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Apple looking to take on Instagram with iCloud update

Apple is reportedly working on an update to its iCloud service that will feature functionality similar to that of the recently-acquired-by-Facebook Instagram photo-sharing service. The update is expected to be officially announced in June at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, according to the original Wall Street Journal report. The report cited unnamed sources who claimed that the up...[Read More]

Google vs. Oracle patent phase finishes today

The legal teams representing both Google and Oracle will be presenting their closing arguments for the second phase of the case which aims to determine whether Google infringed on Oracle’s copyright when the Android OS was developed. Oracle has already won a few small victories but the case has not developed as they had hoped. The jury in the first phase of the trial found that Google had in...[Read More]

Google and Twitter questioned regarding Facebook’s Instagram purchase

Google and Twitter have been approached by the US Federal Trade Commision (FTC) regarding Facebook’s recent $1 billion Instragram purchase according to a report from Reuters, which cited a source familiar with the probe. It was not immediately clear what information the FTC was seeking from the two companies, the source said, but it is customary for the FTC to review purchases that are over ...[Read More]

Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his US citizenship ahead of the company’s upcoming IPO (initial public offering) which is set to happen this Friday. Saverin, who is originally from Brazil, started the process of renouncing his citizenship in September last year but this was only made public when America’s IRS released a list of Americans who were giving up their citiz...[Read More]

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson resigns

Yahoo’s (now former) CEO Scott Thompson has resigned, citing “personal reason” for leaving the company after only six months at the helm. His resignation comes on the heels of claims that he had falsified his resume, leading to the Yahoo board looking into his credentials. Sources speaking to AllThingsD have said that Thompson will be claiming that he is leaving due to a recently...[Read More]

Facebook tests charging for ‘highlighted’ posts – report

Facebook is reportedly testing whether it would be possible to make money by charging users to ‘highlight’ certain posts according to a report from Stuff.co.nz. The feature, where Facebook makes a user’s post more visible on their friend’s Timelines, is apparently being trialled in New Zealand. Facebook spokeswoman Mia Garlick is quoted as saying “We’re constant...[Read More]

Google, Mozilla concerned over browsers in Windows RT

Mozilla have registered their concerns over the upcoming ARM-specific Windows RT OS, which will reportedly only fully support Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The Firefox developer has called for Microsoft to allow alternate browsers on the ARM-based system, a call which Google has echoed. The two companies would be able to release a browser for the RT operating system but the software will be...[Read More]

Twitter refusing to release Occupy protester’s data without a warrant

Twitter is resisting a court order instructing the company to hand over data pertaining to one of the service’s users. The user, Malcolm Harris, is an Occupy Wall Street protestor who is being charged for alleged disorderly conduct at a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last year. Twitter has filed a motion to quash the court order, saying that user information – Harris’ tweets in t...[Read More]

Microsoft to go carbon neutral from July

Microsoft will be taking the carbon neutral route from July this year according to a blog post from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. The initiative will apply to “…across all our direct operations including data centers, software development labs, air travel, and office buildings”, with an accountability model being introduced that will hold each Microsoft business unit responsible fo...[Read More]

RIM announces new COO and CMO

Research in Motion have added two new names to their management lineup, in the positions of chief operating officer and chief marketing officer. Kristian Tear will be taking over as COO following a position as executive vice president at Sony Mobile Communications. Previously Tear worked for Ericsson, holding several positions within the company. Frank Boulben, formerly of LightSquared where he wa...[Read More]

Jury finds that Google infringed Oracle’s copyright but it is not over yet

A jury yesterday determined that Google infringed on Oracle’s Java copyrights with the Android OS but they were unable to come to a unanimous decision whether Google’s infringement was protected by fair use laws. The ruling has been called a partial victory for Oracle but it is likely that there will be a longer wait to see whether Google will be held liable for the infringement. Googl...[Read More]

Yahoo board to examine CEO’s credentials following “inadvertent error”

Yahoo’s board of directors will  be reviewing the academic qualifications of CEO Scott Thompson after the founder of hedge fund Third Point, Daniel Loeb, accused Thompson of padding his qualifications. Yesterday Loeb wrote a letter to Yahoo’s board saying that current CEO Thompson “embellished his academic credentials” by claiming to hold bachelor’s degrees in compute...[Read More]

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