intel logo 2Chipmaker Intel has announced plans to reduce its current workforce by about five percent by the end of 2014 as the company tries to change some of its business practices in the face of falling PC shipments.

Reuters quotes Intel company spokesperson Chris Kraeuter as saying the decisions were "part of aligning our human resources to meet business needs." Intel currently has about 108,000 employees which means that by the end of 2014 over 5,000 people won't be working there anymore. Some of those staff members will depart due to early retirement and attrition, according to Kraeuter.

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United States-based television provider Time Warner Cable lost 215,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to reports. The company, which is one of the largest television service providers in the U.S, has reported these losses amidst a potential bid for takeover by other service providers including Charter Communications, which according to Bloomberg may announce a $62 billion dollar bid for ownership of the company.

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While Time Warner is still the second largest organization in the industry, these reported losses may only mean bad news - in the entirety of 2013 Time Warner lost around 825,000 subscribers, up almost 300,000 from 2012. And while other companies may seek to gain a stronger foothold in the market in light of the losses, industry leader Comcast has reported a slight gain in subscribers for the first time in over half a decade.

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net neutrality 4The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a ruling today that strikes down many of the Federal Communication Commission's rules concerning net neutrality regulations on ISPs, which went into effect over two years ago. The decision could lead to Internet providers offering preferential treatment in terms of faster traffic to certain sites, or even the right to block traffic to some websites.

The three judge panel split 2-1 on today's decision, which said that the FCC overstepped its bounds when it tried to regulate the activities of ISPs.  The regulator did not classify those businesses as "common carriers", unlike how they label phone companies. In their decision today, the appeals court stated, "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order."

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police intercetor 1Joshua Rogers, a 16-year-old from Victoria State, managed to find a security hole that allowed him to access a database with more than 600,000 records about users who made purchases through the Metlink web site run by the Transport Department.

The site only contained information on public transport timetables but the database contained the full names, addresses, home and mobile phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and a nine-digit extract of credit card numbers used at the site, according to The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

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spying NSAA new paper published Monday by the New America Foundation demonstrably destroys the US government claim that bulk metadata collection is useful. (Three US senators made the same claim back in November 2013.) The paper’s lead author is Peter Bergen, a journalist and terrorism analyst who famously interviewed Osama bin Laden for CNN in 1997.

The 32-page document (PDF) closely examines the 225 cases in which terror suspects were:

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billgatessenateMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates is more involved with the company's search for a new executive than originally thought, a new report claims, citing a source who says Gates plans to be "much more involved in the company going forward."

According to a new report by Re/code's Kara Swisher, Microsoft won't name its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer in January, largely because Gates, who remains the chairman of Microsoft, will be indisposed for most of the month. Much of his availability is being taken by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Swisher states, as he will be working on the foundation's lengthy annual letter.

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targetTarget, the popular US retailer is under heavy fire once again as it discloses further security breaches that have exposed its customers’ credit cards and personal information.

You might remember that just before the end of last year, Target disclosed that it had been hacked and up to 40 million credit cards had been compromised by the breach. Things could only get better from there, right? Wrong. The retailer has now disclosed than an addition 70 million folks may have had their personal information stolen from the company’s database.

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BlackBerry today struck a blow against one of its most bitter rivals: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Only one day after BlackBerry severed ties with "global creative director" and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, the smartphone maker says that a company founded by Seacrest infringed on its rights in making an iPhone case that copies BlackBerry's distinctive keyboard.

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The patent lawsuit is filed in US District Court in Northern California against Typo Products, co-founded by CEO Laurence Hallier and Ryan Seacrest, whose credentials include serving as chairman of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest and Hallier reportedly invested more than $1 million in Typo.

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All the recent revelations about the NSA and its spying programs have created a lot of anger and mistrust around the world, and most of all online. As such, the Internet has appointed a day in which a special kind of mass protest will take place.

A group of companies, organizations and general users of the internet have banded together and declared February 11th as the day of protest against all the electronic mass surveillance that has recently come to light.

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February 11th is a month after the anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s passing and the protest is also in his honor. Besides regular Internet users, the protest will be joined by Mozilla, Reddit, Boing Boing, EFF, and a slew of other NGOs and privacy organizations.

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Alicia Keys, we hardly knew ye as Blackberry's "creative director." The singer and the smartphone maker are parting ways after just one year.

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BlackBerry bestowed Keys with the creative director title in January 2013, at a big launch of the company's new BlackBerry 10 operating system. But on Thursday, the company said it had "completed our year-long collaboration" with Keys.

BlackBerry declined to comment specifically as to why the relationship came to an end. Her stint officially wraps up on January 31.

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