Daily Archives: September 2, 2011

A quiet Friday afternoon at the end of summer is the perfect time to kill off a batch of under-performing internet services: with any luck, most users won’t even notice.

Late last Friday, Facebook dispatched its daily deals service and Google shut down most of the applications it acquired with Slide. Now Google is at it again, throwing ten more failed experiments onto the junk heap of internet history. Read more


Digital photography has slashed the cost per image for amateurs like the Taylor family. Not only can we afford to take more pictures, but we can weed out the duds and be far more selective in deciding which images to share online or print out.

But there is one tricky bit – getting the images off the camera’s digital memory card is not always easy, as my wife discovered last week after our youngest daughter’s wedding. Most digital cameras come with a USB or cable so users can download images to a PC. But the Taylor family is surely not alone in never being able to lay our hands on the right cable when we need it. Apparently, it is my fault for having too much technology at home.

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Tech news from around the web:

Michael Arrington, the man behind the influential TechCrunch blog, has started a venture capital fund to invest in start-ups, the New York Times reports. Mr Arrington’s $20m CrunchFund throws up concerns over a conflict of interests, the NYT adds, saying that it is one of journalism’s cardinal rules that reporters should maintain a distance from the people, organisations and issues they cover. Read more