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Verizon Reportedly Preparing $100B Bid For Vodafone's Verizon Wireless Stake

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Verizon Communications is preparing a $100 billion cash and stock bid to take full control of Verizon Wireless from Vodafone Group, reports Reuters. Verizon’s board is expected to discuss the potential buyout next week ahead of its annual shareholder meeting. Verizon Communications and UK-based Vodafone formed Verizon Wireless as a...
Verizon Reportedly Preparing $100B Bid For Vodafone's Verizon Wireless Stake
Following Tim Cook's announcement that Apple will bring Mac manufacturing to the U.S., Foxconn says it plans to expand U.S. operations

Cracks appear in Osborne's plan to boost mobile phone coverage

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Major network declines to sign up for £150m project, which now looks likely to benefit fraction of rural users originally anticipatedA £150m project championed by George Osborne that promised to bring full mobile phone coverage to millions of rural inhabitants has run into difficulty, because a fraction of that number...
Cracks appear in Osborne's plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

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The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly...
Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids
US Department of State chooses Kindle Touch over iPad for English language programs

PopCap goes native in Japan with new ‘Bejeweled Legend’

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Seattle’s PopCap Games this morning released a new installment in its classic Bejeweled franchise, but this one comes with a different twist — and for now, at least, we won’t be able to play it here in the U.S. The game is Bejeweled Legend, for iOS and Android. The first...
PopCap goes native in Japan with new ‘Bejeweled Legend’

HP Confirms DOJ Is Investigating Alleged Fraud in Autonomy Deal

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Hewlett-Packard said today that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating its acquisition of Autonomy, for which it is trying to write down about $5 billion in expenses due to alleged “serious accounting improprieties.” The investigation confirmation came as part of HP’s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But this...
HP Confirms DOJ Is Investigating Alleged Fraud in Autonomy Deal

Is Nokia selling off its headquarters in Espoo, Finland?

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Just how deep do Nokia's financial woes go? According to Finnish journal Helsingin Sanomat and Reuters, deep enough that the company is mulling the sale of Nokia House, its principal HQ located in Espoo, Finland. The company told the journals that it's looking to divest "non-core parts" of its...
Is Nokia selling off its headquarters in Espoo, Finland?

Samsung and Motorola don't infringe on Apple's multitouch patent, says German court

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Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility don't infringe on an Apple patent for technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two buttons at the same time on a touch screen, the lower regional court in Mannheim ruled on Friday, a court spokesman said....
Samsung and Motorola don't infringe on Apple's multitouch patent, says German court

Facebook can keep real name policy, German court rules

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Facebook can stick with its real name policy in Germany, and doesn't have to allow nicknames on its platform for now. The regulator that ordered Facebook to change it policy based its orders on inapplicable German law, a German court ruled. Facebook was ordered to end its real name...
Facebook can keep real name policy, German court rules

Soca shuts down website after attack by hackers

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Spokesman for Serious Organised Crime Agency says denial of service does not pose a security risk to the organisationThe Serious Organised Crime Agency website was taken offline on Thursday after being targeted by hackers, the agency said.Soca confirmed that its site soca.gov.uk suffered a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.A...
Soca shuts down website after attack by hackers

Three UK suffers data outage, customers being brought back online in phases

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The Three data network in the UK has been suffering an outage since late Monday evening. A Three spokesman confirmed to The Next Web that the company began hearing reports of the data-only outage late last night but that it became most apparent when the UK woke up on Tuesday...
Three UK suffers data outage, customers being brought back online in phases
Universal and Fox movies blocked from iCloud on new Apple TV?

US ITC refuses to ban Microsoft's Xbox at Google's request

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has turned down a request for a ban on Microsoft's Xbox after finding that the gaming device did not infringe a patent owned by Google's Motorola Mobility unit.The ITC's ruling Thursday has essentially confirmed an initial ruling by administrative law judge David P. Shaw...
US ITC refuses to ban Microsoft's Xbox at Google's request

Is a Facebook/Syphilis Connection 'Ridiculous'?

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Yesterday, the Telegraph ran an article about a study that seemed to have found a connection between the spread of syphilis and the popularity of Facebook. Today, the paper has run a follow-up story, wherein "Facebook has said that reports linking the site's rise to an increased incidence of the...
Is a Facebook/Syphilis Connection 'Ridiculous'?

Apple says it will require explicit user permission for apps to access Address Book data

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After the recent mess around apps like Path that were accessing users’ Address Book data without explicit consent, it has spoken up. It will now require any iOS app that wishes access to contact data to be granted it specifically by a user action, reports All Things D. Apps that...
Apple says it will require explicit user permission for apps to access Address Book data

Exclusive: Daniel Kim Stepping Down As Nexon America CEO

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After three years running Nexon’s U.S. office, Daniel Kim is stepping down as CEO to join his family in Korea. Nexon confirms to AllThingsD that effective Sept. 1, Min Kim, Nexon’s SVP of live games will be replacing Daniel Kim. The announcement was made in front of the company’s 200 U.S....
Exclusive: Daniel Kim Stepping Down As Nexon America CEO

Apple Does the Right Thing: “Any App Wishing to Access Contact Data Will Require Explicit User Approval”

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Apple has finally weighed in on the ongoing discussion about the recent discovery that numerous iOS apps (including Path, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) upload their users' iOS address books to their servers. In a statement to AllThingsD, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said that the company is "working to make this...
Apple Does the Right Thing: “Any App Wishing to Access Contact Data Will Require Explicit User Approval”

Foxconn Closes China Plant In Response to Worker Riot

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Foxconn Technology Group has closed its Taiyuan plant in response to a riot among its workforce, according to a report from The New York Times. Foxconn, one of the leading suppliers of electronics components to the world’s largest technology companies — including Apple Inc. — told The Times that a...
Foxconn Closes China Plant In Response to Worker Riot

Twitter conman exposed for posing as policeman during UK riots

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Ellis Ward used the name Inspector Winter to give broadcast interviews, write 'insider' blogs and build up an online followingThe activities of a conman, who allegedly posed as a police officer during the August riots gaining access to victims of looting and broadcasting his experiences on the social network site...
Twitter conman exposed for posing as policeman during UK riots

Yapta takes flight with cash as it ponders next venture round

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Seattle travel startup Yapta has received a $1.1 million bridge loan, money that the company will use to continue operations as it looks to raise its next round of capital. Yapta continues to expand in the corporate travel arena having launched its FareIQ product last year. A spokesman for the...
Yapta takes flight with cash as it ponders next venture round

California forges agreements with tech firms on app privacy

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California's Office of the Attorney General has secured agreements from several major corporations on improving privacy in mobile apps, according to a spokesman. Under the terms of the arrangement the companies will ask developers to include privacy policies for apps, informing users before a download what an app will access,...
California forges agreements with tech firms on app privacy

Apple to sell Lightning adapters for HDMI and VGA, says report

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An Apple spokesman reportedly tells the Verge that the two new Lightning adapters will be available in the coming months. [Read more]...
Apple to sell Lightning adapters for HDMI and VGA, says report

Uber Drivers Protest Outside the Company's San Francisco Headquarters

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A large group of Uber drivers gathered this afternoon to protest outside the car-hailing appmaker’s San Francisco headquarters. Chanting “no respect, no work,” the drivers told AllThingsD they are protesting the way Uber treats them. “They’re running a sweat shop with an app. They don’t have the balls to come...
Uber Drivers Protest Outside the Company's San Francisco Headquarters
HTC: Wifi glitch so far only seen in Tegra 3 One X

Lenovo in talks for joint venture, possibly to shore up smartphone business

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Lenovo is in preliminary negotiations to start a joint venture with an unspecified party, the company said on Tuesday, setting off speculation that the company could be looking to bolster its expanding smartphone business.The Chinese PC maker issued the statement on the Hong Kong stock exchange, after reports emerged...
Lenovo in talks for joint venture, possibly to shore up smartphone business

Facebook apologies after blocking founder of Gay Marriage USA Facebook

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Murray Lipp was unable to access service and received notification that photograph of a gay couple was 'offensive'Facebook has apologised after it blocked the operator of one of America's leading same-sex marriage campaigns from accessing the service when he posted a photograph of a mixed-race gay couple online.Murray Lipp, the...
Facebook apologies after blocking founder of Gay Marriage USA Facebook

Pakistan, other countries block controversial YouTube video

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Pakistan will block access within the country to a YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and sparked protests at U.S. embassies this week in Libya and Egypt earlier this week, and in Yemen on Thursday, a spokesman for the country's telecom regulator said Thursday....
Pakistan, other countries block controversial YouTube video

Microsoft Contends FTC-Google Deal Kills Pending Motorola Patent Cases

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Though the agreement Google reached with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last week was in many ways expected, there’s one issue that really doesn’t seem to be clear. That is: What is Google required to do with the existing standards-essential patent cases it is currently fighting on behalf of its...
Microsoft Contends FTC-Google Deal Kills Pending Motorola Patent Cases

Paul Allen’s Vulcan cuts 20 jobs

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Paul Allen Vulcan, the Seattle-based investment arm of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, today laid off 20 staffers, GeekWire has learned. “We communicated the tough decision today to lay off 20 people as we realign some functions with the company’s emerging priorities,” said Vulcan spokesman David Postman. Allen has...
Paul Allen’s Vulcan cuts 20 jobs
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