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Facebook to buy messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion

Facebook on Wednesday announced it was acquiring WhatsApp, a world leader in mobile messaging over the internet with 35 million users in India, for $19 billion in stock and cash.

Apple wants Samsung to pay $22 million for legal bills

Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a courtroom battle. The company also wants Samsung to reimburse its lawyers for $6.2 million in various expenses.

Apple signs iPhone deal with China Mobile: report

Apple and China Mobile have inked a deal to offer iPhones on the colossal telecom firm's network in that country's coveted market, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Worldfloat offers over 50,000 online movies for free

Within a month of introducing a free movie service, social networking site Worldfloat said today it now offers more than 50,000 films in English, Hindi and several regional Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi.

Xbox, PlayStation tackle console launch glitches

With nicknames like "the blue light of death" and "the disc drive of doom," they're the game-ending glitches causing headaches for a few gamers who picked up the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at launch.

Microsoft admits three operating systems is a crowd

The company accepts that having two tablet platforms has caused confusion and that, as a result, Windows RT's days could be numbered.

Samsung goofs up with `p.... is mightier than finger` on billboard!

In one of the most embarrassing cases of spelling mistakes, smartphone giant Samsung is the latest to cause a stir with a billboard displaying ' the p...., mightier than the finger '.

iPhone to Android: Google’s Schmidt talks conversion

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt has written a 900-word guide to help users switch from iPhone to Android.

Is this the end of the SMS era?

Industry news has it that WhatsApp will come pre-installed in the upcoming Nokia's Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 mobile phones expected to be released soon.

Yahoo sued for allegedly intercepting users' emails

Yahoo has been sued for intercepting emails sent to users of its mail service and using personal information to earn profit from related advertisements.

Google launches physical card for its virtual wallet

Google's new debit card works in ATMs and can be used at any US store that accepts MasterCard.

Video game console war heats with Xbox One launch

Microsoft on Friday releases its Xbox One game console, taking on Sony's PlayStation 4 in a battle for the hearts and minds of Internet-era home entertainment.

Google unveils app development kit for Glass

Google has reportedly unveiled the much-awaited app development kit for the hi-tech wearable gadget Glass.

Taiwan firm sues Samsung for patent infringement

A Taiwanese electronics company said Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against South Korean tech giant Samsung for allegedly infringing on its optics technology patents.

Bigger phones mean bigger bills

Research shows that the larger a handset's display, the more data its user consumes. The figures, from NPD Group are gathered from the US market and show that owners of smartphones with screens that measure 4.5-inches upwards consume 44 % more wifi and cellular data each month.
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