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Germany Probes Facebook; Galaxy Note 10.1 Hits Today; Google Play Loses Flash Player
Topping tech headlines on Tuesday: German officials re-opened their investigation into Facebook facial-recognition, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 release date, and Adobe pulled its Android Flash Player app from Google Play.
Didn’t have time to check out the tech headlines yesterday? Here’s what you missed. German officials re-opened their investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology. Johannes Caspar, a data protection commissioner from Hamburg, said that his office has not been able to come to an agreement with Facebook over the use of facial-recognition software.
Meanwhile, tablet news also made headlines as Samsung announced that its Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available in the U.S. on Aug. 16. The tablet will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors for $499 and $549, respectively. Also on the tablet front, a few new tidbits about what Apple’s more compact iPad will look like have emerged. 9to5Mac this week suggested that the device will resemble a “big iPod touch” with a thinner border around the edge than the 9.7-inch iPad, as well as separate volume buttons.
In other mobile news, Adobe yesterday pulled its Flash Player app from the Google Play Store. The move followed Adobe’s 2011 decision to cease development of the software for mobile devices.
Also, the patent battle between Apple and Samsung continued on yesterday as Judge Lucy Koh urged both sides to try talking it out one more time. Lawyers for both sides said they would try, but an agreement is not likely.
Here’s some other tech news you might have missed Wednesday:
- Twitter Founders Unveil New Social Products: Branch, Medium: Obvious Corp., the company piloted by Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, showed off two new ventures this week: publishing platform Medium, and Web-based discussion site Branch.
- Sprint Offering $100 Gift Card With iPhone Purchase: The carrier really, really wants you to get an iPhone right now.
- Netflix Expands to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland: Broadband Internet users in the Nordic countries will be able to subscribe to Netflix and stream TV and movies on various connected devices.
- Microsoft Stops Publishing Windows Phone Apps Amidst Glitch: Redmond said the glitch only affected phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” from an earlier version of the OS.
- Unmanned, Hypersonic Air Force Jet Crashes During Test: The unmanned, autonomous X-51A is intended to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound.
- Pebble Provides Peek at Smartwatch UI: In the video, you can see developer Martijn test various iOS-friendly features on the iPhone and homemade prototypes.
- Microsoft Releases Windows 8 RTM to Developers: Windows 8 in its final form is closer than you think, and if you’re a developer, you can get it now.
- European Rabbis Ask Apple to Remove Anti-Semitic E-Book: The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) wants Apple to remove The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
- Pinterest Launches iPad, Android Apps: Social corkboard site Pinterest landed on Android devices and the iPad, while the company’s existing iPhone app got a boost.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag