Noon News: Google Introduces Badge System, iOS 4.3.4 Jailbreak Released, Sony Ericsson Post Loss of €50 Million

Search engine giant Google has introduced a new badge system for Google News users, allowing them to collect badges related to their topics of interest and share them with others. According to a post on the Official Google Blog, users will be able to earn badges as they continue to read articles about their favourite topics.

Adding more to the worries of the iPhone maker, a recent firmware update from Apple which claimed to have fixed the loophole that allowed hackers to jailbreak Apple devices has itself been jailbroken. Though unfortunately the tool does not yet work for the iPad 2.

European application developers are withdrawing their apps from US app stores from the fear of getting sued by a patent troll like Lodsys. The failings of the US Patent laws have led several companies to not only attack established companies like Google and Apple but individual developers in the hopes of opening up new revenue lines from licenses.

Mobile phone joint venture Sony Ericsson has posted a loss of €50 million for the quarter ending June 30 due to supply chain disruptions. The company, confident about the second half and upcoming product launches, said that the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan had disrupted its supply chain, affecting mobile phone sales.

It might not mean much but Microsoft has just registered the domain name Microsoft-sony.com as well as sony-microsoft.com, something that some have speculated, may mean a common console product from two of the biggest players in the market but the truth might be a bit less exciting.