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Baidu Confirms Investment in Uber By Clip Syndicate Car-ride service Uber has faced controversy after controversy over the last several weeks, but the company actually had an upbeat announcement on Wednesday. China-based search engine Baidu has signed a deal to invest in Uber, the companies announced. Although the amount of the investment was not disclosed, the companies confirmed that Baidu's mapping and mobile-search applications will now integrate with Uber's service, allowing people to more readily find rides.

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Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014 By Clip Syndicate According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus. Google is the world's largest search engine. ...Read More »
FCC Eyes $105 Million Fine for Sprint Over Phone Bill 'cramming' By Clip Syndicate According to FCC officials, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint is expected to face a $105 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks over unauthorized charges on customers' cellphone bills, a practice known as cramming. FCC sources said that FCC commissioners are reviewing and will soon vote on the proposed fine over charges Sprint's consumers faced for services they never requested. A $105 million fine would tie as the agency's largest. ...Read More »
Massive Instagram Update Adds 5 New Filters By Clip Syndicate Instagrammers: You're getting new filters for the first time in two years. The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. Instagram's new filters, Crema, Slumber, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, will now appear first in the filter tray of the updated app. ...Read More »
Orange Executive Sees BT/EE Deal Closing by Early 2016 By Clip Syndicate British telecoms group BT's plan to buy UK mobile operator EE for 12.5 billion pounds ($19.7 billion) should be completed by end-2015 or early 2016, said a senior executive of French group Orange which owns half of the business. Speaking on BFM Business radio on Tuesday, Gervais Pellissier, Orange's executive director for Europe, also said the proceeds of the sale could allow Orange to avoid raising capital to fund its own proposed acquisition - that of Spanish broadband specialist Jazztel.

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Facebook Drops Bing, Will Reportedly Debut Own Search Tool on Monday By Clip Syndicate According to a new report from Reuters, Facebook has quietly removed Microsoft-owned Bing as its primary search engine. The social network pulled Bing search from its Graph Search platform, and will introduce on Monday its own search tool that will allow users to find information related to friends' posts and comments. Facebook was using Bing to produce search results as its in-house search engine, allowing Facebook users to look for more information about their friends. Selecting Bing as a partner was also a way for Facebook to keep rival Google's search engine away from the social network.

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Islamic State Orders Wifi Cut During Prayers: Syria Monitor By Clip Syndicate A group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Thursday that Islamic State militants have ordered shopkeepers to shut down their wireless Internet during prayer times in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor. It was a further example of Islamic State imposing controls on public life as it seeks to build what it describes as a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. The ultra-radical insurgents hold large tracts of territory in Syria and Iraq and are the target of a U.S. ...Read More »
Iowa May Be The First State To Offer Digital Driver's Licenses On Smartphones By Clip Syndicate The smartphone has become a central component of daily life. In Iowa, it will soon be where motorists keep their driver's licenses, too.According to the Des Moines Register , the Iowa Department of Transportation is building an app that motorists will be able to use in lieu of a conventional driver's license. The app is slated to launch next year, and it will be free to all users. ...Read More »
Canada's Top Court Rules Cellphone Searches Legal, With Caveats By Clip Syndicate Canada's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that police may search a suspect's cellphone without a warrant under specific conditions that safeguard the broader constitutional right to privacy. The 4-3 decision mirrored the deep divisions of lower courts in both Canada and the United States as they try to balance privacy rights in a digital age with law enforcement's need to protect evidence. The Ottawa-based court said that limited searches were lawful in some circumstances. ...Read More »
Connect Raises $10 Million to Help You Monitor Your Friends Across Social Networks By Clip Syndicate At the beginning of this year, serial entrepreneur Ryan Allis launched a new app called Connect, which syncs up with the major social networks — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, LinkedIn and email — to create a "living" address book of your contacts across platforms. It also maps out the locations of your friends' homes and places they've posted from. Allis told Mashable. "What we see is a lot of these applications are just trying to do one thing, splitting into various applications. ...Read More »

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