Kathy Byron, a Virginia House Republican, has put forth a bill that would essentially block any municipal broadband in the state. Proposals of this sort can't be blocked by the FCC and they're supported by cable companies who would prefer not to compete with cities.
South Korean officials have been investigating Samsung's connection to government corruption for months. That investigation has now led to Jay Y. Lee, Samsung's de facto leader, being formally accused of bribery. Prosecutors in the case have requested an arrest warrant.
An application to run tests on multiple wireless frequency bands was filed by Amazon with the FCC last week. The company wants to receive permission in the form of a "five-month experimental special temporary authority to operate on selected" frequencies.
Apple plans to add original TV shows to Apple Music, executive Jimmy Iovine has confirmed. The company wants to include TV content on Music since it'll turn the service into "an entire pop cultural experience." Music is trying to better compete with services like Spotify.
2017 has barely started and Microsoft is already making some big moves. The company has made its first acquisition by purchasing a deep learning startup called Maluuba. The acquisition details are still a mystery, and Microsoft said it will share company's plans with Maluuba in
Due to rapid pace of growth in various markets, LeEco faced financial issues and was on verge of going bankrupt. Shortly after LeEco's founder and chairman Jia Yueting confirmed rumours, they managed to secure commitments for $600 million to support its automotive and other
Uber has decided to build an autonomous vehicle research center in Wixom, Michigan. The center will work on adding Uber's self-driving system to cars that could one day replace the company's human drivers. Michigan has become a top spot for autonomous vehicle research.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened Apple's long-standing patent case against Samsung. This part of the case may finally decide how much Samsung owes Apple. An earlier $399 million ruling was reversed by the Supreme Court in December 2016.
Foxconn may build an LCD display factory in the United States, reports Nikkei Asian Review. The factory would be operated by Sharp, which is now a subsidiary of Foxconn. Nikkei says an executive from the company confirmed a plan for the facility is "on the table."
To better compete with relatively inexpensive Chromebooks, Microsoft might reduce its Windows 10 licensing fee for OEMs. A supply chain source claims the fee will drop for notebooks measuring under 14.1-inches that are set to be released during 2017.
A ranking of mobile apps by their 2016 revenue has been released by Sensor Tower and as one would expect, streaming services were on top. Spotify beat all other apps, coming in at number one for total revenue and number one on the Apple iTunes App Store.
In a reversal of a decision from 2013, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Apple can face lawsuits from those claiming the company created a monopoly in the mobile app market. Lawsuits rely on the claim that a monopoly was created by there being a single store.
PC shipments were down yet again during the fourth quarter of 2016, report IDC and Gartner. Both research firms recorded a year-over-year decline in shipments. IDC lists the drop as 1.5% while Gartner is reporting a steeper 3.7% decline. This is the fifth year of declines.
At the same time as Fitbit and Jawbone were engaged in legal disputes, Fitbit reportedly tried to buy its competitor in 2016. Financial Times reports the wearable company attempted to acquire Jawbone for a "tiny fraction" of its $1.5 billion valuation.
Amazon plans to add 100,000 new full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months. With those hires, the eCommerce company's already massive US workforce will grow to 280,000. It announced the 56% increase in positions on Thursday. Many of the hires are for warehouses.
Two Microsoft employees tasked with viewing and moderating explicit content are suing their former employer because of the PTSD they developed as a result of their job. In their lawsuit, it is alleged the PTSD developed following exposure to highly explicit content.
Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, claims the HTC Vive is outselling Facebook's Oculus Rift two-to-one. Much of the performance difference can be tied to the Vive being a more open platform, says Sweeney. Games like Doom 3 have helped the Vive in the market.
LeEco has established a presence in the physical retail market in the United States. The Le Pro 3 and Le S3 are now being sold at Target, marking the first time the Chinese tech company has entered US brick-and-mortar locations. Its phones aren't popular in the US.
Lily was unable to raise enough money for its autonomous camera drone, forcing the startup to return preorder revenue and shut down. The company did receive $34 million in preorders, but it needed to get another round of funding in order to enter production.
Tesla's massive Gigafactory will be powered by a 70-megawatt solar farm, according to documents reported on by Electrek. It'll be located on the roof of the facility and will be 7x larger than any other rooftop solar setup. The solar farm will meet the facility's energy need.