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People Are Taking Longer To Upgrade Their Smartphones, And That Spells Trouble For The Mobile Industry

The upgrade cycle is the frequency with which people ditch older phones for newer ones.<p>All the various, interrelated pieces of the mobile ecosystem work very well together if consumers have the latest technology in their hands. But when the upgrade cycle starts to sputter, the main engines for …

Mobile

Microsoft vs. Motorola: Jury seated, patent trial set to start

A jury of seven women and one man will hear opening statements in federal court in Seattle this afternoon in a high-profile patent suit between …

Google calls book scanning “transformative” in latest push for fair use ruling

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google(s goog) and the Authors Guild’s eight-year legal fight over digital books is coming to a head once …

New Facebook report shows over 25,000 government requests for user data worldwide

Facebook is opening up its ledger of government probes for user information, revealing over 25,600 separate requests in the first half of 2013. Today, the company launched its "Global Government Requests Report," a chart laying out how often various countries order Facebook to give up data about a …

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Wants New Data Rules

A board created to protect civil liberties is pressing the government to update guidelines for how it handles information it collects on Americans, …

Surveillance

Google and Microsoft’s plea on NSA requests moves slowly in secret court

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>A civil liberties group this week forced the U.S. government to release a 2011 secret spy court decision that showed the …

Unlocking your cellphone is still illegal, and the FCC still doesn't like it

Making cellphone unlocking legal may not be the hot-button issue it was earlier this year, after over 100,000 people signed a White House petition and prompted a response from President Obama. But the FCC wants phone companies, Congress, and phone users alike to remember that the issue is still far …