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HP fourth-quarter revenue drops on weak enterprise demand

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoBy Sarah McBride (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said its quarterly revenue fell in almost every business segment over the year, highlighting weaknesses ahead of the company's planned 2015 separation of its enterprise services from its traditional computer and printing units. Sales fell 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter to $28.41 billion, from $29.13 billion a year earlier, HP said on Tuesday. Analysts had expected $28.76 billion. Profit declined 2.7 percent to $2.01 billion, or $1.06 cents a share, compared with $1.01 cents a share a year ago, in line with analysts' expectations. ...

11/25/2014 06:28 PM

United States says EU's Google case should not be politicized

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States voiced concern on Tuesday over a draft plan by two EU lawmakers to break up Google Inc , saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine. The U.S. Mission to the European Union said in an email it "noted with concern" the call for competition regulators to consider splitting search engines from other Internet services. ...

11/25/2014 03:32 PM

Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. ( A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

11/25/2014 05:47 PM

Samsung Group sells shares in chemical, defense arms for $1.7 billion

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Samsung logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in four chemical and defense firms for 1.9 trillion won($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group, the latest move in the massive task of restructuring the country's largest conglomerate. Samsung Group is reorganizing its business empire as the children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd chairman and patriarch Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since May following a heart attack, prepare to take over the family enterprise. ...

11/25/2014 09:09 PM

Microsoft to pay China $140 million for 'tax evasion'

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiSEATTLE (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China's Xinhua official news agency on Sunday, an unnamed U.S. multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan ($137 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future. ...

11/25/2014 04:41 PM

Sony Pictures computer system down after reported hack

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw(Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system was down for a second day on Tuesday, following media reports of a major hacking attack aimed at the film and television studio. Before Sony Pictures' computers went dark on Monday, the screens displayed an image of a red skeleton with the phrase "Hacked By #GOP," according to the Los Angeles Times. The hackers warned the unit of Sony Corp that they had obtained "secrets" that they would leak on the Web, the newspaper reported. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. ...

11/25/2014 12:56 PM

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the Federal Communications Commission over its 2010 net neutrality rules. The carrier went through with it anyway and now there are signs it’s feeling regret. RELATED: Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far Ars Technica notices that Verizon now says that it won’t sue the FCC again if it simply tries to reinstate its 2010 rules, despite the fact that Verizon successfully got them tossed out of court for being built on shaky legal ground. It’s rather amusing that Verizon thinks that the FCC will just go back to its old regulations by promising to

11/25/2014 10:30 PM

Uber said to be near funding round that doubles its valuation

Uber said to be near funding round that doubles its valuationRide-sharing startup is close to a $1 billion funding round that would give it a valuation as high as $40 billion, Bloomberg reports.>

11/25/2014 10:25 PM

NASA is the first to 3D-print objects in space

NASA is the first to 3D-print objects in spaceAstronauts aboard the International Space Station came a step closer to self-sufficiency yesterday by successfully manufacturing the first 3D-printed part to be produced in space. The printer, installed aboard the ISS last week by NASA commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore, was used to produce a replacement plastic faceplate for its own extruder system using a technique called additive manufacturing. NASA says the project is "paving the way for future long-term space expeditions," — by demonstrating that replacement parts for repairs could be produced in space, the space agency shows that astronauts may soon not have to wait for supplies to reach them from Earth, potentially allowing them to travel further from our planet's surface.

11/25/2014 10:19 PM

Facebook, Twitter ruining Christmas, says bishop

Facebook, Twitter ruining Christmas, says bishopA British bishop insists he will write 60 traditional cards a day and hand deliver as many as he can. He says Christmas should be personal.>

11/25/2014 10:05 PM

Pew Research: You know the internet, but you might not 'get' it

Pew Research: You know the internet, but you might not 'get' it

11/25/2014 09:58 PM

Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devices

Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devicesThere’s a decent chance that if you read BGR and other technology blogs on a regular basis, you own multiple connected devices. Most of these devices are probably connected to your Google account as well, especially considering the fact that Gmail has become one of the primary email services for work and personal use. But could you list every single device that currently has access to your Google account? READ MORE: You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser Thanks to the latest security tool from Google, you’ll never have to. On Monday, Google added a Devices and Activity dashboard to all user accounts. It lists each and every device that has access to your account, giving you the

11/25/2014 09:45 PM

Working Lego particle accelerator finds the Minifigs Boson

Working Lego particle accelerator finds the Minifigs BosonHave you ever wondered what the building blocks of the universe might be? Perhaps they're Lego bricks.>

11/25/2014 09:04 PM

Apple ad teases gamers, annoys gamers

Apple ad teases gamers, annoys gamersApple's latest ad, in which Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon behave as you might expect gamers to, causes online ructions among some gaming devotees.>

11/25/2014 08:42 PM

Samsung thinks you need a house full of Galaxy gadgets to brighten your Christmas

Samsung thinks you need a house full of Galaxy gadgets to brighten your ChristmasSamsung on Tuesday released a new promo video to kick off the holiday season, highlighting several Galaxy-branded devices and other Samsung products, with the help of famed Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, the celebrity couple the company already used in a different ad in mid-September. FROM EARLIER: Video: Check out Apple’s hilarious new iPhone 6 commercials “From wearing matching PJ’s and sweaters to over-the-top decorating, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard know how to do it big for the holiday season. This year, they’re inviting you over to ring in the holidays with their family,” Samsung writes. The company is using several new Galaxy devices in the two-minute long video, including the recently released Galaxy Note Edge, the Gear S smartwatch,

11/25/2014 08:15 PM

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