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Exclusive: Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite. The case was based largely on emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:49:34 -0400
Amazon's revenue increases even as spending rises

A parcel moves on the conveyor belt at Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, largely offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce company branches into new businesses. Amazon's international unit, which accounts for 40 percent of sales, continued to be a drag as sales growth slowed to 18 percent during the quarter. Global unit sales, a closely watched measure of how many items Amazon has sold, also decelerated, rising only 23 percent. "A lot of the things that we've done - making sure that we have the right pricing in place on behalf of the customers, making sure that our service levels are where we need them to be - those are the things we continue to work on in China," Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said during a conference call.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:19:43 -0400
Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a court filing on Thursday, which did not spell out terms. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and a steady disclosure of emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:46 -0400
Google social networking boss Gundotra leaving company

Senior VP of Engineering at Google Vic Gundotra before a Google event in San FranciscoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, is leaving the Internet search company, he said on Thursday, three years after overseeing the launch of the Google+ social network. Gundotra, who has worked at Google for eight years, announced the move in a Google+ post. "We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish," Gundotra wrote.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:38:03 -0400
Facebook acquires fitness tracking mobile app Moves

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg smiles in the stage before delivering a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has acquired the maker of a mobile app that can track the distance consumers walk or run and measure the calories burned, giving the social networking company an entree into the nascent market for fitness and health monitoring technology. Facebook did not disclose the price it paid for ProtoGeo Oy, the 2-year-old Helsinki company that makes the Moves app. A Facebook spokesman said the price for ProtoGeo, which has fewer than 10 employees, was not anywhere near what the company had paid for other higher-profile acquisitions recently. Facebook has begun 2014 by going on a shopping spree, paying $19 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp in February and $2.3 billion for virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR a couple of weeks later.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:14 -0400
Trend-setter Apple's stock split could bring out the copycats

A man poses for a photo in front of the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New YorkBy Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple has long been a trend-setter whose hot products attract imitators, and now its recent stock split might help revive a trend from the 1990s that has all but disappeared on Wall Street. Apple Inc's move might inspire others, some believe, but only modestly. "It could become a bit of a trend when you see a name like Apple decide to split the stock," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities. Polcari said Priceline Group Inc, the most expensive single stock on the S&P 500, is a prime candidate.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:54:49 -0400
Video: Watch this incredible time lapse of the northern lights

Video: Watch this incredible time lapse of the northern lightsPhotographer Alexis Coram took a trip to Alaska earlier this year and ended up capturing one of the most impressive videos of the northern lights that we've seen. The northern lights occur when charged particles of the sun enter Earth's atmosphere and can usually only be seen from the higher latitudes, which is why most of us never get to see them up close and in person. However, Coram's video is so incredible that it might be the next-best thing. "I headed to Alaska in February with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights with mine," Coram said in the video's description. "That glimpse turned into an extravaganza.a party in the sky, and I was an onlooker, a face



Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:15:00 -0400
Internet governance debated in Brazil

People hold a banner in support of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff as she addresses the opening ceremony of NETmundial, a major conference on the future of Internet governance in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Rousseff ratified a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web during the conference. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO (AP) - An international two-day conference in Brazil came to a close Thursday night with a call for an effective, legitimate and evolving framework for Internet governance.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:35:09 -0400
Watch NASA's Morpheus take to the air - then make a smooth landing

Watch NASA's Morpheus take to the air - then make a smooth landingNASA's Morpheus lander has gone a long way since it crashed and burned in 2012. The agency's vertical landing and takeoff test vehicle now has a number of successful flights under its belt, including one that's just concluded at the Kennedy Space Center. On this most recent flight, the lander easily traversed 1,300 feet at a speed of 36mph for 98 seconds, proving that it has a future in delivering cargo to space.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:23:00 -0400
The 20-year-old graduate behind Safari for iPhone

The 20-year-old graduate behind Safari for iPhoneFrancisco Tolmasky was 20 when he joined Apple in 2006. The computer science graduate, fresh from the University of Southern California, was immediately set to work on the upcoming iPhone's internet browser. From the beginning of his time at the company, Tolmasky says Steve Jobs would meet with him regularly to discuss his progress. "Steve was really adamant," the now 29-year-old Tolmasky tells The New York Times. "'This needs to be like magic. ...



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:13:17 -0400
Video: Choose sides in this interactive trailer for next-gen game Evolve

Video: Choose sides in this interactive trailer for next-gen game EvolveEvolve is shaping up to be the most captivating cooperative game of the new generation of consoles. Announced earlier this year, Evolve is a successor of sorts to Turtle Rock Studios' last major project, Left 4 Dead. As in Left 4 Dead, players in Evolve will team up to fight a terrifying threat, but this time the threat is much larger than a zombie. Evolve pits a team of four humans players (Hunters) against a single, gigantic monster (Goliath). In the recently published interactive trailer, you can swap between the perspectives of each player character and the player-controlled Goliath in real-time throughout the course of a full match. In the video, you'll be able to get a feel for how each of the



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:00:17 -0400
Apple's sales boom in communist Vietnam
(This story corrects period for sales in the first paragraph) By Nguyen Phuong Linh HANOI (Reuters) - - Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc's hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half, a growth rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share. Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts. Quarterly iPhone sales more than doubled and the strong growth appears likely to continue given Vietnam's predominantly young, tech-savvy population, rapid growth in internet and mobile phone use and a projected doubling of the middle class by 2020.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:23:32 -0400
Pinterest focuses on discovery with new Guided Search

Pinterest focuses on discovery with new Guided SearchWith over 750 million boards and 30 billion pins, Pinterest has seen nearly a 50 percent increase in new pins in just the last six months. Indeed, CEO Ben Silbermann even calls it the "world's largest human-curated collection of things." Therein, however, lies a problem. With so much information, it can be difficult to find what you really want, but even worse, it becomes really (really) hard to find or even discover new things that might be of interest to you.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:20:00 -0400
California bill to require a 'kill switch' on phones fails in state senate

California bill to require a 'kill switch' on phones fails in state senateA California bill that would require anti-theft measures to be included in smartphones, failed to pass today after a vote fell two Senate members short of its minimum. Senate bill 962 - which was introduced in February by Senator Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat - asked for any "advanced mobile communications device," sold in the state next year to have hardware or software features to let owners render the devices useless when stolen. The vote comes just a week after nearly every major player in the phone industry pledged to make their smartphones harder to steal. Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung, along with the five major US cell carriers, agreed on plans to offer customers a way to remotely wipe or make inoperable their devices beginning July 2015. Along with the California bill, a separate piece of legislation introduced in Congress in February called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, asks for both carriers and device manufacturers to provide options to remotely wipe the phone, or render it useless if stolen.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:19:17 -0400
Minecraft on Xbox One will transfer saves from Xbox 360

Minecraft on Xbox One will transfer saves from Xbox 360Due to a lack of backwards compatibility, upgrading to new-gen systems like the Xbox One and PS4 has meant mostly leaving your old games and the progress made in them behind, but not in this case. Phil Spencer, ...



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:06:00 -0400
Pinterest introduces guided search feature to help you explore your interests

Pinterest introduces guided search feature to help you explore your interestsPinterest is rolling out an expanded search engine on its mobile apps for iOS and Android designed to help you browse your interests more effectively than you can on a traditional search engine. "Guided search," as Pinterest is calling the feature, returns a list of Pinterest tiles for your searches that are popular among users. Guided search represents the most significant of three announcements Pinterest made tonight at its headquarters. Guided search and related pins offer advertisers the opportunity to target potential customers with a high level of precision.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:52:44 -0400
Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thrive

Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thriveNotebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the "on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters," and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it's not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted.  In Taiwan, notebook shipments dropped by 13.8% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, and by 6.8% compared to the same period last year. When it comes to worldwide shipments, the trend is similar, with notebook sales dropping by 14.2% sequentially and 5.5% compared to last year. Companies including HP, Asus, Apple and Lenovo thrived, the publication shows, with the



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:45:38 -0400
?California's smartphone kill-switch bill flops in the state senate

?California's smartphone kill-switch bill flops in the state senateUS carriers can all collectively breathe a sigh of relief today: California's mobile kill-switch bill is dead, at least for now. The would have required all smartphones sold in the state to include a remote-kill feature designed to render stolen phones useless. The bill was designed to curb phone robberies by making the crime less lucrative. If carriers didn't comply, the state would have been able to fine them $2,500 for every unsupported device sold.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:37:00 -0400
Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, file photo, employees cheer customers as they enter a newly-opened Apple Store in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing. Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems announced Thursday, April 24, 2014, they have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:12:57 -0400
eBay's new mobile apps are all about you, borrow some Pinterest looks

eBay's new mobile apps are all about you, borrow some Pinterest lookseBay's mobile apps just got a little more personal. The company refreshed its offerings for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 8 today, unveiling a new look for the apps that's customized to your habits. The highlight of the update is a new "My Feed" section on the home screen which populates with large photos of items you've indicated you want (like this epic collection of 125 Goat books).



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:41:00 -0400
Netflix joining lineup of 3 US cable-TV services
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:30:51 -0400
Android 4.4.3 tipped to bring major Dialer redesign

Android 4.4.3 tipped to bring major Dialer redesignGoogle has yet to roll out its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which is believed to bring various bug fixes and improvements, but a leaked screenshot seems to indicate that at least one major new feature may also be part of the upcoming software update. According to an image posted on the xda-developers forum, the Google Dialer is getting a completely new look. The Android 4.4.3 Dialer app features a series of cards for each contact instead of a list. The cards have a colored background with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can apparently also show a picture of the contact when one is assigned to it. Other elements in the screenshot include the top search bar and



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:30:50 -0400
FTC: State bans on Tesla's direct sales model are hurting competition

FTC: State bans on Tesla's direct sales model are hurting competitionTesla has just gained a valuable ally in its battle to sell cars directly to customers: the Federal Trade Commission. The regulator now argues that state bans on direct sales are "protectionist," propping up the traditional dealership business model rather than protecting companies from unfair abuses by automakers. It's the "competitive process" that should decide which sales model is better, not the law.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:58:00 -0400
Learning the Lessons of the InBloom Failure

Learning the Lessons of the InBloom FailureThe controversy over how to manage and store sensitive student data reached boiling point this week. InBloom, the non-profit organization backed by a $100M grant from the Gates Foundation, closed its doors over parental concerns about the potential misuse of that data and other privacy and security fears about how students' information might be used, manipulated or get into the wrong hands.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:50:39 -0400
Chipmaker Synaptics rides popularity of fingerprint ID phones
The growing popularity of using fingerprints to unlock mobile phones and other devices is expected to drive growth at Synaptics Inc , which makes the chips enabling the technology popularized by Apple Inc's iPhone 5S. Synaptics' chips for fingerprint ID and touchscreens are used in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy S5, and strong sales of the smartphone will help Synaptics post its strongest annual revenue growth since 2007. Synaptics could boast of a market share of as much as 80 percent in fingerprint recognition technology for the next few quarters as the S5 will be the dominant smartphone being shipped with the technology, Feltl & Co analyst Jeffrey Schreiner said.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:31:28 -0400
Play this: burglary is a puzzle in 'Third Eye Crime'

Play this: burglary is a puzzle in 'Third Eye Crime'Third Eye Crime opens with a familiar scene: a young woman walks into a dimly lit office, while a trench coat-clad man sits behind a desk. Slow, jazzy music plays in the background.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:30:07 -0400
These guys created the PlayStation 4 and here's how they did it (video)

These guys created the PlayStation 4 and here's how they did it (video)Earlier this month we were in the audience to see two gaming legends talk at length about the history of PlayStation, but if you want to watch PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios and the PS4's lead designer have a ...



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:24:00 -0400
Daily Roundup: rediscovered Andy Warhol art, Google Glass available to all, and more!

Daily Roundup: rediscovered Andy Warhol art, Google Glass available to all, 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.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:21:00 -0400
Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during the keynote address of the Build Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) - Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:18:34 -0400
Galaxy S5 launch sales reportedly better than iPhone 5s launch

Galaxy S5 launch sales reportedly better than iPhone 5s launchAfter multiple reports revealed that the Galaxy S5 is apparently selling better than its predecessor, a new infographic says that the Galaxy S5 has enjoyed better launch sales than the iPhone 5s did a few months ago during its own launch. iQmetrix measured Galaxy S5 sales during its launch weekend, from April 11th to April 13th, sampling over 15,000 stores across North America, and compared them with iPhone 5s sales from September 20th to September 23rd. The company has gathered its data from its RQ Retail Management system that's used by wireless retailers in North America to process some 14.5 million handset transactions each year. According to the infographic, the Galaxy S5 accounted for 23% of total phones sold in the U.S. and Canada



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:15:52 -0400
Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Sandy Roberts, Starbucks strategy manager for global coffee engagement, pours samples of coffee for shareholders and other guests, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Starbucks reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:12:39 -0400
New FCC rules could destroy net neutrality

New FCC rules could destroy net neutrality"The great revolution in the internet is how it empowers individuals to both consume and create... and to do so requires an accessible and open internet. And we will fight to preserve that capability." - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, January 16th, 2014.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:02:02 -0400
Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to life

Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to lifeThe International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe is slated to come home in August after 36 years in space, but a group of engineers wants to use it as a platform for citizen science before it does. Sadly, NASA ...



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:52:00 -0400
FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

Attendees surf the internet at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsBy Alina Selyukh NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over its plan to allow "fast lanes" for some content on the Internet, insisting that the agency will monitor and punish broadband providers that treat Web traffic "unreasonably." The Federal Communications Commission is weighing rules that would ban Internet providers from blocking access to websites or applications, but would allow content companies to pay for faster Internet speeds delivering their traffic as long as such deals are deemed "commercially reasonable." Consumer advocates assailed the proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, saying it would let certain content providers pay for access to fast lanes and discourage consumers from going to competitors' sites where videos or other content may load more slowly by comparison. The five-member FCC will negotiate the rules before they vote on May 15 to formally propose them and seek public comment. The debate is over the principle known as open Internet or net neutrality, which establishes that owners of networks that deliver online content should treat all of that content equally.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:47:57 -0400
Starbucks eyes US expansion as sales climb
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:37:05 -0400
Exclusive: Apple, Google agree to pay over $300 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite. The case was based largely on emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:35:30 -0400
What Your Cell Phone Conversations Inspire

What Your Cell Phone Conversations InspireThis phenomenon isn't unique to New York, of course. But with so many more people crammed into so much less space, I decided to meditate on the lives I sampled -- and to renew a few promises to myself.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:35:28 -0400
Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

Cover Oregon interim chief information officer Alex Pettit speaks during an advisory committee meeting in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 24, 2014. After months of deliberation over what to do with Oregon's botched online health exchange, the advisory panel recommended that the state drop its trouble-plagued online health exchange for private policies and have Oregonians instead shop for them on the federal online marketplace. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.



Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:18:42 -0400

 

 
 
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