Samsung being probed for leaking Apple licensing details

Apparently, Samsung has allegedly used information from its own legal team that had highly confidential information relating to Apple's licensing agreements with Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp and Philips.

It's happening: tablet shipments to surpass PCs by end of 2013

IDC's latest projections predict that by 2017 PC's will only be 5% of the smart connected device market while tablets and smartphones will grow to 16.5% and 70.1% respectfully. Only geezers will use PCs and, of course, people who work for cheap ass companies which still uses a 30 year old COBOL application.  

Apple wants to trademark the word "Startup" in Australia

Rose Powell at Startup Smart in Australia reports that Apple has put in an application to trademark the word Startup.  

Groklaw shutting down; Lavabit sealed the deal

It started off covering legal issues related to Open Source, notably the SCO-Linux controversies of ten years ago. Now, fearing forced exposure, and possibly in frustration at the tide of recriminations following the exposure of the NSA's surveillance, Pamela Jones, PJ, the former paralegal founder of Groklaw, throws in the towel.  

Billionaire Larry Fight: Ellison ($43b) doesn't like Page ($26b)

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! One of the world's richest men, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, doesn't like another one of the world's richest men, Larry Page of Google. Larry Page is acting evil. Something about Java. Meh.   There are surreal moments in life when you realize that people who don't have a billion dollars are going to eventually figure out that people who do have a billion dollars are just whiny, self-absorbed freaks who will never know the joys of the Jack in the Box  Waffle Stack.

Amazon founder buys old media: journalists crap themselves

If you are going into journalism for the fame, money, sex and drugs, you are an idiot. If you want to get into it because you have low self-esteem, are delusional, and don't know of any other reason to have a degree in communications, or history or some other humanities crap then, you are getting warmer.

How Windows is slowly killing Microsoft's mojo

Oh, for goodness sake, Microsoft isn't going to die. It will continue to be a giant in the tech industry, but like the rich geezer on Viagra hanging on to a 20 something gold digger, the company isn't going to have much mojo.

Telephone tech support scammers get the Feds riled up

According to the FTC, tech support scams are a problem. Yup. As if you didn't have enough reasons to hate tech support now they are going to get you proactively and not even wait for a call.

Police are mass tracking your license plates

The ACLU has released documents and information on the extent to which authorities are tracking you. This is the most ubiquitous technology you may never have heard of, and it is following you everywhere.

French making wine with Cola flavoring

People in France are not drinking enough wine, apparently, sooooo it seems like it would be a really good idea to combine oenology with the music of Raffi and drag the little tykes into the fray before they go all abstinence crazy or some such insanity.

Permanent Hiring Expected to Remain Steady and Temporary Hiring to Grow in the Back Half of 2013

U.S. workers can expect a stable employment environment over the next six months along with an upswing in temporary jobs. In CareerBuilder's latest national survey, employers indicated that full-time, permanent hiring in the second half of 2013 will mirror that of 2012 while temporary and contract hiring is expected to increase 10 percentage points over last year. 

Strathcom Media Doubles AdWords ROI for Dozens of Clients with Acquisio

Strathcom Media, a business dedicated to helping car dealerships with their online marketing pursuits, has made great strides towards providing greater value for their customers with the implementation of the Acquisio Bid & Budget Management system. Managing more than 1,000 dealerships across Canada, Strathcom has been able to double the amount of clicks they send to their clients, while maintaining a high impression share, and without exhausting daily budgets. The increase in value has come at no extra cost to their customers.

7 reasons the legal profession is facing a technology hump

Lawyer robots will one day kill us all while suing us for copyright infringement on our DNA, but until then, it could be that technology is making the profession a little nervous about its role in IT.

Virtual tractor market crashes; real people get crapped on

"There are more tractors sold in Farmville every day than are sold in the US every year." Fred Wilson, VC and principal at Union Street Ventures, December 30, 2009. Yesterday: Zynga lays off 520 people.

Google settles with US states over Street View data grab

Following legal action, Google's going to pay just $7 million in the US for its Street View snooping, uncovered three years ago.

FTC warns marketers over social media ads

The small print may need to get smaller: the Federal Trade Commission says that even tweeted ads need to abide by the rules and make clear and conspicuous disclosures.

T-Mobile gets go-ahead for MetroPCS takeover

T-Mobile has been given federal permission for its acquisition of MetroPCS, with approval from both the Department of justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

Probe of HP's Autonomy acquisition runs into a little snag

The UK's Serious Fraud Office is investigating HP's acquisition of business software firm Autonomy in 2011 - despite admitting a potential conflict of interest.

Amazon's domain name applications 'monopolistic', say publishers

Book publishers are uniting to oppose Amazon's application for dozens of new top-level internet domain names, including .book, .read and .author.

FTC charges 29 over 'gift card' scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is continuing its crusade against spam, cracking down on a scam promising free gift cards via text message.