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Apple shares rise after Carl Icahn reveals 'large position' in tech giant

The billionaire investor Carl Icahn revealed on Tuesday that he has taken a "large position" in Apple. The 77-year-old is known for his often contentious battles with big companies, but so far relations with Apple boss Tim Cook appear cordial.<p>"We currently have a large position in Apple. We believe …

How Android Grew To Be More Popular Than The iPhone

Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.<p>Apple should be freaking out, Jay Yarow says. (So …

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Senate panel launches inquiry in Bitcoin, other virtual currencies

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are getting hit from all sides by U.S. regulators. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is the newest group to look into the practices of upstart virtual currencies.<p>The committee sent inquiry letters to all major financial regulators and law enforcement …

Google filing says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy

As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it clear that people who send or receive e-mail via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.<p>In a 39-page motion filed in June (see below) to have a …

Gmail to kill old compose interface, roll out pop-up design to everyone

It's time to bid the old Gmail compose farewell, now that the service is sunsetting the antiquated interface completely. We can't say we didn't see it coming when pop-up compose became the default option, but we'll bet that doesn't make things easier for those who've been dreading this moment. If …

Zynga departures continue under new chief exec Don Mattrick

Zynga has a new chief executive officer. Don Mattrick, formerly of Microsoft, took over the role in July, and now he’s starting to throw his weight around.<p>The social-gaming publisher is reorganizing its management structure, according to All Things D. Chief operating officer David Ko, chief …