Monthly Archives: April 2011

A privacy storm has blown up over the revelation (if that is the right word) that iPhones and 3G iPads keeps data on the movements of their owners, which is backed up to personal computers when the devices are synchronised.

Continue reading: “Apple does not track you but the police may”

Chris Nuttall

Several popular social networking services were knocked out on Thursday due to problems with cloud services provided by Amazon. The outages for the likes of Foursquare, Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit illustrates the dependence of many startups on rented remote computing power and the widespread disruption that can be caused if a single cloud provider has problems with its network. Read more

Nokia said it had signed a final agreement to team up with Microsoft in the smartphone market as the troubled Finnish handset maker announced a smaller-than-expected drop in first-quarter profits. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • TiVo stock soared 29.5 per cent Wednesday after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that would force satellite broadcaster Dish Network to shut down millions of digital video recorders, MarketWatch reports. The court found that Dish Network’s recorders infringed upon TiVo’s patents.

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Apple’s profits surged 95 per cent in its fiscal second quarter as iPhone shipments more than doubled, Mac volume grew 28 per cent and the company sold 4.7m iPads.

The Silicon Valley company said it earned $5.99bn in the three months, or $6.40 a share, far above the average brokerage prediction of $5.36. Revenue increased 83 per cent to $24.78bn. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Google chairman Eric Schmidt will take a substantial rise from his original $1 salary with a $1.25m a year pay package as chairman of Google’s board of directors, PaidContent reports. According to a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, he is also entitled to a bonus of up to 400 per cent of his salary.

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The computing industry has benefited this year from an unexpected rebound in business spending on information technology in the developed world and continued rapid growth in the emerging markets, according to figures released by some of the industry’s leading names late on Tuesday.

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Tim Bradshaw

Badoo has been getting a lot of great press recently. Last month, the FT noted that its flirtatious “social dating” service had overtaken Farmville to become the second most popular app on Facebook. Then the UK edition of Wired magazine put Russian founder Andrey Andreev on its front cover, claiming it was on the verge of an IPO or fundraising that could value the 120m-member “freemium” site at $2bn.

So with all this publicity, how come its Facebook app lost almost three quarters of its daily active users in the space of a few days last week? Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Following on from its investment in solar power, Google has just announced a $100m investment in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon. Google’s official blog claims the facility will be the largest wind farm in the world, producing 845 MW of energy – enough for 235,000 homes.

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Richard Waters

What chance does a consumer internet company have if it doesn’t own the relationship with its most important set of users?

According to Howard Lindzon, one of the biggest angel investors in TweetDeck, that is one very good reason for Twitter to buy the desktop client that is beloved by many of its own power-users (a deal that The Wall Street Journal says is at an advanced stage of negotiation.) Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The backlash against Spotify’s changes to its free service appears to be growing by the hour. More than 5,300 comments have been left on the company’s blogpost announcing that it would halve the 20-hour listening limit and impose a five-play cap on each individual song. Read more

Richard Waters

When Google hit out at the content farms earlier this year with a change to its ranking algorithm, it was the opening blow in what looked like being a long fight.

Demand Media admitted late on Sunday that the change hurt traffic at its biggest site, eHow. But it brushed off the damage (and a 10 per cent hit to its share price) by affirming its financial guidance and saying that it had redoubled its efforts to attract eyeballs – including from Facebook. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Hewlett-Packard is planning to build a cloud-based media locker, and racing to beat Apple and Google in launching the feature, according to Electronista. The service, which is set to be featured on its TouchPad tablet, will offer an online music syncing option as well H-P’s Movie Store product.

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Richard Waters

Care to guess which well-known Silicon Valley start-up now has tents in the basement for engineers who don’t make it home at night? Read more

Richard Waters

It was Larry Page who penned the famous Founders’ Letter that accompanied Google’s IPO prospectus. In it, he promised that he and Sergey Brin would have the “fortitude” to keep investing for the long term and not “shy away from high-risk, high-reward projects because of short term earnings pressure.”

Mr Page is now CEO – and Wall Street has just had an unpleasant reminder that he really wasn’t  kidding. Read more

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday.

It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services yet. Much more is missing too, as we found out in  a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Nintendo is set to release a  successor to the Wii games console, according to Game Informer. The console, which could be launched at E3 trade conference in California this summer, will be capable of running games at a high-definition resolution.

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The buzz around the stratospheric private market valuations of US technology groups such as Facebook, Groupon and Living Social is spreading to Europe, as investors seek to make the most of growth opportunities in internet companies.

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Trouble at bricks-and-mortar book retailers has combined with booming sales of e-readers and tablet computers to make e-books the biggest-selling category of the US publishing industry for the first time, according to data released on Thursday.

Sales of e-books in February tripled over the previous year to $90.3m, the Association of American Publishers reported, exceeding adult paperback sales of $81.2m. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday. It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services. Much more is missing too, as we found out in a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. Read more