Daily Archives: June 24, 2010

If you were lucky enough to get past the technical glitches on the first day of pre-order sales, then you are most likely a proud owner of an iPhone 4, which was shipped to the comfort of your home on today’s launch.

For those of you who chose in-store pick up, we wish you good luck.

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David Gelles

Facebook is tangling with regulators around the world these days, and the company’s porous privacy settings have not escaped the ire of officials in Washington, DC.

So in an effort to cope with what is sure to be more international scrutiny, Facebook has hired a White House official to work with its policy team inside the Beltway.

Marne Levine, currently chief of staff at the White House National Economic Council, will join the world’s largest social network as vice president of global public policy. In her new role, she will help build and manage policy teams in Asia, the Americas and Europe. Read more

Another day, another raft of new patent infringement lawsuits. Thursday saw Apple file new claims against Taiwan’s HTC, this time alleging that the smartphone maker infringed patents including the technology for the “slide to unlock” start screen. Read more

How much capacity does Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company need?  The world’s biggest contract chipmaker is, after all, already planning to spend $4.8bn this year alone on capacity expansion. 

The answer, according to Morris Chang, chairman and chief executive, is a lot more still.  Addressing an audience of TSMC clients yesterday, Mr Chang laid out for the first time his approach towards capacity-building.  The chip making industry, he said, often oscillates between two states of imbalance – either demand outstrips supply, or vice versa.  Read more

Maija Palmer

Episerver logo   Little by little, European technology companies are trickling back onto the market. The latest planned addition is EPiserver, a Swedish company that makes software that helps companies build and run websites.

The company is planning a listing on the Stockholm stock exchange on June 30th, worth up to £28.8m ($43.2m) if all the shares are taken up. It could value the company at up to £62.9m. Not, then, exactly a technology titan. However, the listing is encouraging for several reasons. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Well, no, probably not. He’s just an American ad agency guy who is in Cannes filming himself doing anything – anything – the internet tells him to, with all the results pumped out live online.

The FT first encountered David Perez – or David On Demand as he has become this week – on the Croisette on Tuesday evening, as the gentlefolk of Cannes headed to the opening-night party, having his hair shaved. “The internet has been really mean to me today,” he wailed. The Leo Burnett planner from Chicago has also had the Twitter fail whale tattooed onto his arm.

David is a walking definition of “earned media” – the phrase agencies use to describe social-network chatter, as opposed to bought media (advertising) or owned media (companies’ own websites). And online at least, he is the talk of CannesRead more

Richard Waters

The judge who today threw out Viacom’s $1bn copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube may just have given the video site the final lift it needs to reach profitability.

That is the less-noted result of  judge Louis Stanton’s decision to grant a motion for summary judgment in the  case. The reason: he has given YouTube an emphatic green light to start placing adverts against a much wider range of videos on its site. Read more

David Gelles

EBay just bought the hottest e-commerce app in the App Store.

RedLaser, which lets users scan product barcodes with their iPhone camera and then compare prices online, has been downloaded more than 2m times.

With eBay’s acquisition for an undisclosed price, it will be folded into eBay’s robust mobile portfolio and become free (it was $1.99). RedLaser technology will be incorporated into eBay’s existing shopping apps, and eBay listings will show up in RedLaser results. Read more