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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
IBM says it is acquiring Promontory, a financial consulting firm with 600 employees; Promontory is expected to help train Watson on regulatory issues   —  In recent years, IBM has been known for its forays into artificial intelligence and cloud computing.  Now, the technology provider …
Sep 29, 2016, 2:15 PMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: after hacks and questions about security, Marissa Mayer denied Yahoo security team financial resources, rejected proposal to reset all user passwords   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Six years ago, Yahoo's computer systems and customer email accounts were penetrated by Chinese military hackers.
Sep 28, 2016, 11:50 AMIn context
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Facebook ordered to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users in Germany and to delete info already forwarded to Facebook from roughly 35M German WhatsApp users   —  When WhatsApp, the internet messaging app, announced last month that it was starting to share some of its users' online information with Facebook …
Sep 27, 2016, 7:15 AMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, an SF startup that makes a self-balancing motorbike; Apple has previously hired several Lit Motors engineers   —  Apple, which laid off dozens of employees from its secretive car project this month, is increasingly seeking help from outside companies with expertise in vehicles.
Sep 21, 2016, 1:40 PMIn context
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Former lead World of Warcraft designer Rob Pardo raises $25M for his new startup, Bonfire Studios, from Andreessen Horowitz and Riot Games   —  Big video games, like movies, are usually created by squadrons of people, including dozens or hundreds of artists and developers.
Sep 19, 2016, 8:00 AMIn context
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
After enabling movie ticket sales through Apple's iMessage, Fandango will start selling tickets through Facebook this weekend; sales on Snapchat coming soon   —  LOS ANGELES — By making it easy for people to buy movie tickets online or through a smartphone app, Fandango has experienced breakneck growth over the last two years.
Sep 16, 2016, 3:20 PMIn context
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
LinkNYC removes browsing from NY kiosks after complaints people were monopolizing spots and watching porn, is working with city officials on options   —  The Wi-Fi kiosks were designed to replace phone booths and allow users to consult maps, maybe check the weather or charge their phones.
Sep 14, 2016, 11:10 PMIn context
Mark Scott / New York Times:
New EU proposals would make VOD content from services including Netflix and Amazon Prime more readily available across all member states   —  Siim Teller is a big fan of the British Broadcasting Corporation.  A 37-year-old Estonian, he got hooked on the documentaries, period dramas …
Sep 14, 2016, 2:05 PMIn context
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Sapphire Ventures, whose sole investor is SAP, has closed a new $1B late-stage startup fund   —  Sapphire Ventures has closed on a $1 billion fund to invest in privately held start-ups, easing fears about a downturn in the venture capital industry.  —  Sapphire Ventures …
Sep 14, 2016, 12:25 PMIn context
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Sources: next year's iPhone will have a full-screen front face with the virtual button built directly into the screen   —  Apple's iPhone, just short of 10 years old, has hit puberty.  —  Like adolescents coping with awkward changes to their bodies, the iPhone 7, due for release on Friday, introduces some uncomfortable transitions.
Sep 13, 2016, 10:40 AMIn context

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