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Developments in Facebook’s quest for patents – BusinessWeek


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Developments in Facebook's quest for patents
By AP As Facebook prepares for its initial public offering of stock, it is in a dispute with Yahoo over patents. Feb. 28: Yahoo Inc. confirms that it is threatening to sue Facebook if it doesn't reach an agreement over patents.
Facebook, Krka, Kandi, AstraZeneca: Intellectual PropertyBloomberg
Facebook's Growth Slows as IPO NearsWall Street Journal
Did Facebook pay just $83M for that giant pile of IBM patents?CNET -Reuters -Times of India
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MSI Aims Ivy Bridge-powered GT70 and GT60 Notebooks at Gamers


As you all know, Intel announced the launch of its much anticipated 22nm Ivy Bridge processors earlier today. Intel is counting on these third-generation Core processors for the success of ultrabooks, which it hopes will be able to check the rampant growth of tablets and, in the process, conquer a large chunk of the mobile PC market. But ultrabooks will not be the only products to make use of Ivy Bridge chips; there will also be plenty of all-in-ones, desktops and notebooks. In all, over 570 Ivy Bridge-toting systems are expected to ship in 2012. The MSI GT70 and GT60 are two such products. Hit the jump for more.

Unveiled at CeBit, the 17.3-inch GT70 and 15.6-inch GT60 are MSI’s latest Gaming Series notebooks. Both notebooks feature a full HD anti-reflective display, 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM processor (2.3-3.3GHz), Intel Series 7 HM77 chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Steel Series backlit keyboard and Dynaudio 2.1 speakers.

“Armed with the newest NVIDIA graphics, Intel chipset and Killer Game Networking, the GT70 and GT60 redefine mobile gaming and delivers superior performance that exceeds expectations of even the most demanding gamer,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales at MSI US, in a press release. “MSI invites gamers to experience the rush of finding the perfect mobile gaming notebook.”

The GT70 comes in four different pre-configured flavors ranging from  $1,549.99 to $1,999.99. Its smaller sibling, though, only has a single model, priced at $1,499.99. Covered under a two-year warranty, all these models are now available for pre-order online.

Asteroid the ‘Size of a Minivan’ Exploded Over California


astroengine writes, quoting Discovery: "The source of loud 'booms' accompanied by a bright object traveling through the skies of Nevada and California on Sunday morning has been confirmed: it was a meteor. A big one. It is thought to have been a small asteroid that slammed into the atmosphere at a speed of 15 kilometers per second (33,500 mph), turning into a fireball, delivering an energy of 3.8 kilotons of TNT as it broke up over California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, classified it as a 'big event.' 'I am not saying there was a 3.8 kiloton explosion on the ground in California,' Cooke told 'I am saying that the meteor possessed this amount of energy before it broke apart in the atmosphere. (The map) shows the location of the atmospheric breakup, not impact with the ground.' Interestingly, this event was bigger than asteroid 2008 TC3 that exploded over the skies of Sudan in 2008 after being detected before it hit."

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Firms Can’t Agree On Real Size of Flashback Botnet

Firms Can't Agree On Real Size of Flashback BotnetVarious security firms are spouting different numbers concerning the overall size of the Flashback botnet, yet Doctor Web insists it's still above 600,000 infected Macs.

ST-Ericsson to pass off application processor business to STM, cut 1,700 jobs


ST-Ericsson to pass off application processor business to STM, cut 1,700 jobsIt's not every day that ST-Ericsson crosses our radar twice, but in addition to reportedly signing a deal with HTC for developing low-end handset chips, the company just announced its plans for a turnaround. The message? A heavier focus on SoCs for smartphones and tablets, along with a push for even more partnerships to develop those products. While that all sounds rosy, ST-Ericsson is also ceding its application processor business -- employees, R&D and all -- to STMicroelectronics. All told, between the loss of its application processor business and other reshuffling, the company expects to shed around 1,700 jobs -- and save about $320 million annually. Those bittersweet details and more await you in the press release after the break.

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