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Friday Digest: Google, North Korea, Sony, Mali


This is our new Friday Digest! Every Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news…

This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive. If you want to suggest a news to be added in the next Friday Digest, contact us.

 

Google Tablet Delayed Until July
Gadget lovers have been speculating about the 2012 release of the Google Tablet for months. Now, sources close to the project say the iPad competitor will debut in July. The Verge reports Google is pushing back the tablet’s previously anticipated May release, in an effort to cut prices. Manufacturers are working to bring the $249 price tag down to $199 or less. DigiTimes reports the lower price will help…

After $1B, experts see progress on autism’s causes
More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade researching autism. In some ways, the search for its causes looks like a long-running fishing expedition, with a focus on everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother, and how close a child lives to a freeway. That perception may soon change. Some in the field say they are seeing the beginning of a wave of scientific…

North Korea says rocket assembly almost complete ahead of launch
North Korea said the assembly of the satellite and rocket it plans to launch within the next week should be completed Tuesday, setting the stage for a move that has been widely criticized by other nations. The controversial launch will take place sometime between Thursday and Monday, the previously outlined window, Ryu Kun Chol, a senior North Korean space official said at a news conference in Pyongyang…

Sony Revises Expected Loss to $6.4 Billion
Sony more than doubled its projected net loss for the past financial year to ¥520 billion, its worst loss ever, as an additional tax expense hurt a company already battered by heavy losses in its television business, a strong yen and natural disasters in Japan and overseas. During a news conference at its headquarters in Tokyo on the projected annual loss, equivalent to $6.4 billion, the electronics and entertainment…

Lumia 900 Bug Discovered: Nokia’s Answer To The iPhone Suffers Software Issues
Nokia has found a software bug in its Lumia 900 smartphone, its answer to Apple’s iPhone, and is effectively giving the model away until it is fixed, blunting its bid to turn around its fortunes in the United States. Nokia’s first 4G phone, which it markets with the strapline “an amazingly fast way to connect”, can occasionally lose its data connection as a result of the bug, Nokia said. Though still the world’s…

Mali Swears In Interim President
Twenty-two days after a military coup ended more than two decades of democratic rule in Mali, the leader of the country’s national assembly was sworn in as interim president on Thursday. The official, Dioncounda Traore, a 70-year-old labor union activist who had been jailed in Mali’s earlier struggle against dictatorship, will lead a temporary government that aims to organize new elections within 40 days…




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