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Late News: Android 5 'Jelly Bean', Vodafone & Visa Launch Mobile Wallet, Chrome Hackers to be Rewarded

Google seems to be reluctant to disclose details regarding the forthcoming edition of its flagship mobile OS platform Android. Off late, there were reports about the search giant planning to roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich successor on a new handset this summer. Google never confirmed these speculations though.

Mobile network operator, Vodafone, has revealed their latest smartphone technology that will allow shoppers to use their handset as payment instead of cash or cards at the checkout. Vodafone has teamed up with Visa to let UK users this autumn purchase goods or services through the use of either waving or tapping their smartphone device.

Google has announced luscious cash rewards, totalling $1 million, for individuals who hack into its Chrome browser at the CanSecWest security conference scheduled to be held next week. Based upon the severity of the exploits the participants demonstrate during the event, the search giant will be awarding them with $20,000, $40,000 and $60,000 in cash.

This Monday saw IBM dismiss over 250 employees from its various offices all over the United States. According to company sources, the job cut was unannounced and hit staff members from both IBM's outsourcing and IT services unit. Caught in the crossfire were the following casualties: 183 employees from the Global Technology Services (GTS) unit, 59 workers from GTS's Public Sector Delivery and Global Accounts unit and a further 18 employees from the corporate marketing and communications division

Proview Electronics revealed that the company plans to regain iPad name's worldwide rights and thus will file a suit against Apple alleging fraud as well as unfair competition. Through the suit, Proview Electronics hopes to establish the 2009 trademark sale was void. On Monday, the company stated that they have amended the earlier lawsuit file at Santa Clara, California's Supreme Court at the beginning of this month.