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Apple’s new Apple Music offering, introduced at Apple’s always anticipated World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2015), is getting resoundingly bad reviews among the technorati, to almost no one’s surprise. Why? Mostly because many of the features of the new service have been tried before, or they’re designed to catch up with competitors – with dismal…

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A widow who was cleaning out her late husband’s garage inadvertently donated a first-generation Apple computer worth $200,000 to a recycling depot in Milpitas.  Now, the recyclers want to find her to give her $100,000 for the donation. Victor Gichun, the recycling vice president, said the woman did not leave any identification and didn’t ask…

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Altera chips

Intel Corp. today confirmed that it has agreed to buy Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion in a move that is designed primarily to achieve growth in the face of declining PC sales and stiff competition from other chip makers. Intel will pay some $54 per share in cash for Altera, which makes programmable logic, typically…

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Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht, 31, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and creator of the Silk Road dark web digital marketplace –reputedly one of the largest known markets for narcotics – has been sentenced by a federal judge to two terms of life in prison and three lesser sentences, according to a USA Today report.…

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metaio

Apple has reportedly acquired Metaio, an augmented reality (AR) startup with a loyal following but lackluster growth. Legal documents published by TechCrunch confirm that Apple has purchased the privately-held company, but Apple has declined to discuss details. Metaio specializes in creating tools that are used to deliver compelling AR content, including detailed views of exotic cars,…

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Oculus, the Facebook-acquired maker of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, has acquired Surreal Vision, a UK maker of software that maps real world spaces and recreates them as virtual environments. The acquisition is expected to allow Oculus to build immersive game environments faster and perhaps allow sophisticated multiplayer games stitching multiple environments together. Surreal…

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San Mateo-based GoPro is about to roll out two new products including a six-camera system for shooting 360-degree  video and a quadcopter drone for airborne shots. The announcement was made by GoPro CEO Nick Woodman on the stage of Re/code’s Code Conference. Woodman said the 360 camera will ship in the second half of 2015…

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Avago

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that San Jose-based Avago Technologies  is in “advanced talks” to acquire Broadcom Corporation, a leading maker of wireless integrated chipsets for mobile devices, servers and telecommunications equipment. Terms of the deal were unclear, however Broadcom’s market value as of Wednesday afternoon was listed at some $28 billion.  Avago,…

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Router

Vulnerabilities in routers are nothing new, but when researchers find a major vulnerability capable of compromising millions of connected devices, that turns heads. Such is the case today as a group of security researchers published proof-of-concept code that indicates a major vulnerability that can be used to deliver denial-of-service attacks and even run code remotely,…

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jeremiah owyang

Jeremiah Owyang just dropped a bomb in Paris. Speaking at Ouishare Fest 2015 earlier this week, Owyang – one of the most influential observers of the phenomenon that has launched such high risers as Airbnb, Fon, Lending Club, TaskRabbit, and Uber – said the driving force behind this disruptive movement isn’t peer relationships with customers.…

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