Top tech headlines: Google Wallet mobile payments, Windows Phone Mango update
Friday 27 May 2011
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending May 27 include the unveiling of Google Wallet, a preview of WP7 Mango update, rumors Facebook will integrate music streaming service Spotify, Apple-Lodsys patent dispute, and Twitter’s acquisition of TweetDeck.
Google details Google Wallet NFC mobile payment service
Google unveiled a new mobile payment service called Google Wallet that uses near field communication (NFC) and location-based services (LBS) to turn smartphones into next-generation payment devices. Google Wallet replaces credit cards, loyalty cards, daily deals emails and encourages users to “tap, pay and save” with their phone.
Microsoft Windows Phone Mango update preview
Microsoft previewed the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, codenamed "Mango." The Windows Phone 7.1 OS update sports more than 500 new attributes including deeper social network integration, enhanced live tiles and new web features. Mango directs users away from a "sea of disconnected apps" said Microsoft, and instead organizes information according to the person or groups of people users want to connect with.
Facebook rumored to launch music streaming service with Spotify
According to a report by Forbes, European-based music streaming service Spotify could be deeply integrated into Facebook in as soon as two months, enabling users to play millions of songs from Spotify’s library through the social network. "It has yet to be decided if the new service will be called 'Facebook Music' or 'Spotify on Facebook,'" wrote Parmy Olson for Forbes while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that, "We don’t have the DNA to be a music company or a movie company."
Apple-Lodsys patent dispute
“Patent holding firm” Lodsys threatened to sue developers using in-app payments in their iOS apps for infringing on an in-app payment patent the company held. Days (or weeks in some cases) later Apple wrote to Lodsys asking them to “cease and desist from any further threats to Apple’s customers and partners,” adding that, “Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license.”
Twitter acquires third-party client TweetDeck
Microblogging platform Twitter announced that it had acquired third-party Twitter client TweetDeck, a service Twitter describes as "a groundbreaking dashboard for monitoring what people are saying in real-time." While Twitter already has its own mobile application, it purchased TweetDeck because the client’s core users are "the most active, influential and valuable users of Twitter and social media in general."
Life & Style blogs
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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