FCC pauses clock on AT&T-DirectTV, Comcast-TWC merger reviews

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday paused its informal "shot clock" deadline on the reviews of the proposed mergers of AT&T Inc and DirecTV, and of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc over the issue of confidential programming agreements. The FCC, … [Read more...]

Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

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By Marton Dunai - BUDAPEST (Reuters) Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for … [Read more...]

Big Tech winning battle with ‘patent trolls’

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By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of … [Read more...]

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims – Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple … [Read more...]

Sony Rumored to Be Developing 8K Alpha Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Geez, it isn't even mainstream yet and camera companies are already buzzing past 4K and looking to 6K, 8K, and beyond. It's really all RED's fault. Since they put out the RED DRAGON, other camera companies have been heating up in a high tech, ultra high definition … [Read more...]

Canon Announces Huge 4K Cinema Lens

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Focal ranging from 50-1000mm By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In an effort to boost the capability of their ultra high definition Canon C500 Cinema Camera, Lake Success has released a colossus of a lens called the "Cine Servo Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens, that they claim is the ‘world’s longest … [Read more...]

Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound

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(Reuters) Strong global demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 will drive revenue growth through 2015, while updated models should help reverse three straight quarters of declining iPad sales, analysts said. Apple shares were set to open 2.4 percent higher on Tuesday. The company posted … [Read more...]

New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 million with big stock awards

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SEATTLE (Reuters) Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday. The outsize number is mostly made up … [Read more...]

Amazon strikes deal with Simon & Schuster on e-book prices

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(Reuters) Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal … [Read more...]

Staples says probing possible payment card data breach

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(Reuters) Staples Inc is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has contacted law enforcement about the matter, making it the latest U.S. retailer to become a possible victim of a cyberattack. "Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card … [Read more...]

Adobe Announces Aperture Plugin for Lightroom

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Importing from discontinued Apple App made simpler By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Disappointed Aperture users who are looking for an alternative to their favorite Apple photo management utility, need look no further than Adobe. Almost immediately after Apple retired Aperture, Adobe welcomed … [Read more...]

Canon Releases Footage from 7D Mk. II

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Cello Shows Off Movement, Color And Dynamic Range By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Canon announced the 7D Mk. II not long ago and we've been waiting to see the quality of video coming out of it. And they've now showed off a very polished, and highly cinematic short called Cello, which shows off … [Read more...]

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators’ joint cybersecurity approach

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By Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The … [Read more...]

BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

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By Euan Rocha - TORONTO (Reuters) BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Benzinga.com, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, said an offer worth $15 a … [Read more...]

HBO, CBS Announce Streaming Services For Cable Cutters

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In what may be the quintessential tipping point in the great cable cutting migration, both HBO and CBS have announced this week all access streaming service to their programming without the need of a companion cable or satellite subscription. … [Read more...]

Doddle REVIEWS: RODE NT-USB Microphone

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Written by James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're looking for a solid voice over or podcast microphone for studio work, and by studio work I mean going into your closet and laying down a view voice-over tracks on the cheap, then the RØDE NT-USB microphone is definitely for you. Not only can you … [Read more...]

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