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Mozilla Names Chris Beard Interim CEO

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:38am
Mozilla named the web organization's marketing chief, Chris Beard, to serve as interim chief executive, after a co-founder stepped down from that role following complaints about his opposition to gay marriage.

With Palm-Readers, There's Mobile Payments in Your Future

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:12am
Quixter, a small company founded by an engineering student in Sweden, has built a reader that analyzes the structure of the blood veins inside the palm, and has linked it to a payments system.

Acer Looks to the Clouds

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:51am
Acer's new Chief Executive Jason Chen knows he has his work cut out for him. "Successful turnarounds don't happen that often," he said on Tuesday, at the sidelines of the local launch of Acer's Liquid E3 smartphone in Taipei.

German Startups Discover an Old Strength: German Engineering

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:00am
Germany's old-fashioned engineering prowess is translating into successful fund raising for a number of gadgets.

Deep Dives Into Shoppers' Views

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:33pm
Companies are finding they can dig more deeply into what consumers think by analyzing focus groups, surveys, online forums and social media.

Relativity Media Fails to Snatch Maker Studios

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:36pm
Film and entertainment company Relativity Media jumped in with a counterbid for Maker Studios, but failed in its attempt to wrest the online-video producer from Walt Disney.

Google Agrees to Buy Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:56pm
Google said Monday it agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones, as the Internet search giant adds more aerial technology to collect images and get more of the world's population online.

Twitter's Lockup Holds Key to Stock

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:33pm
Although Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and some other insiders don't plan to sell stock when a lockup on share sales expires in early May, other investors may want to take wing.

Google Weighs Boosting Encrypted Sites in Its Search Algorithm

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:48pm
In a move that could make it harder to spy on Web users, Google is considering giving a boost in its search results to sites that use encryption.

How Acxiom Ties Online Ads to Your in-Store Purchases

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:48pm
Google is working with data companies including Acxiom and Epsilon to measure whether its online search ads spur sales in physical stores.

Heartbleed Sheds Light on NSA's Use of Bugs

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:14pm
The turmoil caused by the encryption bug is shedding light on a little-known element of the White House's surveillance overhaul package: how the government handles software holes and vulnerabilities

Samsung Leans on Google in Apple Suit

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:02pm
Samsung opened its defense against Apple's patent-infringement charges by turning to Google, which maintains it didn't copy anything from the iPhone in creating the Android operating system.

That Heartbleed 'Disaster' Scenario Is Actually Possible

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:59am
A Heartbleed "disaster" scenario that seemingly wasn't possible is actually possible.

Space Quest: Google Needs More Offices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:58am
Google has played a major role in New York's evolution into a technology center and now wants to expand further in the city, launching a search for enough space to hold more than 3,000 employees.

Yahoo to Set Stage for Alibaba's IPO Filing

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:55am
It's a big week for tech earnings, but the most interesting news may come from Yahoo, which will release revenue and profit numbers from Alibaba.

Connecting Africa's Unconnected

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:54am
Kenya's Safaricom is outfitting private minibuses with free Wi-Fi, hoping to get consumers hooked on mobile Internet service.

Heartbleed Bug's 'Voluntary' Origins

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:28am
The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European coders and a former military consultant in Maryland.

Amazon Set to Release Smartphone This Year

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:26am
The retailer has plans to announce the phone in June and to begin shipping by the end of September, according to people briefed on the company's plans.

Report: Facebook Moves Deeper Into Mobile Payments

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:19am
Facebook's goal is to connect the world. Now, it seems the company wants to connect world's wallets.

HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Episode 2: Let's Make a Deal

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:57am
On episode 2 of HBO's "Silicon Valley," the bumbling entrepreneur may be too clueless to be true. Here's the breakdown, with commentary from investors who have done their share of early-stage deals.