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Veteran tech analyst Michael Gartenberg is jumping the fence to work for a company he has spent decades covering during stints at Gartner, Altimeter and Jupiter Research. A new form of identity verification could help deter account hackers. Google has acquired Makani Power, which makes wind turbines that fly like kites, for its Google X unit, Bloomberg Businessweek reported and Makani confirmed. Microsoft has been quietly operating a group inside its Redmond, Wash., headquarters called Yammer North in an effort to integrate Yammer into its vast software business, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. Lopez serves as creative chief and majority owner of Viva Movil, which will offer its own stores but carry standard phones. Pearson PLC's book publishing business, Penguin Group, has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a dispute in the U. Samsung becomes the third-largest shareholder in a South Korean smartphone rival. Big phone companies have begun to sell the vast troves of data they gather about their subscribers' locations, travels and Web-browsing habits. Boom, headshot! Boom, my Xbox recorded a video of that headshot automatically! An Internet-connected world does not mean a homogenous world.