Stories for Jun. 19, 2014

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The patent wall in Tesla, following Tesla's move to embrace an open source philosophy for its patents. Image courtesy of Tesla.

The patent wall in Tesla, following Tesla’s move to embrace an open source philosophy for its patents. Image courtesy of Tesla.

Last week Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla planned to embrace an open source philosophy for its patents and had removed the patent wall in its headquarters. A week later, this is what the wall where the patents were looks like. For more on what Musk did — and did NOT do — with the patent news check out Jeff Roberts’s analysis.

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Taking advantage of the lightweight mobile app trend pursued by social companies like Foursquare and Facebook, LinkedIn announced on Thursday that it has a new app for iPhone designed just for jobseekers. The app, LinkedIn Job Search, is fairly straightforward: Users can search for opportunities in their field, receive recommendations based on saved searches and make use of an easy way to fill out applications. The most interesting thing about the app is that none of the activity will post to LinkedIn, making it easier for stealthy jobseekers to follow companies and apply without notifying their network.

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When Samsung announced its new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S — “S,” like the phone — the only release date guidance we got was July 2014. Well, the AMOLED-packing tablet will be available for sale sooner than expected: according to a post on the US Samsung blog, both sizes will go on sale on June 27. As expected, the smaller, 8.4-inch version will cost $399. The 10.5-inch version will cost $499. Versions with cellular capability are on their way, but we still don’t know the price or the date.

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Twitter has acquired San Francisco-based video sharing startup SnappyTV, both companies announced Thursday without spilling any beans about the financials of the deal. You may have never heard of SnappyTV, but chances are, you’ve seen some of its work on Twitter before: SnappyTV has helped Turner to share March Madness clips in near-realtime, and also powered the video cards of numerous other TV networks. With the acquisition, Twitter obviously wants to bolster its own media chops, but the company promised Thursday that SnappyTV customers will continue to be able to share media on Facebook and elsewhere as well.

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