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Microsoft to buy AOL patents for $1.1bn

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AOL will retain a licence for the patents and return a 'significant portion' of the sale proceeds to shareholdersAOL is to sell more than 800 technology patents and related applications to Microsoft for about $1.1bn (£690m), in the latest land grab in an increasingly expensive battle for intellectual property.AOL, facing...
Microsoft to buy AOL patents for $1.1bn

In Five Years, One-Third Of Americans Will Own Tablets (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG)

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By 2016, more than one-third of Americans will own tablet computers. That prediction from Forrester shows why it's so important for Microsoft and its hardware partners to come out with viable competitors to the iPad.  Forrester says that U.S. customers will purchase more than 227 million tablets between 2010...
In Five Years, One-Third Of Americans Will Own Tablets (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG)

Casual gaming vets raise cash for UpTap, focusing on a new class of tablet-based games

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Daniel Bernstein is back in the startup game. The Seattle area entrepreneur, best known for founding Sandlot Games, has formed a new company by the name of UpTap that’s focusing on tablet-based games, GeekWire has learned. The 2-month-old company just landed a seed round of $645,000 from Seattle angel investors,...
Casual gaming vets raise cash for UpTap, focusing on a new class of tablet-based games

Sometime This Week Someone Will Die, Buried Alive, Mining For The Tin That Goes In Your Cellphone

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Tin is used to solder parts in smartphones, tablet computers, and a bunch of other electronics that we all use all the time, every day. A third of the world's tin comes from a place in Indonesia called Bangka Island. About once week, someone mining for tin on Bangka Island...
Sometime This Week Someone Will Die, Buried Alive, Mining For The Tin That Goes In Your Cellphone

Amazon to launch first brick-and-mortar store, report says

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Amazon may be venturing beyond the world of online retail to set up its first brick-and-mortar shop, according to a report from Bloomberg News. The store will be in Seattle and its focus will be pricier merchandise such as tablet computers, the report says. And its footprint won’t be nearly...
Amazon to launch first brick-and-mortar store, report says

If Amazon.com opens physical retail stores, this would be a great place to start

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University Village. Photo via U Village Could this be the year that Amazon.com opens brick-and-mortar retail stores? Well, if the Seattle online retailer were to buck tradition and give that a shot, something that The New York Times recently speculated about, here’s the perfect location for them: the former Barnes...
If Amazon.com opens physical retail stores, this would be a great place to start
Pushing into mobile, Intel launches new low-cost smartphone platform
Windows 8 Release Preview debuts, Microsoft confirms $15 upgrade promotion

BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Mobile Video Continues To Rise

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Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. Mobile Video Continues To Rise (FreeWheel via Mobile Marketing Watch)Video monetization firm FreeWheel says that 12 percent of all online videos viewed in the fourth quarter 2012 were...
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: Mobile Video Continues To Rise

Sony Has Sold 1.2M PlayStation Vitas Since December Launch

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Sony Corp. says it has sold 1.2 million PlayStation Vitas worldwide, exceeding the company’s expectations amid stiff competition from mobile devices and Nintendo. The handheld game system launched last week in North America, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. It went on sale in December in Japan and other parts of...
Sony Has Sold 1.2M PlayStation Vitas Since December Launch

Synaptics lets Linux gadgets give the iPad 10 fingers

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Apple’s multitouch finger controls on the iPad have inspired a wave of copycat tablet computers that will be out later this year. Those copycats are likely to get help from touch-sensor company Synaptics, which is announcing today that it has created a Linux version of its multitouch sensor system....
Synaptics lets Linux gadgets give the iPad 10 fingers

Boss signing in to your Facebook account? There’s a law for that

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Legislatures, state and federal, are starting to react to the trend of employers — at least the creepy employers — requiring job applicants and employees to turn over usernames and passwords for personal social media accounts. Here’s a post from the Goodwin Procter law firm about a new law passed...
Boss signing in to your Facebook account? There’s a law for that

George Gray, the man who made flat screens possible

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Forty years ago Gray's work on liquid crystal displays (LCDs) was published, leading to a multibillion-dollar industryThis spring sees major anniversaries of two great British discoveries. One is well documented and the characters involved are familiar. Their discovery catapulted them into the public consciousness and together they could hardly have...
George Gray, the man who made flat screens possible

25 percent of adult Americans own a tablet, research reveals

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The number of adult Americans who own tablet computers continues to grow, hitting 25 percent in the first eight months of 2012, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. In survey results released Thursday, Pew reveals the 6 percent increase in tablet ownership over the...
25 percent of adult Americans own a tablet, research reveals

Who needs thumbs? Samsung Galaxy S IV may scroll using eye-tracking

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Samsung’s Galaxy S IV will feature software that uses eye tracking to scroll content on the screen, according to a report from the New York Times on Monday. When the phone senses that readers’ eyes have reached the bottom of the screen, it will page up the content on...
Who needs thumbs? Samsung Galaxy S IV may scroll using eye-tracking

Forget iPad Mini - Tencent Has Just Released a Mega Tablet

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Wondering how Apple can possibly build on its record-shattering valuation? Look at what Tencent is doing in China. The Internet giant – which has a market cap of close to $58 billion – has today launched what it calls “the world’s first large screen mobile entertainment smart cloud product.”...
Forget iPad Mini - Tencent Has Just Released a Mega Tablet

It's Google vs Apple as Christmas shoppers snap up one tablet computer every second

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New and cheaper rivals to Apple's iPad and models aimed at children help to set the tills jinglingRetailers say 2012 will be a "tablet Christmas" as they gear up for a massive surge in sales of products such as the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7.John Lewis, Argos, Currys and...
It's Google vs Apple as Christmas shoppers snap up one tablet computer every second

Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

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Service in talks with major music companies in bid to gain an edge on rivals such as Napster, Rdio and DeezerSpotify wants to boost the amount of free music it offers to smartphone users in the UK, in a move likely to fuel a sharp rise in on-the-move streaming.At the...
Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

Publishers could face legal action over ebook prices

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Several parties said to have held talks to settle potential antitrust case after US Justice Department investigationThe five largest publishers, including Britain's Penguin Group, face legal action from the US Justice Department for colluding to raise the prices of electronic books, a source has told Reuters.Several parties are said to...
Publishers could face legal action over ebook prices

Mobile advertising company Mojiva lands $7 million in fresh funding

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On the heels of debuting a tablet-only ad network, mobile advertising company Mojiva Inc. has raised $7 million in fresh funding. The financing round was revealed in a regulatory filing yesterday and follows a $25 million Series C round secured in July 2011. The company’s two main solutions are mobile...
Mobile advertising company Mojiva lands $7 million in fresh funding

Can Apple, Amazon and Google's new mini-tablets revive the news industry?

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Apps on cheaper, portable computers could prove a boost for national newspapersAny news executives confident that the answer to falling print sales is more people using tablet computers should be delighted by the next six weeks or so. On Thursday, Amazon's Jeff Bezos is expected to unwrap a new version...
Can Apple, Amazon and Google's new mini-tablets revive the news industry?

The HTC Evo One smartphone is so big and powerful they gave it a kickstand

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The emergence of tablet computers has companies pushing the boundaries of acceptable size when it comes to smartphones. I got a sneak peek at the HTC Evo One today and the phone, with a  4.7 inch screen, actually has a kickstand attached so you can prop it up on your desk...
The HTC Evo One smartphone is so big and powerful they gave it a kickstand

Samsung reveals its China chip plant will cost $7bn, making it its biggest ever overseas investment

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Samsung has confirmed that the memory chip production plant that it is planning to develop in China will cost $7 billion, making it the largest overseas project that the Korean electronics giant has undertaken to date. Economic Times reports that the South Korean firm has revealed that it has secured an initial $2.3...
Samsung reveals its China chip plant will cost $7bn, making it its biggest ever overseas investment

Apple reportedly offered license deals to Samsung and Motorola -- but differentiation remains key

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Today's Wall Street Journal reports that, "according to people familiar with the matter", Apple "has put forth proposals to Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. to settle some pending litigation in exchange for royalty payments to license its patents, among other terms".As the article accurately notes, Apple also...
Apple reportedly offered license deals to Samsung and Motorola -- but differentiation remains key

HTC applies for 'Fetch' trademark, tracking device passes through Taiwan's NCC

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Just what the heck is the HTC Fetch? Well, it's certainly not a phone. In fact, it appears to be some sort of tracking device according to a filling with Taiwan's NCC. Unfortunately, beyond some broad strokes describing the device in a US trademark filing, we're left with only...
HTC applies for 'Fetch' trademark, tracking device passes through Taiwan's NCC

FAA Facing More Pressure To Change Its Rules On Electronic Device Usage

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Way back in March, the FAA stated that it was taking a "fresh look" at Kindles and tablet computers, possibly moving towards approving these devices for use during takeoff and landing. Nine months later, perhaps feeling the "fresh look" was now a bit past "stale," FCC chief Julius Genachowski politely...
FAA Facing More Pressure To Change Its Rules On Electronic Device Usage
Big Mobile Publishers Wrest Control Of Ad Market Away From Networks

Carphone Warehouse beats predictions with 16% rise in UK revenue

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Demand for cheap tablets drove gains, though mobile phone company warns of reduced profits because of cut-price dealsCarphone Warehouse has surpassed analysts' expectations with a 16% rise in UK revenues as shoppers rushed to buy low-priced tablet computers.Europe's biggest independent mobile phone retailer reported high demand for the £99 Amazon...
Carphone Warehouse beats predictions with 16% rise in UK revenue

Winners emerge from high street wreckage

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Primark and Asos succeed in fashion market and Dixons and Argos benefit from demise of CometA burst of retail winners have provided hope for the high street after a week of gloom that has seen the collapse of three of retail's biggest names.Primark and Asos revealed soaring fashion sales despite...
Winners emerge from high street wreckage

How Tablets Will Transform Construction

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Editor’s note: Ryan Sutton-Gee is the co-founder and CEO of Y Combinator-backed PlanGrid, which offers builders the ability to store, view, and manage blueprints on an iPad. Follow him on Twitter @rsuttong. The basic process of any construction project goes like this: A person with a lot of money (called The...
How Tablets Will Transform Construction
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