Research In Motion will reveal two new phones in January, Facebook is testing new features, and Apple makes a patent deal with HTC.
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Mark the calendar on January 30. That's when
Research in Motion will launch the next BlackBerry phones
. Also in Monday's tech news roundup:
- Facebook is testing out new features. Some users can reply directly to someone's comment on a post, according to Mashable. And VentureBeat reports Facebook is also testing notification sounds.
preview of the Skype app
for Windows Phone 8 is now available to download.
YouTube will cut funding
to about half of the original shows it backed last year, according to Ad Age.
- Apple and HTC have ended two years of bitter patent disputes. The companies
agreed to a 10-year joint licensing agreement
for all current and future patents. Although financial details were not released, one analyst estimates
Apple will be getting about $6 to $8 in fees
for every HTC phone sold.
- Looking ahead to Tuesday, expect to hear more about the Droid DNA. HTC was expected to announce the Droid DNA at a New York event on Tuesday, but Verizon accidentally published a website
confirming its existence
(and then took it down). CNET will be
live blogging the Droid DNA announcement
, which starts at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern. Also on Tuesday, there's a report that Microsoft may release a
preview version of Internet Explorer 10
for Windows 7.
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