Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tech news from around the web:

  • Within 12 hours of Apple’s announcement that it had issued an upgrade to combat the Mac Defender malware program, the hacking software had a new variant that renders key portions of the prevention plan obsolete, ZDNet reports. Apple’s first response to the malware arrived 25 days after the attacks were first noticed, ZDNet said.

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Joseph Menn

Yahoo executives meeting with investors and analysts on Wednesday did what they could to assuage concerns about the company’s minority investments in China and Japan before moving on to the  sunnier topics of a surge in display advertising and the big potential for video. Read more

Silicon Valley is the promised land for cash-strapped politicians. Toss a few seeds in the ground and maybe even in a single political term, multi-billion dollar companies can surge up to the heavens. As technology grows cheaper and more powerful, the pace of innovation quickens. Intel and Apple grew quickly, Google much faster, and now Facebook.

Trying to replicate this is an obvious temptation. Many have tried, from cities and states in America to Silicon Fen outside Cambridge and new technology zones in Dubai and Moscow. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Sean Parker – co-founder of Napster, backer of Spotify – is suddenly very bullish on the old-school record label business.
He believes the distribution system which he helped to break is “on the verge of being fixed”, and that now is the time to invest in music again.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Google is set to announce on Thursday a mobile payments platform that will allow consumers to make purchases, redeem coupons, and get loyalty points by waving their handsets in front of a small reader at a checkout, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The programme, which uses near-field communications technology,  is expected to launch first in New York and San Francisco with participating retailers including Macy’s, American Eagle and the Subway fast-food chain.
  • Online gaming group Zynga is poised to file for its initial public offering as early as this week, according to AllThingsDigital. The move follows  several successful IPOs from online companies such as LinkedIn and Yandex.  Zynga’s valuation in its last round of funding was $10bn.

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Maija Palmer

Microsoft phoneMicrosoft’s sneak preview of its latest Windows mobile phone operating system on Tuesday has left the critics bemused. The new software is the first glimpse of what Nokia/Microsoft smartphones might look like when they are launched at the end of this year. It is the first chance to judge whether Microsoft – which has just 3.6 per cent of the market for smartphone operating systems – might be able to challenge Android and Apple. The answer is still a “maybe”. Read more

Joseph Menn

Along with Google, Amazon beat digital-music kingpin Apple in the race to launch a cloud offering that lets users hear their songs on any device, but this week’s deal with Lady Gaga shows just how much it dreads the widely anticipated arrival of competition from Cupertino. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Groupon is going realtime in a big way, Andrew Mason, the local e-commerce site’s founder and chief executive, told the e-G8 conference, an exclusive gathering of tech giants and policymakers in Paris. Read more

I was up with the Lark this morning – not the bird, but a new wearable “un-alarm” that wakes the user, but not the person sleeping next to them.

Lark is an intelligent wristband that links via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app, where an alarm can be set and sleep patterns recorded. It vibrates silently at the appointed time to nudge you awake without disturbing a partner who rises at a later time.

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Chris Nuttall

I was up with the Lark this morning – not the bird, but a new wearable “un-alarm” that wakes the user, but not the person sleeping next to them. Lark is an intelligent wristband that links via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app, where an alarm can be set and sleep patterns recorded. It vibrates silently at the appointed time to nudge you awake without disturbing a partner who rises at a later time. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.

John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted a previous Nicolas Sarkozy quote – “The internet is the new frontier, a territory to conquer” – with the sharp reply: “And I am in Paris to stop him.” Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Twitter has acquired Tweetdeck, the small British company whose desktop application accounts for around 10 per cent of all the messages posted on Twitter,  for more than $40m in a mix of cash and stock, according to CNN Money. Tweetdeck’s free software has been downloaded by more than 20m people to give them more advanced monitoring and filtering capabilities when using Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

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Richard Waters

Jack Dorsey, the creative talent behind Twitter, has clearly taken a leaf from Steve Jobs’ playbook. But revolutionising in-store payments will be a lot harder than persuading people to pay for digital music. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel is moving one of its most senior executives to China, with the country set to become the largest PC market in the world next year. Sean Maloney, one of four executive vice presidents below chief executive Paul Otellini, will take up the new post of chairman of Intel China and is to be Intel’s keynote speaker at the big Computex trade show in Taiwan next week. Read more

BookExpo America is upon us, and all the talk at the New York publishing fair is of booming e-book sales and where that leaves hardbacks and paperbacks.

Barnes & Noble, the bookstore chain whose digital prospects helped encourage John Malone to make a $1bn offer last week, is marking the occasion by unveiling a new model of its Nook e-reader on Tuesday morning. Kobo got in a day early with the launch of a new touch-screen version of its 6-inch e-ink reader on Monday. Read more

BookExpo America is upon us, and all the talk at the New York publishing fair is of booming e-book sales and where that leaves hardbacks and paperbacks.

Barnes & Noble, the bookstore chain whose digital prospects helped encourage John Malone to make a $1bn offer last week, is marking the occasion by unveiling a new model of its Nook e-reader on Tuesday morning. Kobo got in a day early with the launch of a new touch-screen version of its 6-inch e-ink reader on Monday.

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Richard Waters

It was back in 1980 that IBM committed the tech industry’s most famous mistake: hiring a little company called Microsoft to write an operating system for its first PC. Now, with Big Blue’s stock market value once again surpassing that of Microsoft in intraday trading on Monday, it can finally turn the page on a less-than-glorious chapter in its 100-year history. Read more

Brad Keywell

Brad Keywell is an intense character, his shaved head and direct gaze giving an impression of coiled purpose. The weekend before we met, he told me, he had been canyoneering, scrambling up and down mountain canyons. Read more

YandexRussia’s biggest internet firm is about to pull off the world’s biggest dot com float since Google, if its target share price is anything to go by. Yandex has raised price guidance to a range of $24 to $25 a share from a previous $20 to $22, Reuters reports. But is this company really Russia’s Google or is it all just market chatter, reminiscent of that surrounding the IPO of Renren, aka China’s Facebook, a few weeks ago? In other words, is this just more froth in the global tech sector?

Tech  news from around the web:

  • Apple has reportedly signed up Sony Music to its cloud-based online subscription music service, paidContent reports. Sony has joined EMI and Warner Music as partners in the service – probably to be called iCloud – which will be run from Apple’s a new data center in North Carolina and involves a streaming subscription service for mobile devices.

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