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Twitter buys social data provider Gnip

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said it bought social data provider Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its business customers. Twitter did not disclose the price it paid for Gnip. "Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter," the microblogging company said in a blog. (http://r.reuters.com/haq58v)

Google acquires dronemaker Titan Aerospace

Los Angeles, Apr 15 (EFE).- Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones, in an effort to provide Internet access in areas without service, company representatives said. The tech giant bought the maker of high-altitude unmanned aircraft for an unspecified amount, following in the footsteps of Facebook, which purchased Ascenta, a British company that makes similar drones, in March. Facebook looked at acquiring Titan Aerospace but decided instead to buy Ascenta for about $20 million.

'Heartbleed' blamed in attack on Canada tax agency, more expected

By Jim Finkle and Louise Egan BOSTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the "Heartbleed" bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow. The breach allowed hackers to extract social insurance numbers, which are used for employment and gaining access to government benefits, and possibly some other data, the Canada Revenue Agency said.

Google spells out email scanning practices in new terms of service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation.

Americas News Agenda for April 15

Duty Editor: Stephanie Griffith Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday: + Boston marks year since marathon attack + Yahoo releases earnings

Study finds new Samsung phone more durable than recent Android phones, but iPhone has edge

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. The S5 scored well given its water resistance and a sturdy back panel made of plastic, according to SquareTrade, a provider of extended protection plans. The iPhone 5s won points for being just 4 inches diagonally, compared with about 5 inches for the Android phones. That makes the iPhone easier to grip and thus less likely to slip out of one's hands.

Google buys solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google Monday announced that it is acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas. "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation," said a Google spokesman in an email to AFP. "It's why we're so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family." Google did not release the financial terms of the transaction.

Blackberry plans Heartbleed patches as mobile threat scrutinized

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace.

Amazon to release smartphone later this year

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end of September in time for the holidays, the Journal said in a Friday report, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter.

Paul Allen's tech adviser out after less than six months: source

SEATTLE (Reuters) - An executive hired by billionaire Paul Allen to be his personal and professional technology adviser has left the job less than six months after starting work for the Microsoft Corp co-founder, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. Parag Garg, who took the job in November, was a high-profile hire for Allen. It was not clear if Garg was fired or resigned, the source said.
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