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HP to cut 9,000 jobs by October, 27,000 jobs by 2014

HP to cut 9,000 jobs by October, 27,000 jobs by 2014

HP has announced new plans for some major restructuring that would see an 8 percent reduction in its worldwide staff by the end of 2014. That means of its 350,000 employees, a total of 27,000 will be gone within the next two years with the first batch of 9,000 employees to be cut by the end of October.

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Facebook wants to ditch Nasdaq after IPO fiasco

Facebook wants to ditch Nasdaq after IPO fiasco

Facebook is reportedly considering dual listing on the NYSE and possibly ditching Nasdaq completely following its botched IPO. The move would be an embarrassing snub to Nasdaq and its execs are reportedly scrambling to ensure that the fallout doesn't impact its ability to attract new companies to list on the exchange in the future.

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Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate has announced that it is buying a majority stake in rival hard drive maker LaCie for $186 million. The Paris-based LaCie is a long-time maker of premium consumer hard drives for Macs and the first ones to feature Apple's Thunderbolt technology. Seagate believes that the acquisition will complement its mainstream hard drive lines and help it expand into new consumer markets, particularly in Europe and Japan.

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Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

In the case of Oracle versus Google, it appears that the jury's verdict is out and it's favoring Google. Reports are just coming out now from the San Francisco court room, where the jury has already been dismissed and the third phase of the trial, which would determine the damages payable to Oracle, has been canceled.

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Microsoft rumored to launch Office on iPad in November

Microsoft rumored to launch Office on iPad in November

Microsoft will reportedly be launching its full Office suite on iPads and Android tablets this November. There have been attempts by third-parties such as OnLive and CloudOn to bring the popular productivity suite to tablets, but now Microsoft may officially release the suite itself, especially since it is expected to launch the more tablet-friendly Metro-styled Office with Windows 8 in October.

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Samsung Galaxy Appeal GoPhone hits AT&T June 5

Samsung Galaxy Appeal GoPhone hits AT&T June 5

AT&T is adding a new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Appeal to its prepaid GoPhone lineup. The device features a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard and will be the first Android-powered slider offered on the carrier's GoPhone service. It's set to launch in Walmart stores on June 5 for $149.99 and will be available through AT&T's GoPhone distribution channels starting July 15.

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Apple, Samsung CEOs fail to reach settlement

Apple, Samsung CEOs fail to reach settlement

After two days of court-ordered talks, Apple and Samsung have failed to reach a settlement. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung were ordered to meet in San Francisco to negotiate an agreement to end their patent disputes. However, it appears that neither side would budge on their positions with Apple insisting that Samsung copied the designs of its iPhone and iPad and Samsung demanding Apple to pay royalties for using its wireless transmission technology.

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Nuance Dragon Drive brings dictation to your car

Nuance Dragon Drive brings dictation to your car

Nuance, the company behind Siri's natural language technology, has announced a new in-car voice recognition system called Dragon Drive. The company's voice command technology is already used in Ford's Sync application, but it hopes that Dragon Drive will bring that technology to more manufacturers.

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Bioengineers turn DNA into rewritable, digital data storage

Bioengineers turn DNA into rewritable, digital data storage

Bioengineers from Stanford University have developed a method of using live DNA as rewritable storage for binary data. Instead of trying to embed tiny computers into the human body, researchers have developed a way to biologically store data through the use of enzymes that can flip sequences of DNA into on and off directions so that each one is equivalent to a binary digit.

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