Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices. The Microsoft Band will

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Comcast to U.S. senator: no plans to create Internet ‘fast lanes’

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp has no plans to create “fast lanes” for any Internet websites or applications, the top U.S. cable and broadband provider reassured the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in a recent letter. Senator Patrick Leahy

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Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied

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Japan’s Sharp to get 10 billion yen loan from Sumitomo Mitsui – sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) will provide a loan of 10 billion yen (57.59 million pounds) to electronics maker Sharp Corp, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. SMBC, the core banking unit of Japan’s

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Japan’s Sharp to get 10 billion yen loan from Sumitomo Mitsui – sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) will provide a loan of 10 billion yen (57.59 million pounds) to electronics maker Sharp Corp, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. SMBC, the core banking unit of Japan’s

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Accor goes digital to combat online rivals

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) – Accor, Europe’s largest hotel group, plans to spend 225 million euros (177.38 million pounds) between 2014 and 2018 to beef up its digital business in response to the challenge from online booking rivals like Expedia and

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Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Xiaomi Inc has become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for

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Nintendo to develop ‘quality of life’ device to track sleep, fatigue – CEO

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user’s fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company’s newly created healthcare division. The device

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Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA‘s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to

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News: AT&T and Verizon tracking customer web activity

News: AT&T and Verizon tracking customer web activity New reports reveal that both AT&T and Verizon have been using unique identifying information to track web activity for their respective mobile customers. According to Wired, Verizon has been “subtly altering” web traffic from

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