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Samsung inks 10-year patent deal with Google

Samsung, the world's biggest cellphone maker, inked a 10-year patent agreement covering all present and future technology patents with Google, the maker of Android operating system.

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US-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to raise new $1.5B fund -Primack

California, US-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the process of raising $1.5 billion for its new fund, according to Fortune LP whisperer Dan Primack.

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Microsoft files patent for performance-based pricing for cloud service -report

Software giant Microsoft applied for a patent for a system that allows customers to set the rate based on the performance level of its cloud service, according to InformationWeek.

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Google Inc spends more than five biggest rivals combined in US in bid to grow to new markets- report

Compared to the spending of its five biggest US rivals combined, Google Inc has spent more money in the past two years in its effort to reach out to new markets, Bloomberg reported.

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Microsoft and Samsung to acquire stakes in French startups -report

Tech giants Microsoft and Samsung are in talks to acquire stakes in a France-based online music startup and a video-sharing website, according to a report by French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.

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Temporary lifting of ban selling foreign video game consoles in China paves way for tech companies to enter market

China's State Council has suspended the ban the government had put in place for 14 years which barred the selling of foreign video game consoles, potentially opening doors for technology firms to enter the Chinese video game market, Reuters reported.

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Microsoft purchases Parature in $100M deal- sources

Sources knowledgeable about matter told TechCrunch that Microsoft has bought customer service SaaS provider Parature for $100 million in order boost the knowledge base of its CRM platform.

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Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for hacking social media accounts of Skype

The hacker group who called themselves the Syrian Electronic Army said they were the ones that attacked the social media accounts of Microsofit-owned Internet calling service Skype, Reuters reported.

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Chinese mobile makers asks regulators to ensure Nokia takeover will retain patent fees - sources

Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp have asked regulators to make sure that Microsoft's takeover of Nokia's handset business will not result to increased patent fees in wireless technology, according to sources who talked to Bloomberg.

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Microsoft CEO might be Nadella after Qualcomm promotes Mollenkopf as CEO - report

With Microsoft wanting to consider an internal employee for its new chief and its rumored shortlist dwindling with the promotion of Steve Mollenkopf as new Qualcomm chief, a TechCrunch report said the tech giant's new CEO might be Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise chief Satya Nadella by default.

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Mircrosoft-Nokia merger a go after Indian court lifts asset freeze order

Despite releasing the local assets back to Nokia Oyj, the Delhi High Court clarified that the Finnish company will still be liable to any remaining tax bills from the local mobile phone plant that Microsoft will be acquiring.

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Washington's Opscode raises $32M in Series D, changes name to Chef

Washington-based tech firm Opscode has raised USD32 million in a Series D funding round and changed its name to Chef after its configuration management and IT automation "cookbook" has become popular in the enterprise market.

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Global PC market expected to stabilize in the long term -report

The International Data Corporation released its forecast for the PC market worldwide, estimating a 10.1% plunge in 2013 sales, a 3.8% contraction in 2014, and a 300-million mark on an annual basis.

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Synergy report says Amazon still leads in cloud computing

A report from Synergy Research Group said Amazon has trumped other cloud players like Microsoft, IBM and Google when it comes to generating money from cloud computing.

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What will Apple do with Kinect sensor startup PrimeSense?

After all the speculation, denial, and rumors, Apple finally confirmed its purchase of Israeli-based 3D sensor firm, Primesense. So the question now is - what happens next? What would Apple develop next that would revolutionize technology?

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