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Will the expected launch of a new iPhone later today – and perhaps an “iWatch” – give a boost to Apple’s share price or trigger a decline? Read more
The clock’s ticking on the launch of Apple’s “iWatch” – expected on September 9 – and its Korean rivals are coming out ahead of time with their latest takes on wearable technology. Read more
Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based investor in e-commerce companies, is continuing to expand its roster of stakeholders, as its valuation grows past €4bn ahead of an expected IPO later this year. Read more
Lower prices and upgrades by businesses have lifted the global notebook PC market out of a seven-quarter slump. Read more
This is the launch of the century in Chinese video gaming terms. Read more
Arm shares are being treated like royalty today, despite being disdained as commoners at the open. Read more
Sounds like a bad week for Moore’s Law at the microchip industry’s big annual Silicon Valley get-together. Read more
Online video distribution network Rightster is adding views with the bolt-on acquisitions of Viral Spiral and Base79. A placing of 75m new shares to raise £42m will help fund the deals – with a co-founder of YouTube coming on board and investing. Read more
Twitter has acquired mobile ad specialist Namo Media as it tries to increase advertising revenues and answer investor concerns about its growth prospects. Read more
Here’s another sign of Qualcomm’s domination in mobile phones -Broadcom wants out of cellular baseband chips. Read more
Microsoft is expected to unveil a third generation version of its Surface tablet later on Tuesday.
Then again, it might not.
What’s likely to come out of its New York event (4pm London time, webcast here ) has been kept tightly under wraps by the company, leading to speculation that ranges from a Surface “mini” being shown to a larger 12-inch tablet, to nothing more than tweaks to existing models.
Whatever is in store, Microsoft needs some fairly dramatic improvements for Surface to come anywhere close to matching the iPad’s appeal. Read more
Sometimes it pays to be behind the times. Read more
While older industries still struggle with the digital transition, those one step ahead are toiling with the mobile one. Read more
Twitter has announced the acquisition of Gnip – one of only two companies it originally gave access to the “firehose” of trillions of tweets – as the social media company pursues revenues through selling analytical services. Read more
You shoot me down but I won’t fall. I am titanium.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, must be humming that tune this morning after announcing a solution to the two car fires that dented the electric car maker’s reputation last year. Read more
Here are some figures to back up the mad race to monetise mobile by tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Read more
In the canon of Apple top executive departures following the death of Steve Jobs, the retirement of numbers guy Peter Oppenheimer should give the least cause for concern. Read more
Here’s Apple’s play in the world of cars, and it’s called, er, CarPlay. Read more