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U.S. Customs review clears all HTC shipments

U.S. Customs review clears all HTC shipments

Taiwanese handset maker announced on Wednesday that U. S. Customs cleared shipments of all of its latest smartphones models that had been blocked for a review required by the International Trade Commission (ITC).

In a filing with Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC said that all of the devices in question were found to be in compliance with an ITC ruling, and that it expected shipments to continue in future.

The manufacturer said in a statement, “Future shipments should continue to enter the U. S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”

Facebook is interested in Opera: report

Facebook is interested in Opera: report

Menlo Park-based social-networking service Facebook's next acquisition target could be Web browser maker Opera Software, according to a fresh report by website Pocket-lint.

Pocket-lint reported that "one of its trusted sources" informed it that Facebook is interested in Oslo, Norway-based Opera Software.

Opera Web browser, which claims to have more than 200 million users, is available on desktop PCs, some tablets, various smartphones phones and even the Nintendo Wii.

Lower gasoline prices to encourage travel during Memorial Day weekend

Lower gasoline prices to encourage travel during Memorial Day weekend

Lower gasoline prices are widely expected to encourage more motorists to hit the road for long trips or short outings this Memorial Day weekend.

Gasoline prices have been creeping gradually downward after peaking at around $4 per gallon during the final days of March and early days of April.

According to GasBuddy's senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski, motorists in Pennsylvania enjoyed a decline of 5.2 cents per gallon of gasoline over the past week; while national average slipped by 2.8 cents per gallon in the same week.

Average gasoline price sheds another six cents

Average gasoline price sheds another six cents

Gasoline prices have been declining for around one and a half month, and the AAA expects the downward trend to continue.

The AAA Auto Club South the average price for regular gasoline slipped by another 6 cents from a week earlier to $3.49 for a gallon.

AAA spokesperson Jessica Brady said, "Right now the average price for regular gas is $3.49, which is down six cents from just a week ago. A week ago, it was $3.55; a month ago, $3.76; and a year ago, $3.88."

On Monday, Carollton reported lowest price of $3.40 and the highest price of $3.67 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

Apple to use renewable sources to power Maiden data center

Apple to use renewable sources to power Maiden data center

Cupertino, California-based distinguished gadgets maker Apple has announced that it would use renewable sources to power its 500,000sq.-foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina, by the end of current year.

Apple's North Carolina-based data center is currently running on the low-priced but partially coal-powered Duke Energy grid.

The company official website stated, "By the end of 2012, we'll meet the energy needs of our Maiden, North Carolina-based data center using entirely renewable sources."

Ultrabook laptops aren't just clones of MacBook Air

Ultrabook laptops aren't just clones of MacBook Air

Just like Apple's MacBook Air, Windows-based ultrabooks are sleek, ultra-slim and often feature silver, but they are not clones of Apple machines.

Apple rivals such as HP argue that the MacBook Air's silver body, black chic let keyboard, slim design is not exclusive to the Cupertino firm. Ultrabooks offer a unique blend of performance, style and features that is not available on Apple's MacBook Air.

Stacy Wolff, design executive at computer maker HP, recently said silver is now and then the right choice, and Apple does not "own silver."

Activision, EA hit out-of-court settlement over execs' leaving

Activision, EA hit out-of-court settlement over execs' leaving

Gaming giants Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts (EA) Inc. agreed to settle a lawsuit over executives' leaving out of court on Wednesday.

Activision had accused EA of inappropriately recruiting two of its executives who had overseen the production of the hit video title "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."

Activision had claimed EA met secretly with its two executives, viz. Vincent Zampella and Jason West, while they were still working on "Modern Warfare" projects at Activision.

E-book publishers lose bid to kill antitrust suit

E-book publishers lose bid to kill antitrust suit

On Tuesday, Apple and five book publishers - HarperCollins, Hachette SA, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and Macmillan - lost their bid to kill the antitrust lawsuit which accuses them of violation of federal and California state law by conniving to increase the price of e-books.

With the U. S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruling that the e-book publishers broke the law in setting e-book prices, the defendants have lost their bid to throw out the antitrust complaint by plaintiffs who are seeking to represent a class of consumers.

The new Bing, at least two-third of it, now live in US

The new Bing, at least two-third of it, now live in US

The notably revamped version of Bing search engine previewed by Microsoft last week has now been released to the US users, who can now opt in either to the banner which appears on www. Bing. com, or opt in at bing. com/new.

US tax authority poised for huge windfall from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

US tax authority poised for huge windfall from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Social networking giant Facebook is all set to go public by offering around 337.4 million shares for $28 to $35 apiece.

The initial public offering (IPO) could value the world's largest social-networking site up to $100 billion, making founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's stake in the company worth nearly $25 billion.

Zuckerberg's great wealth will also bestow the US tax authority with a huge windfall. The planned IPO later this month can make the Facebook chief to pay up to $903 million in taxes.