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Silicon Alley Insider is reporting on a rumor that Twitter executives are in “low-level” talks with both Facebook and Google regarding a possible acquisition to the tune of up to $10 billion – chump change considering that they value themselves at up to $100 billion.
Anyone want to buy What The Christ? I think it’s worth at least $10 million.
Ars Technica is reporting today that Sony’s legal division is threatening to sue anyone who dares to publish the PS3 jailbreak code on the web. They’re also trying to convince a judge to force Google to turn over the IP addresses of anyone who has even watched one of the many YouTube videos explaining how to hack your console.
On the one hand, I’m somewhat impressed by their aggressiveness. On the other, it’s hard to wrap my brain around what they’re trying to accomplish.
Well, at least part of the rumors from yesterday were true.
During Google’s demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb today, they also launched the new Android web-based app store. It features over-the-air install capabilities and, at least in my opinion, closely resembles the Xbox Live web marketplace.
In addition to the new storefront, Google also announced that in-app purchasing has been added to the Android SDK, meaning devs will soon have the ability to harass you for micro-payments through your favorite “free” apps.
No announcement regarding Google Music was made, unfortunately.
Google plans to demonstrate Android 3.0 Honeycomb tomorrow – and tipsters have told several tech news sites saying they’re also launching Google Music and some sort of web based Android market similar to the marketplace that Apple just opened for Mac users.
There’s been no confirmation from the folks at Google, of course, but it would make sense for them to make both moves as soon as possible.
A Google engineer named Alexander Chen used a map of the MTA subway system in New York City to build an incredible HTML5 powered musical instrument. I opened it in its own window over an hour ago. It’s strangely soothing.
In a surprise move, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced late today that he is stepping down from his position effective April 4th. Larry Page, who co-founded the company with Sergey Brin, is set to serve as his replacement. Schmidt will remain with the company as Executive Chairman, focusing on expanding Google’s reach and business relationships.
It’s certainly been a rough week in the tech industry.
If you have young kids, cousins, nieces, and/or nephews and you want to make this year’s Christmas extra special for them, check out the Google powered Send a Call from Santa website. It’s a quick, easy way to give a little kid a nice holiday boost.
Engadget reported a few days back that Inventec just sent Google 60,000 unbranded Cr-48 netbooks running the first build of Chrome OS. The units will be distributed to an elite group of testers and developers.
Analysts expect Acer and Samsung to be the first companies to release branded Chrome OS netbooks sometime in early 2011. They’re expected to run N550 dual core processors among other things.
Engadget also has a photo gallery of a complete teardown, in case you’re interested.
Bonus Fun Fact: The Google test notebook is called Cr-48 in reference to the unstable isotope of the Chromium element.
Google underwhelmed the tech industry yesterday with their announcement of the next “Google Phone”, the Samsung Nexus S. It’s basically on par with the Droid series from Verizon and otherwise fails to bring anything new to the table.
Oh, and they announced a new ebook store, too. Whoopee. I guess we’re not going to see a Chrome OS based netbook this holiday season, after all.
Google has a big press conference scheduled for December 7th and there’s really only one thing that it could be about: the fabled Chrome OS netbook that they’ve been working on for the past two years. It’s unclear as to why they didn’t roll it out before Cyber Monday but then again, they may not be announcing that it’s actually ready for market just yet.
I’m personally more interested in the OS than I am in an overpriced gadget.