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Google's EU antitrust settlement proposals won't be enough, competition chief hints

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When Google offered a series of concessions in order to settle its search-related antitrust investigation in Europe, some of those whose complaints had kicked off the whole affair were quick to dismiss Google’s proposals. And now it looks like the European Commission itself will also tell the U.S. firm to...
Google's EU antitrust settlement proposals won't be enough, competition chief hints

These Intimidating Emails From Steve Jobs Put Apple At The Center Of Alleged Conspiracy Against Workers (AAPL, GOOG, INTC)

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Emails from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs,  published below, are at the center of a lawsuit that that connects the tech industry's most powerful executives and companies. Five tech workers are suing Apple, Google, and Intel. They say that top executives at these companies agreed to not hire each other's...
These Intimidating Emails From Steve Jobs Put Apple At The Center Of Alleged Conspiracy Against Workers (AAPL, GOOG, INTC)

More choice in the UK: Sky's NOW TV movie subscription service lands on Roku devices

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NOW TV, the internet TV service powered by Sky that offers customers subscription-based access to Sky Movies, is now available on Roku streaming players. More specifically, NOW TV is available from today on Roku LT and Roku 2 XS boxes, which are both available in the UK for £49.99 and...
More choice in the UK: Sky's NOW TV movie subscription service lands on Roku devices

Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

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Good news gamers: Xbox Live region migration is now fully live, meaning that if you move and change regions, you can now take your “gamerscore, unlocked achievements, any Microsoft Points already in your account and any remaining time on your Gold membership” with you, according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson. This...
Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

Samsung Plans To Abandon The Cheap Plasticky Look For Something Better In Its Next Major Smartphone

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Samsung is planning on improving the design quality of its next major smartphone, says DannyD at SamMobile, a blog dedicated to Samsung. According to his inside sources, DannyD says Samsung is worried about the widely praised HTC One phone. The HTC One is an aluminum bodied phone that rivals, or...
Samsung Plans To Abandon The Cheap Plasticky Look For Something Better In Its Next Major Smartphone

T-Mobile Hopes Trade-In Offer Will Lure iPhone Customers From Rivals

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As it prepares to begin selling the iPhone 5 on Friday, T-Mobile is starting an aggressive program encouraging iPhone owners from other carriers to switch to T-Mo. T-Mobile will offer a variety of discounts for those who trade in an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. The discounts come...
T-Mobile Hopes Trade-In Offer Will Lure iPhone Customers From Rivals
HTC CEO Peter Chou Reflects On A Rough 2012, Says 2013 "Won't Be Too Bad"

Dragon Mobile Assistant 3.0 can share locations, call meeting numbers for you

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Nuance has long wanted Dragon Mobile Assistant to do as much of the heavy lifting as possible for common Android phone tasks. The newly available 3.0 beta is shouldering even more of the load, including responsibilities that can still involve separate apps with rivals. It's now possible to share...
Dragon Mobile Assistant 3.0 can share locations, call meeting numbers for you

Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

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As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant’s peacemaker and explainer-in-chief. Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman met with lawmakers in Washington last week as the Federal Trade Commission appeared closer...
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

Deezer launches Windows 8 app for its on-demand music streaming service ahead of Spotify and Rdio

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On-demand music streaming service Deezer has launched an app for Windows 8 today, grabbing an early lead over rivals Spotify and Rdio. The app is available to users in more than 180 countries, although there’s still no word on a wider release in what could be its most important market...
Deezer launches Windows 8 app for its on-demand music streaming service ahead of Spotify and Rdio

Adele's '21′ dominated Rdio's charts as the top shared album worldwide throughout 2012

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Adele’s Grammy-award winning album ’21′ took top honors as the most shared album worldwide in 2012 on the music subscription service, Rdio. As we’ve seen with several companies around this time of year, Rdio has produced a list of the top albums shared on its service. But what was the...
Adele's '21′ dominated Rdio's charts as the top shared album worldwide throughout 2012
Redbox Instant Taps Microsoft's Xbox 360 As Its Exclusive Game Console Launch Partner
Clearwire stock jumps 8% on Dish's $5B offer
Squarespace partners with Stripe to launch Squarespace Commerce

Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

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Microsoft is giving all Xbox Live users access to the Netflix app — just for this weekend. Normally, the app is only available for Gold-level subscribers who pay $60 per year. But Major Nelson announced today that all Live users with a Netflix subscription will have access this weekend. It...
Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

Pandora buys FM radio station to lower royalty rates for streaming music

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Pandora has complained for years that royalties for internet-only radio stations are too steep. It may have found an end run around the problem, however: it just bought an FM radio station in South Dakota. The company's Chris Harrison argues that the deal will make ASCAP and music labels...
Pandora buys FM radio station to lower royalty rates for streaming music
T-Mobile's CEO trashes AT&T's 'crap' service, analyzes mobile porn consumption

Outlook: Why Apple Will Still Dominate Tablets in 2013

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Despite having several rivals, the tablet market is still pretty much all Apple's in 2013. OnSwipe CEO Jason Baptiste says in an interview on digits....
Outlook: Why Apple Will Still Dominate Tablets in 2013
Microsoft's Terry Myerson Sees Windows Phone As A "Well-Funded Startup," Downplays Smartphone Rumors

Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business

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Amazon added a new element to its Cloud Drive service this week that expands it usefulness. The new Cloud Drive Sync app keeps files in sync across different devices and platforms, and pits Amazon Cloud Drive head-to-head against rivals such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, businesses should steer...
Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business

Airbnb Finally Lands The Zappos Veteran It's Eyed For Years

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Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital will join the board of directors of Airbnb, the lodging marketplace that's one of the most-watched private companies in Silicon Valley today, Business Insider has learned. Lin and an Airbnb spokesperson confirmed his hire to us on Friday, after Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced it...
Airbnb Finally Lands The Zappos Veteran It's Eyed For Years

BlackBerry Reinvents Itself to Compete with All-Touch Smartphones

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[ See post to watch video ] There is a new smartphone coming to market, running on a new operating system. It’s an all-touch device—with no physical navigation controls and no physical keyboard—and serves as a platform for third-party apps. It’s meant to compete in a world defined by Apple’s...
BlackBerry Reinvents Itself to Compete with All-Touch Smartphones
Social media rankings: perceptive or pointless?

BlackBerry Expands Board, Adds Two Former Telecom Execs

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BlackBerry added two seats to its board Thursday, naming a pair of longtime telecom execs as directors. Joining the company’s board: Richard Lynch, formerly an executive vice president at Verizon Communications, and Bert Nordberg, who once served as CEO of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Their addition raises the number of...
BlackBerry Expands Board, Adds Two Former Telecom Execs

Live blog: Samsung unveils the Galaxy S 4

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Later today in New York, Samsung plans to introduce its latest flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S 4. I’ll be covering the event live from Radio City Music Hall starting at 4pm PT (7pm ET), as Samsung introduces what will likely be the most scrutinized phone in the Android world....
Live blog: Samsung unveils the Galaxy S 4
Birchbox Rebrands In The UK, Hopes To Take A Little Shine Off Glossybox And Other Beauty Box Rivals

PIPA Touch hits Indiegogo to bring biometric security to your smartphone but also the Web

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Biometric security has been employed in computers for a number of years, but until recently the sheer mention it being used in a smartphone may have brought funny looks. However, with Apple seemingly poised to couple biometric scanners with NFC following its $356 million acquisition of Authentec, that may all...
PIPA Touch hits Indiegogo to bring biometric security to your smartphone but also the Web

Mitsubishi ditching rear-projection TVs

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Company is following in the footsteps of rivals that left the market all the back in 2007 and 2008, according to an internal memo published by an industry site. [Read more]...
Mitsubishi ditching rear-projection TVs

BlackBerry software rejected by government

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Computer Experts Security Group rejects BB10 software in new Z10 handset, dealing blow to Canadian firm in key marketBlackBerry's new BB10 software has been rejected by the British government as not secure enough for essential work, the Guardian can reveal.The news is a blow to hopes that the new operating...
BlackBerry software rejected by government

Springpad note-taking service gets interface overhaul, now an even worthier rival to Evernote

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Springpad may lack Evernote's commercial clout, but it makes up for it in a number of ways -- not least with free-of-charge features like offline access from its mobile apps (which certain rivals charge for) and Pinterest-style sharing options. The interface hasn't been a particular strong point, but that...
Springpad note-taking service gets interface overhaul, now an even worthier rival to Evernote
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