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Handout of an artist's rendering of the proposal to re-develop part of Google Headquarters North Bayshore campus in Mountain ViewGoogle Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies. The submission of the plan to the City Council in Mountain View, California, which the company chose for its headquarters 15 years ago, marks the first step in what city officials describe as a long review process. The new headquarters would give the Internet company the room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared to the 20,000 Google staffers that currently work in the city, a Google spokeswoman said. Google's blueprint for new headquarters in the city's North Bayshore district has gathered widespread attention because the design is seen as architecturally innovative.

File photograph of Oracle Corp headquarters Redwood CityBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oracle America Inc, the software giant in charge of developing Oregon's failed health exchange website, has filed suit against five former staff and campaign advisers to the state's former governor, saying they worked behind the scenes to kill the site for political reasons, court documents showed. The company also gave notice to state administrators on Thursday, the same day it filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, that it might file similar claims against former Governor John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto. The lawsuit says Kitzhaber's staffers and advisers, who did not work for Cover Oregon, "improperly influenced" the decision to shutter the site and then blamed Oracle to defuse the political consequences.     Named in the lawsuit are Kitzhaber's former campaign manager Patricia McCaig, consultants Kevin Looper and Mark Wiener, former business policy director Scott Nelson and former spokesman Tim Raphael.

Logo of Deutsche Telekom AG in BonnBy Leila Abboud, Harro Ten Wolde and Julia Fioretti PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies. Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. The renaissance is a marked shift from the past five years in which the sector's sales fell steadily because of regulation ending various types of mobile fees and tough competition from cable operators such as Liberty Global and low-cost players like France's Iliad .

The logo of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. is seen at its shop in TokyoBy Yoshiyasu Shida TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT Communications Corp is in talks to acquire German data center provider e-shelter for about 100 billion yen ($836 million), according to a source familiar with the matter. An acquisition of e-shelter by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Communications is the latest in the NTT Corp's overseas expansion due to a dwindling home market. NTT bought South African IT firm Dimension Data for 382 billion yen ($3.2 billion) in 2010, followed by takeover deals with a combined worth of 85.5 billion yen ($715.42 million) of two U.S. ...

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold. The 24-page "discussion draft" on data privacy immediately sparked sharp reaction from the technology industry, which said the proposal would hurt innovation, and also from privacy advocacy groups that said it did not go far enough. President Barack Obama has made cyber security a major focus in the wake of high-profile hacks at companies such as Sony Pictures Anthem Inc and Target Corp. Obama has also proposed legislation to help the government and private sector more readily share cyber attack data, a new national standard requiring companies to tell consumers about data breaches within 30 days, and new protections for student data. The data privacy bill would codify a voluntary "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" the White House created in 2012.

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino(Reuters) - Apple Watch will replace your car keys and its battery will last the whole day, Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview. The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper. Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying. The rollout of the watch might pose a challenge for Apple's stores, which may involve "tweaking the experience in the store," the Telegraph said, citing Cook's conversation with the staff at Apple's Covent Garden store in London.

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Co-pilot Brett McKenzie helps to look for objects during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from a Royal New Zealand Airforce P-3K2-Orion aircraft, off Perth, on April 13, 2014Australia on Sunday said it was trialling a "world first" system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. The technology "can increase realtime monitoring should an abnormal situation arise," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "In a world first, all three countries will trial a new method of tracking aircraft through the skies over remote oceanic areas," Truss told reporters. "Now this initiative adapts existing technology used by more than 90 percent of long-haul passenger aircraft and would see air traffic control able to respond more rapidly should an aircraft experience difficulty or deviation from its flight plan." The announcement came ahead almost a year after Malaysian Airlines MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board last March.

How to create and use Task Workflows in DeployStudioJesus Vigo goes over the process of creating workflows based on tasks that execute commands to configure settings and processes on client computers.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.

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You don't have to be Google to be a 'digital master'Four guidelines for any company seeking to employ technology in innovative ways.

The Dress: America is split at the seams, says surveyTechnically Incorrect: A survey conducted to discern a consensus about the world's most famous piece of clothing shows that America is divided as to what color it is.>

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation.

Pianist to perform musical duet with slime moldSay hello to one half of a musical duo premiering this weekend -- a single-cell organism that usually hides out in wet forests.>

IKEA will start selling wireless charging lamps and tables

  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:00:02 -0500

The Verge Playlist: Victory for the internetWe were perplexed by the color of a (kind of tacky) dress, we got emotionally invested in a high-speed llama chase, a new season of House of Cards is on Netflix, and, most importantly, the FCC has officially voted in favor of Title II classification for the internet. Let’s raise our glasses to Tom Wheeler with this playlist of tracks by supporters of net neutrality and songs that capture the tenacious spirit of the open internet. Revel along with Deniece Williams’ "Let’s Hear It For the Boy," which I can only imagine was intended to laud Chairman Wheeler.

Star Trek Online game developers are building a digital memorial to Leonard NimoyEveryone's finding a way to honor Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at the age of 83. Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios has announced that it is building a permanent memorial to Nimoy — and Spock — in the world of the 2010 MMO. Nimoy's connection to Star Trek Online goes deeper than the sci-fi franchise. The actor did voice work for the game, narrating brief introductions to the MMO's locales.

HTC One M9 phone is star of supposedly leaked hands-on videoA tech blogger's too-itchy trigger finger has revealed HTC's new flagship phone a day before the firm's press event at Mobile World Congress -- that is, if appearances are to be believed.>

Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom

This could be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yetAs spotted by Droid Life, two official promo videos for the "Huawei Watch" have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the device's likely announcement tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Before the videos were released, the watch was pictured in an advertisement at Barcelona's El Prat airport.

Seattle's police department has a YouTube channel for its body camera footageSince then, cities around the country, from New York to LA, have been testing body cameras in their police forces. Seattle's police department recently launched a YouTube channel to store its force's body camera footage for the public to view. Last year, the police department recruited hacker Timothy Clemans to create software that would redact images and elminate sound from the body camera footage, the Seattle Times reports. According to SPDBlotter, Clemans' software allowed the department to redact more than four hours of footage in just half a day, whereas the old method would've required days of work. The Seattle Times says the police department hopes to make the tools available to other cities for free in the near future.

Huawei teases a beautiful Android Wear watch using awkward videos

Microsoft's Project Spartan is being armed for assault in the browser warsMicrosoft is preparing the way for a new Project Spartan browser in Windows 10 by explaining where it's coming from and what it aims to do.

CNET's Twitter team for Mobile World Congress 2015Here's the CNET team you'll want to follow on Twitter for all the best coverage at Mobile World Congress this year.>

  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:28:07 -0500

Tim Cook to governments: Lay off our privacyTechnically Incorrect: Apple's CEO says he doesn't believe that people should sacrifice their privacy on the altar of governments' definition of global security.>

10 high-tech gadgets that will improve your tennis game

HTC One M9 hands-on video leaks onto the internetHTC's new flagship, the One M9, will be anything but a surprise when it is announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The video confirms everything we already knew: the M9 looks much like its predecessor, the HTC One M8, though the dual-camera setup has been scrapped and the front-facing camera has been beefed up with the company's "Ultrapixel" technology to take better selfies in low light. It seems the video was recorded during an embargoed press event, which tech companies often use to show off new devices to the media ahead of their official unveiling. Unfortunately for HTC, it appears this video accidentally found its way onto the internet.

The 2015 edition of the Mobile World Congress show that is about to kick off in Barcelona, Spain will likely be one of the best in recent years when it comes to new hardware announcements, as at least two hot mobile devices will be unveiled during the show — the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 each have their own special events on Sunday. But that’s not all that’s happening at MWC, as there will be plenty of interesting products on display coming from much smaller players. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S6 already dominates MWC… and the show hasn’t even started If you fit the bill — a startup that thinks it has figured out the next big idea in mobile, whether
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:17:54 -0500

7 things Net neutrality won't doOne day after the FCC adopted new Net neutrality rules, consumers are left scratching their heads about what it means for their Web-surfing experience. Has anything really changed?>

The annual Mobile World Congress trade show has been a bit stale in recent years, since most big smartphone vendors have been hosting their own dedicated press conferences to make key announcements. This year, however, that is most certainly not the case. Three of the biggest smartphones of the year — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 — will all be unveiled tomorrow, and BGR will be on hand reporting live as news breaks from Barcelona, Spain. DON’T MISS: Why Samsung fell There will be plenty of news pouring out of MWC 2015 on Sunday, but two events will undoubtedly be the highlights of the day. First, HTC is unveiling its new flagship HTC one M9

The Harry Potter larp organizers want to buy their own castleDropped into the universe of Harry Potter, they made friends and fought the forces of evil while doing homework for Defense Against the Dark Arts and vying for the House Cup. "And of course, I aced my Magical Artifacts class." College of Wizardry, as the experience was called, was a carefully produced Nordic larp — a form of role-playing that's heavy on atmosphere and light on hit points and spell damage calculations. What made CoW stand out was that it got so much attention," says organizer Claus Raasted, a prolific contributor to the world of Nordic larp. At $175,000, College of Wizardry will play three times in November.

Virtual reality is taking over the video game industryAn annual event in San Francisco has often been where game developers come together to discuss design. Now it's one of the biggest showcases of the latest VR tech.>

Oh my glob! 'Adventure Time' headed to big screen, report says"Adventure Time," which follows the whimsical adventures of Jake the Dog and Finn the last human through the land of Ooo, might be getting a movie deal with Warner Bros.>

The Weekender: German absurdist art, David Cronenberg, and Pebble's smartwarchHello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, Bill Gates predicts the eradication of certain diseases by 2030, David Cronenberg talks Fifty Shades of Grey, and we examine what's behind Pebble's new smartwatch design. We'll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us..mobile-layout .link { width: 15px; float: right; padding: 10px; }Do thisBeer Week 2015, New York City

Proposed privacy bill protects industry more than it does people

Even if you’re someone who’s addicted to Facebook, you really ought to consider just accessing it through your mobile browser. Business Insider directs our attention to antivirus software firm AVG’s rankings of the worst mobile apps for your phone’s battery and its overall performance, and Facebook is not surprisingly one of the worst offenders. RELATED: 10 apps that are killing your Android phone’s battery life Overall, AVG found that Facebook’s mobile app had the biggest overall impact on your phone’s performance, the third-highest battery drain, the third-highest for data traffic and the third-highest overall storage consumption. What makes these sorts of issues particularly egregious is that you really don’t need to use Facebook’s app to get a solid experience with Facebook on your

Top iOS news of the week: Tracking iPhones, Apple Pay activations, iPhones most profitableThis week in iOS came reports of Apple looking at tracking iPhones when turned off, and analysts chiming in about Apple Watch and Apple Pay,

Huawei ad mistakenly reveals new Android Wear smartwatchIt looks like Huawei has let the cat out of the bag with an advertisement placed at Barcelona's El Prat airport. The ad, first spotted by Android Central, makes it all but certain that the Chinese phonemaker will announce an Android Wear-powered smartwatch at Mobile World Congress next week. It's simply called the "Huawei Watch." According to the ad, the watch has "classic design and impeccable craftsmanship." There will be at least three different color and band options: silver with a matching silver metal bracelet, gold with a brown leather band, and a more casual black model. We'll likely hear much more about the Huawei Watch come tomorrow, March 1st, when things kick off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

I live in New York City and I can’t remember the last time I left my apartment just to take a stroll. If I walk out that door, it’s because I need food or because I have a previous obligation; work or social. The reason I’m not willingly going outdoors isn’t that I’m lazy (although that isn’t helping), it’s because the temperature has been hovering around freezing for nearly two months straight. DON’T MISS: These are the apps that are killing your phone’s battery life N.R. Kleinfield wrote an article for The New York Times on Friday discussing February’s ridiculous average temperature of just 24 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, that’s about 11 degrees below the standard February average, and has a decent chance

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