Daily Archives: August 23, 2011

Richard Waters

Facebook’s decision to put more privacy controls into its members’ hands while they are actually using the service – not just tucked away on a separate privacy settings page – should be welcomed. But as often with such developments on Facebook, there are also reasons for caution. Read more

Richard Waters

Google and Amazon have been freed of a restriction that has hampered their cloud music services and made them less attractive than Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service. That is the main result of a legal decision late on Monday that appeared to clear up some of the questions raised by the emerging cloud music industry. Read more

Reverberations from HP’s announcement that it intends to shed its PC business, the world’s biggest by volume, is being felt far and wide across the global IT industry. While no clear buyer has yet emerged, executives in the PC supply chain, analysts and even government officials are all trying to make sense of its impact.

Nowhere is this search for answers more urgent than in Taiwan, where much of the world’s PC supply chain resides. HP’s computers are assembled by Hon Hai, Quanta, Inventec and Wistron, all Taiwanese companies. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Cut-price TouchPads – which were scrapped by Hewlett Packard last week as part of its decision to axe its webOS devices – are top of  Amazon’s electronics sales list, according to Engadget. The 16GB and 32GB models have taken the two spots, beating the Kindle and the iPod touch. There are also reports that UK customers will soon be able to get the TouchPad at knockdown prices – with rumours that the tablet will available for £89  and £115 for the 16GB and 32GB versions. Read more