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Today's Tech: Samsung confirms MWC Galaxy Note 8 debut, Atari bankruptcy woes, and RIM flirts with BB10 licensing

It is now less than 10 days until Research In Motion finally unveils the next iteration of its BlackBerry platform, but the Canadian firm is already looking beyond launch night and pondering how best to maximise the long-term impact of the new OS. According to CEO Thorstein Heins, one strategy may involve RIM licensing out BB10 to other handset manufacturers - something that was first mooted back in August. Will setting BB10 free be enough to boost RIM's dying influence in the mobile arena?

HMV's hard times may be coming to an end thanks to a little help from its friends. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that leading entertainment firms Sony, Warner and Universal are aiding HMV, offering to sell their products for less in a bid to make the embattled retailer a more attractive option for shoppers. The ploy has seemingly worked, with some 50 companies now purported to be interested in purchasing the high street vendor. HMV has also decided to bring back trade in vouchers as the company seemingly cannot afford the bad press its controversial bar invoked.

We've had our hopes pinned on next month's Mobile World Congress for the unveiling of a series of new Samsung mobile devices. While many have pointed to the much-rumoured Galaxy S4 as a possible contender for release at the event in Barcelona, new reports suggest the South Korean company is preparing to launch an 8in version of its Galaxy Note tablet. The prospective spec sheet also includes 2GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel camera. Read on for more details about the forthcoming mid-sized tablet.

The US arm of pioneering computer entertainment firm Atari has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as it looks to separate itself from troubled French parent firm Atari SA. Atari Inc and three related companies are reportedly looking to secure third-party funding of some $5.25 million (£3.3m) to continue developing digital and mobile games independent of fiscal woes. Atari SA has been experiencing financial difficulties for some time now, with American operations representing one of the few bright spots for the complexly structured organisation.