Alibaba meets with China regulator, controversial report retractedSat, 31 Jan 2015 01:34:33 GMT (Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms.
IBM brings back bonuses for top execs even as profits slideSat, 31 Jan 2015 00:40:34 GMT SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.
Uber probed by U.S. judge on driver benefitsSat, 31 Jan 2015 00:21:35 GMT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy.
IBM brings back bonuses for top execs even as profits slideFri, 30 Jan 2015 23:39:24 GMT SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.
AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Dish spends bigFri, 30 Jan 2015 23:27:40 GMT WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday.
Uber will improve privacy, data security following reportFri, 30 Jan 2015 21:25:45 GMT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride service Uber, which is trying to enhance its image after several controversies, on Friday released the findings of a report on its handling of passenger data and said it would act on all the report's recommendations for improvements.
Alibaba meets with China regulator, controversial report retractedFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:15:02 GMT (Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms.
EU executive mulls introduction of new data retention lawFri, 30 Jan 2015 12:34:45 GMT BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is mulling a new law requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens as part of its efforts to fight terrorism, after a top court struck down the previous one on privacy concerns.
China's new tech rules play to local firms' strengthsFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:02:50 GMT BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Draft Chinese government regulation would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology that has drawn a sharp response from U.S. business groups.
Bobbi Kristina Brown in 'stable' condition: report Bobbi Kristina Brown is said to be in "stable" condition one day after being found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub. "(She) is stable at the hospital," a source close to the family told People. The 21-year-old was found in her Atlanta home on Saturday by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. While police did not find any signs of drug or alcohol abuse, she's had issues with substance abuse in the past. A family source of her father, Bobby Brown, recalled Bobbi Kristina previously saying she learned from her mother, Whitney Houston's "mistakes." "She said, 'I know how my mother died, and I've learned from her mistakes,'" another source told People. "She seemed very adamant." Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized for depression following Houston's Feb. 11, 2012 death and also reportedly battled with a drinking problem shortly after. She was still a teenager when her mother passed and was supposedly found snorting cocaine after Houston's funeral in New Jersey. On Saturday, it was her husband Nick -- who was raised by Houston but was never adopted by the singer -- that found her and began administering CPR. While the family is rooting for Bobbi Kristina's full recovery, the family source said Nick will "be the bad guy again." "Nick knew that a lot of the family weren't fans of his; he sort of kept her way from some of her family members because he didn't want (the family) to say bad things about him to (her). It's not exactly his fault," the source added. The young couple went public with their relationship shortly after Houston's death and was met with a lot of criticism. Regardless of the naysayers, they got married last January. "I don't want to blame Nick for any drug use, because that's not fair," the source continued. "Bobby was blamed for Whitney's drug use, and that always bothered him. She was a grown woman who made her own choices." Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a bathtub nearly two weeks to the day that her mother was found in an eerily similar fashion three years ago. Toxicology reports showed the "I Will Always Love You" singer had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the over-the-counter medication Benadryl in her system. "Miss you mommy … SO much .. loving you more every sec," she tweeted on Jan. 26. "Krissy makes her own choices, too," the Brown family source said. "No one influences her to do anything she doesn't want to do; she's stubborn just like both of her parents. Nick may not be the best influence on her, but she makes her own choices." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NY Giants, dead at 85 Ann Mara, the often-feisty First Lady of the Giants, died early Sunday morning. She was 85. Mara, the co-owner of the Giants since her husband, Wellington, passed away more than nine years ago, died of complications from a head injury she suffered on Jan. 18 when she slipped on ice in front of her Rye, N.Y. home. The family was "hopeful for her recovery," her son, John Mara said, but "unfortunately there were complications." "I am sad to say that our mother has passed away," John said in a statement released by the team. "She has been the leader of our family in every way, and we will miss her dearly. "She loved her family, and all of us were able to spend time with her in these final days. All 11 of her children and our spouses and numerous grandchildren were with her when she passed away." "Mrs. Mara was a tower of strength, dignity and inspiration for her family and all of us in the NFL," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Her family and the Giants organization have always reflected Mrs. Mara's competitive spirit, integrity and wonderful sense of humor." Ann Mara had been a part of the Giants family since she married Wellington in 1954, and behind the scenes everyone in the Giants knew about her "competitive spirit" and sense of humor. The world didn't see that, though, until the moments after the 2011 NFC championship game in San Francisco during the trophy presentation in the cramped, post-game locker room. Fresh off her team's 20-17 overtime victory over the 49ers, Ann Mara accosted Fox broadcaster (and Hall of Fame quarterback) Terry Bradshaw by poking him on live TV and pointedly saying "You never pick the Giants!" An embarrassed Bradshaw apologized, saying "I know. I know. I'm sorry." And with that, Ann Mara instantly became a legend to a new generation of Giants fans. But John Mara already knew how defensive of the Giants his mother could be. After the Giants' miserable 7-9 season in 2013, he was jokingly asked by a reporter if his job was safe. His answer: "Not according to my mother." Then, in December, when he was reviewing this 6-10 season, he was asked what his mother had to say about the season. "She is not very happy with me right now, believe me," Mara said. "She suffers through this probably even more so than I do. I am on notice as well." She was much more than just a demanding boss and Giants fan, though. Ann and Wellington raised four sons and seven daughters and had 43 grandchildren and 16 great grand-children. Three of her sons are in Giants management, including John, the CEO; Chris, the senior VP of player evaluation; and Frank, the VP of community relations. According to the Giants, Ann Mara also was a strong supporter of many charities, especially education organizations. The team listed Convent of the Sacred Heart, Inner City Scholarship Fund, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Life Athletes as among her favorites. She also supported the Ronald McDonald House of New York, which helped children with cancer. And last year, just before Super Bowl XLVIII was played in her team's home stadium, she received the Paul Tagliabue Award of Excellence from the Fritz Pollard Alliance. The award is presented to a league or team executive "who demonstrates the integrity and leadership Tagliabue exhibited in career development opportunities for minority candidates and advocacy for diversity on the league and club level." "On behalf of my mother and sister and brother, I want to express our sympathy to John and the Mara family," said Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, son of the late Bob Tisch. "Ann Mara has been the wonderful matriarch of our franchise. Like her husband Wellington, Ann was passionate about her faith, her family and her football team. Her energy and enthusiasm for her franchise were unmatched. We will miss her and are deeply saddened for the Mara family's loss." -30-