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Intel names manufacturing head Brian Krzanich as CEO

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The semiconductor giant also appointed the head of its software business, Renee James, as president. [Read more]...
Intel names manufacturing head Brian Krzanich as CEO

Google Play Music spreads to Australia, New Zealand and five European nations

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Google has been on something of a tear spreading its Google Play media services around the world; don't look now, but it's picking up the pace. The search giant is expanding Google Play Music today to cover Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal. That small deluge...
Google Play Music spreads to Australia, New Zealand and five European nations
How MailChimp learned to treat data like orange juice and rethink email in the process

Giant sandcastle Minas Tirith survives orcs, falls to rain

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Artist spends years creating a massive, painstaking replica of Minas Tirith from "Lord of the Rings" out of sand. [Read more]...
Giant sandcastle Minas Tirith survives orcs, falls to rain
Foxconn becomes Microsoft's biggest Android patent licensee

Verizon bids for spectrum from Clearwire while Dish attempts merger with Sprint

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Verizon Wireless, which recently teamed up with telecommunications giant Comcast Corporation, is reportedly offering Clearwire Corp $1.5 billion in an effort to lease spectrum from the wireless communications company, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Dish Network has motioned toward a $25.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint,...
Verizon bids for spectrum from Clearwire while Dish attempts merger with Sprint

FIS acquires mobile banking guru mFoundry for $120 million

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You may not be very familiar with mFoundry's name, but you'll probably know its work if you're reading this site: it's part of a deal with MasterCard for NFC-based mobile payments, powers many banking apps and wrote the earliest mobile app code for Starbucks. As such, it's no small...
FIS acquires mobile banking guru mFoundry for $120 million

WSJ: Microsoft working with suppliers on touch-enabled smartwatch

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Microsoft is the latest tech giant said to be working on designs for a smartwatch. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the Redmond-based company has been working with suppliers in Asia to acquire components for a wearable computing device, though the likelihood of such a device's release is uncertain....
WSJ: Microsoft working with suppliers on touch-enabled smartwatch

Yahoo picks up Google as an ad provider, calling the partnership a move to expand its network

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Today Yahoo announced a non-exclusive deal with Google that will see advertisements from the search giant appear on its new partner’s web properties for users around the world. Specifically discussing contextual advertising, and in this case display contextual advertising, Yahoo welcomed Google’s Adsense and AdMob networks to both its own properties,...
Yahoo picks up Google as an ad provider, calling the partnership a move to expand its network

Google to Zagat reviewers: join Google+ or else...

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Zagat fans received an email this week saying the restaurant rating site will pull the plug on user reviews — unless, that is, they sign up for a Google+ account. I received a copy of the email by way of a disgruntled friend who harrumphed about the search giant finding...
Google to Zagat reviewers: join Google+ or else...

AT&T Discusses Entering Into a Joint Bid for Hulu With Chernin Group

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According to sources close to the telecommunications giant, AT&T is in discussions with the Chernin Group about mounting a joint bid to acquire the Hulu premium video site. It makes sense — in addition to its core phone business, AT&T also sells broadband and TV via its U-verse service....
AT&T Discusses Entering Into a Joint Bid for Hulu With Chernin Group

Hacker successfully 'jailbreaks' Google Glass within two hours

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The Google Glass headset has been rooted, shortly after it has started being issued by the search giant to developers. Jay Freeman, a hacker that goes by "Saurik" and creator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads, gained access to a level that he could theoretically prevent...
Hacker successfully 'jailbreaks' Google Glass within two hours

Foodspotting CEO Alexa Andrzejewski On The $10 Million Sale To OpenTable, And The Importance Of Telling Your Startup's Story [TCTV]

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The startup world woke up to some exciting news this morning, with the $10 million cash sale of restaurant dish photo sharing and recommendation app Foodspotting to online restaurant reservation giant OpenTable. So were very pleased to have Foodspotting co-founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski stop by TechCrunch TV this...
Foodspotting CEO Alexa Andrzejewski On The $10 Million Sale To OpenTable, And The Importance Of Telling Your Startup's Story [TCTV]

Blockbuster rolls out iOS app

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The former movie rental giant that was acquired by Dish Network in 2011 is now bringing its on demand movie rental service to iOS. [Read more]...
Blockbuster rolls out iOS app

DirecTV scores a batch of 4K TV trademarks, content remains a pie in the sky

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Despite the flood of 4K TVs that are emerging this year, there won't be a lot of content to play on them in the near future short of space galleries and the World Cup. The team at DirecTV can't provide an immediate solution, but it's at least getting ahead...
DirecTV scores a batch of 4K TV trademarks, content remains a pie in the sky
GAGA FOR GOOGLE GLASS: $6,300 For A Set On eBay (GOOG, EBAY)

Google seems to have de-indexed Digg

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The folks over at The State of Search have noticed an interesting development regarding Digg on Google Search, via a tweet from Matt Sawyer of Datadial. It seems that the once uber-hot Web property no longer appears on Google Search. As you can see, a site-specific search reveals, well, nothing. It’s...
Google seems to have de-indexed Digg

China Criticizes Android's Dominance

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China criticized Google's Android operating system, arguing that the country is too reliant on the platform and accusing the search giant of discriminating against local companies....
China Criticizes Android's Dominance

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

Amazon's Kindle and Paperwhite available in Canada

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The e-commerce giant's e-readers land in The Great White North. The Paperwhite starts at 139 Canadian dollars ($138.95). [Read more]...
Amazon's Kindle and Paperwhite available in Canada

City of Boston drops Microsoft Exchange for Gmail

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It's another win for Google -- Boston city employees make the switch to some of the search giant's business services. [Read more]...
City of Boston drops Microsoft Exchange for Gmail

Google's Low Profile at Show Belies Its Clout

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Google kept a low profile during this year's biggest mobile-industry event here, but the Internet-search giant's long tentacles were visible all across the Mobile World Congress....
Google's Low Profile at Show Belies Its Clout

Samsung admits to astroturf attacks HTC in Taiwan

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The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission is reportedly investigating astroturfing attacks launched by Samsung denigrating HTC devices. The investigation was launched after a website accused the manufacturing giant of "evil marketing" when it was discovered to have used anonymous internet users to criticize the devices by the rival company....    ...
Samsung admits to astroturf attacks HTC in Taiwan

Microsoft tries to stamps out concerns about Surface Pro warranty in China

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Microsoft is trying to stamp out concerns about its Surface Pro warranty policy in China just over a week after Apple apologized for its own customer service woes in the country.On Thursday, Microsoft said its warranty policies for its newly launched Surface Pro tablet were consistent with Chinese law....
Microsoft tries to stamps out concerns about Surface Pro warranty in China
Korea Times posts its latest 'Apple moving away from Samsung' claim

Google pays executives $15m bonuses

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Internet search giant Google is paying nearly $15m (£10.1m) in bonuses to four of its top executives for their performances last year....
Google pays executives $15m bonuses

Rumor: AT&T considers move to acquire European carrier

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American carrier AT&T is looking towards expanding into Europe, according to insiders. The telecommunications giant may be making a bid to buy a mobile phone network, with the likelihood that the company will upgrade older generations of technology and improve the slow rate of 4G rollouts, as well as moving...
Rumor: AT&T considers move to acquire European carrier

Google Partnering With Startup Weekend

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The tech giant wants to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. Google is partnering with Startup Weekend to create Startup Weekend NEXT, a five week course using Google + hangouts to help entrepreneurs with their business model and skills, Google's John Lyman wrote in a blog post...
Google Partnering With Startup Weekend

Google said to ponder $1B WhatsApp acquisition

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp is the subject of acquisition rumors yet again, this time with search giant Google said to be considering buying the app for as much as $1 billion. The move is said to be part of a wider push by Google to solidify its standing in the...
Google said to ponder $1B WhatsApp acquisition

Longtime Investor Chase Coleman Dumps His Entire Facebook Stake... And A Bunch Of Apple

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Chase Coleman's Tiger Global Management has dumped its entire stake in Facebook during the fourth quarter, according to a 13F filing with the SEC.  Tiger Global owned 11,749,221 shares at the end of Q3, the filing shows. The hedge fund also significantly pared back its Apple stake.  The hedge fund...
Longtime Investor Chase Coleman Dumps His Entire Facebook Stake... And A Bunch Of Apple
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