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Apple buys Twitter partner firm for $200 million

Apple has acquired social media analytics firm Topsy for more than $200 million, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The newspaper, citing sources familiar with the deal, said it was unclear how Apple planned to use the firm but that it could be related to Apple’s new streaming music service.…

Israeli tech startups drawing interest from heavyweights like Apple and Facebook

Israeli hi-tech has become the target of a buying frenzy, with startups sparking investment bids and a flurry of mergers and acquisitions unseen since the dotcom bubble burst in 2000. New ventures raised $660 million in the third quarter of 2013, up from $488 million over the same period a…

Jury awards Apple $290 million in Samsung patent case

A US federal jury Thursday ordered Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple in a partial retrial of the blockbuster patent case involving the two smartphone giants. The award comes instead of $450 million in damages originally awarded in the landmark suit, but thrown out by a judge.…

Massachusetts teen shocked by MacBook’s definition of ‘gay,’ and so is Apple

A Massachusetts teenager said she was so shocked to see an offensive and outdated definition for the word “gay” in Apple’s online dictionary that she asked the company to change it. And in another shock, the 15-year-old said a company official quickly agreed to do so. Becca Gorman, of Sudbury,…

Apple and Samsung to return to court for another patent battle

Apple and Samsung return to a California court this week for another round in the blockbuster patent trial between the two biggest smartphone makers. A jury trial opens Tuesday to reconsider damages awarded last year in the case stemming from Apple’s allegation that its South Korean rival illegally copied technology…

Forced student labor is central to the Chinese economic miracle

China has an army of student labour making Apple products, PlayStation consoles and other gadgets for the west. The teenagers’ stories make upsetting reading You’ll hear a lot of pieties about China this week. As George Osborne and Boris Johnson schlep from Shanghai to Shenzhen, they’ll give the usual sales…

Obama administration upholds ban on some Samsung devices due to Apple patent

The Obama administration Tuesday upheld a decision to ban some Samsung mobile technology products due to the company’s violation of patents owned by rival Apple. US Trade Representative Michael Froman rejected a Samsung effort to overturn the August ruling by the US International Trade Commission to ban some older model…

‘Apple Maps’ error sends motorists barreling across runways at Alaskan airport

An Alaskan airport was forced to temporarily close a section of runway that the “Apple Maps” app falsely identified as a public road. According to BBC News, the Fairbanks International Airport has had two drivers drive across the blocked-off section of runway in the last three weeks. Apple has reportedly…

iPhone 5S fingerprint reader manages to remain secure … for almost three days

Germany’s Chaos Computer Club says it has cracked the protection around Apple’s fingerprint sensor on its new iPhone 5S, just two days after the device went on sale worldwide. In a post on their site, the group says that their biometric hacking team took a fingerprint of the user, photographed…

Apple CEO joins Twitter amid rush for new iPhones

Apple chief executive Tim Cook joined Twitter on Friday, as huge crowds formed around the world to buy up the California giant’s two new iPhones. In his first tweet, Cook described his visit to customers waiting for iPhones near the company’s headquarters. “Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing…

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