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AM News: Facebook Acquires 650 Patents from Microsoft, SkyDrive Desktop Version Arrives, Vodafone to Sell Samsung Galaxy S3

Facebook has done a deal with Microsoft, (opens in new tab) buying $550 million in patents from the Redmond-based firm. Purchased initially from AOL earlier this month for the staggering amount of $1 billion, Facebook is now the proud owner of 650 patents. The original agreement between Microsoft and AOL consisted of the acquisition of 925 US patents and applications, as well as a licence to the rest of AOL's patents (around 300 of them).

Microsoft has announced the general availability of a desktop version of Skydrive (opens in new tab) which can be downloaded now and is the company's attempt to steal Google's thunder ahead of the imminent launch of Google Drive. Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky presented the various options that Skydrive will offer. Other than the usual web-based uploading feature, users will also be able to view and manage their personal SkyDrive from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista via a new preview app that has been rolled out in 106 languages worldwide.

If you really want to buy an Ivy Bridge processor (opens in new tab), the only place to you'd normally head would be Ebay where at least two Hongkong-based sellers have put up listings for Intel's just announced CPU family. Ivy Bridge is not set to go on sale until June 2012 which will give Intel's partner enough time to get rid of existing stocks. However, Technextday somehow managed to get hold of a few Core i5 3450 parts and sells them for £143.

Hours after Samsung put teaser site online (opens in new tab), UK mobile phone operator has put up a registration page for customers looking to receive updates about the Galaxy S3, the generic name given to the followup of the Galaxy S2. The page calls for customers to register to "Be one of the first to know about its amazing features - and how you can get it on a Pay monthly contract".

The most hated man on the Internet has turned over a new virtual leaf (opens in new tab), after selling revenge porn site to anti-bullying organisation BullyVille. After receiving naked photos submitted by spurned ex-lovers for over a year (along with comments as to why these pictures should be published on the site) IsAnyoneUp owner Hunter Moore took the decision to sell the domain to BullyVille founder Mr McGibney.

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.