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Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style
Legal Issues

Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style

The suit demands Apple and the design firm Craig & Karl immediately cease using the images in question.
Android Update Lets Users Unlock Phones With Just Their Voices
Mobile

Android Update Lets Users Unlock Phones With Just Their Voices

The Trusted Voice Smart Lock option is being rolled out as part of the Google Play Services 7.0 update
Nina Zipkin
Amazon and HarperCollins Reach Multi-Year Publishing Deal
Ecommerce

Amazon and HarperCollins Reach Multi-Year Publishing Deal

The agreement is expected to go into effect this week.
Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere Hurl Insults in Twitter Feud
Social Media

Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere Hurl Insults in Twitter Feud

Grab some popcorn and fire up your Twitter feed.
Geoff Weiss
Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked
Patents

Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked

The U.S. Patent Office deemed claims concerning episodic content 'unpatentable.'
Trials, Tribulations and Tone Deafness Feed HBO's 'Silicon Valley'
Silicon Valley

Trials, Tribulations and Tone Deafness Feed HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

Real-life events are parodied in this season's plot line.
PayPal, eBay to Stay Interdependent for Five Years After Split
Ecommerce

PayPal, eBay to Stay Interdependent for Five Years After Split

The two firms agreed that eBay would not reduce the volume of transactions it channels through PayPal.
Jeff Bezos Heats Up the Race to Space: Your Weekly News Roundup
Weekly News Roundup

Jeff Bezos Heats Up the Race to Space: Your Weekly News Roundup

We share the Amazon founder's commercial space travel ambitions and why the strong dollar might soon pinch American businesses.
Tanya Benedicto Klich
The 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions of All Time (Infographic)
Acquisitions

The 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions of All Time (Infographic)

Each of these deals saw the exchange of billions of dollars.
Jonathan Long
Hukkster Rises From the Dead as a Real-Time Retail Sales Alert Site
Ecommerce

Hukkster Rises From the Dead as a Real-Time Retail Sales Alert Site

Missing Hukkster? Hukk that. The defunct sale-tracking site is back, but is it better?
Kim Lachance Shandrow
NFL Names 41-Year-Old Mother of Three Its First Full-Time Female Referee
Hiring

NFL Names 41-Year-Old Mother of Three Its First Full-Time Female Referee

Having officiated games for nearly 20 years, Sarah Thomas says she's encountered surprisingly little resistance and never set out to be a trailblazer.
Geoff Weiss
Déjà Vu: Zynga Founder Returns as CEO
Executive shakeup

Déjà Vu: Zynga Founder Returns as CEO

Mark Pincus, who stepped down as CEO of the gaming company in 2013, is reclaiming the title.
Ari Levy
Strong Dollar Puts Pressure on 'Made in USA' Firms
Economic Conditions

Strong Dollar Puts Pressure on 'Made in USA' Firms

The dollar's run-up over the past six months is pinching small exporters, who say they're facing pricing pressure and overseas competition.
Kate Rogers
Twitter's Shares Jump on Takeover Rumors
Mergers and Acquisitions

Twitter's Shares Jump on Takeover Rumors

At least one report says that the company has hired advisers to rebuff a takeover bid.