Instagram causing a stir
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc.’s Instagram policy changes, announced yesterday, may let advertisers use teenagers’ photos for marketing, raising privacy and security concerns, said Jeffrey Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy.
Apple's new CEO Tim Cook
By Sean Ludwig | VentureBeat.com, Updated: Friday, December 7, 11:50 AM
In the most showy hint yet that Apple is building a television set, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a new interview that the TV set was a relic from the past and that his company is intensely interested in changing that.
“When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,” Cook said during an interview on Rock Center with Brian Williams. “It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.”
Apple analysts have been speculating for years that Apple would release its own TV set, but it has not been released or announced. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been particularly bullish on the coming device, predicting Apple will debut its branded television sets in November 2013. He predicted that two versions of the Apple television will come at that time — a 47-inch set and a 55-inch model that should cost between $1,500 to $2,000.
Steve Jobs also talked about an Apple television set in his official biography by Walter Isaacson. “I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,” Jobs said. “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. … It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”
During the same interview with Rock Center, Cook also announced that Apple will spend more than $100 million to bring some Mac production back to the United States in 2013.
By Hayley Tsukayama, Thursday, November 29, 9:08 AM
Research in Motion is hoping to mount a comeback in the new year on the back of an all-new operating system called BlackBerry 10.Yet while RIM is trying to innovate, it's also being cautions about abandoning the devoted base of customers who've stuck with the BlackBerry. So, along with its new all-touch smartphone, that will be introduced with the fresh operating system in January, the company has also been touting a BB10 model with a full keyboard.
RIM showed off the device at its BlackBerry Jam developers event and mentioned it Thursday in the firm's developer blog Thursday. RIM is releasing a limited number of developer models to let app makers adjust their devices for QWERTY input, the company said.
Only developers who can prove they're building two or more apps for the system are eligible to get the phones. Only priority developers will receive devices — according to the post. Those making apps specifically for the BlackBerry will get higher priority than those adapting apps from other operating systems — such as Android — onto BlackBerry 10.Getting developers excited about the new system is essential for the company, which has said that it wants to focus on building out its app store with "meaningful" programs that appeal to its business-centered customers.The company has already opened the BlackBerry App World for programs to run on the new phones at launch.BlackBerry 10, which aims to provide secure but fluid navigation between users' personal and business data, is due to launch on January 30. The company is expected to launch two smartphones very soon after the system goes live.
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