Michael Arrington Steps Down as TechCrunch Editor
TechCrunch founder and editor-in-chief Michael Arrington, who has just launched an AOL-backed venture capital fund, is no longer an employee at AOL or TechCrunch, Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, reportedly wrote in an email to Business Insider.
Renewal Talks Break Down Between Netflix & Starz
Starz Entertainment, one of the major sources of newer movie content to Netflix, announced that its content will stop appearing on Netflix’s streaming platform as of February 28, 2012.
Fashion Marketers Voice Public Outcry Against Tumblr
Several fashion marketers and their agencies are speaking out against Tumblr as it prepares to send 16 bloggers to a second season of shows, breakfasts and intimate studio tours at their hosts’ expense.
Foursquare Adds Five New Languages
Foursquare has added five new languages to its app: Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Thai.
HTC Announces Two Windows Smartphones
HTC has announced two new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the 4.7-inch HTC Titan and 3.8-inch HTC Radar.
Acer Unveils Ultra-Thin Laptop
Acer has jumped on the Ultrabook bandwagon — the new class of ultra-portable laptops pushed by Intel — with Aspire S3, which will be available for €799 to €1,199 ($1,138 to $1,707) this September.
Samsung Unveils Bada 2.0 Smartphones
After announcing LTE versions of the Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, Samsung has unveiled a trio of Bada-powered smartphones: Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y.
Mobile Carriers Invest $100M in Google Wallet Competitor [REPORT]
Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile are planning to invest more than $100 million to take on mobile payment system Google Wallet, according to a report.
Beyonce’s Baby Revelation Breaks Twitter Record
UK Government Discusses Limiting Social Media
British officials met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry to discuss ways of restricting social media use during periods of civil disruption Thursday. Among the items discussed: requiring users to use their real names on Twitter.
WikiLeaks Cables Show China’s Failure to Measure Air Pollution
China has refrained from measuring the most dangerous types of air pollution in an effort to avoid political consequences, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.
Google Kills Slide in Favor of Google+
Apple’s Stock Price Stabilizes
Investors seem to have shrugged off Apple‘s bombshell announcement on Wednesday that Steve Jobs was resigning as CEO. The company’s stock price, which had fallen as much as 7% in after-hours trading, was down less than 1% by mid-afternoon Thursday.
So Funny! This Guy Built An Entire Website To Convince Google To Hire Him
shout out to:the-goods
iPhone 5 Launching in October, Not September
The iPhone 5 is making its debut in October, not September, as earlier reports suggested, sources have told AllThingsD.
Facebook Expanding in UK
Facebook is moving into new office space to accompany the expansion of its 70-person team in the UK.
White House Aide Says Tweets Influenced Debt Ceiling Deal
The White House believes that Twitter influenced the recently announced agreement on the U.S. debt ceiling, a White House aide said in a conversation that took place, appropriately enough, on Twitter.
Hackers Target Anders Behring Breivik’s Twitter Account
It appears the hacker group Anonymous has hijacked the Twitter account belonging to Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the June attacks in Norway.
Foxconn To Bring in 1 Million Robots To Replace Part of Workforce
Foxconn, a company that manufacturers parts used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad, has allegedly told Chinese media that it plans to replace part of its workforce with 1 million robots over the next three years.
Adobe Launches HTML5 Web Animations Tool
To global search giant, Google, Africa is the next Internet hotspot. Globally, there are 94 domains registered per 10 000 users. However, in Africa, there is only one domain per 10 000 users. As such, there is tremendous potential for growth on the continent in the web space.
Through its Africa programs focused on getting more Africans online, the company is betting that by developing an accessible, vibrant and self sufficient Internet ecosystem on the continent many more Africans would come online. Key among its strategies to develop the continent’s Internet ecosystem is to increase the amount of local African content online.
“If you want to be successful you have to do a good job at localising content,” said Nelson Mattos, Google’s VP of Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at a Google event in South Africa.