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18,000 Microsoft Employees to Be Laid Off

Episode 1102

Microsoft

In the biggest layoff of Microsoft's history, 18,000 employees are on the line to be let go. That amounts to 14 percent of its staff. But the majority of those people came on board when Microsoft bought Nokia, and most are not in the U.S. either. It will cost Microsoft 1.1 to 1.6 billion dollars in severance and benefits. 13,000 jobs will be cut immediately and another 5,000 will be cut over the next 6 months. A total of 1,351 jobs will be cut in the Seattle region at Microsoft's headquarters.

Federal Judge Rules That Amazon Must Unmask Negative Reviewers

Episode 1100

Gavel

Ubervita, a nutritional supplement firm, said that they want to know who's publishing negative reviews on Amazon.com of their products. The judge said Ubervita can issue subpoenas to Amazon and Craigslist to get user identities. US District Judge Marsha Pechman wrote on Wednesday: "Ubervita may serve subpoenas on Amazon, Inc. (or other appropriate Amazon entity) and Craiglist, Inc.

How can I provide a touch screen interface for customers?

Episode 1094

Kenny from San Diego, CA
Apple iPad Air

Kenny has a Mac Mini set up as his front desk. When people walk in, he shows people the tours he offers, since he owns a tour company. He has the Mac Mini connected to two monitors set up to mirror each other. He's wondering if there's an easy way to turn mirroring off when customers aren't there. Leo says he just has to change it in the display settings, and then he'll have an extended desktop with those two monitors, and he can drag things from one screen to the other.

Federal Judge Gives Approval to Proceed With Class Action Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

Episode 1091

A Federal judge has ruled that customers of LinkedIn can go forward with a class action lawsuit. LinkedIn users who include publishing and movie executives filed a complaint in September that accused LinkedIn of effectively breaking into their gmail accounts to send out repetitive invitations to join LinkedIn to anyone they've ever contacted.

Verizon and Netflix Feuding Over Slow Streaming Speeds

Episode 1091

Whenever Netflix has been having buffering issues, they have been checking with other customers of the same internet service provider to verify that they also are having problems. If they are, Netflix has been displaying a message that puts the blame on that internet service provider for being too congested. Verizon sent Netflix a cease and desist letter to get them to stop doing this, though.

Google vs. Oracle Decision May Be Bad News for the Internet

Episode 1081

On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.

Samsung vs Apple Verdict In: Apple Awarded $119 Million

Episode 1079

Gavel

There have now been two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung. The first was in trade dress, or the "look and feel" of the phone. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion, siding with Apple that Samsung stole the design. In this most recent lawsuit, the jury wasn't as much in favor of Apple. They awarded Apple $119 million, which fell short of the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and gave Samsung $158,400.

I got results from writing to Apple CEO Tim Cook!

Episode 1072

Michael from Los Angeles, CA
Tim Cook

Michael called in to say that he had an issue with Apple, so he took Leo's advice and wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He bought a new MacBook Pro from Apple, and was in the Apple store every week because of issues he was having with it. After sending a letter to Tim Cook, he got a call from Cook's office. They assigned him a tech, and followed up with him every day on the different things they had tried. After working with them for 10 days, his drive failed completely. He sent the computer into Apple, and they sent it back working perfectly.