"Google to acquire Motorola Mobility"
will start after this message from our sponsors.
Google to acquire Motorola Mobility
It's Monday, August 15th, 2011.
I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.
Com and it's time to get loaded.
In a move that has the potential to dramatically change the smartphone market, Google the search giant and creator of the Android Operating System has announced it is acquiring Motorala Mobility for a cool 12.5 Billion Dollars in cash.
That represents a 61% premium over the closing market price on Friday.
Google is like purchasing the 80 year old Motorola in part for his patent portfolio as Android has been embroiled in patent litigation lately.
Though we're not sure how Google says it is committed to Android being an open platform.
This however may force Microsoft to acquire Nokia or Research In Motion, now that Google will be able to close the Integrated Software and Hardware Design, in short, this is a big deal.
In other Google News, the company has released Chrome Beta 14, which should excite developers and users alike.
Everyone knows that Google has been pushing web-apps
Chrome 14 Beta will now let developers run apps written in C and C++ using it's native client framework.
Native code will allow developers to write intense applications like video games but Google promises it will remain very secure.
Also in the new beta are enhancements for Mac OS 10 Lion, Let support for full screen mode and print-preview.
In a city known for its modernity, San Francisco was the site of
What many critics would describe as a medieval act.
The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART, shutdown it's underground cellular phone service on Saturday over fears that protesters would use the service to organized train disruptions.
Demonstrators were threatening to protest the death of Charles Blaire Hill, who is shot dead by BART Police, after the police say he went after them with a knife.
BART says that it cease cell service for the day for the safety of its employees and passengers.
Hacker Collective Anonymous has now threatened to retaliate
By taking down the BART Website and inundating BART's phone, fax and email accounts.
RIM's Blackberry Playbook can't seem to get a little love these days, Sprint the nation's 3rd largest carrier has announced; it will not be carrying the tablet device.
The company says that it was a mutual decision that means that none of the nation's 3 largest carriers will be supporting the Playbook.
Sprint has said, it will be selling a version of the device as soon as this summer and that it will run on its 4G Wimax Network.
Finally, in a big technology news day, Adobe has debut a new
Beta application called Muse that is built on its air platform.
Muse will let users create and publish websites like they would create a website mock-up inside a Photoshop or Illustrator.
Adobe promises it will simplify the process for designers who currently have to either learn to translate their designs to code or pass along their files to a programmer.
Adobe used in-design programmers to create the software, which does not expose much code to the artist.
The company says that Muse has been designed to be a stand-alone product so far and will get a new name before the official release.
Those are your headlines for today.
I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.Com and you've just been loaded.