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U.S. patent office retracts rejection of Apple's iPad Mini trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week reversed itself, withdrawing a rejection of Apple's trademark application for "iPad Mini," according to a document published by the agency.

Mobile browsing focus gives Apple an edge over Mozilla

The trend toward browsing from phones and tablets has helped some browser makers, dramatically in one case, but hurt others in the battle for usage share, data from a metrics firm showed.

Microsoft: No more support for you, Office for Mac 2008

Microsoft today reminded customers running Office for Mac 2008 that support for the suite ends next Tuesday.

Google puts pressure on Microsoft, launches Quickoffice for iPhone and Android

Google launched its Microsoft Office substitute, Quickoffice, for Apple's iPhone, Android smartphones and Android tablets, fulfilling a promise made in December.

Feedly sees users spike after Google's RSS death warrant, eyes paid option

Feedly, which says it has added more than 3 million new users to its free RSS service since Google decided to retire Reader, plans to offer paid subscriptions this year.

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U.S. patent office rebuffs Apple's iPad Mini trademark request

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has provisionally denied Apple's trademark application for "iPad Mini" because the term is "merely descriptive" of the tablet's size.

IDC: iOS will surrender top tablet spot to Android in 2013

Aggressive sales of smaller tablets triggered a revised tablet sales forecast today by IDC, which upped its projections by 11 percent for 2013 and said Android would supplant Apple's iOS as the dominant operating system this year.

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Mozilla again rejects porting Firefox to iOS

Mozilla won't be building Firefox for iOS unless Apple changes its rules, a company executive said Saturday.

Mozilla debuts in-browser PDF, patches 13 Firefox bugs

Mozilla Tuesday released Firefox 19, adding a built-in PDF viewer to the browser and patching 13 security vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17 percent

Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite.

Apple sticks with jailbreaking-is-evil warning

The latest jailbreak went public Monday

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Mozilla plans to automatically block nearly all Firefox plug-ins

The latest version of Adobe's Flash Player is the only plug-in that will be spared

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Pwn2Own hacking contest puts record $560K on the line

HP TippingPoint, the long-time organizer of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, has revamped the challenge for the second year running and will offer cash awards exceeding half a million dollars, more than five times the amount paid out last year.

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Smartphone, tablet users downloaded 1.76 billion apps after Christmas

Analytics company Flurry says 50 million devices were activated

Google Maps tops 10 million downloads on iOS App Store

Google made up for months off iPhone with 48-hour return rush.