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Brazil: Local Company has Patent on iPhone Brand

February 14, 2013 10:05 am | by JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press | Comments

Brazil's patent authority has taken a bite out of Apple with an announcement Wednesday that the iPhone name in Brazil belongs to a local company called Gradiente SA, not to the global computer giant. The official publication of the verdict doesn't forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil.

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Wall Street: Comcast Got a Steal on NBCUniversal

February 14, 2013 9:59 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Is General Electric letting Comcast gobble up the NBCUniversal media empire at a bargain price? Wall Street thinks so. "The Comcast folks feel like they got a steal," said analyst Daniel Holland at Morningstar. Matthew Harrigan at Wunderlich Securities said GE "mispriced" the $16.7 billion deal.

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Tech Data & Brocade Initiative’s Partnership Focuses on Recruiting, Educating, & Enabling Resellers

February 13, 2013 5:46 pm | by Tech Data Corporation; Brocade | Comments

Expanding its advanced technical support capabilities and enablement tools, Tech Data Corporation has announced the launch of a Campus network-focused initiative in collaboration with Brocade. Through the initiative, Tech Data will focus on recruiting, educating, and enabling networking resellers.

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Master Electronics & Panasonic Industrial Devices Sign Distribution Agreement

February 13, 2013 5:19 pm | by Master Electronics; Panasonic Industrial Devices | Comments

Master Electronics announces the company has been awarded the prestigious Panasonic Industrial Devices franchise. The expanded Panasonic offering builds on decades of success between the two companies selling and promoting Panasonic.

Comcast Doubles Down on TV in $16.7B Deal for NBCU

February 13, 2013 10:22 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE,AP Business Writers RYAN NAKASHIMA,AP Business Writers | Comments

Comcast's $16.7 billion deal to buy the remaining half of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as the growth of Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape. The decision was driven largely by Comcast Corp.'s belief that it would end up paying substantially more.

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Yahoo CEO Plans to Prune Company's Mobile Apps

February 13, 2013 10:14 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer thinks the Internet company will be able to please more people with fewer smartphone applications. Mayer told an audience of investors during a Tuesday presentation that she thinks Yahoo will be better served with just 12 to 15 mobile applications.

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Another Major Dell Shareholder Opposes $24.4B Sale

February 13, 2013 10:13 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A shareholder rebellion against Dell's proposed $24.4 billion sale to its founder and other investors is gaining more support, fueling a belief that the struggling personal computer maker will have to wrangle a higher price to get the deal done.

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Intel Working on TV Set-Top Box to Replace Cable

February 13, 2013 10:12 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Intel Corp. said Tuesday that it will sell a set-top box that brings Internet-delivered movies and shows to a TV set this year. Erik Huggers, general manager of Intel Media, said the company plans to sell a box that will offer "a vastly superior experience" to today's cable boxes.

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Apple CEO: Shareholder Lawsuit is 'Silly Sideshow'

February 13, 2013 10:11 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Tim Cook is calling a shareholder lawsuit against the company a "silly sideshow," even as he said he is open to looking at the shareholder's proposals for sharing more cash with investors. Investor David Einhorn sued Apple Inc. last week, saying a proposal slated for a vote at the company's annual meeting in two weeks.

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General Electric Gets Out of the TV Business

February 13, 2013 10:10 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there. It's another step in GE's efforts to focus on less glamorous — but theoretically more profitable — ventures such as manufacturing medical imaging equipment, airplane engines and electrical generators.

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White House Revealing Obama's Cybersecurity Plan

February 13, 2013 10:09 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

White House officials are revealing details of President Barack Obama's initial plans for protecting the computer networks of crucial American industries from cyberattacks. Their description of Obama's executive order was planned for Wednesday, a day after the president signed it.

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Humans and Robots Work Better Together Following Cross-Training

February 12, 2013 9:49 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | Comments

Spending a day in someone else’s shoes can help us to learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, to enable them to work together as a team. Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry to perform tasks that bring them into closer contact with humans.

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Latest Earth Satellite Launches from CA Coast

February 12, 2013 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A satellite launched into space Monday will keep closer tabs on Earth's glaciers, crops, forests and shorelines, continuing a tradition that began four decades ago. The Landsat satellite was boosted into orbit by an Atlas V rocket shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time, more than an hour after lifting off from the seaside Vandenberg Air Force Base under mostly clear skies.

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No Need to Leave the Room: Bet by TV at NJ Casino

February 12, 2013 9:30 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | Comments

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said it will become the first casino in the United States to let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets, starting Feb. 18.Its E-Casino program will let guests with player's cards set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day. Slots and four kinds of video poker will be the first games offered.

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AT4 wireless Takes Leading Market Position by Investing in Anritsu 3G and LTE Test Equipment

February 11, 2013 5:31 pm | by AT4 wireless; Anritsu Company | Comments

AT4 wireless and Anritsu Company announce an agreement to bring Anritsu test equipment for 3G and LTE conformance and carrier testing to the AT4 wireless leading network of testing laboratories.

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