BuzzFeed brings its brand of online news to Japan

Jan 20, 2016

BuzzFeed brings its brand of online news to Japan

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Online news source BuzzFeed has brought its blend of the novel, quirky and trivial to Japan, launching a Japanese-language service that targets a nation addicted to smartphones. At a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, the company’s new Japan unit said it hoped to ...

Jan 15, 2016

Wikipedia gets another source of cash

Wikipedia is getting another source of cash for its 15th birthday, expanding beyond fundraising drives that have already poured $250 million into the Internet’s leading encyclopedia. The additional money will come from a new endowment created for Wikipedia, whose website started Jan. 15, 2001, ...

Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets

Jan 6, 2016

Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets

Twitter appears ready to loosen its restriction on the length of messages in a bid to make its service more appealing to a wider audience accustomed to the greater freedom offered by Facebook and other forums. CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed Twitter’s intentions ...

Jan 5, 2016

Toyota joins Ford against Apple-Google car screen dominance

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to use a car-phone connectivity system championed by Ford Motor Co. in a bid to keep Apple Inc. and Google from dominating control of dashboards. Toyota will introduce a telematics system with Ford’s SmartDeviceLink, an open platform that the automakers ...

Dec 29, 2015

Adobe updates flash amid exploit fears

U.S. software maker Adobe on Monday released security updates for its Flash video player amid ongoing concerns about security holes that could let hackers in. Adobe said it was aware of a report of “limited, targeted attacks” against unprotected versions of the software. “These ...

Colombia's FARC rebels swap jungle for YouTube

Dec 29, 2015

Colombia's FARC rebels swap jungle for YouTube

Until recently, Milena Reyes spent her days slogging around the jungle, dressed in combat fatigues and carrying an assault rifle. The Colombian guerrilla fighter never imagined she would end up in front of a TV camera wearing make-up and high heels to present the ...

Dec 29, 2015

Database of 191 million U.S. voters exposed on Internet, says researcher

An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database, he said on Monday. The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations, phone numbers and emails ...

Beatles end streaming boycott in time for Christmas

Dec 24, 2015

Beatles end streaming boycott in time for Christmas

The Beatles, the top-selling band in musical history yet a persistent holdout on new distribution technology, announced Wednesday they would end a boycott of streaming in time for Christmas. The Fab Four’s full catalog will be available on all major services including leader Spotify, ...