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fb is being requested for more records

facebook has seen an increase inside the wide variety of facts requests from governments, pointing outthat almost two–thirds include gagging orders. inside the second 1/2 of 2015, the social networking giant acquired forty six,763 requests for consumerdata, up thirteen percent from forty one,214 inside the first 1/2 of the yr, in line with new informationfrom the employer. For the first ... Read More »

More advertisers plan to spend less on Twitter: Mahaney

As if Twitter needed another problem, a recent survey suggests advertisers are souring on the social media platform. Advertiser interest in Twitter began cresting early last year, but the latest survey by RBC Capital Markets found a significant jump in the number of advertisers who plan to decrease their spending on the website. According to the survey, 23 percent of ... Read More »

Early movers: GIS, VRX, CRWN, EXPR, DRI, LL, CBS, ROST, CMG & more

Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell: General Mills — The cereal maker announced a quarterly dividend increase of five percent, from 46 cents per share from 44 cents. Separately, General Mills announced the election of Kimberly-ClarkChief Financial Officer Maria Henry to its board of directors. Valeant Pharmaceuticals — The drug maker has appointed three new independent ... Read More »

Linksys EA7500 Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO made affordable (but no more useful)

Linksys thinks MU-MIMO is the EA7500’s key selling point. It’s not. While this might be the least-expensive router to support MU-MIMO, that technology is just too new and under-supported on the client side to be anything other than a checklist item. Fortunately for Linksys, the EA7500 includes most of the features that do matter, and it delivers strong performance in general—particularly in the ... Read More »

How education startups are making learning more fun

Taslima Khan and J Vignesh Let’s say after a game on his mobile phone a 12-year-old boy has been able to master a little more of Calculus, or an impatient girl in fourth standard plugs into a tablet to know more about the ‘bite marks’ on Pluto, they wouldn’t necessarily be representative of a distant future. Education-technology startups over the ... Read More »

Security tips from a super-hacker: Kevin Mitnick’s advice on protecting laptops, smartphones, and more

Virtually everyone in technology knows about Kevin Mitnick, who in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s was a notorious fugitive hacker on the run from the FBI. (If you’re not familiar with the details of Mitnick’s exploits, I recommend his book, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker.) Most experts also know that he’s made his ... Read More »

Ford EcoSport gets cheaper by more than a lakh

The Ford EcoSport is cheaper now. Ford has announced a price cut for their most popular SUV, the EcoSport. Launched in 2013, the EcoSport had received a mid-life update at the end of 2015. The price cut seems to be largely inspired by the pricing offensive offered by its latest and prime competitor, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Ford EcoSport ... Read More »

Is ‘Candy Crush’ really worth more than ‘Star Wars’?

Even in a world of start-up unicorns and big mergers, Activision-Blizzard’s $5.9 billion buyout of King Digital is a head turner. The purchase price is more than five times what Amazon spent on game streaming site Twitch. It’s roughly triple the $2 billion Facebookpaid for Oculus last March. It blows past the $2.5 billion Microsoft paid for “Minecraft” creator Mojang ... Read More »

Google apparently wants to exert more control over the Nexus program

According to a new and as of yet unconfirmed rumor, Google wants to change what the Nexus program is about. If up until now Nexus devices have been developed in partnership by the search giant and Android device makers, the report says that will change going forward. Google apparently wants to exert Apple-like control over upcoming Nexus releases. That means ... Read More »

IoT’s not all futuristic: Industry pioneer Jasper makes more connections

The Internet of Things was there even before it got that futuristic name. Part of the news at this Mobile World Congress this week is the steady growth of the industry that’s been making connected devices work for years. This is the growth that Cisco Systems wants to tap into by buying Jasper Technologies, an IoT company more than a ... Read More »