Motorola has dropped the off-contract price of the Moto X on Moto Maker. The 16GB Moto X now costs $350 and the 32GB model costs $400. This is a $50 drop in price for both models. It is unknown how long the promotion will last.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has received approval from the U.S. government to approve of the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR after the Federal Trade Commission examined the deal. The FTC decided that this deal would not violate U.S. antitrust laws. In the acquisition announcement, Facebook said that Oculus would operate independently outside of Facebook. Oculus VR will continue focusing on gaming initially, but will expand into new areas later on.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to help save people from the dangers of texting while driving. On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent that is called “Driver handheld computing device lock-out.”
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is going very green this month. Yesterday Google announced a deal to purchase up to 407MW of wind power for its Iowa data center. And today, Google has announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund for financing the purchase of residential solar installations through a partnership with SunPower Corporation.
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Tech companies spend a lot of money on lobbying. Two companies that are known for opening their wallets for political lobbying are Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Verizon. In the last two years, the two companies spent a combined $63 million to drive legislation in their favor. And the two companies already spent $6 million combined in 2014.
Pure Storage has raised $225 million in funding from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Tiger Global, Wellington Management Company, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. The company now has a pre-money valuation at over $3 billion.
King.com recently launched an office in Japan and is now airing some strange TV campaigns there. The new ads started to air on April 17th and are in “heavy rotation.” The ads star Japanese celebrities Junichi Okada and Kenichi Endo. Okada and Endo stare into the camera and talk about the conflicting view of the world, but then Candy Crush pops up on the screen with information on how to download the game.
This past week, Apple launched a new iPhone 5s ad called “Powerful.” The song in the background is called “Gigantic” by a band called Pixies. The tagline of the ad is “You’re more powerful than you think.”