Tech news from around the web:

  • Geekwire has been looking at the rumours surrounding the next version of the Windows PC operating system. As well as adopting the tabbed command strip from Micorosoft Office, Windows 8 – or whatever Microsoft decides to call it -  will also have Kinect sensor technology and elements of the Xbox Live interface as well as an alternative interface for touch-based tablet computers that uses tiles and works more like a mobile operating system.

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  • Facebook appeared to move a step closer to an IPO with its appointment of David Ebersman as chief financial officer. He joins from biotech company Genentech and is the “someone with public company experience” that Facebook said it had been seeking.
  • The European Union has endorsed a decision by 17 mobile phone companies to agree on standard chargers for mobile phones. The move to the mini-USB standard should mean “interchargeable” phones will be in stores in 2010.

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