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June 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T and Samsung are going after outdoorsy customers with the new Galaxy S 4 Active, a rugged version of Samsung's popular flagship smartphone. With a thicker and heavier shell than the original Galaxy S 4, the G S 4 Active is able to keep dust out of its components as well as water even when submerged under more than three feet of water for up to a half hour. The G S 4 Active was unveiled earlier this month, but AT&T did not announce it would be the exclusive U.S. carrier until this week.
May 6, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are breaking antitrust law by sharing board members, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and Arthur Levinson, chairman of Genentech Inc., serve as directors at Apple and Google.
March 7, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a bid to spur sales of its struggling Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble Inc. struck deals with major Hollywood studios that will make more movies and television shows available on the device. Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary reached licensing deals with Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media and others that will deliver thousands of additional videos to the service, including such hit films as "The Hunger Games," the "Twilight" movies, "Flight" and "Paranormal Activity 4" and television shows such as "Mad Men. " "Nook is one of a growing spectrum of new digital buyers for our films and TV content and illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities for monetizing our content across a broad array of platforms," Thomas Hughes, Lionsgate's senior vice president of digital, said in a statement.
June 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Five months after unveiling the Xperia Z smartphone, Sony has finally announced that T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the device. The Xperia Z features a large 5-inch 1080p HD screen and a high-resolution 13-megapixel rear camera. The device is capable of connecting to T-Mobile's new LTE network where it is available and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the more distinctive qualities of the device is its water resistance. The Xperia Z can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
September 16, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Bryan Bartow, a software developer in Austin, Texas, invented an iPhone application he called MePing and submitted to Apple Inc. in March. Six months later, it was still in limbo, neither approved nor rejected. "It just waited in review forever," Bartow said. "I just assumed it wasn't going to be approved, and moved on. " Then, last week, Bartow got a surprise e-mail from Apple. MePing had been approved. "It magically came through," he said. He was not alone in having his long-delayed app suddenly accepted by Apple — other developers reported that their creations had suddenly come out of the deep freeze and been approved for consumers using the company's iPhone family of devices.
May 7, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
A partial jury verdict in its copyright infringement case against Google has handed Oracle a major setback, limiting damages against the search giant. The jury on Monday found that Google did improperly borrow the structure of Oracle's software code but did not violate Oracle's other copyrights. Oracle, which accused Google of stealing a key piece of its technology to build the popular Android mobile software, sought up to $1 billion in damages on copyright claims in San Francisco federal court.
October 14, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
"Gangbusters. " That's how Google's chief executive, Larry Page, summed up his company's third quarter. The nation's economy may be stalled. Concerns over a global recession may be in overdrive. But Google's digital advertising engine delivered another NASCAR-worthy performance, even with the economic head winds, sending its shares sharply higher. In after-hours trading, Google shares rose $36, to $595, up more than 6%. The company released its results after the close of regular trading.
September 17, 2008 | Jessica Guynn; Dawn C. Chmielewski
For those of you who have been anticipating the so-called Google Phone as if it were the next iPhone, the wait is almost over. T-Mobile USA said Tuesday that it would unveil the much-anticipated mobile phone loaded with Google Inc.'s Android software next Tuesday at a news conference in New York. The G1 phone, which is being manufactured by HTC, won't be for sale until October. But expect T-Mobile to finally divulge some key details such as pricing. T-Mobile is just the first carrier to market the phone.
May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
On its way to becoming the fastest-selling Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 has been sold twice as many times as the HTC One in their first few weeks on the market. Samsung announced this week that it has sold 10 million Galaxy S4 phones. Currently in either black or white, the phone manufacturer plans to sell the smartphone in more colors, such as blue, red, purple and brown, later this year. An HTC executive told the Wall Street Journal its device had been purchased 5 million times, but that production remains behind schedule because of parts shortages.
June 17, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Shares of Research in Motion Ltd. dropped 21.5% to their lowest level since 2006 on Friday after the BlackBerry smartphone maker said quarterly revenue might drop for the first time in nine years and unveiled plans to reduce jobs. Revenue will be $4.2 billion to $4.8 billion in the fiscal second quarter, RIM said Thursday. That was less than the average analyst estimate for sales of $5.47 billion, according to a Bloomberg survey. Profit this quarter will be 75 cents to $1.05 a share.
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