Monthly Archives: April 2011

Richard Waters

For a sign of the times, this chart is striking.

After more than a decade and a half, IBM looks like it is about to pass Microsoft once again in stock market value, something that would put it second only to Apple in terms of tech valuations. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Music streaming service Spotify is in the process of negotiating a number of deals with major movie studios to offer users movies as well as music, TechCrunch reports.  The service is seeking to offer users movies just a couple of weeks after they’ve been in theatres – earlier than the deals negotiated by the movie studios and providers such as YouTube and NetFlix.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Navigation device group TomTom has apologised for supplying driving data collected from customers to police to use in catching speeding motorists, The Register reports. The data, including speed, had been sold to authorities in the Netherlands to help police set speed traps. ‘We never foresaw this kind of use and many of our clients are not happy about it,’ chief executive Harold Goddijn wrote in an e-mail to customers.

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Richard Waters

You would never accuse Alfred Chuang of a lack of ambition. Having sold BEA Systems to Oracle for $8.5bn, he is back in business for himself – with $10.6m in his pocket from Andreessen Horowitz and a goal of transforming the way business applications are written. Read more

Last year, 23m flat-screen television sets were sold in Japan. This year, according to AU Optronics, the third biggest flat panel maker in the world, there may only be 12m unit sold.

Impact from the earthquake and tsunami? The spirit of jishuku, or self-restraint, sweeping through Japanese consumers? Neither, says Paul Peng, executive vice-president of AUO. Rather, it is the end of the Y290bn ‘eco-point‘ stimulus programme that is threatening TV demand in Japan. Read more

Richard Waters

Are Chad Hurley and Steve Chen itching for another shot at the big time? That was the heavy hint the YouTube founders dropped on Wednesday as they stepped in to save Delicious (Yahoo botched its handling of the former Web 2.0 darling in December, provoking an outcry when it implied that it might consider closing the service. It eventually saying that it would look for a sale.) Read more

Leading European telecoms companies want to levy significant charges on Google and other online content providers through an overhaul of the regime governing how data travel over the internet.

Operators in Europe complain that they are contending with an explosion of data on their networks, much of which comes from US sites such as Google’s YouTube video service. Read more

Why would two entrepreneurs in their early 20s choose to start a business that pits them against giant rivals with billions of dollars to burn and every reason to fight hard for new markets they believe are strategically important?

Continue reading: “Stand out from the cloud crowd”

Tech news from around the web:

  • A handful of venture capital firms and other companies are expected to make offers to News Corp for MySpace, Mashable reports. Redscout Ventures, Thomas H. Lee Partners, and Criterion Capital Partners LLC , which also owns Bebo, have been named as potential suitors for the troubled social network site which is expected to fetch $100m.

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More than 70m users of Sony’s online gaming network have had their names, e-mail addresses and passwords stolen by a hacker in one of the largest privacy breaches to date. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Facebook  is to introduce Deals in attempt to tap the rapidly expanding online discount markets, the New York Times reports. The service, which will face competition from social shopping sites Groupon and LivingSocial, will be tested in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco before a full launch.

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Walmart is exploring ways to take on online rivals by launching a test service in one Californian city that lets shoppers order fresh food on the internet for home delivery.

The world’s biggest retailer began the “limited test” on Saturday as it looks to online commerce to offset the mediocre growth performance of its bricks-and-mortar stores in the US. Read more

Many challenged my grim assessment early last year, when I called for America to develop a new strategy to address the kinds of cyberattacks that could cripple our nation’s infrastructure, writes Mike McConnell, director of the National Security Agency in the Clinton administration.

If there were a cyberwar, I told Congress, we would lose. The unfortunate truth is that, a year later, we are no better prepared – and the stakes have risen. Read more

Instant messaging applications for mobile devices, such as BlackBerry Messenger, are becoming so popular that use of text messages by 15-24 year olds will fall by a fifth in many large markets including the UK, analysts predict.

Mobile Youth, a consultancy, forecasts that text, or SMS, volumes will drop by 20 per cent in the next two years in regions including the UK, Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil, where BBM is particularly popular among teenagers and students.

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Barnes & Noble has released a major update for the Nook Color that boosts the popular eReader’s appeal as a budget tablet.

With Amazon rumoured to be planning an Android tablet of its own, its rival is introducing more than 100 new apps, including the Drawing Pad art studio and games such as Angry Birds, while its browser has been improved and an email program added.

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Chris Nuttall

Barnes & Noble has released a major update for the Nook Color that boosts the popular eReader’s appeal as a budget tablet.

With Amazon rumoured to be planning an Android tablet of its own, its rival is introducing more than 100 new apps, including the Drawing Pad art studio and games such as Angry Birds, while its browser has been improved and an email program added. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Boy Genius Report claims that Apple is testing the iPhone on T-Mobile’s network. BGR believes that Apple is just experimenting with T-Mobile’s network on its iPhone hardware for possible future devices.
  • In other iPhone news, after pushing back dates for its release, Apple is preparing to finally sell its white iPhone 4 models, Apple Insider reports.  Stores are said to have received notice of shipments and to hold onto them until an official announcement.

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Joseph Menn

Multiple members of the US Congress fired off letters to Apple this week about reports that iPhones not only store data about their owners whereabouts but leave unencrypted copies of the information on users’ main computers. Read more

Locking horns with the Chinese government has not been good for Google’s internet search business in China. Data released on Friday shows Google has lost market share to Baidu - its main competitor – for the fifth quarter in a row. The internet giant currently has 19.2 per cent share of the market, while Baidu has 75.8 per cent. That’ s a decline of 11.8 percentage points since the beginning of last year, when the search giant first announced its partial retreat from the mainland to Hong Kong.

But it’s not all bad news for Google. While it’s search engine numbers are declining, Google’s overall revenues from China are not.

Tech news from around the web:

  • Reuters reports that Apple has completed its cloud music service. iTunes customers will be able to store their songs on a remote server and stream them anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Google has launched a promotion for users to test its beta coupon service, Offers, TechCrunch reports . The first city Google Offers is released in is Portland, Oregon.

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