Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Charter's $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face U.S. scrutiny
By Malathi Nayak and Diane Bartz NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The combined company would control a big swath of the cable and Internet markets, marking a huge step toward industry consolidation, long advocated by cable pioneer John Malone, Charter's biggest shareholder. The agreement is the latest example of how cable companies are grappling with declining subscriber numbers as viewers shift to cheaper and more flexible streaming services offered by Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Hulu and others.
- Snapchat CEO says company plans to IPO, does not specify when
RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Reuters) - Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said on Tuesday the company plans to have an initial public offering but did not specify when that would happen. "We have to IPO," Spiegel said during a talk at a technology conference hosted in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., by technology online-only publication Re/code. "It's just another dot on the list of things to do," Spiegel added. In 2013, Snapchat turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook to acquire the company. ...
- Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal
By Lawrence Hurley and Dan Levine WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. The case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programing language. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of Java, while Google argues it should be free to use Java without paying a licensing fee.
- U.S. top court rules against Cisco Systems in patent infringement fight
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused from the case, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. The case concerns a patent held by Commil USA LLC on a way to improve the implementation of a wireless network where multiple access points are needed.
- HR software maker Workday forecasts weak billings growth
Human resource software company Workday Inc forecast current-quarter billings below market expectations and reported a bigger quarterly net loss due to higher spending on marketing and product development. Shares of Workday, which makes software to manage employee performance, payroll and expense, fell 8.5 percent in extended trading.
- Chinese biotech 3SBIO launches up to $712 million HK IPO: term sheet
(Reuters) - Chinese biotech company 3SBIO, which delisted from the Nasdaq two years ago, on Wednesday launched an up to $712 million Hong Kong IPO, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters. Citic Securities, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were hired as joint bookrunners on the deal. 3SBio delisted from the U.S. exchange two years ago after it agreed to be taken private for about $340 million by a group led by its chief executive, Jing Lou, and Chinese private equity firm CITIC Private Equity.
- I never thought the new Mad Max game could live up to Fury Road… until I saw the amazing trailer
I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road last night, and all I could think about while leaving the theater was how the hell Avalanche Studios thinks it’s going to make a game out of that. Avalanche Studios, the team behind the enormous open world sandbox that is the Just Cause series, is releasing a Mad Max game this September, and I couldn’t imagine it living up to the movie… …at least, until I saw the latest trailer. READ MORE: It’s official: Cortana is coming to iOS and Android If you haven’t seen Fury Road yet, point your browser in the direction of your favorite movie ticket site and pick a time before it leaves theaters. It’s one of the best action movies of the past
- Adult Swim makes virtual reality even weirder
- Sorry, Charlie: The Charlie Charlie Challenge is less spooky than they say
- Air Force certifies SpaceX to bid for military space missions
- Smartphones, Twitter help gauge crowd size
Data from smartphones and Twitter can accurately show the size of a crowd, helping first responders in an emergency, a study on Wednesday said. Scientists at England's University of Warwick devised a computer model based on data from Twitter and from phone companies in Milan, northern Italy. The mobile phone system is cellular, meaning that it is a grid comprising pockets, or cells, where users are connected via a relay antenna.
- Android Auto is finally here, and with it a new era
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- Hot Topic is buying ThinkGeek
Back in the '90s, retailer Hot Topic gained a level of notoriety by gobbling up punk / alternative culture and style and repackaging it for mall-going teens across the country. ThinkGeek is pretty well-known for its wide variety of kitschy, pop-culture focused offerings — the site's banner features huge properties like Marvel, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and more. There's likely a huge crossover between those shopping at Hot Topic and those buying nerdy goods from ThinkGeek, so the purchase makes a lot of sense — but there's also some weird history to it, as well.
- Motion-sensing 'PomPom Mirror' recreates your likeness in fur