Top tech headlines: Steve Jobs resigns from Apple, $99 TouchPad sale

Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending August 26 include Steve Jobs’ resignation from Apple, Facebook’s new Google+ like privacy options, the race to get a cheap HP TouchPad, American carrier Sprint to sell the iPhone 5 and Skype to acquire group messaging service GroupMe.

Steve Jobs resigns from Apple
Despite inevitability that Steve Jobs would eventually leave his job as CEO of Apple, technology journalists were still shocked and saddened by the news of his resignation. The web was filled with tributes ranging from " The Evolution of Steve Jobs’ Clothing" to " Steve Jobs: Genius of the Ages? Or Just Born at the Right Time?" Steve Jobs was not the only one in the spotlight; profiles that detailed every facet of new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s life quickly appeared on the web. An internal email sent by Tim Cook to Apple employees that assured staff that "Apple is not going to change" was also leaked to the press.

Facebook rolls out Google+ like enhancements

Facebook announced a bucketload of improvements in a move that brings many of Google+’s most-loved circle-based privacy options to the social network. Hubspot suggested that the increasing rivalry between Facebook, Google+ and Twitter has much more to do with user information and search share than it does with social media sharing or user numbers.

HP TouchPad firesale

After HP announced it would shut down its WebOS hardware section last week consumers raced to get their hands on the heavily discounted TouchPad tablets. All Things D reported that the company lost between $140 million to $300 million on hardware costs alone on the abandoned TouchPad tablet. HP’s WebOS Pre 3 smartphone launch was canceled in the US too, however existing inventory in selected European markets has gone on sale for a "mere $75 unlocked."

American carrier Sprint to sell iPhone 5
An article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that American carrier Sprint may start selling the next-generation iPhone when it is released in the US in mid-October. The Business Insider, quoting analysis by Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray, said the deal will help Apple sell an additional 6 million iPhones in 2012.

Skype to acquire group messaging service GroupMe

VoIP service Skype announced its intentions to purchase cross-platform group messaging service GroupMe in the hope of improving its mobile offering. According to reports Skype will pay "around $85 million for the company."

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