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  • Google ups ante with 1,000 patents from IBM

    Google has acquired more than 1,000 patents from IBM in order to pad its portfolio. Patent litigation is a theater of the absurd in most cases, but it has evolved into a standard business practice among tech companies, and Google needs more fodder to defend itself.

  • THOUGHTS: 15 candidates to replace Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

    Hedge-fund muckety-muck David Einhorn ignited a firestorm when he called on Microsoft to <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/228714/ballmer_needs_to_step_down_says_hedge_fund_manager.html">oust its long-time CEO Steve Ballmer</a>. Though Microsoft's Board of Directors has publicly expressed support for Ballmer, that hasn't prevented industry pundits from speculating about who might make a suitable replacement. Here at PCWorld, we've given the issue serious thought, and come up with a list of our own.

  • NASA May Launch Boat to Saturn's Largest Moon

    Have you ever wanted to sail the -290 degree Fahrenheit seas of Titan? Yea, me neither. But thankfully NASA has come up with a method to sail the aforementioned seas, all while sitting at NASA HQ drinking a hot cup of cocoa.

  • Apple ousts Google as top tech brand

    Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, beating out former top brand Google. The house that Jobs built is so highly valued that it is worth more than Microsoft and Coca-Cola combined, according to the 2011 BrandZ Top 100.

  • Fly me to the moon ... for $US150 million

    Why settle for short suborbital trips to space when you can take a trip around the moon? The best part: It will cost you a mere 150 million dollars! Wow, what a bargain! Space Adventures, the same company which sent citizens to the International Space Station and the only company that has sent private citizens to space, period, is now offering a trip to the moon.

  • Graphene modulators could break network speed limits

    Fiber optic networks are at the forefront of record-setting Internet speeds. Now the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a graphene modulator that could push the curve forward by a ten-fold leap.