World’s smallest movie created by moving individual atoms
AP: IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever - a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.
Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometres there are 25 million nanometres in an inch but hugely magnified, the movie is reminiscent of early video games, particularly when the boy bounces the ball off the side of the frame accompanied by simple music and sound effects.
NBC News: Facebook has unveiled Facebook Home, a new launcher the social network will offer for Android phones. The service, available for download April 12, works with apps already in your phone. Most Android phones will have access to the free software. However, HTC and AT&T will release the first phone with Home pre-installed, the HTC First.
Exxon once again ‘world’s most valuable company’ as Apple stock sinks
Mashable reports: Apple’s market cap plummeted below $420 billion on Friday after a disappointing earnings report earlier in the week, allowing Exxon Mobil to regain its title as the most valuable company by market cap.
Apple first overtook Exxon in August 2011. At its peak in September 2012, Apple’s market cap was $656 billion, about $240 billion more than Exxon at that time.
Facebook announces new search feature, Graph Search
JUST IN: Facebook says it will be releasing a new search feature for its site called Graph Search.
Graph Search is designed to take a precise query and deliver an answer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. He said it isn’t a Web search service, and that user privacy has been taken into consideration, according to The Next Web.
Google to license mobile patents in FTC antitrust settlement
JUST IN: Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission says.
These moves are part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation into the search leader’s business practices, the AP reports. U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results.
Photo: A Motorola phone displays the Google search page. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters)
Israel, Google partner to put Dead Sea Scrolls online
Israel and Google have partnered to put 5,000 images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, The Associated Pressreports.
The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.
AP reports that Israeli officials say this partnership is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.
Photo: A copy of a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented during a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference in Jerusalem today. (Dan Balilty / AP)
Microsoft has launched its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet. The Wall Street Journalreports Windows 8 is a critical product for PC makers counting on the software to rekindle sales of PCs.
iPhone 5 preorders top 2 million in first 24 hours
CNET: Apple says the iPhone 5 got more than 2 million preorders in its first 24 hours, doubling last year’s 4S launch. Apple says demand exceeded the initial supply. While a majority of orders will be fulfilled on Sept. 21, the company says many are scheduled to be delivered in October.
Photo: The iPhone 5 is seen next to an iPhone 4S. (James Martin / CNET)
UPDATE (3:15 p.m. EDT): Apple unveiled its iPhone 5 in San Francisco today, saying the new smartphone is 18% thinner, 20% lighter than iPhone 4S; new screen has 4-inch display. The company also provided information on iOS6, changes to the iPod nano and iPod touch, and introduced the newly designed ‘EarPods.’ Details on BreakingNews.com.
Amazon has unveiled new Kindle devices, including the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, a new Kindle Fire priced at $159, Kindle Fire HD in 2 models (7-inch and 8.9-inch), and another Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE wireless at 8.9 inches and 32 GB. It will cost $499.
Hackers associated with Anonymous claim to have stolen more than 12 million Apple device identification numbers and related personal data from an FBI computer. Read more on ZDNet.com.
Update (4:53 p.m. EDT): The FBI has issued a statement on the hackers’ claim.All Things Digital has the full text:
“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”