Lenovo dreams of dual-screen smartwatches and wacky projector phones


Lenovo is the biggest PC seller in the world, but it apparently isn't content just hawking laptops. At today's Lenovo Tech World event — the Chinese company's own Beijing-based conference — it showed off concepts for a dual-screen smartwatch and a laser projector smartphone, signalling its intent to move into new consumer tech markets currently occupied by competitors such as Apple. Lenovo says the screen lets wearers see images blown up to 20 times the size possible on a regular watch face, solving the problem of the smartwatch's small screen and allowing for greater privacy in the process.

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Charter-Time Warner Cable deal could spawn an online video service


By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) – Charter Communications Inc executives are exploring whether to launch an online video service as part of its combination with larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc, in what would be an unprecedented move in the cable industry. The $56 billion takeover announced on Tuesday would make Charter the No. 2 U.S. Internet and cable company after Comcast Corp. Charter's top shareholder John Malone, a cable industry pioneer, is on record as being a fan of streaming TV over the Internet.

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China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper


China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Such a plan could add to the challenges of foreign technology firms doing business in the world’s second-largest economy, by prompting government agencies and companies to opt for domestically-made software. The plan will focus on improving security for software used by government departments, state-owned enterprises and financial institutions, the paper quoted Chen Wei, the director of the ministry’s software bureau, as saying on Wednesday.

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Technology replaces schmoozing: the future of private banking


Swiss private bankers are turning to video games and virtual reality to attract a new generation of skeptical clients and see off digital rivals. Technology is likely to appeal to multi-tasking millionaires with little time to spare. In a fifth floor office just off Zurich's main shopping street, researchers at UBS are testing dozens of technologies to see what could make the world's biggest wealth manager more appealing as fortunes pass to the next generation.

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Nielsen to measure digital ads in partnership with Tencent


Nielsen NV announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with Tencent Holdings Ltd to measure its digital audience in a move that could direct more ad dollars from companies in the United States to China's biggest social network. Nielsen said it is launching its Digital Ad Ratings, which tracks unique users, reach and frequency of a digital ad across computers, tablets and smartphones for the first time in China. Comscore, which offers a similar service and competes with Nielsen, said it is already available in China.

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Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge


A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analyzing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers, in addition to detecting spam…

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Periscope, media companies talking about anti-piracy tech


By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Jennifer Saba RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) – Live streaming-video app Periscope and media companies are discussing how to address piracy on the new service, but Periscope says technological fixes many programmers want are difficult to do in real time. Periscope, which was bought by Twitter earlier this year, faced scrutiny after several high-profile television events, including the HBO prize fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” April premiere, were illegally broadcast through the app, which sends a video stream from a phone directly to the Internet. Media companies, many working with Periscope, are consistent in their demands for improvements, especially using technology to automate the takedown…

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