Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion have made quite different responses to the prime minister’s call for them to play a greater role in preventing future riots on the British streets.

The three technology companies have been summoned before the home secretary to discuss a mooted scheme to block conspiring riotersRead more

David Cameron, the British prime minister, has said that the authorities should consider blocking individuals’ access to social media if they are plotting violent acts, in the wake of the week’s riots and lootingRead more

Tech news from around the web:

Twitter has launched a stream called Activities, ReadWriteWeb reports. The new tab highlights Favorites, Retweets and Follows from individuals that users follow. The micro-blogging site also replaced the Mentions tab with a more personal notification newsfeed. Read more

If Apple was hoping to earn a slice of all the transactions that take place on its devices, it had better think again. Wednesday’s launch of browser-based apps for Amazon’s Kindle and Walmart’s Vudu services are the biggest shots yet across the bow of Apple’s App Store. Read more

California authorities said on Thursday that they won’t file criminal charges against a Gawker Media technology blogger who paid $5,000 last year for what turned out to be an Apple employee’s test version of the iPhone 4Read more