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Global allies give Mozilla’s Firefox OS a mobile foothold

Partners backing the browser-based mobile operating system include phone maker LG Electronics and 18 mobile network operators across the world. The first phones are due in the second quarter. The opening screen of Firefox OS running on a Geeksphone Keon. (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET) BARCELONA, Spain–Laying the groundwork for its nascent Firefox OS, Mozilla has won […]

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Apple wins 39 new patents on Smart Cover, pinch-to-zoom

The company is awarded patents on a wide array of technologies, including replication server selection and motion-sensor data processing.  (Credit: Apple) Apple has won dozens of new patents across a wide array of technologies, including how pinch-to-zoom works in software and its iPad Smart Cover’s attachment features. Perhaps the most important patent is one that […]

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Chrome for Android gets server-accelerated browsing

  Proxy browsing uses Google’s servers to squeeze Web pages then shoot them to Chrome faster using SPDY networking technology. Also in Chrome 26 for Android: password sync and early WebRTC support. Google’s server-assisted browsing only works for unencrypted Web pages. Encrypted ones use a direct channel to the secure Web page. (Credit: Google) Taking […]

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Detroit Electric set to launch U.S.-made Tesla rival

Detroit Electric will assemble its electric vehicles in the U.S., featuring a design not unlike the Tesla Roadster. Detroit Electric teaser for expected April 3 introduction. It may resemble the Lotus Elise. (Credit: Detroit Electric) Storied-brand Detroit Electric is teasing an electric vehicle that will take on the Tesla. “After an absence of over 70 […]

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Google to split mapping, commerce ops, WSJ reports

It appears that Google’s “spring cleaning” is even broader than thought. The online search giant is splitting its mapping and commerce unit into two separate businesses, The Wall Street Journal reported today, citing its sources. Jeff Huber, who led the mapping and commerce business, is stepping aside from his role and will be moving to […]

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Foursquare updates Android app with locale advice

Continuing to tread into Yelp territory, the check-in social network’s Android app is now offering popular restaurant, shop, and sight recommendations. Looking more and more like a local search and reviews site, Foursquare is launching a few brand new features with its Android update today. The central new feature is popular places recommendations. “When you’re […]

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Amazon debuts new literary fiction imprint

The giant Web retailer adds Little A, its seventh imprint, to its roster. Upcoming titles include a book by actor James Franco. Continuing its push into creating original content, Amazon has launched a literary fiction imprint dubbed Little A. The imprint falls under the ambitious publishing unit at the retail giant, Amazon Publishing, led by […]

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OpenTable gobbles up Foodspotting for $10 million

Foodspotting’s site and mobile apps will continue to operate on a standalone basis. Foodspotting photos from around the world. (Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET) OpenTable, a company that provides online restaurant reservations, has acquired Foodspotting, a site and apps that let users post photos of the food dishes they encounter at eateries. The companies announced […]

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Hot calendar app Tempo crushed by demand

After a splashy launch, the calendar and scheduling app locks out new registrations. The company is opening things back up this morning. Buzzy calendar and scheduling app Tempo, which made a splashy launch yesterday, is recovering after being overrun by new users. “We are excited but overwhelmed by the demand,” Raj Singh, the founder and […]

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Spotify’s Daniel Ek: I don’t worry about Apple, Google

As Google and others gear up to enter the streaming-music business, the Spotify founder says he’s staying focused on bringing music to as many people as possible. Spotify sign at SXSW 2013 (Credit: James Martin/CNET) AUSTIN, Texas — Google is aiming to roll out two subscription music services this summer, and Apple is reportedly trying […]

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YouTube vice president touts paid subscriptions

The online video site sees paid subscriptions as a way to generate more revenue for content creators but remains mum on specific details. YouTube is clearly eyeing paid subscriptions, though it won’t reveal if such an option has gotten the green light. Speaking with reporters in Los Angeles yesterday, Robert Kyncl, a YouTube vice president, […]

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Talk on Twitter corresponds to higher TV ratings

A new Nielsen study shows a correlation between people tweeting about a certain TV show and an increase in that show’s ratings.  (Credit: Nielsen) This is a classic “which came first, the chicken or the egg” scenario: more talk on Twitter and higher TV ratings, or is it quality TV and more talk on Twitter? […]

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Twitter turns seven, releases greatest-hits video

On its seventh birthday, the social networking giant is celebrating having surpassed 200 million active users and 400 million daily tweets. Plus a long list of other accomplishments. Twitter turns seven today, and to commemorate its birthday, the social networking service has released a video that highlights its many accomplishments, including surpassing 200 million active […]

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Schmidt: Chrome, Android to stay separate, but may overlap

Google’s executive chairman also says that rumors he might be leaving the company are “completely false.” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome, the Google Apps, and now Android. (Credit: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET) Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Android and Chrome will stay separate, according to a new report. Speaking […]