Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders: Officials

The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

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Google Picks Up German Photo Outfit Nik Software, Maker of Snapseed

Google on Monday acquired Nik Software, the 16-year-old German software company behind the popular Snapseed iOS photo application. Snapseed is akin to Facebook’s Instagram, with heavy use of filters and photo manipulation. The deal, which was first reported by The Verge, could most likely mean beefing up Google+’s mobile photo assets on the company’s social platform, which already heavily emphasizes photography. Terms of the deal — namely, the acquisition price — were not disclosed.

Tech Scores on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women List: Gates, Sandberg, Mayer and More

Sandberg, Mayer, Gates and more rate.

Viral Video: Papa’s Got a Brand-New Apple iPad (And a Knife)

It also works well as a serving plate.

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SAP Reports 27 Percent Revenue Increase, Still Owes Oracle

German software vendor SAP reported a 27 percent increase in software sales and maintenance services revenue for its fourth quarter. For the first time, SAP’s numbers include its 2010 acquisition of Sybase, but the company didn’t report a net profit because it has yet to determine how the $1.3 billion dollars it owes Oracle from the rival’s 2010 copyright-infringement case will impact its bottom line.

Music Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises $10 Million From Index, Union Square

Music start-ups have been a money incinerator for a long time, but that doesn’t stop investors from trying again. Here’s the latest example, which I first wrote about back in October.

Nokia, Silicon Valley Giant?

When one thinks of Silicon Valley tech companies, Nokia is hardly a name that comes to mind. But the company has amassed a decent presence in the Valley, with about 500 people working on everything from research to inking deals with Web giants to building the features that the company hopes will someday soon return it to the forefront of the smartphone market.

Amazon's WikiLeaks Author Explains Why He Yanked His Book–And Why He's Selling It Again

You might think twice about publishing a WikiLeaks e-book if you got threatening emails, too. An odd chapter to a weird story.

SCVNGR Goes Global (Sort Of!)

Pirate Bay Runs Aground, Again

Sellaband Selling Bands, Again

A T-Mobile IPO?