Vinay Subramanyam

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Foxconn execs charged with taking bribes to award iPhone supply contracts

Several former execs at Foxconn have been charged with taking bribes from companies supplying the company with iPhone components, reports the <i>WSJ</i>.<p>Following a year of investigation, prosecutors said Thursday they have detained a former Foxconn general manager for allegedly taking kickbacks from …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold Q&A Thursday

Former NSA contractor is expected to offer his opinion on NSA reforms President Obama announced last week.<p>Edward Snowden is expected to offer his opinion of President Obama's NSA reforms during a Webcast question-and-answer session on Thursday.<p>It will be Snowden's first live chat since he began …

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Judge voids two Samsung claims before Apple patent trial even starts

A US judge has just awarded Apple two summary pre-trial judgments, significantly reducing Samsung's chances of prevailing in the second patent clash between the two tech giants. Judge Lucy Koh invalidated a Samsung multimedia-synchronization patent and determined that the Korean company breached an …

Bill Gates on poverty, GMOs, Microsoft, and vacationing at the Large Hadron Collider

This morning, Bill and Melinda Gates published their foundation’s annual letter, which attempts to debunk commonly held beliefs in development economics.<p>Quartz caught up with Mr. Gates to talk about the letter, how he’s juggling his work at the Gates Foundation with his work at Microsoft, and what …

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Baidu's Translation App Now Recognizes Images

Chinese search giant Baidu has added object recognition to its translation app, a nifty feature that lets you take a photo of something and lists its Chinese name, as well as the English translation of it.<p>However, it remains to be seen whether the feature is merely a cool gimmick or a genuinely …