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Lunch Break Tech: December 9, 2011

Lunch Break Tech is back in a new weekly format!

Here are this week’s technology headlines:

HP donates WebOS to Open Source Community
» “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices,” said the firm’s president and chief executive, Meg Whitman. - BBC News

Panasonic enters the smartphone market
» Panasonic said Friday it would venture abroad to sell smartphones, beginning with Europe in March and then expanding to the U.S., China, and rest of Asia. – PC World

Facebook begins official rollout of Timeline
» Facebook officially took the “beta” label off its much-publicized Timeline this evening, but it’s rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post this evening. Other regions will get it in the “near future.” – Mashable

Acer focusing on Ultrabooks in 2012
» Acer’s financial troubles are mounting, but its CEO insists that he knows what will return the company to profitability: ultrabooks. - CNET News

Department of Justice investigates E-Book Pricing
» The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday confirmed that it is investigating the pricing of electronic books, the latest antitrust watchdog to probe whether there was improper collusion by Apple Inc. and publishers to prevent discounting. – Wall Street Journal

India asks Facebook and Google to screen user content
» The Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory content before it goes online, three executives in the information technology industry say. – New York Times

French corporation bans internal email, goes social + IM
» French company Atos has just banned the use of email within the company. Instead, having concluded that the vast majority of email is just time-wasting noise, it is switching all employees to a Facebook-like interface and instant messaging. – Business Insider

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