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The news for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Microsoft planning Xbox event for May | The Verge

Microsoft had originally been planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox details at an event in April, but The Verge has learned that the company has pushed this back to May. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.

Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 20 Gbps throughput, 4K support

Intel just introduced the next generation of its Thunderbolt interface, which promises a data rate of 20 Gbps in both directions (on each of the two channels) as opposed to 10 Gbps for the previous version. Of course, the company stepped back for a moment first, boasting that Thunderbolt currently has about 200 licensees, and more compatible devices -- along with new, thinner cables -- should be coming out in the following months. Building up to the big reveal, Intel also shared some info about its new Thunderbolt host controller, (code-named Redwood Ridge), which will be built into some of Intel's upcoming fourth-gen Core processors.

News Corp. Threatens to Pull Fox off the Airwaves if Aereo Wins - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD

News Corp. COO Chase Carey said his conglomerate is considering moving programming from its Fox broadcast network, which viewers can receive over the air, for free, to its pay cable networks.Carey floated the idea during a speech at a TV industry conference today, in response to a recent court ruling that gave startup Aereo the go-ahead, at least temporarily,  to show programming from Fox and other broadcasters on its Web TV service, without paying for the shows.

U.S. Patent Office Withdraws Primary Objections to Apple's 'iPad Mini' Trademark Application - Mac Rumors

Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an initial office action denying Apple's application for a trademark on the term "iPad mini". The examiner's primary objection to Apple's application related to all of the elements of the "iPad mini" name having been judged as descriptive rather than contributing to a unique product name. Based on a newly published office action from the USPTO, dated last Wednesday, the issue has in fact mostly been resolved without Apple having had to address the examiner's objections.

Navy destroys drone with laser weapon ahead of 2014 deployment | The Verge

The US Navy has been pursuing solid-state laser weapons capable of setting other vessels on fire for years, but now one is almost ready to actually be put out to sea. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) today announced that it is aiming to "field and test a solid-state laser prototype" in early 2014 aboard the USS Ponce. The Ponce is a transport vessel from the 1970s that was recently upgraded into a hi-tech floating base and is stationed in the Persian Gulf, in range of Iranian attack boats.

Apple's big Mac Pro revamp to debut this month, report says | Apple - CNET News

Mac Pro users who have played the waiting game with Apple to completely revamp its desktop machine might get the goods soon, according to a new report.Citing an accurate source, Mac Daily News says Apple plans to announce a new model of the machine sometime this month.An Apple spokesman told CNET the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Help Preserve the Human Genome By Owning Your Own Copy [VIDEO]

Back in 2003, the groundbreaking Human Genome Project successfully identified all 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA. It's a sizeable amount of information that filled 130 books — each 300 pages long.A new Kickstarter project aims to condense 3.2 billion characters of the human genome into five nickel discs that are around the size of CDs. With a life span of 10,000 years, "no other technology can match [their] durability and longevity," according to creators NanoRosetta, a storage system that uses nanotechnology to print microscopic-sized information onto the discs.

JCPenney Fires Apple's Former Retail Chief Ron Johnson

JCPenney has replaced Ron Johnson as CEO just more than one year after he joined from Apple, the company revealed in a statement late Monday.Johnson helped spearhead the strategy for Apple's massively successful retail operation and tried to apply some of that magic to JCPenney. He attempted to refresh the JCPenney shopping experience by getting rid of the retailer's coupon program, but ended up frustrating customers instead. JCPenney's sales and share price plummeted under his leadership, prompting plenty of speculation in recent months that Johnson would be canned.

Antitrust complaint levied against Google in EU, this time it's all about Android

Google has spent the past couple years facing down antitrust accusations in Europe for pushing its web services over those of competitors. But, just as that case is coming to a close, the New York Times now reports that new anti-competitive allegations have been levied against Android. This new complaint was filed by a group called Fairsearch -- whose members include old EU foes Microsoft and Nokia, plus Oracle and a host of travel booking websites -- and claims that Google's using Android as a way to deceive consumers into using Google apps instead of competitors' software. The problem, as Fairsearch sees it, is that Google forces OEMs who use Android to unfairly place apps like YouTube and Gmail in prominent places on the desktop.

HBO Go for iOS version 2.1 adds AirPlay multitasking

Now that you can finally watch HBO Go on your Apple TV via AirPlay, the premium cable network has decided to sweeten its iOS app with AirPlay multitasking in a 2.1 update. The new version of the app also offers enhancements to Game of Throne's interactive features and general performance improvements as well.

BBC News - Wikileaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records

Wikileaks has published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s. They include allegations that former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman in an arms deal and the first impressions of eventual British PM Margaret Thatcher.

Citi files claim with Nasdaq for compensation from Facebook IPO: sources | Reuters

Citigroup has filed a claim with Nasdaq OMX Group to potentially receive compensation for losses associated with Facebook Inc's glitch-ridden market debut last May. Citi filed the claim on Monday, which was the deadline for applications from firms seeking to participate in the $62 million compensation plan.

Ericsson to buy Microsoft IPTV business | Reuters

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson struck a deal on Monday to buy Microsoft Corp's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet, making it the world's leader in a growing business.

Facebook extends pay-to-message trial

Facebook is giving select users in nearly 40 countries around the world access to a trial service that will charge them a fee for sending direct, personal messages to people outside their network.

Google redesigns Play Store app with card-based interface | The Verge

The Play Store has never been the most attractive item in Google's Android app portfolio, but it's getting a major makeover today. As previously leaked, the redesign does away with the dark theme in favor of a colorful new interface that uses Google Now-style cards metaphor to display a stream of recommendations. Some users on Android 2.2 and above should start seeing it from today, but Google says it'll take a few weeks to reach everyone.

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