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Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com

Oracle is fleshing out its family of cloud applications and taking a competitive step against the likes of Salesforce.com with the acquisition of TOA Technologies, maker of software for companies centered around field services. Terms were not disclosed.
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EC steps up antitrust inquiry into Google, Android

The European Commission is stepping up its inquiry into Google's alleged anti-competitive behavior in the market for mobile software, making a formal investigation into the company's Android business more likely, according to a report.

Facebook app gives free Internet to mobile users in Zambia

Facebook introduced an app on Thursday that will give mobile phone subscribers in Zambia access to a set of free basic mobile data services -- and Facebook.

China's Xiaomi rises to fifth place in smartphone rankings

Xiaomi became the world's fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter, catapulted into the top five for the first time by its hit products in its home market of China, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Android grabs record 85% smartphone share

Google's dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

FCC chairman grills Verizon over data throttling

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sharply questioned Verizon Wireless over its plan announced last week to throttle mobile data speeds for customers with unlimited plans.

Stanford surgical students set sights on Google Glass

Stanford University's medical school plans to start using Google's wearable computer, Glass, to help train students in surgery.

Senate committee finds widespread mobile phone cramming

Mobile carriers have pulled in hundreds of millions in profits through third-party charges tacked onto customers' bills without their consent, according to a report from a U.S. Senate committee.

Windows Phone 8.1 update takes Cortana to China, UK, and three other countries

Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant Cortana is coming to China in a beta version nicknamed 'Xiao Na,' as part of several new functions packed into a Windows Phone 8.1 update.

iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls

An open-source project has released the first free application for the iPhone that scrambles voice calls, which would thwart government surveillance or eavesdropping by hackers.

Mobile/Wireless In Depth

LG G3 deep-dive review: A phone with great specs, but real-world issues

The LG G3 Android smartphone has some impressive features, but during real-world use, problems can emerge.

Does the connected workforce breach employee privacy?

Wearables will make it infinitely easier for companies to track employees. But without transparency, that will foster suspicion.

If you can't check in, is it really Foursquare?

In their quest to copy competitors, social sites and apps increasingly drop features that are part of the popularity and identity of their products, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Business leaders know: Let in the smartphones, tablets, laptops

Forward-thinking firms like Kraft didn't wait for employees to bring in consumer tech, but led the effort themselves

How to Make Sure Your Cat Photos (and Other Pics) Don't Disclose Location Data

You know those cat pictures you keep sharing on social media sites? They may reveal more about you than your love of felines.

Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts

Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

Lenovo plans new small-screen Windows tablet for U.S. market

Lenovo has stopped sales of its existing small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S., but plans a new model for release by the end of the year.

Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens

The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.