After watching this week’s tech news, I was reminded of the quote attributed (or some would argue mis-attributed) to Senator Everett Dirksen in the US, “A billion here, a billion there…pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” Well this week Google spent some real money and HP made a big announcement…on to the news.

Google announces purchase of Motorola Mobility for a cool $12.5 billion

If you’re reading this, it’s hard to imagine you could have missed the week’s biggest news. Much digital ink has already been spilled about the purchase, but I’d highly recommend this post from the Foss Patents blog – a good analysis that dives further into the idea that this isn’t just a patent play for Google.

Disclosure: Motorola is an Edelman client

HP shuts down webOS devices

Big news broke on Thursday as HP announced they will stop producing its TouchPad tablet and webOS phones. Check out full coverage at Engadget. HP also spent a few billion dollars of its own, spending $10.3 billion to acquire search software company Autonomy, at the same time as announcing it intends to spin off its PC division.

Disclosure: HP is an Edelman client

Twitter now more Arabic friendly

ArabCrunch covers good news for Arabic users of Twitter, which now enables right to left text. In the past, the standard setup was particularly challenging when combining English and Arabic text (when using English hashtags for example), but this problem has been addressed in the latest update.

Happy Oasis: A Farmville for the Middle East

On a personal note, I had the good fortune to meet Suleiman Bakhit, founder of Aranim, which has produced a Facebook game call “Happy Oasis” which some have described as an “Farmville for the Middle East.” Check them out on Facebook – interesting to see a local, Arabic-led design leading the charge into the social gaming sphere.

Facebook usage in the Middle East – Infographic style

Finally, in case you missed it blogger Wissam Dandan posted an interesting infographic breaking down how Facebook is used in the Middle East.

One interesting stat highlighted is the Middle East has the lowest female population on social media. While PRNewser tells us, “Women in the Digital Driver’s Seat,” the latest stats indicate there’s still room to grow here in this region.

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Infographic By LEBSEO Design

Disclosure: Motorola, HP and RIM are Edelman clients.

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