story of the week

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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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

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

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

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

Oscar Wilde said: “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” That still applies in digital times, as companies work hard for “likes” on Facebook or “re-tweets” on Twitter to build their online presence and community interaction.

This week, online advertising was in the spotlight as sites like Facebook and Twitter made headlines with their efforts to generate revenue. Read more

Smartphone users have a wide range of mobile photo-sharing services, the latest phase of social media, to choose from. It’s starting to feel like if you’re not using a photo-sharing app, then you must be building one.

This week more new photo-sharing apps launched, while existing app Instagram passed a milestone. Read more

While investors were giddy this week about the latest tech-company IPOs, the technologists themselves were more interested in the advent of services bringing music to people from the cloud–or clouds.  Read more