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Salesforce sign is seen during the company's annual Dreamforce event, in San FranciscoMicrosoft Corp and Salesforce.com Inc held "significant talks" this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Microsoft was willing to offer about $55 billion for the world's biggest maker of online sales software. Salesforce founder and Chief Executive Marc Benioff had expected as much as $70 billion, CNBC reported on Friday.

  Fri, 22 May 2015 15:12:04 -0400

The sign outside the Oculus VR booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las VegasBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR Inc, acquired by Facebook Inc for $2 billion, has been accused of taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and passing it off as his own, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The plaintiff, Hawaii-based company Total Recall Technologies, said it hired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in 2011 to build a prototype head mounted display. Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus last year was its first-ever hardware deal, as the company sought a way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena.

Photo illustration of Uber logo on a smartphone in front of a displayed logo of HERE, Nokia Oyj's map business, in ZenicaBy Andreas Cremer and Arno Schuetze NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) - The contest for Nokia's maps business has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China's Tencent and Navinfo, people familiar with the process said. Finland's Nokia has started an auction of its maps business HERE while it completes its 15.6 billion euros ($17.2 billion) takeover of network equipment maker Alcatel Lucent . German automakers Daimler , BMW and Volkswagen's premium brand Audi have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to form what is being described as the "Industry consortium", two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

People sit in front of the company logo of Baidu at its headquarters in BeijingGermany's Audi will enhance connected-car services in China to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market. Volkswagen's flagship luxury brand said on Friday it will jointly develop navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's web services provider Baidu. Chinese Internet companies and auto makers have been quick to team up to start developing partly self-driving and Internet-connected cars, following a path already trodden by U.S. tech giants Google Inc and Apple Inc. "We are now taking our next big step in China," Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said at the carmaker's annual shareholder meeting in Neckarsulm, Germany.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday authorized American businesses and individuals to facilitate personal communications over the Internet like social media, instant messaging and photo sharing in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced it had issued a general license allowing for the exportation of such services and software to people in Crimea. A department spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said, "The general license allows personal Internet-based communications – such as social networking, instant messaging, and emails – and certain software necessary to enable it, between the United States and U.S. persons and Crimea." Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and numerous other online platforms were covered by the action.

A striking Paris taxi takes part in a demonstration over the Paris ring roadFrance's highest administrative court on Friday approved two out of three main restrictions on private chauffeured vehicle services such as Uber that were introduced last year after complaints from traditional cab drivers of unfair competition. Uber, an online service that links its drivers with passengers through a smartphone app, claimed a victory in its challenge to the regulations because the court decided to allow it to charge by the kilometer (mile) instead of giving a price at the moment of booking. It also backed the restrictions on apps like Uber's that indicate to potential clients on their smartphones both the location of nearby drivers and their availability.

Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

After a leaked benchmark on Thursday shared some details about the OnePlus Two’s high-end specs, a new report brings even more information about the company’s next-gen Android handset. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why A OnePlus handset with model number A2003 has been spotted complete with a specs list on benchmarking website Ludashi.com, Android Headlines reports. According to the leaked specs, the OnePlus Two features a 1920 x 1080 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The previous leak, showing a Geekbench test for a OnePlus One A2001, also said the phone will have a Snapdragon 810 processor and

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype

Elon Musk created his own grade school for the children of SpaceX employeesEvidently relying on the old adage "If you want something done right, do it yourself," Elon Musk is now a school founder. In a recent interview on Beijing Television, the Tesla founder revealed that he opened a school, called Ad Astra, last year for his five children. "They weren't doing the things I thought should be done," Musk said during the interview. Musk hired one of the teachers from the boys' school to help found Ad Astra, and the school now teaches 14 elementary-school-aged kids from mostly SpaceX employees' families.

Are you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. DON’T MISS: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video What’s so great about the mashup is that it’s not just footage from the film spliced together with footage from the game, but a perfect blend of the two, morphing elements of the movie into characters, items and sounds from the

Woman reportedly shoots self in head while taking selfieTechnically Incorrect: A Russian woman is taking a selfie while holding a 9mm gun, according to a news story. It doesn't quite go to plan, but she survives.

HBO Now survey points to possible subscription discounts

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report saysThe world's largest software maker was poised to make its biggest acquisition to date, but talks fell through, according to CNBC.

Adopt a Gremlin: Special-effects wiz auctioning off movie treasuresThe legendary Rick Baker is selling work including animatronics and puppets from "Gremlins 2" and "Men in Black." Find out what Mogwai monsters and alien gems await.

(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday. AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident. "FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident," the company said in a statement on Friday.

Google shows how pathetic those security questions really areTechnically Incorrect: Your mother's maiden name? The name of your first dog? Easy meat for a hacker. Got a clever answer instead? Just try remembering it.

Google’s recently launched MVNO wireless initiative sounds like an intriguing proposition for Nexus 6 owners, especially now that the company is sending out the first invites for it. However, many users who have asked for an invite might have to wait a longer time before they’ll be able to actually start using it. DON’T MISS: A major feature from Android M and the next-gen Nexus phone has leaked According to Droid-Life, Google sent out emails telling everyone who signed up for Project Fi that invites may only arrive at some point in mid-summer. Apparently, Google wants to ensure a “high-quality experience,” to all Project Fi subscribers, although the company isn’t explaining what that means and whether it’s related to Project Fi coverage.

Microsoft's Windows app stores still 'cesspool' of copyright infringementThe software maker is struggling to make sure its online stores are clean, well-lighted places for apps, even as it readies the update to its Windows operating system.

Mario Kart: Fury Road is the best Mad Max mash-up yetThe ridiculously fun new version of Mad Max has only been in theaters for a week, but the hot takes, memes, and mash-ups are already popping up with a fury. Mad Max met The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, MRAs threw a fit, and we even made a parody of our own by placing the oily hunks of Magic Mike: XXL alongside the dystopian future of Fury Road in Mad Mike: XXL. Above you see Mario Kart: Fury Road, a mash-up between the George Miller movie and everyone's favorite polygonal go-kart racing game.

Hack of online dating site Adult FriendFinder exposes millionsTechnically Incorrect: Adult FriendFinder, a site where people seek casual, discreet relationships, suffers a breach, exposing the details of almost 4 million of its members.

The 404 Show 1,615: Your attention span sucks, Light Phone, Internet security, rooting, roms and more (podcast)ZDNet and CNET writer Zack Whittaker is in the studio today talking Internet security, attention spans, the Light Phone and what "words" have been added to the Scrabble dictionary.

The deadliest brain tumor now has its own atlasBy annotating the active genes and structures that make up glioblastoma tumors, researchers have created a roadmap for the deadliest form of brain cancer. "Nobody has made a glioblastoma atlas that shows what we've done, [which is] to analyze the tumors from 41 patients in depth," explains Ralph Pulchaski, principal investigator at the Ivy Glioblastoma Project and a cancer biologist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Glioblastomas are highly cancerous brain tumors that originate from astrocytes, the star-shaped cells that make up supportive tissue of the brain.

  Fri, 22 May 2015 15:56:06 -0400
On appearance, Kaira Villanueva seems to be an average sophomore student at Columbia University tracing her way through New York with a well-worn backpack, scratched-up MetroCard, and a youthful curiosity. Except she's not typical. As a Latina computer science major, unfortunately, there is nothing common about her career path. And after...

Mozilla gives up on its dream of a $25 Firefox smartphoneMozilla is learning that making smartphones dirt cheap doesn't guarantee success when you're running up against Google's Android operating system. CNET reports that in an email to employees sent out on Thursday, CEO Chris Beard made it clear that the company will soon be changing its mobile strategy. The company seems determined to produce enticing options across a broad range of prices, and more Mozilla employees will likely be asked to help gauge just how Firefox OS phones stack up against an endless sea of Android competition. Mozilla is thinking about adding support for Android apps as another way of giving Firefox OS a boost.

On Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners. We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak The update hasn’t publicly rolled out yet for mobile devices, but someone with access to the update sent a gallery of photos to 9to5Mac earlier today. In the images, we get a closer look at Now playlists, podcast functionality and tempo detection while running. Save for the new features, the user interface of the app appears to be

'Tomorrowland' is first movie to use Dolby VisionThe "Tomorrowland" future is bright -- especially if you watch it in a theater with Dolby Vision. Also coming to the world of tomorrow: 38 new emojis and a possible flag for planet Earth.

Microsoft tests cloud-based clipboard app that syncs across platforms

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists.

With build 10122, Windows 10 finally starts coming togetherIt's not a release candidate, but the latest Windows 10 preview has plenty of interesting new features and apps to explore. Here are some first impressions on what's improved and what's still missing in action.

Dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico linked to Deepwater Horizon oil spillLarge numbers of bottlenose dolphins have been washing up on the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest spill to take place in US waters. In the latest study, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describe serious health issues in washed-up dolphins that are linked to petroleum product exposure, strengthening the link between dolphins' deaths and the BP-owned well's spill. The researchers looked at 46 dolphins that washed up between 2010 and 2012, finding lung and adrenal lesions as well as an increased likelihood that they had of bacterial pneumonia.

Now this is a phone that should give you at least a full day’s charge… and very likely at least three. GizmoChina brings us word that Chinese manufacturer Innos has just released a new smartphone that features a huge 6,000mAh battery, which just happens to be the biggest battery we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. Innos says this will deliver power that lasts between three to five days per charge depending on use. DON’T MISS: Here’s the complete set of 38 new emoji coming to your phone next year How did the little-known manufacturer pack so much battery power into what looks like a pretty thin device? “The manufacturer uses a unique ‘Double cell structure’ technology,” GizmoChina informs us. “It comprises of two batteries, one being an

Hot Pockets imagines its greasy place in the VR gaming future

Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not costAfter its $25 phones fail to dent the dominance of Google and Apple, the Firefox backer will try to compete using technological superiority -- and maybe by adding key Android apps, too.

Perfect storm: How 3 cloud fronts will rain on your IT paradeContainers, converged networks and hardware commoditization will greatly influence your future cloud and datacenter strategy.

Please enjoy these photos from Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampOur return to Camp Firewood is only a few months away, when Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premieres on Netflix. Everyone looks excited for the eight-episode prequel series. And they still totally look like teenagers. Yup.

Last year at the MIT CIO Symposium, I had the opportunity to participate on a panel regarding the Board / CEO relationship with the CIO. The panel was moderated by the Wall Street Journal's Michael Hickins. Earlier in the year, Michael and I spoke about the challenges of security and innovation in a post-Snowden / Target era. In the panel I...
One of the most important things to do before selling or giving away a used smartphone is to wipe the device clean. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a complete stranger to have access to all of their personal data. Unfortunately for Android users, researchers from Cambridge University recently discovered that performing a data wipe on Android devices doesn’t clear the device as one would expect. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why Even with full-disk encryption in play, researchers found that performing a factory reset on Android smartphones isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. “ found the file storing decryption keys on devices was not

This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World RecordVideo shows Catalin Alexandru Duru setting a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight by traveling almost a thousand feet.

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