Google gives a big 'nyet' to Russian engineering operations "The online search giant is reportedly planning to shut down its Russian engineering operations, which employ roughly 50 engineers," reports Fortune's Tom Huddleston Jr. The news was first reported by the subscription site The Information. "Google has maintained engineering operations in Russia since 2006, but the country has recently become less hospitable to foreign tech companies," Huddleston reports. "Russia recently passed new laws requiring any international tech company to house data concerning Russian citizens within the country rather than in data centers located elsewhere." In a statement to Fortune, Google said it was "deeply committed to our Russian users and customers and we have a dedicated team in Russia working to support them.”
What the FCC’s chairman told Verizon is a huge deal for net neutrality "For weeks, Internet providers have been warning regulators they'll stop growing their networks if they have to abide by strict net neutrality rules. But President Obama's top industry watchdog isn't buying that line," reports The Washington Post's Brian Fung. "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former tech lobbyist himself, shot down that argument Thursday. Responding to comments made by Verizon's chief financial officer this week, Wheeler said the telecom industry's been plenty willing to invest when it sees a market opportunity."
New Facebook buttons let you make reservations, launch apps and more "Facebook has rolled out a new feature that will let you click a single button on a businesses Facebook page to book reservations, use an app, go to their non-Facebook website or sign up for a subscription service, among other things," reports the Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles. "The company says the buttons, which will sit just to the left of the Like button on a page, are built as 'new ways for people to interact with businesses.'Needless to say, it’s also a new way for Facebook to track how you and everyone else interact with those businesses."
Bitcoin gets a 'Microsoft bump' "The value of Bitcoin gained about 3% Thursday as Microsoft said it is allowing consumers to use the cybercurrency to buy mobile apps, music, videos and games," reports USA Today's Matt Krantz. "Microsoft said that Bitcoin will join the credit cards and Paypal as accepted methods of payments for several of its digital goods. That includes apps, videos and games for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox."
Cellphone searches upon arrest allowed by Canada's top court "The Supreme Court of Canada says law enforcement officials can go through the cellphone of someone under arrest as long as the search relates directly to the arrest and police keep detailed notes," reports Laura Payton of Canada's CBC News."The Supreme Court of Canada split 4-3, with the minority arguing cellphones and personal computers are 'an intensely personal and uniquely pervasive sphere' that needs clear protection.'"