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12/7/2016

The US Supreme Court has overturned an appeals court decision that awarded Apple a $399 million penalty from rival Samsung for a patent violation. The court determined that the company that infringed on the patent should not have to hand over all profits from the product if the violated material does not make up the entire design.

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Reuters
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Supreme Court, Samsung, Apple
12/7/2016

Sony has announced plans to release up to six new smartphone-based games over the next fiscal year. The company earns most of its profits in the games segment of its business, which is said to make the push to mobile gaming a necessary move.

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Reuters
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Sony, fiscal year
12/7/2016

Developers in Finland have created a new communications protocol that turns internet of things devices into routers, which enables them to create and maintain their own networks. Startup Wirepas developed the protocol as a means of making IoT safer and easier to deploy.

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IoT, communications protocol
12/7/2016

US home entertainment spending was up 2.5% over the first three quarters of 2016, per the Digital Entertainment Group. The increase was fueled in part by growing consumer comfort with downloading movies from home, and NPD reports that 52% of US households have at least one connected TV.

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Variety
12/7/2016

Automated banking is now available through messaging app Viber. The move follows a trend among competing apps to offer a widening range of in-app services.

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Viber
12/7/2016

OpenAI is looking to put artificial intelligence to work at "any task a human can complete with a computer." In that spirit, it has released a tool called Universe, which serves as an interface for OpenAI's Gym toolkit for a type of machine learning.

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PCWorld
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artificial intelligence, OpenAI, AI
12/6/2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook reported record sales for the Apple Watch during the kickoff week of the holiday shopping season and said the current quarter may be the best ever for the device. Cook did not reveal specific sales numbers, but a recent IDC report states that the watch is fourth in its market, behind Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin.

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Reuters, TechCrunch
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Apple, Tim Cook, holiday shopping, IDC, Garmin
12/6/2016

Google's Trusted Contacts app allows users to tag friends and family so they can keep them informed during emergencies, such as an earthquake or a car accident. The app also displays activity status, which indicates when the phone was last moving, and it tracks the user's location.

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car accident, Google
12/6/2016

Finland's Nokia is reportedly ready to return to the smartphone market next year with models produced with considerable input from Google. However, the phones will be made by another Finnish company, HMD Global, in cooperation with Foxconn subsidiary FIH.

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Ubergizmo.com, Forbes
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Nokia, Google, HMD Global, Foxconn
12/6/2016

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have announced that they will be sharing databases to prevent terrorist groups from using the sites to post content and recruit. "There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services," the companies said in a joint statement.

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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube