U.S. sides with Oracle in Java copyright dispute with Google

From InfoWorld: The administration of President Barack Obama sided with Oracle in a dispute with Google on whether APIs, the specifications that let programs communicate with each other, are copyrightable.

Nothing about the API (application programming interface) code at issue in the case materially distinguishes it from other computer code, which is copyrightable, wrote Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli in a filing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Microsoft Office apps to come preloaded on Android tablets from LG, Sony, 18 others

From PC World: Microsoft apps will soon come pre-installed on more Android devices thanks to 20 new partnerships the company has forged with tablet makers around the world. The group of global and regional partners, which includes LG, Sony, Haier and Wortmann, will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on devices in the near future.

Lenovo looks to low-cost laptops with three new models

From CNET: The inaugural Lenovo Tech World event is set to kick off on May 28 in Beijing. Lenovo aims to use the event to show off its vision for how computing technology will develop over the next five years, but the company also has some more immediate announcements to share.

Report: Ninth Generation iPhones Get Force Touch

From DailyTech: One of the key control elements of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) smartwatch is its Force Touch technology. The technology has also made its way into the new 12 inch Macbook and the refreshed MacBook Pro models. Now another report offers a more detailed description of how sources say iOS 9 will make use of Force Touch, in preparation for the ninth generation iPhone's arrival later this year.

Google launches new tools for tracking app performance

From ComputerWorld: Android developers who want to keep tabs on how their apps appear to Google's search engine got a couple of new tools on Friday.

Targeting those who participate in its App Indexing initiative, Google updated its newly renamed Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tools) with new reports to provide insight on how its search engine views in-app content.

Sony's flagship Xperia Z4 humbly renamed Xperia Z3+ for global launch

From PC World: Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, will be called the Xperia Z3+ when it goes on sale outside Japan in June. The phone has a sleeker design, faster processor and better front camera than the Z3 it replaces.

Like the Z4, the Xperia Z3+ was announced with little fanfare compared to events organized by competitors Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. The low-key launch on Tuesday doesn’t necessarily reflect badly on the product, but raises the question of how committed Sony is to its struggling smartphone unit.

After Comcast's failed bid, Charter and Time Warner Cable agree to merger

From CNET: When one door closes, another opens.

That's the mantra Time Warner Cable must be saying on Tuesday after Charter Communications announced that it will merge with the cable provider and form a new firm known for now as "New Charter."

Microsoft to expand Cortana voice assistant to iOS and Android

From CNET: Look out, Siri. Move over, Google Now. Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is coming to IOS and Android.

In a blog post published Tuesday, Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, announced the upcoming launch of a Cortana app for Android phones and iPhones that will work as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC.

HP Eyes $2 Billion In Cost Cutting In Troubled Enterprise Services Business

From CRN: Hewlett-Packard on Thursday told Wall Street analysts that it is aiming to take $2 billion in costs out of its beleaguered $22.3 billion enterprise services business.

The enterprise services cost-cutting plan comes after HP reported that sales in the business were down 16 percent in its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, to $4.81 billion, compared with $5.7 billion in the year ago quarter.

BlackBerry cutting staff in smartphone unit

From PC World: BlackBerry plans to lay off an unspecified number of staff in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas.

The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.”

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