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Xbox, iTunes, and the massive money found in selling entertainment

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iTunes is a big, profitable business for Apple. Revenue for the iTunes marketplace rose 32 percent in Apple’s most recent quarter to more than $4 billion. According to the Apple, iTunes is on track to bring in $16 billion in 2013. That’s exceptionally impressive. However, when those numbers came out,...
Xbox, iTunes, and the massive money found in selling entertainment
8 things Microsoft stores didn’t copy from Apple

Apple Retail Store Signage Confirms 8:00 AM Launch for New iPad on Friday

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Yesterday, we noted that Apple's grand opening of its new Highland Village retail store scheduled for 8:00 AM on Friday hinted that the company was likely to planning to launch the new iPad at that time rather than in a late afternoon launch as was seen with the iPad 2....
Apple Retail Store Signage Confirms 8:00 AM Launch for New iPad on Friday
With Sights Dead Set on the Living Room, Google Debuts A Streaming Media Device

Teen finds bugs in Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft code

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Bug hunter credited with finding bugs in software from big tech firms is Norwegian teen....
Teen finds bugs in Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft code
"Lucky Thirteen" attack snarfs cookies protected by SSL encryption

DOJ clears Google buyout of Motorola, Nortel patent sale

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The US Department of Justice in a brief said it had approved both Google's acquisition of Motorola and the joint purchase of Nortel patents by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, and others. Antitrust regulators in both cases had decided it was "unlikely" that the deals would hurt competition. It was partly reassured...
DOJ clears Google buyout of Motorola, Nortel patent sale
GOLDMAN: Here's Why Google Is 'Challenged' In Mobile (GOOG)

If Amazon.com opens physical retail stores, this would be a great place to start

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University Village. Photo via U Village Could this be the year that Amazon.com opens brick-and-mortar retail stores? Well, if the Seattle online retailer were to buck tradition and give that a shot, something that The New York Times recently speculated about, here’s the perfect location for them: the former Barnes...
If Amazon.com opens physical retail stores, this would be a great place to start
On the Big Screen: Surface Beats Retina
Amazon's Kindle glitch and the always-be-shipping-code mentality
Apple, Google, Microsoft all in bids to purchase home automation company, reports WSJ

As Waiting Period Expires, Rockstar Consortium Is Ready To Roll With Patent Licensing

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After forming a strange alliance to score control of Nortel Networks’ patents, Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Now that a Department of Justice waiting period has finally expired, the members of the so-called Rockstar Consortium can finally finish up their $4.5 billion...
As Waiting Period Expires, Rockstar Consortium Is Ready To Roll With Patent Licensing
The Microsoft Surface, A 10.6-inch Windows 8 Tablet From Microsoft

Apple, Microsoft warring over SkyDrive iOS app, sources say

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Apple and Microsoft are in a fight over the SkyDrive app on the iOS App Store, according to sources said to be close to the latter party. Recently, Microsoft introduced the ability for SkyDrive subscribers to buy extra storage space. In response, though, Apple has reportedly started blocking updates to...
Apple, Microsoft warring over SkyDrive iOS app, sources say

Acer President Wong: Consumers Are Still Confused by Windows 8

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Earlier today, Acer announced its not-so-surprising plans for a low-priced Android tablet, which AllThingsD’s Bonnie Cha covered in full here. But while sitting down with Acer President Jim Wong yesterday at CES, we discussed that other tablet maker. No, not Apple — Microsoft. Acer, in case you haven’t been following...
Acer President Wong: Consumers Are Still Confused by Windows 8

Apple And Google Are Trying To Buy $500 Million Worth Of Kodak Patents (AAPL, GOOG)

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Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co.'s patents out of bankruptcy, said two people with knowledge of the situation. The two companies, competing for dominance of the smartphone market, have partnered after leading two...
Apple And Google Are Trying To Buy $500 Million Worth Of Kodak Patents (AAPL, GOOG)

Dropbox Passes 100 Million Users

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Dropbox, the online storage company, is ramping up its efforts to stay competitive with other cloud storage providers, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon....
Dropbox Passes 100 Million Users
Apple and Microsoft called to testify before Australian Parliament in pricing investigation

Pwn2Own winner tells Apple, Microsoft to find their own bugs ~http://bit.ly/bzjeQK

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Pwn2Own winner tells Apple, Microsoft to find their own bugs ~http://bit.ly/bzjeQK

Components for Apple Television Set Reportedly 'Starting to Move in Small Quantities'

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Last month, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has long been a proponent of an Apple television set, reported that Apple was investigating components for just such a product, contacting suppliers to learn about the capabilities of their various offerings. As shared by Business Insider, a new report from Jeffries...
Components for Apple Television Set Reportedly 'Starting to Move in Small Quantities'

Where Are They Now? Google I/O 2012 Edition.

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This year’s Google I/O developer conference is shaping up to be a very different show from last year’s spectacle. The company has downplayed expectations ahead of the event, saying that it will shift the focus back on developers and services rather than new hardware products and a new operating system....
Where Are They Now? Google I/O 2012 Edition.

TV’s status quo may be strong, but technology WILL change it soon whether the industry is ready or not

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“The idea that the web will cause the TV business to ‘collapse’ is fantasy,” wrote Dan Frommer yesterday in a calm response to Henry Blodget’s actually-quite-alarmist Don’t Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse. While Frommer is right that the business of TV is actually still doing...
TV’s status quo may be strong, but technology WILL change it soon whether the industry is ready or not

Anonymous hacks into tech and telecom sites

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Two trade association sites that boast members such as Apple, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Verizon come under attack by hackers for supporting cybersecurity legislation. [Read more]...
Anonymous hacks into tech and telecom sites
For Apple, Microsoft, and Google, mobile convergence means executive consolidation

Secure your digital self: auditing your cloud identity

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We put more and more of ourselves in the cloud every day. E-mail, device settings, data synchronization between devices, and access to much of our digital selves is tied to a handful of cloud service accounts with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox, and others. As demonstrated dramatically over the last week,...
Secure your digital self: auditing your cloud identity

Legendary white-hat hacker Kristin Paget hired by Apple

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Microsoft employee and white-hat hacker Kristin Paget is now reportedly working at Apple, as an operating system security researcher. As of September, her LinkedIn profile declares her as a "Core OS Security Researcher at Apple." In Microsoft's employ, Paget worked with a team to find security holes in the operating...
Legendary white-hat hacker Kristin Paget hired by Apple

Letters: Worried by state snooping in US and UK

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Your reports on the Prism programme (Revealed: how US secretly collects private data from AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Paltalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube, 7 June) reinforce the evidence of whistleblowers over the last decade that the National Security Agency, despite official denials, has been massively extending its capacity to...
Letters: Worried by state snooping in US and UK

Apple And Microsoft Behind Patent Troll Armed With Thousands Of Nortel Patents

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You may recall last summer that Apple, Microsoft, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony all teamed up to buy Nortel's patents for $4.5 billion. They beat out a team of Google and Intel who bid a bit less. While there was some antitrust scrutiny over the deal, it was dropped and...
Apple And Microsoft Behind Patent Troll Armed With Thousands Of Nortel Patents

Report: NSA Collects Data Directly From Servers Of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook And More

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The Washington Post is reporting a top-secret National Security Administration data-mining program that taps directly into the Google, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube servers. ”The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection...
Report: NSA Collects Data Directly From Servers Of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook And More
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