Google Inc (GOOG): Nest is launching its smart products in Europe this month

Nest, the smart thermostat unit of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), is launching its smart thermostat and smoke detector in several areas of Europe in late September.

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) gets sued by Getty Images

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Getty Images is known for suing blogs and websites for using professional photos without a license, but now the company is going after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Getty Images filed the lawsuit against Microsoft claiming that the new Bing “Image Widget” tool is violating “massive infringement” of copyrighted images.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) hires renowned designer Marc Newson

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hired designer Marc Newson to join his friend Jony Ive. Ive is known for working closely with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to design many of Apple’s hardware products.

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TwitPic is shutting down after trademark dispute against Twitter

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TwitPic is shutting down after a trademark dispute against Twitter. Apparently Twitter threatened to cut off TwitPic’s API, which was the source of the content for all of TwitPic.

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DataStax raises $106 million

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DataStax is a company that licenses enhanced versions of the Apache Cassandra open-source NoSQL database. DataStax has raised $106 million in funding. DataStax now has a valuation of over $830 million, according to VentureBeat.

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Toshiba is releasing a $120 Windows 8 tablet

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Microsoft is partnering with Toshiba on a small screen tablet with a low price. Microsoft and Toshiba announced the Encore Mini at the IFA conference in Berlin. The Encore Mini is a 7-inch Windows powered tablet and is a smaller version of the 10-inch Encore 2 tablet released earlier this year.

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Narrative raises $8 million

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Narrative has raised $8 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures. True Ventures and Passion Capital also participated in this round. Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures is joining Narrative’s board of directors.

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Samsung’s Note Edge has a 5.6-inch curved display

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Samsung has announced a new smartphone called the Note Edge. The Note Edge has a 5.6-inch display with a curved right side. The Note Edge has adopted glass with enhanced strength to cover the curved display. The curved side of the Note Edge can display text messages and menu icons. The curved display operates independently when the 5.6-inch display is turned off. The Note Edge will be released in a small number of countries. The Note Edge will cost over one million won (around $982).