Top tech headlines: Google voice search, Apple pays Nokia, Facebook iPad app

Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending June 17 include new search features from Google, Apple agrees to license patents from Nokia after long-running disputes, Facebook rumored to be working on new apps for iPhone and iPad, LulzSec releases thousands of names and passwords, and rumors of a next-generation Nexus smartphone emerge.

Google search by text, voice or image
Google showed off a slew of brand new search features at its Inside Search event including Voice Search for the desktop on Chrome, Search by Image on desktop, and the Instant Pages. The updates focus on saving valuable time when searching and making search easier for desktop users. The latest updates from Google "indicate that desktop software has finally started to look to mobile for inspiration," added GigaOM.

Nokia announces patent license agreement with Apple

Nokia announced that it had ceased its long-running patent disputes with Apple after Apple agreed to pay the company an undisclosed amount. As part of the new agreement between the two companies, Apple will provide Nokia with a one-time payment plus on-going royalties to license a number of patents. Under the deal, Apple is rumored to be paying Nokia "a whopping €8/$11.50 in revenue for each iPhone Apple sells," said ZDNet.

Facebook iPad app, secret photo sharing app

TechCrunch revealed photos of "Facebook’s secret photo sharing app" and the New York Times divulged details of Facebook's soon to be announced iPad app. According to TechCrunch, the new Facebook photo-sharing iPhone app is a "combination of Instagram, Color, Path, and even Path's new side project, With." The social photo sharing application has location-based elements plus likes, comments, a multi-picture mode, filters and face-tagging. It has been created using HTML5 and is thus highly portable to platforms like Android. The Facebook iPad app "has been carefully designed and optimized for the tablet," said the New York Times.

Hacker group LulzSec leaks passwords and email addresses  

Between 62,000 and 150,000 names, email addresses and home addresses were released by notorious hacker group Lulz Security (aka LulzSec) after they "successfully managed to hack Sony BMG, Nintendo.com, Sonypictures.com, PBS.org, Fox.com and its US X Factor contestant database, Sonymusic.co.jp and InfraGard websites," said The Next Web. During the week the group targeted the CIA and the US Senate while also "publicly attacking hacker group Anonymous," and setting up a "hack request line." Technology blogs linked to tools that enable users to check if their personal details were leaked.

Google Nexus 4G rumors
Photos and information about the third Google-branded Nexus device, the “Nexus 4G," were leaked to technology blog BGR. The ultra-thin Android handset "is going to be an absolute beast," said BGR. The smartphone will be equipped with either a dual-core 1.2 or 1.5GHz CPU and will have a "monster-sized" display. Also on the list of suspected features is a 5MP rear camera, a 1MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

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