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Apple enjoying fruit of China’s labor

SAN FRANCISCO — People in China are not only making coveted Apple gadgets, they are snapping them up as the booming nation becomes a top market for the trend-setting California company. Aftershocks of blockbuster Apple earnings powered by demand for iPhones in China echoed in rising stock markets on Wednesday.…

White House threatens to veto cyber security bill CISPA

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday announced that President Barack Obama would veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), unless important changes were made to the controversial cyber security bill. “The Administration is committed to increasing public-private sharing of information about cybersecurity threats as…

Judge rejects Bradley Manning dismissal in WikiLeaks case

A military judge on Wednesday rejected a request to dismiss all charges against US soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of passing a trove of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website. Colonel Denise Lind said there was no “prosecutorial misconduct,” ruling out the dropping of all 22 counts against Manning,…

Industry kingpins predict stunning growth in online video

Consumer demand and technological change will drive stunning growth in online video for years to come, so long as Internet access is widely available to all, a Senate committee heard Tuesday. “Online video is just beginning,” Barry Diller, at 70 still a titan of the US entertainment industry, testified before…

U.S. commission says iPhone infringes Motorola patent

SAN FRANCISCO — The US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday backed a claim that Apple violated patented Motorola Mobility technology in iPads and iPhones that can connect to 3G wireless networks. Administrative law judge Thomas Pender ruled that the violation would qualify to have the offending gadgets banned from…

Google joins ‘cloud’ data storage trend

Google on Tuesday launched a long-anticipated “Drive” service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet “cloud.” Google Drive accounts with five gigabytes of storage were available free at drive.google.com and upgrades to more space on servers in the California company’s data centers were available…

Former BitTorrent exec. among tech experts slamming ‘civil liberties violations’ in CISPA

A former executive at BitTorrent, Inc. known for inventing a highly successful credit card fraud detection technology has joined 50 other Internet professionals, educators, engineers, policy makers and entrepreneurs in beseeching Congress to abandon a bill that would merge corporate networks with the National Security Agency (NSA). That bill, the…

Netflix takes $100 million loss as subscriber base increases

Losses at Netflix’s operations outside the US ballooned to more than $100m (£62m) in the first quarter, as the impact of its launch in the UK & Ireland hurt financially but fuelled growth of 1.2 million subscribers. Netflix reported a global loss of $5m as its US operation, which accounts…

U.S. commission says Xbox infringes Motorola patents

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a preliminary ruling that Microsoft infringed on Motorola Mobility patents in its hit Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Administrative law judge David Shaw on Monday backed four out of five Motorola claims that the company’s intellectual property was usurped in Xbox software for tasks such as efficiently moving video files or connecting wirelessly to the…

Facebook beefs up patent arsenal ahead of IPO

Facebook struck a $550 million deal to get its hands on hundreds of AOL patents from Microsoft as the social network hardened its defenses before it goes public on the Nasdaq. Facebook will pick up around 650 of the 925 patents Microsoftbought earlier this month in an auction from AOL in a nearly $1.1…

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