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Google gets extension in Northeastern patent suit

Google has been given an extension until January to reply to a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Northeastern University.

As ISPs choke file-sharing, users look elsewhere

As ISPs constrict file-sharing services such as Bittorrent, new data shows that users are moving to file-hosting Web sites to avoid the bandwidth lockdown.

Online shoppers spent $733M on 'Cyber Monday'

Online shoppers in the U.S. set a record for one-day sales on Cyber Monday, racking up $733 million in purchases, comScore Networks said Tuesday.

One Laptop Per Child sued for patent infringement

A Massachusetts company has sued the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Association for patent infringement, charging the project with stealing its designs for a multilingual keyboard.

Greenpeace slams Nokia, Nintendo in electronics guide

Greenpeace released its latest ranking of electronics companies based on their environmental efforts.

Report: Google's 'Gdrive' online storage due soon

Google may deliver an online storage service in the coming months, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Handful of bugs squashed in Firefox security fix

Mozilla has released Firefox 2.0.0.10, fixing a widely publicized flaw in the open-source software.

Verizon Wireless opens up network to outside devices

Verizon Wireless plans to open up its network to outside devices and applications.

UK iPhone users complain of weak signal

Some people who bought the iPhone in the U.K. since it went on sale there on Nov. 9 are complaining of a weak or no signal from O2's network.

Online holiday shopping starts strong in U.S.

Americans flocked to Web sites to do holiday shopping over the weekend and spending was up on last year, according to several reports.

Eateries groove with help from iPod DJs

Savvy entrepreneurs have found a way to capitalize on the iPod by providing customized playlists to hip businesses that want to project a certain ambience to their clientele.

PS3 sales jump in US on heels of price cut

Sales of the PlayStation 3 have more than doubled in North America since a price cut and lower cost version were launched, Sony said Thursday.

Studies show online holiday spending uncertain

ComScore is expecting a 20 percent gain in online holiday spending, but Nielsen believes a drop in overall budgets might slow growth.

Under pressure, T-Mobile unlocks iPhone in Germany

T-Mobile in Germany will sell an unlocked version of Apple's iPhone while it fights a legal challenge from rival Vodafone.

Amazon finds a new use for 3G with Kindle

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader may open up a new model for mobile data.