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A report is making the rounds that originated with a Japanese publication called Kyodo News. The report claims that Deutsche Telekom has agreed to sell T-Mobile USA to Softbank. The Japanese report didn't offer details on the transaction such as pricing or the structure.
Another report on the topic from Reuters claims that no decision is close on the deal. Reuters claims that while the two firms are interested in making a deal for T-Mobile, there are numerous hurdles to overcome.
Recently the top courts in Europe ruled that people have the right to be forgotten on Google and other search engines. The ruling says that people can have outdated information removed from search listings at their request. To facilitate this removal of outdated information, Google has now set up a special form on its site to handle requests from users.
The form requires users to enter details, provide a photo ID, and links to the outdated information. People sending in requests also have to list why they think the data should be removed from Google's listings.
Google also notes that the form is the first attempt at meeting the new law in Europe and that it will be working with authorities in the future to develop the process further. The photo Id is required to keep competitors and nefarious users from requesting that information about competitors and impersonators from having legitimate information removed.
Eddy Cue has shared some of the latest stats about iTunes during an interview that he gave with Jimmy Lovine during the Code Conference. Cue said that Apple has sold 35 billion songs on iTunes as of last week. That is a huge number of tracks and a massive increase since Apple announced 25 billion songs had been sold as of February of last year.
The assumption is that the 35 billion number includes songs purchased and downloaded. Another interesting stat that Cue gave up was that iTunes has about 800 million customers in total. Apple also enjoys 40 million iTunes Radio listeners in the US and Australia.
There are several 3D printers on the market today and one thing they all have in common is that they are very expensive. A new 3D printer has turned up on Indiegogo that is trying to raise the money to come to market. The printer is called the MOD-t and it is the cheapest 3D printer that we have seen.
The earliest backers of the MOD-t on Indiegogo got the 3D printer for $149, but the supply of those ran out quickly. The 3D printer is still available for early backers on Indiegogo for $199 and when it hits the market via retail outlets, it will sell for $249.
Autonomous cars are something that will be on the market in the next several years. Vehicles that can drive themselves and passengers to and from locations with no intervention will revolutionize the way people travel. Autonomous vehicles will be very helpful for those who can't drive due to medical or other reasons.
One of the places where autonomous vehicles will definitely be adopted is in the taxi market. Not having to pay a driver will significantly, increase profits for taxi and for hire car services. Uber has announced that it plans to adopt self-driving cars in the future.
Imagine being able to talk to anyone in their native language even if you don't speak their language yourself. That would be something that would help a lot of people communicate for business or just for fun. Microsoft has announced a new tool that can turn Skype into a personal translator service allowing people to talk via Skype even if they don't speak the same language.
Microsoft gave a demo where a worker talked with a colleague in English while the colleague spoke German. With the new feature, Skype is a real-time text and speech translator. The new Skype Translator feature will launch later this year as a Windows 8 beta app. Eventually it will make its way to all Skype users.
FIFA has set its sights on six Twitter users, issuing official DMCA copyright complaints for using the official emblem of the 2014 World Cup.
Complaints were posted against @nfoWorldcup_ID, @futbrasil2014, @FootieFashions, @FIFAWCBRA14, @Brazil14WC and @FIFA2014Copa. Only the first no longer exists - but in every case of the DMCA, the issue was to do with the pictures and the pictures alone.
The sender name has been redacted in the document, posted on Chilling Effects, but appears to have been sent from Net Result in London on behalf of FIFA, a company that describes itself as "intelligent protection for intellectual property" suggesting it may be a routine but overzealous search for infringements.
The take down requests are reminiscent of the copyright cases for the London Olympics - it tends to look a bit like overkill, but big sporting events are typically incredibly controlling about protecting their brands, and sometimes take more aggressive measures.
Yahoo wants to go head to head with Google in the streaming video market with a YouTube rival. Yahoo's YouTube rival is expected to launch this summer according to people familiar with the search firms plans. Yahoo had previously planned to unveil the service in April at an event for advertisers, but the project was delayed.
The delay comes from some sort of contract issues that held the project up. Yahoo wants to lure content makers away from YouTube with a larger cut of profits for creators or fixed ad rates that are higher than YouTube is giving content creators now.
We mentioned yesterday that at least one Spotify user had been hacked and that an internal security breach at the company had occurred. Spotify said yesterday that only one user's data had been accessed and that no password, financial, or payment information had been breached. That customer has been notified of the breach according to the company.
After more investigation, Spotify has come back and said that it is now aware of any increased risk to users as a result of the incident. Spotify says that it was only taking precautionary steps when it notified users of the breach.
There has been some talk over the last several months that Microsoft needs to spin off its Xbox business. Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella told the attendees at the very first code conference that he has no intention of spinning off the Xbox business. He also said that he was very pleased at how the Microsoft game console business was going.
Nadella said that all of Microsoft's hardware know-how comes from the Xbox division. "It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow," Nadella said. "In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get it right, you do need to from time to time build devices, so you don't leave anything to chance."