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Tech News Round-up -Courtroom editionBy Hanleigh Daniels 16 July 2010 | Categories: news
Half a billion Facebook users mark looms
According to TechCrunch, social networking site Facebook is on the verge of announcing that it has hit the 500 million mark in users. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the world’s largest and most popular social networking site has apparently asked its workers to upload photos of themselves celebrating as well as thanking the site’s many users. All of these photos are being hosted on a single Drop.io account.
In related news, a movie about Mark Zuckerberg, the co founder of Facebook, will be hitting cinema screens in the US on 1 October. The Social Network sees Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg filling Zuckerberg’s shoes and will also star Justin Timberlake. The poster of this biopic also indicates the imminent announcement of the 500 million user mark.
Nokia smartphone info leaked
After its national team finished second to Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a Nokia online store in the Netherlands apparently wanted to be the first to put info and pics of Nokia’s unannounced C6-01 on the web. According to this site, the cellphone sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as an eight megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and will be available at the end of July.
eBay gets slapped with an epic lawsuit
Facebook isn’t the only company with a legal battle on its hands, eBay is also facing an impending civil lawsuit.
According to CNET, a company by the name of XPRT Ventures claims that the transaction system PayPal incorporated its e-commerce technology, for which it had filed for U.S. patents, into its own patent applications in 2003 and XPRT is now suing PayPal’s parent company eBay for $3.8 billion.
This lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in a Delaware federal district court and PayPal, BillMeLater, Shopping.com and StubHub are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Blu-ray chairman hits back @ Apple
Following reports of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs alleged email to a Mac Users stating that the high-end medium will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats, Blu-ray Disc Association chairman Andy Parsons reportedly came out in defence of the high-definition medium this week.
According to AppleInsider, Parsons told Italian Mac website sette B.it that the consumer adoption of the HD disc format is on par with that of DVD. He did acknowledge the importance of streaming and downloadable content, but predicted that “Blu-ray Disc will continue to dominate for many years,” mentioning various factors such as ease of use and durability.
More big tech companies slapped with patent lawsuits
According to the New York Times, patent-holding company NTP is suing Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, LG and Motorola claiming that the cellphone e-mail systems of those companies are illegally utilising its patented technology.
The lawsuits were filed on Thursday in a federal district court in Richmond, Virginia in the States. NTP has also previously taken on BlackBerry holding company Research in Motion (RIM) in the courts, which saw RIM settling with NTP in 2006 with a $612.5 million pact.
HTC Desire HD specs leaked
The British retailer Superetrader has posted some rumoured specifications of HTC’s latest Android-powered device, the HTC Desire HD, on its blog. According to its blogpost, the Desire HD is likely to feature a 4.3" WVGA touch-screen, eight megapixel camera, 1 GHZ Qualcomm processor, Android 2.2 doing the operating, HD (720p) video capture ability, an E-book reader feature, 4 GB internal memory and Adobe Flash 10 support.
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