James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Apple loses patent case over A7 chip, could face $860 million in damages

A jury has decided that Apple's A7 smartphone chip infringes a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin, and the iPhone maker could be on the hook for as much as $862 million in damages.

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Jack Dorsey named Twitter CEO, Bain appointed COO

Twitter has made co-founder Jack Dorsey its new CEO, ending months of speculation and handing him the tough task of turning around the company's sluggish user growth.


Apple is said to recruit engineers for car development project

Apple's recent hires include a Mercedes-Benz executive who led its Silicon Valley R&D center.

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Apple's Tim Cook warns that sacrificing privacy 'risks our way of life'

Apple's chief believes the personal impact of security breaches can be devastating

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Apple's massive solar farm could power its entire California operations

The company expects "very significant savings" from the plant in Monterey County

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Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

The final amount still depends on whether Apple loses an appeal on another ruling.

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Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal an order from this week that denied the ban

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Apple loses bid for sales ban in Samsung patent case

Apple failed to show that it suffered enough harm as a result of Samsung's infringement

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Times have changed since Apple's '1984' commercial bashing IBM.

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Apple-Samsung jury corrects verdict form but leaves Apple's damages at $119.5M

The jury returned Monday to fix an error it made Friday in its damages calculations

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Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

Reports suggest a version of Office for Apple's tablet is finally happening.

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Judge rebukes Apple for invoking nationalist bias but denies Samsung a retrial

Apple's remarks in a patent trial suggested an 'American-versus-non-American theme' to the jury, Judge Koh said.

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Apple's Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform

The engineer who oversaw development of Apple's Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the "Internet of things."

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Apple and Samsung spar over 'massive disclosure' of leaked license contracts

Apple and Samsung Electronics exchanged heated words in court Tuesday over allegations that Samsung's lawyers leaked details of confidential Apple licensing agreements to Samsung executives.

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Publishers say e-book restrictions would hurt them, not Apple

Five book publishers have objected to restrictions that would be placed on Apple's business after it was found guilty last month of conspiring to fix prices for e-books.