Daily Archives: June 3, 2011

The crowd of more than 100,000 that saw Shackleford win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes (pictured left) was in many ways an isolated affirmation of the strengths of racing in the US. Betting turnover in Maryland has fallen by a third in the past five years, part of a national decline in interest in a sport where wagering is tightly regulated and the parimutuel system, where winning bets are paid at odds relating to the pool size, dominates betting. Read more

The Samsung Infuse is the thinnest 4G phone to appear and, with the biggest screen as well, is deserving of membership of this year’s  superphone category of more advanced smartphones.

Qualifications for entry into those ranks can be 4G, dual-core processors, bigger, better screens or the debut of major new features. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the Infuse’s qualities and those of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and the Motorola Atrix 4G. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The Samsung Infuse is the thinnest 4G phone to appear, with the biggest screen and deserves membership of this year’s superphone category of more advanced smartphones. Qualifications for entry into those ranks can be 4G, dual-core processors, bigger, better screens or the debut of major new features. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the Infuse’s qualities and those of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and the Motorola Atrix 4G.  Read more

Tech news from around the web

Apple has cut a licensing deal with Universal Music that will allow Apple’s online music store to offer songs from the four top record companies, according to CNET. In addition, Apple has reached agreements with some of the large music publishers, CNET added. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Groupon’s swift international expansion has been “critical” to its vertiginous growth rate. In the first quarter of 2011, 54 per cent of its revenue came from outside the US.

Maintaining that growth will be a vital part of its pitch to potential investors ahead of its initial public offering.

A trio of German internet entrepreneurs have played a key role for Groupon overseas: the Samwer brothers. Read more

Chris Nuttall

OnLive, the cloud gaming service, has issued a cumulonimbus of announcements ahead of the E3 video game trade show next week, where it promises to reveal even more in demos at its booth. For now, we will have to settle for news of a UK launch, a new controller, a major expansion of the platform to millions more devices, more success with publishers and new integration of the service into Facebook. Read more