The patent, which specifically has to do with how calendars sync with computers, was related to Microsoft's ActiveSync software. Motorola tried to argue that the technology in Microsoft's patent was not new, and had been used previously by Apple in its failed Newton digital assistant, according to an opinion (PDF) … Read more
When it comes to competition in the US mobile market, federal regulators see four as the magic number. This fact alone could sink Sprint's rumored takeover bid for T-Mobile.
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Sprint is preparing a $20 billion bid for T-Mobile in an acquisition that would reduce the total number of national wireless operators from four to three. But regulators in Washington, DC, have already signaled that they're likely to put the kibosh on such a tie-up.
Sprint's bid for T-Mobile could be announced early next year, according to the Journal. … Read more
The Web world was abuzz on Monday with reports that AOL's foray into local news with Patch was in the process of being shuttered. But now it appears that might not be the case.
The New York Times' David Carr on Sunday reported that AOL is "winding down" its Patch network of local news sites after repeated attempts by the company's chief executive, Tim Armstrong, to boost the ailing company. The claim came despite a comment made by Armstrong saying that Patch was "moving toward" profitability, indicating that the end might not be in … Read more
Blaise Aguera y Arcas, an engineer and imagery expert who played a key role in development of Microsoft's Bing, has left the company for rival Google, according to a The New York Times report.
At Microsoft, Aguera y Arcas focused on augmented reality, mapping, wearable computing and natural user interfaces, and was an architect of Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. He was named a distinguished engineer in 2011 … Read more
IBM's cooperation with a National Security Agency surveillance program caused sales in China to "abruptly halt" and the company's stock price to decline, a shareholder lawsuit claims.
In a complaint filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension and Relief Fund accused the company of defrauding investors by concealing its involvement in the agency's PRISM program, leading to a dramatic drop in sales in China. The program, which was revealed in classified documents leaked to the press by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, allowed the agency to collect and process foreign intelligence that … Read more
Google confirmed the acquisition in a Saturday New York Times report, which also broke the story earlier in December about former Android chief Andy Rubin leading a robotics push at Google.
Boston Dynamics gained Internet fame through YouTube videos of its agile, often gas-powered robots dealing with ice, snow, and other obstacles. It's easy to see why the Defense Department -- specifically the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- is interested.
Boston Dynamics has a lot of experience with quadrupedal robots, but more recently, … Read more
Sending our children out on their own in the world is scary, but it's nice to know they can always come home. In one reader's case, his daughter can come home to Mom and Dad's wireless plan.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I help a father figure out how he can help his daughter return to the family's AT&T service plan after going out on her own and subscribing to Verizon Wireless service. I also explain how the family can save money with AT&T's new no-contract plans. And I offer … Read more
Sprint may try its luck in a potential merger with T-Mobile next year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Sprint is working on a possible bid for T-Mobile for the first half of next year. The deal could be worth more than $20 billion.
A deal would significantly reshape the wireless landscape. Sprint, the third largest carrier in the US, would combine with T-Mobile, which is the fourth and smallest national carrier. The idea is that the combined company would be better-suited to compete against Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which are both … Read more
Adobe Systems' transition to software subscriptions will be essentially complete by this time next year -- and investors are happy about it.
The company's stock rose $5.36, or 10 percent, to $59.35 in trading early Friday after the company reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter on Thursday.
"The company continued to beat its goals and consensus' expectations for net subscriber additions and annualized recurring revenue (ARR), the metrics that investors are using to measure the progress of the transition from a perpetual license to subscription revenue model," FBR analyst Samad Samana said in … Read more
The European Banking Authority issued a stern warning on the value of buying and trading Bitcoin.
In a statement on Friday, the EBA said that as Bitcoin's popularity rises, it comes with "a series of risks deriving from buying, holding, or trading virtual currencies." The issue, the EBA said, is that virtual currencies like Bitcoin are not regulated by the government, putting any investments into them at risk.
Bitcoin has become a hotbed of controversy over the last few years. Earlier this year, it came under fire after the FBI took down the illegal online marketplace Silk Road, … Read more