Webwire: Yahoo names new CEO, Google buys patents from IBM

Staff writer
05 Jan 2012

Yahoo names PayPal's Thompson as CEO

Yahoo has appointed PayPal president Scott Thompson as its chief executive on Wednesday, hoping the well-regarded Internet technology and e-commerce expert will replicate his success at eBay and turn around the struggling company.


Google buys more smartphone patents from IBM

Google confirmed that it has added more IBM patents to its technology arsenal as smartphone rivals increasingly battle in courts over innovations. The search engine giant bought 188 patents and 29 patent applications related to mobile phones from IBM but did not disclose how much it paid.


Taiwan Mobile expects smartphone sales to grow this year

Taiwan Mobile plans to sell 1.4 million to 1.5 million mobile phones this year, of which 65% would be smartphones, says Sean Hsieh, vice president of Taiwan Mobile’s acquisition and terminal marketing division. The company also plans to sell 70,000 to 80,000 tablet computers this year.

Taipei Times

HTC to unveil quad-core, LTE handsets at MWC

HTC is reportedly planning to unveil new high-end smartphones powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 CPUs and Qualcomm's LTE-enabled MSM 8906 SoC solutions, respectively, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.


Nokia moves APAC headquarters to Beijing

Nokia is moving its Asia-Pacific headquarters to Beijing from Singapore as part of plans to raise business efficiencies and meet savings targets.

Wall Street Journal

2011 ends with 1 billion app downloads a week

Total weekly app downloads breached the billion mark for the first time in the final week of 2011. Almost half the 1.2 billion downloads occurred in the US, followed by China and the UK.


Google downgrades Chrome from web index after sponsored blog

The search engine giant has radically downrated its Chrome browser in its search index, effectively giving itself a slap on the wrist, after it became the object of "sponsored posts" where bloggers were paid to promote a video about it.

The Guardian

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