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FTC drops Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit after four-year battle

FTC drops Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit after four-year battle

The past few years have seen various government agencies file complaints or lawsuits against giant tech companies but, back in 2017, that wasn't a common thing. That's what made the US FTC's decision to file an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm back then a landmark case that would also rattle the mobile market in its wake. The FTC initially scored a victory in 2019 but lost on appeal last year. Instead of the planned request for review, however, this year's FTC has decided not to pursue the case further, practically letting Qualcomm get away with the anticompetitive practices it was accused of.

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Why you don’t actually own any Amazon Prime Video content

Why you don’t actually own any Amazon Prime Video content

A legal case filed earlier this year came to a head in October, solidifying Amazon's claims. The case saw Amazon Prime Video user Amanda Caudel sue the streaming content provider for "unfair competition and false advertising" because Prime Video purchase access can be revoked at any time. Amazon argued that their User Agreement makes clear that an Amazon Prime Video purchase isn't the same as ownership.

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Razer Halo Infinite gaming gear releases set for Xbox Series X, PC

Razer Halo Infinite gaming gear releases set for Xbox Series X, PC

Halo Infinite will be released attached to an array of gaming accessories made by Razer this holiday season. Razer announced their partnership with 343 Industries this week. Razer and 343 Industries did not yet reveal the specific products that'd be released in this collaborations, but we can make a few assumptions based on collaborations Razer's done in the past.

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Motorola Dox modular hands-on: One camera, many mounts

Motorola Dox modular hands-on: One camera, many mounts

Today we're taking a peek at a system called Motorola Dox. It's branded with Motorola's own bat symbol, and manufactured with Hubble Connected. This same group is responsible for making Motorola Baby Monitors and Motorola Headphones with Alexa, too. Much like the Motorola Modular Power System we got our hands on yesterday, this is a plug-and-play set of devices and accessories, a system quickly becoming synonymous with the Motorola brand.

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Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they've begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm's business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid royalty rebates.

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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast and Walt Disney Studios have teamed up for a new content licensing deal that brings top movies to the Xfinity On Demand TV store, the biggest of which is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under the agreement, Comcast subscribers will be able to download the new Star Wars movie, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean and more directly from their television using the service provider’s set-top box.

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Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

‘What is the deal with streaming? Is it Internet? It’s definitely not TV.’ Whatever the Jerry Seinfeld in my head who just set that joke up thinks it might be, all episodes of Seinfeld will be made available for streaming soon. Sony has licensed Seinfeld exclusively to Hulu for on-demand watching, which will debut on the service in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a previous rumor put the per-episode licensing fee north of $500,000 per episode.

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JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

It's time for the officially Apple licensed Lighting-connector earbuds and headphones to begin arriving, and they're starting with Harman's audio brand JBL. The JBL Reflect Aware earbuds bring on the lightest-in-class ABL headphone technology with features that'd normally require a separate power source to function. Here, though, the audio product works with a Lightning Connector or Micro-USB - depending on the pair you get. While JBL and Harman haven't announced a release date yet, these headphones (or earbuds, whatever you want to call them), are fully functional right here right now.

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Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia, as a handset maker, is gone from us. Having sold their hardware division to Microsoft, the once-dominant mobile device maker is changing direction. Now a company of services, Nokia will concentrate on its Networks unit, technologies division, and impressive mapping prowess. Still, as end-users and consumers, many of us still want a Nokia handset. Their Lumia devices co-produced with Microsoft were special, but those will now be branded as Windows. Still, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri isn’t closing the door on Nokia handsets in the future.

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

If you're tired of hearing patent squabbles left and right (though we haven't actually heard from Apple and Samsung recently), then this might come as a refreshing change. LG and Google have announced that they have reached a long-term cross-licensing agreement that will let both companies take a peek and use the other's portfolio of patents. Conversely, it also protects both from lawsuits that involve each others patents, leaving them free to work on their products and technologies, most likely ones surrounding Android and smart devices, without fear of litigation.

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