The Official Google Blog:
Coming soon: make your phone your wallet — (Cross-posted on the Google Commerce Blog and Google Mobile Blog) — Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Next Web and @triciad
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Google steps into mobile payments with Google Wallet, Google Offers goes wide
@triciad: I can see why Google really wanted to buy Groupon now...Would this all be cooler if they were on stage together? Maybe.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Live from the Google Wallet press event! — 12:02PM in 1998 70% of consumers wouldn't pay online. Today, over 70% do. 180 degree transaction. — 12:02PM “Virtually every retail brand has invested in building an ecommerce website... you're literally seeing every retail brand, every consumer brand offline come online.”
Discussion: Mashable!, SAI, Gizmodo, mocoNews, Search Engine Land, BGR, TechCrunch, AllThingsD, BGR, This is my next, dailywireless.org and Electronista
Christina Warren / Mashable!: Google Reveals Mobile Payment System [Live Blog]
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: LIVE: Google's NFC Payments Event
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Google Wallet: How Google's Going to Eat Your Real Wallet
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Live Blogging Google Wallet ("Molo") Press Event
Todd Haselton / BGR: Google announces Google Wallet and Google Offers for mobile payments
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD: Liveblogging Google's Mobile Payments Announcements
Zach Epstein / BGR: Live from the Google Wallet press conference!
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next: Google Wallet and Google Offers announced
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Google Wallet — Google is hosting a press event today …
Hedge fund star calls for Microsoft CEO to go — (Reuters) - Influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn called for Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to step down, saying the software company's long-time chief was stuck in the past. — Einhorn, speaking at the annual Ira Sohn …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Computerworld, InfoWorld, PC World, AllThingsD, Between the Lines Blog, CNET News, The Tech Trade, Bloomberg, Fast Company, PE Hub Blog, The Register, DailyTech, Deal Journal, @andrewbaron, The Tech Report, TechEye, AppleInsider, thinq_, ITworld.com, The Microsoft Blog, SlashGear, TechSpot, WinRumors, The Next Web, Neowin.net, Electronista, Pocket-lint, @jason, SAI, MacDailyNews, WinBeta and GeekWire
Preston Gralla / Computerworld: Beginning of the end for Microsoft's Ballmer? Hedge fund “star” says he should resign.
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld: Investor calls for Ballmer's head — but who will replace him?
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: Einhorn To Microsoft CEO: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: Hedge fund manager wants Microsoft's Ballmer to go: Why it won't happen
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Top fund manager: Ballmer must go
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: iFive: Google NFC Plans, Ballmer Must Leave MS, Apple's Secret At WWDC, China Prison eGold, Kutcher Invests In Airnb
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Ballmer: Time up for ‘stuck in the past’ Microsoft CEO?
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal: David Einhorn Loves Microsoft, Hates Steve Ballmer
Andrew Baron / @andrewbaron: If you invested $100K in Microsoft 10 yrs ago you would have just $69K today.
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Ballmer should resign, says hedge fund manager
Nick Farrell / TechEye: Hedge fund calls for Ballmer's scalp
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: Major Microsoft shareholder wants Ballmer's blood
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog: David Einhorn, hedge-fund star, calls for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's head
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: High profile investor says Steve Ballmer should step down
Tim Schiesser / Neowin.net: Steve Ballmer needs to go, claims hedge fund manager
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint: Ballmer must go, says Microsoft shareholder
Jason Calacanis / @jason: What startup CEO would you replace Steve Ballmer with? — see: Hedge fund star calls for Microsoft CEO to go http://t.co/vCHWp9Q @answers
Courtney Comstock / SAI: Hedge Fund Manager David Einhorn To Microsoft: Fire Steve Ballmer
BogenDorpher / WinBeta: Microsoft Investor Wants CEO Steve Ballmer Fired
Azam Ahmed / DealBook:
Ballmer Must Go, Einhorn Says
Ballmer Must Go, Einhorn Says
Discussion: Computerworld, Seattle Times, L.A. Times Tech Blog, @katyawachtel, The Register and Guardian
Sharon Chan / Seattle Times: Ballmer needs to go, says investor David Einhorn
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Microsoft retracts CEO Ballmer's claim that Windows 8 is due in 2012
Katya Wachtel / @katyawachtel: Einhorn: its time for the microsoft board to tell ballmer to go #irasohn
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Microsoft shareholder calls for Ballmer's head
Peter Parkes / Heartbeat:
[UPDATED] Problems signing into Skype and making calls for a small number of users — A small number of you may have had problems signing in to Skype. This predominantly affects people using Skype for Windows. We have identified the problem and will issue a fix in the next few hours.
Discussion: ZDNet, CNET News, Computerworld, mocoNews, PC Magazine, Digital Trends, The Register, BGR, Engadget, Gizmodo, The Next Web, msnbc.com, VoIP & Gadgets Blog, Bright Side Of News*, Ubergizmo, Neowin.net, O'Grady's PowerPage, Electronista, GSMArena Blog, SlashGear, Pocket-lint and Voice on the Web
Gloria Sin / ZDNet: How-to: Get Skype working again?
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Skype suffers outage, delivers quick fix
Tom Krazit / mocoNews: Skype Outage Easing; Simple Fix Said To Be In Works
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine: How to Fix Your Skype Login Problems
Adam Rosenberg / Digital Trends: Skype connection issues identified, fix is being worked on
John Leyden / The Register: $8.5bn Skype goes titsup again - including website
Todd Haselton / BGR: Skype service down for some, quick fix available now
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: I Hope Microsoft Got the Extended Warranty on Skype (Updated)
Rosa Golijan / msnbc.com: Skype's not working right now, here's how to fix it
Marcus Pollice / Bright Side Of News*: Major Outage Hits Skype
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Skype currently down for some users [Update]
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Skype posts workaround instructions for connection issue found on Mac OS X
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Skype is down, cause under investigation [Update: Fix!]
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint: Skype service falls over worldwide
Jim Courtney / Voice on the Web: Skype Login Disruption-With a Fix On The Way
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Square's name and design were changed by a lunch at Apple — According to Jack Dorsey, payment service Square was almost called ‘Squirrel’ and the card reader dongle was made of wood and shaped like an acorn. Until he had lunch at Apple. Update below. — Dorsey, Twitters co-founder …
Discussion: SAI, MacStories, RazorianFly and NBC Bay Area
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: How A Lunch At Apple Changed Square Forever
Federico Viticci / MacStories: A Lunch At Apple Changed Square's Name and Design
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area: Square's Hairy Apple Connection
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S outsells the iPhone in Japan during Q1 2011 — The Japanese mobile industry is one that's filled with ridiculous devices made by handset vendors that almost never sell their creations overseas. It's why many call Japan the Galápagos Islands of mobile.
Discussion: eWeek and 9to5 Google
Christian Zibreg / 9to5 Google: In Japan, Samsung Galaxy S beats the iPhone
Lee Hower / Fortune:
How LinkedIn first raised money (and endured rejection) — LinkedIn went public last week, with investors falling over each other to buy shares at a market cap that now exceeds $9 billion. But it wasn't always so easy for the social network to raise money.
Alyson Shontell / SAI: LinkedIn's Lee Hower Describes The Brutal Series A Fundraising Process
China using prisoners in lucrative internet gaming scam — Labour camp detainees endure hard labour by day, online ‘gold farming’ by night — As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China.
Discussion: Computerworld, PC World, Betabeat, VentureBeat, Techland, GamePolitics News, Geek.com, TG Daily, SlashGear, Engadget, Penn Olson, The Next Web, Neowin.net, thinq_, Massively, TechEye and Boing Boing
Pete Davison / Computerworld: Gold-Farming Chinese Prisoners
Dan Duray / Betabeat: Booting Up: Celebrity Edition
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: Chinese prison hard labor includes MMO gold farming
Kate Taylor / TG Daily: Chinese convicts forced to play World of Warcraft
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Prisoners in China forced into World of Warcraft gold farming
Vlad Savov / Engadget: Chinese prisoners forced to produce virtual gold, real profits for their guards
Francis Tan / The Next Web: Chinese inmates forced to farm gold online
Tim Schiesser / Neowin.net: Prisoners in China forced to produce virtual gold for guards
Gareth Halfacree / thinq_: Chinese labour camps turned into gold farms
Justin Olivetti / Massively: Chinese prisoners forced to farm MMOs for cash
Edward Berridge / TechEye: Chinese use forced labour for online gold farming
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: Gold-farming in a Chinese forced-labor camp
iPhone 4S to be revealed at WWDC? Invites appear to confirm it... If you believe the rumours currently fizzing down Britain's broadband pipes, Apple has pretty much put the kibosh on iPhone 5 - at least for 2011. — But if that's the case, why is Apple's public relations department …
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, Business Wire, App Advice, Neowin.net, Softpedia News, Appolicious Advisor, MacHackPC, AppleInsider, Redmond Pie, Newlaunches.com, TiPb, Electronista and The Next Web
Sarah Silbert / LAPTOP Magazine: Rumor: Apple to Announce iPhone 4S at WWDC in June?
Andrew Couts / Business Wire: Rumor: iPhone 4S to debut at WWDC, after all
Joe White / App Advice: Apple's iPhone PR Team Invite UK Journalists To WWDC - New iPhone Will Be Announced After All?
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor: Rumor: There really could be a new iPhone at WWDC
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider: Apple's iPhone PR team reportedly inviting UK press to cover WWDC
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie: Apple Rounding Up UK Journalists For WWDC - New iPhone Hardware Announcement Imminent?
Cody Allison / TiPb: iPhone 4S coming at WWDC? [rumor madness]
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: WWDC invites from Apple PR spark iPhone announcement rumors
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Rumor: Apple courting Samsung to build AMOLED displays for iPad 3? — File this one under the highly improbable drawer because there's little chance Samsung will let Apple get their hands on its active-matrix organic LED technology, better known as AMOLED, which is an important differentiating …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider: Rumor: Apple's Tim Cook visits Samsung to discuss OLED screens for ‘iPad 3’
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice: The iPad 3: Brighter Screens, Reduced Power Consumption
Federico Viticci / MacStories: New Rumor Claims Apple Is Considering AMOLED For iPad 3
Andrew Wray / TiPb: Apple tapping Samsung for AMOLED iPad 3 display?
Kyle / GSMArena Blog: Is Samsung going to replace LG into manufacturing displays for Apple? iPad 3 with AMOLED - fact or fiction?
Chris Davies / SlashGear: iPad 3 AMOLED plans led Apple COO Tim Cook to Samsung meet?
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: Apple eyeing Samsung AMOLED display for the iPad 3
Ben Camm-Jones / Macworld UK: Apple wants Samsung to make AMOLED displays for iPad 3
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Apple in Talks with Samsung over OLED Display for iPad 3: Report
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
INTEGO SECURITY MEMO - New Mac Defender Variant, MacGuard, Doesn't Require Password for Installation — Malware: OSX/MacDefender.F and OSX/MacDefender.G — Risk: Medium; effective SEO poisoning has led many Mac users to this type of malware, and no administrator password is required to install this new variant.
Discussion: Computerworld, Guardian, Naked Security, Help Net Security, The Consumerist, The Register, Dennis Fisher, blog.chron.com, Hardware 2.0 Blog, Technologizer, TechEye, O'Grady's PowerPage, Between the Lines Blog, thinq_, SANS Internet Storm Center …, RazorianFly, SlashGear, MacRumors, BetaNews, AppleInsider, Examiner, Pocket-lint, Ed Bott's Microsoft …, iClarified, MacDailyNews, BetaNews, The Next Web and Techland
Jared Newman / Computerworld: Mac Malware is Back. Your Move, Apple
Jack Schofield / Guardian: Repulsing a Mac malware attack
Naked Security / Sophos: Apple malware evolved - No password required
John Leyden / The Register: New Mac scareware variant installs without password
Dwight Silverman / blog.chron.com: More Mac malware madness: No password required
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: Mac OS X has you covered ... really?
Edward Berridge / TechEye: More malware for the Mac appears
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: New version of “Mac Defender” malware found, lacks administrator password requirement
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: Apple's malware challenge: Usability as its security world changes
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: MacDefender malware mutates into MacGuard
Swa Frantzen / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON: MacDefender ups the ante with removing the password need for installation, (Thu, May 26th)
Chris Davies / SlashGear: MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint: Apple's defences decay in wake of stronger Mac Defender malware
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog: Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version
MacDailyNews: New MACDefender variant, MacGuard, doesn't require password prior to standard installation
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews: This Mac malware thing is really scary now
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: New MacGuard malware variant gets slightly easier to install
Rich Mogull / Macworld:
Mac Defender: Pay attention but don't panic
Mac Defender: Pay attention but don't panic
Discussion: Edible Apple and TUAW
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW: In a MacDefender world, practice constant vigilance
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
No Spotify inside Facebook, two record labels still needed for US launch — There has been some interesting speculation regarding the relationship between hot (at least in Europe) music streaming service Spotify and gargantuan social platform Facebook. Now Forbes is reporting that Facebook …
Discussion: SAI, The Register, GMSV, I4U News, Disruptors, Softpedia News, TG Daily, Electricpig.co.uk, Pocket-lint and Techland, more at Mediagazer »
Ellis Hamburger / SAI: Spotify Is Still Two Labels Away From Launching In The US, Negotiations Continue
Andrew Orlowski / The Register: Zuckerberg ‘snuggles up to Spotify’
Mike Murphy / GMSV: Time to oust Ballmer? Plus, Amazon goes Gaga again, and Facebook's cloud music plans
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Facebook Spotify Music Deal not Close
Parmy Olson / Disruptors: Morning Tech Wrap: Facebook, Twitter, Google
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint: Spotify socialises with Facebook in music streaming deal
Giles Turnbull / Techland: Why Spotify and Facebook Would Make a Great Team
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Repeats $0.99 Deal On Lady Gaga Album, Says Servers Won't Melt This Time — Earlier this week, Amazon offered the new album from superstar Lady Gaga, ‘Born This Way’, for a mere $0.99 in an effort to get people to discover its recently launched Cloud Drive / Player service.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Between the Lines Blog, AllThingsD, Ubergizmo, GeekWire, Gadgetell and Music Ally
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Amazon reboots 99¢ Lady Gaga album deal, “this time we're ready”
George Wong / Ubergizmo: Lady Gaga's Born This Way on sale for $0.99 again today
Robert Nelson / Gadgetell: Lady GaGa “Born This Way” album drops to $0.99 with AmazonMP3 one more time
Nick Hughes / So Entrepreneurial:
Bubbles and Golden Ages — Update: This post has been republished on www.businessinsider.com. — I once watched an interview where angel investor Fred Wilson offhandedly noted reading a book which transformed the way he looked at markets and the web in general.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Nick Hughes / The Business Insider: The Evolution Of The Tech Bubble
HTC to begin volume production of Puccini tablet PCs in June — HTC has entered the final stages of testing for its 10.1-inch Puccini tablet PCs, with volume production slated for June 2011. The tablet will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5GHz processor and runs on Android 3.0.1, according to sources in the supply chain.
Nick Marshall / Electricpig.co.uk: The cost of rooting your Android smartphone: movie rentals, paid streaming services
Chris Davies / SlashGear: HTC Puccini mass production in June tip sources
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans: HTC Puccini To Begin Volume Production in June - Supporting AT&T's LTE Network
Peter Cartwright / netbooknews.com: HTC Puccini will feature pen input?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Files Lawsuit Against Teenager Who Sold White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits, Settlement Reached? — Last November, we highlighted the story of New York City teenager Fei Lam, who had managed to sell $130,000 worth of white iPhone 4 parts in just a few months to customers eager to get their hands …
Discussion: App Advice, 9 to 5 Mac, Patently Apple, Network World, The Loop, RazorianFly, MacStories, Electronista and everythingiCafe
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice: Apple Stamps Out 17-Year Old Entrepreneur
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple sues (settles?) kid who sold Steve Wozniak white iPhone 4
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple: Apple Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against whiteiphone4now.com
Yoni Heisler / Network World: Apple sues (and settles with?) teenager who sold white iPhone 4 conversion kits
Graham Spencer / MacStories: Apple Files Lawsuit Against Kid Who Sold White iPhone 4 Parts
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Apple Sues white iPhone 4 conversion kit company
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Shopping Startup ProjectSlice Raises $9.4 Million From Eric Schmidt, Michael Birch And Others — Stealthy startup ProjectSlice is launching to the public today and announcing a $9.4 million Series A funding round led by DCM and Lightspeed Venture Partners with Michael Birch …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VatorNews, gigaom.com, AllThingsD and Changing Way
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: Project Slice gets $9.4M to organize receipts
Andrew / Changing Way: ProjectSlice and Online Shopping
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Kaboom! Kabam raises $85M for hardcore social gaming business — Here's a “kaboom” for all those social game skeptics out there. Kabam has raised $85 million in a fourth round of funding to fuel its business making hardcore games for social networks such as Facebook.
Discussion: AllThingsD, silicontap.com, Venture Capital Dispatch, Mashable! and Digits
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD: Kabam Raises $85 Million to Build the Zynga of Hardcore Gaming
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch: The Daily Start-Up: Kabam Banks $85M For ‘Hardcore’ Social Games
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits: Kabam Raises $85 Million
Luis Sigal / Google Mobile Blog:
Check-ins and rating places get easier with Google Maps 5.5 for Android — We've made it easier to check in and out of places, rate various locations, and get transit information with Google Maps 5.5 for Android. This release adds ‘check in’ and ‘rate and review’ buttons to Place pages …
Eric Mack / PC World: Google Maps Adds Buttons, Gets Foursquare Feel
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Maps for Android Adds Check-ins for Place Pages
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World: Heads up: What to look for in Google's NFC mobile payments announcement
John Biggs / TechCrunch: Google Releases Update To Maps 5.5 For Android
Phil Esposito / AndroidGuys: Google Maps Updated to V5.5
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Mobile Maps to Surpass Desktop Usage
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Google Maps Android Update: Version 5.5
Todd Ogasawara / SocialTimes.com: Google Maps 5.5 for Android Lets You Check-in & Rate Places
George Wong / Ubergizmo: Google Maps 5.5 for Android released
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans: Google Maps Updated to Version 5.5, Brings Redesigned Transit Pages, Easier Check-ins & Ratings + More
Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On InvestorRank — Chris Farmer, a VC with General Catalyst, presented some interesting data yesterday at Disrupt. He ranked VC firms on the basis of what companies they invested in as the first VC investor. If you invested in a highly successful company in the first round …
Discussion: SAI, Betabeat and Entrepreneur Watch
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: InvestorRank Ranks The Top VCs In The Country
Richard Brandt / Entrepreneur Watch: Top 10 Venture Capital Firms?
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Bank of America data leak destroys trust — The far-reaching fraud serves as a cautionary tale for all consumers who entrust virtually their entire financial lives to major companies. — Andrew Goldstein has been a Bank of America customer for more than four decades.
Discussion: Network World
Robert McMillan / Network World: Insider data theft costs Bank of America $10 million
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Who Belongs to the API Billionaires Club? — We write a lot about the growth in the number of APIs on ProgrammableWeb. But how about usage? Some APIs see so many requests that they measure in billions. We refer to these companies as the API Billionaires Club.
Noah Davis / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Magazine Editors Are 100% Sure Tumblrs Are Driving Subscriptions, But They Can't Prove It — The stunning success of Tumblr continues to filter its way across the internet landscape. — The rapidly maturing microblogging platform recently passed 250 million page views per day, shocking even founder David Karp.