Joab JacksonU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Ex-Apple CEO Sculley's new firm preps stylish budget phones for Asia

Obi Worldphone, a company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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How Instagram spots a trend

Instagram relies on simple automated analysis of hashtags to understand the hot topics among its users

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As open source code, Apple's Swift language could take flight

Open sourcing Swift might bring Apple a larger group of developers writing in the programming language.

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Instagram engineer delves into emoji madness

The company's engineers did painstaking work to allow users to search by emoji.

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Instagram gives Apple Watch developers a hand

Instagram has shared some of the code it used to create its own Apple Watch app.

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Facebook opens Paper framework to help devs make smoother scrolling iOS apps

Facebook's AsyncDisplayKit could be just the remedy to solve a complex app's scrolling difficulties

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Apple unveils Swift, a new programming language for iOS, Mac

Developers at the Apple WWDC event enthusiastically applauded the introduction of the new Swift programming language

Court bars Apple from making industry-wide ebook deals

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The federal judge presiding over the U.S. electronic books case against Apple has barred the company from striking deals that would ensure that it could undercut prices of other retailers in the e-book market.

Analysis: Antitrust ruling could temper Apple's revolutionary zeal

A U.S. judge's ruling Wednesday that Apple violated antitrust laws in its dealings with book publishers may limit the ways in which the company strikes deals in other industries going forward.

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After closing arguments, Apple's fate in e-book antitrust case goes to judge

"Word games," an "overreaching narrative" and a "case of inferences" were a few choice phrases used by attorney Orin Snyder Thursday in closing arguments for Apple in the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust, e-books price fixing case against the tech giant.

How Apple shook up the electronic book market

With concluding arguments in the government's antitrust suit against Apple's e-book pricing expected later this week, here's a look at what's gone down so far in the trial.

Apple's Eddy Cue offers short answers in e-book antitrust trial

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue offered only short answers in testimony Thursday in federal court when questioned by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors trying to solidify their case that Apple, along with five of the largest book publishers, worked together to illegally set the prices of electronic books for the market.

Mathematica 9 offers a bigger bucket of formulas

Wolfram Research has added more capabilities to Mathematica 9, offering formulas to ease social networking analysis, three-dimensional modeling and other computationally complex calculations.

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Google, Apple face patent suit over early wireless data technology

Apple and Google have both been sued for patent infringement by Unwired Planet, a company that holds many early patents for mobile and cloud computing.

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GoDaddy blames outage on corrupted router tables

Corrupted router tables, not malicious protesters, were the culprits behind Monday's widespread outage of GoDaddy's Internet registrar and hosting services.