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Apple lobbyist budget hits $2.2 million, beats record for second quarter in a row

07/21/2017, 12:07 pm

Apple's lobbyist budget in Washington D.C. has exploded during the Trump admininstration, with the company paying a record $2.2 million in the last quarter.

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FTC examines claims of Amazon using inflated list prices before signing off on Whole Foods takeover

07/21/2017, 10:07 am

In reviewing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring a complaint that the company posts false list prices on its website, making its discounts seem better than they really are.

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Microsoft revenues up on cloud & Office 365, slowed by phones & Surface

07/21/2017, 09:07 am

Apple rival Microsoft's revenues were up 13 percent year-over-year to $23.3 billion in the June quarter, with profits of $6.5 billion -- driven largely by its cloud and Office businesses however, as some hardware efforts struggled.

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Tech group backs Apple in Qualcomm's ITC complaint

07/20/2017, 07:07 pm

A lobbying group representing big tech industry players like Google and Intel sided with Apple in a filing delivered to the U.S. International Trade Commission, saying Qualcomm's bid to ban iPhone imports would hurt consumers.

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State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone

07/20/2017, 05:07 pm

U.S. insurance giant State Farm on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging a "defective and unreasonably dangerous" iPhone 4S caused a house fire in Wisconsin in 2016.

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Florida man to pay over $278K for insider trading connected to Apple's AuthenTec takeover

07/20/2017, 03:07 pm

A former AuthenTec worker has reached a $278,773 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving insider trading charges following Apple's buyout of his employer.

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Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications

07/20/2017, 11:07 am

BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the former smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

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Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature

07/20/2017, 06:07 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced in-ear headphone device that uses sensors and valves to seal out ambient noise in certain situations, while letting in and augmenting external sound in others.

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Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws

07/20/2017, 01:07 am

Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages.

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Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation

07/19/2017, 10:07 pm

Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run.

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Hulu lands nearly 3,000 new TV episodes in deal with 20th Century Fox

07/19/2017, 09:07 pm

Hulu has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox that will add nearly 3,000 episodes of the studio's popular shows to the streaming service, the company said on Wednesday.

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Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany as quarterly profits suffer steep decline

07/19/2017, 07:07 pm

Qualcomm on Wednesday escalated its patent infringement fight against Apple with the filing of two separate German cases in Mannheim and Munich, where it seeks to block the import and sale of all iPhones.

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Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched Apple on new TV service

07/19/2017, 06:07 pm

DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is shopping around an innovative mobile-first TV service, dubbed "New TV," to a number of technology and telecommunications firms including Apple, Google, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Snapchat and Spotify.

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Samsung brings Siri-competing Bixby assistant to US three months after Galaxy S8 launch

07/19/2017, 12:07 pm

Samsung on Wednesday announced that Bixby, its equivalent of Apple's Siri, is now available on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- roughly three months after the phones first launched.

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Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal

07/19/2017, 09:07 am

Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

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Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China

07/18/2017, 09:07 pm

Apple on Tuesday named vice president of wireless technologies Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China, where she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams.

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Spotify hit with two new lawsuits alleging copyright infringement

07/18/2017, 07:07 pm

In spite of efforts to rectify past indiscretions against artists and music publishers, Spotify is once again embroiled in legal trouble for allegedly streaming music without proper licensing.

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Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention

07/18/2017, 06:07 pm

Apple on Tuesday announced the launch of server notifications and enhanced receipts for subscriptions, including auto-renewable subscriptions, tools that provide actionable information for retaining paying users.

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Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage

07/18/2017, 02:07 pm

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has updated the specification for the wireless communications technology, with the introduction of mesh networking allowing Bluetooth LE devices to more easily communicate with each other, potentially helping home automation platforms such as Apple's HomeKit as well as larger scale networks.

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Google resurrects Glass for enterprise as new AR headset for iPhone 7 is unveiled

07/18/2017, 10:07 am

Google appears to have ditched the concept of Google Glass as fashion accessory in its latest industry-focused revision to the augmented reality product, and a new headset called the Mira Prism will allow users to snap in an iPhone 7 to reflect the screen into the user's field of vision.

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