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Amazon bows to European tax pressure, but there are still many clever accounting cards to be played

ANALYSIS: Amazon is changing the way it pays taxes in Europe, following a long-standing battle with authorities across the continent.

Xbox Live is down for many, with core services affected

Xbox Live is down for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles, according to Microsoft. The Xbox Live Status page shows that both social and gaming are down on the Xbox 360, and the core services are also limited for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 game machines.

The Backed Pack: Nuimo smart controller is one disc to rule them all

FEATURE: Each week our friends at Backerjack provide an update on a hot crowdfunded tech gadget. This week we profile Nuimo, which has tripled its funding goal.

Screenshots of Google’s new Photos app for Android leak

Enterprise companies tackle mobile marketing automation slightly differently—and that's why they're on top.

Smart glasses begin to take hold in the enterprise

GUEST: Google Glass was not the consumer success Google had hoped for. But, contrary to many predictions, Glass is not dead.

Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection reduces load time for top news sites by 44%

Former Mozilla software engineer Monica Chew and Computer Science researcher Georgios Kontaxis recently released a paper that examines Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection feature.

‘Cutting to the bone’ is the wrong move in private equity

GUEST: We’re in the age of the private equity explosion. From the deals that merged Burger King and Tim Horton’s to Heinz and Kraft, private equity firms are constantly on the hunt to squeeze out additional profits, but they may neglect a major treasure trove: technology.

Why Japan’s lucrative mobile gaming market isn’t great for foreign developers

The Casual Games Association paid for Jeff Grubb’s trip to Casual Connect Asia, where he presented a lecture.

John Nash, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician and game theory contributor, killed in car crash

Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. and his wife Alicia were killed in a New Jersey car crash this weekend.

The Series A crunch domino effect on Middle America

GUEST: Two years ago, the $2 million seed round was unheard of — a funding unicorn of sorts. Today, you hear about a new one every day.

The Pirate Bay is not down: Domain redirect problem has an easy fix

If you’re seeing a CloudFlare error suggesting The Pirate Bay is down, don’t fret. This is a domain redirect issue at the infamous domain, and all you have to do is navigate to one of The Pirate Bay’s five new domains:,,,, and

Pangea Mobile joins the race to bring Chinese mobile games to the West

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve heard a lot about Western game companies moving into China. But Pangea Mobile wants to reverse the flow.

Elon Musk didn’t like his kids’ school, so he started his own

Elon Musk didn’t like his kids’ school, so he started his own, the inventor and entrepreneur said in an interview on Beijing Television.

Email marketing technology is ridiculously complicated

Enterprise companies tackle mobile marketing automation slightly differently— and that's why they're on top.

Running the numbers on Silicon Valley’s meritocracy

There is a growing debate in the tech industry about whether or not Silicon Valley operates as a meritocracy.

With the future of government spying hanging in the balance, the Senate goes on vacation

When the going gets tough, the tough go fishing. That’s pretty much what the Senate did after a sort of showdown occurred in the early morning hours Saturday over the fate of the Patriot Act.

12 reasons you should never launch a startup in Boston

GUEST: Here’s why you’ll want to steer clear of Boston if you’re launching a tech startup. 1. There’s zero funding.

It’s time for government to get involved in IoT

Enterprise companies tackle mobile marketing automation slightly differently—and that's why they're on top.

Personalization study findings: Email is top channel; social, web, ads next; data needs vary

VB INSIGHT: Personalization is critical. Customers expect it. It increases click-throughs, open rates, conversions, retention, and ultimately revenue.

Visa Checkout marketing straddles real and digital

Enterprise companies tackle mobile marketing automation slightly differently—and that's why they're on top.