Topping tech headlines on Monday would have been a patent deal between Microsoft and Facebook, as well as the discharge of Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Adobe’s CS6. The social media continued its patent shopping spree, signing an offer with Microsoft that may see Microsoft license or sell most of the patents it grabbed from AOL to Facebook for $550 million in cash. New filings from Facebook, meanwhile, showed that profit dipped from your year ago, but revenue increased to $1.06 billion.
Around the chip front, Intel shipped its new Ivy Bridge processors, which promise power savings plus much more performance. Acer is going to be one of the companies to provide new PCs with 3 grams Intel Core processors. But as the chip giant has become talking inside the ultrabook being a disruptor from the laptop market, it is usually quietly promoting all-in-ones being a category that could shake up the desktop space.
Another big release from yesterday was Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 (CS6). The leading digital media design software got a serious overhaul and new online subscription pricing.
Prior to next week’s London press event, meanwhile, Samsung released a teaser video for its upcoming smartphone release, which took an attempt at its top rival, Apple.
Also making headlines on Monday:
* NimbleTV to Offer Cloud-Based TV, DVR Anywhere: A brand new online service called NimbleTV will offer you place-shifting and DVR functions for cable subscribers entirely through software.
* Minivan Sized Meteor Explodes Over California: A rocky object weighing about 70 metric tons slams to the atmosphere at 33,500 miles per hour, shaking homes near the Sierra Nevada mountains west of San francisco bay area.
* Netflix Loss Linked with U.K., Latin America Streaming: Netflix recorded its first loss in eight quarters, because of a continuous decline in the high-margin, DVD rental business and it is loss-making international streaming business.
* Microsoft Launches SkyDrive ‘Fetch,’ Drag-and-Drop Features: SkyDrive turns into a new “fetch” remote PC access service, new storage options, as well as the capability to access SkyDrive via iOS and Windows Phone smartphones.
* Analyst Says Next iPhone Could be Thinnest Yet: The following version of Apple’s iPhone could be the thinnest one yet, due to the rumored switch to leading edge in-cell touch panels, an analyst is predicting.
* Amazon Targets Businesses with New AmazonSupply: Need a new Dremel? What about a brand new volumetric flask? Why not a chain hoist or some paper clips? Amazon’s new site might be just for you.
* New Tool Tests Security of Facebook Apps: A brand new tool from PrivacyChoice aims to aid Facebook users determine whether the apps these are downloading on the social networking provide the necessary privacy protections.