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Late News: Microsoft Office 15 Beta, AT&T Withdraws T-Mobile Merger Application, Barack Obama on Google+

The next generation of productivity suite by Microsoft Corporation, that is codenamed Office 15, will probably see a beta release in the month of January next year. WinRumors, citing some sources related to the developments, reported that the software giant is working towards achieving a milestone for the full beta version to be launched in late January, 2012.

The Open Rights Group has criticised Nominet's decision to take down websites at a ‘mere' request from law enforcement agencies. UK based domain name provider Nominet had opened a consultation on coming up with ways to help law enforcement agencies take down criminal websites.

US wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile have withdrawn their merger application filed with the Federal Communications Commission, giving an indication that AT&T has given up for now. AT&T had caused a stir by announcing that it intends to acquire T-Mobile, the fourth largest mobile phone carrier in the US, for $38 billion.

If high-end server market is ruled by the Xeon chips then the leader of lower-end microservers might be the historic Pentium processor with a revamped architecture. As a matter of fact, the chip making giant Intel has recently started shipping the latest version of the Pentium chip which is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture with 32nm-the dual core 350 with a clock speed of 1.2GHz along with 3MB cache.

US President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign team has opened an account on the Google+ social networking platform. The Obama for America page has been +1'd by 6,235 as of this writing and the number is expected to increase significantly as 2012 comes nearer.

Ravi Mandalia
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.