Being fired is never easy, especially if it happens over the phone. When Carol Bartz, chief executive of Yahoo, announced that she was let go, many pondered the future of one the earliest Internet companies. Others applauded Bartz for her honesty and some advised Yahoo to sell itself. Read more

Winners are supposed to be humble – in Britain, at least, which Britons like to regard as the home of self-deprecation. But on a summer evening, onstage to accept an award for entrepreneurship, Charlie Sharland is putting humility aside as he outlines the scale of his ambitions for AppSense, his software company.

Expressing surprise and thanking the judges – Britain also likes to see itself as the home of good manners – he continues matter of factly: “We are the leader in our field. We have an opportunity to be a $1bn business and we are going to get there.” Then he toddles back to his seat. Read more

As Apple moves from a period of charismatic leadership under Steve Jobs to more organisational leadership under the more low-key Tim Cook, it is following a managerial tradition that pertains in every successful organisation when the founder entrepreneur retires. As Mr Jobs leaves his chief executive post, attention has rightly been paid to his record as a product and marketing innovator, but less to his management style – which, both good and bad, is inimitable. Along with his enviable aesthetic sense, focus and negotiating prowess came a readiness to humiliate and embarrass others.

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Apple has released the beta version of iTunes Match, the service that lets users stream music tracks from the cloud, MacRumors reports. The service is currently available to developers in the US only.

A new research from Forrester says Amazon’s rumoured tablet could sell 3 to 5 million units in Q4 this year, Business Insider reports. The tablet is expected to launch in October, the site says. Read more

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Facebook is updating its photo viewer,  ZDNet reports. Facebook Photos will look cleaner, easier to view and bigger.

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal reports that the mobile payment service, Square, is growing through out the US. Data from the company shows that “just about every major city and plenty of smaller places have someone using the device”. Read more

From Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google+, to NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Allen Paltrow, who met Steve Jobs as a young boy, the web was filled with stories of personal reminiscences about the Apple co-founder and expressions of gratitude for his visionary work.

Late on Wednesday, Mr Jobs announced he was stepping down as chief executive of Apple. Many in the tech world reflected on his influential leadership. Others pondered whether the company will continue its success with Tim Cook taking overRead more

This week, Apple’s ascent lifted it ahead of Exxon Mobil to become the world’s most valuable company – though by the end of the week, the oil giant had regained the title.

Around the web, some predicted that Apple had far further to rise. For others, it represented a landmark shift from the traditional manufacturing economy to one of digital innovation. Read more

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Google has officially launched games on its social network, Google+, ZDnet reports. The launch, which will roll out gradually, includes games like Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz and Zynga Poker, the company said on its blogRead more

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Twitter has launched a stream called Activities, ReadWriteWeb reports. The new tab highlights Favorites, Retweets and Follows from individuals that users follow. The micro-blogging site also replaced the Mentions tab with a more personal notification newsfeed. Read more

Apple’s flirtation with the top spot in the list of the world’s largest companies by market capitalisation – which would end a six-year reign by ExxonMobil – is the sort of market trivia that we journalists love.

Perhaps it’s because rankings are so easy to understand, and a ranking voted on every day has added spice. Apple nearly went under a decade ago, which further enlivens this tale of corporate success. But given the capriciousness of markets, the other main point of interest is that Exxon has managed to hold the top position, with brief interruptions, for so long. Read more

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Facebook has launched Facebook Messenger, a mobile app of Facebook Chat and Facebook Message, VentureBeat reports. The app allows Facebook users to send real-time messages and fully integrates with Facebook profiles, Facebook Chat and Messages. Mashable reports that the app is currently the number one free app in the iTunes App Store. Read more

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Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, a service that allows users to create, discover and share lists, for an undisclosed price, The Next Web reports. Co-founder Sam Pullara will be joining the Twitter engineering team as part of the acquisition.

Less than a month since launching in the US, Spotify has 1.4 million registered users in the US says a source familiar with the company’s operations, AllThingsD reports.  Read more

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Comcast is to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families, Mashable reports. The program, called Internet Essentials, will “provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” the company said on its blogRead more

It looks like back-to-school shopping has hit venture capitalists and Facebook this week. The social networking company announced an intriguing acquisition of digital book publisher Push Pop Press. Meanwhile, Inkling, which has a publishing platform for putting textbooks on the iPad, raised a new round of funding. Read more

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The iPhone is number one in global smartphone shipment in the second quarter of 2011, according to the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Vendors shipped 106.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, up from 64.4 million units in the same quarter of 2010. Read more

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Digital textbook developer Inkling has raised $17m in a new round of fundraising, GigaOM reports. The startup will use the money to hire more employees and expand its offices, CEO Matt MacInnis told GigaOM. Read more

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Facebook has acquired e-book publisher Push Pop Press for an undisclosed price, ReadWriteWeb reports. The technology will “become part of how millions of people connect and share with each other on Facebook,” Push Pop Press said on its site. Read more


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Apple has opened iCloud.com for developers, 9to5mac reports. The website for Apple’s upcoming cloud storage service is in beta and features all new web apps for Mail, Calendar, Contacts and more.

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Square is now processing $4 million in mobile payments daily, TechCrunch reports. The company is on track to reach over $100 million in transactions in July.

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“Can I play a game on it?” Any parent with a smartphone or tablet has heard his or her child ask this. With all that mobile devices are capable of doing, smartphones and tablets are also driving the rise in mobile gaming.

This week, new research revealed growing revenue in mobile gaming. The shift in consumer behaviour has had a negative impact on console maker Nintendo, which cut its profit outlook for the year. Read more