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8pip: A Singapore-based startup 8pip introduced what it claims are the world’s first Bitcoin prepaid cards. The prepaid cards allow customers to purchase Bitcoin by buying physical cards, and then redeeming the card’s equivalent value in Bitcoin currency online at the CardToCoin website.
Apple: The law suit between Samsung and Apple finally ended after 3 long years. Verdict: Apple sued for US$2.2B but was awarded US$119.5M only. This 5 page article gives you in depth analysis of the legal war. Read it when you are free 😀
Google: Here come Google Stars, a combination of Pinterest meets Diigo meets Delicious meets Google Keep meets Google+ way to manage content on the web you want to save for later. This is not a good sign for Pocket or Evernote Web Clipper.
Microsoft: Microsoft is holding a Surface event in New York on May 20. Rumours are going around saying that it is a soft launch for “Surface Mini”.
Nokia: The company launched a US$100M “Connected Car fund” that will invest in companies poised for growth in the intelligent vehicle sector.
Oculus Rift: The Norwegian army is testing Oculus Rift to let the tank driver “see trough” their armoured vehicles, using cameras on each side. This is a pretty neat use case, but you will also notice that the reaction of the drivers also slows down. Here is another video explaining the lag in reaction.
Tesco: The hyper-market where we go across the border to get cheap groceries is launching its own brand of smartphone running Android. Yes, you are not reading it wrong. Do you know that Tesco also have its own brand of Tablet named “Hudi”.
Tencent: Tencent, the creator of WeChat has dumped US$187M for 11.3% on NavInfo – one of the largest mapping service companies in Asia. Why are they doing this, I guessing because Alibaba brought a mapping company last month too.
Swatch:The company is seeking to block Apple trademarks for the name “iWatch” because of its own line of watches called “ISwatch.”
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