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Nadella has been aggressive in making changes since he became CEO in February, replacing Steve Ballm... Seattle - Microsoft fired 2,100 workers Thursday, part of a plan announced in July to eliminate 18,000 jobs to streamline the workforce and integrate the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit. The job reductions will take place across the company in various divisions, said Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Microsoft. In the Puget Sound, Wash. region, where Microsoft is based, 747 people are being cut. Nadella has been aggressive in making changes since he became CEO in February, replacing Steve Ballm... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58433308@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:02 MDT Tech review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58432869-79/iphones-phones-iphone-android.html.csp It’s easy to dismiss Apple’s new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google’s Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores. But the new iPhones are a big deal for one simple reason: Only Apple has the advantage of building both the hardware and the software, so iPhones are easier to use and more depen... It’s easy to dismiss Apple’s new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google’s Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores. But the new iPhones are a big deal for one simple reason: Only Apple has the advantage of building both the hardware and the software, so iPhones are easier to use and more depen... 58432869@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:47:13 MDT Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begin Friday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58432735-79/note-samsung-screen-iphone.html.csp New York • Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. Orders will be taken beginning Friday. It has a screen measuring 5.7 inches diagonally, slightly larger than the 5.5 inches on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus. The regular iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen. Unlike the iPhone, Samsung’s Note phones come with a stylus for note taking. The Note runs Google’s ... New York • Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. Orders will be taken beginning Friday. It has a screen measuring 5.7 inches diagonally, slightly larger than the 5.5 inches on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus. The regular iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen. Unlike the iPhone, Samsung’s Note phones come with a stylus for note taking. The Note runs Google’s ... 58432735@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:13:02 MDT Facebook CEO wants more students to explore technology http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58432795-79/facebook-zuckerberg-students-ceo.html.csp Redwood City, Calif. • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School that understanding technology and computers “is going to be really critical to having a lot of options and doing what you want.” The Facebook founder said the jobs of the future will be very different from today’s jobs — and young people ... Redwood City, Calif. • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School that understanding technology and computers “is going to be really critical to having a lot of options and doing what you want.” The Facebook founder said the jobs of the future will be very different from today’s jobs — and young people ... 58432795@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:10:02 MDT Apple iOS 8 software bug affects health apps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58425769-79/apple-apps-fitness-health.html.csp New York • A bug in Apple’s new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data. Apple says it hopes to have HealthKit apps restored to its app store by the end of the month. Affected apps include Carrot Fit, WebMD and AskMD. Apple didn’t provide details on what went wrong. The iOS 8 software became available Wednesday. HealthKit is supposed to create a central repository for health and fitn... New York • A bug in Apple’s new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data. Apple says it hopes to have HealthKit apps restored to its app store by the end of the month. Affected apps include Carrot Fit, WebMD and AskMD. Apple didn’t provide details on what went wrong. The iOS 8 software became available Wednesday. HealthKit is supposed to create a central repository for health and fitn... 58425769@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:02:02 MDT Manual transmissions getting rarer in the U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58424819-79/manual-transmission-transmissions-manuals.html.csp DETROIT • When Marlo Dewing went shopping for a car last year, she only had one requirement: a manual transmission. “Any car that was only available as an automatic was a deal breaker,” said Dewing, 44. “I love to drive. I want to know that I am actually driving, that I am in control of the machine.” That made her shopping list a very short one. Only around 10 percent of vehicles made in North America now have manual transmissions, down from 35 percent in 1980. And that number is expected to kee... DETROIT • When Marlo Dewing went shopping for a car last year, she only had one requirement: a manual transmission. “Any car that was only available as an automatic was a deal breaker,” said Dewing, 44. “I love to drive. I want to know that I am actually driving, that I am in control of the machine.” That made her shopping list a very short one. Only around 10 percent of vehicles made in North America now have manual transmissions, down from 35 percent in 1980. And that number is expected to kee... 58424819@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:47:44 MDT Twitter outpaces Facebook with focus on mobile ads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58422077-79/mobile-twitter-ads-company.html.csp San Francisco • Twitter, the microblogging service that plans an initial public offering, is outpacing its bigger competitors Facebook and Google in a crucial growth area: mobile advertising. Ads on smartphones and tablets will make up more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue this year, according to EMarketer Inc. That puts it ahead of Facebook, which generated 41 percent of its ad revenue from mobile promotions in the latest quarter. Google, the largest search engine, is estimated to get slightly... San Francisco • Twitter, the microblogging service that plans an initial public offering, is outpacing its bigger competitors Facebook and Google in a crucial growth area: mobile advertising. Ads on smartphones and tablets will make up more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue this year, according to EMarketer Inc. That puts it ahead of Facebook, which generated 41 percent of its ad revenue from mobile promotions in the latest quarter. Google, the largest search engine, is estimated to get slightly... 58422077@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:01:02 MDT California issues test permits for self-driving cars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419878-79/vehicles-california-cars-driving.html.csp Los Angeles • For the first time, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods — with a human “safety driver” behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision. With 25 vehicles, Google’s souped-up Lexus SUVs are the biggest fleet. Mercedes and VW have two vehicles each. Self-driving cars already have gone hun... Los Angeles • For the first time, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods — with a human “safety driver” behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision. With 25 vehicles, Google’s souped-up Lexus SUVs are the biggest fleet. Mercedes and VW have two vehicles each. Self-driving cars already have gone hun... 58419878@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:06:02 MDT Oligarch buys Russia’s most popular social media http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419858-79/vkontakte-mail-russia-media.html.csp Moscow • A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. Mail.Ru first invested in VKontakte ... Moscow • A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. Mail.Ru first invested in VKontakte ... 58419858@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:02:02 MDT Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58417402-79/album-apple-million-account.html.csp New York • Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2’s free album. The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise “Songs of Freedom” release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company’s iPhone 6 unveiling news conference. Cue called the number record-breaking, but did not elaborate. The figure includes customers who downloaded the album fr... New York • Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2’s free album. The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise “Songs of Freedom” release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company’s iPhone 6 unveiling news conference. Cue called the number record-breaking, but did not elaborate. The figure includes customers who downloaded the album fr... 58417402@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:25:02 MDT Here are five things that will make travel quicker, safer for cars, bikes, walkers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58398131-79/cars-car-system-traffic.html.csp Detroit • Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system that brings high-tech automatic braking to the masses. These life- or time-saving technologies were being shown off last week at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. Here are five smart things coming to your car in just ... Detroit • Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system that brings high-tech automatic braking to the masses. These life- or time-saving technologies were being shown off last week at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. Here are five smart things coming to your car in just ... 58398131@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:02 MDT U.K. TV series take root in Acorn streaming service http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58404238-79/acorn-media-entertainment-streaming.html.csp Here’s an offbeat mystery: Why did detective Hercule Poirot’s final U.S. small-screen bow come not on his familiar stage, PBS, but on a niche website devoted to streaming British whodunits and dramas? And why did Robert L. Johnson, the business mogul who founded Black Entertainment Television and sold it to Viacom for $3 billion, buy Acorn Media Group and gladden the hearts of Anglophiles everywhere? The answers lie in a company’s reinvention of itself when faced with industry changes that prese... Here’s an offbeat mystery: Why did detective Hercule Poirot’s final U.S. small-screen bow come not on his familiar stage, PBS, but on a niche website devoted to streaming British whodunits and dramas? And why did Robert L. Johnson, the business mogul who founded Black Entertainment Television and sold it to Viacom for $3 billion, buy Acorn Media Group and gladden the hearts of Anglophiles everywhere? The answers lie in a company’s reinvention of itself when faced with industry changes that prese... 58404238@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:02 MDT Regulators weighing wireless connecting standards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58416845-79/wireless-fcc-rules-internet.html.csp Washington • Months of debate and more than 1 million comments about rules for Web traffic may have moved regulators to consider tougher standards for wireless networks that connect smartphones and tablets. With the Federal Communications Commission ending its period to accept comments Monday, Chairman Tom Wheeler is weighing whether to bar wireless companies led by AT&T and Verizon Communications from treating differently some Web content — applying the same rules as wired services. The agency ... Washington • Months of debate and more than 1 million comments about rules for Web traffic may have moved regulators to consider tougher standards for wireless networks that connect smartphones and tablets. With the Federal Communications Commission ending its period to accept comments Monday, Chairman Tom Wheeler is weighing whether to bar wireless companies led by AT&T and Verizon Communications from treating differently some Web content — applying the same rules as wired services. The agency ... 58416845@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:23:02 MDT Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders overwhelms supply http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58415761-79/apple-iphone-phones-pre.html.csp New York • Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won’t be delivered until October. Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and... New York • Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won’t be delivered until October. Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and... 58415761@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:18:07 MDT Danish TDC to buy Norway’s Get for $2.2 billion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58415805-79/norway-tdc-2.2-billion.csp Helsinki • Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway’s leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at $2.2 billion. TDC says the transaction would provide “considerable synergy opportunities” and will make it Scandinavia’s largest communication and home entertainment company with some 1.7 million households in Denmark and Norway. TDC has around 1.2 million TV customers of whom about 500,000 are also broadband customers, while Get serves 500,000 households and businesses in N... Helsinki • Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway’s leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at $2.2 billion. TDC says the transaction would provide “considerable synergy opportunities” and will make it Scandinavia’s largest communication and home entertainment company with some 1.7 million households in Denmark and Norway. TDC has around 1.2 million TV customers of whom about 500,000 are also broadband customers, while Get serves 500,000 households and businesses in N... 58415805@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:44:02 MDT Cognizant buying TriZetto for $2.7 billion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58415796-79/cognizant-company-care-health.html.csp Teanaeck, N.J. • Cognizant will buy the health care software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash. Privately held TriZetto Corp. is based in the Denver suburb of Englewood. The company and its 3,700 workers will join Cognizant’s existing health care information technology business, the company said Monday. The information technology consulting and outsourcing company is expecting the acquisition to significantly accelerate its market position. Health care currently makes up about 26 percent... Teanaeck, N.J. • Cognizant will buy the health care software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash. Privately held TriZetto Corp. is based in the Denver suburb of Englewood. The company and its 3,700 workers will join Cognizant’s existing health care information technology business, the company said Monday. The information technology consulting and outsourcing company is expecting the acquisition to significantly accelerate its market position. Health care currently makes up about 26 percent... 58415796@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:40:02 MDT Microsoft to buy ‘Minecraft’ maker for $2.5 billion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58415705-79/microsoft-game-minecraft-billion.html.csp New York • Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to close in late 2014. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the m... New York • Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to close in late 2014. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the m... 58415705@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:13:01 MDT Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58415627-79/hong-kong-alibaba-company.html.csp Hong Kong • Alibaba’s choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city’s stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant’s unique management setup. As China’s leading financial center with its own currency and separate Western-style legal system, Hong Kong has been the traditional first choice for Chinese enterprises going public outside the mainland. But Alibaba settled ... Hong Kong • Alibaba’s choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city’s stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant’s unique management setup. As China’s leading financial center with its own currency and separate Western-style legal system, Hong Kong has been the traditional first choice for Chinese enterprises going public outside the mainland. But Alibaba settled ... 58415627@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:01:02 MDT HP to buy cloud software provider Eucalyptus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58407144-79/eucalyptus-cloud-hewlett-packard.html.csp San Francisco • Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying cloud-computing software developer Eucalyptus Systems as Chief Executive Meg Whitman embarks on new acquisitions to bolster the computer maker’s businesses. Eucalyptus, founded in 2009, provides technology that lets companies store, process and deliver computing data via the Internet. The Goleta, Calif.-based company has raised $55.5 million in three financing rounds. Hewlett-Packard is paying less than $100 million, according to a person with knowle... San Francisco • Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying cloud-computing software developer Eucalyptus Systems as Chief Executive Meg Whitman embarks on new acquisitions to bolster the computer maker’s businesses. Eucalyptus, founded in 2009, provides technology that lets companies store, process and deliver computing data via the Internet. The Goleta, Calif.-based company has raised $55.5 million in three financing rounds. Hewlett-Packard is paying less than $100 million, according to a person with knowle... 58407144@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:40:02 MDT Options abound for selling used mobile phones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58406948-79/phone-iphone-phones-model.html.csp Apple’s latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a ritual familiar by now to most smartphone users. Every couple of years, new models boasting more features and improvements compel users to trade up. Often that means turning in your older phones for a credit from your carrier. But selling your phone online or to companies that buy back u... Apple’s latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a ritual familiar by now to most smartphone users. Every couple of years, new models boasting more features and improvements compel users to trade up. Often that means turning in your older phones for a credit from your carrier. But selling your phone online or to companies that buy back u... 58406948@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:37:02 MDT