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
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
Doctors tell Treasury of their anger at rejection of pay reviews
Jeremy Hunt to reform hospital parking rules
Victoria’s Secret says tickets for the London fashion show are not for 'sale' - but seats are still available for £10k
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
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