Updated Aug. 18, 2014 at 7:26 a.m.

IBM cuts in Korea; Google's latest buy; Microsoft touts Explorer - again; LinkedIn's new move; Apple storage in China; Xbox update

Published: 2014-08-18 06:45:00
Updated: 2014-08-18 07:26:41


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news:

  • Officials say IBM is rerstructuring in Korea
  • Google buys image analysis startup Jetpac
  • Microsoft urges web users for second chance to Internet Explorer
  • What LinkedIn’s marketing prospects look like after its Bizo buy
  • Apple to start storing user data in China
  • Xbox One announces major software update for September.

The details:

  • Korea Times: IBM restructuring

IBM Korea is "launching another round of restructuring to counter steep drops in profits," according to a report in The Korea Times.

"IBM is scaling down its Korean business as the company's top management believes Korea isn't an important market itself," an official told the publication.

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  • Google buys image analysis startup Jetpac

Google has taken a smart move to improve its search algorithm for images by acquiring Jetpac, a popular developer for social travel apps. Jetpac is renowned for its services in niches of social media, and developing interesting apps for travelers. It was launched in 2012 as a social travel guide for iPad. It has evolved significantly since then to utilize its research in a better way. According to sources, Google will employ Jetpac to continue its research in developing better image-related search means.

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  • Microsoft urges web users for second chance to Internet Explorer

Seeing the declining popularity of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), its developers and program managers took to the “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit, urging the web users to give the browser a second chance. The developers have promised that they are working on changing Internet Explorer’s name, in an attempt to rescue the browser from its often-negative reputation.

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  • What LinkedIn’s marketing prospects look like after its Bizo buy

Last weekend, Bloomberg News got ahold of what it claimed was an internal LinkedIn memo where the company envisioned a $1 billion business by 2017 as an “integrated marketing and sales platform” for business-to-business (B2B) marketers, fueled with its $175 million acquisition of Bizo. Business Insider posted the purported document a few days later. Is this vision realistic? And what does it mean for digital marketing and advertising?

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  • Apple to start storing user data in China

Apple has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google, which has long refused to build data centers in China due to censorship and privacy concerns.

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  • Xbox One announces major software update for September

Xbox One will be releasing a big update to its users, promising huge improvements and new features. Though the PlayStation 4 has outperformed the Xbox One in terms of sales, Microsoft has been on a mission in making sure that their consumers remain happy with their Xbox Ones by making sure to keep improving its software. In the span of eight months, Xbox One has released eight updates since its launch back in November, and this coming update will be the 9th in nine months.

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