Google’s grand design to organise the world’s information crumbled at the edges on Friday as it announced the abandonment of services that stored users’ health and energy consumption data. The forthcoming closure of Google Health and PowerMeter represents a considerable narrowing of ambitions for a company that has reached for the stars and supported missions to the moon. Read more
A hacking group–no, not that one or the other one, a new one–has published scores of names and phone numbers that it says came from former UK prime minster Tony Blair’s address book. Read more
Both the hacking supergroup calling itself Lulz Security and researchers fighting against it have borrowed tactics from WikiLeaks in recent days, dumping sensitive information onto the internet for others to comb through. Read more
At work, I have substituted the box under my desk, the one I keep accidentally kicking, with a Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one PC that sits on the desk in front of me. It has just one cable – for power. The PC‘s innards have been incorporated into the rear of the monitor, so no monitor cable is needed; the keyboard and mouse are connected by wireless and the built-in WiFi means no ethernet networking cable is needed. The iMac has the same capabilities, making these two devices the Mac and PC state-of-the-art approaches to compact desktop computing. Read more
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have not finished with Facebook yet, the Los Angeles Times says. After deciding earlier this week not to appeal a settlement in their long-running dispute over the origins of the social network, the twins have decided to press their case in federal court in Boston that Facebook did not turn over important information during litigation. Read more
Stephen Elop seems to suffer as many unfortunate events as Lemony Snicket when it comes to keeping Nokia’s business private. First there was his “burning platform” memo that leaked in February and now the Web is ablaze with the chief executive’s failed attempt to keep Nokia’s first Windows phone under wraps. Read more
When you’re worth $17bn, you can afford to be misunderstood, writes Richard Waters in the Inside Business column.
Not that Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, felt constrained about thumbing his nose at Wall Street even before his personal stake in the company came to be valued that highly. From the time of the dotcom bust – when his company was chastised for spending excessively on a reckless dash for growth – to the more recent move into cloud computing, Mr Bezos has taken his knocks. Read more
The news was dominated on Wednesday by reports of the arrest of a suspected British teenage computer hacker, in connection with a range of security breaches including attacks on the website of the CIA and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, writes John Reid, a former British cabinet minister and co-author of ‘Cyber Doctrine’ published later this month. We can expect many more such events as our security agencies struggle to address the challenges of cyberspace.
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PopCap Games, the US company behind such online gaming hits as Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled, is in the process of being acquired, according to Techcrunch. Although a buyer has yet to be identified, Techcrunch has heard that the price is over $1bn.
Mobile social shopping group Foursquare is to set to unveil its a partnership with American Express, The New York Times reports. The agreement will offer discounts to cardholders when they check in on their cellphone at certain shops and restaurants. Read more
Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, believes that a third of check-out terminals in retail stores and restaurants will be upgraded to allow wireless “tap and pay” from mobile phones within the next year.
Such a development will prepare the ground for what he believes will be a “trillion dollar” industry of mobile advertising and payments. Read more
Many ambitious technology entrepreneurs aspire at some point to relocate to Silicon Valley. But American Salman Malik has done the opposite and headed overseas.
The Princeton graduate co-founded Boston-based Firefly Network in the 1990s, before spending several years in the Valley working for Siebel Systems. Last year, he moved to the UK to take up the chief executive role at Brightpearl, a cloud computing software business in Bristol. Read more
Japan is famous for its fashionistas, but for one hour this month I can confidently claim to have been wearing one of the coolest jackets in the entire country.
Not because the garment in question has the kind of sharp lines featured in star designer Junya Watanabe’s Spring collection or the flowery fabric of a recent Yohji Yamamoto creation. In fact, the modest cotton zip-up would not look out of place on a production line worker. Read more
Anyone holding up their phone to the ringing of the New York Stock Exchange opening bell and hoping to identify Shazam as the artist will have to wait a while longer. Another music discovery service, Pandora, had that ceremonial honour when it IPO’d a week ago, but Shazam has just announced a $32m funding round that puts off any immediate thoughts of going public. Read more
Can storage ever be sexy? Well, slap on Wi-Fi capabilities and a wireless media server to an external hard drive and it can start to look damned attractive. That’s what Hitachi has done with its G-Connect 500Gb external drive launched today – the Wi-Fi lets the drive act as a local mini-cloud for serving movies, music and photos to iPads and other devices that lack its huge capacity to store media. Read more
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Web-video site Hulu is considering whether to sell itself, according to The Wall Street Journal, as the fight over distributing TV online intensifies. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Times reports that Yahoo had recently approached Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition.
Amazon is set launch a range of own-brand tablet computers as soon as this August, DigiTimes says. Quoting Taiwan-based component makers, DigiTimes says the online retailer is targeting global sales of 4m units for 2011. Read more