DailyDose: Bill Gates Closing in on Carlos Slim & 10 Top Stories

DailyDose: Your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: Carlos Slim, the world’s richest person loses $5 billion during the week & other stories.

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Bill Gates (Image: Wikipedia)
Bill Gates (Image: Wikipedia)

World’s Wealthiest Lose $18 Billion as Gates Chases Slim: The 100 wealthiest people on the planet dropped $17.9 billion from their collective net worth this week after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell short of hitting an all-time high. Carlos Slim, the world’s richest person, lost $5 billion during the week, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Mexican lawmakers announced legislation Monday that threatens to rein in the country’s telecommunications monopolies, raising the possibility of a breakup for Slim’s America Movil SAB.  More here.

THX, Founded by George Lucas, Sues Apple in Patent Case: Apple Inc. was accused by THX Ltd., a company founded by “Star Wars” producer George Lucas, of stealing speaker technology used in iPhones, iPads and iMac products.
THX holds a 2008 patent for a speaker unit that can boost sound output and attach to computers or flat-screen televisions, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California.  More here.

Dropbox Inc to acquire email management startup: Dropbox Inc said on Friday it would buy the startup behind the hot email management app Mailbox, signaling its intent to aggressively expand its features beyond file storage. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.More here.

China TV consumer show criticises Apple and Volkswagen: Technology giant Apple Inc and car maker Volkswagen AG were singled out by state-run China Central Television (CCTV) in its annual corporate malpractice expose. More here.

Google’s Schmidt to visit Myanmar, an untapped telecoms market: Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who visited North Korea in January, will become the first high-profile tech company executive to visit Myanmar in the wake of reforms that prompted Western nations to ease sanctions following decades of military dictatorship. More here.

Stuff

More than 500,000 Google Reader users flock to Feedly in two days: Google’s controversial decision to shut down Google Reader on July 1st has left its users searching for a new news-collecting homeland, and we now have an idea of the scale of the RSS diaspora. More here.

Panasonic considers exiting from plasma TVs:  Japan’s Panasonic Corp is leaning towards withdrawing from plasma television operations as part of a downsizing of its television business over three years starting next fiscal year, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday. More here.

Lenovo ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook: refined exterior, widened trackpad, shipping in April for $949 : Lenovo’s taking the wraps off of its newest ThinkPad here at Engadget Expand, but in fact, the T431s represents more than just a minor spec bump. It’s actually the first ThinkPad borne out of Lenovo’s latest “clean sheet” development initiative — an 18-month process that the company briefed me on here. Regarding the laptop at hand, the 14-incher boasts a slimmer, sexier and more understated design, all while remaining very much a ThinkPad. It’s being classified as an Ultrabook, yet it still meets the Mil-SPEC 8 standard for rigidity and durability. In other words, the weight loss isn’t coming at the expense of ruggedness. More here.

New iPhone To Bring The Color, The Fingerprints: More here.

Digital Living & Gaming

Crooks Spy on Casino Card Games With Hacked Security Cameras, Win $33M: A high-roller and hacker accomplices made off with about $33 million after they gamed a casino in Australia by hacking its surveillance cameras and gaining an advantage in several rounds of high-stakes card games. The Ocean’s Eleven-style heist played out over eight hands of cards before the gambler was caught, though not before the money was gone, according to the Herald Sun. More here.

Pope Francis Domain Names Snatched Up, Offered For Sale At Exorbitant Prices: Looking to launch an online pope memorabilia business? Need a name? PopeFrancisBergoglio.net could be yours — for a mere $39,999.00. An eBay listing for PopeFrancisBergoglio.net touts the domain as “better than apple.com!!” and prime to be flipped “for HUGE profits today.”  More here.

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