Archive for December, 2012

Blake Krikorian Resigns From Amazon Board After Just a Year

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian has resigned from the Amazon board. The company disclosed in an SEC filing today that Krikorian informed the board that he would resign, effective immediately, on Dec. 26. Krikorian had only joined the Amazon board in 2011. It’s been reported that his home-automation start-up, R2 Studios, is an acquisition target.

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Apple to Samsung: Keep Galaxy S III Mini Out of the U.S. and We Won’t Sue

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Joy of tech An interesting bit of maneuvering in the Apple-Samsung patent battle today. Apple has agreed to withdraw patent infringement allegations against the new Galaxy S III Mini following its South Korean rival’s pledge that it will not market the device in the U.S. “Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy S III Mini in this case given Samsung’s representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing that product into the United States,” Apple said in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., adding that it would do so only if that withdrawal doesn’t prejudice its “ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change.” Apple had asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini to its sprawling patent case against Samsung in November, after its legal team managed to buy the device from third-party retailers on Amazon’s U.S. Web site. And while it still remains available there today , Samsung’s assurances that it has no plans to officially sell it in the States seems to have been enough to convince Apple to back off. For the time being, anyway.

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Hold It: Instagram’s Users Drop, but Terms of Service Mishap May Not Be to Blame

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There are reports around the Web today that Instagram has lost around 25 percent of its daily active users connected to Facebook, according to an app-tracking firm AppData. Some reports are attributing it to the change in Instagram’s terms of service, which had caused a frenzy on the Web. Facebook’s stock also is down more than 2 percent today, which could be a result of those reports — any weakness in an app that Facebook paid $1 billion for at the time wouldn’t be well-received by the market. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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December 28, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

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More From Mike Lynch: HP’s Autonomy Accusations Are Getting Weaker

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While Hewlett-Packard may have struck the first blow in its fraud charges around its Autonomy acquisition, former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch hasn’t stopped swinging since. Today, Lynch asserts that HP is “backtracking” on its claims against him and the Autonomy management team — because its latest statements can be read as less broad and assertive than those of the past. On Nov. 20, HP blamed Autonomy’s former management team for more than $5 billion worth of write-downs regarding the 2011 acquisition. Yesterday, it disclosed in a financial filing that it had persuaded the U.S. Department of Justice to officially look at the issue. Lynch quickly responded with a lengthy public statement reiterating his defense, demanding more information from HP, and attesting that he had yet to be contacted by any regulatory authorities. But what’s one statement about a statement about a statement when you can make two?

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LG Asks South Korean Court to Kill Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet

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LG has escalated its worsening patent dispute with Samsung, filing a request for an injunction against one of its South Korean rival’s flagship products. Filed Friday, the injunction request asks a Korean court to “completely stop the sale, manufacture, and importation” of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which LG alleges infringes three of its display patents. Accompanying it is a demand for damages of $933,000 per day for each day of Samsung’s “continued non-compliance.”

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Pearson to Invest $89.5 Million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Publishing and education company Pearson PLC agreed to invest $89.5 million for a 5 percent stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.’s digital-business unit, Nook Media LLC. Bookstore operator Barnes & Noble will now own 78.2 percent of Nook Media, and Microsoft Corp., which made a $300 million investment earlier this year, will own 16.8 percent. Pearson will also have the option to purchase up to an additional 5 percent interest in Nook Media, subject to certain conditions. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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New York Makes Subway Arrival Times Available to Mobile Apps

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There are plenty of apps that offer up info on New York’s popular subways. But, until today, none offered exact train arrival times. New York is now serving up that information via mobile apps for seven of its lines, with plans to add more lines over time. The Metropolitan Transit Agency on Friday offered up an iOS test app for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and S shuttle lines. The data will also be on its Web site and in a feed that can be used by other app developers. “This is what generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota, in a statement. Well, I’m not sure about that. Those in San Francisco and other places have long had that data, but it’s still useful that it is coming to one of America’s busiest public transit systems. “The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here,” Lhota said. “The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk.” MTA says its Subway Time app can handle 5,000 requests per second, and builds on the countdown clocks that are already in place inside many subway stations. But, as The Wall Street Journal explains , the task of expanding this feature to cover the entire system is formidable. The real-time train location information comes from new computer-connected sensors that were installed along the first set of lines at a cost of more than $228 million over 11 years. Adding such sensors across the remaining two-thirds of the system will take years and hundreds of millions more. And a separate project to extend cell service to underground stations won’t be completed until 2016.

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China Tightens Rules for Internet Users

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

China enacted new rules on Friday that beef up disclosure requirements for Internet users, in Beijing’s latest move to get a tighter grip on its voluble and increasingly restive online community. Senior members of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, approved the rules Friday as part of an effort to strengthen personal privacy laws, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. The rules, unveiled Monday, received a slew of positive coverage in state-run media and were widely expected to be enacted. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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New Exercise App Turns Wherever You Are Into an Obstacle Course

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s almost New Years and, for many people, it’s resolution time. MGS / Shutterstock.com It’s the time of the year when a lot of workout gear and gym memberships get sold (and I suspect a fair number of Fitbits and other gadgets as well.) Even if you are not quite motivated to go to the gym, don’t have an exercise bike or even a TV, you can still get a workout. There are plenty of fitness apps geared for smartphones and tablets. One of the newest entrants is Obstacle XRT — a $4.99 iPhone app that talks people through a simulated obstacle course using steps, virtual quicksand and other challenges to provide a decent workout. Brian Atz, co-founder of Barracuda Partners, the app’s creator, said the app was developed in about a month in conjunction with some Chicago-area fitness trainers. “As someone who travels frequently, I don’t have a lot of time to go to the gym, so I needed to find a way to work out efficiently,” Atz said in an e-mail interview. “The problem with the apps and programs I tried was that they were simply too routine and boring — there came a point where I was no longer looking forward to my workouts, so I stopped doing them.” With the advent of things like the Kinect, Barracuda decided there was a growing market for using technology to make workouts less of a chore. “I thought that if there was a way to make exercise more fun — like you were imaging obstacles on the hotel room floor — it would make the exercise more enjoyable, and more likely for me to continue with it,” Atz said.

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