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A Facebook logo on an Ipad is reflected among source code on the LCD screen of a computer in this photo illustrationBy Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Access to Facebook , the world's largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, were blocked around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack. The outage at Facebook, which started around 0600 GMT, appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites, according to web and mobile user reports from around the globe. A hacker group associated with other recent high-profile attacks on other online services sought to claim responsibility for the outages, but Facebook said the fault was its own. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said.


Visitors use phones underneath of logo of Tencent at Global Mobile Internet Conference in BeijingChina's tech giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd beat state firms for the first time to become the country's most valuable brands in 2015, a report published on Tuesday shows. China's three biggest Internet companies, which also includes Baidu Inc , all appeared in the country's top 5 rankings, said advertising company WPP Plc and its research affiliate Millward Brown. "For the first time the tech industry surpasses the banking industry in terms of brand value," said Doreen Wang, global head of BrandZ at Millward Brown, citing the rise of Internet finance and the decline of profits at big banks. The Chinese social media giant's brand value has surpassed Facebook Inc and it is now the world's fifth most valuable tech brand, following Apple Inc , Google Inc , International Business Machines Corp and Microsoft Corp , according to Wang.


To match SPECIAL REPORT CHINA-LABOUR/By Michael Gold and Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will cut its massive workforce, the company told Reuters, as the Apple Inc supplier faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China. Under its flagship unit Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , the group currently employs about 1.3 million people during peak production times, making it one of the largest private employers in the world. Revenue growth at the conglomerate tumbled to 1.3 percent in 2013 and only partially recovered to 6.5 percent last year after a long string of double-digit increases from 2003 to 2012.


By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online food delivery service Ele.me said on Tuesday it has raised $350 million from investors including CITIC Private Equity, Tencent Holdings Ltd , JD.com Inc , Dianping and Sequoia Capital. The delivery firm, whose name roughly translates as 'Hungry Now?', is part of a trend in China for what is known as online-to-offline (O2O) services. As more Chinese use their phones for everything from shopping to booking restaurants, China's internet giants Alibaba , Tencent and Baidu Inc are increasingly investing these services to attract more users to their own platforms. Earlier this month, Chinese auto information website operator Bitauto Holdings Ltd said JD.com and Tencent would together invest about $1.3 billion in the company.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during his keynote address at the company's "build" conference in San FranciscoMicrosoft Corp said on Monday fiscal second-quarter profit fell, in line with Wall Street's forecasts, as sluggish personal computer sales dampened demand for Windows software and the company struggled with unfavorable currency moves against the strong U.S. dollar. "While currency is a headwind for Microsoft and other large international companies, we would characterize the headline numbers as good enough, although some bulls may have been hoping for a bigger beat," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. Microsoft reported profit of $5.86 billion, or 71 cents per share for the latest quarter, compared with $6.56 billion, or 78 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:51:58 -0500

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaSingapore is gearing up for a crackdown on cyber crime with the launch of a central agency and the appointment of a minister in charge of cyber security, the government said on Tuesday, as the wealthy city-state grapples with a rise in online crime. In recent years, Singapore has struggled to combat cyber criminals, who have committed offences including stealing client data from Standard Chartered Bank and hacking the official website of the prime minister. Computer security experts say developed, technology-rich Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to attacks. Singapore relies heavily on its reputation of being low-crime and politically stable to lure multinational companies to its shores.


Google nears saturation point: Will incremental marketing dollars go elsewhere?Adobe's latest Digital Index report highlights how retailers depended on Google's shopping ads in the fourth quarter, but chief marketing officers were more than willing to experiment on Microsoft's Bing and Facebook.


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. laws and regulations haven't yet caught up with technological developments that have made drones readily available.

Twitter launches group messages, brings video to its mobile appThe social network follows through on its plan to refine and expand its capabilities, as the pressure to boost user growth continues.>


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:51:08 -0500

Microsoft, IRS tax battle isn't over yetMicrosoft took a tax hit due to an IRS audit adjustment last quarter, but its ongoing tax dispute with the IRS looks to wage on, possibly for another year.


Google Fiber is about to announce its biggest, most ambitious expansion yetAwesome news for everyone who loves 1Gbps Internet services: Google Fiber is starting to expand much more aggressively. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Fiber will announce an expansion into four new markets this week: Atlanta, Nashville, and two cities in North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh. RELATED: Google Fiber’s latest FCC filing is Comcast’s nightmare come to life Apparently, Google will announce its Fiber expansion in Atlanta and Nashville on Tuesday, Raleigh and Charlotte on Wednesday, and Durham, N.C. on Thursday. Google announced last year that it’s contemplating expanding Fiber to as many as nine new major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and San Jose. All nine of these metropolitan areas met their deadlines to


Quantum intros hybrid cloud options for storage, AWSThe three new offerings build a sort of cloud-as-you-go strategy, allowing users to move applications and processes to the cloud whenever it makes the most sense.


You can now post videos and send group messages on TwitterTwitter is rolling out long-awaited features for its core apps designed to boost the time people spend on the service. As of this morning, you can begin shooting and post 30-second video clips to Twitter from the iOS and Android apps. The changes, which will roll out over the next several days, both address significant competitive needs for Twitter. The video player will look familiar to anyone who has used Vine, Twitter’s short-form video service.


Google Fiber to land in four more cities, report saysThe search giant's 1-gigabit fiber network will arrive in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn., says The Wall Street Journal.>


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:23 -0500

Curated videos and news articles are coming to Snapchat.The disappearing messaging app is about to roll out its own original articles and video content. Initial original content providers for the service reportedly include CNN, Vice and Warner Music and they will be providing Snapchat's 100 million+ mostly teenaged active users with music, videos, photos and news and reviews. According to re/code, the company has been developing the new feature for over a year and this is its latest attempt to become more than just an instant messaging app and morph into a multimedia social platform.


On January 26, 1975, Senator Frank Church led a new Senate committee formed to investigate allegations of U.S. government spying on its own citizens. The committee’s report laid the groundwork for today’s controversy over NSA surveillance programs.

Internet of Things: A security threat to business by the backdoor?Tech chiefs are worried by the threat posed by IoT devices, which could provide a new way of attacking corporate networks.


Protesters chant "Free Goto" during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: “I am Kenji.” As of Tuesday, the “I am Kenji” Facebook page had more than 25,000 “likes” and is continuing to grow. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."


Alfred turns your iPad or iPhone into a remote control for your MacA new app available in the iOS App Store today will let you configure your iPhone or iPad as a kind of supercharged remote control for your Mac. Called Alfred Remote, it essentially offers you multiple panels of buttons to do things like launch apps, control iTunes, turn on your screen saver, perform custom searches, paste text snippets, and do much nerdier things if you put your mind to it. It's $4.99, and it's designed to be paired with Alfred for the Mac, a free app with an in-app upgrade of £17 (around $25 US). I've been using Alfred Remote for a few days now, and while I'm impressed by its stability and functionality, I'm not sure that it will become as essential to my workflow as the main Mac app.


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:09:50 -0500

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.Both President Obama and Federal...


Dell's Kace K1000 gets Chromebook support and enhanced agentless inventoryAn upgrade to Dell's systems management appliance delivers improved visibility of and control over networked PCs, servers and other devices.


Ericsson's Connected Paper tech streams info through your bodyThis intriguing technology lets you call up information on your smartphone by touching an object with your finger, turning your body into a kind of capacitive power line network.>


Office 365 offers the best email backend for MacsApple shops are hard-pressed to find a better cloud email services option than Office 365-hosted Exchange. Erik Eckel explains.


Amazon Prime members spend hundreds more than nonmembersThe Amazon Prime service, which now has 40 million US members, has an average annual spend per user of $1,500, compared to $625 for nonmembers, new research shows.>


Adam Sandler's first Netflix-exclusive movie has its cast


What you should know before flying a drone in the UK


How Google plans to disrupt the carrier businessGoogle is rumored to launch its own carrier business later this year, with recent reports having claimed the Search giant has already inked deals with Sprint and T-Mobile, whose networks will be used by Google’s rumored MVNO wireless service. But The Wall Street Journal has learned more details about the matter, revealing how Google might plan to disrupt the standard carrier business. FROM EARLIER: Google takes a major step toward becoming your wireless carrier Apparently, Google is working on a technology that will let the customer choose the best available signal, from a variety of sources including Sprint, T-Mobile and Wi-Fi spots, and rout all communications (calls, texts and data) through it. Thus, customers would no longer depend on a single carrier,


Five innovations that are key to the future of data centersNew technologies and trends are changing the way we think about the data center. Here are 5 topics to pay attention to this year.


Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answersThere's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details after Microsoft's big January 2015 release of build 9926.


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:58:00 -0500

​Google's Fiber network grows againGoogle is set to expand its 1Gbps Fiber network to four of the nine new metro regions it slated last year for launch.


Spark promises to up-end Hadoop, but in a good wayHadoop, once defined by MapReduce, is now much more, thanks to Spark.


Maldrone: Malware which hijacks your personal droneA backdoor has been discovered in popular consumer drones which can hijack your favorite new flying toy.


Chinese officials allegedly feasted on an endangered giant salamanderChinese officials have come under fire for allegedly eating an endangered giant salamander and attacking journalists who saw them do it. Three journalists from the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper attended the dinner undercover and reported that another attendee brought two cases of yellow wine and a giant salamander, which he said was bred in captivity. The giant salamander is listed as a "critically endangered" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and its population has declined dramatically in recent decades, largely due to human consumption. Some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe the amphibian has therapeutic properties, though there is no evidence to support their claims.


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:30:03 -0500

8 tools to help streamline scheduling meetingsWaste less time going back and forth about meeting availability with these 8 options for scheduling.


Ex-Opera CEO composes Vivaldi, a new Web browserIt's unlikely to dethrone major names like Chrome and IE, but CEO Jon von Tetzchner hopes Vivaldi will attract power users who want a full-featured PC browser.>


Tomorrow Daily 118: Bill Nye's spacecraft, Mozilla's in-browser VR and moreOn today's show, we check out a new privately funded spacecraft, discuss Mozilla's plans for VR, and wonder about the future of 3D-printed apartment buildings.>


  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:15:50 -0500

This tattoo could save your lifeMore than 8% of the earth’s adult population has diabetes, which means close to 390 million need to check their glucose levels on a regular basis. Checking sugar levels can be an annoying and rather invasive process, as it most often requires the use of needles to draw actual blood, which then gets tested on a special device. Many researchers are looking into more user-friendly ways of measuring glucose, including temporary tattoos that can be applied to the skin and accurately take sugar measurements without once breaching the protective skin layer. FROM EARLIER: Motorola now wants you to buy temporary digital tattoos to unlock your Moto X The University of California San Diego has come up with such a tattoo,


Corporate layoffs: Prepare your BYOD smartphone for the worstIf you use your smartphone for work, don't be caught short if the unthinkable happens.


Get collaboration and organization in one powerful mobile appIf you're looking for one tool to rule your mobile organizational needs, Jack Wallen has what might very well be the cream of the crop.


Eggcyte: the webserver you can put in your pocketThe Egg is a webserver; a storage device; a Wi-Fi hotspot; and, maybe, a security service. It makes the "mobile" Internet a reality: it fits in your pocket and runs all day on batteries.



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