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EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network.

Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011.

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Sprint reports a loss for Q4 2014, struggles amid competition and departing customers

Sprint shared its earnings report for the final quarter of 2014. The company continues to struggle with departing postpaid phone customers and dwindling funds.

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T-Mobile goes after Verizon in latest ad campaign

T-Mobile is going on the offensive against Verizon by launching a "Never Settle" campaign that allows existing Verizon customers to try out T-Mobile's services for free.

The carrier is giving Verizon customers the ability to port their numbers to a new T-Mobile smartphone (while retaining their existing Verizon phone), which they can use free of charge for up to 14 days. After the trial, if the customers wish to stay with T-Mobile, the carrier will cover Verizon's Early Termination Fees:

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Pebble talks day one features of the Pebble Time as it begins mass production

As the Pebble Time gears up for mass production, Pebble has provided an update on what features the device will ship with, as well as those that are planned for a later update.

In its update, Pebble provides some videos of the Pebble Time in action and notes that users will enjoy a new timeline interface, expanded app storage, a new sports app, and more when the device launches later this month.

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Why celebrities paid by Samsung keep using iPhones

A few days ago boxer Manny Pacquiao was given a Samsung phone in an effort to get some of the attention from his fight to carry over to Samsung products.

Pacquiao's Twitter account posted a picture of it, and included a Samsung hashtag in that and several subsequent tweets. Most of those tweets were posted from the Twitter website or from a "social management tool". Earlier today, after the fight, when Pacquiao posted another picture and thanked his fans for their support, it was tweeted by — you guessed it — Twitter for iPhone.

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Apple said to be pushing for end of free streaming on Spotify and others

Apple is reportedly urging record labels to abandon agreements with music streaming services that let those services offer free, on-demand music.

Ahead of Apple's expected reveal of a revamped Beats Music music service, the U.S. Department of Justice is said to be investigating Apple's business practices when surrounding streaming music.

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Parents use their Apple Watch to share newborn's heartbeat with distant family

New parents have found a heart-warming use for the Apple Watch. They've shared a newborn's heartbeat with distant family who were unable to attend the birth.

The power of nature is on show when a newborn is delivered and parents are able to celebrate the new life they've brought into the world. But what better way to capture the essence of life than to share the heartbeat of their newborn baby with an Apple Watch?

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After net neutrality concerns, Facebook is inviting everyone to be a part of Internet.org

Facebook has launched an open platform through which developers can tailor their services for Internet.org, giving millions of users across the globe the ability to enjoy basic Internet services for free.

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Fearing large crowds, some residents are opposing Apple's Madison Avenue store

Apple is attempting to raise the appeal of its upcoming Madison Avenue store, promising respect for the neighborhood with an earlier closing time, private shopping, and more, as the store faces opposition from area residents.

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Ford CTO details plans for close integration between CarPlay and SYNC

In an interview today, Ford CTO Raj Nair gave us a peek at how the company plans to integrate CarPlay into its upcoming cars.

Speaking with Re/Code, Nair emphasized that Ford is approaching CarPlay integration in a way that gives consumers choice, looking for ways to make its own SYNC infotainment system work closely with third-party offerings.

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