Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Gecko Design to add to the Google X Lab team. Google X is known for building the self-driving car, Google Glass, and Project Loon. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Here is what Gecko Design wrote:
The SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket exploded over Texas on Friday evening. The rocket destroyed itself due to an internal fault. Here is a statement that SpaceX sent out:
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to launch Windows 9 next month during a special press event, according to The Verge. Windows 9 has the code-name “Threshold.” The date may be subject to change, but this version of Windows is expected to be available as a preview version for developers on September 30th. The technology preview will show developers what the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9 looks like. The Charms bar feature has been removed too. The new version of Windows is expected to have an early version of Cortana.
The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 is expected to launch next month, but the initial availability may be limited. Sources with Reuters said that the backlight for the new phone had to be revised. Apparently the backlight was not bright enough and production has been put on hold. There is reportedly two sizes expected for the iPhone 6 — one with a 4.7-inch screen and another that is 5.5-inches. Both of the screens are much larger than the 4-inch screen size on the iPhone 5S.
Samsung Mobile’s official U.K. YouTube page has posted a video of the Samsung Galaxy S5 taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What a clever way to show that the Galaxy S5 is waterproof. However, the S5 has challenged the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8 and the Nokia Lumia 930 to take the same challenge.
There is a law student in Austria that filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) for privacy violations. It gathered support from 60,000 users and passed the first legal review.
Zumigo announced that it has raised $6 million in Series B funding led by Intel Capital with participation from other investors like Aligned Partners. Zumigo is a startup that provides mobile device location and identity verification solutions.