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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

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion might have been forgiven for thinking that the British government’s interest in their technologies’ role in last month’s riots had waned, after it abandoned plans to block social media during disturbances.

Not so. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Research in Motion is attempting to bolster its popular BlackBerry Messenger service against a raft of competition from Facebook, Apple, Google and WhatsApp by bolting on a new subscription music service.

BBM Music will offer tracks from all four major music labels which the BlackBerry owners can share on their “profiles”. Read more

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Research in Motion is in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of the company’s instant message service, BlackBerry Messenger, according to CNET.  At the moment there are very few details as to how the music service would work within BBM but it is expected to be launched within the next few weeks, sources told CNET. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion have made quite different responses to the prime minister’s call for them to play a greater role in preventing future riots on the British streets.

The three technology companies have been summoned before the home secretary to discuss a mooted scheme to block conspiring riotersRead more

Richard Waters

The realignment in the tech world triggered by the smartphone wars continues apace. The latest installment: Microsoft and RIM, which will make Bing the default search engine on the BlackBerry. It may only be a distribution deal for search and maps at this stage, but the appearance of Steve Ballmer at a big RIM event was striking. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday. It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services. Much more is missing too, as we found out in a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. Read more

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  • Google has announced changes to its search algorithm to combat ‘content farms’ – sites that that gaining top listings in spite of having ‘shallow’ or ‘low-quality’ content. ‘Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible,’ Google writes in its blog. ‘This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time.’

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  • RIM is considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps, according to BGR. The company is looking at using a Java virtual machine that would allow the forthcoming PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform.

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  • The launch of the Daily, News Corp’s news service for the iPad has been put back by a few weeks, All Things Digital reports. Apple supposedly needs extra time to tweak its new subscription service for publications sold through iTunes.
  • BGR has the details of the two latest BlackBerry smartphone handsets: the Dakota, which it claims will “sit right at the head of the BlackBerry family dinner table”, and an upgrade to its Torch model.

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