Microsoft ceding consumer phone business
Microsoft is taking a $950 million charge and laying off 1,850 jobs to exit the consumer phone business, putting an end to the saga of a $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia's phone business that, let's just say, did not end well.
Apple following Google and Amazon's lead
The Information reports that Apple plans to open up its voice assistant Siri to third-party developers, which means the feature could be used by any developer, not just the ones hand-picked by Apple such as Fandango and Yelp. Apple is also said to be working on an Amazon Echo-like device that would play music via Airplay and respond to voice commands. Hey, just like Google Home!
R.I.P., Google Nexus Player
Google's Nexus Player set-top box appears to be going to the great HDMI-lined digital graveyard. Google will no longer offer it directly. It was introduced in late 2014.
Hulk Hogan's Silicon Valley connection
It's been revealed that Paypal co-founder, entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel was reportedly paying former wrestler Hulk Hogan's legal fees in his invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker. Thiel has been vocally not-a-fan of Gawker-owned site Valleywag. More on it from Forbes.
Your daily Uber news
Toyota has made a "Strategic investment" in Uber that will allow drivers to lease a Toyota vehicle and pay for it through their earnings. It will also likely lead to in-car apps and auto sales of Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber.
Pebble, the smart watch maker, yesterday introduced "Pebble Core" a combination smart button and fitness tracker. But why the heck would you want one? Cnet senior editor Scott Stein explains in the video below:
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