Daily Archives: July 13, 2011

Tim Bradshaw

American readers – brace yourselves. The most-hyped European music phenomenon since the Beatles has finally arrived. After two years’ wait, Spotify is set to open its doors in the US on Thursday. Read more

Jawbone, the maker of stylish Bluetooth headsets, has announced an expansion of its wearable computing devices to a wristband that monitors your health.

Named “Up”, the new gadget was unveiled by Hosain Rahman, Jawbone chief executive, at the Ted Global conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

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Chris Nuttall

Jawbone, the maker of stylish Bluetooth headsets, has announced an expansion of its wearable computing devices to a wristband that monitors your health. Named “Up”, the new gadget was unveiled by Hosein Rahman, Jawbone chief executive, at the Ted Global conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Netflix has always been an interesting case study in how to manage a digital transition – moving its customers gradually over from DVDs delivered by mail to the efficiencies of movies being streamed to TVs and a variety of web-connected devices. The transition became something of a schism on Tuesday as customers were faced with a stark choice of a DVD-only or streaming-only service to avoid a substantial hike in monthly subscriptions that combined both. Read more

Richard Waters

The former employee whose ideas inspired the central feature of Google+ has just revealed why he quit: “Google is an engineering company, and as a researcher or designer, it’s very difficult to have your voice heard at a strategic level.” Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Cloud storage service Dropbox is looking to raise between $200m-$300m in a new round of fundraising, according to TechCrunch. This gives the company a valuation of approximately $5bn, TechCrunch estimates. Read more

Electronic Arts is paying up to $1.35bn for PopCap Games, the maker of Plants vs Zombies, as the console-based publisher expands into the faster-growing casual gaming sector.

The deal to buy PopCap follows its acquisition of Chillingo, publisher of the Angry Birds game, for about $20m last October and a $400m deal to buy social gaming company Playfish in 2009. Read more