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Xbox multimedia executive quits, blames Microsoft reorg

Blair Westlake, corporate VP of Microsoft’s media and entertainment group, is leaving the company. While departures at big companies like Microsoft aren’t rare, Westlake has taken the unusual approach of detailing the exact reasons for his exit. “It has become clear to me that the organization is …

Apple Patents Mobile Payments Method With Secure Element For Protecting Account Info

Apple has filed for a new patent related to mobile payments that might provide more insight into how they’re thinking about implementing that kind of tech with the USPTO, AppleInsider notes. The patent is for an entire “touchless” phone-based payment system, which resembles existing ones in many …

Apple to refund $36.5 million for children's app purchases

It is now considering legal action and is engaging with the industry about ensuring adequate disclosures about costs associated with app-based …