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U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its curbs on exports of rare earths, the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.        

China 'Gravely Concerned' About Claims Of U.S. Spying

March 26, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.      

Supreme Court: Company Can Move Forward With Lexmark Suit

March 25, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will allow a competitor of printer maker Lexmark International Inc. to move forward with a lawsuit accusing the company of disparaging its business.               

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Google Glass Will Feature Ray-Ban, Oakley Frames

March 25, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Google is hoping to make its Internet-connected eyewear more stylish as part of a partnership with the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley frames.                    

Obama Keeping BlackBerry For Now

March 24, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The White House is shooting down the notion that Obama's device is caught up in a pilot program designed to transition away from BlackBerry smartphones.                  

Report: NSA Targeted China's Huawei

March 24, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the company was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported.    

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the $7.3 billion deal will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                       

Search For Old Atari Games To Continue In New Mexico

March 21, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Organizers say a planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time is expected to proceed despite state environmental regulators' concerns.        

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BlackBerry Selling Off Canadian Real Estate

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                  

IBM's Watson To Sequence Cancer DNA

March 19, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

IBM and its Watson cloud computing system are partnering with the New York Genome Center to help it sequence DNA for the treatment of brain cancer.                   

Jesse Jackson Takes Aim At Tech's Lack Of Diversity

March 19, 2014 8:01 am | by Jesse Washington and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jackson's strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.    

Google Redesigns Android For Smartwatches

March 19, 2014 7:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The "Android Wear" operating system released Tuesday is an altered version of Google's popular software that powers more than 1 billion of the world's smartphones and tablets.              

Video Game Makers To Explore Social Issues

March 18, 2014 1:02 pm | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

This week's Game Developers Conference will include planned discussions led by game makers about such socially conscious topics as designing for gamers with disabilities and battling depression at game studios.               

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NYC To Host Smartphone Easter Egg Hunt

March 18, 2014 8:07 am | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.             

Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 11:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Despite a rough relationship with U.S. manufacturing over the last few years, the appliance maker is doubling down in its Greenville plant that makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances.            

Groups Protest Chemicals Used In iPhone

March 13, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.         

Makers Of World's Cheapest Tablet Aim For $20 Device

March 12, 2014 2:05 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Tuli says the company can sell the tablets so inexpensively because of the scale of its production runs and the fact that it makes its own screens, which helps boost profit margins.               

Tech Fest Has 3-D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 8:52 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3-D printed candy and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.             

Judge Won't Ban Samsung From Selling Smartphones

March 6, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has denied Apple's request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads.          

Silicon Valley Boom Drives Income Gap

March 6, 2014 8:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The river of money flowing through this 1,800-square-mile peninsula has also driven housing costs to double in the past five years while wages for low- and middle-skilled workers are stagnant.                  

Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

March 5, 2014 3:46 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.               

Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.            

Dubai Highlights Technology In 'Smart City' Bid

March 5, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Government officials presented a wide range of projects aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo.                 

Reports: Facebook Could Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports.                   

Apple CFO To Retire

March 4, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

Apple's longtime Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire in September and he'll be replaced by the company's corporate controller.                   

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