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  • Google, Facebook, Apple spent record amounts on lobbying in 2014

    The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology, and it indicates how diverse and powerful major tech companies are becoming.

  • Music industry sucks life from subscription services

    Music subscription services, such as Pandora and Spotify, are the fastest-growing segment of the music industry, but since they hand over 60% to 70% of their revenue to record labels, they will inevitably fail unless something changes, a new report shows.

  • Tip of the Hat: The 'forking' of Android is inevitable

    The open source code that made Android a success is started blunting Google's control over mobile platform. Device makers like Amazon and Nokia are modifying -- or forking -- Android's source code to support its apps rather than Google's.

  • Red Hat raids cloud storage market by acquiring Gluster

    Red Hat announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Gluster, which makes open-source software that clusters commodity SATA drives and NAS systems into massively scalable pools of storage, in a cash deal valued at about $136 million. Gluster is also a contributor to the OpenStack cloud project and Red Hat is promising this involvement will continue. Indeed, Red Hat is now uncharacteristically saying its support of OpenStack will grow even beyond Gluster to the next release of Fedora.

  • Tech deals led IPOs in Q2, PwC says

    Technology deals led the charge in a resurgence of initial public stock offerings, accounting for 40% of the value of all IPOs in the second quarter, according to PwC.

  • Controlling Wi-Fi radio 'nap-time' reaps big power savings

    A Duke University grad student has come up with a way to double, or more, battery life in Wi-Fi devices, without any changes needed on the device itself. Essentially, the technique regulates how long and when client radios sleep, so that data transfers can be scheduled more efficiently.

  • Smartphone data plans: How to keep bandwidth usage in check

    I love my hometown of San Francisco. Great weather, great views, great food. But terrible radio. So when I'm driving, I've developed the habit of tuning into Pandora on an iPhone that I link to my car radio. Like a lot of other AT&T customers, I've been moved from my unlimited data plan to measured service. Yes, that was my choice, but what has the metered plan done to my music habit? And does that mean I made a mistake?

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