Miscellaneous

20 February 2014

Facebook snaps up messaging service WhatsApp in $19bn deal The Guardian

Facebook is to buy the messaging service WhatsApp for $19bn, the social media company said on Wednesday.

Read full article

16 February 2014

As War for Web Messaging Users Grows, Rakuten Buys Viber for $900 Million New York Times

He recently lost the pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to the New York Yankees, but Hiroshi Mikitani, the billionaire owner of the Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, may now have found some solace. On Friday, Rakuten said it would buy Viber Media, which runs a popular app for calling and messaging, for $900 million.

Read full article

The Plus in Google Plus? It's Mostly for Google New York Times

Google Plus, the company's social network, is like a ghost town. Want to see your old roommate's baby or post your vacation status? Chances are, you'll use Facebook instead.

Read full article

08 February 2014

Sony's exit from the PC market will not be the last The Guardian

Sony's decision to exit the PC business means that after 17 years in the industry, the Vaio brand will probably disappear from western retailers before the end of 2014.

Read full article

29 January 2014

Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks Computerworld

The early Wi-Fi standards that opened the world's eyes to wire-free networking are now holding back the newer, faster protocols that followed in their wake, Cisco Systems said.

Read full article

25 January 2014

Google patents ad tech linking restaurant to taxi ride BBC News

Google has patented a way of linking online ads to free or discounted taxi rides to the advertising restaurant, shop or entertainment venue.

Read full article

24 January 2014

Microsoft Earnings Illustrate Move to Devices and Services New York Times

A picture of the new Microsoft, one transformed from a software factory into a maker of devices and online services, came into sharper focus on Thursday.

Read full article

21 January 2014

How can Google feather its Nest with the internet of things? The Guardian

Looking past the glitter, big names, and big money ($3.2bn), a deeper look at Google's Nest acquisition doesn't yield a good theory. Perhaps because there isn't one

Read full article

19 January 2014

From Weibo to WeChat: After a crackdown on microblogs, sensitive online discussion has shifted The Economist

When Luo Changping, an investigative journalist, tried on November 22nd to post the latest chapter of his big scoop on WeChat, a popular Chinese mobile messaging service, censors blocked it. But he was able to work round them. In a follow-up message he told his subscribers they could send him the words "Chapter Seventeen"; users who did so automatically received the post on their mobile phones, uncensored.

Read full article

The new GE: Google, everywhere - With a string of deals the internet giant has positioned itself to become a big inventor, and reinventor, of hardware The Economist

At Google they call it the toothbrush test. Shortly after returning to being the firm's chief executive in 2011, Larry Page said he wanted it to develop more services that everyone would use at least twice a day, like a toothbrush. Its search engine and its Android operating system for mobile devices pass that test. Now, with a string of recent acquisitions, Google seems to be planning to become as big in hardware as it is in software, developing "toothbrush" products in a variety of areas from robots to cars to domestic-heating controls.

Read full article

10 January 2014

For PC Makers, the Good News on 2013 Is That It Is Over New York Times

The two leading analysis companies tracking the PC industry just delivered their reports on the fourth quarter of 2013, and it was bad.

Read full article

How the 'value trap' squeezes Windows PC makers' revenues and profits The Guardian

Analysis of the revenues and profits for the 'big five' PC manufacturers - HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus and Acer - which make more than 60% of the Windows PC - shows a multi-year squeeze on prices and profits. What next?

Read full article

23 December 2013

Into the Bitcoin Mines New York Times

On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin.

Read full article

20 December 2013

Bitcoin, Nationless Currency, Still Feels Government’s Pinch New York Times

If Bitcoin is a bubble, as its critics contend, it is showing signs of deflating.

Read full article

19 December 2013

Bitcoin sinks after China restricts yuan exchanges BBC News

Bitcoin has fallen to less than half the value it recently traded for, following reports of fresh action by Beijing to restrict trade in the virtual currency.

Read full article

18 December 2013

Apple misled customers about their consumer rights, Australian watchdog finds The Guardian

Apple has come to a court-enforceable agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after investigations by the watchdog found the computer giant was misleading some consumers about their rights to refunds, replacements, and repairs.

Read full article

15 December 2013

Google's Road Map to Global Domination New York Times

Fifty-five miles and three days down the Colorado River from the put-in at Lee's Ferry, near the Utah-Arizona border, the two rafts in our little flotilla suddenly encountered a storm. It sneaked up from behind, preceded by only a cool breeze. With the canyon walls squeezing the sky to a ribbon of blue, we didn't see the thunderhead until it was nearly on top of us.

Read full article

30 November 2013

The internet's fifth man: Louis Pouzin helped create the internet. Now he is campaigning to ensure that its design continues to evolve and improve in future The Economist

At a glitzy ceremony at Buckingham Palace this summer, Queen Elizabeth II honoured five pioneers of computer networking. Four of the men who shared the new £1m ($1.6m) Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering are famous: Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, authors of the protocols that underpin the internet; Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web; and Marc Andreessen, creator of the first successful web browser. But the fifth man is less well known. He is Louis Pouzin, a garrulous Frenchman whose contribution to the field is every bit as seminal.

Read full article

26 November 2013

Is Bitcoin about to change the world? The Guardian

If you want to buy drugs or guns anonymously online, virtual currency Bitcoin is better than hard cash. Canny speculators have been hoarding it like digital gold. Now the world's leading bankers are even talking about as a rival for real money. How does it work, where can you get it and is it the future?

Read full article

Leaving ABC News, Couric Describes Move to Yahoo as 'Being of the Moment' New York Times

Yahoo announced on Monday that it had signed the longtime network news star Katie Couric for a new position as the "global anchor" of its still-formative news operation.

Read full article

14 November 2013

Alastair Campbell: I hate what Dacre and Murdoch have done to journalism The Guardian

Why journalism, and why it matters in a world of flux? is the first of two lectures by Tony Blair's former director of communications as Cambridge University Humanitas visiting professor of media

Read full article

Greenpeace Tips Hat to Facebook, Google for Renewable Energy Use CIO

Greenpeace has often been critical of big data-center operators like Facebook for their impact on the environment, but on Wednesday it said some online firms are improving their practices and may even be the vanguard for renewable energy use.

Read full article

Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism Wired

You want a world-class conversation about the future of global health, the vanguard of philanthropy, and the divide between ignorance and data-driven knowledge? Bring in the Bills. Gates and Clinton, that is.

Read full article

01 November 2013

Africa to Lead the World in International Bandwidth Demand CIO

Africa's demand for Internet links to the rest of the world will grow by an average of 51 percent every year until 2019, ahead of all other regions, according to a forecast by research company Telegeography.

Read full article

31 October 2013

Bitcoin Pursues the Mainstream New York Times

The currency known as bitcoin -- a much-hyped and much-doubted type of digital cash that can be bought with traditional money -- has mostly attracted attention for its popularity in the black market, and for its wildly gyrating valuation.

Read full article

Registrar Solutions