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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Amazon reportedly wants to buy RadioShack stores to better compete with Apple

Amazon is reportedly in discussion with RadioShack to buy some of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores after the troubled electronics chain files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bloomberg says that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is considering using the stores as showrooms for its hardware, and as pick-up and drop-off centers for items purchased online. Both Amazon and Radio Shack declined to comment on the situation, but two people apparently familiar with the matter said that Amazon may use the locations to give people a chance to try its growing range of hardware, including its range of Kindle tablets, its Fire smartphone, and its new Echo speaker.

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Screenshots show Facebook may use Messenger to compete with PayPal and Venmo

It now seems all but certain that Facebook will introduce its own payment service and bring the fight to companies like Paypal and Venmo. A TechCrunch tipster has released screenshots and video of a new payment platform that’s secretly built into the current version of Facebook Messenger for iOS. With the service enabled, users can send money to other friends just like attaching a photograph to a message.

Currently, the service only appears to accept debit card payments, which come with lower processing fees than credit cards and are easier to configure than bank accounts. Speaking of fees, from the system that’s been leaked, it appears that there are no fees for users to send money to each other. However, since this is an early leak of…

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Mozilla reportedly developing streaming stick to compete with Chromecast

With still no sign of Mozilla’s smart TV offerings, reports indicate that the company is planning another move into the living room. According to GigaOm, Mozilla may be working on a streaming stick running Firefox OS not unlike Google’s Chromecast and the Roku Stick. While the device doesn’t yet have a name or release date, it’s said that it will be more open to developers looking to hack its capabilities.

The new streaming device has allegedly been in development for some time, and changes are still being made. The focus here, however, is on openness; GigaOm reports that developers will eventually be able to code apps for multiple platforms, including Windows Phone and Amazon’s Fire phone. However, it’s unclear how involved Mozilla is…

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To compete with Amazon, eBay wants to be the Uber of e-commerce

Amazon and eBay are increasingly at odds with each other in the e-commerce space. In response to Amazon’s drone dreams, eBay CEO John Donahoe all of scoffed, saying, “We’re not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we’re focusing on things that will change consumers’ experience today.” Thus, while Amazon may own more mindshare online, eBay is aiming higher by building e-payments into its vision of a frictionless, real-world shopping experience.

The New York Times reports that eBay, through PayPal, eBay Now, and the numerous acquisitions the company has made in the last five years, is making moves to bridge the gap between online shopping and real-commerce through a digital wallet system. The system is meant to function like Uber:…

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Samsung patents smartphone-connected ‘sports glasses’ that could compete with Google Glass

Samsung has registered a patent that could hint at its own Google Glass-style wearable device. The design patent, filed in Korea early this year, was granted full registered status in October and recently unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. It shows a pair of “sports glasses” with transparent or translucent frames, side buttons, and a front panel that appears to hold a camera. The glasses, according to the description, could be paired with a smartphone to display information or offer some control; a pair of built-in earphones would let users listen to music or receive phone calls. Unlike Google’s glasses, the Samsung patent shows what appear to be wires on both sides, meeting in the back at a connective plug. But even if the device…

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LG’s G Pad 8.3 has the build quality to compete with the iPad mini, but not the apps

LG has traditionally kept a low profile during the annual IFA show in Berlin, but this year it’s introducing a big new product in its Android portfolio: the G Pad 8.3. The company couldn’t contain itself and already fully detailed the spec sheet of its new 8.3-inch slate, which marks its return to the Android tablet market. There’s an aluminum back cover, a Snapdragon 600 processor and a quite handsome 1920 x 1200 display to woo potential buyers, though I must warn that the G Pad 8.3 suffers from the same issue that plagues every other Android tablet: a shortage of worthwhile apps exploiting the form factor.

Physically, the G Pad 8.3 is a nice and compact device, with a rigid build quality that far exceeds the company’s typically…

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HTC’s First won’t compete on hardware, but does that matter to Facebook users?

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We weren’t expecting HTC’s First to be a barn burner in terms of hardware specs, and by all accounts it’s not. As today’s Facebook presentation made abundantly clear though, hardware isn’t the focus here. Rather than trumpeting what a phone is capable of under the hood, both companies are riding Facebook Home, the social network’s newest and “best” mobile experience, as a means to hook consumers.

Moreso than any handset in recent memory, the HTC First is a minimalistic shell meant to showcase the software users will be interacting with. You’re not supposed to be concerned with its innards. HTC CEO Peter Chou’s time on stage illustrated that perfectly; he didn’t say a word about the First’s screen resolution, nor did he have anything to…

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LG rumored to be building its own smartwatch to compete with Apple, Samsung, and Google

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Apple, Google, and Samsung are all rumored to be building their own smartwatches, and LG is the latest manufacturer to reportedly join the fray. According The Korea Times, LG is currently developing both a smartwatch and another wearable computing device described as something similar to Google Glass. It wouldn’t be the first time that LG developed such a product — back in 2009, the company showed off a “watch phone,” which came with a full GSM radio built-in for voice calls. This rumored new product would be more along the lines of the Pebble and other speculated smartwatches, with the ability to sync with your smartphone and check messages or other notifications.

The watch is reported to run on Android, which fits considering the…

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