HP Is Negotiating to Settle Bribery Charges

The allegations stem from a deal with a Russian government agency.
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Google Fined in European Privacy Probe

Spain on Thursday became the first of six European governments investigating Google’s compliance with privacy laws to fine the Internet giant.

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NetSuite Speeds Data-Center Rollout Amid NSA Spying

Cloud application vendor NetSuite Inc. is accelerating its construction of data centers in Europe as a result of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping activities.

Cisco Loses Microsoft-Skype Challenge in EU

Microsoft’s $8.5 billion takeover of Skype is not anticompetitive, says the EU.
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EU Approval Clears Way for Microsoft-Nokia Deal

Europe has signed off on Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. On Wednesday morning, the European Commission, the European Union’s antitrust authority, rubber-stamped the deal, saying a review had concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns. The EC’s approval follows by mere days a similar endorsement by the U.S. Department of Justice, and sets the stage for the deal to be completed early next year.

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Vine Goes Global With Added Language Support

Vine, the six-second video-sharing app acquired by Twitter last year, announced support for 19 new languages on Thursday. The expansion is focused mostly on European and Asian countries, areas where Vine’s sister app, Twitter, is seeing some of its fastest growth.

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

What the top American machine lacks in raw power, it makes up for in efficiency.
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Departing Skype Exec Gillett to Become Head of “Value Creation” at Silver Lake

Mystery managed, as the British exec might say!
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Top Skype Exec Mark Gillett Departs Microsoft

According to an internal memo sent this morning to employees, top Skype exec Mark Gillett is leaving Microsoft. Sources said that Gillett — who is corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync product — has another job he is headed to, although the memo did not mention where he was going. Gillett, who is responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations globally, has been with the online telephony company for several years, including before Microsoft bought it. Previous to that, he worked at private equity giant Silver Lake in Europe.

Explaining What It’s Going to Do With All That Dough, Pinterest Unveils Stats on Strong Mobile and International Usage

Yes, you may say it out loud: Has Silicon Valley lost its mind?
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