Morning Briefing: Tuesday 28 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 28 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Facebook has been valued at $41.2 billion, which is 56 percent higher than the past half year, making it worth more than eBay and Yahoo. Ouch.
  • The Next Web has an interesting infograph detailing the growth of Google Chrome, at the expense of the previous darling of the web, Firefox, with a prediction that Chrome and Firefox could near parity within two years.
  • Russia is set to transition to Linux and open source software with Vladimir Putin, prime minister of Russia, signing a document that will see its introduction to government agencies in Q2 of 2012. There has been some criticism on the plan, but none have the political weight to make some impact.
  • IncrediMail, the company that was the biggest fad in earlier in the decade, has just signed a new two year deal with Google for ad revenue – despite, what TechCruch reports, a rocky relationship.
  • And of course, patent trolls have decided that is the perfect time to sue with the next target – Skype. The plaintiff is Gradient Enterprises, saying that Skype violated its patent of “METHOD FOR DETECTING AND RESPONDING TO NETWORK NODE-LEVEL EVENTS AND A SYSTEM THEREOF.” You have got to be kidding.
  • Facebook has been used to save a life, with a girl in Minnesota got a new kidney from a kind stranger via a Facebook post.
  • Pokemon Black and White to be released on March 6 in North America. Europe and Australian release still pending.
  • And for those wanting to know, the lead writer of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Jeffrey Yohalem, has an interview with MyDVDinsider with the movies that inspired the game – and there are some interesting choices.