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Google Patents Camera System for Contact Lenses

Google Patents Camera System for Contact Lenses

A recent patent application from the search engine kingpin might make you reconsider wanting to buy Google Glass. Spotted by the folks at Patent Bolt, Google has filed a patent application for a micro camera component to compliment its recently announced smart contact lenses. In addition to being able to monitor a ...

Microsoft Slashed Prices for Custom Windows XP Support

Microsoft Slashed Prices for Custom Windows XP Support

Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported on Wednesday. "I believe that Microsoft changed prices because it decided that not enough ...

Google Has No Plans to Bring Google Fiber to New York

Google Has No Plans to Bring Google Fiber to New York

A Google Fiber job posting in New York City has a bunch of tech news sites excited about the prospect of Google bringing its fiber Internet service to the Big Apple. It would certainly be a nice consolation prize for a city bemoaning the comical failure of the New York Knicks. But Google says there are no such plans. "Don't ...

Report: Mt. Gox Likely to Be Liquidated, Rather than Re-Build

Report: Mt. Gox Likely to Be Liquidated, Rather than Re-Build

Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company's bid to resuscitate its business, the court-appointed administrator said on Wednesday. CEO Mark Karpeles is also likely to be investigated for liability in the collapse of the Tokyo-based firm, the ...

Google X Tried to Design a Space Elevator

Google X Tried to Design a Space Elevator

A working space elevator is still, sadly, not a reality. But sci-fi geeks may be excited to know that some of the most intelligent and imaginative minds on Earth have indeed looked into the logistics of building such a fanciful contraption. Rich DeVaul, head of Google X's Rapid Evaluation team, has confirmed for the first ...

Twitter Buys Long-Time Partner Gnip, a Social Data Company

Twitter Buys Long-Time Partner Gnip, a Social Data Company

After a longstanding relationship with the company, Twitter has decided to acquire Gnip, "a leading provider of social data." Numerous deals hammered out over the last few years have allowed Gnip to sell access to a realtime "firehose" of activity on Twitter and the full historical archive of public tweets. "Gnip has played ...

Google Acquires Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace, Beats Facebook to the Punch

Google Acquires Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace, Beats Facebook to the Punch

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a ...

Amazon Has No Plans to Accept Bitcoin

Amazon Has No Plans to Accept Bitcoin

Like bitcoin? Like Amazon? Want to use bitcoin to buy stuff from Amazon? I have some bad news for you. Not going to happen anytime soon. “Obviously it gets a lot of press and we have considered it,” Amazon payments head Tom Taylor told Re/code in a recent interview, “but we’re not hearing from customers that it’s ...

Microsoft’s Office Online is Now Available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft’s Office Online is Now Available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft launched a major update to Office Online (formerly Office Web Apps) on Monday, rolling out new features for each of the suite’s four applications. Among the additions is commenting for Word Online, Tell Me for Excel Online and PowerPoint Online, as well as printing for OneNote Online. Before we get into all the ...

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

IRS to Pay Microsoft $500,000 for a Year of Windows XP Updates

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches. But the tax agency disputed an earlier estimate by Computerworld that put the cost of those patches in the millions, saying that it was ...