Google Shows Off Jellybean | Apple’s Win Over Samsung | FBI Arrests 24 Hackers

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jellybean.jpg The Next Web Today, developers will flock to downtown San Francisco for Google’s yearly event, I/O. The two big areas of interest this year are mobile and social, and the underlying story is how Google goes about fostering relationships with developers for all of its APIs, of which there are many. The New York Times At the conference, Electronic Arts will demonstrate Strike Force, a sophisticated multiplayer video game, complete with three-dimensional graphics and rich illustration, written in an Internet standard called HTML5 that enables the game to be played entirely through a Web browser. Reuters Google will soon unveil a tablet co-branded with Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc and priced to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire device, an Asustek executive said on Wednesday. Bloomberg Though Android has grabbed more than half of the smartphone market, tablets with the software have won less than half the iPad’s share, and will face new pressure from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which unveiled its own tablet last week. The Next Web A recent scan of a JavaScript file hosted on the Google Play marketplace by Reddit user ‘derpodactyl’ reveals that users will be able to download magazines and TV shows (and seasons) via the store, bringing more content to mobile device owners but more importantly, Google TV owners. Mobile Syrup Google is almost certainly going to show off its newest version of Android, Jellybean, tomorrow during the keynote address. Gizmodo Pictured left is the new Android Jelly Bean mascot just installed at Google’s headquarters.

Judge Halts U.S. Sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab (Reuters)
A U.S. judge on Tuesday backed Apple Inc’s request to stop Samsung Electronics from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, giving the iPhone maker a significant win in the global smartphone and tablet patent wars. All Things D “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products,” Judge Lucy Koh wrote in her order, adding that the strength of Apple’s case on the merits left her no choice but to grant the injunction. Digital Trends The Cupertino company first filed patent-related lawsuits against Samsung in April last year, claiming Samsung had “slavishly” copied various aspects of the iPhone and iPad in its design of the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. GigaOm We’ve embedded the full order from Judge Koh.

Zynga Moves Into Mobile Publishing with Phosphor Games, Clay Jam, Atari and Others (Inside Mobile Apps)
Zynga is moving into mobile publishing, announcing it will be working with Atari, Crash Lab, Fat Pebble, Sava Transmedia, and Phosphor Games to release five mobile games within the coming months. Zynga’s chief mobile officer David Ko revealed the news during Tuesday’s Zynga Unleashed media event. Developers who choose to partner with Zynga will have access to the company’s upcoming Zynga With Friends social network after it launches this summer. Inside Mobile Apps The game challenges players to match three or more colored tiles over the course of 11 asynchronous turns. Venturebeat These games aren’t likely to do much for the company’s reputation for cloning the games of other companies. Among the obvious titles that could draw flack is The Ville, which is a lot like Electronic Arts’ The Sims Social, a people simulator. Inside Social Games In Zynga’s defense, The Ville is an example of what the company does best: taking a game concept proven by another company, adding a layer of polish and social features, and then feeding it to a massive network of dedicated users on Facebook and mobile that trust the Zynga brand. Wall Street Journal Zynga’s new gaming lineup didn’t impress many investors. The stock dropped 5 percent to $5.76, continuing its recent descent. Analysts questioned whether Zynga’s new offerings were diversified enough. BBC “We actually had some little slogans around saying ‘keep calm and carry on,'” said Cadir Lee, Zynga’s chief technology officer, “which was to remind people you can work to make the business better and you’re not going to change anything about the share price until we do that,” AP “The overall tectonic shifts that are going on in games and more broadly in media are that everything is moving to becoming free, social and accessible. But we’re just at the beginning of that,” said founder Mark Pincus.