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. 

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. 

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.

 

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. 

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.

 

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.

 

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? 

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.

 

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.)