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Here's Why AOL Never Spun Out Ad.com, Despite All The Rumors (AOL)

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Over coffee a couple months ago, a former AOL executive told us that Ned Brody, the CEO of what used to be called AOL's Advertising.com Group, once lobbied with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong for a spinoff from the larger company. The idea makes some sense. The Advertising.com Group, particularly the...
Here's Why AOL Never Spun Out Ad.com, Despite All The Rumors (AOL)

The Facebook IPO Was Reverse Quantitative Easing

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Check out this from Fox Business: “I have seen several hedge-fund-type accounts liquidating various positions to make way for Facebook,” says John Glasmann of Precision Securities, a San Diego firm that specializes in IPOs.  “But I have no firsthand knowledge of this to be factual as it relates to Apple.”...
The Facebook IPO Was Reverse Quantitative Easing

Rumor: Verizon, AT&T in talks to acquire Vodafone, denied

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Verizon and AT&T are said to be working together in order to acquire and then break apart Vodafone, according to a rumor. After purchasing the British carrier, Verizon would in theory take control of Vodafone's 45-percent share of Verizon Wireless, while AT&T would own all assets located outside of the...
Rumor: Verizon, AT&T in talks to acquire Vodafone, denied

Inside the leaked White House cybersecurity executive order

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Last night TechDirt managed to secure a copy of the draft cybersecurity executive order that the Obama administration has circulated. TNW has read TechDirt’s report and the executive order. This post is an explanation of current thought concerning the draft, its contents, and naturally, our own analysis. As primer, if you recall...
Inside the leaked White House cybersecurity executive order

Poker Site Pays $731 Million Fine

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PokerStars agreed to pay $731 million to end a Justice Department lawsuit alleging bank fraud, money laundering and violations of gambling regulations against it and a another poker website. Under the terms, PokerStars, based in the Isle of Man, will pay $547 million to the Justice Department and $184 million...
Poker Site Pays $731 Million Fine

Nokia sheds Vertu luxury line as it picks up Scalado assets

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The company says that the sale is the "best option" for Vertu, but has retained a 10 percent minority stake in the mobile firm. [Read more]...
Nokia sheds Vertu luxury line as it picks up Scalado assets

Intel buys satellite navigation chips business from ST-Ericsson

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Intel has confirmed that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of the Global Navigation Satellite System business of ST-Ericsson, extending its investments in positioning technology.The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.ST-Ericsson, a 50-50 semiconductor joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, announced earlier on...
Intel buys satellite navigation chips business from ST-Ericsson

Facebook replaces 'brand resource center' with new website and assets

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Facebook has launched Facebookbrand.com to replace its previous brand resource center. The new site is more visual and offers additional guidance about how to use Facebook’s logos and trademarks in print, film, broadcast and online. The social network redesigned its “f” logo earlier this month, but as of last week...
Facebook replaces 'brand resource center' with new website and assets
Hungry for forecasting tech, HotelTonight buys PrimaTable
Google buys Frommer's travel guides from John D. Wiley & Sons

PC Builders Seek Other Work

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Facing falling margins, Taiwan's personal-computer contract manufacturers are investing in assets that will move them away from their core business....
PC Builders Seek Other Work
Ziptask Launches Its End-To-End Outsourcing Platform For Small- To Medium-Sized Enterprises
The App Store's 50B Downloads Vs. Google Play's 48B: Android Closes The Gap

Sony reports net profits of $458 million for 2012, returning to black for the first time in 5 years

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Sony CEO Kaz Hirai’s rebuilding job is showing its first signs of promise after the company posted net profits of $458 million (43 billion yen) for its 2012 financial year [PDF], its first annual profit for half a decade. The results have been helped by the sale of a string of assets...
Sony reports net profits of $458 million for 2012, returning to black for the first time in 5 years

Unwired Planet Has Bought 2,400+ Wireless Patents From Ericsson To Beef Up Its Patent Fights Against Google, Apple And RIM

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The patent rat-race continues apace. Today Unwired Planet announced that it has purchased a portfolio of over 2,400 patents from the troubled Swedish mobile vendor Ericsson. The deal includes IP related to 2G, 3G and LTE technologies, and will give Unwired Planet a little more ammunition in its various legal...
Unwired Planet Has Bought 2,400+ Wireless Patents From Ericsson To Beef Up Its Patent Fights Against Google, Apple And RIM

Remember webOS? LG Acquires webOS From HP, But Only Plans To Use It In Smart TVs

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Troubled operating system webOS isn’t defunct yet. According to CNET, LG just acquired software, licenses and the team working on webOS from HP. LG plans to implement it in its smart TVs — not in its phones. In yet another surprising event, Palm’s OS will experience a third (or fourth)...
Remember webOS? LG Acquires webOS From HP, But Only Plans To Use It In Smart TVs

Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

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San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service for luxury vehicles, has been acquired. The news follows the company’s decision to shut down operations last month, after a criminal ring targeted HiGear, resulting in multiple incidents of theft involving its members’ cars. The criminals stole four cars totaling $400,000 by using stolen identities...
Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

Google Acquires KikScore Technology And Assets To Complement Trusted Stores

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In an effort to expand the kind of information available to online shoppers via its Trusted Stores program, Google has acquired the technology and certain assets of KikScore, a trust seal company serving mostly small businesses. The cost of the acquisition wasn’t disclosed. According to a... Please visit Search Engine...
Google Acquires KikScore Technology And Assets To Complement Trusted Stores
Despite All the Sturm und Drang, Yahoo Will Likely Beat This Quarter (It's the Next Step That's a Doozy)

AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

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Just a few weeks ago, we had mentioned reports that AOL was looking to sell its patents. Sometimes, those kinds of things take a while, and may even involve auctions and whatnot. However, it looks like AOL got the deal done quickly, selling over 800 patents to Microsoft for just...
AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

Mystery for the day: Who's buying ST-Ericsson's geolocation business

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In the course of breaking up, sometimes it’s simpler to shed shared assets. Ericsson and STMicroelectronics are in the process of doing just that – having already decided which partner gets what out of their cash-haemorrhaging joint venture, ST-Ericsson, the companies are now seeing what they can get for the...
Mystery for the day: Who's buying ST-Ericsson's geolocation business
Apple, Samsung, Nokia, and others petition Congress to free up mobile spectrum

DRM error causes problems for legitimate Game Maker users

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Another day, another example of a DRM scheme punishing legitimate users instead of actually stopping people from pirating software. The newest case comes from Game Maker Studio, a popular game prototyping and development tool that is reportedly adding an unremovable skull and crossbones symbol to some users' created images. The...
DRM error causes problems for legitimate Game Maker users

FCC: Sprint buyout likely on track for late May

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It looks like smooth sailing for Japanese carrier Softbank's purchase of Sprint and Clearwire assets, at least where the FCC is concerned. [Read more]...
FCC: Sprint buyout likely on track for late May

Better Algorithms Beat More Data -- And Here's Why

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Image via vichie81Recently, Omar Tawakol from BlueKai wrote a fascinating article positing that More Data Beats Better Algorithms. He argued that more data trumps a better algorithm, but better still is having an algorithm that augments your data with linkages and connections, in the end creating a more robust data...
Better Algorithms Beat More Data -- And Here's Why

Don't Call it a Lobby: New Startup Platform 1776 To Help Companies Tap D.C. Power

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It's a hard truth confronted by many a would-be world-changing entrepreneur that the industries that seem most ripe for disruption are also the businesses most heavily regulated, putting that dream of a tech company that revolutionizes education or health care or transportation a little farther out of reach. So what's...
Don't Call it a Lobby: New Startup Platform 1776 To Help Companies Tap D.C. Power
SkyDrive Assets Hint At Web-Based Streaming Music Player Coming From Microsoft

Today’s Top Stories: Facebook IPO, Kazuo Hirai New Sony CEO, MegaRetrieval

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. Facebook’s IPO Likely in the $5 Billion Range Facebook is expected to file for a...
Today’s Top Stories: Facebook IPO, Kazuo Hirai New Sony CEO, MegaRetrieval
Apple pushing Congress for more smartphone airwaves
Numecent emerges from stealth with “revolutionary cloudpaging technology”
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