Tech news from around the web:
Following on from the launch of its check-in service on Google Latitudes, the web search giant has taken another step into Foursquare’s territory with the introduction of offers for checking in. Starting with businesses in Austin Texas to coincide with the SXSW festival, according to Google’s blog, users can also ‘gain status as a “Regular”, “VIP”, or “Guru” at places depending on how often you’ve checked in there’. The feature also has check-in offers that places have created for your status level. Read more
From the new Facebook Messages to AOL Mail, rising phoenix-like from the flames of email irrelevance, this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the future of webmail.
Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Messages and Project Phoenix are all considered, along with some of the best email aids to avoid unmanageable inboxes. Read more
If there was still any doubt that events have taken a definite turn for the worse for PC makers since the end of last year, February revenue numbers from the world’s biggest contract manufacturers should put them to rest.
Hon Hai, maker of Apple products (and also desktops for Dell), saw revenues fall by 18 per cent month-on-month. Taiwan’s Compal and Quanta, the top two contract notebook makers, saw revenues decline by 18 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively, compared to January. All came in well below analysts’ expectations. Read more