Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the United States gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said that the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court ordered Apple to pay the money to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights. Attorneys for the writers had argued that software available from Apple’s app store contained unlicensed digital copies of their books.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): People who use Gmail Inc. to make free phone calls in North America will be able to keep doing so for another year. Google said in a blog post Monday that they are extending free domestic calling through 2013. The also praised their cheap rates for international calls which start as low as two cents. Google Voice officially launched in March 2009. The service lets users make calls and send text messages via their online service, assigning a unique phone number to each member.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Windows Phone users can now find more apps in Microsoft Corporation’s online phone store. A new Microsoft blog post praising the growth of the Windows Phone store in 2012 revealed the latest facts and figures. Over the past year, Microsoft has published more than 75,000 new apps and games (which have more than doubled the total amount). More than 300,000 app updates were added.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has gained a new patent that could mix motion control, made popular by Nintendo, with a variety of safety features to protect gamers and their furniture. United States Patent 8333661, a “Gaming System with Safety Features” with a multi-core processor, is being designed to help avoid or minimize the probability of a collision between the user and surrounding objects while playing a game. According to Intel’s patent claims, such a device will include sensors working in tandem with the game console to capture images of a player’s body movement inside a 3D space, similar to Microsoft’s Kinect device.
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