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Noon News: Android Based Payment Service, Apple Acquires 200 Wireless Patents, Microsoft Retracts Ballmer's Statements

Google is on the verge of revealing an Android based mobile payments service. People familiar with the matter have told The Wall Street Journal that the company is planning to unveil a near-field communications based mobile payments system at an event in New York on Thursday.

Fujitsu has announced plans to bring its Global Cloud Platform to North America, with businesses getting a free three-month trial before signing up for the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. The company’s Global Cloud Platform is already available in the UK, Singapore, Australia and Japan. The platform supports Microsoft, Linux and CentOS open-source applications

iPhone maker Apple has enhanced its patent portfolio by acquiring over 200 patents related to wireless technology from Freescale Semiconductor. According to an article on patent law blog Patently-O, the company recorded a receipt of 200 patents and pending patents belonging to Freescale.

In an attempt by Barnes & Noble to further strengthen its position in the growing eBook market, the company has unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of its Nook e-reader. The new Nook e-reader, priced at $139, features a 15 cm (6 inches) display, and weighs almost 35% less than the earlier version, the company revealed.

Microsoft has retracted comments made by CEO Steve Ballmer about the Windows 8 operating system during a conference in Japan. Speaking during the Microsoft Developer Forum in Japan, Ballmer mentioned that the platform will be arriving in 2012 on different form factors including ‘slates and tablets’.