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09/20/2011
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Google has opened up its Google+ social network to anyone who'd like to give it a whirl, after a successful three-month run as an invite-only service. The company also rolled out a slew of new features for Google+, including integration of its flagship search engine into the platform, and expanded its Hangouts video-chatting feature to enable mobile use on its own Android-based smartphones. Support for Hangouts on Apple's iOS mobile software is "coming soon", Google promised in a blog post. Users will soon have the option to broadcast their Hangouts sessions beyond the nine allowed participants as well by opening them up to live viewing by anyone. Want to record a chat for posterity? Well, that's coming soon too.

Google+ rival Facebook also unveiled new tweaks to its service on Tuesday, introducing a new "ticker" on its users' home pages and providing real-time notifications of what friends are doing on the service. Facebook also revamped the service's main news feed to flag important items -- such as a new baby announcement -- for Facebook users who have not logged on for a few days. Facebook also changed the way photos are displayed on the site, increasing the size of pictures that appear in a users' news feed.

U.S. prosecutors accused poker website Full Tilt Poker on Tuesday of running a Ponzi scheme in which the company's owners and board members paid themselves nearly half a billion dollars while defrauding players. That indictment accused three Internet poker companies -- Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars -- and 11 people, including Full Tilt director Raymond Bitar, of bank fraud, illegal gambling and money laundering offenses. Read the complaint in full here.

Oracle posted quarterly revenue slightly above Wall Street expectations, defying a weak outlook for global technology spending. New software sales, a gauge of future profit because they generate high-margin long-term service contracts, rose 17 percent compared with analysts' expectations for 15 percent.

Whither the AT&T/T-Mobile merger? In a new analysis, Reuters correspondents Sinead Carew and Nicola Leske argue that "If AT&T fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship."
LATEST NEWS
Exclusive: Facebook seeks exec to build Hollywood, media ties
September 20, 2011 02:30 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook is looking to hire a big-name executive to cultivate relationships and strike deals with the film and music industries to bolster its media offerings. | Full Article
U.S. calls online poker site a "global Ponzi scheme"
September 20, 2011 02:52 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors accused poker website Full Tilt Poker on Tuesday of running a Ponzi scheme in which the company's owners and board members paid themselves nearly half a billion dollars while defrauding players. | Full Article
Oracle delivers strong Q1 but hardware slips
September 20, 2011 05:17 PM ET
(Reuters) - Oracle Corp posted solid quarterly results that appeared to defy a weak global technology spending outlook but its weakening hardware sales left investors unimpressed. | Full Article
Analysis: AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up
September 20, 2011 04:12 PM ET
NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - If AT&T Inc fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship. | Full Article
Wall Street ends flat as early gains evaporate
September 20, 2011 04:33 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks ended little changed on Tuesday as investors waited to see if the Federal Reserve would offer more economic stimulus and if Greece made progress in talks to avoid a default. | Full Article
BUSINESS NEWS
Housing starts drop underscores economic woes
September 20, 2011 03:59 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New construction of homes fell more than expected in August, dragging on economic growth and keeping pressure on President Barack Obama to do more to help the sputtering economy. | Full Article
Fed begins policy meeting, tiptoes toward easing
September 20, 2011 04:20 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve opened a two-day meeting on Tuesday that is expected to end with a decision to stock up on longer-term Treasury notes in a bid to boost a fading economic recovery. | Full Article
News Corp share buyback crosses $1 billion mark
September 20, 2011 04:57 PM ET
(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp bought back more than $1 billion of its shares in the last month, according to a filing, as it seeks to improve relations with shareholders frustrated by what they say is the media company's unpredictable capital allocation strategy. | Full Article
IMF calls on Europe to get "act together" on debt
September 20, 2011 04:53 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Europe needs to "get its act together" and deal with its worsening sovereign debt crisis, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, warning of the risk of severe repercussions for global growth. | Full Article
Italy downgraded, IMF says Europe behind the curve
September 20, 2011 04:49 PM ET
ROME/ATHENS (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's cut Italy's credit rating on Tuesday in a surprise move that increased strains on the debt-stressed euro zone, and the International Monetary Fund said Europe's leaders were failing to act decisively enough to resolve the crisis. | Full Article
U.S. TOP NEWS
Analysis: Obama deficit plan unlikely to impress ratings firms
Europe faces heat at G20 for euro crisis response
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