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How $7.5 billion assets will be allocated among the various Nortel companies and their creditors will be decided by courts, not in arbitration, according to a Dec. 6 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other communications providers and tech firms need to join Google, Facebook and others in calling for changes in US, other governments' spying on Internet and telecommunications users. New disclosures such as a report today about spying on virtual worlds and online gamers makes this issue even more crucial to our use of the Internet today and in the future.
In 2010, the justices divided over the rules governing patents for business methods, and last year the court limited patents for diagnostic medical tests. Most recently, in June, the court restricted companies' ability to patent human genetic sequences. The Supreme Court has never directly said that software can be patented, although cases in the 1970s and 1980s involved software-related inventions.
The companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that while governments have a duty to protect citizens, recent revelations have "highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide."
On Friday, Apple Inc. began using the iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information -- tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.
Beginning Sunday, customers will be able to switch to the cheaper plans if they buy or bring their own phone. That includes paying for the device in installments through the frequent-upgrade Next plan. Those whose contracts have run out also qualify.
"We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data," Microsoft says. "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks."
Activist investor Carl Icahn said he will pursue a shareholder vote to force Apple Inc. to boost its stock buyback plan, stepping up his campaign to unlock more of the cash held by the world's most valuable company. The non-binding proposal will be for less than the $150 billion he had been advocating, Icahn said in a Twitter post. He will propose a $50 billion buyback, CNBC reported.
Online shoppers - especially at Amazon, eBay and through Google - drove traffic to record levels and ended up making nearly $2 billion in purchases, according to Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor and Internet research firm ComScore.
The changes to Google Compute Engine service are aimed at attracting corporate customers away from Amazon, Microsoft and others that are betting businesses will access computing power from large, centralized data centers instead of their own systems.
Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users are especially benefiting, with mobile traffic accounting for 30 percent of the total, an increase of 58 percent from last year, IBM reports. Meanwhile, Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor reports big increases for Google, Amazon and eBay.
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! to upgrade computer security against hackers.
How popular are new iPhones in Japan? Apple sold three of every four smartphones in Japan last month after the country's largest carrier, NTT Docomo began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher.
Microsoft's board is focusing on Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella as part of a group of more likely candidates to become the next CEO of the world's biggest software company, according to people familiar with the matter.
Fluid Inc., an Internet startup that helps shoppers create custom Brooks Brothers suits and Reebok sneakers, will introduce its first app powered by IBM's Watson system by mid-2014, pushing the technology into the consumer market for the first time.
The Moto G starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditional two-year service agreements.