Information Technology


  • White House names Google exec as nation's CTO Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Megan Smith, vice president of the “Google X” lab, speaks at the "Google's Made With Code" launch event, June 19, 2014, in New York.

    President Obama tapped Megan Smith from Google and Alexander Macgillivray, formerly of Twitter, for two key positions on his technology policy team.

  • Home Depot CEO: Probe of possible breach continues Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be liable for any potential fraudulent charges.

  • *Google case started with EU investigation in late 2010. *Deal will only escalate market abuse, Google rival says. BRUSSELS, Sept 4- Google's antitrust deal with EU regulators was criticised by Microsoft and other competitors in a last-ditch attempt to influence European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia before he leaves office at the end of October.

  • *Google case started with EU investigation in late 2010. BRUSSELS, Sept 4- Microsoft and publishers across Europe attacked Google's antitrust deal with EU regulators, calling it a "catastrophic" proposal that would serve only to entrench its dominance of the online search market.

  • BERLIN, Sept 4- Fresh from acquiring Nokia's handset business, Microsoft unveiled the first of its new range of Lumia smartphones on Thursday, priced to challenge a market dominated by volume leader Samsung and Apple Inc..

  • Microsoft: mid-range phones for budget conscious Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    BERLIN— Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.

  • Review: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both.

  • Tibco reviewing strategic, financial alternatives Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— Tibco said Wednesday that its board is studying potential strategic and financial alternatives for the business software maker. Tibco Software Inc. said three of its independent directors formed a special committee for the review process, which began on Aug. 16. Tibco shares ended regular trading Wednesday down 16 cents at $21.04.

  • Home Depot hires 2 firms to probe data breach Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home Depot says it's offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to those customers who might be potentially hurt by a possible data breach at the home improvement chain.

  • Sept 3- Business software maker Tibco Software Inc said it is reviewing its strategic and financial alternatives as part of a process initiated by its board on Aug. 16 to maximize shareholder value. The company said it had retained Wilson Sonsini Goodrich& Rosati and Goldman, Sachs& Co to assist in the process.

  • Data show most US Home Depots hit by breach: Report Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:31 PM ET
    Customers buy goods at a Home Depot home improvement store.

    Customer data could have been stolen from nearly all of Home Depot Inc's stores in the United States, according to new info from KrebsonSecurity.

  • Phones, watches and more unveiled at tech show Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

    BERLIN— Samsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday. The Korean electronics company says it will start selling two new smartphones and a virtual-reality headset in October.

  • Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched a virtual reality headset for its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet using technology from Oculus VR, a company that Facebook Inc acquired for $2 billion. Earlier this year, Google showed off a cardboard box that when attached to an Android phone transforms it into a virtual reality headset.

  • Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched a virtual reality headset for its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet using technology from Oculus VR, a company that Facebook Inc is buying for $2 billion. Sony Corp too has a prototype for a virtual reality headset for its Playstation 4 games console.

  • Hacking clouds Apple's upcoming product launch Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Apple CEO Timothy Cook

    The leak of racy celebrity photos has put Apple in the unusual position of having to mend its image just before a highly anticipated product launch.

  • Correction: Server Farms-Cleveland story Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— CLEVELAND— In a story Aug. 31 about computer data centers, The Associated Press, relying on information from the company BYTEGRID, erroneously described electricity costs. Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms.

  • Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    BERLIN— Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.

  • *Apple seen launching first large-screen phones next week. BERLIN, Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, unveiled new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone on Wednesday after previous design miscues cost it customers in the large-screen phone market it pioneered.

  • AP Top Financial News At 7:29 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    Global stock markets rise on Ukraine cease-fire Switzerland, Singapore, US top economic rankings Netflix snags deal for' Gotham' television series Ahead of the Bell: US factory orders Fuel price hike looms for Indonesia's new leader Ukraine crisis dents European business activity Online fashion retailer Zalando plans IPO Maduro replaces Venezuela's longtime oil chief EU assesses sports sanctions against Russia Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach