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17 May 12 Diablo III Delays; Android Jellybean Details; Synced Tabs for Chrome

Topping tech headlines on Tuesday was the launch of Diablo III. PCMag’s Jeff Wilson got a few minutes with the game in the early-morning hours; check out his first impressions and come back later for a full review.

Other players weren’t so lucky, with many encountering the dreaded “Error 3006″ thanks to server overload. Activision Blizzard was forced to take the Diablo III servers offline at least twice on Tuesday to fix “several issues” that were impacting the game.

In other news, Google reportedly plans to give multiple mobile device makers early access to its next version of Android, dubbed Jellybean. The new strategy would be a major shift away from Google’s current practice of working with a single maker of smartphones or tablets on a “lead device” based on a new Android release.

Google also released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser that adds tab synching to the mix. Users who are signed into Chrome will be able to surf the Web using Chrome on their work computer and pick up where they left off on a personal laptop at home, for example.

And in Facebook news, a new AP-CNBC poll found that about 46 percent of people believe that the social network will “fade away as new things come along.” But another 43 percent believe Facebook is here for the long haul. Meanwhile, Facebook moved quickly – again – to address concerns that it wasn’t doing enough to satisfy mobile users by buying the developers of the Lightbox Android photo app.

Also topping headlines on Tuesday:

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16 May 12 Facebook Buys Lightbox Android Photo App

Facebook moved quickly – again – to address concerns that it wasn’t doing enough to satisfy mobile users, buying the developers of the Lightbox Android photo app.

Lightbox announced the deal in a blog post. However, the company also made it clear that Facebook was not acquiring the company or the photos that users had stored on the Lightbox website, just the developer team.

Lightbox also provided a download link so that users could export their photos, if they so chose. Users will only be able to use until June 15. The company is not accepting new signups.

Lightbox is actually quite similar to Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion at the beginning of April. (Instagram was originally only an app for Apple iOS devices, but later released an Android version that nabbed 1 million downloads almost immediately.

Touting itself as “the connected camera,” Lightbox allows people to use their Android phone to take photos, apply filters, geolocate the photo, and identify the place where it was taken, as well as post to Twitter and Facebook, naturally. So far, however, Lightbox only runs in Android and HTML5 versions, meaning that the developers may be asked to beef up Facebook’s Android application, which was recently boosted with larger photos.

On its blog, the Lightbox developers said that they were excited to develop apps for Facebook’s 500 million mobile users, from which the company has admitted having a difficult time generating revenue.

“We started Lightbox because we were excited about creating new services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we’re honored that millions of you have downloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with the Lightbox community,” Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, the Lightbox founders, wrote.

“Today, we’re happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users,” they said.

Tran and Patel said that in the coming weeks the two would be open sourcing portions of the code to Github.

Users reacted negatively to the announcement. “I liked [that] I could keep my lightbox works separate… else i would be spamming my fb every day with photos and that not only would be a mess, my friends would no longer be able to follow me or even find me amidst all that clutter. I am not pleased with this move,” wrote someone who identified himself as Peter Lamm.

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