Internet News Headlines

Thu, Jul 31 2014

BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

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TORONTO - BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients.

31 Jul 2014

Canada takes steps to secure network after China hacking claim

TORONTO - Canada's top research body has taken steps to tighten security on its computer network, it said on Thursday, days after the government accused state-backed Chinese hackers of breaking into the system.

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Alibaba invests $120 million in Kabam in latest U.S. deal

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NEW YORK - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has invested $120 million (£71.06 million) in San Francisco-based mobile games studio Kabam, the latest in a string of U.S. investments intended to build up the Chinese online retailer's presence in the world's biggest Internet arena.

31 Jul 2014

U.S. judge orders Microsoft to submit customer's emails from abroad

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NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data centre in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.

31 Jul 2014

LinkedIn forecasts strong quarter, driven by hiring business

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- Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp forecast better-than-expected adjusted profit and revenue in the current quarter, helped by a rapid rise in its hiring business.

31 Jul 2014

Panasonic says to invest in $5 billion Tesla battery plant, coy on details

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TOKYO - Panasonic Corp confirmed on Thursday it would invest in U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc's planned $5 billion (3.25 billion pound) lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, but said it had yet to decide on the size and timing of its investment.

31 Jul 2014

France's Iliad challenges Sprint for control of T-Mobile

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PARIS/NEW YORK - French telecommunications company Iliad SA has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile carrier now controlled by Japan's Softbank Corp.

Business, Japan 1:14am BST

Brazil OKs combining Slim's companies, but Claro must go public

BRASILIA - Brazil's telecommunications regulator, Anatel, on Thursday approved combining three companies owned by Carlos Slim's América Móvil, on the condition that its cellphone division Claro register as a publicly held company with the country's securities watchdog, CVM.

31 Jul 2014

Nokia buys part of Panasonic's network business

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HELSINKI - Nokia said on Thursday it agreed to buy part of Panasonic's telecoms network business to boost its operations in Japan, already a key market for the Finnish company.

31 Jul 2014

Smartphone management flaws puts users at risk, researchers say

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VIENNA - Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 percent of the world's 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices.

31 Jul 2014
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UK’s strong GDP has a soft centre

The headline - 0.8 percent second-quarter growth - sounds good. But construction shrank and industrial production was weak. Only services were strong. It sounds like a warning of future problems. Expectations of a UK interest rate rise may be delayed, leading the pound down.