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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Time Warner invests in 1Gbps network #thecircuit

Time Warner 1Gbps network: Time Warner Cable said Tuesday that it will invest $25 million to build out its fiber broadband network in New York City, with a focus on businesses.

According to CNET, the company said it will target design and technology firms who have need for high data speeds.

The project follows last month’s announcement from Google that it will let users sign up for its 1 Gbps Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Mo.

Twitter files appeal: Twitter filed an appeal with the New York Supreme Court on Monday over a court order that the social-networking service release personal information associated with the account of Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris.

Twitter was ordered to turn over three months-worth of tweets from Harris in July. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case, saying that “This case presents the appropriate occasion for the Court to announce a bright line rule that under the New York Constitution, law enforcement must obtain a warrant based on probable cause to obtain any set of data—including IP addresses—that reveals a person’s locations and movements over time, even when, as here, that data is possessed by third parties.”

Apple, Samsung verdict and UI design changes: The ruling that Samsung infringed on a patent that enables smartphones to use the pinch-to-zoom feature has many technology industry watchers wondering what the effects of that and similar rulings may have on the smartphone market, The Washington Post reported.

Some say that this ruling could force companies to be more innovative or that it’s simply a bump in the road as companies look to find more intuitive ways to zoom on mobile screens. Others say it will set the industry back.

“I don’t know what you do about ‘pinch and zoom,’ ” Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor critical of the ruling told The Post. “That’s the cost of this decision. All the phones have to use less-efficient tools.”

Google and the Apple,Samsung case: Google could see some ripple effects from the Apple, Samsung verdict handed down last last week in antitrust investigations being conducted by the Federal Trade Commission.

As The Washington Post reported, analyst Paul Gallant said that Apple’s patent victory could reduce the chances that the FTC will impose limits on Google’s Android business.

The FTC has been investigating how Google’s search dominance ties in with its Android operating system, The Post reported.

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