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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, tech world, we're starting the day off right with some leaks of the newest system released by RIM, BlackBerry 10 in all its glory. Then the iPad 3 tips continue to flow - iPad 3 with 4G LTE, a teeny tiny iPad Mini, and there's a big tip about an iPad 8-inch iteration which, when combined with the other iDevices, would form Voltron. Meanwhile Google's Motorola buy is paving the way for future Nexus confusion.

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NASA retires its last IBM Z9 mainframe

NASA retires its last IBM Z9 mainframe

All the high-end space projects and space travel that go on at NASA require some serious computing power. For a lot of years NASA has operated IBM Z9 mainframe computers. NASA describes the Z9 mainframe as reliable, highly available, secure, and powerful. These machines were used mostly for transaction oriented needs that required lots of input and output such as reading and writing data from storage devices.

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IBM creates atomic storage device with only 12 atoms

IBM creates atomic storage device with only 12 atoms

The technology world is always marching on, and a big push is to make things like computers and storage systems smaller, faster, and higher capacity. That can get to be very tricky though with processes used for microprocessors and other tech already working at the nanometer level. IBM has created a new method of storing data, creating a storage device that needs an amazingly tiny number of atoms.

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Samsung crams 4,894 patents in its trolling quiver in 2011

Samsung crams 4,894 patents in its trolling quiver in 2011

I guess it's a sign of the technology times when a report surfaces about the patents landed by the biggest tech firms in the world and the first thing that jumps to mind is how much patent trolling that will allow. Data from IFI Claims Patent Services has been published that shows which firms in the tech world landed the most patents in 2011. IBM held the top place spot for 2011, for the 19th year in a row.

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Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

This week its become apparent that Google is continuing to work with IBM to build up their patent portfolio so that they can avoid as many 2011-esque litigations as possible through the new year. As SEO by the Sea notes, IBM worked with Google this past September and July to move patents from one portfolio to the other, while this past week (the last one in 2011) showed Google acquiring another 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM. Patents in this deal contain such names as blade servers, data caching, server load balancing, instant messaging applications, video conferencing, and a whole lot more.

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IBM sold PC business to China for government favor admits CEO

IBM sold PC business to China for government favor admits CEO

IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo in 2004 was an attempt to curry favor with the Chinese government, the CEO behind the deal has revealed, in the hope that ministerial approval would add up to increased enterprise adoption of IBM's remaining businesses. Samuel J. Palmisano, who stepped down as IBM CEO this weekend, oped for Lenovo rather than Dell and others in order to aid the Chinese "national goal" of global expansion for its corporations, the NYTimes reports.

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Microsoft, Google, and Intel continue to beat Apple in brand value

Microsoft, Google, and Intel continue to beat Apple in brand value

You would think with all the buzz and cult following that Apple generates it's brand value would be leading in the rankings, but that's not the case. According to consulting firm Interbrand's recently released top 100 Global Brands list, Apple is actually ranked number 8, behind Microsoft, Google, and Intel. And this is an improvement from its previous year's ranking.

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Apple licensed iOS patent to Nokia but Samsung deal collapsed

Apple licensed iOS patent to Nokia but Samsung deal collapsed

Assumptions that Apple uses its patent portfolio to strongarm rivals into costly, time-wasting revisions of hardware and software, rather than as a way to milk them of cash, may have to be reconsidered with the news that the Cupertino company has licensed out at least one of its UI elements. In fact, Apple apparently licensed an iOS "scrollback" feature to both Nokia and IBM, according to heavily-redacted legal documentation shared with The Verge, and indeed even offered a similar deal to Samsung back in November 2010.

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