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  • Best Buy 3Q sales surprise bodes well for holiday Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Best Buy's third-quarter sales gain is a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off. Both revenue and earnings per share beat expectations, and Best Buy stock rose almost 8 percent in midday trading. Best Buy plans to offer more gifts under $100 but be disciplined about markdowns and promotions, which helps protect...

  • Human rights groups release anti-surveillance tool Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 AM ET

    Amnesty International says the tool released Thursday, called Detekt, is designed for right activists and journalists but will be freely available to anybody who fears their computer is being used to monitor them. Developer Claudio Guarnieri, a security researcher based in Germany, says Detekt can currently find eight different pieces of spy software,...

  • Cleveland preps for fastest Internet available Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— Sometime next year, Cleveland will become the first city in the country to offer commercial Internet service at 100 gigabits per second, city and local officials said. An announcement about the project is scheduled for Friday in Cleveland. Those involved in the project acknowledge there's currently not much demand in Cleveland for speeds of 100...

  • Nov 20- Indian outsourcing major Infosys Ltd's back-office services unit was overcharging Apple Inc, leading to the exit of top executives, two senior Infosys people said on Thursday. Infosys, India's second-largest IT services exporter, said on Tuesday it had fired Abraham Mathews, chief financial officer of its Infosys BPO unit, for failure to comply with the...

  • Nov 19- Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc forecast revenue for the current quarter and full year 2016 that fell short of market expectations, hurt by a strong dollar. The world's biggest maker of online sales software said it expected revenue of $6.45 billion to $6.5 billion for the year ending January 2016, missing analysts' average estimate of $6.66...

  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah...

  • Salesforce Q4 revenue forecast misses estimates Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    Nov 19- Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc forecast current-quarter revenue that fell short of market expectations, pushing its shares down 4 percent in extended trading. The company said it expected revenue of about $1.44 billion for the quarter ending Jan. 31, missing the average analyst estimate of $1.45 billion. Net loss narrowed to $38.9 million,...

  • Apple to offer Beats music service in iPhone, iPad - FT Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    Nov 19- Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it bought from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, the Financial Times reported. Google Inc said last week that YouTube is rolling out a long-awaited paid monthly music subscription service called YouTube Music Key. Apple, which bought music streaming and audio equipment company...

  • Hackers to probe cyber crime defenses at British banks Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    *Bank of England pushing banks to confront cyber threats. LONDON, Nov 19- In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defenses of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. Banks are on red alert after cyber criminals obtained details of 83 million clients from JPMorgan Chase this year and Britain's leading...

  • Nov 19- Cloud security software maker CipherCloud said it raised $50 million financing from Transamerica Ventures, Delta Partners, and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures. The company's products enable users to secure data by encryption across multiple cloud applications such as Salesforce.com Inc, Google Inc's Gmail and Microsoft...

  • China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    BEIJING— Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. The action comes as China hosts the World Internet Conference, which brings together many of the world's top technology companies. EdgeCast, an affiliate of Verizon, says censors have taken...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ DUBAI, Nov 19- Bharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday. The Tanzania sale will include about 1,000 towers, said the source, who declined to be identified because the deal has...

  • Microsoft cloud service partially down, MSN unavailable Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:28 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Nov 18- Microsoft Corp's Azure cloud-computing service, which hosts websites and lets customers store and manage data remotely, suffered serious outages on Tuesday taking its popular MSN web portal offline. According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5 pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved.

  • The application is part of IBM's attempt to shift its focus to cloud computing and data analytics from the hardware services that had long been the company's bread and butter. "We came at this from the perspective that this is about changing the game, not just incremental improvements in e-mail," Jeff Schick, IBM's general manager of social solutions, told Reuters.

  • Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18- turbine, 62- megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building. Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands— due to be completed in 2017— will...

  • Ford recalls Fusions; software causes key problem Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:09 AM ET

    DETROIT— Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park due to a software problem. The recall covers certain Fusions, including gas-electric hybrids, from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The recall covers about 55,000 vehicles in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and...

  • HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. "With the agreement with Microsoft, as is customary, we have this transition and we can't do smartphones...

  • Nokia announces new brand-licensed tablet computer Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia announced a brand-licensed tablet computer which runs on Google's Android platform, just six month after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the N1 tablet will be handled by Taiwan's Foxconn. After the 5.6...

  • Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet. The device will be manufactured by Taiwan- based Foxconn, which makes Apple's handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership...

  • *Sony has struggled with weak smartphone sales. TOKYO, Nov 18- Sony Corp aims to lift its movie entertainment revenues by more than a third in the next three years, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the loss-making consumer electronics firm tries to counter flagging smartphones sales. Investors are also watching for signs that Sony's restructuring under...