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Late News: Twitter Acquires Whisper Systems, Microsoft Kinect 2, Facebook Merck Debacle, Acer Iconia A200

Twitter has moved to acquire mobile security start-up Whisper Systems in order to give a boost to its security mechanism for smartphone users. Twitter, which has more than 100 million users, said that the acquisition will help the company provide greater security and privacy to its users.

The next version of Microsoft's highly popular motion sensing gaming platform Kinect will be powerful enough to read users lips and detect their moods. A member of the Kinect development team has told Eurogamer that Kinect 2 will be bundled with Xbox consoles and will feature improved motion sensing and voice recognition capabilities.

Facebook finally accepted and apologised for mistakenly allowing US based Merck & Co to gain control over the Facebook page of the German drug making company Merck KGaA. The social-networking giant blamed "administrative error" for this mishap and website's spokesman said, "We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Acer has had its yet-to-be-announced A200 Iconia tablet leaked in an advert for the product, before the company has officially unveiled the device. French website has managed to obtain the advert containing the tablet, along with publishing details of the A200 and its specifications.

Social networking giant Facebook is planning to raise $10 billion from an IPO, which it plans to float in Spring next year. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the planned IPO could value the company, which was started by Zuckerberg from his Harvard dorm room, at $100 billion.

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.