Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: Facebook Phone, Twitter mouseover incident
Friday 24 September 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending September 24 include rumors about Facebook's mobile plans, Twitter gets hacked, Angel investors hold "secret" meetings, Google implements increased security measures for Apps and enhances document edition on the iPad and Android devices, and talk of RIM getting ready to release its BlackBerry tablet.
Rumors about a Faccebook phone started with a post by TechCrunch founder & co-editor Michael Arrington and blew up into a story that took over the blogs for the entire week. Arrington suggested Facebook was working on an inexpensive mobile phone that seamlessly integrates social networking with your mobile device and real-life friends. Facebook flat out denied the claims before admitting it was working to "design the best integrations in the widest variety of phones." Bloomberg later suggested Facebook was working with handset manufacturer INQ Mobile to develop two different social networking phones.
Twitter mouseover incident
A "'secret meeting" between a group of "super Angels" has caused controversy in the blogs after TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington suggested Silicon Valley's top investors were colluding. "When Angels Fight, Silicon Valley Loses," "The secret hell of tech industry angel investors" and "Can we trust Michael Arrington?" read the headlines of news articles across the blogs.
Enhanced security for Google Apps & Google Docs editing on iPad and Android
This week Google announced it is taking steps to make using cloud-based applications more secure for users with the introduction of a new two-step verification process. Google also revealed it will be introducing mobile editing in Google Docs for Android and iPad devices in next few weeks, enabling two or more users to "co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices."
Rumors about a forthcoming tablet designed by Research In Motion (RIM) have been rife for months but a post in the Wall Street Journal suggested the tablet was due within the next few weeks. Some bloggers believe the "BlackPad" will be announced during a special press event in San Francisco on Monday, September 27.
Life & Style blogs
iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
The face of fertility: why do men find women who are near ovulation more attractive?
'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
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