Too busy preparing for the end of the world to check out the tech headlines yesterday? Here’s what you missed.
Facebook is testing a feature that will let select users pay $1 to send messages to people with whom they have no connection on the social network. Facebook said the option will only be presented to a “small number” of users in the U.S. at this point, and people will be limited to one paid message per week to start.
In other news, Google Play saw “tremendous growth” this year, according to a new report, which also found that developers can still succeed despite the overwhelming number of choices in major app stores. According to Distimo’s year-end review, Google Play experienced an aggregated daily revenue growth of 43 percent across 20 of the largest countries where the store is available. Daily revenue for the Apple App Store grew 21 percent in the same period.
Meanwhile, Apple was dealt a setback in its patent battle with Samsung this week when patent officials ruled that they should not have issued a key “pinch to zoom” patent to Cupertino. The U.S Patent and Trademark Office determination “rejects all claims” that Apple has to the ’915 patent, which covers the use of a single finger to scroll through a page, as well as using two fingers to zoom in and out.
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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413476,00.asp