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China Investigating Qualcomm, InterDigital

February 19, 2014 7:55 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Regulators are investigating whether U.S. technology companies Qualcomm and InterDigital violated China's anti-monopoly law by charging excessive fees for patent licenses, a government spokesman said Wednesday.        

5 Tips For Young Engineers, From The Experienced

February 18, 2014 11:24 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Today’s workforce looks very different than it did a few decades ago. Young professionals no longer stay at one job for 30 or more years – the average tenure in 2012 was closer to five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   

Google Gets More Guarded About Acquisition Numbers

February 14, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing, marking the first time that the U.S. company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004.

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Smithsonian Has High-Tech Flag For President's Day

February 13, 2014 2:50 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multimedia artist is bringing his 12-foot American flag that's viewed with Google Glass to the National Portrait Gallery for a special President's Day weekend exhibition. "Portrait of America" by New York-based artist David Datuna is the first artwork to use Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses, organizers said.

Court: Ind. Owes IBM Nearly $50M In Welfare Fight

February 13, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

The Indiana Court of Appeals says IBM Corp. failed to deliver its part of a deal to privatize the state's welfare system, but the company is still entitled to nearly $50 million in fees that the state agreed to pay.      

Nokia Touts Video Recording In New Lumia Phone

February 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new Lumia Icon sports four microphones, compared with the one or two typically found in smartphones. The two on the front are activated when making phone calls, while the two on the rear are used when taking video — to better capture sound coming from the subjects.

Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 3:47 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to a cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone to give out information they should not be divulging.

Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

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French Leader Visits Silicon Valley To Talk Tech

February 12, 2014 2:06 pm | by Garance Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Francois Hollande holds up the U.S. tech industry as an economic success that he hopes to replicate at home. But he's also been among the leaders of Europe's fight to prevent what the continent sees as a systematic attempt by tech firms to invade privacy and avoid paying their corporate fair share.

Palestinian Women Make Strides In High-Tech

February 12, 2014 8:08 am | by Karin Laub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abu Ghaith has put in 16-hour days, showing how the local IT and communications sector can transform the lives of other women by giving them access to jobs and financial independence. Some say the sector, the most vibrant in an otherwise stagnant economy, could double in size over the next five years and employ thousands more.

Technology Firms Urge Changes To U.S. Spying

February 11, 2014 12:44 pm | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn and Twitter published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress. The coalition urges changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications.

Why New-Shoring Is the New School Of Manufacturing Trends

February 11, 2014 12:01 pm | by Rich Thomas | Articles | Comments

You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.

House Takes Step Toward Ban On In-Flight Calls

February 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill has no impact on the Federal Aviation Administration's decision late last year to allow passengers to email, text, surf the Internet and download data using smartphones and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Phone calls are another matter.

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Nokia, HTC End Litigation Proceedings

February 10, 2014 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says it has settled all pending patent litigation with HTC. The Finnish company says it has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Taiwan's HTC Corp. The deal should help strengthen Nokia's licensing offering.

Google Passes Exxon To Be No. 2 U.S. Company

February 10, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

Google has passed Exxon to become the second most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization. According to FactSet data, the Internet company's market capitalization surpassed that of oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. last week. As of Friday's market close, it sat at $395.42 billion compared with the oil company's $392.66 billion.

U.S. Closes Antitrust Probe Of Samsung

February 7, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.

Apple Said To Take $14B Bite Of Stock Via Buyback

February 7, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors. Late Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said that the company was "surprised" when its stock dropped 8 percent the day after its earnings report and revenue outlook.

California Leaders Outline 'Kill Switch' Bill

February 7, 2014 11:03 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other officials scheduled a news conference about a proposed measure that would require any mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have built-in anti-theft devices.

Sony To Cut 5,000 Jobs By March 2015

February 6, 2014 2:25 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

Alcatel-Lucent Inks Deal With China Huaxin

February 6, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

Samsung, Cisco Strike Patent Agreement

February 6, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Wednesday that they have struck a patent cross-license agreement aimed at reducing the risk of potential legal disputes. Under the arrangement, both companies gain access to the other's patent portfolios. This includes existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years.

U. Of Wisconsin Foundation Sues Apple Over Patent

February 5, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation alleges that Apple's A7 processor, which is used in its iPhone 5S and other devices, incorporates technology patented by the university in 1998. It was developed by four UW-Madison computer microprocessor architecture researchers.

Silicon Valley Economy Back At Dot-Com Era Highs

February 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The region added nearly 47,000 jobs in 2013, up 3 percent over the previous year, and the total number of jobs has surpassed pre-recession levels. Many are high wage jobs — 45 percent of households now earn more than $100,000, and per capita income is above $70,000 a year, much higher than the state average of about $44,000.

Cisco, Google In Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

February 4, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have struck a long-term patent cross-licensing deal that will help lower the risk of expensive legal disputes over intellectual property and likely foster a greater collaboration between the two companies.     

Nadella To Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet. Satya Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer immediately to become only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history.

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