• Are Mobile Notifications Replacing The News Story?
    Columbia Journalism Review considers the implications of a generation getting their news through mobile notifications. “Push notifications are not news stories,” it writes. “They are snippets often written on deadline, akin to headlines that deliver the gist of a complicated event but little more.” Unfortunately, “There’s growing anecdotal evidence to suggest that readers may view news alerts as standalone stories, taking them at face value without clicking through to read more.”
  • AppDynamics Preps For IPO
    Preparing for its IPO, AppDynamics just submitted its S-1 regulatory filing. AppDynamics makes software for application performance management (APM). “The company is seeking to raise $100 million in the deal, and it’s looking to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol APPD,” VentureBeat reports, citing the filing. “In the nine months that ended on October 31, AppDynamics posted a $95 million net loss on $158.4 million in revenue.”
  • Snap Shells Out $40M For AR-Startup Cimagine Media
    Snapchat parent Snap has reportedly shelled out as much as $40 million for Israeli startup Cimagine Media. “This acquisition will provide Snap with a development center in the Middle East, one that will eventually house more than the 20 people,” Venture Beat reports. “Founded four years ago, Cimagine specializes in computer vision, real-time image processing, mobile development, international marketing, and more.”
  • Glu Mobile Buys QuizUp-Maker Plain Vanilla For 1.2M
    Glu Mobile -- a developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices -- just bought Plain Vanilla. Plain Vanilla is the studio behind the social quiz app QuizUp. “The game was a major success right out the gate, but once it faded, the company went with it,” Vator.TV notes. As such, “The acquisition price was just $1.2 million in cash, a low sum considering that Plain Vanilla had raised over $40 million in funding.”
  • Consumer Reports Doesn't Endorse New MacBook Pros
    Due to battery issues, Consumer Reports has decided not to recommend Apple’s latest MacBook Pros. “The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another,” it writes. “Complaints about MacBook Pro batteries have been popping up online since the laptops first went on sale in November.”
  • Nokia Goes To War With Apple
    In Germany and the United States, Nokia is accusing Apple of infringing on several of its patents. “Nokia’s lawsuit stems from a disagreement between Apple and Nokia over licensing fees for Nokia technology,” Mac Rumors reports. Meanwhile, “Apple this morning filed an antitrust lawsuit against several patent assertion entities that it claims are attempting to collect excessive fees for Nokia patents through lawsuits and royalty demands.”
  • AT&T Targets 'Spam' Calls
    AT&T just debuted a service for automated blocking of fraud or spam calls. “Dubbed AT&T Call Protect, the system identifies specific numbers believed to be sources of fraud, and will either deliver those calls with a warning or block them outright,” The Verge reports. “Users can whitelist specific numbers, although temporary blocks require downloading a separate Call Protect app.”
  • New York City Tests Smartphone-Connected Parking Meters
    In select neighborhoods, New York City is letting drivers pay parking meters via smartphone. “While you'll need to load a virtual wallet, you can extend your parking if you’re in danger of running out,” Engadget reports. “The days of racing to the meter to top it up will soon be over, then, but so are the days of pleading with traffic officers when you're a little too late.”
  • Federal Judge Rules Against Apple In Patent Suit
    Apple infringed on a pair of wireless patents owned by patent-holding firm Core Wireless, a federal judge has determined. “Core Wireless was awarded $7.3 million in damages as part of the ruling, which Apple is likely to appeal,” Mac Rumors reports. “In its complaint, Core Wireless argued iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads infringe upon its patented wireless technologies, according to court documents filed electronically.”
  • Can Verizon Cut Yahoo Acquisition Price?
    In light of a second major e-mail hack affecting up to 1 billion Yahoo users, Verizon is reportedly trying to cut the price it previously agreed to pay for the Web relic. “While a Verizon group led by AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong is still focused on integration planning to get Yahoo up and running, another team, walled off from the rest, is reviewing the breach disclosures and the company’s options,” Bloomberg reports.
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