Tech wrap: HP opens webOS software to others

December 9, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is keeping webOS, the mobile operating system, but will submit it to developers and companies, potentially taking on Google’s free Android platform that is popular with handset makers.

Hitachi and Sony “have teamed up to supply Apple with 4-inch LCD displays for an unspecified iOS device that will hit the market in 2012,” Apple Insider reports.

Bloomberg reports that “Amazon.com should end its price-checking promotion because it gives consumers an incentive to gather price data from small retailers and leave stores without spending money,” Senator Olympia Snowe said.

The world’s No. 1 online social network Facebook is preparing for a blockbuster initial public offering that could create more than 1000 millionaires.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen said he is not interested in the chief executive job at Yahoo Inc, the Internet company that is currently fielding investment offers from various firms.

Controversial advertising software is “wreaking havoc on the ad businesses of Web giants including Facebook, Google and Yahoo,” inserting a layer of ads on websites or covering up other paying ads, reports Emily Steel at the Wall Street Journal.

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