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Apple confirmed investor fears about the first-ever decline in sales of iPhone in the current quarter with the release of its December quarter results. In speaking to investors, chief executive Tim Cook tried to assuage concerns that the slide would be as precipitous as some analysts had suggested,. Tim Bradshaw, US technology correspondent, and Tom Braithwaite, Lex writer in San Francisco, track the reaction to the results, with Emiliya Mychasuk, US Online News Editor, riding along. 

Given the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum was the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it was natural that Silicon Valley’s tech entrepreneurs were publicly lionised as creative disrupters, writes John Thornhill.

But that didn’t stop some traditional companies, which are being disrupted, privately grumbling that the tech upstarts sometimes appeared to play by different rules. Read more

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Apple is exploring emotional connections with its latest acquisition, Samsung has increased profits, Kodak is reviving the Super 8 format. #techFT is a daily newsletter on technology, digital media and telecoms. You can sign up hereRead more

Apple is looking at person-to-person transfers for its payment service, Lenovo has reported a smaller loss than expected and it’s time for the Huawei Watch review. #techFT is a new daily newsletter on technology, digital media and telecoms from the Financial Times. You can sign up here Read more

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Ten days can be a long time. There were the Ten Days that Shook the World in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Ten Tragic Days during the Mexican Revolution of 1913, and: who can forget? The ten days where Kate Hudson tried to drive away Matthew McConaughey in the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

Jack Dorsey has had an almost as eventful ten days, starting last Monday when he was appointed permanent chief executive of messaging platform Twitter, until this Wednesday, when his second start-up, Square, published its S1, confirming the payments company’s intention to go public. Read more

Apple is a company that thrives on surprises to promote its products. But it is actually a creature of habit, especially when it comes to launching its flagship device, the iPhone.

So when Apple deviates from the well-established patterns of years gone by, as it did on Monday, it stands out – raising questions from analysts about why. Read more

Twitter has had investors (and journalists) eagerly awaiting its appointment of a new chief executive for the two and a half months since Dick Costolo stepped down and co-founder and former chief exec Jack Dorsey took over as a caretaker leader.

Chris Sacca, an early Twitter investor who has long been the most outspoken shareholder on the company’s user growth troubles, is now calling for Dorsey to be made its permanent chief executive. Read more

There’s a saying among consumer electronics start-ups: hardware is hard. Unlike a software or internet company, hardware start-ups have to worry about manufacturing, distribution and inventory, as well as all the working capital worries that go along with them. Read more

former Twitter CEO Dick CostoloDick Costolo is out as chief executive of Twitter, and Jack Dorsey, one of the company’s co-founders, is in – at least on an interim basis.

Here’s how the news unfolded on the messaging platform on Thursday. Read more

What have we learnt in this week’s experiment? Can we better understand how wearables might be used in workplaces by looking back at history? Just what did FT’s news editor, Alec Russell, make of Sarah’s wearables data? Does he want to roll it out across newsroom? Read more

What could go wrong? Many things, it turns out, when a company wants to use wearables to track its workers or measure its business. Employers have to be aware of potentials for people to game the system, how to ensure cybersecurity and legal compliance, and perhaps most importantly, how not to lose their workers’ trust. Read more

Even if employees are happy with their bosses’ using wearables to track their days – and possibly nights – they risk seeing that sensitive data fall into the hands of hackers.

Information on how employees spend their time could appeal to hacktivists
searching for potential embarrassments, cyber criminals looking to sell addresses online or rivals seeking an insight into possible M&A negotiations (who visits where) or trade secrets (who sources what where).

Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and chief technology officer at mobile security start-up Lookout, said wearables will inevitably be attacked once they become more widespread.

Wearables are computers and all computers are hackable,” he said. Read more

Do employers want to track their staff with wearables, or is it too much information? Would managers even know how to make sense of, and use, the data collected? Read more

How would employees feel about being tracked by their bosses via wearables? Could some grow to value it if it helps them in their work? Read more

Some experts think wearable technology – from sleep monitors to fitness bands – could be the next frontier in how companies monitor their workers, further blurring the lines between our work and private lives.

Over the next four days Sarah O’Connor, the Financial Times’ Employment Correspondent will be fitted out in wearable gadgets while she works, to see if the personal data they generate really would be useful to managers – and whether workers could learn to live with it.

Follow her regular updates via the Wearables at Work Facebook page, where you’ll find her updates, videos, and thoughts on the project. She’ll be tweeting about the project using the #wearables hashtag, and each day, we’ll storify a selection of the Facebook posts and bring it here to the Techblog.

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In Kevin Martin, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under George W Bush, Facebook has just hired a moderate on the all-important issue of network neutrality.

One of his first challenges: to prevent a repeat of the backlash seen in India last month against Facebook’s, which critics see as a blatant attempt by the social network to colonise the mobile internet. Read more

At a party the other day, one start-up founder told me the secret of Silicon Valley’s sky-high valuations. “I’ve had investors tell me, you can name any valuation you want, we’ll just make up for it in the terms,” he said.

His comment points to the fact that in the world of tech start-ups, the word “valuation” means something a bit different than it does for public companies. The favourable terms and generous downside protections that accompany many investments help limit the risk that venture investors take. Read more