Google Sour Over Map Replacement and 4 Tech Titans on the Move

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) faces global criticism from angry users who claim that the social network has exposed their private messages to all of their “friends,” even messages from years ago. Since the sites profile pages were now reformatted in “timelines” extending backward to when a user first joined the network, some users have claimed that their friends have the ability to scroll back to earlier dates on their Timelines and to see what were supposed to be private messages.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) published a new patent today, which considers possibilities for future iOS mobile devices and adds tons of abilities that almost feel like sci-fi because of flexible display technology. Some of the things that were seen are tactile keyboards that rise up to meet the user’s fingers and a display that’s also a built-in surround sound system.

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt stated that Apple should kept using Google’s mapping application in iOS 6 instead of switching it for its highly criticized replacement, and since the criticism has been so widespread about Apple’s Maps app, this may prove to be correct.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): EU regulators prepare to slap Microsoft Corp with charges for its failure to comply with a 2009 ruling which will order it to offer users a choice of web browsers, the EU’s antitrust chief stated on Thursday. “The next step is to open a formal proceeding into the company’s breach of an agreement. We are working on this,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia informed reporters.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) issued a statement concerning “unsubstantiated” news regarding some comments that were made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini as he had a meeting with employees in Taipai. The statement is a response to a report that Bloomberg published on Tuesday based on an anonymous source who claims to have attended this company meeting. The source, who obviously was asked to not be identified, claims that Otellini informed the staff that Microsoft is eager to push Windows 8 out the door and on tablets, desktops, and laptops ASAP. The company is excited that Microsoft may ship the OS before it’s completely finished next month, and that improvements will likely still be necessary. Allegedly, he has stated that it’s the right move, and that Microsoft will be able to get back on track afterward.

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