Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tim Bradshaw

Wooga, a top-five Facebook app developer and one of the social-gaming companies chasing Zynga’s huge lead, has raised $24m in a funding round that will accelerate development of new games. Read more >>

Richard Waters

Why would SAP’s venture capital arm be leading the latest financing round for a fast-growing online advertising platform that has now raised more than $50m?

Because it believes that display advertising is one of the first places in the business world where real-time data is about to turn a market upside down – and it won’t be the last. Read more >>

Intel’s vision of a new category of ‘Ultrabooks’ that would revolutionise the consumer PC industry has won over at least one important convert.

Speaking at a separate press conference just minutes after Intel’s keynote speech, Ray Chen, president of Taiwan’s Compal, the world’s second-biggest contract PC maker, praised the idea of Ultrabooks and said it would “ignite the next wave of laptop replacements” next year when those new models come onto the market. Read more >>

The new Chromebooks by Acer and Samsung may look like regular notebooks on the surface, but Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome, said that the parameters for every last detail, down to the individual components, were set by Google. Read more >>

The latest news from around the Web:

Twitter is on the verge of announcing its own built-in rival to Twitpic and Yfrog, Techcrunch reports. The announcement, which could come as soon as today, is seen as a logical step in Twitter’s expansion of its range of apps. Read more >>

If consumers like iPad-like devices, and they also like smartphones, what could be even better than a Padfone?

That was the thinking at Asus, which on Monday unveiled its latest invention ahead of the Computex trade show.

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Critics like to say that PC makers were slow to recognise the threat from tablets and to respond with their own versions to rival Apple’s iPad.

This narrative may be the popular one, but it underestimates the challenges faced by traditional PC makers in coming up with a competitive and profitable tablet, Henry Lu, senior vice president of Micro-Star International, told the Financial Times. Read more >>

If consumers like iPad-like devices, and they also like smartphones, what could be even better than a Padfone?

That was the thinking at Asus, which on Monday unveiled its latest invention ahead of the Computex trade show. Read more >>

While investors were giddy this week about the latest tech-company IPOs, the technologists themselves were more interested in the advent of services bringing music to people from the cloud–or clouds.  Read more >>

Tim Bradshaw

A private memo from within the G8 meeting on Thursday between internet chiefs and world leaders indicates strong levels of support from Barack Obama, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and co for the principles of internet freedom put forward by Facebook, Google and their peers. Read more >>