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Pendrell subsidiary sues Apple, Amazon and more over alleged DRM patent infringement

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Bellevue-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corporation, announced today that it has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, Huawei and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. At issue is digital rights management (DRM) technology for protecting content from piracy on devices including smartphones and tablets. ContentGuard’s complaint implicates Amazon’s Kindle app,… Read More

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Google, HP recall Chromebook 11 chargers after 9 overheat and melt

Google and HP announced today that they will be recalling all of the chargers for the HP Chromebook 11 after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the companies received nine complaints about them overheating and melting. Earlier this year, the companies abruptly pulled the budget laptop from retail shelves, following initial reports of the chargers malfunctioning,… Read More

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Google hires key Microsoft architect Blaise Agüera y Arcas

Google has made a big hire from Microsoft, bringing aboard Blaise Agüera y Arcas, the well-known software architect and designer who was among the Redmond company’s elite ranks of distinguished engineers. Agüera y Arcas is known for his work on services including Photosynth and Bing Maps. Although the hire hasn’t been announced publicly, the New York Times’ Nick… Read More

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Seattle-based Landesa wins Google Global Impact Award

Landesa, in partnership with Frontline SMS, has been named one of the recipients of Google’s Global Impact Award, which celebrates entrepreneurs going out and solving problems facing the world today. The award comes with a $1.5 million grant from the Mountain View-based search engine giant to help promote the organization’s efforts to help people in… Read More

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Tech employee survey: Twitter is the best place to work, LinkedIn 2nd, Facebook falls to 3rd

Twitter trumps Facebook — at least in employee approval ratings. That’s just one of the findings from Glassdoor’s sixth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, which ranked the top 50 best tech companies (over 1,000 employees) to work for based on feedback from employees covering aspects like career opportunities, compensation, senior management, work/life balance and culture. Glassdoor, which compiles salary… Read More

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Google Chromecast gets 10 new apps, including RealPlayer Cloud

Google this morning announced 10 new apps for Google Chromecast, including support for RealPlayer Cloud, the new video player and cloud service from Seattle-based RealNetworks. The integration will let RealPlayer Cloud users ‘cast’ their personal videos from devices to the television via the Chromecast dongle. Other apps announced for Chromecast include Plex, Avia, VEVO, Red… Read More

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech rivals urge Obama, Congress to curb snooping

While they’re usually fierce competitors, an octet of leading technology companies have banded together to ask the U.S. to take the lead when it comes to ending government surveillance. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, asking for significant reforms when it… Read More

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Report: Google prepping Nexus TV set-top box

According to a report by Amir Efrati at The Information, Google is working on a set-top box called the Nexus TV to rival the Apple TV, Xbox One and Amazon’s rumored FireTube. That meshes with earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal and GigaOM, which point to a resurrection of Google’s efforts to take a shot… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says consumers shouldn’t have drones, even though Google wants to use them

In an interview with the Guardian, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that consumers shouldn’t be able to keep drones for their personal use, because of potential problems they might cause. “You’re having a dispute with your neighbor,” he said. “How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone… Read More

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Microsoft taps ‘Pawn Stars’ guys to bash Chromebooks in new ‘Scroogled’ ad

After offering up a bunch of novelty gift items promoting its “Scroogled” campaign, Microsoft has fired another salvo. This time, they’ve enlisted the help of Rick Harrison and Richard Harrison, two of the stars of the History Channel’s hit show “Pawn Stars,” to bash Google’s Chromebooks. The ad follows a woman who wants to pawn… Read More

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Now on Google Street View: Museum of Flight, LeMay’s vintage cars, airport terminals

If you’re interested in taking your friends and family on a virtual vacation this Thanksgiving, Google Maps has you covered with some new interior views of Seattle’s Museum of Flight and the LeMay Museum. The additions are a part of the company’s latest update to Street View. While Google is promoting the addition of transit… Read More

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HBO GO adds Chromecast support

Google announced today that it’s now possible to stream popular shows like Game of Thrones and The Newsroom to its Chromecast dongle from the HBO Go website, as well as the service’s Android and iOS apps. With today’s announcement, HBO joins Hulu Plus, Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, Google Play as the streaming services available on the Chromecast…. Read More

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Microsoft selling t-shirts and coffee mugs that rip Google’s privacy policies

Need some new clothes and hate Google’s privacy policies? Well, Microsoft has you covered. The “Scroogled” campaign, which Microsoft created about a year ago to bash Google, is moving from the web to t-shirts, coffee mugs and hoodies. The products, available for purchase now in the “Scroogled Store,” offer a variety of designs and phrases all… Read More

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Google launches Newsstand app for Android, adding NYT and WSJ subscriptions

Google announced today that it is merging Currents, its Flipboard-like aggregator for interesting stories, with all of the periodical subscriptions available through Google Play into a new app called Google Play Newsstand. In addition, the company is now selling subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times through the Google Play Store for… Read More

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Google forks over $610K to Washington state for Safari browser tracking settlement

Google paid $610,600 to Washington state today after the Mountain View company reached a $17 million settlement with 37 states and Washington D.C. over privacy issues with Apple’s Safari web browser. In their suit, the states claimed that Google altered its DoubleClick advertising platform from June 1, 2011 to Feb. 15, 2012 to get around Safari’s default… Read More