To its list of many assets, Apple has reportedly added a content delivery network -- and signed paid deals with ISPs. The CDN is said to be live in the U.S. and some areas in Europe. Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and the sale of buildings and other assets. Electronics giant Samsung reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter. American electric car maker Tesla Motors is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. that is expected to create 6,500 jobs Last year, Snapchat decided Facebook's $3-billion offer wasn't cool. You know what's cool? $10 billion. The start-up is in talks with investors for a funding round that would value the company at $10B.
Twitter Buys Password Manager Startup Mitro Following on the heels of another acquisition earlier this week, Twitter is adding to its fold a password-manager security startup called Mitro, which in turn is releasing its code as open source.
Government Requests for Customer Data Skyrocket Requests for customer data from the government jumped 50 percent in the first half of 2014, according to Twitter, which received more than 2,000 requests for user info from gov't agencies.