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Oct 01, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by Reverend
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EBay and PayPal to become separate companies in 2015

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:51 PM - by Reverend
EBay and PayPal have announced that they will become separate companies in 2015, to enable each to focus on their respective business operations without being hindered by the other. Shares in eBay rose in response to the news.

As part of the deal current CEO John Donahoe will step down, to be replaced by two new individuals.

Donahoe said the decision had been reached by the board of the company as it became clear that while being one single company had worked well for years, there were too many differences now.

“A thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively,” he said.

“The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges. We believe eBay and PayPal will continue to do so as separate, independent companies. Tremendous opportunities exist for each business.”

He said that as single companies they could pursue their own opportunities as required, without having to factor in any impact on the other business.

Dan Schulman will become the president of PayPal, effective immediately, and the designated CEO of the standalone PayPal company once the split takes place.

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'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:49 PM - by Reverend
Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its platform, its founder has told the BBC.

It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.

But the bike shop owner, from the US state of Vermont, opened it to others on 7 August.

It has been dubbed the "anti-Facebook" network because of a pledge to carry no adverts or sell user data.

However some experts have cautioned that it might struggle with plans to charge micro-payments for certain "features".

The site has a minimalist design and does not appear as user-friendly, at first glance, as more established networks.

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It has already survived a reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack - a targeted flood of internet traffic - which briefly knocked it offline over the weekend.

"We're learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back end," founder Paul Budnitz told the BBC.

"It's in beta and it's buggy and it does weird stuff - and it's all being fixed as quickly as we can."

BBC News
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Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:46 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday, skipping a number, to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8 from two years ago.

The next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8.

Windows 10 will be "our greatest enterprise platform ever," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of operating systems, at an event in San Francisco.

He said the new Windows, long known by the project name 'Threshold' internally, represented a new type of system for the company. The name represented that leap, he said.

Myerson added that his team toyed with the idea of calling the new product 'Windows One' to emphasize the unity of all the companies' products, but noted that name had already been used.

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Microsoft pips Sony to launch Xbox One in China

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:10 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has launched the Xbox One in China - becoming the first major console maker to enter what could be a massively lucrative market.

The first consoles were sold in Shanghai, priced at 4,299 yuan ($699, £430). Sony and Nintendo are yet to launch their respective products.

In January, the Chinese government lifted a 14-year ban on consoles, made because of worries over content.

However, many popular titles, such as Call of Duty, will still be banned.

Only 10 games were available to buy on the Xbox One's release - but Microsoft has said 70 titles are in the pipeline.

Beating its rivals to the market may give Microsoft a much-needed sales boost. Its console is currently being outsold by Sony's PlayStation 4 in all major markets.

But Piers Harding-Rolls, a games analyst from IHS, told the BBC: "There's advantages and disadvantages in being first.

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The BBC's Martin Patience reports as the Xbox console goes on sale in China

"There's obviously potential. Overcoming the issues of piracy, overcoming the issues of pricing, having the right content to connect with the local audience - those are all big issues."

Sony has set up business partnerships to launch the PS4 in China, but a date has not yet been set.

Both companies will compete with a thriving black market in illegally imported consoles playing pirated versions of games.

The firms will also come up against mobile games, which are not banned in China and are extremely popular.

BBC News
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Yahoo Shuts Down Original Search Product

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:08 PM - by Reverend
Yahoo announced on Friday it is retiring the service that gave the company its name – its human-selected, hierarchical website listings.

The hierarchical directory was launched 20 years ago, in January of 1994, by Jerry Yang and David Filo, then graduate students at Stanford University, and was originally titled ‘Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web’. Later that year the service was renamed ‘Yahoo!’, an acronym of ‘Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle’.

At the time, the directory provided a useful complement to automated searches, helping to highlight websites that were genuinely useful; the two types of results were listed alongside one another in searches. The situation changed with the advent of Google, whose automated search quickly displaced human-selected directories.

For a time, Yahoo used Google’s own results to power its web search; it now relies on Bing’s technology. The company’s core products are “search, communications, digital magazines, and video”, according to Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of the Cloud Platform Group.

In the meantime, Yahoo has continued to develop the hierarchical product, called Yahoo Directory, which now lists hundreds of thousands of sites. But that will come to an end in December, Rossiter said.

“Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet,” he said in a blog post. “Our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory.”

Rossiter noted that more than 60 products and services have been shut down over the past two years under chief executive Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive.

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Apple’s latest update fails to squash iOS 8 bugs

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:05 PM - by Reverend
Apple's forums remain a hotbed of angry posts after iOS 8.0.2 failed to fix iPhones and iPads slowed almost to a halt by the company's previous iOS 8.0.1 release.

Errors such a loss of network and WiFi connectivity, freezing apps, syncing problems, and bugs with the Safari web browser are being reported by forum users.

Despite being released to plug the problems in the previous version of Apple's mobile operating system, it would appear iOS 8.0.2 has broken as much as it has fixed.

After complaints about the bugs iOS 8.0.1 caused for several generations of the iPhone – having been originally rolled out to fix errors in iOS 8 – Apple promptly pulled the update and replaced it with iOS 8.0.2.

While some savvy users have found ways to work around the problems, others have been left to either vent their frustration on the forums or visit one of Apple's stores.

One forum user was particularly incensed by the errors encountered on the iPhone 6: "Ridiculous. Apple really needs to get it together. This is the worst OS release yet."

Another complained: "After updating to iOS 8.0.2 [I] have problems with my cellular reception on iPhone 5S, no service appears every few minutes."

Other complaints were voiced on Twitter.

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Free Windows 9 Upgrades for Windows 8 Users?

Sep 28, 2014 - 6:32 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is widely expected to introduce its Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco next Tuesday and rumors have been flying about what we can expect from the successor to Windows 8.

Now we can add "free upgrades for Windows 8 users" to the mix of speculation in advance of the unveiling of the next-gen software platform code named Threshold.

The source behind the latest rumor? As spotted by BGR on Saturday, Indonesian tech site Detik earlier this week quoted Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro as saying that "the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it's released."

The Detik article is in Indonesian, but BGR gleaned from a translation that once Threshold is released, Windows 8 users "will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft."

In fact, the rumor that Redmond could be planning free Windows 9 upgrades has been kicking around for some time, with variants suggesting that legacy Windows XP users may also be gifted free upgrades. If any of these rumors prove solid, what's unclear is what happens to users of other Windows OSes like Vista and Windows 7, BGR noted.

PC Magazine
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