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Amazon isn't waiting for the advent of courier drones to ship your orders faster than usual: the Wall Street Journal reports that the e-commerce giant has been testing its own US delivery network in New York, Los Angeles and ...

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This has quarter has been very busy and eventful for Microsoft. Not only did the company announce the appointment of new CEO Satya Nadella but it also launched its popular Office suite for the iPad for the first time, came out with a major update to Windows 8.1 that made it more friendly to desktop users, and it decided to make Windows Phone free to use for hardware developers in an effort to better compete with Google’s own free-to-use Android platform. How did all these big events impact Microsoft’s bottom line? The company on Thursday reported a profit of $0.68 per share on revenues of $20.4 billion, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.63 per share on revenues of $20.38 billion. One of

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Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have all agreed to settle a upcoming antitrust lawsuit based around a no-hire agreement between the companies, reports Reuters. The case, which gained class-action status last October, claimed that the four companies all had no-hire agreements which helped keep employee wages artificially low.

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Silicon Valley's tech giants aren't going to face that class action lawsuit over no-hiring deals, after all. Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel have all reached a settlement in the case, which would have otherwise headed to trial in late May. The terms of the deal haven't been revealed, but we wouldn't be shocked if a significant amount of cash traded hands.

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By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple has long been a trend-setter whose hot products attract imitators, and now its recent stock split might help revive a trend from the 1990s that has all but disappeared on Wall Street. Apple Inc's move might inspire others, some believe, but only modestly. "It could become a bit of a trend when you see a name like Apple decide to split the stock," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities. Polcari said Priceline Group Inc, the most expensive single stock on the S&P 500, is a prime candidate.

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Big changes may be coming to Google+. As Re/Code reports, former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra will be leaving Google after eight years at the company. Re/Code’s sources say that Google has appointed Google+ vice president of engineering David Besbris to take Gundotra’s place, which means that the company passed over Google+ product boss Bradley Horowitz, whom Re/Code describes as “Gundotra’s top lieutenant.” Re/Code’s sources didn’t give any indication about why Gundotra might be leaving the company, although the report does say that his departure will have “wider repercussions on what’s next for Google+.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a large antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court filing on Thursday. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired not to poach one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, closely watched in Silicon Valley, was largely built on emails among top executives, including late Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who agreed not to approach each others employees with job offers.

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The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands has filed suit against the United States and the eight other nuclear-armed countries, alleging that they haven't met their obligations in working toward global nuclear disarmament. The lawsuits were filed in US federal court and the International Court of Justice and aim to compel the nine nations to begin making a "good faith" effort toward disarmament, as many of them have agreed to do under the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. "The failure of these nuclear-armed countries to uphold important commitments and respect the law makes the world a more dangerous place," Nobel Peace Prize-winner archbishop Desmond Tutu says in statement supporting the lawsuits. "The continued existence of nuclear weapons … threatens us all." The issue is of particular importance to the Marshall Islands, which was used as a nuclear test site by the United States during the 1940s and '50s in a total of 67 weapons tests.

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By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's communications regulator has ordered three cellphone companies to pay 5.8 billion CFA francs ($12.23 million) in fines for poor service. The Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications and Post said on Thursday it fined Airtel Burkina 2.4 billion CFA francs, Onatel 2.07 billion and Telecel Faso 1.3 billion. It gave the companies 15 days from April 11 to pay the fines to the finance ministry. ...

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The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new guidelines regarding "net neutrality," which theoretically forbids Internet providers from favoring traffic to certain websites over others.  To give a bit of background, large cable Internet providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner, believe that they have the right to provide faster, more reliable connections for certain Internet sites if those sites pay for a higher level of service. That's what happened in a recent deal between Netflix and Comcast, in which Netflix has paid for better access to Comcast's data network.

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The iPhone is about to get curvier than ever, if a new report is to be believed. According to Japanese publication Macotakara, the purported iPhone 6 may sport a thick, round bumper that would significantly switch up the iPhone's iconic slim build.

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Facebook said on Thursday that it has created a newswire tool tailored to journalists, part of a broader effort to be the go-to place for conversation for its 1 billion users. Called FB Newswire, it is designed to help journalists share and embed newsworthy Facebook content that is made public by its members such as photos, status updates and videos. "News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before, and journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook," wrote Andy Mitchell, director of news and global media partnership at Facebook, in a blog post announcing FB Newswire.

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After months of silence, new details regarding the rumored Surface mini finally appeared two weeks ago, signaling that the device would eventually see the light of day. Aki Antman on Twitter brought even more evidence to the table this week with the discovery of two Surface mini accessory listings on Amazon, one for a Smart Cover case and another for a Bluetooth keyboard case. The listings not only showcase the accessories, but what appears to be a Surface mini as well. Its dimensions are noticeably smaller than its currently available counterpart, and on the product page, the description notes that the Bluetooth keyboard will “only fit Microsoft Surface Mini 8-inch tablet.” We won’t know for sure if the display specifications are legitimate

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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps.

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Many kids want to become astronauts, but getting them to embrace day-to-day space science is tougher -- it's not as exciting as setting foot on Mars. NASA is all too aware of this challenge, so it has teamed ...

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Google Play is a terrific place to find Android apps… if you happen to know exactly what you’re looking for. But as Android Authority’s Simon Hill points out, things get a bit trickier when it comes to discovering new apps out of the blue since the Google Play store’s app discovery process leaves a lot to be desired. “One of the attractive things about the early days of the app revolution was the fact that, theoretically, anyone could make an app, and if it was good enough, it would gain traction,” Hill writes. “With well over 1 million apps in the Play Store and a number of big name publishers with deep pockets involved, this is far less true today… A Distimo

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Security software maker Rapid7 said on Thursday that it has hired Nick Percoco, a security researcher who is well known for his work hacking mobile devices. He will serve as vice president of strategic services, running a newly created consulting team within Rapid7. Percoco is a "White Hat," or hacker who identifies ways to attack software and devices, then notifies manufactures so they can secure them to minimize potential for attacks. ...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook.

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iOS users have been privy to IFTTT's (If This Then That) formulaic behaviors for automating app tasks on their mobile devices. Well as of today, the Android faithful can get in on the action too. The outfit's software is now available in Google Play, bringing with it photo, call, notification, SMS, location and device settings channels specific to Google's OS.

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What if you had only three weeks before the Internet you know and love was about to disappear? Would you spend your time binging on listicles or the final season of Breaking Bad? Or would you do something about it? Would you email all your friends with the news? Blast your social media networks? Demand that Congress and the president keep this amazing invention from going away? If the Internet had only three weeks left, would you take to the streets and raise hell? I bet you would. And here's your chance to prove it: Because three weeks from today

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It may be the end of the Internet as we know it. That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally. "Definitely, consumers are the losers," said Todd O'Boyle, a program director at Common Cause, a left-leaning public interest lobbying group. "The sites they rely on on a daily basis may not work in a way they've come to rely on." The FCC insists, however, that

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I know, I know. You already know the answer. But my reaction to Amazon’s Prime Pantry introduction — which allows its Prime members to have up to 45 pounds of home goods shipped directly to their doorstep within four days for a $6 fee — has more to do with the industry at large. As someone who resides in a rural location, being able to shop online is a huge boon. Pets.com and eBay were but infants in the online universe, and it was already obvious that the holy grail of online shipping would be the day that your groceries arrived to your doorstep, precisely as ordered, without anything being spoiled. We aren’t there yet on a grand scale, but we’re

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Helicopters can feel dangerous enough when they're flying normally. But when they start doing flips, spins and nose dives, you get nervous just watching. This week, Red Bull posted a YouTube video of daredevil Chuck Aaron -- the first and only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics -- doing just that. The 54-year-old pilot has spent more than 20,000 hours -- or 833 days -- in the air, so you can assume he knows what he's doing with these stunts. Without that experience, it's safe to say videos like the one above wouldn't be possible.

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In a few years, Amazon may handle the entire delivery process for your impulse Prime purchases. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in the early stages of branching out its delivery operation into something that could eventually compete directly against UPS and FedEx — two companies that play a critical role in getting its packages to customers today. The online retailer is already testing such a service with trucks making "last mile" drop-offs in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, according to the Journal. Aside from giving shoppers greater control over where and when they take a package, Amazon's big plan wculd also eventually cut expenses and bring the company closer to offering same-day delivery in more cities. Amazon has already its own delivery network in the UK.

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