Eight leading technology companies -- bitter rivals in some cases -- are pushing the White House and members of Congress to rein in government surveillance.
By Danny Yadron, The Wall Street Journal
Eight U.S. technology giants are making a joint appeal to reform government surveillance activities, following a stream of disclosures about actions by the National Security Agency.
Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Twitter (TWTR), Yahoo (YHOO), LinkedIn (LNKD) and AOL (AOL) -- bitter rivals in some cases --are issuing an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress along with a set of reform principles to better safeguard the information of Internet users. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
A shorter version of the open letter is appearing in full-page ads in the Monday editions of several print publications, including The New York Times and several D.C.-focused newspapers, including the Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call and The Hill.
"This summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide," the ad reads in part. "The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual -- rights that are enshrined in our Constitution."
- MSN Money: 12 ways you could be tracked
The otherwise all-male board will now include former Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino, but women directors remain a rare sight at Silicon Valley tech companies.
By Yoree Koh, The Wall Street Journal
Scardino's appointment is effective immediately, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. She will join the audit committee.
Twitter was criticized in the weeks leading up to its high-profile initial public offering for a lack of women in top executive positions -- a fact exacerbated by CEO Dick Costolo's seemingly flippant response to critics.
Women are by far still a minority in U.S. corporate boardrooms, particularly among Silicon Valley's disruptive tech firms. Facebook (FB) came under fire last year when it went public with an exclusively male board. The company named Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, whose "lean in" philosophy brought fresh attention to the dearth of women in senior positions, to its board in July 2012, two months after its Wall Street debut.
Android may lead in market share, but iOS wins hands down in adoption rates, making it more attractive to developers.
By Chris Ciaccia
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There's always been the battle of which operating system is better: Apple's (AAPL) iOS or Google's (AAPL) Android. If you're a developer, iOS wins hands down.
Apple has released its latest statistics showing iOS 7 adoption, and the results show that a staggering 74 percent of iDevices are now running Apple's latest mobile operating system compared to just 1.1 percent for Android's latest operating system, KitKat. Apple's previous OS, iOS 6, is running on 22 percent of devices while the remaining 4 percent of iDevices run iOS 5 or lower.
Apple's iOS 7 was released for public use on Sept. 18, 2013, after being announced at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
The Internet giant purchased the startup -- and, perhaps as importantly, its personnel -- from DreamWorks Animation in CEO Marissa Mayer's latest 'acquire-hire' move.
By Jim Probasco
Mayer has made a number of such "acquire-hire" moves since she took over leadership at Yahoo. Her goal has been beef up the company with personnel who can help Yahoo compete with companies like Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) -- especially in mobile.
Ptch is described as a mobile video app, launched about a year ago, that lets users remix videos and pictures into clips or montages. The clips can be shared with others -- who can then add their own photos and clips. DreamWorks CTO Ed Leonard led the team that created Ptch.
The iPhone maker may not have made any blockbuster deals, but it has been quietly scooping up startups throughout the year that could help improve its products.
By Tim Parker
Here's a brief rundown of each:
WiFiSLAM (March 23)
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple purchased WiFiSLAM for $20 million. The small startup developed technology that allows mobile apps to pinpoint a person's location based on a Wi-Fi signal. The most notable use is in retail stores where deals and other information are pushed to a person's mobile device based on where they are in the store.
Locationary (July 19)
Apple purchased this Canadian startup in July for an undisclosed amount, likely in an effort to shore up some of the shortcomings of its mapping app. Think of Locationary as the Wikipedia of mapping apps. It uses crowdsourcing as a way to provide real-time information while working with maps.
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