Samsung expects its 2016 Q3 profit grew 5.6%, beating estimates

In a brief filing on Friday, the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer Samsung Electronics said that it expects its 2016 third-quarter profit to have increased by 5.6 percent, surpassing analysts' estimates.

The full financial results for the 2016 third quarter will be issued by Samsung late October.

Twitter sale may take place in October

On Wednesday, a Reuters report revealed that sale of microblogging service Twitter will likely take place this month.

According to the report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources familiar with the Twitter sale proceedings, prospective buyers have been given an October 27, 2016 deadline by Twitter for announcing a sale.

The Reuters sources have also disclosed that the prospective buyers of Twitter include Google's parent company Alphabet, Salesforce, and Walt Disney Co.

Yahoo reportedly built surveillance tools in 2015 after secret directive issued by NSA and FBI

In a Tuesday report, Reuters has revealed that bigwig Internet firm Yahoo built surveillance tools in 2015, in accordance with the secret directive issued by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), asking the company to scan the incoming mails of its customers.

According to the Reuters report, based on the information shared by unidentified former Yahoo employees, the NSA and FBI asked Yahoo to search for "a set of characters," which could, for instance, be a phrase or an attachment.

Microsoft pulls Band 2 activity tracker from its online store

According to a ZDNet report, based on a statement released by Microsoft this week, the Band 2 activity tracker has been pulled by the company from its online store.

In its statement, Microsoft told ZDNet that it had sold out the existing inventory of its $250-priced Band 2 activity tracker, and that, as of now, the company does not have any immediate plans to replace the device with a new Band model this year.

Facebook launches ‘Marketplace’ for users to buy/sell items online within local communities

In an announcement made via a blog post published on Monday, social network Facebook said that it is launching a new online version of a yard sale called 'Marketplace.'

Marketplace will essentially be a centralized hub where the nearly 1.71 billion monthly users of Facebook social networking site will be able to purchase as well as sell items online within local communities. As such, Marketplace will evidently challenge sites like eBay and Craigslist.

EU antitrust regulators threaten to fine Google for violating antitrust regulations

Alphabet's Google could face a steep fine in the European Union (EU) for violation of antitrust regulations. The violation results from Google's apparent practice to force rivals manufacturing Android-powered smartphones to preinstall proprietary Google apps - like Gmail, Google+ and others - on their devices.

In particular, EU antitrust regulators want Google to stop offering payments or discounts to rival smartphone manufactures - including Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony, among others - for preloading their devices with Google Search and the Google Play Store.

Nintendo reveals some new features for NES Classic Edition console

Nintendo has recently revealed some new features for its forthcoming NES Classic Edition console which will be available for purchase for $60, with effect from November 11, 2016.

The NES Classic Edition console is a smaller version of Nintendo's NES console. It will come with 30 built-in games -- including Zelda, Super Mario, and Final Fantasy, among others -- which can be easily played on modern TVs.

Microsoft combines Bing and Cortana product teams with Microsoft Research

In a move which underscores an apparent effort by Microsoft to speed up innovation for its Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant, the company has revealed in a Thursday announcement that it has combined the Bing and Cortana product teams with Microsoft Research.

Samsung’s latest woe --- “exploding” top-loading washing machines

At a time when Samsung is already dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the company has been hit by another calamity --- "exploding" washing machines.

According to a CNN report, certain models of Samsung's top-loading washing machines can potentially pose a safety risk because some customers have complained that the machines vibrate so heavily - particularly when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items - that they explode into pieces.

Wildlife Advocacy Groups file Lawsuit to DeclareYellowstone Bison ‘Endangered’ or ‘Threatened’

In the long list of animals under threat, include Yellowstone bison. According towildlife advocacy groups, the animal's population is drastically dropping due to hunting and slaughtering. They are urging the US government to intervene in the matter to save bisonoutside of Yellowstone National Park.