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Meet the woman who coined #BlackLivesMatter

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Alicia Garza was watching television news in an Oakland, Calif., bar with friends when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American teen. "It was as if we had all been punched in the gut," she recalled.

Apple, Google employee poaching settlement may be approved

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - A long-running, closely watched lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech giants may be drawing to a close. A federal judge seems inclined to accept a proposed $415 million settlement in the case. Tech workers had accused Apple, Google and other tech companies of conspiring to put a lid on salaries and limit job mobility by agreeing not to poach each other's employees.

Google shakes up telecom by expanding into wireless

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Google plans to offer its own U.S. cellular network service in a bid to improve connectivity on mobile phones. Sundar Pichai made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona. Pichai, Google's senior vice president of products, framed the new service as an experiment.

Twitter updates tools to combat abuse

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - CEO Dick Costolo has pledged to reduce the amount of abuse on Twitter. Now the company is rolling out new tools aimed at combating that abuse.

Facebook's new gender option: Fill in the blank

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Don't fit into any of the 58 gender identity options offered by Facebook? No worries. Now there's a 59th: Fill in the blank. "We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way," Facebook said.

Salesforce.com up 11% on fourth quarter report

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Salesforce.com shares rose 11% after fourth-quarter revenue and earnings met analyst expectations and margins improved more than expected. The after-hours trading jump came as Salesforce.com said its deferred revenue, the measurement of future revenue from its subscription-based business, grew 32% to $3.32 billion.

Hewlett-Packard shares plunge 10%

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard can't catch a break. Shares are taking a beating after the company reported quarterly revenue and an earnings outlook Tuesday that were below Wall Street estimates. A rumored acquisition does not seem to be helping.

Hillary Clinton to tech: Inclusivity is must have

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Hillary Rodham Clinton called on the predominantly male technology industry to work harder to bring more women into the fold. "We're going backward in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward," the former Secretary of State told a crowd of 5,000 at the Lead On Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women on Tuesday.

Europe’s digital chief takes on Facebook, Google

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Europe's digital economy chief Guenther Oettinger says the European Union should create a single law to protect the data of citizens across Europe from Google and Facebook. Oettinger, who is Germany's representative to the European Commission, said in a speech Tuesday that the technology giants are using "an electronic vacuum cleaner" to collect and sell personal data.

Facebook launches mobile app for advertisers

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook said Tuesday it's launching a mobile app for advertisers to manage campaigns. The giant social network also said "active" advertisers rose to 2 million, a 33% bump from the 1.5 million it had in July 2014. Facebook defines an active advertiser as one that placed an ad in the past 30 days.
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Mar 04, 2015

RT @lexnfx: Zuckerberg's suggestion to fan who wants photo with him: Take a screenshot of webcast replay that shows you asking me this question.

Mar 04, 2015

RT @nlynnbogart: Wow, @facebook Q&A ends with Zuckerberg declining to take a selfie with an audience member who was selected to ask the las…

Mar 04, 2015

RT @lexnfx: Zuckerberg nearly gets trampled by crowd after suggesting "we take one big group picture."

Mar 04, 2015

RT @itstheannmarie: I'd much rather have a photo with MySpace Tom than Zuckerberg

Mar 04, 2015

That's a wrap from Barcelona, folks. Mark Zuckerberg says he'll be back for #MWC next year (and presumably to get some acorn-fed ham),

Mar 04, 2015

Guess that woman can put the group pic on her wall.

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