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Topic: General

Nest's Fadell backtracks on data privacy, will be transparent about future changes

01/20/2014, 09:01 pm

Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Monday said no changes to his company's privacy policies are planned "at this point," a qualification of a previous statement that promised collected user data would stay out of the hands of Google, which recently acquired Nest for $3.2 billion.

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Apple's Schiller 'unfollows' Tony Fadell and Nest after Google acquisition

01/18/2014, 12:01 am

Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller "unfollowed" the Twitter accounts of Tony Fadell and his company Nest Labs just days after the "smart home" product firm was purchased by Google.

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Coca-Cola mulls deployment of Apple's iBeacon at World Cup and beyond

01/17/2014, 09:01 pm

Global beverage behemoth Coca-Cola is actively investigating a rollout of Apple's iBeacon technology as a part of its marketing campaign for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, for which the company is a major sponsor.

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Massachusetts lawsuit accuses Apple of misusing customers' personal info

01/17/2014, 04:01 pm

Adding to Apple's mountain of legal conflict, a lawsuit filed this week in New England claims that Apple collected retail customers' zip codes in violation of state law and then profited from the sale of that information to third parties.

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Apple will appeal ruling allowing external compliance monitor to continue in e-books case

01/17/2014, 02:01 pm

Apple has officially notified the court that it will appeal this week's ruling denying the company's request for the external compliance monitor imposed as part of the government's e-book antitrust suit to be disqualified.

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'Cortana,' Microsoft's Siri competitor, to go public in April - report

01/17/2014, 01:01 pm

Following in the footsteps of Siri and Google Now, Microsoft looks to be on track to release its own personal digital assistant --dubbed Cortana --later this spring.

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Google's smart contact lens tracks glucose levels for diabetics

01/17/2014, 11:01 am

Google this week announced it has been working on a wearable device of a different kind than usual --a smart contact lens that could measure glucose levels from the moisture on a user's eyeball.

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Judge explains denial of request to remove e-book antitrust monitor in lengthy court filing

01/16/2014, 05:01 pm

District Court Judge Denise Cote on Thursday filed an opinion and order detailing the reasoning behind her denial of Apple's request to remove an external antitrust compliance monitor, saying many of the arguments the company made are now moot.

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Google executives set to break ground on $82 million private air terminal next month

01/16/2014, 03:01 pm

Google's ruling trio of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt are reportedly ready to begin construction of a 29-acre, $82 million private air terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

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Microsoft considering Ericsson CEO to replace Steve Ballmer

01/16/2014, 10:01 am

In its ongoing effort to find a replacement for outgoing chief executive Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is now said to be considering Hans Vestberg, CEO of Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson.

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Apple FaceTime invention uses face morphing, image matching to keep video smooth

01/16/2014, 06:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple invention that replaces frames dropped during a low-bandwidth FaceTime call with pre-recorded or doctored images, thereby creating the illusion of a seamless feed.

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Apple details secure 'touchless' e-wallet strategy in patent filing

01/16/2014, 05:01 am

Apple has been coy in revealing its plans for a touchless payment solution, but a patent filing discovered on Thursday gives clues as to where the company is headed.

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Apple, Google anti-poaching class action suit to proceed after court refuses appeal

01/15/2014, 12:01 am

Apple, Google, Intel and other big-name tech companies will face a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching measures after an appellate court refused to hear an appeal of a 2013 class certification order.

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Hacker group alleges breach of Apple database, posts 'user data' to Web [u]

01/14/2014, 08:01 pm

Hacker group The 1775 Sec, which claimed responsibility for a recent Dropbox outage, took to Twitter on Tuesday announcing a purportedly successful breach of Apple's database.

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Flagship Brisbane Apple Store reportedly revealed in leaked photos

01/14/2014, 08:01 pm

A number of leaked photos purportedly taken from within Apple's newest flagship Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia hit the web on Tuesday, showing the outlet's general layout ahead of its grand opening this Friday.

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VirnetX heads back to court, adds latest Apple products to FaceTime patent lawsuit

01/14/2014, 02:01 pm

Patent holding company VirnetX on Tuesday announced that it will attempt to add Apple's most recent slate of products --including the iPhone 5s and iPad Air --to an ongoing patent infringement action that accuses Apple of violating VirnetX's secure networking patents.

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Samsung rumored to follow Apple's lead, split Galaxy S5 lineup into metal, plastic models

01/14/2014, 10:01 am

The next flagship smartphone from South Korean manufacturer Samsung will reportedly be offered in two versions -- a metal-clad premium edition and a cheaper model sporting a plastic case.

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Apple's patented GUI compensates for iPhone motion, minimizes errant touches

01/14/2014, 06:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded an interesting patent describing a graphical user interface that offers a solution to inadvertent input errors users may see when interacting with a touchscreen while moving.

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Apple's 3D video editing patent hints at future Final Cut Pro features

01/14/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a software-driven method of processing and editing 3D video, hinting that the feature may show up in a future version of Final Cut Pro.

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PassMarket beats Apple to the punch with iBeacon-based mobile payments

01/13/2014, 09:01 pm

By leveraging Apple's iBeacon microlocation technology, iMobile3's new PassMarket Beacon Edition will allow customers at participating retailers to check out without swiping a credit card or handing over cash.

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