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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Lawyer sues Microsoft over Surface tablet storageLOS ANGELES (AP) _ A California lawyer is suing Microsoft, claiming the Surface tablet he bought doesn't have all the storage space the company advertised. Andrew Sokolowski says he bought a Surface with 32 gigabytes of storage last week. But he quickly ran out of space after loading it with music and Microsoft Word documents.
Review: Nexus tablet showcases Google media playNEW YORK (AP) _ When I first turned on Google's new tablet computer, I immediately thought of it as a mere conduit to Google services. Besides giving you quick access to Gmail and YouTube, the Nexus 10 steers you to digital movies, books and other content available for sale through Google's online Play store.
Facebook jumps on biggest lock-up expiration dayNEW YORK (AP) _ Facebook's stock is up more than 7 percent despite expectations that it would fall because more than 850 million additional shares in the company are being freed up for sale. Shares of Facebook Inc. are up $1.48, or 7.5 percent, at $21.34. Facebook went public in May at $38 in a much-hyped initial public offering of stock that turned out to be a letdown for investors. Its stock price hasn't hit $38 since.
Microsoft's Windows chief leaves in power struggleSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't going to let anyone get in his way. Not even his presumed heir apparent, who runs the software maker's Windows empire, can stop Ballmer as he pushes the company in a new direction.
RIM to offer free voice calls over Wi-Fi with BBMTORONTO (AP) _ BlackBerry users will soon be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service. Research In Motion Ltd. announced Wednesday that it's adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.
Pinterest separates personal, business accountsNEW YORK (AP) _ Pinterest is allowing small businesses and corporations to create official accounts, a move that could be an early step toward profitability. Pinterest Inc. burst onto the tech scene last year, appealing to designers, wedding planners, chefs and anyone else who likes to collect and share images from the Web.
Infineon cuts costs as revenue fallsBERLIN (AP) _ Semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies AG says it will cut back on investment plans and introduce short-time working as global economic uncertainty weighs on demand and revenue. Infineon on Wednesday reported drops in revenue for the July-September period, its fiscal fourth quarter, and for the full fiscal year. Net profit improved in the fourth quarter but was down sharply for the full year.
Cisco 1Q income up as US businesses buying againNEW YORK (AP) _ Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said Tuesday that U.S. companies are starting to spend again, helping Cisco find more solid footing after some shaky months early this year. Cisco said its earnings rose 18 percent in the latest quarter, propelled by a renewed willingness by large U.S. businesses to invest in big-ticket networking gear, even as the federal government continued to hold back. Orders from large business customers in the U.S. rose 9 percent from a year ago.
RIM to release new BlackBerrys soon after Jan. 30TORONTO (AP) _ Research In Motion Ltd. will release its much-delayed BlackBerry 10 smartphones "not too long" after a launch event on Jan. 30, a senior executive said Tuesday. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear said the company is still fine-tuning the new phones.
Microsoft releases IE 10 browser for Windows 7SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The latest version of Microsoft's Web browser is now available to the vast audience connecting to the Internet on personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system. The redesigned browser, Internet Explorer 10, made its debut last month when Microsoft released Windows 8, which makes dramatic changes to an operating system that has been powering PCs for decades.
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