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Chinese authorities visit Uber's Chengdu office

Employee works inside the office of U.S. online cab-hailing company Uber on the outskirts of New DelhiAuthorities in China's southwestern city of Chengdu visited the offices of Uber on Wednesday as part of a new investigation into the online taxi-hailing service, a spokeswoman for Chengdu's transportation commission said. The visit is the second made by authorities to Uber's China offices in the last week. The official Xinhua news agency said on Friday Guangzhou authorities raided Uber's office there on suspicion of an "unlicensed operation". "A few of our departments visited Uber's offices to conduct interviews or an investigation," the spokeswoman, who gave only her surname, said on Thursday.

05/07/2015 12:33 AM

Alcatel-Lucent resilient, defends Nokia deal

Media people attend a news conference with Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent in ParisBy Leila Abboud and Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent , which is set to be bought by larger rival Nokia , improved profit margins in the first quarter despite a marked slowdown in its biggest market, the United States. Higher software sales and strong demand for its Internet routing products, which help telecom operators handle heavy broadband traffic from online video, helped Alcatel-Lucent post a better quarter than its soon-to-be buyer Nokia and mobile market leader Ericsson . Both those competitors saw steep drops in their shares after missing profit targets, and Nokia's misstep prompted some Alcatel shareholders to say the takeover deal terms should be renegotiated. Chief Executive Michel Combes on Thursday dismissed the idea, saying there was no need to change the deal since both groups were sticking to their annual targets.

05/07/2015 02:38 AM

Nintendo turns profitable for first time in four years

Nintendo signage at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los AngelesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese videogame maker Nintendo Co Ltd on Thursday reported its first annual operating profit in four years, slightly ahead of analyst estimates, as reduced costs offset the impact of slowing revenue growth. Profit of 24.8 billion yen ($207.6 million) beat the company's forecast of 20 billion yen as well as the average estimate of 23.8 billion yen from 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Nintendo also forecast operating profit of 50 billion yen for the year started April 1. (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

05/07/2015 03:15 AM

Oculus to sell virtual reality headsets for consumers from early 2016

The sign outside the Oculus VR booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas(Reuters) - Virtual reality technology company Oculus said it would start shipping the much-awaited consumer version of its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders for Rift will start later this year, Oculus, which Facebook Inc bought for $2 billion last year, said.

05/06/2015 10:27 AM

Facebook's Seattle site leader leaves company

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in ZenicaBy Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - The leader of Facebook Inc's fast-growing Seattle office left the company last month, a spokeswoman for the online social network told Reuters on Wednesday, a crucial personnel change at Facebook's largest engineering office outside of its Silicon Valley headquarters. Engineering manager Paul Carduner, who took over leadership of the Seattle office about six months ago, was in charge of more than 600 people. In February he announced a lease on space in a new building in Seattle with room for more than 2,000 Facebook employees. Facebook did not publicize his departure and it has not been reported previously.

05/06/2015 08:47 PM

Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside people's heads

A man demonstrates how he uses a keyboard without typing by wearing a skull-cap with sensors, at conference on brain technology in Tel AvivBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - From ways to eavesdrop on brains and learn what advertisements excite consumers, to devices that alleviate depression, the number of U.S. patents awarded for "neurotechnology" has soared since 2010, according to an analysis released on Wednesday. Most surprising, concluded market-research firm SharpBrains, is that patents have been awarded to inventors well beyond those at medical companies. The leader in neurotechnology patents, according to the report, is consumer-research behemoth Nielsen. Patents for neurotechnology bumped along at 300 to 400 a year in the 2000s, then soared to 800 in 2010 and 1,600 last year, SharpBrains reported.

05/06/2015 03:47 PM

Nintendo reports $350 million profit, reversal from red ink
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. reported a net profit of 41.8 billion yen ($350 million) for the fiscal year through March, a reversal from deep losses the previous year.
05/07/2015 03:30 AM

Technology investments drive operating expenses up for NAB

Technology investments drive operating expenses up for NABNational Australia Bank reported that higher technology costs were incurred during the first-half of the 2015 financial year as it continued to make investments in its digital channels.

05/07/2015 03:17 AM

Square's Vanessa Slavich: Diversity Program Lead. Code Camp organizer. Triathlete.

Square's Vanessa Slavich: Diversity Program Lead. Code Camp organizer. Triathlete.Vanessa Slavich of Square talked to TechRepublic about leading the company's computer science camp for girls, teaching herself how to code, and pushing her own limits.

05/07/2015 03:00 AM

20 million people have played Destiny, says Activision

20 million people have played Destiny, says ActivisionDestiny, a game supposedly about protecting the remnants of a ravaged Earth but mostly about hoping you randomly find an awesome rocket launcher, has reached a player base of over 20 million, according to publisher Activision Blizzard. Destiny is the first game from Bungie after the Halo creators left Microsoft.

05/07/2015 02:56 AM

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05/07/2015 02:55 AM

UN climate chief says technology has changed carbon politics
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions crashed in Copenhagen, the United Nations climate chief said Thursday.
05/07/2015 02:46 AM

Optus customers to get Wi-Fi calling on iOS and Android

Optus customers to get Wi-Fi calling on iOS and AndroidOptus has announced its intention to offer customers the ability to make and receive calls and text messages over Wi-Fi to its Android and iPhone customers later this year.

05/07/2015 02:40 AM

Oregon State University's ATRIAS robot takes a walk in the park

Oregon State University's ATRIAS robot takes a walk in the park

05/07/2015 02:34 AM

Google adds color-blind filter to its Chrome browser

Chrome Color EnhancerA new extension allows users to fine tune the color palette of web pages

05/07/2015 02:06 AM

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