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AM News: Nokia Lumia 900 Teardown, Twitter Fixes Mentions Issues, Samsung's New Mobile Ad Platform, Yahoo to Axe 2000 Jobs

A teardown carried out by Techrepublic (opens in new tab) revealed that the Lumia 900 is still far behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X and the Apple iPhone 4S when it comes to hardware which the publication calls "mediocre". The handset, which was unveiled earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, comes with a single piece polycarbonate case, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen with a 800 by 480 pixels resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, an eight megapixel camera with a front-facing one-megapixel one plus a 1080mAh Li-Ion battery.

The 4.1.3 version of the Twitter app for Apple's smartphones and tablets (opens in new tab) was released on Tuesday on iTunes. Users can finally receive updates for Mentions and Interactions in the Connect tab without being annoyed by technical issues. This weekend, Twitter fans noticed that their iOS application stopped working properly.

Samsung joined forces with OpenX Technologies Inc (opens in new tab) to offer a mobile advertising platform competitive enough to contend with similar services offered by Google and Apple. AdHub Market will allow advertisers to focus their commercial messages on Samsung's tablets and smartphones. Beginning om the second half of 2012, app developers and Samsung will sell spaces within mobile devices to advertisers.

Yahoo, the Internet giant located in Silicon Valley (opens in new tab) will lay off approximately 2000 employees today or in the following few. Moreover, this will be just a warm-up for officials, as more and possibly bigger rounds or firings are expected to hit in a couple of months. These changes in personnel are part of a restructuring plan projected by the new CEO, Scott Thompson, and should affect all departments, with the product division being hit hardest.

Google and Paramount have struck a deal to provide YouTube (opens in new tab) with over 500 of the studio's back catalogue of movies, with Google Play Store users also gaining access.This most recent addition brings the list of available motion pictures on the services to an impressive 9,000.

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.