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Apple agrees to pay Proview $60m to settles China iPad trademark dispute

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Apple has ended the ongoing issue surrounding the ownership of the iPad trademark in China by agreeing to pay Taiwanese firm Proview $60 million, according to AP reports. Proview has been on negotiating for some time, and a deal to end the impasse looked imminent when Apple reportedly tabled its...
Apple agrees to pay Proview $60m to settles China iPad trademark dispute

Vodafone in line for £3bn payout from Verizon

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Phone company begins to reap dividends of 45% stake in US venture - and profit share could be repeated soonVodafone is set to cement its position as the most generous dividend payer on the London Stock Exchange after analysts said it could enjoy a bumper £3bn payout from its US...
Vodafone in line for £3bn payout from Verizon

Battle.net Championship wows the masses as gamers play to the crowds

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The world's best players of Starcraft II gathered in Shanghai to battle for a prize purse of $500,000 and superstar statusIt began with the sounds of war drums. The cavernous interior of the massive Expo Mart in Shanghai - the former African Pavilion of the World Expo - echoed with...
Battle.net Championship wows the masses as gamers play to the crowds

Watch a small plane plough into an SUV -- and still land safely

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In an exceptional feat of controlling a flying machine, a pilot somehow manages to land a small plane after it strikes an SUV that happened to cross the runway. [Read more]...
Watch a small plane plough into an SUV -- and still land safely

Academic ebooks can succeed but publishers must play their part

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The era of academic ebooks is imminent, says Jonathan Wolff, but there are still improvements to be madeSurprisingly, there comes a time in life when the discussion of house prices and the quality of the local schools loses its charm. One then turns to marvelling at the bargain price of...
Academic ebooks can succeed but publishers must play their part

Mail Online's 2013 resolution: money for video

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Mail Online has become the world’s most popular newspaper site thanks to its mix of titillating and accessible photo-led news stories. Now it plans to plough money in to video. Reporting full-year earnings, the site’s publisher said: “Over the next year, there will be increased investment in expanding the New...
Mail Online's 2013 resolution: money for video

Grid 2 - review

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PC, PS3, Xbox 360; £30; Codemasters; age: 7+Eccentric Irish-American billionaire Patrick Callahan launches World Series Racing, a franchise that collects together the world's best and brightest racers for a globe-hopping battle royale. Thanks to a performance in a race in Chicago, you're chosen as WSR's poster boy (or girl), which...
Grid 2 - review

Warning Letters Under UK's Three Strikes Plan Unlikely To Be Sent Out Before 2016 -- If Ever

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Techdirt readers may recall that over three years ago, the UK's Digital Economy Act was passed in totally disgraceful circumstances. Since then, almost nothing has been heard about it, as British civil servants grapple with the fact that this poorly-drafted law is almost impossible to implement in any sensible...
Warning Letters Under UK's Three Strikes Plan Unlikely To Be Sent Out Before 2016 -- If Ever

Foxconn's plan to build a factory in Indonesia is reportedly delayed due to regulatory issues

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Plans for a Foxconn factory in Indonesia have hit a snag after the AFP reported that parent company Hon Hai has failed to reach an agreement with the national government to start work as expected. Hon Hai’s investment in Indonesia, speculated to be worth up to $10 billion, was expected kick off...
Foxconn's plan to build a factory in Indonesia is reportedly delayed due to regulatory issues

Musical ping pong and hacked lightsabers: How the first Music Tech Fest explored the future of sound

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The first Music Tech Fest took place through the end of last week and part of the weekend at Ravensbourne College in London. The event gathered artists, performers and technologists who gave presentations and made new things on the spot to address the future issues of music as we plough on...
Musical ping pong and hacked lightsabers: How the first Music Tech Fest explored the future of sound

The Sims 3: Showtime

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PC; £29.99; cert 12+; EAThe latest Sims 3 add-on, like the others, has been carefully crafted to find new ways to micromanage your time and befuddle your senses. The basic virtual dollhouse formula is unchanged but Showtime adds a new hood, new bling and a supposedly new incentive to play...
The Sims 3: Showtime

Wrath of the Titans: crusading for the dreck dump

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What better to lighten the post-Oscars gloom than a superfluous follow-up to 2010's 3D disaster Clash of the Titans?Awards season might be over for another year, but it has made way for my favourite segment of the movie calendar: the dreck dump. It's when all the films either not prestigious...
Wrath of the Titans: crusading for the dreck dump

Japan's Mixi invests in two local startups, its first deals under its new CEO

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Following the appointment of a 30-year-old CEO last week, Japan’s social networking site Mixi, the local rival of Facebook in the country, has continued efforts to freshen up its image by investing in two local startups. Mixi disclosed its investments in CloudStudy and Reventive at a financial results briefing by  incoming...
Japan's Mixi invests in two local startups, its first deals under its new CEO

Virgin Media and BT take legal action against Birmingham council broadband

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Firms file state aid complaint against Birmingham city council over launch of network which will compete with their ownVirgin Media and BT are taking legal action against Birmingham city councilover the use of public money to build a broadband network which directly competes with their own.The state aid complaint, which...
Virgin Media and BT take legal action against Birmingham council broadband

What's the most important invention in the history of food? | Open thread

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The Royal Society puts fridges at the top of the list, but tell us if you think cheese graters deserve a special mentionFellows of the Royal Society, Britain's most distinguished scientific institution, have judged refrigeration, pasteurisation and canning the most significant inventions in the history of food. They were followed...
What's the most important invention in the history of food? | Open thread

How to Get More Followers on Instagram

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What makes an Instagram user worthy of thousands of followers? Already being famous in real life doesn't hurt, but for the rest of us, mobile photography stardom requires a mix of quality, skill and social prowess. One year ago, we outlined six effective ways to get new followers on Instagram....
How to Get More Followers on Instagram

Sharp's plan for 2,000 early retirements proves popular as 3,000 staff exit

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Sharp’s latest round of cost cutting has seen the Japanese tech struggler grant close to 3,000 staff voluntary retirement, that’s despite the company only setting out to let 2,000 employees go. The company opened the voluntary scheme back in August and it proved to be so popular with employees (well, who wouldn’t want the...
Sharp's plan for 2,000 early retirements proves popular as 3,000 staff exit

Gambitious Brings Hybrid Crowdfunding To Video Games: Now Accepting Fan Donations And Equity

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Crowdfunding is so hot right now, and not just the big, sprawling platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo but the proliferation of more focused/specialised funding platforms that aim to serve a particular niche. Recent examples include MedStartr, crowdfunding for healthcare startups; FundersClub which actually gives you equity for your startup investments (not just a set...
Gambitious Brings Hybrid Crowdfunding To Video Games: Now Accepting Fan Donations And Equity

Fixing Software Patents By Actually Applying Existing Patent Law

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Lawyer/law professor Mark Lemley has argued for years that, even as there are very clear problems with software patents, the answer is not to merely exclude software from being patentable. I tend to agree. I think it's pretty clear that the problems with the patent system go way, way beyond...
Fixing Software Patents By Actually Applying Existing Patent Law

The biosphere: nature is all we have | Editorial

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The project to name and classify all living species on earth is important not just for posterity, but for the futureImagine an economic community in which nobody could list the stakeholders or identify those about to default. Or try to set a value on a reference library that has catalogued...
The biosphere: nature is all we have | Editorial

New U.K. Edtech Entity To Spend Up To $77M Acquiring European E-Learning Firms Over Next 18 Months To Build Regional Giant

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Expect a swathe of consolidation in the European e-learning sector in the coming months. Edxus Group, a new London-based corporate operating edtech company, is planning to plough in €50-60 million ($64-$77 million) over the next 18 months to develop and acquire European e-learning businesses and build out a single regional player with the...
New U.K. Edtech Entity To Spend Up To $77M Acquiring European E-Learning Firms Over Next 18 Months To Build Regional Giant

Show Us The Data: Time For Companies To Reveal What They Know About Us

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California has proposed a potentially groundbreaking consumer privacy law. The Right To Know Act, if approved, would require companies to divulge what kind of data they have on individual consumers, as well as with whom they're sharing that information.  We need this. Not only should California pass this law, but...
Show Us The Data: Time For Companies To Reveal What They Know About Us
White Bull Summit In Barcelona Puts A Filter On The Exit Market In Europe
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