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Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey Brin over Google's recruitment of Apple's Safari team

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another. The participants included Apple, Google, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Intel....

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Is Tim Cook "blowing it" by not acquiring more companies?

Earlier this week, I stumbled across a rather absurd article parroting a common refrain heard about Apple, namely that they need to take a page out of the playbooks of their less-successful competitors and start making headlines. Writing for BusinessInsider, Jay Yarow argues that Apple is just...

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Apple, Google, and other tech companies made a secret pact to keep employee salaries low while making billions

In theory, the tech world is supposed to be a bastion of freedom -- people with the best ideas are recruited by the best people to build the best products. Libertarians often point to Silicon Valley as an example of how the free market can set people free. It only works, however, if people are...

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Apple and Google band together and ask Supreme Court to help keep patent trolls at bay

Bloomberg reports that Apple, Google and 13 other companies are teaming up in an effort to convince the Supreme Court to make it easier to recoup attorneys fees stemming from frivolous patent suits. With more than US$140 billion in the bank, Apple is naturally an attractive target for patent trolls...

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Google brings Chrome apps to iOS

This past December, Google brought its Chrome apps launcher to Macs everywhere. Today it continues the march into Apple territory with the launch for Chrome apps for iOS. Based on the Apache Cordova open-source mobile development framework, the toolchain will allow developers to make mobile apps...

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Google Chrome for iOS updated with Translate, reduce-data usage features and iOS-exclusive new page tab

Google's recently announced update to Chrome for iOS is now available and brings along several previously unrevealed features. Users are now able to use Google Translate on their mobile devices to view pages written in other languages and access increased security when visiting potentially dangerous...

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Tempering your smart phone addiction

When the iPhone launched in 2007, geeks were suddenly granted instant access to various forms of trivial facts and Google searches, powered by an always-on unlimited data plan. This neither made them more fascinating conversationalists nor better company. Being able to instantly whip out a Web...

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Ridiculous moments in Apple development

In the Apple world, UTI refers to universal type identifiers. It's a hierarchical system that has replaced MIME types and file extensions to describe types of data, whether applications or images, movies or audio. They were first introduced in OS X 10.4 and now are used across both iOS and OS X....

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Adobe's Lightroom for iPad makes a brief appearance, Google acquires a Nest, and other news from Jan. 12-18

With so much news and so many stories flying around every day, we here at TUAW thought it might be good to offer a quick "executive summary" of some of the most important news events from the past week. How do we measure the criteria for this round-up? Well, it's a work in progress, but the basic...

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Daily Update for January 14, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top...

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Google buys Nest, former Apple exec speaks with the Verge on the purchase: News from Jan. 13, 2014

The big news this afternoon was Google's acquisition of Nest Labs, home to the Nest thermostat, a Nest smoke alarm and the startup grounds for two former Apple alums, including Tony Fadell. The general consensus in the tech world turned out to be a collective, "what?" As Yoni Heisler pointed...

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Breaking: Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

Hold on to your hats, folks. We interrupt this otherwise slow news day with some breaking news. Google today announced the acquisition of Nest Labs for US$3.2 billion in cash. Nest Labs, of course, is the purveyor of the highly touted and well-received Nest Thermostat and, more recently, the Nest...

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Evening news roundup for January 9, 2014

Good evening! Here's the Apple news for Jan. 9, 2014: Google has rolled out a new feature for Gmail that allows Google+ users to email you directly without knowing your email address -- unless you opt-out. Once again, this move is raising some privacy concerns. Numbers from Gartner show that...

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Afternoon News Roundup - the January 6 ice-cold edition

With many parts of the US experiencing record-breaking ice-cold temperatures today (the high in Chicago today is minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit for those keeping score at home), here are some afternoon Apple news items to help keep you warm, or at the very least, distract you from the biting...

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This one weird Siri feature turned me into a Bing user

Even Spider-Man couldn't make Bing cool. So when Apple introduced Bing integration into its Siri voice assistant for iOS 7, I wasn't exactly thrilled by the change. Bing is basically the search engine equivalent of the sixth Doctor, loud clothes and all. Sure, Apple included a Google workaround for...

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