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Hewlett-Packard’s job cuts to hit 34000 – San Jose Mercury News

PALO ALTO — Technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which has been struggling financially in recent years, is taking a bigger whack at its gargantuan workforce than previously has been reported. In a regulatory filing Monday, the Palo Alto corporation said a total of 34,000 positions will be eliminated by the end of October — 5,000 higher than the 29,000 figure most often quoted in news stories. HP initially announced in May 2012 that it expected 27,000 jobs — about 8 percent of its workforce — to be cut by Oct. 31, which marks the end of its 2014 fiscal year. But several months later it revised that figure to 29,000, noting that “the total expected head count reductions could vary as Read More

I Decided To Delete All My Facebook Activity, And It Was Incredibly Hard – Business Insider

Facebook Timeline Cleaner is the more nuanced option. It allows you to delete posts older or younger than a given time. However, it didn’t work well for me. I spent a week trying to get it to work in Firefox and Chrome. It would run for eight to 10 hours, delete some things, and then the browser would crash. I tried it for only very old posts, but it still fizzled. I suspect this is because I had so much activity, and the computational power required to run the script was more than the browser could handle. Absterge is less subtle: It deletes everything. You do have some control—you can choose types of activity from the left-hand side of Read More

Google To Close Bump And Flock, Its Recently Acquired File Sharing Apps – TechCrunch

Bump and Flock, the file sharing apps Google acquired last fall, will be shut down by the end of this month. Both apps will stop working and be removed from Google Play and the App Store on January 31, Bump confirmed on its blog today. Google bought Bump Technologies, which make both apps, back in September, and Android Police reports that work on the app appeared to stop shortly after the acquisition. Bump, which let users tap phones together to share contacts and other files, raised nearly $20 million and enjoyed high download rates, but failed to monetize successfully as other easy, mobile-friendly ways to share information were developed, most notably Apple’s AirDrop for iOS 7. Flock is a collaborative Read More

Finally, A Google Glass App That Makes Sense – Forbes

Google Glass and Future Health 25822 (Photo credit: tedeytan) Sullivan Solar Power reports it has developed a Google Glass app that gives its field technicians “volumes” of electrical system data in a hands’ free, or close to it, manner—which I would imagine to be a welcome delivery mode for someone wrestling with heavy equipment on a rooftop. Sullivan Solar Power also plans to use the device for training, solar system design, and other purposes, it said in an announcement. So far, much of the press about Google Glass has detailed the trials and tribulations of its early adopters, most of whom find themselves looked at in askance, or worse, by general society. As Wired‘s Mat Honan put it in his Read More

What are the real sales numbers for Google’s Chromebook? – USA TODAY

In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, the HP Chromebook 11 is displayed at a Google event in New York.(Photo: Mark Lennihan AP) I don’t care what all those headlines are telling you, Google Chromebooks did not account for 21% of US notebook sales this year. Anyone who tells you otherwise has no appreciation for details or fine print. Wait, what are we talking about here? On December 23, market research firm NPD issued a press release detailing computing device trends, the most compelling of which was a boom in Google Chromebook sales. Year-to-date through November, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of notebook sales and 8% of overall computer and tablet sales, up from basically nothing in 2012. Twenty-One Percent of… Read More

Google dips into CSR budget, ties up with Election Commission for voters … – Economic Times

Google dips into CSR budget, ties up with Election Commission for voters … – Economic Timeshttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNECHMjVIMRDwYrPs-fx6EpQKu_mwA&url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Google-dips-into-CSR-budget-ties-up-with-Election-Commission-for-voters-registration/articleshow/28205460.cmshttp://news.google.com/news?q=google&output=rssgoogle – Google NewsGoogle Newshttp://www.gstatic.com/news-static/img/logo/en_us/news.gif

Facebook’s Zuckerberg leads big jump in charity among the wealthy – Los Angeles Times

The 29-year-old social media billionaire and his physician wife donated 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Chronicle report, released Wednesday, listed the Zuckerberg gift value at $992.2 million, by far the largest single gift of the year. INTERACTIVE MAP: Southern California’s housing recovery “It was a much stronger year for donations among the affluent,” Chronicle editor Stacy Palmer said. “To get on the list of the top 10 for 2013, you had to give a much bigger amount.” A gift of $60 million was generous enough to make the list in 2012. In 2013, the Chronicle said, there was a six-way tie for the 10th spot with pledges of $100 million each. Read More

Windroid: What if Microsoft forked Android? – VentureBeat

Chester Ng is the co-founder and CMO of SweetLabs. With the constant talk of Samsung pulling an Amazon and someday forking Android, it is frankly hard to imagine a compelling Samsung device that is missing Google Search, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps, and YouTube. However, the one company that could ironically provide the most compelling fork of Android is Microsoft. Introducing Windroid… (Bear with me here, it sounded better than “Andows.”) A Windroid phone could run Android apps, enabling Microsoft to cherry pick the best apps from the enormous Android universe to boost their app store catalog. This could also save Microsoft the massive pain of begging for table scraps from top app developers and ending up with inferior versions of popular Read More

Digital Ads: How Facebook, Google+, And Twitter Target Us – ReadWrite

Guest author Kelly Cooper currently serves as marketing manager at ShopIgniter. The promise of digital media in online advertising is the ability to reach the right people with the right message at the right time. Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all jockeying for the hearts and minds of customers and advertisers alike. But there are big differences in what they’re doing and how useful their understanding of their users may be to advertisers. First, some background. Brands, which have long dreamed of advertising only to the people most likely to buy their products or services—and then evangelize them to others—have stampeded away from print. The National Newspaper Association reported print advertising has dropped 60% over the past seven years. Read More

HP’s ‘Earth Insights’ Is A Great Example Of How Big Data Can Change The World – Business Insider

HP Earth Insights/YouTube A photo of an elephant used by Earth Insights See Also 2013 was the year when “big data” became a really huge thing. Big data refers to collecting vast amounts of data in all shapes and sizes from tweets to images and analyzing it to come up with fresh insights. Time again we heard about big data projects and startups using the tech to help salespeople close deals or help companies target their ads better. Those are worthy use,s but big data is powerful enough to do more than help companies sell stuff.  This is tech that can literally change the world. That’s why we like HP’s new Earth Insights project announced earlier this Read More