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New Windows 8.1 version is cheaper for device makers, with a catch

Microsoft has just announced Windows 8.1 with Bing, confirming rumors about a lower-cost Windows version for OEM manufacturers only. As suspected, Redmond is attempting to recoup the lost revenue with ads by forcing suppliers to keep Internet Explorer with Bing search as the default browser. …

Apple’s Beats Deal Is Happening, And It’s A Dre Acquihire

<b>Update</b>: Apple announced the $3 billion deal on May 28th.<p>A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple’s acquisition of Beats “is happening” but was close to falling apart multiple times. The source said with “70% certainty” that Apple’s planned multi-billion-dollar acquisition of headphone …

Amazon Is Cracking Down on Book Publisher, Say Critics

Amazon appears to be trying to pressure a book publisher into agreeing to more favorable terms for the online retail giant by refusing to offer …

Google to buy satellite startup Skybox?

Is Google ready to plunk down a billion dollars or so to acquire a company specializing in satellite imaging?<p>One possible target is Skybox Imaging, a Mountain View, Calif.-based firm with its own satellite cluster that specializes in data analytics and highly detailed images and video of Earth, …