International news roundup: what made news this week

Intel to acquire Mindspeed’s wireless infrastructure division to cater to the telco market

In a blog, Intel confirmed its plans to buy the wireless assets of Mindset Technologies, a fabless semiconductor manufacturer, to gain a team with an experience in delivering signal processing-related technologies and IP for base stations.

The amount of the deal has been left undisclosed. Intel aims to reduce the networking workload experienced by carriers and service providers with the help of its newly obtained resources. Intel plans to use these resources to scale up its mobile infrastructure and networking hardware.

The wireless infrastructure division has sites in Bath, UK; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Shenzhen and Beijing, China. More details will follow after the deal has been signed.

Most searched Google terms in India in 2013

Google recently released this year’s list of the most popular search keywords in different countries.  In India ‘Chennai Express’, ‘IPL 2013’, ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘UIDAI’, ‘GATE 2014’, ‘Bigg Boss 7’, ‘Jiah Khan’, ‘Krrish 3’ and ‘Grand Masti’ lead the charts.

According to Google, Bollywood and Cricket are the linchpins of India’s Internet. Even though a majority of the terms are related to the entertainment industry, a surge in the appearance of GATE 2013 reflects the near-constant burst of search terms related to examinations and their results at all academic levels as the Indian year goes by.

Facebook planning to acquire India’s Little Eye Labs for USD 10-15 Mn

Facebook is planning to acquire Bangalore based startup Little Eye Labs. According to a report by TechCrunch, the two companies the deal amount could go upto USD 15 Mn and the final announcement could be made by mid-January.

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Little Eye Labs is a year and a half old startup from GSF Accelerator. It has created a tool that allows Android app developers to measure their apps’ performance for various parameters like memory, power and wireless data, to further analyze and optimize their apps.

This move by Facebook could be a part to take its own mobile app a step ahead of its competitors, with Twitter being one of them, which is soon going to launch offline tweets.

Google acquires military robot maker firm Boston Dynamics

Google has recently acquired Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company, reports the Verge. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, nor has been the reason behind this acquisition

Google told the New York Times  that existing contracts — including a USD 10.8 Mn contract inked earlier this year with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — would be honored.

Boston Dynamics is a robotics company best known for the development of military grade robot, BigDog, that can handle ice and snow.

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