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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Google cutting 1,200 more Motorola jobsNEW YORK (AP) _ Google is cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. Last summer, Google Inc. announced 4,000 Motorola job cuts. The latest reductions are in addition to those and will be in countries including the U.S., China and India.
NYC pension funds seeking ouster of 2 HP directorsNEW YORK (AP) _ A group of New York City pension funds is opposing the re-election of the two longest-serving members of Hewlett-Packard's board of directors for their involvement in a series of costly decisions. The protest announced Friday is aimed against HP directors John Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson, two of the 11 directors seeking to be re-elected at the company's March 20 annual meeting.
AP source: Google to pay $7M to settle Wi-Fi caseSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Google will pay a $7 million penalty to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks several years ago in neighborhoods scattered around the world. The resolution will close a joint investigation by attorneys general in about 30 states, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person asked not to be identified because the settlement isn't expected to be announced until early next week.
Facebook tries to stay hip with jazzier News FeedMENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) _ Facebook doesn't want to be dismissed as an Internet has-been before its social network even enters its adolescence. In an effort to remain hip, it is infusing the focal point of its website with a more dynamic look and additional controls designed to empower its 1 billion users to sort streams of photos and other material into more organized sections that appeal to their personal interests.
Poland aims to pave way for 2015 climate dealWARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Hoping to win over EU critics of Poland's recent stance on climate change, the environment minister said Friday that the coal-powered nation will make every effort to pave the way for a lasting deal in 2015 when it hosts a U.N. global warming conference in November. Last year, Poland vetoed the EU's road map for emissions reductions beyond 2020, drawing sharp criticism from environmental groups and EU officials.
Pandora CEO Kennedy to step downOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Shares of Internet radio pioneer Pandora Media Inc. shot up on Thursday after the company said CEO Joseph Kennedy is stepping down and it reported a narrower loss and higher revenue in the fourth quarter than analysts expected. Revenue from mobile ads also grew faster than listening on mobile devices, easing a key investor concern about the company's ability to make a profit from the booming segment.
Facebook brings a more personal touch to News FeedMENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) _ Facebook has redesigned the main attraction of its social network to address complaints that its website has turned into a jumble of monotonous musings and random photos. In an attempt to breathe new life into Facebook's News Feed, the company will introduce new controls that allow people to sort streams of photos and other material into organized sections.
Facebook exec's new book urges women to 'lean in'NEW YORK (AP) _ For a book that has yet to be released, Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" _ part feminist manifesto, part how-to career guide _ has got a lot of people talking. In the weeks leading up to the book's release on Monday, pundits and press hounds have been debating its merits. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd called Sandberg a "PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots," and countless bloggers have suggested that Facebook's chief operating officer is the wrong person to lead a women's movement.
Dell buyout in turmoil as Icahn enters the frayA proposed buyout of computer maker Dell Inc. appeared less likely Thursday after activist investor Carl Icahn said Dell should remain a public company and reward shareholders with a big, one-time payout. The proposal further muddies a deal that already faced uncertain odds. Some of the company's biggest shareholders already had objected to the proposed buyout by founder and CEO Michael Dell. They say Dell's $24.4 billion offer undervalues the company.
Review: Despite flaws, voice search has potentialDOVER, Ohio (AP) _ I never thought I'd be telling my phone what to do. But I often find myself talking to various digital assistants _ Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android devices _ to request driving directions, restaurant recommendations and answers to all sorts of nagging questions. Until recently, I harbored a small prejudice against this kind of voice technology. I've long been annoyed by automated phone systems that make you speak instructions rather than enter them with a touch-tone phone. These technologies tend to hear me incorrectly and slow me down as I try to make a train reservation or check my credit card account. I also feel odd talking to my phone, rather than with a real human.
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