03 May 2013

France's socialist government kills Yahoo-Daily Motion deal

The Luddites in France are still at it--unintended message to entrepreneurs in France: better move to London to do your tech startup--

Yahoo Scraps Deal for French Video Site - WSJ.com: ""I won't let you sell one of France's best startups," Mr. Montebourg told Mr. Pelissier, his voice raised, according to people briefed on the meeting. "You don't know what you're doing." Efforts since then to salvage the sale have failed. . . . French newspaper Le Monde earlier reported the collapse of the talks. . . . The collapse of talks to sell Dailymotion risks damaging France's image with foreign businesses and investors at a time when France is depending on them for growth."

Does Apple's iOS need a makeover?
Washington Post
(Say what you will about Microsoft's Windows 8 platform or the Windows Phone — the company has shown a certain flair for design of late.) Plenty of Apple bloggers — Rene Ritchie at iMore, Daring Fireball's John Gruber and 9 to 5 Mac's Mark Gurman ...

Apple remains tablet king, but Samsung climbs
CNET
Asus shipped 2.7 million tablets, thanks to the Nexus 7, and Kindle maker Amazon shipped 1.8 million tablets. Microsoft landed among the top five tablet vendors for the first time with its Surface PT and Surface Pro tablets. It shipped a total of 900 ...

Google Glass owner: 'I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to ...
New York Daily News
An early adopter has compared the significance of Google Glass with the launch of theApple II computer and the first iPhone and believes that the key to the headset's success will simply come down to price, not privacy. Technologist Robert Scoble ...

New York Daily News

Microsoft Struggles to Compete Against iPad, Ships 900K Surface Tablets
PC Magazine
"Sustained demand for the iPad mini and increasingly strong commercial shipments led to a better-than expected first quarter for Apple," Tom Mainelli, research director for IDC, said in a statement. "In addition, by moving ... Asus, which makes Google ...

BBC News
Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects. This "robo-fly", built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic "muscles" to power its wings.

New Apple bonds dominate trade in US secondary market
Economic Times
NEW YORK: More than a quarter of the secondary trading in the US corporate bond market Wednesday was in Apple's newly-minted $17 billion issues, as investors started betting that the iPhone maker will end up trading tighter than higher-ratedMicrosoft.

Economic Times

Google Makes Investment in Lending Club
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Under the investment, in which venture-capital firm Foundation Capital is also participating, Googlewill get a minority stake in Lending Club and Google executive David Lawee will join the company's board as an observer. Lending Club, which was valued ...

Google tries patience of UK taxman with Irish sales pitch
Irish Independent
Matt Brittin smiled confidently as he explained that Google wasn't liable for taxation on UK sales because these were all handled from its European headquarters in Dublin. "Nobody [in the UK] is selling," he told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

JC Penney's begging ad criticizes former Apple exec
CNET (blog)
Yes, that man with the weird ideas we hired from Apple. He made us do all those things that drove our customers away in droves. So now that he's gone, please come back. We beg you. We'll be the old JC Penney. The one you all loved. Although maybe you ...

Are Google apps besting the iPhone's default software? - USA Today
USA TODAY
Cut to June 2012. Apple took a giant step away from Google integration with its mobile devices and showed off the new Apple Maps app. Introducing turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, and spoken directions, the new software sported smooth ...

Apple's iOS 7 Will Ship On Time, Sources Say - John Paczkowski ...
By John Paczkowski
Apple's iOS 7 is so significant a reimagining of the mobile operating system that the company is mustering additional engineering resources to get it out the door in time for a preview at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which is ...
AllThingsD

Apple's iOS 7 Will Ship On Time For A Preview Release In June And ...
By Darrell Etherington
Apple's iOS 7 will arrive "on time," according to a couple of well-placed sources following a report from Bloomberg this morning that suggests.. ... Facebook, Google Ad Execs Spar Over The Value · Philz · Apple's iOS 7 Will Ship On Time ...
TechCrunch

New Apple ID Phishing Effort Compromises Over 100 Sites - Mac ...
By Eric Slivka
As highlighted by The Next Web, security firm Trend Micro yesterday outlined a new phishing scam that has seen the perpetrators compromise over 100 sites in their attempts to gain access to users'Apple ID accounts. While Apple IDs are ... Amazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS to provide a number of new features for users who are visually impaired. Most notably, the app now ... MicrosoftCommercial Pits Apple Against Samsung to Tout Windows Phone (148). • Square Register ...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Google Glass developer reveals 'Winky' eye gesture app that takes ...
By Steve Dent
Remember those "eye gestures" spotted in Google Glass code? Developer Mike DiGiovanni, who just released the "Bulletproof" lockscreen for Glass, has already used them to develop an app called "Winky" that snaps photos on the Explorer ...
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