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TechBits: tech news (05.30.12)

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Some of this week's top tech stories:

    The New York Times is reporting that Facebook may jump into the smart phone market.  It says Facebook hopes to have the phone out by next year.  Facebook has apparently hired a group of engineers who worked on the iPhone.  Some tech bloggers say it's  bad move for the company- because the smart phone market already has strong competition.

    Google is taking a second stab at its efforts to sell laptops.  It's re-introducing the Chromebook. It's hired Samsung to build the machines, which are based around Google's web services.  The next-gen Chromebooks came out on May 29th.  A model that only connects to the Internet by wi-fi runs $450.  A 3G enabled Chromebooks are $550.  The upgraded laptops have high-definition video and run even faster than the original line of Chromebooks.

     A hand-written memo from Steve Jobs could bring in about $15,000 at auction.  Sotheby's is auctioning off the memo Jobs wrote when he worked for Atari during the 1970's.  It gives some suggestions on how to improve the 'World Cup' game.  The auction is set for June 15th.