The Byte: Google's Buy Approved, HDDs Soar, Sony’s Smart Socket

The Byte, Feb. 14, 2012: The European Commission and US Department of Justice approved Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Hard disk drive prices will remain unusually high until 2014 due to flooding in Thailand. A humanoid robot named Jennifer shoots and scores on the ice. Sony Smart Sockets can control power consumption by appliance, user or power source.

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