In April we reported that US-based bookseller Barnes & Noble was forming a partnership with Microsoft to combine Barnes & Noble’s digital eBook and College education businesses. The as-then unnamed company would be a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble but with Microsoft owning a 17.6% share.
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have now completed the partnership deal, naming the new company NOOK Media LLC.
Microsoft has put an official date for the Windows Phone 8 mobile OS in the diary.
It’ll be talking about - and presumably demonstrating - Windows Phone 8 to the press in San Francisco on 29th October, just a few days after the launch of its tablet and desktop Windows 8 operating system.
Motorola Mobility has updated its August announcement that around 20% of staff were to lose their jobs.
An official filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission notes that “Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.”
Samsung Electronics has announced its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2012. These figures are regularly revealed a few weeks ahead of the formal quarterly results announcement.
Consolidated operating profit is expected to be around 8.1 trillion Won (£4.5 billion).
Social network Facebook has confirmed that one billion people now regularly use the service. It actually passed the milestone figure of 1 billion active monthly users on 14th September.
600 million users currently access Facebook via mobile devices.