AWS kept the announcements coming at a frenetic pace this week

Deep breath. That was quite a deluge of announcements this week at the AWS:reinvent customer conference in Las Vegas. The pace left journalists covering the event dripping in sweat as they put us thro

Europe hits Ireland over $15B in unpaid Apple taxes; Luxembourg liable for $294M in Amazon taxes

The European Commission under Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager definitely means business. Today it issued not one but two notices related to ongoing investigations of tech giants Apple an

The Lucid Air electric car starts at just $60,000 – before tax credit

Lucid’s first electric vehicle doesn’t cost what you think it does – the company revealed basic pricing information for the Air on its blog, basically just to mute speculation that its

Crunch Report | Oculus CTO Is Suing ZeniMax

Bolt Threads creates a tie made from spiderwebs, Oculus' CTO is suing ZeniMax for money never paid to him and Google has a new startup competition. All this on Crunch Report.

The reality of AR/VR competition

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality have a competition problem. But while most AR/VR companies will tell you how much better they are than their nearest direct competitor, they’re picking the wrong

Defensibility creates the most value for founders

Some advisers tell founders, “Don’t worry about defensibility. Focus on doing something to delight customers and do it better.” That’s okay. But, if I have a choice, I’d rather start a busin

Europe eyes new rules for online platforms

The European Union's executive body has today set out a series of proposals for new rules that would apply to a broad range of online platforms, from the likes of YouTube to Google to eBay, as part of

Publishers Push For EC To Reject Almunia’s Google Antitrust Proposal

The long-running saga involving a European investigation into Google over alleged antitrust violations has taken another turn: today a group of European publishers have come out urging the European Co

Almunia Says The EU Antitrust Ball Is In Google’s Court, While FairSearch Releases More Data Against Google’s Proposed Remedies

We are still waiting for the antitrust commissioner in Europe to make his next formal statement on negotiations with Google, after the search giant in April this year <a target="_blank" href="http://e

European Publishers, Others Slam Google On “Abusive” Practices, Ask EC To Reject Google Proposal

It looks like it may be back to the drawing board for Google on the European competitive front: hundreds of publishers and publishing trade associations today are <a target="_blank" href="http://epceu

Startup Weekend & Tech Cocktail Compete To Recruit Startups For Startup America

Startup America's <a href="">Master Challenge showdown</a> is now underway. This fun, friendly competition pits influential tech groups agains

Italy's H-Farm is an incubator with ideas – and it's coming to London

Italian startup incubator H-Farm Ventures is running a competition with $200,000 prize money to fund the the 10 most original and potentially successful ideas for web shows, interactive formats and wh

Windows 7 development overseen by Dept. of Justice

Since about 2002, the Department of Justice has had a special “Technical Committee” overseeing the development of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The committee’s main job was to monitor

Acer expected to beat Asus Eee pricing

Let’s all think back to our Econ classes to the section on economies of scale, especially as the theory pertains to purchasing production materials in bulk. That’s what Acer’s able t

Apartment dweller: 'The letter forcing me to switch to Comcast is tantamount to an eviction notice'

Wow. This guy really doesn’t like Comcast . I’m certainly not going to be asking Comcast to the Prom anytime soon but this guy is planning on moving out of his apartment thanks to a notice

Sprint to Clearwire: 'Dear Baby, Welcome to Dumpsville. Population, You.'

Sprint is supposed to roll out its WiMax network in Chicago and Washington, DC by the end of the year and it says it’ll still do that despite news today that it met for dinner with Clearwire, sa

Comcast sez increased competition may bring rate hikes

The FCC is attempting to make way for a little competition in the cable industry by enforcing new rules banning exclusivity deals between apartment owners and companies like Time Warner and Comcast. T

AmazonMP3's referral program: Get up to 20 percent per song or album

How does Amazon respond to Apple’s increasing the size, and dropping the price of, its DRM-free music store? By promising you free money, of course. Amazon was quick to point out yesterday that

Toshiba announces 30-inch OLED TV by 2009

Toshiba isn’t about to let Sony get the upper hand in the television market. Yesterday, Sony announced an 11-inch OLED TV that is only 0.3-inches thick, has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and cos

Comcast Customer Service Rep Airs Some Dirty Laundry

We’ve all heard horror stories about Comcast and, let’s face it, every large corporation has its share of dismal customer service experiences from time to time. The problem with Comcast, s