European Correspondent for @VentureBeat, contributor to @USAToday and @latimes. Previously covering Silicon Valley for @latimes and @mercnews. #GoDuke #GoRoyals

Why businesses are more excited than consumers about wearables

venturebeat.com — PARIS, France - While much of the wearable hype tends to focus on consumers, a new report from Forrester Research argues that businesses may be far more critical in driving adoption. In the report, " Five Urgent Truths About Wearables," Forrester analysts found that 68 percent of global companies surveyed said wearables are a "priority" for their companies.

North Korea hacking accusations threaten to escalate cyber war between U.S. and China

venturebeat.com — Chinese authorities condemned the concept of cyber attacks today but insisted there was no evidence that North Korea was behind the Sony hack. The statement effectively dashed any hopes that the breach of Sony's network would be an opportunity for the U.S.

Apple execs blast BBC documentary on abuses in China iPhone factories

venturebeat.com — In a heated email obtained by a British newspaper, Apple executives disputed claims made in a recent undercover BBC documentary that work rules for Chinese iPhone factory workers are still being widely abused.

OMG! Guardians of the French language warn against using 'LOL'

venturebeat.com — The French language is under constant assault thanks to the Internet, movies, television, smartphones and all assortment of pop culture delirium. It is the job of the Académie française, which publishes the country's official dictionary, to man the barricades, and to protect French from the linguistic barbarisms of the modern age.

5 ways France is totally blowing the whole startup thing

venturebeat.com — PARIS, France - I'm just back from the Le Web 2014 conference, which remains one of the country's biggest international tech gatherings. During the week, I got to see and hear a lot about the French tech scene, good and bad. Overall, it's clear that the startup scene in France is gaining momentum.

5 ways France is totally winning with the whole startup thing

venturebeat.com — PARIS, France - I'm just back from the Le Web 2014 conference, which remains one of the country's biggest international tech gatherings. During the week, I got to see and hear a lot about the French tech scene, good and bad. Overall, it's clear that the startup scene in France is gaining momentum.

France bans uberPOP as Paris taxi drivers prepare massive protest

venturebeat.com — The French government said today it plans to ban uberPOP starting in January. The announcement came just as Paris taxi drivers planned to protest a court ruling that went in Uber's favor last week. While Uber's other services can continue to operate in France, the block on its low-cost uberPOP service represents a legal setback for the company.

France cheers and weeps as Lending Club IPO makes Renaud Laplanche fantastically rich ... in the U.S.

venturebeat.com — PARIS - A country hungry for massive exits can now point to a big one. Sort of. Lending Club, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer lending service, held its IPO yesterday. It was a huge milestone for chief executive and founder Renaud Laplanche, a native of France.

State abolition: Campbell Newman and Peter Beattie 'aligned' on issue of government reform

abc.net.au — Posted December 12, 2014 19:50:21 Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he is "aligned" with a former Labor premier in calling for an urgent overhaul of Australia's system of government. Mr Newman has long been a vocal critic of the duplication and waste he sees in the federation.

French tech minister thinks her country can take on Silicon Valley -- but without the horrible inequality

venturebeat.com — PARIS, France - On the eve of LeWeb 2014, France's digital minister Axelle Lemaire caused a bit of a stir when she was quoted as saying that the country had nothing to learn from Silicon Valley. On stage today at the LeWeb 2014 Conference in Paris, conference organizer Loic Le Meur asked Lemaire if she really believed that.
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Dec 22, 2014

AP reporting massive Internet outages in North Korea. Here we go.

Dec 22, 2014

North Korea hacking accusations threaten to escalate cyber war between U.S. and China venturebeat.com/2014/12/22/nor… via @VentureBeat

Dec 22, 2014

RT @VentureBeat: North Korea hacking accusations threaten to escalate cyber war between U.S. and China wp.me/p5hvhT-6Q1n @obrien pic.twitter.com/nJ6W7yKgmp

Dec 21, 2014

RT @ChiefsReporter: #Chiefs QB Alex Smith is 31 of 45 for 311 yards & has been sacked six times today. #KCvsPIT

Dec 21, 2014

Well, here's the whole season for KC, down to one on-side kick. #KCvsPIT



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