ITProPortal Morning Roundup 14-05-12

Days after it launched yet another vertical on its revered geek website, Slashdot, Geeknet has announced that it plans to conduct a review of strategic alternatives for online media business. These include Sourceforge, Slashdot and Freshmeat, with the first two being amongst the most iconic websites that populate geekdom.

Samsung has finally unveiled a new Windows Phone handset, one which will take on the likes of the ZTE Tania and the HTC Radar. Meet the GT-I8350 otherwise known as the Omnia M which will be available in Europe. The phone comes with Windows Phone 7.5, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 like the majority of other Windows Phone handsets on the market, a Super AMOLED 4in screen with a 800 x 480 pixels resolution, Wi-Fi, a 1500mAh battery, microUSB, BT, GPS, a five megapixel camera with flash and a front facing VGA camera, only 384MB RAM and 4GB onboard storage.

Google is apparently looking to buy social IM/network Meebo according to two sources familiar with the matter, cited by Allthings D. The publication says a $100 million offer has been put on the table and a deal is close. Meebo is a 7-year old startup with its most popular products being a web-based IM client (which we've used in the past but swapped for IMO.IM) and an on-site toolbar that populated a number of well known websites.

Adobe has made its cloud-based Creative Cloud service available in the UK on a subscription-basis. The company describes it as being a "hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work, one that revolves around Adobe Creative Suite 6. The latter includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional and more, all of which can be downloaded and installed; Creative Cloud adds Adobe Muse and Edge plus provides with file storage, sharing and web hosting in a convenient one stop shop.

Microsoft will offer Windows 8 for free to those customers who buy a qualifying Windows-based computer. The move, which has been repeated a couple of times in the past, encourages customers to continue buying products rather than wait for the next operating system is launched. Sources have told Cnet that the offer will be available for computers running Windows 7 Home Basic or higher.