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WaveRider hypersonic test flight fails

WaveRider hypersonic test flight fails

Dreams of flying at six times the speed of sound crashed on Tuesday when the hypersonic WaveRider test flight ended in failure.

Scientists had planned to send the unmanned jet on a five-minute flight above the Pacific Ocean at speeds of up to 4,500 mile per hour, but the jet lost control due to some technical problem in one of its control fins, and ended up in the ocean.

The failure was a big disappointment for supporters of the WaveRider project, such as the US Air Force, Boeing and engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney. The Pentagon and space agency NASA is sponsoring the project.

Windows 8 Available for Download to Developers, IT Pros

Windows 8 Available for Download to Developers, IT Pros

Developers and IT professionals can now download Windows 8, along with its Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 tooling, from the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

The Redmond-based software giant initially released Windows 8 operating system to manufacturing (RTM version of the new operating system) on August 1, but the bits didn't become available until August 15.

This availability of the Windows 8 will enable developers to start creating apps for the new software early so they can start offering the apps when Microsoft ships Windows 8 at the end of October.

Motorola to shed 20% of its global workforce

Motorola to shed 20% of its global workforce

Handset maker Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google Inc., will shed 20 per cent of its global workforce to boost chances of sustaining profitability over the long-term.

The announcement of job cuts was made by Google, which at the time of Motorola purchase had assured that it would allow the handset maker to operate independently.

As many as 4,000 Motorola employees loose their jobs. Two-thirds of the cuts will be outside the United States. At Motorola's Sunnyvale facility, nearly 160 employees will be affected by the move.

Google acquires Frommer’s line of travel guidebooks

Google acquires Frommer’s line of travel guidebooks

Continuing its aggressive push into the travel business, Google Inc. on Monday confirmed its acquisition of the Frommer's line of travel guidebooks.

With its latest acquisition, which is the newest evidence that Google wants to control all the experiences around travel, the world's leading Internet search giant will get Frommers. com, its guidebook content, and mobile apps.

The Frommer's travel brand will join Google's travel assets like Zagat Survey, a restaurant reviewer it bought in 2011, and ITA Software, an airfare search and pricing system that it acquired in 2010.

U.S. judge orders Apple, Samsung attorneys to meet on Monday

U.S. judge orders Apple, Samsung attorneys to meet on Monday

The U. S. federal judge presiding over the high-profile Apple-Samsung patent infringement trial has ordered attorneys of the two rivals to meet and confer in person.

U. S. District Judge Lucy Koh said the court was frustrated with the two parties' respective reports about their meet and confer efforts on final jury instructions.

In her order, the frustrated judge said, "Lead trial counsel shall meet and confer in person today and file joint and disputed final jury instructions by Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8 a. m."

Google won't remove any pages unless it receives copyright removal notice

Google won't remove any pages unless it receives copyright removal notice

Google has confirmed that it's already announced move to make changes in its search algorithms to curb access to pirated content would influence the ranking of some of its search results, but it would not remove any pages from search results.

The Mountain View, California-based Internet search giant said it would remove a page only on receiving a valid copyright removal notice from the owner of the copyrighted-material.

Samsung Galaxy S III infringes two Apple patents: iPhone-maker says

Samsung Galaxy S III infringes two Apple patents: iPhone-maker says

Patent war between Apple and its biggest rival Samsung doesn't seems to come to an end in the near future. Cupertino-based iPhone maker is now preparing to launch a new lawsuit against Samsung, alleging the South Korean consumer electronics giant's highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone infringes on at least two of its patents.

According the complaint, filed in a California court earlier this week, Apple wants an injunction on the import of the third-generation Galaxy S into the United States.

Google agrees to buy Meebo for undisclosed sum

Google agrees to buy Meebo for undisclosed sum

Mountain View-based Internet search giant Google Inc. has agreed to purchase online messaging startup Meebo Inc., saying the purchase would be a great fit for its Google+ team.

Founded in 2005, Meebo helps online publishers in making their websites more social. The Silicon Valley startup confirmed the deal on its official blog on Monday.

Meebo also wrote in its blog, "Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike."

US lawmakers concerned over Facebook use by children under 13

US lawmakers concerned over Facebook use by children under 13

Two US lawmakers have expressed their concerns over the use of social network Facebook by children under 13.

On Monday, Reps. Joe L. Barton (R-Texas) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, asking the young billionaire to address the problem as more and more children under the age of 13 are using the site and sharing their personal information with others.

Apple TV may sooner than later: latest buzz suggests

Apple TV may sooner than later: latest buzz suggests

Apple's much-rumored HDTV may arrive sooner rather than later, the latest Internet murmur about the Cupertino, Calif.-based consumer electronics giant's future plans suggest.

The Cupertino firm already has a set-top box, but has never confirmed any plans to introduce its own TV. But, rumors about a potential Apple HDTV have long been flooding the Internet.