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U.S., China industries reportedly pushing up chip sales

Robust industrial production in the U.S. and China is generating stronger demand for microchips, according to a new study. The report by research firm IHS Technology predicted that global sales of industrial semiconductors will rise by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching Read More →

Off topic: Politics and names, birthdays and marathons, sexy men, paper airplane

Political matters: Which names tend to be Republican or Democrat? About to have a big birthday and considering running a marathon? You're not alone. The history of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Read More →

Wolverton: Breaking down my new Triple Play costs

In response to a recent column about Triple Play shopping, one reader wanted to know exactly how much I was paying for each service so he could negotiate his own deals. The answer is complicated, but here is my best Read More →

Snapchat joins Square to offer payments feature

Snapchat, the messaging app that lets users send texts and photos that disappear within seconds, has launched a money transfer feature. Through the new "Snapcash" feature, the app's millions of monthly users can enter their debit card information and send money to a Read More →

Apple must pay up for stepping on pager patents

Years after cell phones made pagers obsolete, the patents underlying the chirping messengers can still come back to bite Apple. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, decided yesterday that Apple must pay $23.6 million for stepping on patents for SkyTel pager technology that Read More →

Uber aggro: Executive proposes spying on critical reporters

Uber is in hot water after a top executive threatened to investigate journalists who criticized the ride sharing company, Buzzfeed's Ben Smith reported. According to Smith, the Uber executive, Emil Michael said at an event in New York that Read More →

Quoted: pushing for the USA Freedom Act

"Now, the Senate has the opportunity to send a strong message of change to the world." — from a joint letter from Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and other tech companies encouraging the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act. Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

Here's what's on the Tuesday menu. San Francisco court ruling: Editing Google search results would damage free speech. Samsung scores huge chips contract with Apple — it will become Apple's primary chip supplier — at least according to unnamed sources Read More →

Intel to merge its PC and mobile chip units

Hoping to get its microchips faster into mobile devices, Santa Clara-based Intel plans to merge its mobile and personal-computing divisions early next year. While its chips long have dominated the personal computer market, Intel has struggled to make much headway in Read More →

Big R&D spenders: That’s a lot of money for thinking outside the box

Six-hundred-and-forty-seven billion dollars. That's the record amount of money that public companies spent last year on dreaming big, thinking cutting-edge, plotting new products like crazy, and just all-around getting their creative grooves on. And it's actually $9 billion more than companies spent Read More →
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