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Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

We know you ‘Google it’ when you’re not sure what’s going on, or you need an answer you just can’t find. We do it, too. Everyone does it. What nobody seems to do is ‘Yahoo it’, but that seems to be changing. In the last month, Google has given up a full 4% of search traffic, their largest slip-up since 2009. Google still hold sway, with literally three-fourths of the overall search traffic, but Yahoo picked up where Google left off.

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Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

According to Apple, App Store sales rose 50% in 2014 year-over-year. Though they didn’t release specific numbers, 2013 saw $10 billion in sales via the App Store. That means 2014 ran $15 billion or more through the App Store, which amounts to a tidy profit for Apple. In keeping a 30% cut, Apple raked in $4.5 billion or better. It might not touch their hardware income, but the impressive growth does indicate they’re on the right track with software and services.

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Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Though they’re still not making devices available the world over, Xiaomi is still the darling of the Android world outside of the United States. In China, they’ve quickly become the top smartphone vendor, seeding well-made devices via their own online sales portal. Those low-cost devices leave Xiaomi with a fairly thin profit margin, but that doesn’t seem to be worrying Venture Capitalists, who just cobbled together a $1 billion funding round for Xiaomi. The new funding values the company at over $45 billion.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

According to Amazon, over 10 million new Prime users signed up over the holidays. That’s 10 million brand new users who are trying Prime for the very first time in 2014, enjoying streaming media as well as “free” two-day shipping. Amazon also says we’re lazy; their numbers show those who are in areas where same-day delivery is possible ordered 10 times more via Amazon than in 2013. It also seems all we really want to do is watch TV via Fire TV.

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Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

On launch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were found to offer a base-level 16GB storage. Many wondered why Apple wouldn’t up the entry level storage option to 32GB, but the answer was easy: they want you spending more. The next available option, 64GB, is a $100 premium over the 16GB variant, which blindly encourages you to spend more. How much more? A new report details how Apple may earn $3 billion in 2015 from their internal storage play on consumers.

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Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

A jury has unanimously decided that Apple was not guilty in the iPod case raised against them a decade ago. The trial for this case only lasted a week and was marred by accusations that the plaintiffs didn't actually have the iPods covered in the case at hand. While the plaintiffs suggested that Apple's iPod software deleted their music in an unlawful way back in and around 2006-2009, the jury did not agree. Instead, they've suggested that Apple's deleting of non-iTunes tracks was basically just what Apple said it would do - and that this was totally fine.

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Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

We've seen job ads reveal company plans more than once, and the latest is from Bose, which it seems is working on its own music streaming service. According to a job ad spotted by HypeBot, Bose is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer specializing in Cloud Music Services. This individual will work on Bose's "next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products," and it looks like the company is wanting to move quickly on its efforts.

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Samsung sales nosedive as Xiaomi, Apple enjoy growth

Samsung sales nosedive as Xiaomi, Apple enjoy growth

Each year, smartphone sales grow. Overall, the market is doing really well, and 2014 is no different. Gartner has released their Q3 2014 smartphone sales numbers, and the overall growth is impressive. Versus this time last year, manufacturers around the globe have shipped upwards of 50 million more smartphones, which represents a 20% hike in overall movement. Gartner says they expect overall sales to hit 1.2 billion by the end of the year, too. Everyone should be enjoying the spoils, yet Samsung is probably wringing their hands.

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