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LOSING ITS LUSTRE?: While still a juggernaut, with analysts expecting sales of around 9 million iPhone 6s in its launch weekend, Apple may be losing some of its shine, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. — Reuters

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Ericsson to shut modem business, expects savings

19 September 2014

Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network equipment maker, is winding down its modem business, shutting a loss-making unit with the departure of about 1,000 staff.

BECOMING TANGIBLE: Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc, two leading US electronic health record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit. — Reuters

Cerner and Athenahealth say integrating with Apple's mobile health service

19 September 2014

Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc, two leading US electronic health record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit.

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China. — Reuters

Qualcomm shows off robot technology, but mum on China dispute

19 September 2014

Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation.

THAT'S JUST GREAT: A new analysis of previous studies ties too much sitting at the computer or lying around watching TV to a greater risk of depression. — Reuters

Sedentary lifestyle linked to depression

19 September 2014

A new analysis of previous studies ties too much sitting at the computer or lying around watching TV to a greater risk of depression.

GETTING UNDERWAY: California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said on Thursday. — Reuters

Google, Mercedes, Audi get California permits for self-driving cars

19 September 2014

California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said on Thursday.

SHUT IT DOWN: Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14% of its workforce. — Reuters

Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

19 September 2014

Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14% of its workforce.

BIGGER THAN EXPECTED: Home Depot Inc Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp. — Reuters

Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards

19 September 2014

Home Depot Inc Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp.

TENUOUS ARRANGEMENT: Larry Ellison stepped aside as Oracle CEO on Thursday, to be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, raising questions about a job-sharing arrangement that has had a fraught record elsewhere. — Reuters

Oracle's Ellison steps aside, co-CEOs Catz and Hurd take over

19 September 2014

Larry Ellison, co-founder and leader of Oracle Corp for 37 years, stepped aside as chief executive officer on Thursday, to be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, raising questions about a job-sharing arrangement that has had a fraught record elsewhere.

NAME FIASCO: San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. — Reuters

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

19 September 2014

San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed.

Samsung to release Note 4 'phablet' on Oct 17

19 September 2014

Samsung announced Thursday that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 "phablet" will be released on Oct 17.

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