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Apple’s Tim Cook On Renewable Energy: I Don’t Consider The Bloody ROI

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According to the Mac Observer, at Apple’s yearly shareholder meeting, CEO Tim Cook resoundingly rejected a suggestion by the conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research that Apple not invest in renewable energy if it wasn’t profitable. In what is described as an emotional response Cook said of the suggestion:

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imo Discontinues Support For All Third-Party Messaging Networks

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In an email sent out to imo users, the company has decided to discontinue support for third-party messaging services. The company says it wants to concentrate on strengthing its own services and effective March 3rd support for all others will terminate. With all of the available messaging services on the market it makes some sense that imo would want to focus on its own development. Although some users do enjoy having a place to concentrate all of their services in one place. We will see what user reaction is to this announcement, could go either way.  Read the full email after the break.

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Stephen Elop Takes The Reigns Of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios Division

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Microsoft is experience some high level management shake ups this morning. First Julie Larson-Green has been moved to the position of Chief Experience Officer and now ex Nokia man Stephen Elop is taking the helm at the devices and studios division. This division includes Xbox and the Surface lineup. Larson-Green sent out a memo explaining the moves to her team (find that below). One things for certain, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, seems to be working fast to restructure and place people where he feels they’ll be of best use. It remains to be seen if these choices are good or bad but at least there seems to be a battle plan. Not quiet sure what Elop has to offer in the gaming sector of Microsoft but I’m sure he has some good ideas for the Surface products. Elop has worked for Microsoft in the past as President of the Business division so he has insight and experience into Microsoft culture. What do you guys think of the upper management shake up at Microsoft? Let us know in the comments below! Read Larson-Green’s full memo after the break.

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Google Lobbying Against Distracted Driver Legislation

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Reuters is reporting that Google is actively lobbying at least three states (Illinois, Missouri and Delaware) to stop suggested laws against driving with devices such as Google Glass. This is likely just the start of these types of legislative battles that Google is likely going to face. There are eight other states that are also considering such legislation against wearable computing such as Google Glass. Lawmakers are saying, users could become preoccupied with data coming into Glass rather than paying attention to the road which could lead to accidents. New York, Maryland and West Virginia also are in the midst of such legislation but Google has yet to deploy lobbyists to those states to defend their product.

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Google Buys spider.io British Ad Fraud Company

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Google continues to reach into its pockets to buy yet another tech company. In this case they’ve purchased a British company that detects ad fraud in online advertisements. We know Google is built on advertising online, it’s their bread and butter. So it makes perfect sense to continue to strengthen that investment by implementing this software that is supposed to detect fraudulent advertising practices. This will not only benefit Google but also their advertising partners as well as those websites using Google’s ad program. Probably won’t make the any of those people trying to take advantage of the system very happy but we’re not worried about them. DoubleClick/Google’s full press release is below.

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Rogers Pays Over $3billion In Canadian 700 MHz Spectrum Auction

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Canada’s Wireless landscape is lighting up with Rogers paying over 3 billion dollars for 22 licences and Bell paying just under 566 million. Telus comes in at 1.1 billion while the not so surprising news is Videotron winning licences in British Colombia, Alberta, Southern & Northern Ontario as well as Quebec. Could this mean a forth Canadian national provider? Check out the entire Canadian Government’s report after the break.

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Google Looking To Expand Its Fiber Availability To 34 More Cities

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San Jose Mercury News is reporting Google is courting the city of San Jose to receive its Google Fiber services along with 33 other cities. For those who do not know what Google Fiber is, in a nutshell, it’s supersonic internet. With speeds up to 1000mbps it pretty much blows your current ISP speeds out of the water. Hopefully these 34 cities are not a stopping point for the service, there are many more people who love to get this kind of speed.

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Samsung Pokes Some Pencil Humor At Apple In Their Latest Ad

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By now most everyone is aware of the Apple and Samsung wars, well most everyone who’s a mobile phone geek that is. The rest of the world generally goes on about their daily lives because none of this is that important. But I digress. Let’s get back to the lighthearted mud slinging shall we. We all know (us geeks) about Apple’s iPad Air commercial in which they used a pencil to show how thin the device really was.

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Huawei Pokes Fun At Apple And Samsung In Its MWC Short

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Huawei unveiled some really nice hardware and software features on its new phone lineup at CES 2014, we were impressed. Now with Mobile World Congress (MWC) getting ready to kick off it looks like their riding in with a bit of humor and fun. Check out the video below as Huawei makes a quick poke at Apple and Samsung.

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Google Withholds Acquisition Numbers For The First Time In Annual Report

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As competition gets fierce in the technology space companies generally find it important to protect their interests. Those interests also include information. In this case it seems Google has withheld its acquisition numbers on its annual report, IBN Live reported. This is the first time Google has ever withheld this information from its annual report,

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Upper Crust Virgin Atlantic Passengers To Be Checked In Using Google Glass

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The DailyMail is reporting that Virgin Atlantic is running some trials using Google Glass. The idea is to know the customer before they even hand over their boarding pass. The host/hostess will already have all your details using Glass, name, destination and even dietary information. The trial begins at the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge at London Heathrow.

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Report: Apple Reduces MFi Licensing Fee Which Could Mean Cheaper Accessories

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9to5 Mac is reporting via Macotakara that Apple has or may be reducing the fees and minimum quantities purchased on MFi (Made For iPod, iPhone, iPad) licenses for third party accessory makers. This would certainly not only be welcome for the manufactures but consumers as well. Assuming manufacturers will pass the savings along. For those of you not in the know. Apple began its MFi program back in 2005 with the iPod.

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Google Continues Cross Patent Campaign; This Time With Cisco

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Google continues to extend a hand of cooperation to its competitors in the industry. First they sealed a deal with Samsung and Ericsson, in which they cross licensed each others patents. Now they’ve done the same with Cisco, effectively bringing their disagreements to an end. Google is taking a proactive approach to this whole thing and in my opinion, this is what’s best for not only Google and their partners, but for the consumer as well. Here’s what Cisco had to say about this recent deal with Google.

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