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|Lawyers delivered their closing statements in the Oculus Zenimax case and have sent the case to a jury which is expected to deliver a decision sometime next week.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/27/oculuszenimax-case-goes-to-jury-as-damages-sought-increases-to-4-billion/|
|PayPal Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman said Thursday that Paypal has been in conversations with Amazon on adding Paypal as a payment option.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-27/paypal-talking-with-amazon-on-payments-business-paypal-ceo-says|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Microsoft reported revenue of 26.1 billion against expectations of $25.7 billion and earnings of 83 cents a share against expectations of 79 cents. So how did the divisions do?|
The personal computing division including Windows, Surface devices and Xbox fell 5 percent year over year. The declines camew from Surface dropping 2 percent Gaming down 3 percent and phone down 81 percent.
The Cloud segment with Azure and Windows Server drove most of the growth growing 8 percent.
And Productivity and Business which is largely Office, grew 10 percent.
LinkedIN contributed $228 million in revenue with a loss of $100 million from its acquisition December 8th.
|i||Tesla filed a lawsuit against its former Autopilot director Sterling Anderson in Santa Clara Superior Court. Tesla claims Anderson took confidential information when he left the company, then secure-erased files to conceal the theft. The suit alleges that Anderson attempted to recruit a dozen Tesla employees for a self-driving car startup called Aurora. The suit names Chris Urmson, a former director of Google's self-driving car efforts, as being part of that startup.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/27/tesla-sues-ex-autopilot-chief-for-stealing-company-secrets/|
|t||Alphabet reported earnings per share of $9.36 against an expectation of $9.67 and revenue of $26.06 billion against expectations of $25.22 billion. Clicks on Google ads rose 36 percent in the quarter, while cost per click fell 15 percent.Non-advertising business, including things like cloud service GSuite, and hardware like the Pixel phone, grew 62% in revenue to $3.4 billion. Alphabet’s other bets division which includes everything that isn’t Google, including Nest, Fiber and health company Verily, reported $262 million in revenue up from $150 million a year ago and losses of $1.1 billion down from $1.2 billion a year ago.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/26/alphabets-bets-beyond-search-are-starting-to-look-better/|
|Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts he is “comfortable” about the way things will unfold for Google in that space over the coming years, stressing Google’s experience in natural language search and speech recognition. Even so Pichai did not reveal a plan for new business models in voice search to replace lost ad revenue.||http://www.businessinsider.com/google-ceo-sundar-pichai-responds-to-concerns-over-monetizing-voice-search-2017-1|
|i||As expected Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member alongside Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft. Members agree to establish best practices and publish research under an open license. Apple will be represented by Siri co-founder Tom Gruber who is now head of advanced development for Siri at Apple.||http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/27/apple-joins-amazon-google-facebook-in-partnership-on-ai-research-project/|
|t||FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to waive transparency requirements for five years for ISPs with fewer than 100,000 subscribers. The requirements call for reporting on data caps, fees, and speeds. Pai would also like to extend the waiver to ISPs withe fewer than 250,000 subscribers. The plan is similar to a bipartisan proposal in Congress. South Dakota Senator John Thune, chair of the Senate Commerce Comittee co-authored a bill with Mississippi Senator Fred Upton, introduced in 2015, that would have banned paid prioritization. At a State of the Net Conference Monday, Senator Thune said, “For people to get the maximum benefit possible from the internet, they need certainty about what the rules are and, most importantly, what the rules will be in the coming years. The only way to achieve this is for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation.”||http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/27/14415834/fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-net-neutrality-proposal-transparency-rules|
|i||Ford is offering a device called SmartLink that includes an LTE modem and plugs in to the OBD II port on Ford and Lincoln vehicles for model years 2010 to 2016. |
It adds a WiFi hotspot to the car for up to 8 devices and enables remote start, lock and unlock functions, and can send alerts to a web and mobile app.
It can set geofences, speed limits and track driving habits as well. SmartLink is in pilot trials at select dealers and will be widely available in the US this summer. Final pricing will come at the same time.
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|Building on reports from the Guardian, VentureBeat's Evan Blass, aka EvLeaks has published a photo purporting to be the Samsung Galaxy S8 which its sources say will be announced on March 29 in New York. Supposedly there will be a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch version, with an 18:9 aspect ratio both with the curved edge display. The phones will supposedly cost more too and go on sale April 21st. Samsung has not confirmed any of these details, though Blass has a good track record in reporting these kinds of leaks.||http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/26/this-is-the-samsung-galaxy-s8-launching-march-29/|
|Samsung Galaxy S8 to have bigger infinity display||https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/24/samsung-galaxy-s8-smartphone-infinity-display-iris-scanner-insiders-say|
|LG + Google Assistant||https://www.cnet.com/news/lg-g6-google-assistant-amazon-alexa-pixel-ditches-removable-battery-for-water-resistant-body/|
|LG announcing G6 Feb. 26|
- no more modularity
- no more removable battery
- Water resistant
- Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821
- Thin frame, rounded edges on display
- First non-Google phone with Google Assistant
- Source told CNET’s Roger Cheng AVS didn’t feel ready yet, Still strong partnership
Other LG stats
- 3.9% world marketshare first 3Qs 2016 - IDC
- Posted operating loss of $220 million on weak sales of G5 marketing expense of V20
|Samsung galaxy S8 (Dream and Dream 2)|
5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens
18:9 aspect ratio
10-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in some and Samsung Exynos in others
11 percent faster than Galaxy S7, 23 percent faster graphics processing, 20 percent more energy efficient.
3000mAh and 3500mAh for the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch designs
Work with new version of Samsung’s Gear VR headset and Gear 360 camera.
4GB RAM, 64GB storage baseline
USB-C for charging, 3.5mm headphone jack
Fingerprint scanner on back
Samsung DeX (like MS Continuum but requires dock)
Voice assistant Bixby
5.8-inch model will retail for €799 and the 6.2-inch model at €899. Both go on sale April 21.
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