Today's Top Technology Headlines
- European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution
(Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.
- Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc's agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called a "highly unusual" accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company is unsuccessful in appealing a ruling that found it liable for antitrust violations. ...
- Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from U.S.: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the U.S. market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September. The Korean company's lawsuit came after Nvidia accused it and rival Qualcomm Inc of infringing patents on its graphics-processing unit (GPU). ...
- Seattle police body cameras plan revived by deal with anonymous programmer
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle police plan to outfit officers with body cameras was back on for early December after the agency struck an unusual deal with an anonymous programmer whose massive public-records requests threatened to cripple the program, police said on Friday. The programmer, who operates a YouTube channel of 911 calls, surveillance and police footage, had bombarded the department with requests for video content from police cameras, which the department said it lacks the funds and staff to quickly fulfill. ...
- Video streaming service Aereo files for bankruptcy
By Tanya Agrawal and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, the online video streaming company backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing on Thursday night came five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said Aereo violated broadcasters' copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers who paid $8 to $12 a month. That decision effectively forbade New York-based Aereo's business model, an attempt to offer a less-expensive alternative to cable television. ...
- Amazon plans ad-supported video streaming service: NY post
(Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be free or chargeable. Amazon's Prime service costs $99 a year. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. The new service will compete directly with Hulu and Netflix Inc, whose charges start at $7.99 a month for customers in the United States. ...
- castAR team ships out first pair of AR glasses, more to follow soon
- Microsoft Strategy Vice President Teper: 'Minecraft is a development tool'
Microsoft Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Teper talks about Microsoft's thinking on everything from its Minecraft acquisition, to how the leadership team is evaluating what's core to the company.
- 3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything
- Eminem releases massive free mixtape online
Do you want 66 free songs from Eminem's label, Shady Records? You can now download Shady Classics, a 66-track mixtape put together by DJ Whoo Kid that represents some of the material that couldn't fit on the upcoming Eminem compilation album Shady XV. It also has some Eminem freestyles, though don't expect too much brand new material: the rapper's manager tells MLive.com that "there’s not a bunch of new stuff on there or anything.
- Alienware's Alpha game console is ready to invade your living room
- Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can.
- Macintosh designer is selling $1,900 replicas of Apple's legendary pirate flag
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