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It must have been galling to Microsoft when Hewlett-Packard brought back Windows 7 “by popular demand” last month. But it reflected a reality that has been hard to ignore: the vast majority of PC users who still manipulate a mouse and tap on a keyboard have little to gain from the touch-centric tiled interface of Windows 8.
Now, Microsoft is ready to make more concessions to the keyboard-and-mouse crowd – while insisting that it is still committed to touch. Read more
Facebook is paying up to $19bn in cash, stock and earnouts to acquire WhatsApp Messenger, the world’s most popular mobile chat app with more than 450m regular users. Here Tim Bradshaw and Hannah Kuchler brought live reaction and comment from Facebook’s conference call.
In the battle between old and new media, Time Warner’s premium cable channel HBO still rakes in more money and global subscribers but television streaming service Netflix is quickly gaining ground, writes Emily Steel.
“A million dollars isn’t cool. Do you know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” So early Facebook investor Sean Parker’s character said to a young Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network.
Ten years on, the founder and chief executive of Facebook may have a new answer to what’s cool: a $150bn market capitalisation, almost $8bn in revenue and personal wealth estimated at $30bn. Read more
Friday’s Personal Tech column reviewed the Narrative Clip, a small wearable camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds. Although it is a well-made product, I encountered some difficulties with the privacy aspects of wearing such a device, and felt that the images it produced were not worth the social awkwardness that it created.