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BitTorrent targets creative pros with new file-delivery service

BitTorrent launches SoShare, a beta file-sending project, as part of its creative incubator for its new products.

Intuit releases QuickBooks Online for iPad

As the name implies, QuickBooks Online for iPad draws from QuickBooks Online. The main benefit of the iPad app is that it can work with the iPad’s camera, using features such as notifications and location services, and provide a user interface that’s native to the iPad.

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Appeals court considers software patents

U.S. companies shouldn't be able to get patents on abstract ideas when they combine those ideas with a computer process, a lawyer argued in an appeals court Friday.

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US appeals court asks whether to limit software patents

Should an abstract idea written into software and run on a computer be patentable? That's one question a U.S. appeals court will consider Friday when it hears arguments in a case with broad implications for software patents for companies as diverse as Google and Red Hat.

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Expo Notes: Getting down to business at Macworld/iWorld

Plenty of productivity-focused iOS app makers used Macworld/iWorld to roll out updates to their software.

Microsoft CEO calls Office for iOS unnecessary

Waiting for Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPhone or iPad? Steve Ballmer says you don't need it.

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Expo Notes: BigDay keeps track of birthdays, gift ideas

BigDay, a new, free iOS app, can remind you of the important days in your friends' and family members' lives.

Expo Notes: Omnifocus to get an update

The Omni Group has announced version 2.0 of its flagship to-do manager, but the app won't ship for a while.

Expo Notes: FiledRight helps small law firms get organized

Mindwrap is expanding its scope beyond helping big corporations organize and sort documents with a new product called FiledRight that helps small businesses digitize their records.

Office 365: What it means to Mac users

Microsoft on Tuesday released its Office 2013 and Office 365 productivity software suites. Lost in the announcement, however, is its meaning to Mac users.

Reservations open for upcoming Mailbox for iPhone app

The developers behind the soon-to-be-released app Mailbox for iPhone is expecting a lot of interest, so it's accepting reservations for early access now.

First Look: Napkin makes fun work of image annotations

The just-released Napkin app for Mac makes it easy to assemble images and then add all sorts of annotations: callouts, text, shapes, and more. Lex Friedman goes hands on.

Remains of the Day: Measure once, cut and paste twice

Microsoft and Apple are at each other's throats over money, so it must be a day that ends in 'y.' Elsewhere, Apple may be inching closer to a TV as one of its partners looks to lay down some acreage in the U.S. and Cupertino's latest product is at least a thirty footer.