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Mediation fails to bridge Apple and Samsung's patent divide

A full day of talks attended by the CEOs of both companies didn't bring agreement that would stop a March jury trial

Aha! Time Warner Cable ups Austin broadband speeds as Google Fiber looms

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Time Warner Cable coincidentally decides that Austin's home subscribers will get big jumps in broadband speed at no extra cost, just as Google Fiber looms on the horizon.

Aha! Time Warner Cable ups Austin broadband speeds as Google Fiber looms

Time Warner Cable coincidentally decides that Austin's home subscribers will get big jumps in broadband speed at no extra cost, just as Google Fiber looms on the horizon.

John Legere

T-Mobile accuses BlackBerry CEO of being anti-choice

The two companies have been trading harsh words for a week, and now T-Mobile is offering a $200 credit to trade in their Blackberrys.

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First Ubuntu phones to launch in 2014

Chinese phone makers BQ and Meizu will make the first handsets

on techhive.com

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BlackBerry chief 'outraged' by T-Mobile's iPhone promotion

T-Mobile's promotion was 'clearly inappropriate and ill-conceived,' said BlackBerry CEO John Chen

Latest tablet theft victim is just 2 years old

The crime comes as cellular carriers face pressure to apply technology to stop device theft.

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Glass display maker: Many big names working on head-mounted gear

Get ready for more Glassholes. Himax already supplies the display for Google Glass and says it's working with other major IT and electronics brands.

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Phil Schiller up again in next round of Apple-Samsung battle

The Apple executive is one of a handful of people Samsung said it will call to the court in its next round of patent battles.

Federal smartphone kill-switch legislation proposed

The bill would mandate a kill switch and remote-wipe capabilities on cellphones

Phone Buying Guide

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Android dominated the market, Apple saw modest growth and Windows Phone shipments almost doubled.

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Report: Marketing firm may buy Klout for $100 million

Lithium Technologies will pay more than $100 million, according to published reports

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Online clues located North Korea's missile-launcher factories

A few seconds of video, literature, a couple of memoirs and Google Earth helped locate a secret North Korean military plant.

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Nokia and HTC bury hatchet in patent disputes

The two have been battling since 2012, with several HTC phones banned from sale in Europe.

California bill proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets

The bill comes in answer to rising smartphone and tablet theft across the U.S. and could usher in the technology on phones sold nationwide