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  • FRANKFURT, Oct 13- Europe's biggest software maker SAP reported a 19 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit on Tuesday, surprising markets by bringing forward its forecast-beating results by a week. Third-quarter operating profit, excluding special items, rose to 1.62 billion euros, beating the most optimistic estimate among 14 analysts, whose...

  • WASHINGTON— The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton's server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to...

  • SAP said third-quarter operating profit, excluding special items, rose to 1.62 billion euros, beating the most optimistic estimate among 14 analysts, with individual estimates ranging from 1.45 billion to 1.59 billion euros, according to Thomson Reuters data. Europe's largest software maker said it was sticking to its outlook for the full year for non-IFRS...

  • Dell's proposed $67 billion acquisition of data storage company EMC is the most expensive ever done involving two technology companies. Avago Technologies Ltd. agrees to buy Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in May of this year. WhatsApp now has more than 900 million users, doubling its audience at the time Facebook Inc. announced the deal.

  • Dell buying EMC in $67 billion bet on data storage Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 7:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market. EMC meanwhile has been shifting from a provider of data storage hardware such as on-premise data centers to offering a more comprehensive suite of products to businesses, from...

  • Princeton economist wins Nobel for work on poverty Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 7:20 AM ET

    Angus Deaton has dug into obscure data to explore a range of problems: The scope of poverty in India. Deaton's research has "shown other researchers and international organizations like the World Bank how to go about understanding poverty at the very basic level," said Torsten Persson, secretary of the award committee. He becomes the sixth scholar affiliated...

  • Economic bubble

    Tech start-up funding is going strong, but there's a looming concern that it could be too strong — strong enough that it's fueled the next tech bubble.

  • PC market may be moving into 'unknown territory' Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of a Microsoft store in New York.

    PC sales are plummeting, and one analyst says this could mark a move into unknown territory for the market.

  • Oct 10- President Barack Obama's administration has backed away from seeking legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement agencies access to individuals' encrypted messages, the White House said on Saturday. "We are actively engaged with private companies to ensure they understand the public safety and national security risks that result from...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed higher, wrapping up a solid week of gains, as investors digested indications on the timing of a rate hike ahead of earnings.

  • What Amazon is looking to dominate next Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 1:39 PM ET
    A scene at the AWS re:Invent conference earlier this week.

    Long known for the website that sells everything, cheap, some of Amazon's biggest moves in recent years have largely been out of sight of shoppers.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Apple co-founder Steve Jobs became renowned for conjuring a "reality distortion field" that made people believe whatever he wanted. "Steve Jobs," which opened Friday, is the latest movie to examine a charismatic visionary who mesmerized the masses with his trendsetting gadgets while alienating his subordinates and friends with an...

  • Oct 8- Amazon.com Inc's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications to connect devices through the cloud, the so-called "Internet of Things". The global market for "Internet of Things", the concept of connecting everyday devices to the Internet, will nearly triple to $1.7 trillion by 2020, research firm...

  • RIVERHEAD, N.Y.— A plan to manufacture solar-powered drones at a suburban New York site that once made fighter jets for the U.S. military is sparking questions about whether the aircraft will be used to beam Internet service. Daniel Preston, the CEO and chief technology officer of Luminati Aerospace LLC., appeared Thursday with other company officials at a...

  • Sony slashes price of PlayStation 4 Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Sony has thrown the first punch in the video game industry's annual holiday slugfest.

  • *Elliott discloses 6.6 pct stake in Polycom; 9.6 pct in Mitel. *Polycom's shares rise 14 pct; ShoreTel up 4.3 pct. Oct 8- Activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp disclosed stakes in U.S. video-conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc and Canadian telecoms provider Mitel Networks Corp and pushed for a combination of the two.

  • NEW YORK— EMC's stock is surging in premarket trading Thursday on reports of a potential deal between Dell and the data storage company. James Kisner of Jefferies believes that the most likely possibilities are EMC buying Dell or a merger between the two businesses. The analyst thinks Dell buying EMC or EMC going private is unlikely, considering EMC's size.

  • Sony cuts PlayStation 4 prices ahead of holiday Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    Playstation 4 PS4

    Sony Corp said it was cutting the price of its PlayStation 4 console to around $350 from $400 to boost sales ahead of the year-end holiday season.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BRUSSELS, Oct 7- U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing data transatlantic personal data transfers would hurt U.S. companies and called for a quick fix. "The biggest fear is they'll lose the opportunity to provide data services in Europe," said...

  • GoPro hits new low. Time for Apple to buy it? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 5:40 PM ET
    A GoPro Hero 4 camera.

    Apple should take the opportunity to acquire GoPro now, said Ross Gerber, CEO and president of Gerber Kawasaki, on Wednesday.