Microsoft offers its Chinese factory workers a Lumia 630 to quit

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Microsoft is offering thousands of Chinese factory workers a free Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone if they apply for a volunteer resignation package. The software maker is cutting around 4,700 jobs at a former Nokia handset factory in Beijing, but the plans have generated protests recently. As a result, Microsoft is trying to tempt workers to resign on a “first come, first serve” basis with an offer of the Lumia 630. The same employees work in the factory helping manufacture Nokia handsets.

MarketWatch reports that the offer was emailed to employees, noting that up to 300 workers per day are eligible for the free Lumia 630. It’s not unusual for companies to offer severance packages to workers, but it’s rare for employees to be offered a…

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Introducing The Startups From Accelerator DreamIt New York’s Fourth Class

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Twelve new companies just hit the NY tech scene during today’s DreamIt Demo Day in midtown Manhattan. Ranging from a location-based messaging app, a cloud-based hotel management system and a service that makes pins on Pinterest shoppable, these companies took part in startup accelerator DreamIt’s three-month program, which provides resources such as access to investor networks… Read More

Apple counters European tax probe with a big bag of job numbers

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The latest promotional page added to Apple’s website isn’t for a new product or service, but for the company’s contributions to the European economy. Citing half a million jobs “directly attributable to the App Store” and $6.5 billion in revenue for European app developers, Apple asserts that it’s “created an entirely new industry” around iOS app design and development. The company also has 101 stores in eight countries on the continent — employing more than 100 people at each location — and does business with 4,500 European suppliers. In a not so subtle jab at the authorities currently investigating whether Apple is paying its due share of tax, the American giant is underscoring its influence and importance to the European economy as a…

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AOL Beats On Revenue, But Profit Falls

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aol-AP TechCrunch parent company AOL released its Q2 earnings before the market opened this morning, reporting profit down by 1%, but revenue that beat expectations thanks to a 60% jump in advertising revenue from the company’s third-party advertising platform, which reached $194.3 million in the quarter. Meanwhile, ad revenue increased 20% to $451.7 million, also aided by the acquisition… Read More

China bans iPads and MacBooks from government use in clampdown on US companies

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China’s hostility towards US technology companies is escalating this week with a ban on government use of Apple’s iPads and MacBooks. Bloomberg reports that up to 10 Apple products have been removed from a Chinese government procurement list last month over security concerns related to their usage. The latest move follows similar bans on products from US firms Microsoft and Symantec.

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 operating system was banned from Chinese government computers recently, catching the software maker by surprise. Microsoft’s Chinese offices were also raided recently over monopoly allegations, and a Chinese government agency is also investigating American technology company Qualcomm for potential antitrust issues.

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Wikimedia Attacks Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission

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P1030059 The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind Wikipedia, has strongly condemned the recent right to be forgotten (rtbf) ruling in Europe, warning the requirement to allow private individuals to request the de-indexing of links from search results associated with their name is going to have “critical repercussions” for its online crowdsourced encyclopedia. Read More

China Apparently Takes Apple Off Procurement Lists In Bid To Limit Overseas Influence

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apple-store-china China has removed iPads and MacBooks from its procurement lists for government agencies and officials, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and other products, totalling ten altogether ,were left off a new procurement list distributed to government organizations in July, after initially appearing in a draft version in June, per the report.… Read More

Sony pulls the plug on e-readers

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Sony is giving up on e-readers after facing stiff competition from rivals like Amazon’s Kindle. “We do not have plans to develop a successor Reader model at this time,” says a Sony spokesperson in a statement to BBC News. The PRS-T3 is the last Sony e-reader and it will be sold across Europe until stocks sell out. The move comes just months after Sony shuttered its ebook distribution store in the US and Canada, making it less surprising that the company is killing off the associated hardware.

Sony will still keep selling its e-reader hardware in Japan alongside ebooks from its online store. That might not mean much for its prospects in Sony’s home turf of Japan though. While Sony and Kobo have attempted to beat Amazon’s e-readers, the…

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InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

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prototyping-mockup-mobile InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw… Read More

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