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BlackBerry to Cut Jobs in Device Arm

BlackBerry Ltd. said Friday it is laying off an undisclosed number of employees in its device business including those focused on development of smartphone software and applications. The move is part of the company’s goal of boosting sales of higher margin mobile-management and security software to reignite growth, it said. The layoffs come after the […]

Behind the Rise and Fall of BlackBerry

Mike Lazaridis was home on his treadmill when he saw the televised report about Apple Inc.’s newest product. Research In Motion’s founder soon forgot about exercise that day in January 2007. There was Steve Jobs on a San Francisco stage waving a small glass object, downloading music, videos and maps from the Internet onto a […]

Spotify Review: Here Comes the All-Around Entertaining App

Spotify wants to be a bigger part of my life. The on-demand subscription music service has won paying customers in Europe and the U.S. by providing easy access to hit songs and deep tracks alike. But to attain the kind of success enjoyed by YouTube and Netflix—not to mention compete with Apple’s upcoming subscription music […]

Senate Debate Over NSA Has Patriot Act in the Balance

WASHINGTON—The Senate remained divided Friday evening over whether to pass a House bill curbing the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance as part of a late push to extend the Patriot Act, set to expire at month’s end. Lawmakers sprinted Friday to wrap up a number of must-pass bills before leaving for a weeklong Memorial Day […]

H-P Says Breakup Will Cost Billions

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s upcoming breakup into two separate companies will cost billions—but there will be $1 billion in cost savings too, the company said Thursday. The storied Silicon Valley institution will formally divide into two public companies by Nov. 1: HP Inc. will be the PC-and-printer company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will sell business software, servers and […]

Uber in Talks for $1 Billion Credit Facility With Banks

Uber Technologies Inc. is seeking a $1 billion credit line from banks, people familiar with the matter said. The car-sharing company has recently contacted a number of large banks asking them how much they would be willing to commit, and at what terms, to the loan, the people said. About six to seven banks are […]

Google Touts Mobile-Ad Technology

Google Inc. says it is doing a better job linking the ads consumers see on their smartphones to what they buy in stores, prompting some advertisers to boost their spending on mobile ads. The Internet giant sends regular reports to hundreds of retailers in the U.S., Canada and Australia on the number of store visits […]

Translating Videogame ‘OddWings Escape’ Helps It Soar

“Oddwings Escape” es un nuevo juego de vuelo. On the day of its release, the flying puzzle game “Oddwings Escape” quickly ascended to the top of the charts in Spain. Finland’s Small Giant Games Oy, which initially developed the mobile game in English, traces the successful takeoff to a simple decision: From the get-go, it […]

Scott McNealy Is Back—as a Startup CEO

Scott McNealy, once one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent executives, has kept a low profile since Oracle Corp. bought Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2010. Now, he is ready to change that. The former Sun chairman recently took on the chief executive job at Wayin. The Denver-based startup helps companies turn posts on social networks like […]

Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email?

Company-issued smartphones have obliterated the line between the workday and off hours. For employers and workers, 8 p.m. emails from the boss aren’t just disrupting home life. They’re raising legal questions, too. Several lawsuits have alleged that companies expect employees to work unpaid and off hours via iPhones, BlackBerrys or other digital devices. The number […]

H-P to Sell 51% of China Unit H3C to Tsinghua

Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to unveil sweeping changes to its business in China, including the sale of a majority stake in its data-networking operation there, after revelations of U.S. spying curtailed Chinese demand for U.S. technology products. H-P is expected to announce Thursday that Tsinghua Holdings, which is affiliated with the prestigious Tsinghua University, will buy […]

Spotify Adds Video to Music Service

Music-streaming service Spotify AB said Wednesday it will expand its ambitions in entertainment by offering video programming and podcasts, a strategy meant to tap into fast-growing areas of digital media. The closely held company said its online video content will include news and clips from outlets such as ABC, BBC, ESPN, NBC, Comedy Central,…

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