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November 27, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Nov. 27, 2012

Google’s $400M Purchase of ICOA a Hoax

Reports that Google purchased Wi-Fi provider ICOA Inc. for $400 million Nov. 26 are false, says ICOA’s chairman and CEO.

George Strouthopoulos, in an e-mail to Reuters, said his firm has never had acquisition talks with Google calling the press release posted on PRWeb early Nov. 26 a “hoax.”

PRWeb, a host site for press releases, said in a statement it has removed the “fraudulent” press release and contacted the authorities to look into the matter.

Strouthopoulos told Reuters his company would also report the occurrence to the authorities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Strouthopoulos said his company is investigating the source of the phony announcement, which appears to have originated from Aruba.

Neither Google nor law enforcement officials would comment on the matter.

ICOA, located in Warwick, R.I., owns or operates Wi-Fi wireless access services in 40 states and is a national provider of wireless and wired broadband Internet networks in high-traffic public locations such as airports, hotels, marinas, restaurants and parks.

iPad Dominates Mobile Thanksgiving Shopping

The iPad dominated mobile shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a report by IBM.

The iPad dominated tablet traffic at 88.3 percent followed by the Barnes and Noble Nook at 3.1 percent, Amazon Kindle at 2.4 percent and the Samsung Galaxy at 1.8 percent.

The iPad also generated more traffic than any other tablet or Smartphone, reaching nearly 10 percent of online shopping. This was followed by iPhone at 8.7 percent and Android 5.5 percent.

Overall, 58 percent of consumers used Smartphones compared to 41 percent who used tablets to surf for bargains on Black Friday.

IBM collects its data by tracking online retailers with its Digital Analytics Benchmark product. These stats come from tracking clothing retailers, department stores, health and beauty sites, and home goods retailers, IBM says.

Samsung sells 5M Galaxy Note II

Samsung has sold five million Galaxy Note II tablets globally in just two months.

Despite stronger than predicted early sales, the combination Smartphone-tablet was unable to out-sell the Galaxy S 3 Smartphone, the South Korean firm’s No. 1 seller. Samsung announced Nov. 5 it had sold 30 million of the devices in just five months.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note II device in the U.S. in late October.

Although the so-called “phablet” could not out perform the Galaxy S 3, it did out-sell its predecessor.

The original Galaxy Note sold 3 million in three months.

From Pinterest to Chinterest

First there was Pinterest, a virtual pinup board, then there was Chinterest, a site that celebrates … you guessed it, the chin.

“Chinterest lets you give your chin the stage it deserves — upload your chin, share it with others and celebrate all that is mighty about the chin — then browse other chins and realize that you are not alone in your appreciation of all things chin,” reads the site’s about page. “We are all chindividuals.”

The site, created in May of this year, also has a Facebook page. According to the site’s Facebook page, Chinterest was birthed by a group of people with a desire to offer a venue where people can express their “interest” in chins.

“Why chins? They’re unique, powerful, stable, and everyone has one,” the page reads. “There is crimson, cleft, round, pointy, double, and bearded, to name a few. Don’t want to join? Then you may not comprehend the beauty of God’s creation in the lower face.”

So far the page has 42 likes.