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an­nounced its in­ten­tion to sell off mo­bile hand­set man­u­fac­turer Mo­torola to Chi­nese f irm Len­ovo. The search en­gine gi­ant ac­quired Mo­torola’s hand­set di­vi­sion for $12.4bn and is now sell­ing it for just un­der $3bn. The catch is that Google will re­tain the patent port­fo­lio it ob­tained from the deal, which fol­lows an agree­ment with Sam­sung to share patents in de­fend­ing the An­droid ecosys­tem.

an­nounced de­cent re­sults for the last quar­ter and in­tro­duced a new app called Face­book Pa­per. In a bid to re­main rel­e­vant with hip­ster iPhone users, Face­book Pa­per of­fers a slicker, de­sign-driven in­ter­face for shar­ing con­tent free of the Face­book brand­ing and gen­eral nas­ti­ness brought to the plat­form by for­got­ten friends and em­bar­rass­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

is ex­pected to an­nounce the much-an­tic­i­pated Galaxy S5 ahead of sched­ule. The new smart­phone – a fol­low-up to the S4 – is ex­pected to be an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary. We don’t know much more than that, but with com­pe­ti­tion be­ing as hot as it is in the smart­phone space, Sam­sung will have to pull out all the stops to stay ahead of com­peti­tors like Ap­ple and ris­ing stars such as Sony.

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