The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of the year that would allow Verizon to sell it in early 2011. It would be similar to the iPhone 4, but would be based on a different wireless technology – CDMA, which is used by Verizon. The WSJ’s sources are "people briefed by Apple".
Verizon says it is launching its 4G LTE network in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year.
Google is testing a new feature in its search results that shows full-page previews of sites. If this is to become a mainstream feature of Google, it could have tremendous implications for clickthroughs, because people will be able to see what they’re getting to click through to. Design is going to be more important than ever.
Facebook made some big announcements today. These include a new way to take your Facebook info with you if you want to leave the social network, a new way to see what apps are collecting data about you, what data they’re collecting, and when they’re collecting it, and an all new Groups feature that aims to make Facebook better for communicating with specific groups of friends. We also learned some other interesting things from Facebook.
The Libyan government seized the domain vb.ly from the URL shortener. Some have speculated that other companies with .ly domains (which are pretty popular these days) may have something to worry about.
Ad.ly tell us if that if such a situation were to happent to them, they have a back up plan.
The company tells WebProNews, "We have not be contacted by any officials on the matter," but "In addition to Ad.ly, we also own Adly.com – which we secured early as a resource should any need arise."
Gene Simmons says to protect your brand:
Logitech revealed its Revue with Google TV details, just a day after Sony’s Google TV remote made an appearance on Nightline. Engadget reports that the package will cost $299 ($179 if you’re on Dish Network) and will ship by the end of the month. The package includes the Revue with Google TV box, keyboard with integrated touch and directional pad, an HDMI cable, one IR blaster and 2 AA batteries.
Meanwhile, Apple TV is reportedly selling like hotcakes.
Reuters reports that HP will introduce new smartphones early next year, using the webOS software it acquired through its acquisition of Palm.
Twitter is still not for sale, despite many in the media fantasizing about Google buying it. Then again, how many people expected Randy Moss to get traded to the Vikings?
Motorola’s CEO said the company may spin off its mobile phone business early in the first quarter of next year, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.