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Apple's law-enforcement critics 'appreciative' of new activation lock

Two prominent law enforcers in the U.S. who have been pushing Apple to do more to combat iPhone theft say they appreciate a new feature previewed earlier Monday that could help make stolen iPhones more difficult for thieves to resell.

New York calls on phone makers to help deter theft

The New York State attorney general has sent letters to the chief executives of Apple, Microsoft, Google and Samsung asking them for help in combating cellphone theft and hinting he may pursue legal action if they don't cooperate.

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Cloud indexing software extends its reach to Box

SearchYourCloud, which provides a single search interface to find documents stored on a desktop or several cloud-based services, expanded on Tuesday to include Box.

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ITC rejects Motorola touchscreen patent complaint against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found no evidence that Apple infringed on a Motorola Mobility patent covering a touchscreen function.

Turtlebot II robot uses Xbox Kinect to follow you with drinks

The Turtlebot II robot is a robotics development platform running the ROS open source robot OS. Within minutes, users can get the robot to move, follow them around and map their homes, the makers say.

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Glitch hits Apple's iMessage, Facetime

Apple's iMessage and Facetime messaging systems have been hit with a glitch that has taken the services offline for several hours.

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Samsung infringed Apple patent on text selection, says ITC judge

A handful of Samsung smartphones infringe an Apple patent on text selection, according to the initial determination of a U.S. International Trade Commission judge.

Amazon to acquire Goodreads book recommendation site

Amazon.com will acquire Goodreads, a website that recommends books.

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ITC postpones decision on iPhone, iPad sales ban

The U.S. International Trade Commission will take two more months to decide whether Apple's iPhone and iPad should be taken off sale in the U.S. due to alleged patent infringements, it said late Tuesday.

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Skype launches limited video messaging trial

Skype soft-launched a video messaging service on Friday that allows its subscribers to deliver recorded clips to Skype contacts for playback when they come online.

Macmillan will end e-book discounting ban in price-fixing settlement

The company that publishes books under the Macmillan imprint has agreed to allow discounting of its electronic books as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over price-fixing in the fast-growing e-book market.

Apple beat Samsung in Q4 U.S. phone sales

Apple topped Samsung as the leading cellphone vendor in the U.S. in the last three months of the year, at the same time that overall sales for the year declined.

Jobs' house burglar gets seven-year sentence

The man who broke into the Palo Alto, California, home of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and stole laptops, iPads and other possessions has been sentenced to seven years in a California state prison.

Judge orders Apple, Amazon to settlement talks on App Store dispute

A federal judge in California has ordered Apple and Amazon.com to sit down and attempt to settle a lawsuit between them over Amazon's use of the "Appstore" name for its online application marketplace.

Apple's iPhone found to infringe Sony, Nokia patents

A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.