Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

Google has unveiled a new cloud-based music service, although its “music beta by Google” name signals it is unfinished and lacks agreement with record labels.

Google said at its annual developer conference in San Francisco it would launch the beta today with a limited number of US users, who would be able to upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to an online library – similar to Amazon’s cloud-based service announced earlier this year.

Details on this and more announcements at the Google I/O conference after the jump. Read more

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Skype boss Tony Bates gave a press conference at 8am local time in San Francisco to discuss their $8.5bn deal, announced today.

After live-blogging the event, here are my initial conclusions: Read more

For Microsoft Skype could form the glue between its PC, mobile and gaming businesses that it has hitherto lacked.
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Tech news from around the web:

  • Google is preparing to unveil a new online music service similar to the one recently launched by Amazon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The announcement, which could come as early as Tuesday,  would escalate the battle over how music and video is stored and used over the internet.

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Social network LinkedIn is hoping for a $3.3bn valuation at its initial public offering later this month. Lex’s Stuart Kirk and Sarah O’Connor discuss whether the company is worth 13 times its revenues. Read more

Microsoft was in advanced discussions on Monday night about purchasing Skype, the internet telephone company, in what would be one of the US software company’s largest deals so far as it seeks to boost its online operations. Read more

Apple insists 2011 will be the year of its iPad 2, but plenty of rivals are launching their own tablets in the hope of stealing the technology company’s thunder. About 60m tablets will be sold in 2011, according to IMS Research, the industry analysts, and Apple is likely to be responsible for three out of four of these. Is such dominance justified? After testing the iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, as well as seeing several other tablets demonstrated close-up, I believe the iPad faces strong competition in several areas. Read more

Nvidia’s acquisition of Icera on Monday for $367m completes the chipmaker’s transition from a PC-focused graphics chipmaker to one built to challenge in the post-PC world that Apple likes to talk about so much.
It also deals another blow to Texas Instruments, once the leading wireless chipmaker but now one that prefers to emphasise its strength in analogue chips. Read more

Activision Blizzard’s chief executive Bobby Kotick sees less of a need for new consoles to be shown off at the video game industry’s E3 convention next month, preferring more of a focus on the console makers’ online networks. In a sideways reference to Sony’s problems with its PlayStation Network and Nintendo’s plans to unveil its next-generation console, Mr Kotick told me during a call to discuss first-quarter earnings that the growth of digital sales was changing the game, so to speak. Read more