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Looking past the glitter, big names, and big money ($3.2bn)

First, the people. Tony Fadell’s team is justly admired for its design skills. They will come in handy if Google finally gets serious about selling hardware, if it wants to generate new revenue in multiples of $10bn (its yearly revenue is approximately $56bn now). Of course, this means products other than just thermostats and smoke […]

Siri – It’s not you, it’s Cortana

“Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo about the company’s in-development voice AI. “Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding […]

Google founders’ private air terminal in California

Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have won approval to build a private terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and CNBC has learned that construction on the $82 million facility will start in February. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Signature Flight Support, a Florida-based company […]

The NSA is reading your text messages, daily.

The NSA program, codenamed Dishfire, collects “pretty much everything it can”, according to GCHQ documents, rather than merely storing the communications of existing surveillance targets. The NSA has made extensive use of its vast text message database to extract information on people’s travel plans, contact books, financial transactions and more – including of individuals under […]

Yahoo’s Spring Cleaning

According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo’s Editor-in-Chief Jai Singh has quit the company, a major departure which comes in the wake of changes made to its media unit after the firing of COO Henrique De Castro yesterday. Under the new plan announced by CEO Marissa Mayer in an internal memo, the media unit […]