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Bar Fight! Sony Sues Karaoke Distributor For Infringement; Gets Sued Right Back For 'Copyright Misuse'

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A great many drinkers have watched helplessly as their BAC became inversely proportionate to their common sense, throwing around cash as thought it were Monopoly money before grabbing the mic to belt out Adele's latest track. Karaoke has been the go-to bar sport for thousands of people who feel the...
Bar Fight! Sony Sues Karaoke Distributor For Infringement; Gets Sued Right Back For 'Copyright Misuse'
InMusic adds M-Audio to its strikingly long list of music hardware lines

Meet the one OMGPOP employee who turned a new job at Zynga

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In the torrent of coverage about Zynga’s purchase of OMGPOP last week, most of the focus was on the price, eventually revealed to be $180 million. Most outlets also reported that all OMGPOP’s developers were headed to Zynga, but it turns out there was one, very vocal holdout from the...
Meet the one OMGPOP employee who turned a new job at Zynga

The Voodoo Economics of Hypervisors

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While many agree that virtualization makes good financial sense, surprisingly very few can actually put a dollar figure on that savings....
The Voodoo Economics of Hypervisors

Google Makes Its First Renewable Energy Investment In Africa, Puts $12M Toward South African Solar Plant

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Google today announced that it is investing $12 million in a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. This marks Google’s first renewable energy investment in Africa and its 12th overall renewable energy investment. Once it’s competed, Google says, the Jasper Power Project, which is situated in the Northern...
Google Makes Its First Renewable Energy Investment In Africa, Puts $12M Toward South African Solar Plant
Unholy alliance? Google display ads are coming to Yahoo sites

Why Bloomberg would be stupid to buy LinkedIn

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The media corporation and the social-networking site for professionals don't belong together. It doesn't make financial sense. [Read more]...
Why Bloomberg would be stupid to buy LinkedIn
Rural Vermont phone company offering Google Fiber-like Internet speeds for $35/mo.

Draw Something with Ryan Seacrest, coming soon to CBS

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What do you do if you bought a $200 million baby that everyone thinks is ugly? Well, if you are social games pioneer Zynga, you bring it to network TV. Draw Something, the game that saved small studio OMGPOP and prompted a huge buyout from Zynga, is coming to CBS....
Draw Something with Ryan Seacrest, coming soon to CBS
The latest threat to 3D printing: Stupid, broad patents

Researchers' algorithm intends to get more work out of cloud database servers

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an algorithm that aims to make database cloud infrastructure more efficient by pushing more similar workloads onto fewer servers, rather than distributing them as widely as possible. The premise is surprising, given that many database companies make a point of divvying...
Researchers' algorithm intends to get more work out of cloud database servers
Federated Media is done with banner ad sales

Confirmed: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Warner Music COO Robert Wiesenthal join Jawbone's board

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Jawbone has confirmed that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Warner Music COO Robert Wiesenthal have joined its board of directors. Commenting on the move, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman said: “We are entering a very exciting time in Jawbone’s evolution and are thrilled to be adding such talented and highly experienced executives...
Confirmed: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Warner Music COO Robert Wiesenthal join Jawbone's board

Google makes its first renewable energies investment in Africa: $12m in a 96 megawatt solar plant

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Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and it could generate...
Google makes its first renewable energies investment in Africa: $12m in a 96 megawatt solar plant

Powering our Finnish data center with Swedish wind energy

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What do a Swedish wind farm developer, a German insurance company and Google’s Finnish data center have in common? As of today, a lot. We’ve just inked agreements with O2 and Allianz to supply our Finnish data center with renewable energy for the next 10 years—our fourth long-term agreement to...
Powering our Finnish data center with Swedish wind energy

HTC Just Sold Back Half Of Its Holdings In Beats Electronics

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Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp's shares fell as much as 4 percent on Monday after the sale of half of its holding in audio technology firm Beats Electronics back to Beats' founders raised concern over its strategy. HTC bought 50.1 percent of Beats Electronics, which was founded by U.S. rapper...
HTC Just Sold Back Half Of Its Holdings In Beats Electronics

Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2013. Or You'll Be Sorry

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For those still wondering whether to choose Microsoft's traditional Office productivity software suite or the new, subscription-based Office 365, consider this: traditional Office users will have to wait for "updates," and they won't receive any new "upgrades" to the service at all. And there's another consideration, too: Office 2013 is...
Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2013. Or You'll Be Sorry

AppStori taps crowd-sourcing craze with Kickstarter-style service for mobile apps

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Mobile developers looking to crowd-source their funding now have another option on the table: AppStori, a Kickstarter alternative specifically for mobile apps. AppStori is very similar to Kickstarter in the financial sense — developers set a funding goal and a deadline for their campaigns, and potential donors are only charged...
AppStori taps crowd-sourcing craze with Kickstarter-style service for mobile apps

Bar Fight! Sony Sues Karaoke Distributor For Infringement; Gets Sued Right Back For 'Copyright Misuse'

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A great many drinkers have watched helplessly as their BAC became inversely proportionate to their common sense, throwing around cash as thought it were Monopoly money before grabbing the mic to belt out Adele's latest track. Karaoke has been the go-to bar sport for thousands of people who feel the...
Bar Fight! Sony Sues Karaoke Distributor For Infringement; Gets Sued Right Back For 'Copyright Misuse'

iTV Might Be Awesome, But It’s Not What We Really Want

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Apple’s iTV is reportedly in the labs of Canadian cable service providers Rogers Communications and Bell Canada right now. This is exciting news (it is real!), but it’s a bummer for those of us who were hoping that Apple was planning on disrupting the cable television business. If Apple is...
iTV Might Be Awesome, But It’s Not What We Really Want

Microsoft's Server and Tools unit now contains six unique $1 billion businesses

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Certainly, Microsoft is a large company, but for a firm so public, that one of its divisions, which drives $18 billion in revenue, and sports six individual businesses that each drive at least $1 billion in yearly top line, manages to be all but hidden from the public eye is...
Microsoft's Server and Tools unit now contains six unique $1 billion businesses

Apple TV adds rare regional service with Watchever in Germany

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Sometimes minor-sounding events presage bigger things to come (and sometimes not), so Cupertino's recent addition of a new subscription service app to Apple TV in Germany, Watchever, made our ears perk up. The service -- which is still rolling out in the country and may not work on all...
Apple TV adds rare regional service with Watchever in Germany
Investing in a South African solar project

Cree launches an LED bulb for under $10

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LED chip and parts maker Cree has launched a line of low cost LED bulbs that will be sold at Home Depot, and one even retails for under $10. Some of the cheapest LED bulbs out there sell for $20, and Cree calls its new ultra cheap LED line “the...
Cree launches an LED bulb for under $10
Time Warner Cable says Netflix is holding Super HD & 3D content hostage

The world's largest mobile operator is playing hard to get with Apple

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One of the things that’s made Apple so uncannily successful in the mobile phone business has been its insistence on setting the terms with wireless operators. But Apple may have met its match with China Mobile, the largest mobile operator in China — and the world. The operator’s president had...
The world's largest mobile operator is playing hard to get with Apple

AOL dumps $850M Bebo acquisition - Why big M&A rarely works

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AOL acquired Bebo for $850M two years ago. Today AOL said they will sell it or shut it down. What went wrong? Like many M&A deals, the Bebo deal factored in synergies and strategic leverage that never materialized. The AOL / Time Warner merger was the biggest bust in history...
AOL dumps $850M Bebo acquisition - Why big M&A rarely works

Greenpeace Calls For Facebook To Use 100% Renewable Energy

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A new Facebook group set up by Greenpeace is calling for Facebook to use 100 percent renewable energy within their data centers. This is a reinvigorated movement from the initial backlash against Facebook’s environmental policies at the beginning of February. The latest group has over 150,000 members, far more than...
Greenpeace Calls For Facebook To Use 100% Renewable Energy
In Barcelona, both BBCs have paid VOD goals

Why Microsoft Invested Heavily In The Desktop Search Business Even As Mobile Was Taking Off (MSFT, GOOG)

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It looks like Microsoft has missed another big trend. New data from comScore says desktop search has fallen on year over year basis for four straight months. Analyst Ben Schachter at Macquarie says that by year-end mobile will be 25-30% of all search traffic. Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is nowhere...
Why Microsoft Invested Heavily In The Desktop Search Business Even As Mobile Was Taking Off (MSFT, GOOG)
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