July 23, 2014

Readability to Apple: "Your New Policy Smacks of Greed"

The Apple subscription drama continues. Apple has rejected the Readability app, pointing to a section in its App Store Review Guidelines, which says, "Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected." Readability isn't thrilled. Readability is an app that strips web articles down to just text to make them easier to read, and pays writers and publishers … [Read more...]

Access The Oscars Online

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched an online “All Access” pass for Oscar night on Oscar.com. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT, Sunday, February 27, visitors to Oscar.com will be able to view red carpet arrivals of actors and celebrities via multiple camera angles. During the broadcast on ABC, users can view the backstage “Thank You Cam” where winners make their acceptance remarks.     For $4.99 … [Read more...]

Facebook Chat In Hotmail Goes Live Worldwide

Five months ago, Microsoft announced that Hotmail users in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. could begin to chat with their Facebook friends while checking their email.  Now the integration of Hotmail and Facebook Chat is complete in every place where Facebook is available. We'll admit: this may not sound like a big deal insofar as it's pretty simple to toggle between a Hotmail tab and a Facebook tab.  But the … [Read more...]

$1 Billion Yandex IPO Set For This Summer

Anyone who would like to invest in Russia's most successful search engine may want to start saving pennies and talking to his (or her) stockbroker.  Reports indicate that Yandex, which has had little trouble fending off Google in its home market, will go public and try to raise $1 billion this summer. A post on the Quintura Blog stated today, "The leading Russian search engine and contextual advertising company, Yandex plans $1 billion IPO on … [Read more...]

Alibaba CEO and COO Step Down

According to reports, Alibaba CEO David Wei and COO Elvis Lee have both resigned, following findings of fraudulent activity among thousands of sellers. Neither executive was found to be actually involved in the fraud, but the company found a significant increase in claims against particular sellers over the last year. In a statement, Alibaba said it "confirmed that Mr. Wei and Mr. Lee and other members of senior management were not involved … [Read more...]

Apple In-App Subscriptions Not for SaaS Apps, According to Steve Jobs

Apple's subscription policy has been the subject of a great deal of controversy since it was introduced a week ago. It has been heavily in the spotlight this week, with app developer Readability having posted an open letter to Apple, In the letter, Readability creator Rich Ziade wrote: We're obviously disappointed by this decision, and surprised by the broad language. By including "functionality, or services," it's clear that you intend to … [Read more...]

Eric Schmidt’s Mobile World Congress Speech: Full Video

Google has made video available of CEO Eric Schmidt's speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. At the event, he discussed the company's current operating system focuses: Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and Chrome OS. "We've got an OS for phones called 'Gingerbread' and one for tablets called 'Honeycomb'. G and H. You can imagine that the next will begin with I and will be named after a dessert, and it will unite them," he … [Read more...]

Skype Breaks Record with 29 Million Users Online

Skype has broken a new record, hitting 29 million people online. On Skype's "Big Blog", Peter Parkes writes: We've passed another milestone – at approximately 1800 GMT yesterday, there were more than 29 million people online on Skype. Another record broken, and an opportunity for us to remind you that you can get Skype in all sorts of places – on your computer, on your mobile and even on your TV. According to ComputerWeekly, Skype … [Read more...]

Google Simplifies Bidding on the Display Network

Google’s display network is a great way for small business advertisers to dabble in the banner advertising space. Whilst the planning, set up and management of banner advertising through Google’s display network is fairly straight forward, one part of the process was a bit more convoluted than it should have been – the bidding on managed placements. People who’ve used “managed placements” in the display network might have … [Read more...]

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake – People Finder Tool Released by Google

Google has launched a people search tool to help people affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. With the tool, users have two options: - I'm looking for someone - I ahve information about someone The tool can be accessed here. [link id='7018' text='Google'] allows people to embed the tool on their own sites as such: Get the code here. You can also add it as a Google Gadget. The company notes that all data … [Read more...]