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November 6, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • Apple's lawsuit against Google is thrown out by federal judge
    A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit Apple filed against Google over patents. Google acquired the patents when it took over Motorola in May, and it is required to license the patents to other companies. Apple and Microsoft say the royalties on the patents are too high. The judge questioned whether she had the authority to hear Apple's claim before tossing the suit. Reuters (11/5), Network World/IDG News Service (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Master Chief is back! Microsoft's Halo 4 gets marketing push
    Microsoft today rolls out Halo 4 -- the latest title in its Xbox video-game series dating to 2001 -- which has produced $3 billion in revenue to date. Midnight openings at GameStop stores in the U.S. and other promotions in more than 40 countries will herald the return of Master Chief, the protagonist in the first-person shooter game. Reuters (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix tries to block Icahn with a poison-pill defense
    Netflix's board of directors on Friday adopted a stockholder rights plan, commonly known as a poison-pill defense, to keep activist investor Carl Icahn from acquiring more shares in the company. Icahn, who owns nearly 10% of Netflix's shares, said in a regulatory filing that the company's new poison pill was "particularly troubling" and criticized Netflix for "poor corporate governance." Bloomberg (11/5), Home Media Magazine (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staples stores will add Amazon Locker
    Staples stores will soon sport the Amazon Locker, where customers of the online retailer can pick up purchases, the office-supply chain announced. The partnership builds on an Amazon program that puts the locker at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores. Reuters (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nintendo adds 5,000 Wii U kiosks in U.S. retail chains
    Nintendo is setting up 5,000 kiosks in Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. to promote its new Wii U, ahead of the console's launch on Nov. 18. The kiosks give shoppers the chance to play Wii U game titles, such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land, this blog post notes. (U.K.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Democrats and Republicans agree: Consumer technologies are a must-have
    Democrats and Republicans disagree on many issues facing this country, but as Americans cast their vote, both parties share a love for technology. According to research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, Democrats and Republicans have similar ownership and adoption rates of consumer electronics (CE), as well as comparable purchase expectations and wish lists this holiday season. On the surface, Democrats report spending slightly more than Republicans on technology over the past 12 months, while Republicans have higher ownership rates for CE products. However, once other variables, like household size and income are taken into account, Democrats and Republicans show no significant differences in how much they spend on technology or the technology products they own. For more information check out LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join CEA and the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group
    Want to help increase consumer awareness of health and fitness electronics? Join the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and our Health and Fitness Technology Working Group to leverage CEA's expertise in market research, government affairs, media outreach and the International CES®. Join CEA today and receive the remainder of 2012 FREE! The first 10 companies to join by Dec. 15 will also receive a CEA duffel bag. Questions? Contact Brianne O'Leary at 703-907-7756. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renew your membership by Dec. 31 and save 10%
    The holidays are almost here -- don't let the New Year sneak up on you. Renew your membership today and save 10% on annual dues. The early bird discount will only last until Dec. 31, and the final renewal deadline is Feb. 28. Renew online today at Questions? Contact Jamie Recio at 703-907-4346. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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