Daily Archives: May 27, 2011

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

It has to be the rarest sight in personal gadgetry: a tablet dev­ice with fewer buttons than Apple’s minimalist iPad. I was flummoxed by this, as well as the lack of connectivity ports, when I first took hold of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Working my way round its perimeter with my fingernails in search of some concealed port reminded me of trying to find a way into a new CD with its maddening cellophane wrapper. Read more

With all the brouhaha around social media, it’s easy to forget a sector that was meant to have had a few hot IPOs of its own by now. A company that is trying to make money by selling green slime hopes to change that. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Amazon has launched a Mac Download Store to go alongside its online app outlet, theloop reports. The service will compete directly with Apple’s Mac Store, with Amazon claiming it has 250 software and game titles available for the Mac. Read more

It’s easy to see why Google and its rivals would have their eyes set on mobile payments, but less easy to see how they can break into this market. With its Google Wallet announcement on Thursday, the search company has just come up with an answer. Read more