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  • Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

    Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

    Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology company that holds many patents related to cellular network connectivity, has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming violation of 41 patents that apply to both the iPhone and iPad. These include essential patents related to 2G and LTE tech… Read More

  • The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    Spark has grown from a gleam in the eye of CEO Zach Supalla to a fully baked prototyping platform. These tiny boards allow you to make programmable Wi-Fi-enabled systems with a few lines of code and a few electronic connections. But Supalla wants to give you more. The company has just announced the Spark Electron, a cellular-data enabled version of the Spark. It comes in 2G and 3G options with… Read More

  • A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank. Techstars London Demo Day today saw over 1,000 people signed up (the majority of whom actually turned up to a rented East… Read More

  • Renaissance Learning Acquires UClass

    Renaissance Learning Acquires UClass

    Renaissance Learning, the Google-funded K-12 assessment and learning analytics service with a valuation north of $1 billion, today announced that it has acquired UClass, a cloud storage and content management service school districts can use to store, distribute and analyze their curriculum catalogs. The two companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. Read More

  • Google Quietly Rolls Out An iPad Version Of Inbox

    Google Quietly Rolls Out An iPad Version Of Inbox

    Inbox by Gmail (Google’s still-invite-only email client) seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing, but in case you happen to fall in the “love it” camp and use an iPad: good news! Inbox is getting a proper iPad app. Read More

  • Backed By A16Z, London-Based Money Transfer Startup TransferWise Finally Launches In The U.S.

    Backed By A16Z, London-Based Money Transfer Startup TransferWise Finally Launches In The U.S.

    TransferWise, the London-based “P2P” money transfer startup that recently raised a further $58 million led by Andreessen Horowitz has made good on its promise to cross the pond with a full U.S. launch. The company, which also counts Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, and Seedcamp as backers, was widely expected to begin… Read More

  • FAA Proposes Rules To Open The Sky To Some Commercial Drones, But Delivery Drones Remain Grounded

    FAA Proposes Rules To Open The Sky To Some Commercial Drones, But Delivery Drones Remain Grounded

    After a number of delays, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today officially announced its proposed rules for small commercial drones. Most of the proposed rules already leaked earlier this weekend. Overall, the proposed rules are pretty straightforward and more lenient than previously expected, but while they open up a number of use cases, they are still strict enough to make… Read More

  • Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and personal privacy today, where he announced that Apple Pay will be available starting in September as a payment method for U.S. federal government services. To start, it’ll roll out for things like admission to national parks, with plans to also make it function with services like Social Security and… Read More

  • Liveblog: Xiaomi Explains Itself To Silicon Valley

    Liveblog: Xiaomi Explains Itself To Silicon Valley

    I’m at the W Hotel in San Francisco to hear Xiaomi President Lin Bin and VP Hugo Barra give their pitch to Silicon Valley. We’ve been told we shouldn’t expect an announcement of the company bringing its products to the US, so the impression we’ve gotten is that this is about explaining what Xiaomi really does. Why does it need to do that, you ask? Well, most people… Read More