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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
Cyber Security: Why we're scared and why we should be optimistic
Remote control: why is turning on the TV still so hard?

Kaspersky Lab is Working on its Own Super-Secure Industrial Operating System

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Mr. Kaspersky not looking supervillain-like at all. (Photo: flickr.com/cebitaus) Inspired by the behaviors of sophisticated malware such as Stuxnet, Flame, Duqu and Gauss, Russian billionaire and possible real-life Batman Eugene Kaspersky announced today that his Kaspersky Lab is developing a new operating system. Mr. Kaspersky’s announcement wasn’t heavy on details about...
Kaspersky Lab is Working on its Own Super-Secure Industrial Operating System

Google's Acquisition Rampage: It Bought A New Startup Every Two Weeks Last Year

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Google, which is known for buying startups and then shutting them down, set a personal acquisition record last year. In 2011, it acquired 25 companies -- or 79 if you "count the firms acquired for patents and intellectual property," writes The Verge's Ben Popper. By comparison, Facebook acquired ten companies...
Google's Acquisition Rampage: It Bought A New Startup Every Two Weeks Last Year
A short translation from bull**** to English of the Google Chrome Blink developer FAQ

Mozilla on new browser brouhaha: Microsoft, Apple different cases

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Two wrongs don't make a right, Mozilla's chief counsel said Thursday when asked why his company hasn't lambasted Apple, as it did Microsoft, for blocking rival browsers from its mobile operating system....
Mozilla on new browser brouhaha: Microsoft, Apple different cases

Daily Report: Europe Weighs Requiring Firms to Disclose Data Breaches

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To combat a rise in cybercrime, the European Commission is considering a plan to require companies that store data on the Internet - like Microsoft, Apple, Google and I.B.M. - to report the loss or theft of personal information in the 27-nation bloc or risk sanctions and fines, reports Kevin...
Daily Report: Europe Weighs Requiring Firms to Disclose Data Breaches

Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft's SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30% cut of subscriptions

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According to a report from TNW citing sources close to Microsoft, Apple is currently preventing Microsoft from updating its SkyDrive iOS app due to a disagreement over whether or not Apple should collect its usual 30% cut of additional storage purchased through the service. TNW explained: The difficulty began...
Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft's SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30% cut of subscriptions

Microsoft's share of the consumer market has dropped from 95% to 20% in 8 years

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This chart says it all: From 2004 to 2012, Microsoft’s share of the consumer computing market has plummeted from 95% to 20%. For 20 years, thanks to the desktop PC, Microsoft enjoyed an almost complete monopoly of consumer computing — and yet today it is a minority stake holder, languishing...
Microsoft's share of the consumer market has dropped from 95% to 20% in 8 years

Allegiances forming to bid on Kodak patent bankruptcy sale

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At least two major alliances are expected to bid on Kodak's patent auction, said sources familiar with the matter. Microsoft, Apple, and notorious patent troll Intellectual Ventures are allegedly lining up on one side. Google is headlining a group with Samsung, HTC, LG, and non-practicing entity RPX. Sources familiar with...
Allegiances forming to bid on Kodak patent bankruptcy sale

Vevo to YouTube: Lower Your Fees or We're Leaving and Taking Justin Beiber with Us

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Vevo founder and Sony Music Entertainment executive Doug Morris has given Google an ultimatum: Lower your fees, or we're taking our business to one of your competitors.  Morris told the Los Angeles Times on July 11 that if Google doesn't reduce the cost of posting on YouTube, "there are at...
Vevo to YouTube: Lower Your Fees or We're Leaving and Taking Justin Beiber with Us

Tablet Outlook 2012: What's Expected from Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon expected to launch new models in coming months....
Tablet Outlook 2012: What's Expected from Apple, Google, Microsoft

Amazon noticeably (and admirably?) absent from cyber-spying reports

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The revelations about the U.S. government’s cyber-spying program this week centered on reports that the NSA and the FBI are routinely accessing data from major tech companies to feed intelligence operations, leveraging the fact that much of the world’s online traffic flows through domestic servers. The reports by the Washington...
Amazon noticeably (and admirably?) absent from cyber-spying reports

Microsoft Is Pulling A Silly, Apple-Like Move With Windows 8 Tablets (MSFT, GOOG, AAPL)

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Mozilla just blasted Microsoft for blocking third-party browsers in the "classic" mode of its Windows 8 tablets. Windows 8 tablets will run on a different type of processor, called ARM, than desktops use. The tablets will have Microsoft's new tile-based "Metro" interface, but also allow you to access a classic...
Microsoft Is Pulling A Silly, Apple-Like Move With Windows 8 Tablets (MSFT, GOOG, AAPL)

Google Just Gave A Bunch Of Money To A Guy Who Hacked Chrome (GOOG)

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Remember when Google offered up $1 million to anyone who could pose a security threat to Chrome? Looks like the company will have to pay up, but not nearly that amount. Sergey Glazunov, a Russian student, successfully hacked a computer running a Chrome browser by using a never-before-seen exploit,...
Google Just Gave A Bunch Of Money To A Guy Who Hacked Chrome (GOOG)

TechNet, Microsoft, CISPA: Oh my! The current cybersecurity muddle hearkens to the early days of SOPA

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Are Microsoft, Apple, and a number of other technology companies that you know by name in favor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA? You wouldn’t know it by viewing the bill’s page listing letters of support from companies and organisations, but that frankly might not mean much. Today...
TechNet, Microsoft, CISPA: Oh my! The current cybersecurity muddle hearkens to the early days of SOPA

Australia asks Microsoft, Apple to explain high local prices

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Technology companies, including Microsoft and Apple, are being asked by the Australian government to explain why prices of downloadable content in that country are higher than in the US. The parliamentary inquiry is hoped by some parties to lower the prices of digital goods in the region, as regulators have...
Australia asks Microsoft, Apple to explain high local prices
90 Seconds on The Verge: Apple's Forstall, Google's Nexus, and Windows Phone 8

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'
90 Seconds on The Verge: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Even If Samsung And Apple Copied Every Last Detail From Each Other, Who Cares?

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With the Apple/Samsung case finishing up, James Allworth, over at HBR, has an excellent post wondering why it matters if one company copies from another? A few years ago, we wrote about a book that pointed out that copying and then innovating on the copies is a perfectly reasonable and...
Even If Samsung And Apple Copied Every Last Detail From Each Other, Who Cares?

Apple Preps Bond Sale for Stock Buyback Initiative

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Ahead of last week's earnings release, Apple announced that it would more than double its capital return program from $45 billion to $100 billion, with a 15 percent increase in dividend payments and a massive stock buyback initiative. To facilitate the expanded capital return program, which will amount to a...
Apple Preps Bond Sale for Stock Buyback Initiative

Why Google's Acquisition Announcement today is HUGE

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I can't ever remember a year where 'sparring product and /or acquisition announcements' have come so frequently as they have from tech competitors Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook over the past 6 months. Earlier today Google announced the acquisition of Picnik, an online photo editing service, perhaps  best-known for their...
Why Google's Acquisition Announcement today is HUGE

Windows 8: The official review

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Reviewing an operating system is an odd endeavor, because people don't really use operating systems; they use applications. The OS should be as transparent as possible, acting as a platform for applications. In today's cloud-driven world, however, the notion that your application will run in a single OS is...
Windows 8: The official review

Apple licensing iOS design patents to Microsoft

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Apple is licensing some of its iOS design patents to Microsoft, the company revealed today during its ongoing trial versus Samsung. A Reuters reporter comments that the information came by way of Boris Teksler, Apple's director of patent licensing and strategy, who explained that the deal also contains an "anticloning"...
Apple licensing iOS design patents to Microsoft

Get Ready For A Huge Week In Tech (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT)

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Today kicks off a week of tech news and events from just about every major company. It's the perfect storm. Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google, and perhaps a few others are all planning major product announcements and launches between today and October 29. Add that to earnings reports from Apple, Amazon,...
Get Ready For A Huge Week In Tech (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT)

British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK is reportedly accessing information obtained by PRISM, the covert initiative created by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor communications in the United States. The Guardian claims to have obtained documents which show that GCHQ has been able to leverage the...
British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data
Apple has shed the equivalent of a Google or a Microsoft since September 2012
US approves sale of Nortel patents to Microsoft, RIM, and Apple
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