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Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

The patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm is getting uglier, with the chip-maker now outraged that its legal foe - and customer - is now withholding cash while the two clash in court. Tensions were cranked up to eleven back in January, when Apple accused Qualcomm of forcing unfair licensing fees onto it. Suing the company, it accused it of having "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with."

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Nintendo Switch sales are off to a very strong start

Nintendo Switch sales are off to a very strong start

Nintendo delivered its financial report for the fiscal year ended March 31 today, and in that report we get another glimpse at how well the Switch is performing. Earlier numbers coming from Nintendo told us that the Switch sold just over 900,000 units during the month of March in the US, but now this financial report is painting a more global picture. In short: The Nintendo Switch seems to be off to a solid start.

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Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn't hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having a hard time making money from those users.

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Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

This past September, an Uber executive revealed that the company was entertaining the idea of launching some type of flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. The flying vehicles would be of the VTOL variety -- that is, they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically. Now the company has revealed that it will begin testing such 'flying cars' within the next three years, and that the testing will, at least, take place in Dallas-Forth Worth and Dubai.

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Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

You might remember hearing about the music store/player Pono for one of two reasons: you're an audiophile that was interested in the high-fidelity music that was offered, or the fact that it was founded by musician Neil Young. Either way, the small number of Pono users remaining might be eager to hear that following the closure of its music store last year, it plans to relaunch in the near future as a high-quality streaming music service called "Xstream."

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Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card - now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they'd be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as well. This means that the money is gone, and the party is over.

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Bose slapped with lawsuit claiming your headphones spied on you

Bose slapped with lawsuit claiming your headphones spied on you

It looks like Bose is heading to court, as a new class action lawsuit has been filed against it. The suit centers around a companion app Bose offers for its wireless headphones, called Bose Connect. That app is used to connect Bose wireless products to smart devices, and it can also be used to remotely control those devices.

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Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple has pretty big plans for the future, and they'll change the way your iPhone is made. As it is now, Apple needs metals mined from our lovely planet to build its mobile devices - something that has a lot of repercussions, whether those are environmental or humanitarian. According to Apple's new environmental report, though, the company wants to change that.

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Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

In Russia, Android users might be surprised to no longer see Google Search or other popular Google services in their new smartphones. That's because Google has settled with the Russian competition authorities after the tech giant has been found guilty of using its position as Android platform maker to push its own services to Android users. This status quo was challenged by its rivals, particularly Russian company Yandex, who gained a favorable ruling back in 2015. This unprecedented move opens the doors to Google's rivals not only in Russia but across Europe as well.

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Intel axes Intel Developer Forum by canceling IDF17

Intel axes Intel Developer Forum by canceling IDF17

There's big news coming out of Intel today, but it's probably not news that most will want to hear: Intel has decided to quit hosting the Intel Developer Forum, otherwise known as IDF. The conference took place at multiple locations around the world each year and focused on Intel's products. Intel's announcement today unfortunately ends a 20 year run for the show, which started way back in 1997.

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Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

While Uber's main business is its ride-sharing service, the last few years have seen the company develop several additional platforms, including the courier delivery service UberRush. Operating in several large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, UberRush is designed for users to hire someone to pickup and deliver items, such as packages, local online orders, and even food. Now, however, Uber says restaurants will need to switch to using UberEats, as UberRush is being scaled back and streamlined.

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Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm just can't seem to catch a break. Which is probably the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile company. While it is still in a tug of war with Apple, it has just announced its loss to BlackBerry in a different but eerily similar case. The two companies have announced that an arbitration panel is requiring Qualcomm to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. All because BlackBerry says it has actually overpaid Qualcomm some patent royalties.

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