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Sonos introduces new $429 Sub Mini subwoofer

Sonos has a new Sub in its lineup, and this one isn’t quite as prohibitively expensive: The $429 Sub Mini comes in at almost half the price of the more expensive existing $749 Sub — and is als

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Google is suing Sonos over patent infringement once again

Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents in

Skullcandy is partnering with Amazon to offer dual smart assistants

Skullcandy announced at Amazon’s Alexa live event today that is partnering with Native Voice — a voice service provider for hardware devices — to make multiple voice assistants avail

Headline VC closes $950M spread across three funds for startups in US, Europe, LatAm and Asia

Venture capital fund Headline has been investing in tech startups since — get this — 1999, which might tempt headline writers, perhaps unfairly, to apply the word “dinosaur,” if the fu

Review: Sonos Ray soundbar is an easy upgrade that will leave you wanting more

Sonos went a bit further downmarket recently with the Ray, a smaller and cheaper soundbar than the Beam, itself a smaller, cheaper soundbar than the Arc. But while the Ray performs well, it doesn&#821

Voice control at last: Hey Sonos, play the ‘Breaking Bad’ theme song

If you’ve always wanted Giancarlo Esposito — the actor playing the meth-slinging Los Pollos Hermanos boss Gustavo Fring from “Breaking Bad” — to guide you through your ch

Daily Crunch: FDA clears Fitbit algorithm that passively scans for signs of AFib

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Bigger sound in smaller packages, as Sonos buys Mayht for $100M

It’s only been three months since I wrote about Mayht‘s cool solar-powered speaker prototypes and interviewed its founding team. It looks like the Dutch startup also caught the eyes of sma

The first big tech antitrust bill lumbers toward reality

A major Senate bill that would prevent tech companies from giving preference to their own products and services just passed a significant hurdle in Congress, bringing it one step closer to becoming la

Google’s loss to Sonos settles it: Big Tech has an IP piracy problem

Simply put, Big Tech benefits from stealing IP. The legal costs and potential damages, if ever issued after years of litigation, are paltry by comparison.

Apple’s biggest scandal of 2022 is already happening

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! I’ve taken the last few weeks to unwind and ensure that my 2022 hot takes are as scorching as possible, or at least as prescient as possible. T

US regulator rules that Google infringed on Sonos speaker patents

The US International Trade Commission has agreed with Sonos' claims that Google had infringed on its speaker and cast patents.

Lumigo raises $29M for its cloud-native application monitoring platform

Lumigo, a cloud-native application monitoring and debugging platform, today announced that it has raised a $29 million Series A funding round led by Redline Capital. Wing Venture Capital and Vertex Ve

Is Big Tech bad at business?

Stealing rivals' IP is no longer merely unethical -- it's a business decision so disastrously short-sighted that it arguably constitutes a breach of executives' fiduciary duties to shareholders.

Ex-Apple designer’s ultra-premium audio hardware startup Syng raises $48.75 million

Audio startup Syng has been building on quite a bit more hype than the average fresh hardware startup, largely because of the team behind it. Founder and CEO Chris Stringer was Jony Ive’s first

Sonos’ second-gen Beam soundbar supports Dolby Atmos

Today, the Sonos Beam is getting a major upgrade. The new, second-generation Beam goes on sale today for $449 and will be available on October 5th, and includes Dolby Atmos support.

Google infringed on five Sonos patents, according to preliminary ruling

Way back in January 2020, Sonos sued Google over patent infringement. Today, the streaming speaker company scored an early victory with the U.S. International Trade Commission. A preliminary ruling pe

Sonos and Ikea’s latest collaboration is a picture frame speaker

Following a smattering of leaks, Sonos and Ikea just unveiled the newest addition to their three-year-old Symfonisk line of home speakers. As the name implies, the Picture Frame is a medium-size, flat

A ‘more honest’ stock market

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about Clubhouse’s slowing user growth. Well, this week news broke that they had been in talks with Twitter for a $4 billion
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