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Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:34:16 -0400

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior Congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight", were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...

China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:04:49 -0400

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBEIJING (Reuters) - Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". But he described U.S.-China dialogue on cybersecurity as "unhindered", less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled. Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi told U.S. ...

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:08:36 -0400

Employees work at an Alibaba Group warehouse on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang provinceBEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...

Factbox: Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:17:19 -0400

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy. A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has moved ahead with its Climate Action Plan, a strategy to use regulations to address global warming without action from Congress. ...

With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:02:14 -0400

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ...

Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:13:37 -0400

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...

Naver third quarter profit up 88 percent as chat app Line lifts overseas sales
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:13:41 -0400

By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, reported an annual 88 percent rise in operating profit for July-September, mostly in line with expectations as Japan-based chat app subsidiary Line Corp continued to fuel growth. Line reported net sales of 208.5 billion won ($198.0 million), up 57.1 percent from a year earlier, buoyed by brisk sales of games and "stickers," or special emoticons. For July-September, Naver reported an operating profit of 189 billion won, compared with a mean estimate of 201 billion won, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

Televisa launches new fixed-line phone, internet deal
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:11:43 -0400

By Elinor Comlay and Tomás Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Grupo Televisa is launching a new fixed-price package for an unlimited home-phone and internet service in an effort to snap up customers from billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil . The package, which combines broadband with unlimited calls to fixed lines and mobiles within Mexico, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, will launch in Mexico City next month, vice president for telecommunications Adolfo Lagos told Reuters in an interview. ...

Naver third quarter operating profit up 88 percent year-on-year
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:40:26 -0400

SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, said on Thursday its third-quarter profit rose 88 percent from a year earlier, mostly in line with forecasts, lifted by revenue growth at its messaging app subsidiary Line Corp . Naver reported a July-September operating profit of 189 billion won ($179.46 million), compared with a 201 billion won mean estimate of 23 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It reported an operating profit of 105 billion won a year ago and 191 billion won in the previous quarter. ...

Akamai expects strong U.S. dollar to weigh on fourth-quarter revenue
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:10:34 -0400

By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc , whose service helps speed up delivery of Web content, said a stronger U.S. dollar would hurt revenue growth in the current quarter, sending its shares down as much as 5 percent in after-market trade. The company forecast revenue of $515-$535 million for the fourth quarter, largely below the average analyst estimate of $531.3 million. The tepid revenue forecast took the shine off Akamai's higher-than-expected third-quarter results that drove up the company's shares as much as 6 percent earlier. ...

China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:06:44 -0400

People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing(Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. On Wednesday, the company referred to as "China's Google" forecast a 45.4 to 49.6 percent rise in revenue this quarter, generally in line with Wall Street projections but a marginal deceleration in its pace of expansion. Baidu showed it has been spending more on marketing and content, and on acquiring users. Traffic acquisition costs grew to 12.9 percent of overall revenue, or 1.742 billion yuan in the third quarter. ...

IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:27:17 -0400

A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logosBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company's focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value cloud and data analytics products. ...

Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with 'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:35 -0400

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago's South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. ...

Barry Diller's IAC makes handsome profit from online matchmaking
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:55:02 -0400

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Diller leaves the Allen and Co's annual media conference in Sun ValleyBy Sai Sachin R (Reuters) - Money can't buy you love, but Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp knows the search for it can be rather lucrative. Higher revenue from dating websites such as Match.com and OurTime.com helped the company triple its profit and beat Street estimates in the third quarter. Shares of IAC, which also owns the popular mobile dating app Tinder, rose as much as 5 percent on Wednesday. Revenue from IAC's dating services business rose 5 percent due to higher revenue from North America and more paid subscribers. Paid subscribers across its dating websites grew 9 percent to 3. ...

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:23:35 -0400

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen speaks during the official launch of the Passport smartphone in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...

10 most annoying Facebook users
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:47:20 -0400

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaWho is the most tiresome of them all? The relentless liker.

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:45:56 -0400

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Tenzin Pema and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - Another day, another quarterly report from a technology company that disappointed investors. Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 7.4 percent to $74.78 in early trading on Wednesday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015. But analysts were taking a more upbeat view, saying the heavy spending will drive long-term growth and reinforce the social networking giant's market dominance. ...

Around 100,000 Hungarians rally for democracy as internet tax hits nerve
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:41:02 -0400

People hold up their mobile phones as they protest against a new tax on Internet data transfers in the centre of BudapestBy Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - (This Oct. 28 story corrects the first date in quote in eighth paragraph) About 100,000 Hungarians rallied on Tuesday night to protest at a planned tax on data traffic and the broader course of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government they saw as undermining democracy and relations with European Union peers. It was by far the largest protest since his center-right government took power in 2010 and pursued moves to redefine many walks of life, drawing accusations of creeping authoritarianism, although it was re-elected by a landslide this year. ...

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:07:53 -0400

Attorney General Harris speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state's population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday. The number of data breaches reported by companies and government entities increased 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, more than half of them, or 53 percent, caused by cyber incursions such as computer hacking and malware, the report said. ...

Magyar Telekom flags austerity if Internet tax passes
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:40:33 -0400

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's market-leading telecommunications firm Magyar Telekom may be forced to cut back investments or review its staffing if a planned new Internet tax takes effect, Chief Executive Chris Mattheisen was quoted as saying on Tuesday. He told the business portal portfolio.hu that the tax burden in Hungary was limiting the Deutsche Telekom unit's profitability and its shares' dividend potential, a big factor in their attractiveness. The center-right government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has followed years of sectoral surtaxes with a new plan to tax data transfers. ...

Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:53:08 -0400

The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park before the company's IPO launch,By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Tuesday of a dramatic increase in spending in 2015 and projected a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter, slicing a tenth off its market value. The hefty spending plans exposed the first signs of stress in the rock-solid support that investors have accorded the social networking company over the past year. ...

Digital bank Atom seeks $32 million ahead 2015 launch: Sky News
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:29:41 -0400

(Reuters) - New British banking venture Atom is tapping investors to raise about 20 million pounds ($32.27 million) ahead of its planned launch next year, the Sky News reported late Tuesday. Atom, which plans to offer its services online and have no physical branches, is expected to raise the current round of funding from existing and new shareholders, the website said. Few of the prominent bankers have agreed to contribute to Atom's new fundraising, which would value the company up to 30 million pounds, Sky News said. ...

Canada's RBC withdrew from Alibaba IPO after employee's inadvertent comment
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:26:18 -0400

A Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) sign is seen in downtown TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada said on Tuesday it pulled out of and forfeited fees in the Alibaba initial public offering, after an employee commented on the deal during the quiet period before the world's largest IPO. "An employee unrelated to the Alibaba IPO process inadvertently made a comment about the transaction on an industry webinar during the period leading up to the offering," the bank said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. ...

Taco Bell, fast-food rivals push toward mobile ordering
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:10:47 -0400

A Taco Bell logo is seen outside one of its restaurant in Vienna, VirginiaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. The move from the chain owned by Yum Brands Inc comes as restaurants, including McDonald's Corp and, seek to use mobile technology to ring up more sales and speed up service. "We believe mobile ordering and payment is the biggest innovation since the drive-thru," Taco Bell President Brian Niccol said in a statement. ...

Judge dismisses Noriega case against Activision over videogame
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:43:52 -0400

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc over his depiction in the popular videogame "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Judge William Fahey of Los Angeles Superior Court granted Activision's special motion to strike the case, under a California statute that seeks to prevent lawsuits stifling free speech. Monday's ruling was made public on Tuesday. ...

U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:08:56 -0400

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Tuesday urged corporate America to work with the government to fend off cyber threats and said intelligence and law enforcement authorities are working to get useful information to companies about potential attacks. The FBI has presented more than three dozen classified, sector-specific threat briefings to companies in the past year, John Carlin, head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said at a conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...

Snapdeal founder eyes Alibaba playbook with funding deal
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:02:06 -0400

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, has come a long way from his days as a business school student selling detergent in U.S. supermarkets. After final negotiations over a sushi breakfast earlier this month, Snapdeal on Tuesday unveiled a $627 million investment from Japan's SoftBank, one of the high-profile early backers -- and now major shareholder -- in China's Alibaba. The deal marks the largest single investment in an Indian e-commerce firm to date. ...

Google's YouTube explores paid, ad-free video service
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:24:27 -0400

A picture illustration shows a YouTube logo reflected in a person's eye, in central Bosnian town of ZenicaBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube, the popular online video service owned by Google Inc, is planning to offer a paid, ad-free version, the head of the site said. The move would represent a significant change for the world’s No. 1 online video website, whose free videos, often accompanied by short commercials, attract more than 1 billion users a month. “There are going to be cases where people are going to say ‘I don’t want to see the ads or I want to have a different kind of experience’,” Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who heads the YouTube business, said at the Code/Mobile technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California late on Monday. Wojcicki, who became the head of YouTube in February after several years overseeing Google’s multibillion-dollar advertising business, said a paid video service was “near-term” but provided few details, including how much a subscription would cost.

Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:36:21 -0400

A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's efforts to improve user engagement and growth rates are taking longer than expected to gain traction, prompting a wave of rating and price target cuts on the stock. Twitter's shares fell 14 percent to a near four-month low of$41.80 in early trading on Tuesday. Up to Monday's close, the stock had already fallen about 24 pct this year. The online messaging service, known for its maximum 140 character "tweets", said on Monday its timeline views per user, a measure of engagement, fell 7 percent in the third quarter. ...

Japan's SoftBank kicks off $10 billion India online spree, buys stake in Snapdeal
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:25:40 -0400

A man holding an umbrella walks past the logo of Softbank Corp at its branch in TokyoBy Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Indulal PM MUMBAI (Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has set its sights on Indian e-commerce in its aggressive expansion drive, saying it will invest about $10 billion in the booming sector as it took a strategic stake in one of its rising stars. Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank, laid out a 10-year investment plan for India on Tuesday, starting with the purchase of a $627 million stake in fast-growing online marketplace Snapdeal. Son's global ambitions flared into public view last year when SoftBank bought No. 3 U.S. ...

Viettel to invest $1 billion on 3G telecoms network in Tanzania: officials
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:58:33 -0400

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Vietnam-based telecoms operator Viettel plans to invest $1 billion in a new third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in Tanzania, the office of the east African country's president said on Tuesday. The mobile telecoms sector in east Africa's second-biggest economy has grown rapidly over the past decade, driven by demand for 3G mobile services. There are about 29 million mobile subscribers, representing market penetration of 64 percent, according to the country's telecoms regulator. ...

Apple CEO fires back as retailers block Pay
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:16:03 -0400

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachBy Deepa Seetharaman LAGUNA BEACH Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook fired back at CVS and Rite Aid on Monday after the drugstore chains blocked the iPhone maker's mobile payments service, saying there were plenty of other retailers around the world to sign up. Apple Pay launched about a week ago and saw more than a million credit cards registered over the first 72 hours. It already totes up more transactions than all other "contact less" payment methods combined, Cook said, citing Visa and Mastercard data. ...

American Express says Vente-Privee USA to close by year-end
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:33:42 -0400

American Express and American Express corporate cards are pictured in Encinitas(Reuters) - American Express Co, the world's largest credit card issuer, said it would close its joint venture with French online start-up Vente-Privee by the end of the year. Vente-Privee sells luxury fashion, wine and music at steep discounts in "flash sales" that last three to five days. Vente-Privee began operating in the United States in 2011 in a joint venture with American Express to access an affluent client base of card holders, giving it instant credibility and brand recognition despite not being a household name outside Europe. ...

Twitter users and engagement disappoint, shares dive
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:24:12 -0400

A portrait of the Twitter logo in VenturaBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc posted a disappointing 7 percent slide in a closely watched measure of engagement even though its user base grew 23 percent in the third quarter, triggering a more than 9 percent decline in its stock on Monday. The online messaging service also projected fourth-quarter revenue that may miss Wall Street's targets. Expectations had run high for Twitter since the messaging service, which for years had fought to revive growth in users, surprised Wall Street in the second quarter by signing up 24 percent more people globally. ...

Some U.S. retailers shun Apple Pay, eye rival payments system
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:58:51 -0400

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Apple Pay during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Inc's new electronic payments service as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by eliminating credit card transaction fees. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is among the roughly 50 big retailers that have chosen not to accept Apple Pay, along with Rite Aid Corp and CVS HealthCorp . They say they are working instead on developing their own payment system, called Current C, through the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium. ...

Pay-per-story start-up Blendle wins backing from major publishers
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:48:48 -0400

By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publishers Axel Springer and The New York Times  have together invested 3 million euros ($3.8 million) in Dutch start-up Blendle, betting it has answers to the problem of how to charge readers who eschew costly online subscriptions. Publishers have been experimenting with how to charge for content since the early days of the Internet, but many have failed to crack the code.     With Blendle, readers can browse online newspaper and magazines and pay an average of 20 euro cents per story without being locked in to a subscription. ...

Spain's eDreams considers legal action against Iberia and BA
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:34:21 -0400

Passenger planes of Spain's flagship Iberia airline are parked at Terminal 4 of Madrid's Barajas airportMADRID (Reuters) - Spain's eDreams Odigeo is considering legal action against British Airways and Iberia over Friday's withdrawal of fares from three of the online travel company's websites, causing its shares to plunge nearly 60 percent. Executives of eDreams on a conference call with analysts on Monday declined to elaborate on what action they could take but said that a statement made by the airlines on Friday was "inaccurate" and had been issued without warning. "We're exploring our legal options," one executive said. ...

Thousands of Hungarians protest against tax on Internet traffic
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:34:39 -0400

People hold up their mobile phones as they protest against a new tax on Internet data transfers in the centre of BudapestBUDAPEST (Reuters) - Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, which has been widely accused of adopting anti-democratic policies, first unveiled plans for the new tax late on Tuesday in the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament. The draft tax bill contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a tax of 150 forints (60 U.S. ...

Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:09:39 -0400

Amazon CEO Bezos is silhouetted during a presentation of his company's new Fire smartphone in SeattleBy Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:54:43 -0400

Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San FranciscoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure, according to a Google spokesman. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, according to Re/code, which first reported the change on Friday, citing an internal memo. ...

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