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Don't worry: Facebook isn't shutting down

This is just a quick note to say that, despite any rumors you may have heard over the weekend, Facebook is not shutting down. Mashable even went as far as to get a confirmation from Facebook's Director of Corporate Communications! It's a little bit worrying just how seriously the hoax was taken. Remember, though, that the average Facebook pleb won't know anything about its recent $50 billion...

Windows for ARM processors is coming; but is it 7, 8, or something else?

Microsoft is to announce a new version of Windows designed to run on ARM processors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. It is not yet known whether this will simply be a port of Windows 7 to the ARM architecture, or an entirely new species of Windows OS. ARM chips, due to their lower power consumption and smaller footprints, are used in almost every mobile phone and tablet on...

No Windows 8 demo at CES in January?

Thanks to a single sentence in a New York Times article, a number of blogs are trumpeting the first public demonstration of Windows 8 at CES in January. It was already known that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be on stage to showcase a handful of slates, but would they really be running the first builds of Windows.next already? According to the Times, a source "with knowledge of Microsoft's...

Mac App Store to launch on December 13?

Back in October, when Apple officially announced the Mac App Store, the only thing we've heard about an actual release date was "in 90 days". But today a source has told Appletell that the official opening of the Mac App Store will take place on December 13, exactly one week from now and much sooner than Apple has led everyone to believe. Apparently, Steve Jobs is personally pushing for a release...

First Windows Phone 7 update will "do what took Apple three years"

If you've got a Windows Phone 7 device, chances are good that it's missing a few key features that you'd really like to be using. Features like multitasking, copy and paste, turn-by-turn navigation, and support for custom ringtones. If we're to believe the excited chatter on Twitter lately, those features -- and more -- are coming in the January Windows Phone 7 update. Developer Tom Hounsell went...

Google rumored to have bought Groupon for $2.5 billion

It seems, if unnamed insider sources and some speculation from TechCrunch are to be believed, that Google has just bought Groupon, the deal-of-the-day website, for $2.5 billion. Yahoo tried, and failed, to buy Groupon for over $3 billion earlier this year, but little is known about why the deal fell apart. That Google has now apparently bought them for 'only' $2.5 billion would suggest that...

Boutiques.com, Google's fashion shopping site, may launch on Wednesday

A rumor has started making the rounds across the interwebs, and it has something to do with Google possibly launching a fashion shopping site. Apparently, it all started with a tweet from an "anonymous New York fashion PR", according to Frockwriter. That tweet was the cause for a lot of coverage in itself, until it was made public that many people in the fashion world had been invited to a Google...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread available to Nexus One users "in the next few days"

In a tweet yesterday, a leader of the Open Handset Alliance, Alvaro Vasquez, said that Android 2.3 will be coming "in the next few days". Roughly translated, the full tweet reads: "Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days :-D" While this isn't as authoritative as coming from Google itself, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is...

Windows 8 release in 2012 hinted at by Microsoft Netherlands

There have been rumblings about the arrival of Windows 8 in 2012 as far back as late last year, when bloggers noticed some interesting slides during Microsoft PDC 2009. At the time, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky was pretty quiet about the whole thing, but someone over at Microsoft Netherlands has been a little more loose-lipped. The final paragraph of the post is where the juicy bit is hiding --...

Microsoft rumored to be making an offer for Symantec

Reports abound this morning that Microsoft may be taking a look at Symantec. After Intel's unexpected purchase of McAfee recently, prevailing sentiment is that other major players may all make similar moves. The rumors stem from analyst Katherine Eggbert's statement that "without a strategic sale or break-up near-term, a high-level management change may perhaps be the next step demanded by anxious...

Will iPhone OS 4.0 include direct printing from iPhones and iPads?

The help pages for Apple's iPad version of the iWork apps suite are leading some people to conclude that, when iPhone OS 4.0 is unveiled at 10am PDT today, it will include the ability to print documents wirelessly. See, the section on printing in Apple's support documents doesn't say "printing is not supported." It says that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available." A lot could...

Twitter employee teases users with "nifty" new features

Nothing sets off a good round of speculation like a vague, tantalizing tweet from a developer. Twitter's Alex Payne (aka @al3x) set a small fire in the tech blogosphere (does anyone still call it that?) when he let slip the following delicious tidbit on Saturday afternoon: If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You...

Windows Mobile 7 coming soon -- here's some leaked details

With the Mobile World Congress now just around the corner on February 15th, details of Windows Mobile 7 have started to leak -- and judging by the comments over at PPCG, it doesn't look like good news. It seems like, for all intents and purposes, we're going to be getting a Microsoft Zune Phone. The following technical details aren't official, so they could just be a mix of guesswork and rumor...

Foursquare's newest competitor is ... Facebook?

It's really not Foursquare's week. Just after they'd launched Foursquare Everywhere, an awesome update that took Foursquare checkins worldwide, we saw a flurry of announcements from competitors both old and new. Yelp is in the game now, and Foursquare's main nemesis, Gowalla, just rolled out some snazzy new features. If you thought this pool couldn't get any more crowded, think again, because...

Twitter working on live video tweets?

According to an unsourced story from the Telegraph, Twitter's founders have been throwing around the idea of bringing live video posts to the site. The post describes mobile video uploads posted directly to users' profiles, as opposed to posting links to short videos, a la Tweetube or Twiddeo, but there's not much more to the story. If the rumors are true, it's going to bring some speculation...