Samsung and Google in more deal talks
In an effort to reconcile their visions for Android, Samsung and Google have reportedly been hammering out a deal whereby Samsung would more prominently feature Google’s suite of apps on its mobile devices. Google was not particularly excited by the Magazine UX interface that Samsung incorporated into the Galaxy NotePRO tablet it unveiled at CES. Samsung has long added its own flourishes to Android via the Touchwiz interface, just as HTC does with Sense.
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Apple patents new pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveal a filing made by Apple that introduces a new kind of touchscreen technology that could be used for its future mobile devices. This touchscreen will utilise built-in pressure sensors to enable additional gestures and touch-based interactions more than those provided by current technology.
Tata Group may exit telecoms industry
Indian conglomerate reportedly in talks to sell Tata Communications, Tata Teleservices to Vodafone. Just weeks after Vodafone was reported to be preparing a takeover bid for rival Indian operator Tata Teleservices, the U.K.-based mobile giant has been named as a potential buyer of Tata Communications too. According to an Economic Times report this week, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry is looking to exit the telecoms industry altogether, and sources claim his people have initiated deal talks with Vodafone.
Yahoo customer e-mails hacked in latest security breach
Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s e-mail customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people they have recently corresponded with. Yahoo did not say how many accounts were affected. There are 273 million Yahoo mail accounts worldwide, 81 million of them in the United States. It is the latest in a string of security breaches that have allowed hackers to grab personal information using software that analysts say is ever more sophisticated.
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Microsoft board close to naming Nadella as new CEO
Microsoft Corp is likely to appoint its cloud-computing head, Satya Nadella, as its next chief executive, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the board concludes a five-month search for a tech-savvy heavy-hitter to lead the world’s largest software company. As part of the move, co-founder Bill Gates may step aside as chairman and be replaced by lead independent director John Thompson, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is private. Gates would remain a director, the source added.
IMB seeks to shed SDN with billion-dollar pricetag
Only a short time after selling its server business to Lenovo, IBM is reportedly seeking to sell part of its networking assets. Big Blue is reportedly looking to offload its software-defined networking (SDN) product line for as much as $1 billion (£607 million, $1.14 billion). According to a news report by Re/Code, IBM approached several companies, including Dell, HP, Cisco, Juniper and Fujitsu, to drum up any interest in the leftover assets. The New York-based firm, which is moving towards cognitive Big Data with Watson and also taking strides towards cloud computing, apparently sees the SDN unit as unimportant to the business.
Drinks brands and sports bodies endorse first UK alcohol sponsorship code
The widest ever partnership of drinks companies, retailers, rights holders and representatives of sports, music and venues have signed up to a new code aimed at regulating all new alcohol sponsorship agreements in the UK.
Alcohol regulator Portman Group, which has helped draw up the new code, claimed it carried “clear sanctions” – both through the negative publicity drinks brands risk by breaching the code and the financial cost of having to renegotiate a sponsorship agreement or having to withdraw it completely.
Amazon posts Record Profits, But Shares Tumble
Online retail giant Amazon saw its share price tumble after releasing its fourth quarter results, despite posting profits of $239 million (£144.9m).Profits for the quarter jumped from$97 million (£58.8m) for the same quarter in 2012. The US firm’s figures also showed a 20 per cent increase in sales of $25.59bn (£15.53bn) for the quarter to December 31, 2013, up from $21.27bn (£12.9bn) for the same period the previous year. But the results missed expectations, and with modest revenue forecast for the current quarter, shares dipped 10 per cent in after-hours trading.
Freesat launches BBC Sport and BBC News apps
Freesat viewers will now be able to access BBC News and BBC Sport through apps launched on the platform’s Freetime service. The apps will give viewers extra news and sports videos they can access through their set-top box. Both will have a similar look and feel to the broadcaster’s websites and connected TV apps. Satellite viewers will be able to access six live HD video streams, delivering over 650 hours of live sporting action from Sochi 2014 using the BBC Sport app.