Daily Archives: November 16, 2011

The latest analysis of Google+ traffic from Experian Hitwise provides some evidence as to why claims that the new social network is dead in the water are premature. Among the findings: Google+ users are coming back more often and staying longer. Read more

Google has unveiled a new online music store after reaching deals with three of the Big Four record companies.  At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, it announced EMI, Universal and Sony were part of the new Google music service, with no agreement having been reached with Warner Music.

The existing “Music beta by Google” service had allowed users to upload their music to Google’s cloud and access it through a browser or an Android app.  The new service replaces it and adds a store and the ability to share music bought – for one play – with friends. But it is only open to US residents.  Our live coverage of Google’s unveiling of its upgraded service is after the jump. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Sony Music, the recently acquired EMI, and Universal Music are all expected to offer MP3 downloads on Google’s music service, which the online search group is scheduled to unveil on Wednesday, Billboard reports. A person with knowledge of the negotiations leading up to the launch of Google Music told Billboard that Warner Music Group is still in talks to join the service. Read more

Hewlett-Packard has made a weighty entry into the Ultrabook category with its Folio 13 laptop.

At 3.3lbs, it seems positively obese next to rival machines from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba, which like the 13.3in MacBook Air they try to emulate, all come in at under 3lbs. But there is a reason for its heavyweight proportions. Read more