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Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

San Francisco : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday announced the birth of his first child as he and his wife pledged to give away 99 per cent of his company shares currently worth a whopping USD 45 billion to make the world a "better place" for daughter Maxima and other children.

In a letter to the baby who he lovingly addresses as Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: "We're so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world. Everyone is happy and healthy. Thank you for all your love and support through our pregnancy. There is so much joy in our little family."

Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

San Francisco: Twitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices today as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform.

A version of Periscope tailored for Android, the KitKat version or newer, debuted at the Google Play shop as Twitter stepped up its offensive on rival video-streaming application Meerkat.

"When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation -- by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast," the Periscope team said in an online post.

"Our initial launch was limited to just (Apple's) iOS, but we've been working really hard to craft an experience that feels special on Android, yet still unmistakably Periscope."

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

San Francisco : Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at USD 149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense's Chromebook can be ordered beginning today at Walmart.Com and Haier's version can be bought at Amazon.Com.

Their arrival coincides with Microsoft's rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Pre-orders for that device began today, too.

Meltwater Launches Next Generation Media Intelligence Solution

Meltwater Launches Next Generation Media Intelligence Solution

San Francisco (U. S.), Mar. 16 - Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence solutions, today announced the launch of a new product built for corporate communications and other business decision makers to keep on top of billions of real-time editorial, blog and social media conversations.

The Meltwater solution extracts the insights required to manage your brand, understand competition, and keep on top of industry trends. This product is the latest in a series of technology innovations built on the promise of delivering insights from data on the outside in order to help organizations make better, more informed decisions.

Hillary Clinton beginning to shed low profile before likely 2016 bid

Hillary Clinton beginning to shed low profile before likely 2016 bid

San Francisco - Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that's starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president.

Clinton was to speak today at a Silicon Valley women's conference, her first US speech of the year. It opens a stretch of public appearances in the next month ahead of an all-but-certain launch of her bid for the Democratic nomination.

The former secretary of state has steered clear of the spotlight her only two speeches in 2015 came in Canada last month choosing instead to huddle with advisers as a large field of Republican presidential hopefuls compete for attention.

US students held in Russia headed home

US State Department spokeswoman Jen PsakiSan Francisco - Four US students who travelled to Russia for a leadership conference had their trip cut short and were ordered home after Russian authorities said they had the wrong visas.

The four students traveled from California to St Petersburg on Oct 31 under a grant from a nonprofit to attend a two-week leadership conference. Immigration authorities and police arrived at the conference unexpectedly Thursday and demanded to see their visas.

Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridgeSan Francisco - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

The California Highway Patrol tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the deer were in the busier northbound lanes leading out of the city toward Marin County yesterday evening.

The deer briefly halted the evening commute as drivers slowed to give them space.

By 6 p. M. (local time), the officers on the way to the scene were called off because the deer were no longer in the road.

Google buys travel guide app startup Jetpac

GooglSan Francisco: Google confirmed it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jetpac said that its application would be removed from Apple's online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September.

"We look forward to working on exciting projects with our colleagues at Google," Jetpac said in an online post on Monday.

Twitter unveils video advertisements

TwitterSan Francisco: Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

The new program adds to the source of advertising revenue for Twitter, which has struggled to convince investors it is on a path to profitability.

"By using Promoted Video, it's easy for brands to upload and distribute video on Twitter, and to measure the reach and effectiveness of this content," product manager David Regan said in a blog post.

Regan said test launch came "after months of experiments and feedback from users and brands."

Indian activist honoured with Goldman Environmental prize

Indian activist honoured with Goldman Environmental prizeSan Francisco, April 28 : Indian environment activist Ramesh Agrawal has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize that honours heroic grassroot environmentalists around the world for their achievements.

The Goldman Prize, in its 25th year, is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism given annually by Goldman Environmental Foundation based in San Francisco, the foundation said in a statement Monday.

Agrawal, who ran a small internet café in Raipur, capital of India's Chhattisgarh state, has been awarded for his contribution to control the unchecked industrial development throughout India.

Global mobile phone sales declined in 2012

San Francisco, Feb 14 - Market research firm Gartner said in its latest research that worldwide mobile phone sales declined in 2012 for the first time since 2009.

"Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

According to the research, with smartphones continuing to drive overall sales, worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, a 1.7 percent decline from 2011, reported Xinhua.

Demand for feature phones remained weak in 2012 and was down by 19.3 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012, said the research. It is expected to keep falling in 2013.

Google to buy e-commerce firm

Google to buy e-commerce firmSan Francisco, Feb 7 : US e-commerce company Channel Intelligence has announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet search giant Google.

"For over 10 years, we have focused on making it easy for consumers to find and buy products online and help our clients grow their business. We've worked with Google for years, and look forward to the great things we will be able to do together," Channel Intelligence said Wednesday in a blog posted on its website, reported Xinhua.

Apple iTunes Store sells 25 bn songs

Apple iTunes Store sells 25 bn songsSan Francisco, Feb 7 : Apple has announced that its online iTunes Store has reached a new milestone, with more than 25 billion songs purchased and downloaded since the store's debut 10 years ago.

"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the No. 1 music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, in a statement Wednesday.

He said that over 15,000 songs are downloaded on average per minute, reported Xinhua.

Apple becomes largest mobile phone vendor in US: Report

Apple becomes largest mobile phone vendor in US: ReportSan Francisco, Feb 2 : Apple overtook Samsung to become the largest mobile phone vendor in the US in the fourth quarter of 2012, a report said Friday.

In its latest report, research firm Strategy Analytics estimated that Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones in the US for a record 34 percent share of the market in the fourth quarter of 2012, making the tech giant the No. 1 mobile phone vendor by volume in the US for the first time ever.

Samsung, Apple's arch-rival, shipped 16.8 million handsets for a 32 percent market share in the country, reported Xinhua.

Apple's flat quarterly earnings beat estimates

Apple's flat quarterly earnings beat estimatesSan Francisco, Jan 24 - Apple Wednesday reported flat earnings in its most recent fiscal quarter, and the result slightly beat analysts' estimates.

In its fiscal 2013 first quarter that ended in December 2012, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion, the same as the year-ago period, reported Xinhua.

Earnings per share were $13.81, compared to $13.87 in the same quarter of the previous year.

Apple's revenue in the quarter reached $54.5 billion, representing an increase of nearly 18 percent year on year. (IANS)

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