Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for December 03, 2013:
- Apple acquired Topsy Labs, one of the few companies with full access to the full Twitter firehose of data. Among other things Topsy has an archive of every twitter post since launch in 2006. The WSJ reports Apple paid more than $200 million. Apple could use Topsy’s real-time data for its radio service, app store or iAds, among other things. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Google has announced the general availability of the Google Compute Engine, the cloud computing platform first launched in 2012, developed on top of the infrastructure it manages to run its own search engine and its other properties. As part of the launch, Google also announced expanded support for new operating systems, a 10 percent drop in pricing for standard instances, new 16-core instances for applications that need a lot of computation power and a new logo to update its branding. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei told Les Echos that he wants the company to pull out of the US market. Huawei's CEO has a past association with the People's Liberation Army, which has hindered the company from making strides in the U.S. telecom sector. Ren says that if the company is getting in the way of U.S.-China relations, "it's not worth it" and Huawei will leave the U.S. market to "not stay in the middle." Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Who’s winning the console war? Depends on what day it is and who you ask. PS4 sold a million then Xbox sold a million, but wait Xbox launched in more countries, then PS4 broke records in the UK BUT Infoscout projected Xbox One sold more on Black Friday And THEN Today. Sony announced it has sold 2.1 million PS4s as of December 1. Expect the next press release to come from Microsoft. Also Nintendo still exists. Read more at reuters.com.
- Spotify has a reputation with some artists as being not good enough compensation-wise. In response, the company has launched a new website, Spotify Artists, designed to explain how much musicians could be paid if they decide to stream their music. Spotify uses real-world, anonymized examples to detail how it calculates royalties, which have passed the $500 million this year. Two new partners, Next Big Sound's Artist Analytics dashboard and Topspin, processes Spotify's music metrics and helps artists decide when might be the best time to embark on a tour or new promotional campaign. Read more at engadget.com.
- Let's see who's using the patent hammer to nail another company. Oh, look. Nokia just won an injunction against HTC for patent infringement. Starting on December 6th, the HTC One Mini will not be sold in the UK. The HTC One is also affected, but it is under a delayed injunction so HTC has the chance to appeal. Judge Richard Arnold explained that stopping sales of the HTC One would cause "considerable" damage. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- Elan Gale put one over on most of us including myself, revealing yesterday on Twitter that there was no Diane and his account of a dispute with the angry air traveler was for entertainment purposes only. His post read "Here is Diana sitting in a chair" and showed a picture of an empty chair. He followed that up by writing "Whoops. Meant Diane. Great time for a typo." Rumors about Diane's identity had started to include allegations that she suffered from late-stage lung cancer before Gale put the hoax to rest. Read more at nymag.com.
- Netflix’s newest show aimed at kids, “Turbo Fast” debuts on Christmas Eve, but kids will only be able to watch five episodes of the animated series, rather than the whole season. Netflix isn’t committing to a release schedule, but said there will be “additional all-new episodes premiering throughout the year.” So, will Netflix ends up changing its release strategy for non-animated content too? Perhaps the Amazon model of releasing just a handful of episodes of shows like “Alpha House” when they debut, then rolling out a new one every week, is looking more attractive. Read more at allthingsd.com.
- Hey remember ACTA? Thought it was dead after the EU rejected it? Well Canada doesn’t think it’s quite so dead. The copyright treaty required participating countries to change their own intellectual property laws. A bill to comply was introduced to the Canadian parliament in March but was never considered. The bill was reintroduced in late October under the code C-8 and without any public discussion seems to be moving forward. Read more at techcdirt.com.
- Fortune.com published a website screenshot showing a China Mobile subsidiary taking pre-orders for the Apple iPhone. This fueled speculation that the iPhone was finally headed to the world's largest mobile carrier, China Mobile. The pre-order page was taken down and replaced by a message saying pre-orders would resume later. A China Mobile spokesperson told CNN that there is no deal with Apple yet. Read more at reuters.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for December 03, 2013.