James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

CES Wrap-Up: 10 things seen and heard at CES (video)

The latest TVs and tablets are only part of the fun that International CES has to offer. This is about the biggest tech trade show in the world, after all, with thousands of vendors falling over each other to get noticed. Live demos go wrong, marketing tricks backfire and the antics on the show floor can take your breath away. Here are 10 things that caught our eye at CES this week that didn't necessarily make the headlines.

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Is CES a thieves' paradise?

The International CES is packed to the rafters with the latest in shiny, often expensive high-tech gadgets, so it's no surprise that theft is a problem for companies exhibiting at the show.

Qualcomm aims Snapdragon 800 chips at 'premium' phones and tablets

Qualcomm's keynote at the International CES was packed with big names and even a Big Bird, but CEO Paul Jacobs' focus was on something much smaller -- a new family of processors aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets.

Ballmer, Big Bird and Desmond Tutu enliven Qualcomm's big night at CES

Qualcomm called on some big names Monday to ensure its opening-night keynote at the International CES wasn't a dud. Steve Ballmer, Big Bird, the pop group Maroon5, and even former Archbishop Desmond Tutu all made appearances to keep things rolling along.

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Gorilla Glass 3 promises 40 percent fewer scratches (video)

Corning has developed a new version of its Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets that it says will result in 40 percent fewer scratches and appear in devices later this year.

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Marvell ordered to pay $1.17 billion in patent case

A jury in Pennsylvania has ordered chip maker Marvell Technology to pay $1.17 billion for patent infringement in one of the largest awards of its kind.

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Google buys BufferBox, a parcel storage service for shoppers

Google has bought some more storage, but not the digital kind. The company has acquired BufferBox, a Canadian startup that offers temporary storage lockers where people can receive online purchases when they're not at home.

Whitman says HP '100 percent committed' to Autonomy products

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has moved to reassure customers that the future of its Autonomy product line is safe, a day after HP disclosed an alleged accounting scandal at the company it acquired last year.

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Microsoft-Motorola trial ends first phase, with judge to set fair royalty rate

The presiding judge will now try to calculate what he thinks is a fair royalty rate for Motorola's patents

Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Google in talks with Dish to build wireless network, report says

It already sells phones and tablets, provides a wealth of online services and has been laying high-speed fiber to people's homes. Now Google is apparently considering a wireless network service as well.

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Dell profit slides 47 percent amid weak PC market

Dell Thursday reported a sharp drop in revenue and profits for the third quarter as the weak PC market continued to weigh on its results.

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Microsoft, Google square off over patent royalty rates

The patent trial could help establish how royalty rates are calculated for standards-essential patents

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Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Windows 8, is leaving the company -- a decision Microsoft characterized as a mutual one.

Dell testing 64-bit ARM server with chip from AppliedMicro

Dell has built a prototype server based on a 64-bit ARM processor from Applied Micro Circuits, which showed the system at a conference in Silicon Valley on Thursday.