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Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, with more talks promised
Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban — and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union officials...
Climate talks begin amid questions on U.S. stance
BONN, Germany — Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing...
Fujitsu confirms talks with Lenovo to offload loss-making PC biz
IT Crowd reader comments 9 Share this story Lenovo is locked in talks with Fujitsu to buy its fading PC business. Fujitsu confirmed on Thursday morning that it was "exploring a strategic cooperation in...
William Hill, Amaya drop short-lived gambling merger talks
LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) - William Hill and Canadian online gambling company Amaya Inc have abandoned merger talks, leaving the British bookmaker struggling to find a partner in a fast consolidating industry....
Twitter shares surge on takeover chatter
Google and cloud computing company Salesforce were among those in talks with the social media company, according to US broadcaster CNBC.The report said Twitter could receive a formal bid by the end of...
Apple in Talks to Acquire Supercar Automaker McLaren: Report
Apple is also reportedly interested in buying electric motorbike company Lit Motors, according to other reports. Continuing to map out its direction in the electric vehicle industry, Apple reportedly...
Exclusive: HP Enterprise in talks to sell software unit to Thoma Bravo - sources
(Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE) is in talks with buyout firm Thoma Bravo LLC to sell its software division, hoping it can fetch between $8 billion and $10 billion, according to people familiar...
Airbnb in talks for funding valuing it at $30 Billion
Airbnb, which lets users list their homes and apartments for short-term rentals, is in talks for a new round of investment that would value the company at about $30 billion, according to people briefed...
Behind the appeal of TED Talks
April 29, 2016, 8:32 AM|TED is a platform for ideas, a place where people can give speeches about almost any topic you can imagine. It began as a 1984 conference and is now a global phenomenon. TED Talks...
Fiat Chrysler, Alphabet in technology partnership talks: WSJ
(Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in late-stage talks with Alphabet Inc's self-driving car division for a technology partnership, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with...
Volkswagen says not in talks with Apple or Google
WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said the carmaker is in talks with external partners to start new digital mobility businesses but added these talks do not involve...
BMW and Daimler abandon Apple Car talks
If Apple really is working on a car, it won’t be the Ultimate Driving Machine™. BMW and Daimler have discontinued talks with Apple over a potential automotive collaboration, Handelsblatt reports....
Daily Mail parent in talks with private equity for Yahoo bid
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Daily Mail is in talks with potential partners to mount a joint bid for Yahoo's internet assets, eyeing a plan to buy the troubled U.S. Internet pioneer to help boost advertising...
Bosch considers stake in digital mapping company HERE
FRANKFURT Auto supplier Bosch [ROBG.UL] said on Friday it was in talks with high-definition digital maps company HERE, exploring whether to take a stake."It is conceivable," a spokesman told Reuters,...
Bouygues focus on standalone strategy after Orange deal talks end
PARIS (Reuters) - Construction-to-media conglomerate Bouygues said on Friday its board had been unanimous in deciding to end talks with state-controlled rival Orange over the takeover of its telecoms unit....
Amazon in talks to buy digital mapping company HERE
Comments By: Reuters | Frankfurt | Updated: April 1, 2016 4:15 pm Amazon is in talks with a consortium of German carmakers about taking a stake in high-definition digital mapping company HERE. Amazon...
Amazon in talks to buy stake in mapping company HERE: sources
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Amazon is in talks with a consortium of German carmakers about taking a stake in high-definition digital mapping company HERE, two auto industry sources familiar with the matter said...
Swiss banks, retailers explore joint mobile payments platform
ZURICH Switzerland's five biggest banks are discussing with top retailers a joint mobile payments platform for the country, the partners said on Wednesday.The talks with financial infrastructure group...
MTN in talks with Nigeria regulator to cut $3.9 billion fine and plan payment: Buhari
ABUJA (Reuters) - South African telecoms company MTN is in talks with Nigeria's telecoms regulator to reduce the $3.9 billion fine imposed for its failure to disconnect unregistered sim cards and arrange...
Starboard to push for control of board in upcoming Yahoo talks: sources
(Reuters) - Starboard Value LP, the activist hedge fund leading an investor revolt against Yahoo Inc's management team, will push for control of the company's board in talks scheduled for next week, according...
Jazz-flute carrots and parkour in Gaza: 12 things I learned at TED2016
The talks from this year's TED conference in Vancouver are starting to be uploaded to ted.com - so you can dive into the content that drew 1,400 people over five days to hear 70-plus speakers with job...
Yahoo to begin approaching possible bidders on Monday: Report
Yahoo will begin approaching companies and private equity firms interested in buying its core business as early as Monday, according to Bloomberg. The talks could come after Yahoo announced on Friday...
Pandora has begun preliminary talks to sell itself: Report
Pandora/Screenshot Pandora, the world's largest Internet radio, is holding early talks to sell itself after slowing growth as competition from Spotify and other competitors increases, according to the...
EU, U.S. fail to strike data transfer pact deal by deadline
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European and U.S. negotiators have missed a deadline to agree a key data transfer pact, the European Commission said on Monday, with talks snagged over a new oversight role and the...
US-EU Safe Harbor Data-Transfer Talks Enter Final Week
As negotiations on a key transatlantic data-transfer agreement enter the final week, before the EU’s end of January deadline, senior US and EU officials have been discussing the state of play...
U.S. privacy 'ombudsman' idea floated in EU-U.S. data pact talks
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States has proposed creating an "ombudsman" to deal with EU citizens' complaints about U.S. surveillance as part of talks to clinch a new EU-U.S. data transfer pact, four...
U.S. and EU firms warn of 'enormous' consequences if data pact talks fail
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two largest American and European trade groups have warned of "enormous" consequences for thousands of businesses and millions of users if Brussels and Washington fail...
Exclusive: NFL to live-stream all London games, in talks with Apple, Google - sources
(Reuters) - The National Football League is planning to live-stream all three games scheduled to be played in London next season, and Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google are among the technology...
Must-see talks from 2015's Chaos Communication Congress hacker conference
Image by Thorsten Schroeder This year's Chaos Communication Congress (32C3: Gated Communities) featured four days of superb talks and discussions on hacking and politics, and lucky for those who couldn't...
Ford to spearhead car of the future
Self-driving cars could soon have a Ford logo on them. GOOGLE and Ford Motor Co are in talks about forming a partnership to develop autonomous car technology, a person briefed on the matter says. The extent...
On “60 Minutes” Apple CEO Tim Cook Bats Away Car Talk, Criticisms Over Tax Picture, Low-Wage Workers
Tonight, “60 Minutes” is airing a segment on Apple, in which interviewer Charlie Rose talks with CEO Tim Cook talks about running a modern-day tech giant and the challenges posed to the company...
Kerry: US to Double Climate Grants to Poor Countries
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged passage of an ambitious agreement at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, announcing Wednesday the United States planned to double the money it would provide...
World Leaders Make Urgent Call at Climate Summit
The U.N. Climate Summit outside Paris is being called the largest gathering of world leaders in history and is aimed at reaching an agreement to slow down global warming. Talks in Copenhagen six years...
China, U.S. high-level cyber crime talks to begin Tuesday
WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Top U.S. and Chinese officials will convene this week in Washington for the first round of cyber security talks following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord...
African Negotiators Confident About Climate Talks
Africa's top climate change negotiators say they are confident they will get a legally binding agreement at this year's Paris climate change talks. But scientists say the temperature cap they seek is an...
China smog climbs to perilous levels on eve of climate talks
Northern China choked under some of the worst smog this year on Monday, with Beijing's pollution soaring to 22 times healthy limits, triggering the city's second-highest air alert on the eve of global...
Alibaba’s Jack Ma in talks to buy Hong Kong newspaper
HONG KONG — Jack Ma, chairman of the Internet giant Alibaba Group, is in talks to buy the South China Morning Post, an influential English-language newspaper based in Hong Kong, according to a person...
Denmark's Bang & Olufsen considering takeover bid
Consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen says it's in talks over a potential takeover bid, sending its shares surging more than 30 percent. The Danish company says it has "initiated a dialogue to investigate...
British Foreign Minister Discusses Climate Change in Gulf
Britain's foreign secretary says oil-producing countries of the Arab world should put their wealth toward renewable and clean energy sources ahead of next month's landmark climate change conference in...
Battle-weary climate envoys endorse outlines of UN pact
Boat docks sit empty on dry land, as Folsom Lake reservoir near Sacramento stands at only 18 percent capacity during severe drought in California on September 17, 2015 Negotiators wound down a bruising...
Climate talks stumble as Paris summit looms
Climate negotiators divided on how to tackle global warming—and who should foot the bill—grappled Friday on the final day of crunch talks to finalise a draft agreement ahead of a crucial UN summit....
Saul Hansell talks about the Buddhists define suffering - and how media companies are suffering now. Steve talks about YouTube wanting to be Cable TV, and Saul explains how Facebook wants to be YouTube....
Hacking TV 10.19.15
Saul Hansell talks about the Buddhists define suffering - and how media co's are suffering now. Steve talks about YouTube wanting to be Cable TV, and Saul explains how Facebook wants to be YouTube. All...
EMC-Dell talks highlight Elliott's clout across tech sector
(Reuters) - Acquisition talks between EMC Corp. and Dell Inc. are significant not just for the size of the potential transaction but also for a common element behind this and dozens of other major tech...
PC maker Dell in talks to buy EMC - source
REUTERS - Dell Inc is in talks to buy EMC Corp and is also talking with banks to finance an all-cash offer for the data storage company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity...
Dell, data storage company EMC in merger talks
(Reuters) - Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world's third-largest maker of personal computers and rival EMC Corp , are in talks about some combination of their businesses, a person familiar the matter told Reuters....
Vodafone and Liberty Global walk away from asset swap talks
Vodafone has walked away from negotiations with US cable conglomerate – and owner of Virgin Media – Liberty Global, over a possible asset swap agreement in the UK. Vodafone confirmed it had ended the...
An Evening with Containers
SEATTLE - As part of the kickoff for the Linuxcon Containercon conference here there was An Evening with Containers on August 16. Seven speakers in total each delivered 5 minute lightning talks about...
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