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Daily Dose: Google Buys Motorola For 12.5 Billion

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Today, Google announced their acquisition of mobile phone company Motorola Mobility for 12.5 billion. According to the press release, Motorola Mobility will be run by Google as a separate business, and will remain a licensee of Android. Also, Android will continue to be an open platform.

Initial commentary from the respective CEOs of each company:

“Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”- Google CEO Larry Page

“This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”- Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha


Joyent Open Sources Cloud Operating System

Cloud computing software and service provider Joyent has ported KVM to SmartOS, its operating system, and has made the SmartOS accessible as a ready to install solution. The source code will be placed on GitHub.

From the press release:

"Joyent is the only vendor that offers enterprises and developers the best of both virtualization worlds in a single operating system: One can employ hardware virtualization with KVM when there are operating system dependencies, and operating system-level virtualization when the language runtime is important, as in a Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. With Joyent’s operating system-level virtualization, companies are able to host more users on a single server, realizing greater efficiency and increased revenue potential while saving on unnecessary hardware investments."

Click here to learn more.
Download the source code here.

Adobe Introduces Muse, A Code-Free Design Application

Adobe has introduced an application that caters to designers who don't wish to hand code.

Codenamed "Muse", it simplifies the process for designers, who can create and publish sites in a mock up fashion without handing it off to developers to code. One of the main reasons for the creation of Muse was an Adobe study that showed a great deal of designers were not interested in learning code- but wanted to create sites and digital content with the same ease as  Photoshop and InDesign.

Click here to learn more about Muse.

Windows 8 Blog Launched

Microsoft has begun their journey towards the 2012 Windows 8 launch with their new "Building Windows 8" blog, which will focus on a two-way dialog surrounding the engineering of the forthcoming Windows 8 release. Although there's no specific details about the operating system itself, it gives users a chance to engage in a conversation with the creators of the OS about the changes to come. The Windows 8 team has started a Twitter account, as well.




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