Technology News Briefs – Oct. 3, 2012

Samsung Mobile Leader

Samsung continues to be the leading handset manufacturer in the U.S., according to comScore data.

Among Smartphone operating systems, Apple’s iPhone and HTC’s Android were the only ones to see growth since May.

Android stands at 52.6 percent of all U.S. Smartphones, the comScore report found. Apple increased to 34.3 percent, while Windows Phones have yet to achieve a toehold in the U.S. market. Windows Phones shares stand at only 3.6 percent.

ComScore found 116.5 million people, or 49.5 percent of the market in the U.S., now carries Smartphones.

Update Makes StumbleUpon ‘Relevant’

StumbleUpon, the website discovery engine, is beta testing a new design reminiscent of Pinterest or MySpace.

Rather than vertical listings of site descriptions with small screengrabs to one side, the site is moving to horizontal rows of boxes with larger photos and colorful headers.

Other features include the ability to add any of your favorite pages to a list, which can then be followed by others, and an assortment of front page options including trending and activity.

Marketing Pilgrim is describing the refurbished site as good news for marketers.

“StumbleUpon’s new design is clean and relevant and an excellent showcase for your content,” the article says. “One thing to note: instead of a screengrab, this new design pulls a single graphic from the page. That means it’s more important than ever that you use bright, eye-catching photos when building your content.”

Motorola Drops Complaint Against Apple

Google holding Motorola Mobility has dropped its complaint of patent violation against rival Apple without explanation.

According to Reuters, in a brief filing with the International Trade Commission on Oct. 1, Motorola Mobility said it “was dropping without prejudice a complaint that Apple had infringed on seven Motorola patents.”

The two firms were in settlement talks in August. Google said in its filing, however, that “there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation,” Reuters reported.

The complaint can be re-submitted.

AOL to Distribute Videos Via YouTube

After years of keeping its videos off YouTube, AOL will, at long last, begin to distribute its clips on Google’s site, through 22 “branded channels.”

Under the revenue sharing deal, AOL gives YouTube access to clips it’s already making and then sells the YouTube inventory.

The videos will run using YouTube’s player, and the two companies split revenue.


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