NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

purchased more than 1,000 patents from

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

in July, according to reports. The deal came soon after Google

lost a bidding war

against

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

and

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

for 6,000 patent filings from

Nortel

.

As the smartphone share war heats up

, Google is seeking to buy patents to protect itself against other tech companies, say analysts.

In other Google news, the company announced last week it was launching a tool for hotel search called Hotel Finder, which will compete with existing players like

Kayak

and

Expedia

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. The new service comes as the search giant is

facing scrutiny for potential anti-trust violations

.

Shares of Google rose 1.3% to $611.31 in pre-market trading Monday.

Apple will release its new iPhone 5 in October, not September as previously thought, according to

AllThingsDigital

. The next-generation phone will have a faster processor and better camera than its predecessor, according to reports.

Shares of Apple jumped 1.6% to $396.58.

Groupon

said on Friday it will begin partnering with location-based services company

Foursquare

so users can score local deals when checking into places like restaurants and bars. In July, Foursquare also announced plans to team up with other deals companies like

LivingSocial

and

BuyWithMe

.

Interactive programing guide company

Rovi

(ROVI)

is suing

Hulu

, claiming the streaming video company is using its technology for electronic programming guides. Rovi provides back end technology for

Blockbuster's

On Demand service and

Best Buy's

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