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Digital Entertainment World Wrap Report
/ February 21, 2014 8:46 am
Digital Entertainment World Wrap Report

Digital Entertainment World (DEW), the global event marketplace for executives focused on monetizing digital content, yesterday wrapped up its inaugural conference, which took place February 18-20, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. During the unique three-day event, DEW offered 100+ sessions featuring more than 350 notable speakers from leading companies that have a stake in the digital video, music, publishing and/or game industries. Read More

Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp
/ February 20, 2014 12:42 pm
Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp

In its SEC filing, Facebook announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. Read More

Marathon Patent Group Sues Five Tech Giants
/ February 14, 2014 2:35 pm
Marathon Patent Group Sues Five Tech Giants

Marathon Patent Group, an Alexandria-based patent licensing firm, said its subsidiary, Sampo IP, has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Facebook, Intuit, Amazon, LinkedIn and eBay. The suits, all filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, allege that the tech giants are infringing on patents related to communications systems and methods. The company did not indicate how much it is seeking in damages. Marathon currently owns 118 patents. Read More

Google Settles European Commission Charges, Avoids Fine
/ February 5, 2014 3:02 pm
Google Settles European Commission Charges, Avoids Fine

Search giant Google has agreed to settle antitrust charges levied by the European Commission that will require the Mountain View-based company to clearly promote the search services of rivals alongside its own. The Commission had been investigating the company's business practices for more than three years, following more than a dozen complaints from rivals. With the agreement, Google will avoid fines that could've totaled as much as $5 billion. . Read More

Consumer Electronics Association Unveils Plans for “CES on the Hill”
/ January 31, 2014 5:11 pm
Consumer Electronics Association Unveils Plans for “CES on the Hill”

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced plans for its next "CES on the Hill" event, which is designed to let lawmakers meet with technology companies and try products at the center of policy debates. The invitation-only event is scheduled for April 30 at the Rayburn House Office Building. Last year's presenting companies included AT&T, BlackBerry, Google, Intel and Microsoft. Read More

FX Networks and Box CEOs Join DEW Keynotes
/ January 29, 2014 11:59 am
FX Networks and Box CEOs Join DEW Keynotes

From DMW: Digital Entertainment World (DEW) today announced that Box CEO Aaron Levie and FX CEO John Landgraf have been added to the event’s all-star keynote line-up. Landgraf – Adweek’s 2013 TV Executive of the Year – will join NBCUniversal’s lead IP protection counselor Rick Cotton for a keynote conversation on Tuesday afternoon, February 18, entitled “How Illegal Pirate Sites are Harming the Creative Community and New Strategies to Take the Profit Out of Piracy.” . Read More

Report: Google Led Tech Firms in 2013 Lobbying Spending
/ January 23, 2014 4:22 pm
Report: Google Led Tech Firms in 2013 Lobbying Spending

Google spent just over $14 million on lobbying efforts in Washington last year, tops among tech firms, according to record filed with the Clerk of the House this week and reported by public interest group Consumer Watchdog. The figure was actually down 15% from 2012, when the Mountain View-based company was the target of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). . Read More

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