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RIM Paid Nokia 50 mn Euros for Patents

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) paid rival Nokia 50 million euros ($65.8 million) to settle a patent dispute, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing U.S. regulatory filings.

Analysts believe RIM will also have to pay the Finnish company a licence fee of between $2 and $5 for each handset sold using Nokia technology, the newspaper wrote.

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Review: Nintendo's TVii Tops Button-Laden Remotes

Nintendo's TV-watching tool for the new Wii U game console beats my regular remote control hands down.

Called TVii, the service transforms how you watch television in three key ways. It turns the touch-screen GamePad controller for the Wii U into a remote control for your TV and set-top box. It groups your favorite shows and sports teams together, whether it's on live TV or an Internet video service such as Hulu Plus. And it offers water-cooler moments you can chat about on social media.

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Amazon Fends off Apple Claim to "Appstore" Name

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Apple's claim of false advertising for Amazon.com to refer to its online shop for mobile gadget applications as an "app store."

"Apple has failed to establish that Amazon made any false statement of fact that actually deceived or had the tendency to deceive a substantial segment of its audience," U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said in her ruling.

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Microsoft Slams Google on 'Proper' YouTube App

Microsoft stepped up its criticism of Google on antitrust grounds Wednesday, claiming the Internet giant refuses to allow Windows Phone users "proper access" to the YouTube video service.

"Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone," said Microsoft attorney Dave Heiner in a blog post.

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PlayStation 2's End Looms for Celebrated System as Sony Ceases Shipments

It appears it may finally be game over for the PlayStation 2.

According to Japanese tech publication Famitsu, Sony Computer Entertainment of Japan announced this week that they are discontinuing the PlayStation 2, with no new shipments going to retailers in its home nation.

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LG Beats Rivals in Race to Sell New OLED TVs

LG Electronics says customers are pre-ordering big-screen TVs that offer sharper and clear images using advanced technology.

The South Korean company said Wednesday it will begin delivering the 55-inch OLED TVs next month for $10,335 in its home market.

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Japan's Sharp Considering $1.15 bn Public Offering

Embattled Japanese electronics firm Sharp is considering making a public share offering worth more than 100 billion yen ($1.15 billion) early this year, a report said Tuesday.

The public offering could take place in the spring with the firm hoping to use the funds to strengthen its mainstay liquid crystal display (LCD) business and improve its creditworthiness, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

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Telepresence Robots Let Employees 'Beam' into Work

Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.

But Goecker isn't in California. He's more than 2,300 miles away, working at home in Seymour, Indiana.

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Facebook Fixes "Midnight Delivery" Privacy Flaw

Facebook sidestepped a privacy gaffe on Monday by fixing a flaw that made it possible to snoop on private New Year's Eve messages sent using a "Midnight Delivery" service.

Facebook took "Midnight Delivery" offline temporarily to patch a vulnerability pointed out by Britain-based blogger Jack Jenkins.

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Amazon Apologizes for Outage that Sidelined Netflix

Amazon on Monday said it was sorry for a Web Services mishap that put online film streaming service Netflix out of commission on Christmas Eve.

"We want to apologize," Amazon said in a message posted at its website.

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