<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Tech Today]]> <![CDATA[SimCity review: Just can't overlook massive server issues]]> The latest offering from EA, the widely anticipated SimCity, had "one of the worst launches of all time," writes Peter Bright in a review. And despite a few bright spots, there are lots of flaws in the latest in the well-loved series.]]> <![CDATA[Samsung: Apple wouldn’t have sold a single iPhone without stealing our tech]]> Another day, another Apple (AAPL) vs. Samsung (005930) trial. The two consumer electronics companies are preparing to do battle in San Jose, California next week, and now-public court documents shed light on the positions each firm is taking. On Tuesday, Apple told Samsung exactly what it thinks its technology patents are worth (spoiler: barely anything at all), and subsequent filings from Samsung reveal that the South Korea-based company has a few choice words for Apple as well.]]> <![CDATA[Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay form 'Internet Association' lobbying group]]> Four of the biggest web companies have apparently joined to form a coalition that will represent the interests of online services in Washington. The Washington Post reports that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay are behind "The Internet Association," which was announced today. Led by former Congressional staffer Michael Beckerman, the Association will "advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free internet." It will launch in September, and we haven't yet seen a full member list — an anonymous source has told the Post that the companies above are most prominent.]]> <![CDATA[Microsoft to preview 'Woodstock' Xbox music service at E3]]> Microsoft will offer a sneak peek at its Zune replacement during E3 2012, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. The new music service, codenamed Woodstock, will continue Microsoft's shift away from the Zune brand towards the well known Xbox one. Insiders have revealed to us that Woodstock will be a cross-platform play, available to Windows 8, Android, iOS, and Xbox users — playable from a browser.]]> <![CDATA[Samsung destroyed evidence in Apple patent case, says judge]]> Samsung is being reprimanded yet again in its ongoing patent spat with Apple. California Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal sanctioned the South Korean tech company for destroying evidence, or, more accurately, failing to not destroy evidence.]]> <![CDATA[Steve Jobs doll withdrawn after objections by his family, Apple]]> An eerily lifelike Steve Jobs doll will not be sold because the company behind the product received “immense pressure” from Apple’s lawyers and the late CEO’s family to not sell the figurine.]]> <![CDATA[Spotify brings Pandora-like free streaming to Android]]> Spotify is bringing Android users into its Pandora-like free streaming service.]]> <![CDATA[Chinese company GooPhone steals Apple iPhone 5 plans, patents them]]> Forget Apple's recent prolonged patent battle with Samsung over various obscure types of patents. A Chinese company called GooPhone is taking us back to Intellectual Property 101.]]> <![CDATA[Hulu Plus Debuts on Apple TV]]> For those of us who have long been awaiting an Apple-based television subscription service, well, this may be the closest we get for a while. On Tuesday, Apple quietly added support for Hulu Plus to its Apple TV set-top box, bringing access to ad-supported television episodes and movies for paid subscribers of that service. The addition was first noted by MacRumors.]]> <![CDATA[Google spends another $200 million on YouTube channels as partners learn to reinvent TV]]> Google has already spent some $200 million on premium YouTube channels in order to attract premium content and advertisers, and today the Wall Street Journal reports that Google will invest another $200 million into the program. Channel partners have thus far had mixed success creating content for YouTube, but they're rapidly learning how to deliver effective premium content on the platform.]]> <![CDATA[Microsoft's Outlook.com lures 1M users in 6 hours]]> Outlook.com has seen more than 1 million people sign up for the service in just a few hours, Microsoft has said.]]> <![CDATA[Craigslist tightens grip, demanding exclusive ownership of ads]]> Craigslist is now demanding to be the "exclusive licensee" of content posted to its site, an apparent bid to strengthen its legal position against third parties that re-use the content. Last week, the classified site sued Padmapper and 3Taps, two sites that provide alternative interfaces for Craigslist data.]]> <![CDATA[Microsoft's Metro branding to be replaced 'this week' according to internal memo]]> Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8.]]> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics Site Delivers 75M Video Streams, 744M Page Views]]> NBC has been raked over the coals for continuing to tape-delay TV coverage of the biggest events of the 2012 Olympic Games in a world where the internet makes the results so readily available to the general public. But in other respects, the venerable TV network is dealing with this internet thing just fine.]]> <![CDATA[Major hotel chain investigating data breach]]> White Lodging, a management company for hotels in the Hilton, Marriott, Sheratin and Westin chains, may have had its credit card data stolen.]]> <![CDATA[EA Sues Zynga for Ripping Off Sims Social]]> Electronics Arts announced today that it is suing Zynga for copyright infringement, alleging that Zynga's recently released Facebook game The Ville copied EA's The Sims Social.]]> <![CDATA[Curiosity lands on Mars]]> Mars Science Laboratory arrived at its destination Sunday night at 11:31 p.m. The MSL team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's control center in Pasadena was ecstatic; the mission control room was flooded with jubilant pandemonium. According to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, who was there along with Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren, "Everybody in the morning should be sticking their chests out saying, 'That's MY Curiosity rover on Mars!'" The rover is checking out in perfect shape so far, and soon the science will begin.]]> <![CDATA[ Dennis Kucinich wants radiation levels clearly labeled on your cell phone]]> If you’re reading this, you probably own a cell phone. And you’re also probably aware of the suspected risks—ones that have been touted by the City of San Francisco and the Council of Europe among others.]]> <![CDATA[CourtVille: Why unclear laws put 'EA v. Zynga' up for grabs]]> Both game industry giants claim the legal high ground, but who actually has it? To hear some experts in gaming law tell it, nobody really knows. And if EA v. Zynga makes it all the way to court, the judgment that gets handed down could have a huge impact on the game industry.]]> <![CDATA[NASA: Curiosity rover is ‘a precursor to sending humans to Mars’]]> NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to wow followers, releasing a string of magnificent photos since landing on the surface of Mars late Sunday. In a statement released by the U.S. space agency on Thursday, officials said they will use the photos to further analyze the area in which the rover currently sits idle.]]>