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  • Opinion: Google and Viacom settle YouTube suit long after it stopped mattering

    Google and Viacom have finally buried the hatchet over alleged YouTube copyright violations from nearly a decade ago.

  • Opinion: What I learned from a shoeless Mark Cuban at SXSW

    The One World Theatre is not a typical South by Southwest venue. It sits high on a hill northwest of town, about nine miles from the convention center, with beautiful views and none of the overcrowded messiness of the show itself. On Saturday, Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban spoke to about 300 entrepreneurs here--members and guests of Entrepreneurs Organization's Austin branch. Tagging along were a few lucky members of the media--including me.

  • Opinion: Why Lenovo has bought Motorola

    Yesterday Lenovo agreed to buy Motorola from Google for US$2.91bn. On the face of it that's a big loss for Google given that it spent $12.5bn buying Motorola only in 2011. So what's going on? Here I'll take a look at why Lenovo has bought Motorola, why Google has sold it, and what it means for Android and the smartphone market.

  • Opinion: Court's smackdown on net neutrality could hit you right in the pocket

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order on Tuesday, rejecting the FCC's power to impose and enforce network neutrality rules on Internet service providers (ISPs).

  • Opinion: Why is HP cutting 1124 jobs in the UK?

    The news that HP is cutting more than 1100 of its UK workforce is tragic for all involved, coming as it does just before Christmas. But how has one of the world's most recognisable companies found itself in this situation? I've been looking at HP's history and the past 10 years of the personal computer to explain why HP is cutting 1124 jobs in the UK.

  • Opinion: Jeff Bezos: Super CEO or Supervillain?

    Your tech company's CEO is a bold, visionary leader recognized far and wide as an innovator in the industry. He or she never shies away from embracing Big Ideas or taking risks that most of us would dismiss as foolhardy. The press hangs on this charismatic technology guru's every word, waiting to see what wisdom he or she will reveal next.

  • Opinion: Oracle's Hurd not planning to take Microsoft CEO job

    Oracle president Mark Hurd threw his own hat out of the ring to replace Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, telling CNBC that he doesn't intend to leave his current post.

  • Opinion: Will Nokia help Microsoft regain relevance with businesses?

    Microsoft rocked the tech world today with the announcement that it is spending about $7 billion to acquire Nokia. The move has a variety of potential benefits and ramifications, and many of those could have an impact on how your business relates to Microsoft in the years to come.

  • Opinion: Future of smartphones

    Smartphones are developing continuously, here's where we discuss sever key areas where the industry as a whole will be looking to improve and how it will go about doing so. Keep reading to find out more about the Future of Smartphones.

  • Opinion: Who will be Microsoft's new CEO? Place your bets -- literally

    Think you know who will replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's new CEO? Put your money where your mouth is.

  • Opinion: Definition of broadband' is too broad

    There's good news, and not-so-good news. The good news is the number of people accessing the network over broadband continues to increase. The not-so-good news is that the term "broadband" is so broad that it's difficult to tell how good the good news really is.

  • Opinion: Expensify expands capabilities to create expense reports that don't suck'

    Keeping track of hours, mileage, and receipts is tedious. Compiling it all into an expense report that will pass the scrutiny of the accounting department can be a nightmare. Expensify wants to relieve that burden by delivering "expense reports that don't suck," and it continues to add new features to achieve that goal.

  • Opinion: Could Haswell laptops replace ARM tablets?

    The latest generation of Intel laptops should offer vastly improved battery life, and that in turn may infuse the traditional Windows laptop with a new lease of life. Could Haswell laptops replace ARM tablets?

  • Opinion: The Mac office: Embracing the nearly paperless future

    I have a nice document scanner. I have great OCR and document-management software. I have a solid system for converting paper into digital documents. I hardly ever print anything. I even wrote a book on the paperless office. And yet, somehow, I still have tons of papers in my home office, and despite my best efforts, more appear all the time. What's happening?

  • Opinion: The whistleblower rightly trusted Hong Kong

    When I first heard that Edward Snowden was in Hong Kong, I was skeptical. The young cybersecurity guru who uncovered the NSA's extensive surveillance surely would have headed for Iceland or some other haven (Sweden's off the map, as Julian Assange has learned).

  • Opinion: How does the government's data collecting program Prism work?

    On the 6th of June the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers broke a story which stated that the American government had been secretly collecting massive amounts of private data about its own citizens, as well as anyone who used services provided by certain US technology companies. These included well known brands as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, and Skype.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Supreme beings

    The Supremes smile down on Apple and the friendly skies are now full of iPads, but Tim Cook's got nothing but downside. The remainders for Monday, June 24, 2013 have their ups and downs.

  • Opinion: Bad social media strategy for any business

    Until last month, few had heard of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro restaurant in the US city of Scottsdale, Arizona. It's a family-owned eatery offering slightly upmarket burgers, pizzas, and cakes.

  • Opinion: Mageia Linux 3 brings a raft of key updates

    Mageia has long been what you might call a "best-kept secret" of the Linux world, consistently residing among the top five distributions in DistroWatch's page-hit rankings despite minimal marketing and hoopla.

  • Opinion: 10 tech patents that should have been rejected

    Welcome to the wacky world of tech patents--a place where you'll find not just the crazy-sounding ideas that inhabit any category of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but some ideas that seem so minute or so obvious that you wonder how they ever qualified as patentworthy.

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