Twitter cuts off Tumblr, one engineer dissents

Go on to Tumblr right now and have a look at the "Find People You Know" option. Notice anything different? Yup, Twitter's no longer one of the options. In an official statement to BuzzFeed, Tumblr confirmed that it had been cut off by the social network. It's not exactly pleased by the move either: To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to "Find Twitter Friends" on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. ...

Facebook, News

Facebook Messages becomes more like your inbox, Android app gets update

Look, Facebook's had a thing for email for quite a while now. It was perhaps inevitable then that Facebook Messages would start looking and functioning a lot more like a typical inbox. The update brings with it a two-pane layout designed to bring the feature more in line with the iOS and freshly updated Android versions. The inbox lists all the messages on the left, while a full view of all your selected conversations appears on the right. “We ...


Facestagram deal goes through for $747m

When Facebook first announced plans to buy Instagram it made headlines around the globe. Rightly so too, this was a billion dollar deal. Except it hasn't turned out quite that way. The deal's still going through, of course. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved it a few hours ago. Now though it's worth a great deal less at US$747-million. US$300-million of that will be in cash, while the rest will me made up in Facebook stock valued at US$19.44 ...


Meet the top execs of the hottest US tech companies. Here’s what they earn

Tim Cook is Silicon Valley's highest paid CEO, but you already knew that. What do other high profile execs earn? Personal finance and credit service comparison company, NerdWallet, created a tool that shows the compensation of the highest paid executive for each of the S&P 500 companies. We delved into the data for 2011 and ranked the highest earners for some of the more well known US tech companies. Perhaps, like us you are simply curious, but there are some interesting things ...


Amazon launches Indian Kindle store

Well now, looks like Amazon's presence in India just grew in a big way. The tech giant today launched a localised version of its Kindle store in the country, meaning that people can now shop for Kindle books in rupees. Amazon says the Indian Kindle store will offer over one-million e-books including 70 out of the top 100 Nielsen best sellers. It also claims that it offers the "lowest prices of any e-bookstore in India". Kindle and Kindle accessories can also ...


Is Vodafone set for a major push into the South Pacific?

Rumours are rife that Vodafone is set to buy a 50% stake in embattled South Pacific Mobile Network Operator, BeMobile which will extend the UK mobile giant's footprint into Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Vodafone is believed to be in advanced negotations to acquire 50% of BeMobile, effectively buying out large and small shareholders, leaving the balance in the hands of existing shareholder, PNG Telikom. BeMobileʼs performance (read: mounting losses and shrinking market share) over the last few ...

Interviews, Social media

Pinterest is a ‘virtual refrigerator door': Q&A with Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble When most people hear the name Robert Scoble, the first thing that comes to mind is "Scobleizer". Scoble was probably the first person to get famous through blogging and also the first person to get an annoyance measurement named after him. In September 2008 Follow Cost, a site that calculates how annoying it will be to follow anyone on Twitter, launched the milliscoble unit of measurement, which is defined as: "1/1000 of the average daily Twitter status updates by Robert ...

General Tech

Dealing with Big Data: the ‘thin slice’ concept

servers It has been said that “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”, and this rings true for Big Data. Just as applications like Google have become synonymous with the concept of searching for information on the internet through the use of a search engine, it’s not surprising that application frameworks such as Hadoop are becoming synonymous with the concept of Big Data (it may be no coincidence that the logo for Hadoop is a ...

Apple, Microsoft

The real difference between Microsoft, Apple’s record valuations

Stock Market tablet News that Apple became the most valuable company ever has dominated the tech news space over the past couple of days. It was quickly pointed out that it didn't actually hold the mantle on an inflation adjusted basis, but then again who is checking that? It turns out that there are some folks. They have every right to do so, I just think they're looking for answers in the wrong places. The stock closed at a 52 week and all ...


Samsapple: Apple & Samsung make their last stand

applevssamsung It's been a long road getting here. Here is the skinny if you have been living under a rock: Apple claims that Samsung "slavishly" copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad) and Samsung is countering with the defense that it didn't. Last week US District Judge Lucy Koh told the two companies to talk about a settlement over the phone “at least once” before the case reaches the jury. “It’s time for peace,” said the judge during the case ...






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