For Internet companies, a redesign can be a make or break moment. This week, Twitter unveiled a new look to the micro-blogging service’s website and mobile applications. While the company said it “simplified the design to make it easier than ever,” existing users saw the changes as a step towards Twitter monetising its service. Read more

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Microsoft has revealed details of its Windows Store for Windows 8, The Verge reports. The store is to be released in late February and developers can submit apps starting at $1.49. The company also revealed a revenue share that differs from rival marketplaces. Read more

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Facebook users can rest easier. This week, the social networking site settled a privacy complaint from the Federal Trade Commission.

While Mark Zuckerberg admitted “a bunch of mistakes” had been made in the past, he wrote that the company is “committed to being transparent”. But skeptics questioned whether sharing information on Facebook and user privacy can coexist. Read more

Did Apple kill Adobe’s mobile Flash? That is the question many asked this week after Adobe announced that it would end development of Flash for mobile devices. Read more

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Disney and YouTube have reached an agreement to produce new Disney-branded content for the web, the New York Times reports. Read more

Now that Groupon has gone public, many are wondering what will happen next to the online daily deals seller.

While some are optimistic that the company will use the $700 million it raised in its offering to maintain a “dominant position even as deep-pocketed rivals ramp up their deals businesses,” others are doubtful the company can prove that its business is sustainable. Read more

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Barnes & Noble is to introduce the Nook Tablet, a lighter, faster, 7-inch color touchscreen e-reader, Engadget reports. The Nook Tablet is set to be released on November 16th for $249.

According to a study by Ernst & Young LLP, US venture capital investment in clean technology rose 73 percent from last year in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports. Read more

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Apple has said in a statement that it has found a few bugs that are affecting the battery life of its latest iPhone devices running iOS 5, AllThingsD reports. Apple has said it will issue a software update in a few weeks.

Amazon is launching a book lending service for Kindle and Kindle Fire owners who are also subscribers of Amazon Prime, ReadWriteWeb reports.  Read more

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Since its integration with Facebook, MOG, the music streaming service, has reached 160,000 monthly average users, a 264 percent growth for the month of October, Venture Beat reports.

Apple is planning to update its retail store to allow customers to buy items through an app, BGR reports. The update is supposed to start on November 3rd. Read more

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Google is set to launch a native Gmail application for the iPhone, according to MG Siegler. Those who have seen the app say it is “pretty fantastic,” MG Siegler reports. Read more

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Steve Jobs’ biological sister Mona Simpson has shared the eulogy she delivered for her brother at his memorial service with the New York Times.

9to5 Mac reports that Apple has acquired C3 Technologies, a company that creates 3D maps of cities and geographic features. Read more

With all the tablets and smart phones that fight for our attention, more traditional tech companies have been pushed to the background. Yet IBM and HP each managed to grab the attention of the tech world this week when IBM appointed Ginni Rometty as chief executive and HP announced it would keep its PC division. Read more

This week we saw that, while Steve Jobs may be gone, his shadow looms large over Apple and its forthcoming products.

Despite the company missing its third-quarter earnings estimates, Apple posted record sales of the iPhone 4S in the first three days. Meanwhile, the late co-founder’s leaked biography is in the spotlight for revealing intimate details of a very private man. Read more

For people unable to communicate easily via BlackBerry, BlackBerry users are making a lot of noise. Faced with a third day of disruption to BlackBerry services around the world, they’re venting their outage outrage on Twitter and in the blogosphere. Many are reaching the same conclusion: this is a communications crisis for Research in Motion.

Well, no. As one of BP’s advisers commented last year when the oil company was being lambasted for its response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion: “It’s not a PR crisis; it’s a crisis.”

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The death of Steve Jobs produced a wave of public grief. From accounts of his historical significance to highly personal reminiscences, it was a moment to commemorate a man who did more than anyone to shape the history of personal technology. Read more

amazon kindle fireAmazon entered the tablet battle this week, unveiling the Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet that will run on Google’s Android operating system.

While news of Amazon’s tablet was long-rumoured, the unexpected price point caused quite a stir with some commentators. Others saw the Fire as a game changing device for media consumption. Read more

It’s been a busy week for Facebook. After releasing a new look to users earlier in the week, Mark Zuckerberg announced at f8 that there are many more changes to come.

From timelines to tickers, and taking in on-site music-listening and movie-watching, it seemed that everyone had something to say about the latest updates coming to the social networking site. Read more

Things are heating up again in the world of tablets. While talk of a tablet war is buzzing, with the latest player soon to be Microsoft, existing tablet makers are struggling to catch up with the iPad.

This week, Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 operating system on tablets at the Build conference and RIM announced its Playbook tablet sales had fallen far below expectations. Read more

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Google has unveiled the first developer application programming interfaces for Google+, the company’s new social network, Mashable reports. The launch is the first step toward developers creating Google+ apps and integrating the social network into existing apps. Read more

The trendy bar on the Kings Road in London is small, dark and full of serious young men in T-shirts and jeans. Every one of them is a technology entrepreneur planning to change the world.

And this evening, as they sip imported beer and shout snippets of conversation at each other, might be the moment they make that all-important connection – the funding, the idea, the partnership – that helps them realise the dream. Read more