Roundup: Google forks rendering engine for Chromium Project, Samsung and Mozilla collaborate for next generation web browser engine

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Google forks rendering engine for Chromium Project

Google introduced a new rendering engine that will power its Chrome and Chrome OS. Named Blink, it’s a forking of WebKit engine that currently used by Chrome, Safari and newly joined Opera. Opera with its commitment to Chromium Project will follow Google on using Blink. According to its official blog post, in the short term, Blink will bring little change for web developers. The bulk of the initial work will focus on internal architectural improvements and a simplification of the codebase. Throughout this transition, Google will collaborate closely with other browser vendors to move the web forward and preserve the compatibility that made it a successful ecosystem.

Samsung and Mozilla collaborate for next generation mobile browser engine

It’s just a day for browser engine when Samsung and Mozilla also announce collaboration for next generation web browser engine. The name is Servo and it’s an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, rethinking old assumptions along the way. This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web. It’s using Rust programming language and with Samsung’s help, they are bringing Servo experiment to Android.

Rumor on Facebook Phone from HTC

Today Facebook will hold an Android event in California and it’s expected to launch a deeply integrated Facebook phone that’s made by HTC. It’s supposed to be named HTC First, as the current HTC Android series are named HTC One. Evleaks via 9to5Google reveals some photos on depicted HTC First with lots of focus on full screen photography. It will be based on latest Android and we’ll uncover the truth in few hours.

Twitter updates Android app

Twitter just released its new version of Android app. Its new design reflects a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more. Customer can now quickly navigate between tabs by swiping across the screen. In addition to the Android app, Twitter also updated Twitter for iPhone and mobile.twitter.com. All three mobile apps, plus twitter.com, now show more types of content in expanded Tweets: photo galleries, apps and product listings. Customers will also see a new link right below content that is shared from another mobile app, such as Foursquare or Path.

Bill-sharing startup from Singapore BillPin acquires BillMonk

A newly founded Singaporean startup BillPin acquires BillMonk, a US-based startup that inspires it. Both BillPin and BillMonk are covering bill-sharing solution, with BillPin just founded six weeks ago by Darius Cheng, Singapore’s notorious startup founder that sold his previous company to McAfee. All BillMonk users will be transferred to BillPin, but no BillMonk staff will move over. There’s no disclosure about current BillMonk’s userbase and the size of the deal.

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