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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.

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.

Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than for iPhone 5S

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an "astronomical" cost for materials of $251.52 for the 32 GB version, according to a teardown estimate by IHS Technology.

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.

Wearables market to take off, hit 112M devices in 2018

Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78% a year until 2018, IDC said Thursday.

3D printer Kickstarter project aims for $50K, nets more than $1M

The Micro is being touted by its inventors as the first true mainstream 3D printer; apparently, people donating to the Kickstarter project agree.

AT&T cites power problem in U-verse outage

A power problem caused a widespread outage on AT&T's U-verse broadband service Monday that some customers said affected both TV and Internet service.

Raspberry Pi plans new modular computer for maker audience

Raspberry Pi -- popular for its $25 PC -- plans later this year to ship new hardware in the form of a smaller board that plugs into a custom motherboard slot, which could appeal to a new audience of makers, enthusiasts and enterprise users.

6 ways the Internet of Things will transform enterprise security

It's already started, with a refrigerator that sent out email spam. The Internet of Things trend shows how even a benign consumer appliance could pose a danger to enterprises if connected to the Internet without proper security.

BlackBerry pushes BBM Protected for end-to-end encrypted messaging

BlackBerry is promoting an upcoming end-to-end encrypted messaging service called BBM Protected for industries that need the highest levels of security.

Nest to disable key feature of IoT Protect smoke alarm

Nest, the connected-home device maker Google agreed to buy in January, is disabling a feature that allows its Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm to be silenced with a wave of the hand.

Users face serious threat as hackers take aim at routers, embedded devices

Home routers and other consumer embedded devices are plagued by basic vulnerabilities and can't be easily secured by non-technical users, which means they'll likely continue to be targeted in what has already become an increasing trend of mass attacks.

Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows

Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.

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