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Alleged tech support scammers settle FTC charges

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Operators of two alleged tech support scams that charged consumers hundreds of dollars to supposedly fix their computers have settled charges from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission....
Alleged tech support scammers settle FTC charges

Yahoo's Shareholder Meeting, Inbox Therapy and More: ATD's Week in Video

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Another week in tech has come and gone, and AllThingsD staffers made the rounds on the media circuit to weigh in on everything that went down. First up was Arik Hesseldahl, who commented on Yahoo’s latest in a CNBC video hit, including Marissa Mayer’s performance at the company shareholder meeting...
Yahoo's Shareholder Meeting, Inbox Therapy and More: ATD's Week in Video

Help Explain Why Phone Unlocking Is Important To You And Why It Should Be Legal

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First I would like to thank readers of this site and others in the tech community for their support of our phone unlocking campaign. As you may know, that campaign culminated with 114,000 signatures on the White House petition website, an FCC and White House endorsement of unlocking and several...
Help Explain Why Phone Unlocking Is Important To You And Why It Should Be Legal

Pioneer Drops AirPlay Speaker Prices, Now Competitive with Bluetooth Models

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As noted by Macworld, Pioneer has lowered the prices on several of its AirPlay speakers, which have, historically, been offered at a much higher pricing tier than Bluetooth speakers.The company recently dropped the price of its XW-SMA1 speaker from $299 to $149, while the prices of the XW-SMA3 and XW-SMA4...
Pioneer Drops AirPlay Speaker Prices, Now Competitive with Bluetooth Models
French fashion startup raises $1.5M to spread 'ineffable French touch' worldwide
A Disappointed Online Shopper Invented A Better Way To Find Coupon Codes That Work
American Customer Satisfaction Index shows Samsung gaining, Apple retaining lead

How the Apple TV can compete with the Xbox One

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Microsoft impressed me when it unveiled the Xbox One earlier this week. I can’t imagine a future where we won’t be talking and gesturing to our TVs while visiting with grandma on a video call and playing a game at the same time. Throughout the presentation, I was thinking, I wish...
How the Apple TV can compete with the Xbox One

Court Denies Motorola the Billions it Wanted From Microsoft for Standard-Essential Patents

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A federal court in Seattle issued a ruling Thursday that could help settle the question of just how much a company can expect to reap from standard-essential patent. Source: Microsoft In the highly-anticipated court ruling, a court said Google’s Motorola Mobility unit is entitled to about $1.8 million a...
Court Denies Motorola the Billions it Wanted From Microsoft for Standard-Essential Patents
Health Science | Selling Your Most Personal Item: You
Microsoft defends the look of the Xbox One
CHART: Mobile Commerce Continues Its Massive Rise

Game industry has awful April as hardware sales plummet 42 percent

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Consumers spent just $109.5 million on game hardware in April, down from the $187.8 million they spent during the same period in 2012. [Read more]...
Game industry has awful April as hardware sales plummet 42 percent

The HTC One Review

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It is nearly impossible to begin to review the HTC One without some context, and I'll begin our review of the HTC One (formerly the device known as codename M7) much the same way I did my impressions piece simply by stating that HTC is in an interesting position...
The HTC One Review

Motorola issued EU warning for FRAND patent abuse against Apple

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Motorola has been issued a formal warning by the European Commission for potential FRAND patent abuse against Apple in a case underway in Germany. The EU Commission has formed a preliminary view that Google-owned company's case against Apple violates the EU's antitrust rules and that is misuse ëcould ultimately harm...
Motorola issued EU warning for FRAND patent abuse against Apple

Acer announces $400 Haswell-powered AIO machine - running Android

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It might look a little like Windows 8, but that’s Android The blurring of the line between PCs and tablets looks set to be accelerated after Acer announced an All-In-One (AIO) PC powered by a  3GHz Core i5 Haswell processor, but running Android instead of Windows. Choosing Android over Windows...
Acer announces $400 Haswell-powered AIO machine - running Android
CHART: The Massive And Continued Rise Of Mobile Commerce
Amazon's Quidsi Gets Its Own Version Of Prime, With New Membership Program Called "Familyhood Plus"

U.S. lawmakers push apps privacy bill

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New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect....
U.S. lawmakers push apps privacy bill

Was "House of Cards" Worth It For Netflix?

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Netflix got into the HBO business with a bang in February when it launched “House of Cards”. The much-hyped miniseries had a big budget, big names in front of the camera and behind it, and a Big Idea — binge viewing! — that generated even more buzz for the launch....
Was "House of Cards" Worth It For Netflix?

Product Placement: The TV Ads Consumers Can't Skip Or Hop

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In case you missed it, several major US television networks are suing Dish over its ad “hopping” technology that allows viewers to easily skip past ads. But there’s one type of ad even Dish can’t help them skip. Product placement. Let’s revisit this type of... Please visit Marketing Land for...
Product Placement: The TV Ads Consumers Can't Skip Or Hop

Humble Bundle game sales now coming weekly, starting with Bastion

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Who would've thought that letting consumers pay what they think is fair for quality games would prove popular? That's the concept behind Humble Bundle, and so far, it's been rather good to developers and charities alike. Now, deals from the company are set to get a whole lot more...
Humble Bundle game sales now coming weekly, starting with Bastion

Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies

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The crackdown on money-transfer service Liberty Reserve highlights the growing challenges virtual currencies face as they gain wider use among businesses and consumers. Such alternative payment methods have the potential to drive down or eliminate the processing costs businesses pay when they accept credit and debit cards. But, recently, some...
Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies
People Actually Use QR Codes (In China)

US Government's Failure To Protect Public Privacy Is Driving Business Overseas

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As we've covered over and over again, the US government has made it clear that it wants access to your data. With things like the FISA Amendments Act, ECPA and various other laws, law enforcement plays the FUD card repeatedly, insisting that it needs to be able to go in...
US Government's Failure To Protect Public Privacy Is Driving Business Overseas

Linux Mint 15 hits the web, begs for 'Olivia' Munn endorsement

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As with previous releases, the newest Mint iteration, "Olivia," comes in two distinct flavors: Cinnamon and MATE. While both have received a bit of polish, it's the fresher Cinnamon that has gotten the most attention. Version 1.8 of the desktop environment has received plenty of bug fixes, along with...
Linux Mint 15 hits the web, begs for 'Olivia' Munn endorsement

Amazon to release set-top box for Internet video, report says

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Bloomberg reports the company will become the latest to offer a product for consumers to stream Internet-based video into their homes. [Read more]...
Amazon to release set-top box for Internet video, report says

GiftCards.com gives digital gifting startup Giftly an exit

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Popular gift card website GiftCards.com has acquired Giftly, a two-year old startup that enables consumers to buy and deliver digital gifts via its website and free app. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Giftly offers a platform that enables people to send gift credits to recipients...
GiftCards.com gives digital gifting startup Giftly an exit
Muggers Increasingly Stealing Samsung Phones Instead Of iPhones (AAPL)

Today in Tech: Is Verizon dropping contracts?

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Also: Mark Zuckerberg on this week's Facebook Home announcement; HP chairman Ray Lane steps down.  Verizon CEO says he's open to dropping contracts [CNET] McAdam said it was "pretty easy" to change up the model to eliminate contracts, and added that he would watch the consumer response that T-Mobile gets...
Today in Tech: Is Verizon dropping contracts?
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