Top News: Google Buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5B, Apple Tampered Evidence, etc

A curated selection of the top news in technology and consumer electronics

1) Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. announced, in a joint statement, yesterday (August 15, 2011), that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion ($40.00 per share in cash). According to the statement, the boards of directors of both companies had collectively approved the deal, which would be completed by the end of this year or early 2012. (Google Blog)

2) Apple Tampered Samsung Evidence

Webwereld, a Dutch website has compared the images submitted by Apple in court to the real devices, this has led to a surprising discovery. In the images submitted by Apple, the aspect ratio of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 1.36 whereas its original aspect ratio is 1:46, causing it to more closely resemble the dimensions of the iPad, whose aspect ratio is 1:30.  This causes a full eight percent difference in the “short” side of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Not only that, the Samsung logo has been removed from the image submitted by Apple, also, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is shown with the app drawer open instead of the normal home screen view. (Macrumors)

3)Firefox 6.0 released

Following the release of Firefox 5.0 on June 21, Mozilla, today, has released Firefox 6.0 to Windows, Mac and Linux users. A new version has been released for Android too. Mozilla also announced, that it plans to get rid of version numberings soon! (Anandtech)

4) Samsung Tablet Ban Lifted

Following Apple’s filing of a lawsuit alleging patent infringement, sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been permitted to resume as it has been realized that a German court may not have the authority or jurisdiction to halt the sales of a South Korean company outside Germany. A regional court in Dusseldorf, Germany, has to a degree lifted the preliminary injunction issued last week, (banning Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe) due to inconsistencies in Apple’s injunction filing. (PCWorld, Engadget)

5) Free Stanford Virtual Course on Artificial Intelligence Attracts Thousands

Stanford University’s computer science department has offered three courses on an experimental basis, amongst which is a free online course on artificial intelligence to be taught this autumn by two leading experts from Silicon Valley. This course has attracted a total of over 80,000 students the world over, which is nearly five times that of the entire student body at Stanford. You can sign up too here. Following the success of Artificial Intelligence, Stanford has announced another free course: Machine Learning class here. (NYTimes)

6) Steve Jobs Biography Release Date Set

Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson, which was set to release on March 12, 2012 has now been extended to November 21 next year. The cover of the book features a somewhat-old picture of Jobs by Fortune (Back cover by Rolling Stone), but was chosen alongside a very Apple-like Helvetica font selection with no words on the back. (Fortune)

7) Hacking Widely Discussed At News Corp Tabloid

Significant new evidence has been submitted to the British Parliament by former News Corp. executives revealing that “phone hacking” was widely discussed in its newsrooms. Bringing the Mudorch family back to the wire. (WSJ)

8)Apple Now Selling OS X Lion USB Sticks

After rumors and speculations, Apple’s OS X Lion USB thumb drive has finally been released on its online store for $69. (Engadget)

9) HTC sues Apple

The lawsuit has been filed over patent infringement involving Wi-Fi capability that allows connection of multiple devices and processor technology used to combine a phone and personal digital assistant. (AllThingsD)


Authored by Noel Carrasco on August 17, 2011 under News § Tweet Like