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
Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
Snapchat got rid of the Best Friends feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Hershey's angers US chocolate purists by forcing company to stop importing 'yummy' Cadbury bars
Food secrets: the good, the bad...and the faeces
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
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