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Amazon Vs. Google: Welcome To The Latest Cold War In Tech, Now Fought In The Open

ibtimes.com — In the world of tech, some battles are fought in plain sight. Uber and Lyft have been at each other's throats throughout 2014; Microsoft dedicates a big portion of its marketing efforts toward bashing Google; and everyone knows that Samsung and Apple are bitter rivals when it comes to smartphones.

Uber May Have Received $600 Million Investment From China's Baidu

ibtimes.com — The money just keeps on coming for ridesharing startup Uber, which may have raised as much as $600 million from China search giant Baidu, according to reports. Last week, Uber's valuation rose to $40 billion after the company complete a seventh round of funding for $1.2 billion, but at the time, the company said it might secure more money.

Instagram Could Delete Up To 10 Million Accounts As It Cracks Down On Spam

ibtimes.com — Instagram may end up deleting between 2 million and 10 million users over the next few days as it removes spam accounts polluting its user base, according to an estimate by -- wait for it -- a seller of fake social media accounts.

Next Step For Netflix? Get Onto Your Cable Box

ibtimes.com — In an effort to get its Internet-streaming video service to more customers, Netflix is reportedly working hard to strike partnerships with cable, fiber and satellite TV providers. The Los Gatos, Calif., tech company believes that putting its service into the set-top boxes that millions of Americans already use is the next major step to growing its memberships, according to a report by GigaOM.

Apple And IBM, With Microsoft In The Crosshairs, Roll Out 10 iOS Apps For Business

ibtimes.com — The year is wrapping up, but Apple is keeping its foot on the gas, releasing a new suite of iPhone and iPad business apps in conjunction with IBM on Wednesday. With the apps, Apple is hoping to give a boost to its sales of iPads, which have been dwindling over the past year, while gaining a larger foothold in the enterprise market at the expense of rival Microsoft.

SoundCloud Raising $150 Million In Funding

ibtimes.com — Music-streaming service SoundCloud could become the next billion-dollar startup, according to a report this week that says the company is in talks to raise a $150 million round of funding. If the German startup secures the financing, it could notch a $1.2 billion valuation, according to a report Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.

Worldwide Pushback Against Uber Could Spell Trouble For Ridesharing Startup

ibtimes.com — Uber might need every bit of the $1.2 billion it raised last week to fight the many legal woes it faces around the globe that threaten to stunt its growth.

Facebook Cranks Up Google Challenge With Keyword Search For Old Posts

ibtimes.com — Nearly two years since introducing its highly touted yet highly underwhelming Graph Search feature, Facebook Monday finally gave users the ability to search for old posts using keywords, the same way they do on Google and Twitter. Using keywords, Facebook users will be able to dig up old posts that have come across their News Feed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook On Short List For Time's Person Of The Year

ibtimes.com — Apple's Tim Cook could be named Time magazine's 2014 Person of The Year after becoming the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO, driving his company's stock to new heights and introducing the Apple Watch wearable device this year.

Samsung Starts Selling Gear VR Headset For $199

ibtimes.com — Samsung made its first foray into the world of virtual reality Monday by kicking off U.S. sales of its Gear VR headset. The device is available for $199. Wearing the Gear VR, users can play virtual-reality games, watch 360-degree movies or take virtual tours of remote locations.
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