No other firm of such a size in the US corporate history has, for such a long time and to such an extent, underinvested in its core operations.

It looks like the US cellular carriers are bowing out of the mobile payments war. Google just announced it has struck a deal with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile to purchase "some exciting technology and intellectual property" from Softcard, the carriers' mobile payments initiative. The three carriers have also agreed to preinstall Google Wallet on their Android phones.

One of ASUS' more recent ultra-thin notebook would be the ASUS ZenBook UX305, which has been announced in September last year actually. Still, this has not stopped the ZenBook UX305 from hitting the US, and the company has priced it in a rather competitive bracket against the rest of the competition.

Harman announced this week that has added industry veteran Jeff Pung, as associate director of national accounts for the Harman Lifestyle Americas Organization.

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