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Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases: judge

A worker climbs outside an Apple store in Hong KongBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling paves the way for attorneys general in 33 states and territories to move forward, along with attorneys for consumers, in pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a July 14 trial. Following a non-jury trial, Cote in July found that Apple from 2009 to 2010 conspired with the publishers to raise e-book prices and impede competitors such as Inc. The states had pursued the liability finding alongside the U.S. Justice Department without any objection by Apple and obtained a subsequent injunction against the iPad maker in September that called for the appointment of a compliance monitor. But as the case moved into a damages phase, Apple argued that the states lacked standing to maintain an action for damages, arguing they had not alleged they had suffered any injury.

Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along

File photo of a Yahoo logo in front of a building in RolleBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort. Yahoo reports the Chinese company's financial results one quarter later than its own.

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf grab

Reddit mascots are displayed at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is going after more eyeballs, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month rolled out a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates allow selected users, dubbed "reporters" by Reddit, to instantly stream unlimited posts during the course of an event such as the conflict in the Ukraine, an earthquake in Los Angeles, or a game played in real time, without having to refresh the page. "Reddit members are doing amazing things with very minimal tools and were hitting some barriers," said Erik Martin, general manager.

Intel's quarterly net beats Street, CEO talks up tablets

An Intel logo is seen at the company's offices in Petah Tikva, near Tel AvivBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp's first-quarter net profit exceeded Wall Street's estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track. With personal computer shipments falling for eight straight quarters through March, some analysts believe the industry's decline is close to hitting bottom, potentially giving Intel breathing room as it struggles to develop better processors for mobile and wearable devices. Following its first-quarter report on Tuesday, Intel Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said the chipmaker continues to expects PC shipments to decline slightly in 2014. "You have an ageing install base of PCs and we're bringing exciting products to the market place and that's leading to the pockets of strength we're seeing in the PC market." In its report, Intel said revenue from its PC client group in the first quarter was $7.9 billion, down 1 percent from the year before.

China's Baidu launches mobile payment app

People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in BeijingSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's leading internet search provider, has launched a mobile payment and wealth management platform after its main domestic rivals launched similar products. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, through its mobile payment arm, Alipay, launched Alipay Wallet in January 2013, which included a money-market investment product, Yu'e Bao, marketed as a high-yielding substitute for traditional bank deposits. Tencent followed in August with WeChat Payment, a payment and investment platform linked to its popular WeChat mobile messaging app. ...

U.S. wins more guilty pleas in first counterfeit apps case
The final defendants in what the U.S. government called its first prosecution of a counterfeit apps case have pleaded guilty over their roles in alleged schemes to traffic in pirated Android mobile device applications. Thomas Pace, 38, of Oregon City, Oregon, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement over his activity at Appbucket Group, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Meanwhile, Kody Peterson, 22, of Clermont, Florida, pleaded guilty on Monday to the same charge over his activity on behalf of SnappzMarket Group, the agency said.

House of Cards S2 Blu-ray goes on sale June 19th for those who prefer a hard copy

House of Cards S2 Blu-ray goes on sale June 19th for those who prefer a hard copyHouse of Cards may be most famous for leading the charge of Netflix's original streaming content, but the show's producer Media Rights Capital is ready for all avenues. Just like the first season, season two will get a release on physical discs this summer from Sony Pictures. Frank Underwood's Washington D.C. escapades are ready for viewing in 1080p, and although that's not 4K, at least your ISP's connection to Netflix can't get in the way.

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One updateMicrosoft has shown that it is dedicated to improving the Xbox One user experience, having already issued multiple big software updates for the new console that was released just five months ago. Beginning late Monday night, the company began rolling out its Xbox One April update, which includes a number of fixes and new features that were detailed by Microsoft on one of its blogs. Xbox programming director Larry Hryb, better known by his Xbox Live user name “Major Nelson,” ran through all of the new features on his blog Monday night: Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games

Watch this: Android design head Matias Duarte explains why mobile is dead

Watch this: Android design head Matias Duarte explains why mobile is deadMatias Duarte helped design the T-Mobile Sidekick, the Helio Ocean, and Palm's webOS. Now, he directs the look and feel of Google's Android operating system. There, Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky interviewed him about his thoughts on design and where Android is headed.

GM reportedly working on a lower-cost Chevy Volt

GM reportedly working on a lower-cost Chevy VoltWhen it comes to electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt is as mainstream a brand as it gets. But despite GM's efforts to make the Volt a top choice among EV buyers, demand for it hasn't been what the company expected since it began production in 2010. To turn this situation around, General Motors is said to be planning the release of a more affordable model of its Chevrolet Volt.

Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer sets the stage for war

Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer sets the stage for warWith its release less than two months away, the promotion has really been ramping up for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and today the film's final trailer has arrived. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars both the classic film cast — including Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen as Magneto — with their younger counterparts from the prequel X-Men: First Class. ...

This is how Samsung thinks about design

This is how Samsung thinks about designSamsung said it would launch a website that showed off its design chops, and it's delivering as promised. The newly launched Make it Meaningful page dives into the inspirations behind the Korean company's products, complete with an abundance of giant artwork, marketing speak and promo videos. It's not just breathless prose about "timeless" TVs (the S9) and "sharply refined details" (the Galaxy S 4), though.

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you thinkUnlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him. Of course, Clippy was one of the single most annoying features of any Microsoft product ever, as it would always pop up even when you didn’t want it to and offer you irrelevant advice that didn’t give you the help you were looking for. This is why, when you ask Cortana what she thinks about Clippy, she’ll tell you that “he taught me how important it is to listen.” In

Why the IRS wants to be your Facebook friend

Why the IRS wants to be your Facebook friendIf the fear of an audit wasn't enough to scare you into being honest on your taxes, try this on for size: the IRS might be checking out your Facebook page. The good ol' Internal Revenue Service is ...

Daily Roundup: Amazon's first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!

Daily Roundup: Amazon's first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

An example of the new experimental storm surge potential flooding map showing southwest Florida is seen in this image provided by NOAABy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges. "We are not a storm surge savvy nation. Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes. So you can see why we're motivated to try something new," said Jamie Rhome, storm surge specialist for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent record

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent recordGame of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it’s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that “The Lion and the Rose,” the second of episode of the show’s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads. Adding up all the active torrents, TorrentFreak predicts that the latest episode of Game of Thrones was downloaded illegally 1.5 million times during the first day that the file appeared online. Even if that number is marginally inaccurate, at this rate the

Sony has a 4K TV for every budget (that's at least $2,099)

Sony has a 4K TV for every budget (that's at least $2,099)Sony has nailed down the final launch details for its newest 4K Bravia TVs, and surprise -- they just might be affordable this year. The "entry-level" XBR-X850B series will start at a relatively frugal $2,099 for a 49-inch model, with prices peaking at $5,499 for a 70-inch set. If you've got a bit more cash and want upgrades to both audio and wall mounting, the XBR-X900B line starts at $3,999 for a 55-inch set and scales up to $8,999 for a 79-inch variant.

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSAEdward Snowden hasn't escaped the NSA's watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security -- he also uses the right software. He communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy to use Tor's anonymity network and other tools that keep data private. The software loads from external drives and doesn't store anything locally, so it's relatively trivial for Snowden and his contacts to discuss leaks without leaving a trace.

NYPD shutters controversial unit that spied on Muslims

NYPD shutters controversial unit that spied on MuslimsThe New York Police Department has disbanded a division that conducted extensive covert surveillance on the city's Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit infiltrated mosques, restaurants, and other locations with plainclothes officers and informants, but the NYPD was forced to conclude in 2012 that the program never generated any serious leads or investigations into terrorism. A report last year explored the fear and mistrust that the unit spread among Muslims in New York, with many saying they felt forced to downplay their faith as a result. Future intel to come from "direct contact" between police and community

Why you should expect your favorite websites to crash over the next few weeks

Why you should expect your favorite websites to crash over the next few weeksIf you find yourself unable to access your favorite websites over the next few weeks, don’t worry: The Internet isn’t broken, it’s just undergoing very needed repairs. The Washington Post has talked with some security experts who expect that patching the Heartbleed bug is going to cause major disruptions on the Internet for a while as major web companies scramble to guard their websites against a bug that caught the tech world flat-footed last week. “Imagine if we found out all at once that all the doors everybody uses are all vulnerable — they can all get broken into,” Jason Healey, a cybersecurity scholar at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, told the Post. “The kinds of bad things it enables is

Apple, Samsung and more to adopt anti-theft smartphone kill switch

Apple, Samsung and more to adopt anti-theft smartphone kill switchApple and Samsung are duking it out in court yet again, but there's at least one thing they (and a host of their smartphone making rivals) agree on: users shouldn't be helpless when their phones are stolen. That's ...

Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Mooly Eden, senior vice president and perceptual computing general manager from Intel, talks to the media during the Intel news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Intel Corp. reports quarterly earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 8:30PM ET

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 8:30PM ETIt's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 8:30PM. No big news to kick off the show this week, but a good quarter for primetime rating will have to do. There is a new wireless box from DirecTV to discuss and of course Netflix, Aereo, Chromecast news -- like just about every week.

Twitter's latest acquisition turns tweets into a commodity

Twitter's latest acquisition turns tweets into a commodityTwitter announced today that it has bought Gnip, a social data company that has packaged and sold data from Twitter to other companies for the past four years. Gnip is one of a few firms that has access to Twitter's "fire hose" of data -- a history of tweets that date back to the company's beginnings in 2006 -- and is one of Twitter's longest-lasting data partners.

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015The most exciting innovation in the mobile market finally has a release date. According to CNET, Google announced today at the Project Ara developers conference that its first modular smartphone will go on sale in January 2015 for the low price of $50. Project lead Paul Eremenko told the crowd that the initial model will be a boring gray device by design, so as not to distract from the additional physical components. “It’s called the Gray Phone because it’s meant to be drab gray to get people to customize it,” said Eremenko. Google has already released a Modular Development Kit (MDK) showcasing the variable endoskeletons that the company is considering, but there’s still a great deal of work to be

Apple, Google, Microsoft and others sign anti-phone-theft pledge

Apple, Google, Microsoft and others sign anti-phone-theft pledgeA new pledge signed by nearly every major player in the phone industry is promising that after July of 2015, it will be a lot harder to steal a smartphone, according to a new report from Re/code. After that date, the companies pledge that every user will be able to remotely brick and wipe their phones in the event of a theft, features currently offered by Find my iPhone and the Android Device Manager. Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have already signed on, along with the five major US cell carriers.

The Guardian's new US newspaper has a robot editor-in-chief

The Guardian's new US newspaper has a robot editor-in-chiefThere's something a little different about the editor for The Guardian's new monthly US print edition: there isn't one. Set to launch Wednesday, #Open001 is being created using a proprietary algorithm rather than people (and we thought the media was dying!). The 5,000 paper run will be available for free at several advertising agencies.

Google admits just how much it scans our Gmail

Google admits just how much it scans our GmailEven though Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign against Google might have been a flop, it did raise some legitimate questions on behalf of users who might not be comfortable with Google’s algorithms scanning their private emails for frequently used keywords that it would use to sell more targeted ads. The Guardian brings us word that Google has issued an update to its Gmail terms of service where it explicitly lays out how it scans your emails and how it uses the data it gathers from them. As The Guardian tells it, Google now acknowledges that it “scans the content of emails stored on Google’s servers as well as those being sent and received by any Google email account, a practice that has seen

Smartphone makers, carriers embrace anti-theft initiative
By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers have agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen, responding to pressure on the telecommunications industry to do more to stem theft. Starting in July 2015, all smartphones manufactured by the companies will come with free anti-theft tools preloaded on the devices or ready to be downloaded, according to wireless association CTIA, which announced the agreement on Tuesday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon welcomed the voluntary agreement but said it fell short of what they have advocated to prevent theft.

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspotsGoogle and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on the program working toward that goal. The major developments were in the creation of steerable antennas and efficient radio amplifiers for the hotspots. DARPA also created a housing for the hotspots, which will eventually be mounted on drones that have traditionally been used for surveillance. "We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far."

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a yearThe night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At any other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a nightmare come true. Not to Google: The company made lemonade out of a lemon by turning it into a selling point for the modular smartphone.

Alibaba's growth quickens in time for landmark U.S. IPO

File photo of an employee walking past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of HangzhouBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd accelerated revenue growth in the crucial fourth quarter, the company reported on Tuesday, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares for a highly anticipated public offering. Alibaba's resurgence helped lift shares in Yahoo Inc, which owns about 24 percent of the Chinese company and is highly sensitive to Alibaba's growth prospects and valuation. China's largest Internet company, which is racing to prepare for the largest U.S. IPO since Facebook Inc's 2012 coming-out party, recorded 66 percent growth in sales to $3.06 billion in 2013's final three months. Its listing is the most highly anticipated of what's expected to be a record year for U.S. tech debuts, spurred on by Twitter Inc's successful 2013 IPO.

Keep Steve Jobs' personality out of trial: tech companies

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows the new MacBook Air during the Macworld Convention and Expo in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was "a bully," four major tech companies argued in a court filing. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including late Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars

A Twitter logo made from Californian license plates is shown at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoTwitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government. The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, filling a position that had been vacant since January. Investors reacted positively to the news, sending Twitter shares up more than 11 percent, the biggest gain since the day it went public in November. Twitter said in a blog post that the Gnip deal allowed it to burrow more deeply into the 500 million tweets sent daily on its network.

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