Google and Microsoft head to court; CenturyLink, Intrado agree to fines over 911 outage

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> CenturyLink will pay $16 million and Intrado Communications will pay $1.4 million due to 911 outages, the FCC said. Article

> Andy Rubin, who helped build Google's Android, is launching Playground Global to provide support and advice to startups making devices. Article

> Google and Microsoft will soon begin their patent-infringement court case. Article

> Sony will invest $376 million in building new camera sensors. Article

> Jonah Becker has left smartphone maker HTC to join Fitbit as vice president of industrial design. Article

> iHeartMedia said it sold 367 towers to Vertical Bridge as part of the companies' previously announced deal covering a total of 411 towers. Article

Mobile Developer News

> It might not be too long before developers come to define ASO as not standing for "app store optimization" but "a scary outcome." Editor's Corner

> In-app purchases (IAPs) will overtake all other methods of making money in apps by 2018, when looking at combined revenue across key countries, according to IDC and App Annie. Article

Online Video News

> The YouTube Kids streaming app, which was launched in February, has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups, which say that its video programming disregards Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules that limit the amount and type of advertising around children's programming. Article

> Online video provider Dailymotion, one of the strongest competitors in the user-generated content market dominated by providers like Google's YouTube and Amazon-owned live-streaming service Twitch, could be a Vivendi property soon if a takeover bid made by the media giant holds. Article

> Collectors can finally re-box their Star Wars DVD collection and enshrine it upon a shelf: The six-movie saga will be available for online download starting Friday, April 10. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T has taken another step forward with its software-enabled service vision, announcing that its switched Ethernet service with its Network on Demand capability is available in more than 100 U.S. cities. Article

Cable News

> Pay-TV operators saw subscribing households in the U.S. drop from 101 million to 100.9 million between year-end 2012 and year-end 2013, a new FCC report says. Article

> With the FCC and Justice Department entering the last third of their review of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast is back on offense. Article

And finally… Apple wants customers to stop sleeping in front of its stores for new products. Article

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