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Ancestry.com Agrees To $1.6 Billion Buyout Led By European Private Equity Firm Permira, Says WSJ

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Genealogy website Ancestry.com — which filed for an IPO back in 2009 – has agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by European private equity firm Permira in a deal said to be worth about $1.6 billion, or $32 per share, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The paper...
Ancestry.com Agrees To $1.6 Billion Buyout Led By European Private Equity Firm Permira, Says WSJ

GNM taps Rightster to launch Guardian Select Video, a syndication portal to monetize digital video

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Guardian News & Media (GNM), the publisher behind Guardian.co.uk, Guardiannews.com and the Guardian and Observer newspapers, has now announced the launch of Guardian Select Video, in partnership with Rightster. The new partnership will herald the launch of a private video syndication portal that’s geared towards distributing and monetizing its digital...
GNM taps Rightster to launch Guardian Select Video, a syndication portal to monetize digital video

There's Some Hope For Windows 8 After All (MSFT)

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Microsoft is getting ready to launch a new version of its Windows 8 operating system, codenamed Windows Blue, this summer that will reportedly fix many gripes people have with the current version. Microsoft's hardware partners are getting ready for the transition too. We've already seen some reports that smaller and...
There's Some Hope For Windows 8 After All (MSFT)

China raps Apple once again, but this time over porn distribution

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Apple is under scrutiny again by the Chinese government, but not for poor customer service: it’s for pornography. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that an ongoing investigation is underway, which has caught up with Apple and other other small companies for providing ways to access pornographic content. According to...
China raps Apple once again, but this time over porn distribution

News Corp Backs Down On Anti-Google Stance, Plans Searchable Article Previews, Keeps Paywall Intact

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is planning once again to let stories from its paywalled UK newspaper The Times get indexed by the search giant Google. This reverses a two-year-old policy in which News Corp dramatically pulled stories from from Google as it prepared a paywall to better monetize that content...
News Corp Backs Down On Anti-Google Stance, Plans Searchable Article Previews, Keeps Paywall Intact
Apple buys indoor-GPS startup WifiSlam for $20M

Now Intel Is Trying To Beat Apple To A TV (INTC)

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Intel is reportedly working on a set-top box for your TV that will let you stream video and audio content, record shows online, and watch a few select cable channels. We've been hearing rumblings of Intel's set-top box for a few months, but TechCrunch and Slashgear are both reporting that...
Now Intel Is Trying To Beat Apple To A TV (INTC)

LinkedIn redesigns its 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' page, expands analytics for Premium members

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LinkedIn is rolling out a new, simplified look for the section of its social network which gives users a comprehensive list of the people who have recently viewed their profile. The layout for users with a ‘free’ account is largely the same, showing a mixture of known colleagues and contacts...
LinkedIn redesigns its 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' page, expands analytics for Premium members

WSJ: Microsoft working with suppliers on touch-enabled smartwatch

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Microsoft is the latest tech giant said to be working on designs for a smartwatch. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the Redmond-based company has been working with suppliers in Asia to acquire components for a wearable computing device, though the likelihood of such a device's release is uncertain....
WSJ: Microsoft working with suppliers on touch-enabled smartwatch

Designs reportedly in the works for Apple-created TV, but in "early stages"

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On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal dumped more fuel on the TV fire by claiming Apple is currently testing multiple designs for TV sets with its Asian suppliers. Though Apple has also reportedly been in talks with cable TV operators to deliver live TV on demand to a set-top...
Designs reportedly in the works for Apple-created TV, but in "early stages"

Booting Up: What Is Art? Edition

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And it seemed like British politicians had let the internet off the hook in crafting proposed regulations to reign in the unruly U.K. press. Not so fast. Policy directors from Google and Facebook have been summoned to appear before Parliament next week. [Tech Crunch] Twice yearly, Google releases data on...
Booting Up: What Is Art? Edition

Yahoo board approves $1.1B acquisition of Tumblr -- WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting on Twitter that Yahoo's board has given the green light for the company's $1.1 billion purchase of the blogging site. [Read more]...
Yahoo board approves $1.1B acquisition of Tumblr -- WSJ

Someone's Very Good Reputation Is Going To Go Up In Flames Over This Disagreement Between Apple Experts (AAPL)

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Is there going to be an Apple TV set? Former Apple product boss and could-have-been CEO Jean-Louis Gassée could not be more firm in his answer: "I simply don't believe Apple will make, or even wants to make, a TV set." Meanwhile, Apple analyst Gene Munster just went on CNBC to say...
Someone's Very Good Reputation Is Going To Go Up In Flames Over This Disagreement Between Apple Experts (AAPL)
The Atlantic's Quartz: interesting ... but willit make a profit?

ATD's Staff Sounds Off on Facebook Home and the HP Pocket

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Bit of a slow past few days in major tech news, so we over at AllThingsD weren’t making our usual busy rounds on the media circuit talking about the latest goings on in the industry. Still, a few of us made the airwaves to talk about tech this week. Our...
ATD's Staff Sounds Off on Facebook Home and the HP Pocket
Creating the first lab-made human heart
All-singing devices are eating up MP3 player sales

Boot up: app price woes, Syria traffic stops, Prenda Law phasered, and more

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Plus Nokia's new China boss, first-quarter Windows 8 PC sales analysed, Google Glass positive and negative, and moreA burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamApps are too cheap >> Dave AddeyAddey is behind the UK Train Times, Qi and Malcolm Tucker apps:...
Boot up: app price woes, Syria traffic stops, Prenda Law phasered, and more

"Our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive and..."

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"Our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive and we're losing money." - An internal email to Motorola staffers leaked to Amir Efrati of WSJ. ...but if you can look past all that... Google plans to layoff another 10 percent of employees -- following the 20...
"Our costs are too high, we're operating in markets where we're not competitive and..."

Looking for a Job? Work for an App!

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Apps have created a range of jobs that don't require a computer science degree and pay employees enough money to make a living. WSJ's Monika Vosough met Gabriel Hill who works for the on-demand errand service app Exec....
Looking for a Job? Work for an App!

With Jony Ive working on interface design, Apple hardware and software teams further collaborating

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The Wall Street Journal has profiled some of the work between hardware and software teams within Apple since Jony Ive has taken on software interface responsibilities. According to the profile, Apple’s software design team is being briefed earlier on hardware specifics than ever before. That dynamic is changing, according to the...
With Jony Ive working on interface design, Apple hardware and software teams further collaborating

Dell takeover battle set to generate $400m fees bonanza for banks

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Banks advising bidders on debt to fund highly leveraged buyout of computer maker said to be 'licking their chops' over paydayThe $24.4bn (£16bn) takeover battle for Dell is set to hand Wall Street firms their biggest advisory payday in at least three years by generating $400m in fee income for...
Dell takeover battle set to generate $400m fees bonanza for banks

Apple shares dip below $500 following reports it cut iPhone 5 screen orders

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Investors take fright after Wall Street Journal suggests move indicates weakening of demandApple's shares dipped below $500 on Monday as Wall Street took fright over reports that it had cut orders for parts from screen suppliers for its iPhone 5 - but others said the reaction was overdone.The Nikkei newspaper...
Apple shares dip below $500 following reports it cut iPhone 5 screen orders

WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

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The Wall Street Journal snagged a preview of an upcoming book co-authored by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the company's Jared Cohen, and it doesn't seem to paint the rosiest picture of China. Dubbed The New Digital Age, the tome reportedly claims China is "the world's most active...
WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

WSJ: Google Is Putting The 'Finishing Touches' On Google Maps For iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)

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Google is putting the final touches on a Google Maps app for iPhones and iPads, the WSJ reports.  The app has been distributed to a few people outside the company for testing, according to the report.  However, the WSJ does not give a target date for the app's launch, although...
WSJ: Google Is Putting The 'Finishing Touches' On Google Maps For iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)

Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division

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Details are expectedly light on this one, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has acquired R2 Studios, a startup focused on home entertainment and home automation founded by Blake Krikorian (best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Sling). According to the WSJ, Krikorian and...
Microsoft acquires home automation startup R2 Studios to bolster Xbox division

Wall Street: WSJ report of iPhone cut may be inaccurate

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An unverified rumor reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and repeated by other media outlets of Apple cutting orders on the iPhone 5, which briefly sent the stock below $500 is likely misleading, say two leading Wall Street analysts, and at best the result of misinterpretation of supplier reports. Both...
Wall Street: WSJ report of iPhone cut may be inaccurate

Ex-Yahoo Product Boss Blake Irving Talks About Being A CEO Who Wears T-Shirts And Shorts

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Before Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo last summer, the company's most recent product boss was a guy named Blake Irving. Irving ran Yahoo product for a couple years. Before that, he was known for helping Microsoft establish itself on the Internet. Today, Irving is the CEO of domain registrar GoDaddy....
Ex-Yahoo Product Boss Blake Irving Talks About Being A CEO Who Wears T-Shirts And Shorts

UK trials updated 1950s naval tech, avoids GPS jamming risk

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It's always nice to see an old tech stage a comeback and this time it's happening around the coasts of Europe, with nine low-frequency radio transmitters substituting for GPS' satellite-based system. eLoran's radiowave-based system is stronger than satellite signals and less jammable, based on the Loran system that was...
UK trials updated 1950s naval tech, avoids GPS jamming risk

Apple's Public Relations Department Opening Up Under Tim Cook

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For years, Apple Public Relations has issued press releases for major product announcements, handed out exclusives and loaner units to a few select reporters and columnists, and occasionally signed off on an interview with one of the senior executives when it suited their marketing message. That strategy gave the company...
Apple's Public Relations Department Opening Up Under Tim Cook
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