Former Yahoo Exec Henrique de Castro 58 mil platinum parachute, Bio-Wiki-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Henrique de Castro's 15 months as Yahoo's chief operating officer may have ended on a sour note, but it was sweetened by a severance package valued at nearly $58 million. All but about $1 million of de Castro's severance was based in the value of his equity award in Yahoo, which began appreciating after former Google colleague Marissa Mayer joined the company in July 2012. - Full Article

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Googles customizable smart phone to the next 5 billion subscribers  

The Christian Science Monitor By : Karis Hustad

Google’s next major smart phone project won’t just be competing for the same customers as Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, or even Amazon’s rumored upcoming smart phone.

Google is aiming for the “next 5 billion” mobile consumers who are poised to jump from feature phones to low-cost smart phones as the technology and mobile access expand to further corners of the globe than ever before. - Full Article

Intel is losing billions every year on tablets and smartphones  

The Verge By : Staff Reporting

In recent months, Intel has been under pressure to explain why personal computers haven't been selling quite as well.

But the chipmaker may have another pressing concern: losing billions of dollars on mobile. In 2013, Intel's mobile chip division lost a hefty $3.15 billion, after posting an operating loss of $1.78 billion in 2012.  - Full Article

One-day sale empties Google Glass shelves  

Computer World By : Tim Hornyak

Google's one-day sale of Google Glass seems to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the search giant suggests.

"All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don't worry," the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday.

"We'll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future." - Full Article

Google to acquire drone-maker Titan Aerospace  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Send in the drones. Google says it has agreed to acquire Titan Aerospace, a 2-year-old start-up maker of high-altitude drones.

The search-engine giant did not say how much it will pay for Titan, whose solar-powered drones will help Google collect aerial images. - Full Article

How Android Changed After the iPhone  

re/code By : Ina Fried

Android, which in its earliest days bore more resemblance to a BlackBerry than a modern smartphone, evolved significantly after Apple’s 2007 introduction of the iPhone.

Before Apple showed off its smartphone, Android lacked touchscreen support and depended on physical keys for control, according to an internal Google document made public as part of the Apple-Samsung trial. - Full Article

Steelers ability to find CB, WR in draft could determine playoff fate  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

The Steelers had a winning record in each of Mike Tomlin's first five years as head coach.

They made the playoffs four times, went to two Super Bowls, and won the whole thing in 2008. But in the last two years, the team has been the definition of mediocre, going 8-8 in back-to-back seasons.

You'd have to go back to the 1998-1999 seasons for the last time the Steelers had two consecutive seasons of .500-or-worse football. Kordell Stewart and Mike Tomczak quarterbacked offenses that ranked 19th and 20th, and while those defenses were good, they weren't great. - Full Article

Abandon Android: Samsung planned on backstabbing Google for years  

Tech Times By : Staff Reporting

New revelations in the battle for smartphone supremacy are being released by a number of media organizations, with reports that Samsung has been planning to end its use of Android technology from Google for its smartphones as it looks to create and implement its own operating system for its devices.

A number of bloggers and observers have called the leak documents proof that Samsung is looking to leave Google behind in a move that could send shockwaves through the industry. - Full Article

Catching Fire wins best film at MTV Movie Awards  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Fast and loose and all over the place. That was the vibe of Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, a blockbuster-friendly awards show with winners selected by fan votes.

Dystopian fiction ruled the night, with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire taking home the ceremony's biggest award: movie of the year. - Full Article

Two 34-Year-Old Aussies Are Latest Techies To Become Billionaires Thanks To Sky High Financing Round  

Forbes By : Alex Morrell

Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes are Australia’s newest billionaires after their business software company Atlassian announced this week it had closed a financing round that valued the company at $3.3 billion.

T. Rowe Price and Dragoneer Investment Capital paid $150 million, which amounts to a 4.6% stake in Atlassian. - Full Article

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