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Twitter, like Facebook before its own IPO, was criticized for not having women or minorities on its board of directors. Critics such as former Triangle tech entrepreneur and current Duke academic to criticize the company.
"We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data," Microsoft says. "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks."
Online shoppers - especially at Amazon, eBay and through Google - drove traffic to record levels and ended up making nearly $2 billion in purchases, according to Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor and Internet research firm ComScore.
The changes to Google Compute Engine service are aimed at attracting corporate customers away from Amazon, Microsoft and others that are betting businesses will access computing power from large, centralized data centers instead of their own systems.
Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users are especially benefiting, with mobile traffic accounting for 30 percent of the total, an increase of 58 percent from last year, IBM reports. Meanwhile, Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor reports big increases for Google, Amazon and eBay.
Apple pays more than $200 million for Topsy, said people with knowledge of the deal, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The San Francisco-based startup's service is used by companies to analyze consumer sentiment on Twitter, be it responses to TV shows or politics.
From its launch 11 years ago, Local Tech Wire as it was known then has offered a daily email blast. Adding a news feed on Twitter brought on more readers. We've recently added a PM email blast, too. With Facebook, readers have a new channel to follow our news.
With six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and New Years in 2013, retailers were counting on getting a big boost from turkey day shoppers. Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisors reports the online "baskets" were filled,
Wayin partners with the Denver Broncos to project tweeted photos and tweets from fans onto the Sports Authority Field at Mile High's Thundervision 2, the stadium's marquee 40-foot high, by 220 foot wide video scoreboard.
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! to upgrade computer security against hackers.
How popular are new iPhones in Japan? Apple sold three of every four smartphones in Japan last month after the country's largest carrier, NTT Docomo began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher.
Microsoft's board is focusing on Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella as part of a group of more likely candidates to become the next CEO of the world's biggest software company, according to people familiar with the matter.
With nicknames like "the blue light of death" and "the disc drive of doom," they're the game-ending glitches causing headaches for a few gamers who picked up the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at launch.
Bitcoins, which exist as software and aren't regulated by any country or banking authority, surged to a record $1,044 today, up more than 80-fold from a year earlier. The currency has rallied on growing interest from investors in China and the U.S., while merchants are starting to accept Bitcoins for everything from Gummi bears to tuition fees.
Fluid Inc., an Internet startup that helps shoppers create custom Brooks Brothers suits and Reebok sneakers, will introduce its first app powered by IBM's Watson system by mid-2014, pushing the technology into the consumer market for the first time.
The Moto G starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
The wig would communicate wirelessly with another device and include tactile feedback, Sony says. Depending on the model, the hairpiece may include a camera, laser pointer or global positioning system sensor, it said.
Disclosures of spying abroad may cost U.S. companies as much as $35 billion in lost revenue through 2016 because of doubts about the security of information on their systems, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a policy research group in Washington whose board includes representatives of companies such as IBM and Intel.
U.S. broadcasters say they're near an agreement to share frequencies with the Defense Department, a move that could help free airwaves for use by mobile providers led by Verizon Wireless and AT&T while preserving spectrum for local TV stations. More broadcast news: Nielsen buying Harris Interactive.