TECHGEEK Weekly 86: Face-stagram

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Apple accused of price fixing, RIM looks for a radical shift, Google gets a massive redesign (which Chris doesn’t like) and does our theme music suck? Well, find out at this week’s TECHGEEK Weekly.

Recorded much earlier than when we usually record, Stewart, Terence and Chris delve into this week’s tech news.

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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette

Australian government may also sue Apple over e-book pricing

Everything you need to know about the e-book lawsuit in one post

Apple’s “revolutionary” product is coming within 8 months, says designer Starck

Apple Says It’s Not Working on Anything With Philippe Starck

Report: RIM’s former co-CEO wanted “radical shift” before quitting

Lumia 900 Tops Online Sales, Network Connectivity Issues Reported

Nokia issues fix and $100 for bug in Lumia 900

Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

Instagram + Facebook

Insta-Backlash: Twitterverse Overreacts To Facebook’s Instagram Acquisition, Users Delete Accounts

Toward a simpler, more beautiful Google

Major Google+ redesign puts focus on discovery, lets users customize layout

Toshiba launches three new quad-core tablets running ICS

VEVO finally comes to Australia – but is it too little, too late?

Pwnage Playtime

Users defend EA after anti-gay activists sends complaints

Tom’s Stockings

Microsoft has finally ended mainstream support for Vista – meaning that the company will start charging for non-security patches to the OS. So, don’t worry, if there is a major security hole in Vista, Microsoft will patch it for free – well, until 2017 when it ends support completely.

AOL has struck a $1 billion patents deal with Microsoft, with the company selling 800 of its patents to Redmond and Microsoft getting a non-exclusive licence to use. It basically shocked Wall Street as expectations of a sale would be in the $200-300 million range. At least AOL has some money to spend to become a big blogging empire

Germans won’t be getting push email anytime soon with Apple’s appeal to the Mannheim regional court failed. The court basically sided with Motorola Mobility, and agreed with an earlier decision that saw the company forced to remove the service in Germany earlier in February. Now it will have to pay compenstation to Motorola – but the court has not decided the amount.

A US court has basically destroyed that if you lied on a social media website – the US government can’t use it to prosecute you in a criminal case. So, lying about your birthdate won’t send you to jail. But does that mean you can no longer read those stupid terms of service agreements? No – since you can still be sued in a civil case.

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