Yearly Archives: 2013

Chris Nuttall

Never mind the money, read the buzzwords: Big Data, Cloud.

IBM is buying Aspera for an undisclosed figure, but this small company is active in areas that Big Blue and investors view as the hottest in tech. Read more

Here’s the perfect Christmas present for the ultimate Apple fan – the Cupertino, California company has just announced a computer featuring perhaps its most striking design to date is available to order from tomorrowRead more

Here’s a much-anticipated feature from Facebook that marketers may love, if not its users.

The online social network has just announced it is beginning to test a video format for advertisers, where videos will begin playing as users scroll down to them in their news feeds. Clicking on them will turn on the sound. Read more

Hannah Kuchler

President Barack Obama will meet technology leaders on Tuesday morning for a two-hour discussion about everything from the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programme, to how the industry can address income inequality.

Big name tech executives from the eight companies which called on the US government to stop the spy agencies collecting such vast amounts of communications data will be pressing their case home “aggressively”, according to a spokesperson for one of the companies. Read more

Robert Cookson

Endemol, the television production company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal, has placed a bet on the growth of social casino gaming with the acquisition of a $13m stake in London-based startup Plumbee.

The deal, which values Plumbee at $40m, brings together the world’s largest independent TV production company with a two-year-old startup whose flagship title Mirrorball Slots is among the top ten highest grossing social casino games on Facebook. Read more

Deutsche Telekom investors like the idea of selling its US mobile business much more than shareholders in the putative buyer, with shares in Japan’s Softbank down almost as much as those of the German telecoms group are up this morning.

As Telecoms correspondent Dan Thomas writes, weekend reports revived the prospect of a bid for T-Mobile USA by Sprint, which is 80 per cent owned by Softbank, although without coming to any conclusions about whether it would happen this time. Read more

Here’s a small acquisition by Arm Holdings designed to light up its prospects in graphics chips. Read more

A bitcoin start-up has bagged fresh investment from one of Silicon Valley’s best-known venture capital firms.

Coinbase, which provides online bitcoin accounts, said on Thursday that it secured $25m in a round of fundraising that was led by Andressen Horowitz, writes FastFT. Read more

Sarah Mishkin

Google will double its investment in a new data centre it is building in Taiwan as internet use in Asia rockets beyond what the US internet group predicted a few years ago when it first planned the site, one of its first two data centres in Asia.

The search company already invested $300m in the massive centre on a flat plain outside a city in central Taiwan, and says it will double that in the next stages of the data centre’s development. Read more

Hannah Kuchler

The company also announced last week that it will help advertisers to target people who have already visited their website and tempt them back through promoted tweets. This so-called “retargeting” is common across the web and Twitter said trials had seen “impressive results”.

Advertisers recorded substantial increases in engagement and conversion rates, and a fall in the cost of acquiring a customer. But Twitter, which has been praised by campaigners for its privacy policies, said users can chose not to see tailored ads. Read more

Shares in Hong Kong-traded Chinese electronics giant Haier are soaring, thanks to Alibaba.

FastFT reports that Haier said earlier Monday it had teamed up with Alibaba to develop its logistics business. Read more

Robert Cookson

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has thrown his weight behind a new campaign to encourage people across the world to fight back against online censorship and surveillance.

In a letter to the Financial Times on Thursday, Sir Tim wrote that “now is the time for citizens to mobilise to demand that governments and companies respect and protect our basic freedoms online”. Read more

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BlackBerry bosses’ thumbs must be getting tired. The company’s acting CEO John Chen has banged out another open letter to “valued enterprise customers and partners”, sprinkled with acronyms and suggesting a return to the group’s “heritage and roots” in “enterprise grade, end-to-end mobile solutions”.

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As Japan strives to remain at the technological forefront, why is it that its companies are so averse to the idea of merging? Too many make the same thing yet do not get around to pooling their resources. The FT’s Special Report on Japan’s technology and innovation investigates this phenomenon, while looking at some of the latest in Japanese design, writes Peter ChapmanRead more

Hannah Kuchler

Apple, the world’s largest public company by market capitalisation, has a problem. The lawyer appointed to ensure it is not price-fixing e-book sales is just too expensive.

The iPhone and iPad maker complained to the New York court this week that Michael Bromwich’s $1,100 an hour fee is “excessive” and he has not justified it as either “reasonable” or customary”. Read more

Richard Waters

It’s financing season for cloud storage. With Dropbox reported to be looking for another $250m and Box working towards an IPO, the company hoping to stake a claim to being the number three independent name just took in a more modest round of $34m.

Hightail – the new name of file-transfer company YouSendIt – has been in the business longer than its bigger rivals and needs to step on the gas if it wants to be a player in a market that is destined for consolidation before long. Read more

Richard Waters

Europe may be more sensitive to breaches of online privacy, but the US has levied larger penalties when things go wrong.

The latest case in point: the $17m that Google agreed on Monday to pay to a group of US states and the District of Columbia to resolve complaints that it circumvented cookie controls in Apple’s Safari browser. According to Google’s critics, however, it is still too easy for the company to buy its way out of trouble. Read more

Is there any privacy in the afterlife? In the FT this weekend, April Dembosky looks at what happens to personal data after death. Here, she adds a coda on how social media is recycled into memorials – regardless of the wishes of the deceased’s loved ones.

Of the various digital details Jennifer Kwong had to deal with after her fiancé’s death, the mass media’s trawling of social media sites was not one she expected. Read more

Hannah Kuchler

Pinterest, the online scrapbook recently valued at $3.8bn, will allow companies including Walmart, Nestle and Random House to show off the most popular pins about their products on their own websites. Read more

The smartphone as social enterprise: that is the pitch for Moto G, the latest product from Google-owned Motorola that went on sale on Wednesday for $179.

It also makes business sense for the struggling division, which might find it easier to rise above a pack of voracious competitors by focusing its efforts on faster-growing, more malleable emerging markets. Read more