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Late News: Google Buys 1023 IBM Patents, Nokia Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Launch, BIOS Rootkit

In an attempt to fortify Android against lawsuits, search engine giant Google has acquired more than 1,000 patents related to mobile technology from International Business Machines. According to Bloomberg, transfer papers filed with the US Patent and Trademarks office reveal that Google acquired 1,023 patents from IBM on August 17.

Nokia has confirmed that the first Nokia smartphone running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform will be released by the end of this year. Speaking to the media in China, Elop stressed that the device will be launched by the end of this year but on a country by country basis, which for some markets, would mean that it will launched in the first quarter of 2012.

Shares of ARM jumped by more than four per cent yesterday after Microsoft showcased a slew of tablets, both ARM-based and Intel-based, running the company's next generation operating system, Windows 8, at its BUILD developer conference. ARM is expected to be the biggest winner of Microsoft's current transition from a desktop-focused environment to one where mobility prevails and is likely to displace Intel as its most important strategic partner especially as Windows Phone grows in importance over the next 12 months.

A group of security researchers have recently found a new and quite complicated rootkit, aimed at victimising computers’ BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). Such is the threat level of this newly discovered rootkit that not only it is tough to detect and successfully carry out the extermination process, the threat persists even after physically replacing the hard drive of the system itself.

Apple has removed an app from its French App Store which allowed people to determine whether a particular politician or celebrity is Jewish or not. The iPad maker was forced to remove the ‘Jew or not a Jew’ app after France based anti-racism groups rallied against the company and threatened to file a lawsuit against it.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.