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February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for some. But not for FiftyThree, the maker of a popular app called Paper. The startup is spitting mad that Facebook on Monday rolled out a new app also called Paper. Facebook should get, well, more creative with the name of its new mobile news app, Georg Petschnigg, chief executive and co-founder of FiftyThree, said in an interview. His company's iPad app is all about the human need to create, he said. The drawing app lets tens of millions of people share their ideas all over the Web -- and on Facebook.
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January 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Lenovo Chief Executive Yuanqing Yang said his company purchased Motorola with the goal of surpassing Apple and Samsung, the current leaders in the smartphone market. Earlier this week, Google agreed to sell parts of Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Combining Motorola and Lenovo's smartphone businesses would put Lenovo just behind Samsung and Apple. Asked Thursday by CNN Money if Lenovo can catch up to Apple and Samsung, Yang said, "Definitely, over time. Our mission is to surpass them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities in San Bernardino County on Thursday identified a 20-year-old man as a suspect in a shooting that left one man dead and a woman critically wounded. Robert Jerome Pope is suspected of gunning down Ernie Sanders on Tuesday morning in Apple Valley, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene in 20000 block of Serrano Avenue. A woman was also wounded in the attack and was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition Thursday, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay substantially less for thousands of iPads under the latest deal with Apple. The cost of the tablets that will be used on new state tests will be about $200 less per device, although the computers won't include curriculum. The revised price will be $504, compared to $699 for the iPads with curriculum. With taxes and other fees, the full cost of the more fully equipped devices rises to $768. The iPads are part of a $1-billion effort to provide a computer to every student, teacher and administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has applied for a patent that describes a method the Cupertino company could use to improve the accuracy of the touchscreen on its iPad and iPhone devices. The patent, which was published Thursday, is called " Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing . " The system described in the patent would incorporate the use of forces sensors that could be located within the frame of the iPad, commonly referred to as the bezel. The bezel's force sensors would be capable of detecting how much pressures users put on the touchscreen of their device with their fingers.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Changes to the Apple Store website appear to indicate that the Cupertino tech giant is now placing more importance on Apple TV, a product Chief Executive Tim Cook has referred to as a "hobby" many times before. When Apple updated its store website to include Valentine's Day specials this week, it also added a new section dedicated entirely to Apple TV, 9to5Mac reported. Previously, Apple TV was hidden away on the website within the accessories page of the iPod section. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 After the website was updated this week, Apple TV now has a section to itself that includes accessories and support pages for the device, which is used to stream content from the Internet to watch on users' TVs. Recently, 9to5Mac also reported that the company is working on a new Apple TV set-top box that is set to release within the first half of 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A mysterious shooting in Apple Valley has left one man dead and a woman hospitalized in stable condition, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Authorities rushed to a home in the 20000 block of Serrano Avenue about 10 p.m. Tuesday after residents reported hearing gunshots. When deputies arrived at the home, they found 22-year-old Ernie Sanders dead from multiple gunshot wounds and a woman wounded. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The woman was taken to a hospital, where she is recovering.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
With Apple's stock falling more than 8% at one point on Tuesday, activist investor Carly Icahn swooped in and bought another $500 million worth of shares.  "Just bought $500 mln more $AAPL shares," Icahn tweeted. "My buying seems to be going neck-and-neck with Apple's buyback program, but hope they win that race. " By mid-day trading, Apple's stock had recovered a bit to $ 509.63, a drop of $ 40.87, or  7.42%. Still, the tumble largely mirrors the reaction in after-hours trading Monday after an earnings report from Apple that showed the company sold fewer iPhones than expected during the holiday quarter.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy In addition, the company said its revenue for the current quarter ending in March would be between $42 million and $44 million.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple Inc.'s experiment with rolling out two new iPhones at the same time backfired as weak demand for the cheaper version with a plastic case led the company to sell fewer smartphones than expected during the holiday quarter. Although Apple on Monday reported record revenue for its first quarter, which ended in December, the 51 million iPhones it sold fell short of the 55 million units that Wall Street analysts had expected. Those soft sales coupled with a surprisingly weaker outlook for the current quarter sent the company's stock tumbling more than 8% in after-hours trading.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple reports earnings Monday after the stock markets close, and as usual every word and number will be scrutinized for clues that will lead to sweeping judgments about the company's health or decline.  But in the myriad earnings data points released, one figure will be particularly interesting to see: iPad sales.  Last fall, after releasing the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, Chief Executive Tim Cook declared: "It's going...
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