10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including which city is doing more for tech than Silicon Valley, and Samsung's biggest ally.


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  • 2. Google agreed to pay Samsung to defend it against Apple

    As the Apple v. Samsung courtroom drama continues, we learned this week that the Korean smartphone giant had a (not too surprising) ally in the thermonuclear war against Android: no other than Google itself, the maker of the open-source platform. According to testimony, Samsung and Google signed a deal that would include Google apps on Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range. So, the search turned mobile giant would help with likely legal costs related to the technology. 

    Image: CBS Interactive

  • 3. Silicon Valley tech titans face bans from Russia under new law

    Russia may soon be able to ban Silicon Valley giants, including domestic Russian startups and businesses, if they do not store Russian customer details and data inside the country. This is reportedly so the country's security and intelligence services can snoop on its citizens' data. Unlike the U.S. and other countries, Russia doesn't have the legal power to force foreign companies to hand over data. The government may force Internet providers in the country to block sites and services that fail to comply.

    Image: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

  • 4. Apple bought 24 companies in 18 months

    In the past year-and-a-half, Apple has made two-dozen acquisitions (which we know of), chief executive Tim Cook announced at the company's fiscal second quarter earnings. That includes HopStop, BroadMap, Embark, Locationary, Topsy, Novauris and PrimeSense. That's up from 15 acquisitions in 2013, according to Cook in October. Despite having more than $159 billion in cash in the bank, Cook previously said he wasn't going to "buy something for the purposes of just being big." He added on the call that it has to work "culturally" with Apple's mindset and mentality. 

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

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