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Google reportedly nears EC antitrust escape after “much better” deal

Google reportedly nears EC antitrust escape after “much better” deal

Google is reportedly close to a settlement that will help it escape European antitrust fines that could total as much as $5bn, insiders claim, having supposedly ramped up its offer of concessions to satisfy Microsoft and others. The deal could be announced within a few days - or potentially be a couple of weeks out - two sources told Reuters, having offered a "much better" set of proposals for how it would address its dominance in European search.

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Apple iPhone payments system reportedly in works

Apple iPhone payments system reportedly in works

Apple is building a comprehensive mobile payments system that would turn iPhones and iPads into ubiquitous credit card replacements, sources familiar with the scheme claim, taking on Google, PayPal, Square, and others in the process. The rumored system would build on Apple's existing EasyPay option in the Apple Store app for iOS, which allows shoppers to charge products in Apple Stores directly to the payment method associated with their iTunes account, by offering the same functionality to third-party retailers and those offering services within apps.

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Apple grabs biosensor specialists for wearables drive

Apple grabs biosensor specialists for wearables drive

Apple has added two medical wearables specialists to its team, reigniting speculation that the upcoming "iWatch" could track health issues as well as provide a wrist-worn window to your iPhone. Former medical device specialists from Vital Connect and Sano Intelligence each quietly joined Apple in December, 9 to 5 Mac spotted, bringing expertise in biosensors, minimally-invasive blood monitoring, and more.

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Intel admits CES wearables used rival chips

Intel admits CES wearables used rival chips

Intel's much-vaunted wearables shown off at CES 2014 last week didn't even necessarily use the company's own processors, it has admitted, with at least one of the gadgets using low-power chips from arch rival ARM. Some of the prototypes relied on "third-party parts" an Intel spokesperson conceded to PCMag, though declined to specify either which devices or which components; however an insider fingered the Intel Jarvis smart headset as using an ARM processor.

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Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook is working on a suite of mobile apps for release in 2014, insiders at the social network claim, breaking out key features and effectively turning them into standalone software much in the manner of Facebook Messenger. The scheme, which is billed as recognition that Android and iOS users prefer task-specific apps rather than a do-all title that can be confusing, will include the rumored "Facebook Paper" news app with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month potentially where one or more titles could be unveiled.

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