, cut a similar percentage of posts, said Stefan Ries, SAP's chief of human resources. He said SAP expects to create about 2,200 jobs this year in growth areas such at its cloud business, its in-memory database Hana and Concur, the expenses software maker it bought last year for $7.3 billion. Established software makers such as SAP are battling to boost internet software sales and fend off pure cloud-based rivals such as Salesforce.com and Workday .


SAP to cut 2,250 posts while creating similar number in refocusing

A SAP logo is seen at its offices in the CityWest complex, Dublin Business software maker SAP SE will cut about 2,250 posts, or around 3 percent of its global workforce, while creating a similar number in expanding parts of the company, as it accelerates a push to sell its products via the Internet. Last year SAP, Europe's largest software maker, which employs about 75,000 workers worldwide, cut a similar percentage of posts, said Stefan Ries, SAP's chief of human resources. He said SAP expects to create about 2,200 jobs this year in growth areas such at its cloud business, its in-memory database Hana and Concur, the expenses software maker it bought last year for $7.3 billion. Established software makers such as SAP are battling to boost internet software sales and fend off pure cloud-based rivals such as Salesforce.com and Workday .


Apple's secret lab where Facebook and BMW build Watch apps

Apple's secret lab where Facebook and BMW build Watch apps A new Bloomberg report reveals that Apple has allowed some companies, including Facebook and BMW, into its Cupertino headquarters to test apps that will be released alongside the Apple Watch. The report describes the secretive and tightly controlled process of working with the wearable — internet access is blocked, and developers cannot bring outside materials into the room that houses the Apple Watch. Bloomberg reports that developers are sometimes forced to share a room to work on the watch, and have to leave the code for apps in development on hard drives that can't leave Apple's offices. So strict are Apple's rules that it will only send the finalized versions of apps developed by third parties to their creators closer to the device's launch.


'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. The personal email server used by Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer. Setting up your own email server is easier and cheaper than you might think. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File) WASHINGTON (AP) — No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.


Ryan Spoon: ESPN SVP. Entrepreneur. Golfer.

Ryan Spoon: ESPN SVP. Entrepreneur. Golfer. Ryan Spoon, a senior vice president of product development at ESPN, spoke with TechRepublic about his unique career path, how his team builds products, and how swimming for Duke University inspired his first startup.


Crave giveaway: Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac

Crave giveaway: Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac Prefer talking over typing? Get version 4 of Nuance Communications' Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac. For free.>


Crave giveaway: Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac

Crave giveaway: Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac Prefer talking over typing? Get version 4 of Nuance Communications' Dragon Dictate speech recognition software for Mac. For free.>


Amazon opens web store inside of Chinese archrival

Amazon opens web store inside of Chinese archrival Amazon has opened a store on Tmall, an online marketplace owned by Chinese retail giant and Amazon archrival Alibaba. The new store, which sells food, shoes, toys, kitchenware, and other items imported from outside China, shows Amazon's intentions to grow its business in a market projected to be worth $1.01 trillion by 2018. A spokesperson for Alibaba said the Chinese company welcomed Amazon to its ecosystem, and said its presence "will further broaden the selection of international products and elevate the shopping experience for Chinese consumers on Tmall." A number of western retailers, including Burberry and ASOS, have also opened their own stores on the Alibaba-owned site in 2015. The US-based Amazon already runs a Chinese-language store, but it hasn't seen the kind of runaway success the company's domestic site achieved at home — Bloomberg says that international sales only made up 38 percent of Amazon's revenue in 2014, down from 48 percent in 2009.


Japan Display confirms new plant, source says for Apple

Japan Display Inc said on Friday that it would build a new $1.4 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing plant, which a source said would supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc. The company did not name Apple, in line with its policy of not identifying clients. A person familiar with the matter said Apple would also invest an unspecified amount in the plant, which would further the Japanese screen maker's aim of becoming the primary supplier of high-tech screens for iPhones. The total cost of the plant in Ishikawa, central Japan, is estimated at 170 billion yen, Japan Display said in its statement. Global iPhone sales, notably in China, have surged to make Apple the most profitable company in history.

Apple expects you to use its Watch in 10-second bursts

Apple doesn't want you to spend a lot of time with Watch apps. Specifically, if you're looking at your Cupertino-device adorned wrist for more than 10 seconds, that isn't ideal according to Bloomberg's ...

Apple expects you to use its Watch in 10-second bursts

Uber halts low-cost ride service in Seoul, seeks to avoid ban

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in Madrid Online taxi service provider Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday it would suspend its low-cost uberX ride service in South Korea, in another concession by the U.S.-based firm trying to avoid a total ban in Asia's fourth-largest economy. Uber said the decision to suspend the service in Seoul, effective Friday, was part of its efforts to bring its business in line with local regulations. "We stay committed to cooperate to reach a compromise with the city and taxi industry, and look forward to working together to bring regulated options to Seoul," Uber said in a statement. An official at the city of Seoul said the authorities would review Uber's decision in detail before deciding on a response.


Apple lets companies fine-tune apps before watch debut: Bloomberg

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino Facebook Inc , United Continental Holdings Inc , BMW AG and others have spent weeks at Apple's headquarters, working with the smartwatch to test and fine-tune apps that will debut alongside the device, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the process. The watch, which will let consumers check their email, pay for goods at retail stores and monitor personal health information, will be Apple's first major product launch since the iPad in 2010. The company has scheduled a special event in San Fransisco on March 9 where it is expected to showcase Apple Watch, which will be launched in April. Apple uses extreme measures to keep its work secret - Internet access is blocked inside the rooms and no outside materials can be brought in, Bloomberg reported, citing a person who attended the tests.


Apple lets companies fine-tune apps before watch debut: Bloomberg

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino Facebook Inc , United Continental Holdings Inc , BMW AG and others have spent weeks at Apple's headquarters, working with the smartwatch to test and fine-tune apps that will debut alongside the device, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the process. The watch, which will let consumers check their email, pay for goods at retail stores and monitor personal health information, will be Apple's first major product launch since the iPad in 2010. The company has scheduled a special event in San Fransisco on March 9 where it is expected to showcase Apple Watch, which will be launched in April. Apple uses extreme measures to keep its work secret - Internet access is blocked inside the rooms and no outside materials can be brought in, Bloomberg reported, citing a person who attended the tests.


Sturdy U.S. jobs report seen, could keep June rate hike on table

usnPeople wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. A Reuters survey of economists forecast a 240,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls after a 257,000 gain in January. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York. The jobless rate was forecast to fall one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.6 percent, while average hourly earnings were seen rising 0.2 percent after jumping 0.5 percent in January.


Australian government cloud services panel sees new additions

Australian government cloud services panel sees new additions ​Cloud services provider Bulletproof and Hitachi Data Systems Australia are in the latest list of companies to be added to the Australian Department of Finance's whole-of-government cloud services panel.


Australian government cloud services panel sees new additions

Australian government cloud services panel sees new additions ​Cloud services provider Bulletproof and Hitachi Data Systems Australia are in the latest list of companies to be added to the Australian Department of Finance's whole-of-government cloud services panel.


Robotic glove puts rehabilitation into the hands of stroke patients

Robotic glove puts rehabilitation into the hands of stroke patients Researchers have developed a prototype robotic glove aimed at rehabilitating stroke patients through facilitating movement and exercise.>


Robotic glove puts rehabilitation into the hands of stroke patients

Robotic glove puts rehabilitation into the hands of stroke patients Researchers have developed a prototype robotic glove aimed at rehabilitating stroke patients through facilitating movement and exercise.>


Vuzix's new VR headset adds earphones and supports multiple devices

Yet another VR headset? We wouldn't be surprised if that's what you're thinking after all the VR headset news these past few days. This one is the latest device out of Vuzix's headquarters called the IWear ...

Vuzix's new VR headset adds earphones and supports multiple devices

SAP pitches HANA as a 'very open platform'

SAP pitches HANA as a 'very open platform' SAP's Steve Lucas has argued that while its newest Business Suite 4 has been built only for its HANA platform, it will give customers 'choice', as it will be available on multiple cloud platforms.


SAP pitches HANA as a 'very open platform'

SAP pitches HANA as a 'very open platform' SAP's Steve Lucas has argued that while its newest Business Suite 4 has been built only for its HANA platform, it will give customers 'choice', as it will be available on multiple cloud platforms.


Two adorable new spiders found: Meet Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus

Two adorable new spiders found: Meet Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus Two new species of peacock spider have been found in Queensland, Australia -- the colourful Sparklemuffin and the spooky Skeletorus.>


Microsoft Windows vulnerable to 'FREAK' encryption flaw too

Microsoft Windows vulnerable to 'FREAK' encryption flaw too Previously thought limited to Apple and Google browsers, the flaw leaves communications between affected users and websites open to interception.>


Microsoft Windows vulnerable to 'FREAK' encryption flaw too

Microsoft Windows vulnerable to 'FREAK' encryption flaw too Previously thought limited to Apple and Google browsers, the flaw leaves communications between affected users and websites open to interception.>


Fed should not be too patient on rate hikes, Williams says

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Williams speaks during an interview with Reuters in Washington Federal Reserve policymakers should not wait too long to raise interest rates, a top U.S. central banker said on Thursday, because doing so could mean "drastically" overshooting on inflation and forcing the Fed to hike rates dramatically. "I think that by mid-year it will be the time to have a serious discussion about starting to raise rates," San Francisco Fed chief John Williams said. "I see a safer course in a gradual increase, and that calls for starting a bit earlier." The hawkish remarks from the normally centrist Williams do much to suggest the era of rock bottom interest rates is nearing an end. Williams' concern over waiting too long marks a stark contrast with the dovish worries of another policymaker, Chicago Fed chief Charles Evans, who earlier this week called for delaying rate hikes until 2016, citing the dangers of premature rate increases.


This latest Furious 7 clip is somehow even crazier than the rest

This latest Furious 7 clip is somehow even crazier than the rest At this point the Fast & Furious series is just daring you to throw your hands up in disbelief. After a set of increasingly ludicrous trailers, the latest clip from the upcoming movie, Furious 7, shows Vin Diesel and his crew of incomprehensibly badass street racers lining up to throw a series of expensive vehicles out a cargo plane. To understand the complex motivations behind the movie, check out Fast & Furious uber-fan Chris Ziegler's dialog breakdown.


Technology: Embrace It, Fear It, Live It

You know when you're with your friends, but you're not really with your friends? Simply put, they're technically with their phones. And all you want to say is, "Hey guys! How are your phones?"And still, there they are still scrolling through Instagram as if each post is going to be deleted within two seconds, ignoring your every word. Don't get...

Theaters offer 29-hour Marvel movie marathons ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron

Theaters offer 29-hour Marvel movie marathons ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron Do you like Marvel movies? Then you'll be be interested in the Ultimate Marvel Marathons being held at AMC and Regal movie theaters in late April. The 29-hour sessions start at 6 PM on April 29th, and run through the 11 Marvel movies released since 2008's Iron Man in order.


Video game veteran takes swing at playful app aimed at kids

Phillip Chu Joy, left, and Juan Pablo Cabrejos Meza, right, ride a swing in the Biba smart playground at the Game Developers Conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a sea of virtual-reality headsets and monitors broadcasting video games, there's something that seems completely alien at the Game Developers Conference: a swing set.


Wankband charges gizmos with a flick of the wrist

PornHub thinks it has a sexier solution for the age old problem of a gadget running out of juice prematurely, and the secret is in the (hairy) palm of your hand. Say hello to the Wankband: a wearable that ...

Wankband charges gizmos with a flick of the wrist

Harrison Ford in 'fair to moderate' condition after small-plane crash

Harrison Ford in 'fair to moderate' condition after small-plane crash The "Star Wars" actor reportedly crashed his small two-seater on a golf course close to Santa Monica Airport Thursday and has been hospitalized for his injuries, according to reports.>


Harrison Ford in 'fair to moderate' condition after small-plane crash

Harrison Ford in 'fair to moderate' condition after small-plane crash The "Star Wars" actor reportedly crashed his small two-seater on a golf course close to Santa Monica Airport Thursday and has been hospitalized for his injuries, according to reports.>


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