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AT&T & T-Mobile mulling joint venture if acquisition deal falls apart

AT&T & T-Mobile mulling joint venture if acquisition deal falls apart

Judging from all the rumors, it seems like that AT&T is looking at all of its remaining options in light of its withdrawn attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom AG. Wall Street Journal gives us the latest possible scenario, which is the possibility of AT&T and Deutsche Telekom teaming up together for a joint venture should the acquisition deal ultimately fall apart. And this would be apparently be a partnership that would entail the two telecom giants pooling their infrastructure together.

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Alibaba in talks with Softbank to lead Yahoo acquisition bid

Alibaba in talks with Softbank to lead Yahoo acquisition bid

Chinese internet group Alibaba is said to be involved in ongoing negotiations with Japanese telecom giant Softbank in an attempt to establish a bid for all of Yahoo (Alibaba already owns Yahoo's chinese business group, in exchange for a 40% stake in Alibaba and 'strategic partnership' in 2005). Sources familiar with the matter have informed Bloomberg that leading private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital have also been tapped to participate in the acquisition talks.

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Arduino 1.0 release now available

Arduino 1.0 release now available

Arduino 1.0 is finally out, after many years of revisions and changes to "clean up the Arduino environment and language, as well as adding lots of additional features." For those of you that need a refresher, the Arduino open-source software development platform lets you program microcontrollers that're essentially the backbone behind insanely cool DIY projects that have been released in the last few years. This is great news for the open-source DIY electronics hacker community, marking the offical release of the Arduino software.

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Android 4.0 source code for x86 processors opening up to developers

Android 4.0 source code for x86 processors opening up to developers

For all of the Android developers out there, Google’s Android development team has opened up Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for x86 processors for both Intel and AMD systems. Take note that the release isn’t yet completely stable, there being some compatibility issues with Intel processors for sound, hardware acceleration, camera, and ethernet. On the flip side, Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility seems to be working just fine with AMD processors, Wi-Fi, sound, and hardware acceleration for AMD chipsets all good to go.

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New Apple HDTV coming within a year, rumored to be full-fledged TV set

New Apple HDTV coming within a year, rumored to be full-fledged TV set

Quite a few Apple HDTV rumors have broken onto the scene today, this time once again arising from renowned Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who took the stage at the IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning. In fact, according to his predictions, Munster is so certain an Apple TV will be launching in the next year, that he essentially told anyone in the audience who was thinking of purchasing a new TV to standby and wait, because Apple's new TV is going to be, well, in the most Apple-esque sense as possible, amazing. Well, we hope so too.

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Galaxy Nexus getting Flash and AIR support come December

Galaxy Nexus getting Flash and AIR support come December

We knew that Adobe was on track to roll out Adobe Flash support for Android 4.0 (and in particular, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) before the end of this year but, at that time, we didn't know the exact month, whether it'd be either November or December. Now, fast forwarding to today, Adobe has just tied up a couple loose ends and confirmed that Adobe Flash Player 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1 will both be heading to the Galaxy Nexus (and thus Android 4.0) at some point next month in December.

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Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

In just the last twelve months, Linux Mint has surpassed Ubuntu as the most popular open source operating system on open source ranking website DistroWatch. Why, you ask? Perhaps because the latter has been looking with a new perspective on the user interface, and begun aiming at mobile platforms instead. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu's advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.

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Google redesigns navigation bar for consistent user experience

Google redesigns navigation bar for consistent user experience

Search giant Google's just announced a completely redesigned navigation bar that aligns with the redesigns we've already seen for Google Search, Maps, News, Reader, and Gmail. The dark gray on top has finally been removed, the redesigned bar opting for a light gray tone across all Google products for a more consistent user experience. Hovering your mouse pointer over the Google logo drops down a menu with links to Google+, Image Search, Maps, and other products, gone are the static links for Google Calendar or Docs. The Google+ push clearly continues here with a share button integrated across all Google properties (something that Google is seemingly trying to do with every Google product they've introduced).

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Microsoft sells nearly 1 million Xbox 360s in record week in Xbox history

Microsoft sells nearly 1 million Xbox 360s in record week in Xbox history

The aging Xbox 360 just recorded the biggest sales week in its not-quite-venerable history, moving nearly one million units over the seven day period, specifically selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday. For a console that's entering the seventh year of its product lifestyle, that's one very impressive statistic. Of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the pivotal factors here, but the numbers themselves are still stellar, to say the very least.

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Acer, Lenovo to launch quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablets early next year

Acer, Lenovo to launch quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablets early next year

Rumors have surfaced that Acer and Lenovo are launching their quad-core Tegra 3 tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first quarter of 2012. While the companies haven't specified what models they're going to launch, Digitimes suggested that Acer's Iconia Tabs, the upcoming Lenovo tablet, and a future Samsung Galaxy Tab would all be unveiled at CES, or Mobile World Congress next year. The tablets are expected to be priced between $459 and $599, which would put them essentially in direct competition with the iPad.

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