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Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

03/27/2015, 06:03 pm

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

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Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

03/27/2015, 03:03 pm

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

03/27/2015, 02:03 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

03/27/2015, 11:03 am

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

03/27/2015, 09:03 am

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple's Macs, iOS devices

03/27/2015, 09:03 am

Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

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SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book reading, Q&A session with authors

03/26/2015, 09:03 pm

Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli visited the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday to read selections from their hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" and field questions from what quickly became a packed house.

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Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading' iOS device capacity claims

03/26/2015, 08:03 pm

Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.

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Apple Pay decals begin arriving with supporting merchants

03/26/2015, 02:03 pm

Vendors who accept Apple Pay can advertise their support with new decal stickers supplied by Apple itself, which began arriving in the mail for merchants on Thursday.

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Apple's new spaceship campus might be named after Steve Jobs, Tim Cook says

03/26/2015, 12:03 pm

While late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's office remains in situ at the company's Infinite Loop headquarters, a more impressive memorial may be in the works as current chief executive Tim Cook has indicated his desire to name all or part of the new spaceship campus after Jobs.

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Angela Ahrendts was swayed to Apple retail by instant personal connection with Tim Cook

03/26/2015, 10:03 am

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts chose to leave the British fashion house for Apple largely because of the opportunity to work with Tim Cook, she hinted in a recent interview, choosing to serve alongside the Apple chief executive as he reshapes the company.

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Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

03/25/2015, 11:03 pm

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

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Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

03/25/2015, 07:03 pm

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

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Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

03/25/2015, 03:03 pm

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

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Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date

03/25/2015, 09:03 am

An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.

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Apple Campus 2 recycled water project set for final approval [u]

03/24/2015, 10:03 pm

Apple, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of Sunnyvale and the California Water Service Company may soon break ground on a joint $17.5 million project that will pipe recycled water into Cupertino and Apple's sprawling Campus 2 headquarters.

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Apple buys flexible, fast database software firm FoundationDB with eye on the cloud

03/24/2015, 06:03 pm

A report on Tuesday claims Apple recently purchased FoundationDB, a database software company that touts fast speeds via a durable and scalable NoSQL, ACID-compliant architecture.

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Site cleared for Apple's new flagship retail store at San Francisco's Union Square

03/24/2015, 02:03 pm

Apple's efforts to build a large new flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco have nearly completed the demolition of the existing building on the site, where little remains apart from a concrete foundation, steps and a folk art fountain that will be relocated as part of the construction project.

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Magzet aims to bring MagSafe-like functionality to 3.5mm audio jacks

03/24/2015, 10:03 am

Anyone who has ever had their headphones yanked off their head after getting the cord caught on a doorknob or dealt with a loose plug from from too many insertion cycles will appreciate the idea behind Magzet, a new adapter that adds MagSafe-like functionality to the audio jack.

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Highly anticipated 'Becoming Steve Jobs' biography now available

03/24/2015, 07:03 am

The hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" debuted on Tuesday to set the record straight on Apple's cofounder and upon launch rocketed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon's Rich & Famous Biographies list.

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