In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week:
- Duck and cover! The so-called “Rockstar Consortium,” led by Apple, that controls Nortel’s former patents, filed eight patent lawsuits this week against Google and pretty much every Android device maker.
- “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” have paid off for Netflix, but chief content officer Ted Sarandos isn’t done yet, saying that Netflix could become a first-run movie distributor, too. “Meaning, why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theaters?”
- For more than a decade, Google has been trying to stay ahead of the future of online shopping. Now it has a new commerce boss, longtime engineer Sridhar Ramaswamy, who sat down with Jason Del Rey to explain Mountain View’s latest visions.
- In its first quarter with two new iPhones on shelves at the same time, Apple soundly beat analyst expectations. CEO Tim Cook explained in the fourth-quarter earnings call that the cheaper iPhone 5c was never intended for the low end, and cautioned that the Retina iPad mini might be in short supply.
- Speaking of iPads … the iPad Air is thinner and lighter, but is it worth your $500? In All Things Reviewed, Walt Mossberg “found it a pleasure to use,” and got some surprising results when he subjected the new tablet to his usual battery tests.
- After two years of promising to break into the Web TV business with a set-top box, Intel appears to be backing off. Sources say the company is in advanced talks with Verizon to hand off its Intel Media division.
- At long last, Google unveiled its new flagship phone, the Nexus 5. Its goal: To deliver “the right information, when you want it, at your fingertips,” by integrating Google’s services more tightly than ever.
- Several sources tell AllThingsD that Yahoo’s employee-review system, implemented a year ago under then-new CEO Marissa Mayer, is coming to the fore, and may lead to the firings of more than 500 underperforming employees.
- How companies define their all-important “active users” stat can be a bit fuzzy. Case in point: Google, which this week confirmed that Google+’s self-reported monthly active numbers get a boost from notifications on the search giant’s other properties.
- As it tries to optimize how its components move from Asia to Europe, HP is making a big bet on one of the latter continent’s more troubled countries, Greece. Here’s why.
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