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Music labels go after Pandora for using pre-'72 recordings

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.
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Samsung, Amazon customize Kindle app

Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with Amazon.com to boost the content on its mobile devices.

AT&T wearables to hit the smartwatch runway soon

Smartwatches for use on AT&T's network will be out this year, a company executive said Wednesday.

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces

Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

Streaming services may rescue the Pay TV market

IPTV is being added to lower priced bundles by digital TV providers to lure in a younger generation of subscribers and give the market a needed boost after years of declining subscriptions.

Toshiba's 4K laptop to ship next week for $1,500

One of the first laptops with a 4K screen will go on sale from Toshiba for $1,499.99 next week.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches

The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Buying Google Glass today? 7 things you should know

Not one of the approximately 8,000 Google Glass Explorers but wish you were? If so, today is the day pick up a pair, but there are a few things you should know.

Tip of the Hat: An iWatch won't affect Apple's long-term success

Some Wall Street analysts are warning that Apple needs to unveil its post-iPhone and iPad products to assure it can survive and thrive in the years ahead.

Google Glass to go on sale for one day next week

If you've been waiting impatiently to get a pair of Google Glass, mark your calendar and grab your checkbook.

Personal Technology In Depth

3 privacy violations you shouldn't worry about

There are many major threats to our privacy that we should be up in arms about, but iBeacons, Gmail scanning and Google Glass are not among them, says Mike Elgan.

Amazon embraces its inner geek by buying Comixology

Amazon announced it's buying Comixology, the leader in the digital-comic-book world. Comixology's technology powers the company's own popular Comics app and web store, and the main comic-reading apps by Marvel and DC.

Internet of Things: Complete Coverage

News, features, explainers, opinions and more about the Internet of Things

Pros and Cons of Using Fitness Trackers for Employee Wellness

In February, during one of New England's harshest winters in memory, some employees at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, began deliberately parking further away from their offices.

15 mysteries about the Moto 360 smartwatch

We've seen pictures and videos of Motorola's round smartwatch. But the most important facts are still unknown, and Mike Elgan has a lot of questions.

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

Electronic tattoos are the ultimate wearable computer. There's no telling what a patch of electronics stuck to your body somewhere and connected wirelessly to a smartphone can do once app developers get involved.

How to Make Meetings More Productive

With the right collaboration tools and an open-minded management team, the phrase 'productive meeting' doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

Why wearable computing is waiting for A.I.

This week, Google Glass got a new app called 'Refresh' that seems small, but it represents the future of wearable computing.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 a Sleek Touchscreen Ultrabook Tough Enough for Business

The ThinkPad X240 is the latest X-series laptop from Lenovo. We take the touchscreen version of the 12.5-inch laptop through the paces to see how it fares as a business tool.

How Wearable Tech Will Change the Smartphone as You Know It

The majority of wearable gadgets today are smartphone companion devices, designed to mostly work along with your phone and serve as a secondary display for your handset. The current popularity of smartwatches, smartglasses and other wearable gadgetry raises a number of intriguing questions about how these newfangled gizmos will affect the smartphones in so many of our pockets and purses.

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