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Mobile Technology News, May 18, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Wall Street Braces For Facebook Debut
    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is set to raise up to $18.4 billion in its IPO and become the first U.S….
  • Money, Connections Help The Wealthiest Snag Facebook Shares
    By Joseph A. Giannone NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lot of loyal Facebook fans and occasional investors are discovering a hard truth this week: Money…
  • A Start-Up Is Gold for Facebook’s New Millionaires
    At Facebook, ground zero for the nouveau tech riche in Silicon Valley, peer pressure dictates that consumption be kept on the down low.

  • Twitter Is Now Tracking You Around The Web
    In the interest of helping you figure out who to follow, Twitter is following you. Twitter announced Thursday that it will use information it collects…
  • Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Screenplay
    wozniak-and-jobsIn an interview with Reuters, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, the man behind “The Social Network” and the soon-to-be Steve Jobs screenplay disclosed the production will not be “a straightforward biography.” On Tuesday, movie studio Sony Pictures announced Sorkin will be adapting Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple who died at 56…
  • Facebook Finds Greatest Number of Friends in America: Nielsen
    As Facebook’s global reach continues to grow, U.S. users are still far and away its largest audience, Nielsen reports. – As social
    networking behemoth Facebook prepares for its epic initial public offering, the
    analysts over at Nielsen took a look at where Facebooks user base of more than
    900 million people hangs out. Unsurprisingly, the United States was home to the
    most unique visitors to Facebook from home or w…


  • DealBook: Long Odds on a Big Facebook Payday
    If history offers any lesson, average investors may find they face steep odds if they hope to make big money in a much-hyped stock like Facebook.

  • Japan launches S Korea satellite
    Japan completes its first successful commercial launch of a foreign-made satellite early on Friday, marking its entry into the launch business.
  • 9 Facebook Features We Used To Hate, And Some We Still Do
    Since 2004, Facebook has gone through dozens of makeovers, some — like the recent revamp that converted all profiles to the new timeline format –…
  • Facebook’s first female engineer
    The social networking giant’s first female engineer
  • DealBook: Facebook Raises $16 Billion in I.P.O.
    The initial public offering, priced at $38 a share, values Facebook at $104 billion, putting the social networking company on par with McDonald’s, Citigroup and Amazon.com.

  • Steve Jobs ‘Worked Closely’ on Design of Next-Generation iPhone with Larger Display
    Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs was intimately involved in the design work for the next-generation iPhone scheduled for release later this year, reiterating claims that the device will be a substantial change from previous designs in part because of a larger display.

    Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has placed orders from suppliers in Asia for screens that are bigger than the 3.5- inch size now on the smartphone, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October, one person said. […]

    Apple has been working on the new device since before the current iPhone 4S model was introduced last October, said one person with knowledge of the project. Jobs, who had gone on medical leave from Apple starting last January, played a key role in developing the phone, this person said.

    Bloomberg becomes the third major publication to offer an independent report this week regarding a larger display for the next iPhone, following The Wall Street Journal and Reuters yesterday.


  • Oracle v. Google jury grapples with tech terms, illness
    Jury in highly watched trial is facing some tough times over highly technical terminology and even personal illness.
  • Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Shares Some Thoughts About Steve Jobs Biopic, Woz Hired As Advisor
    Sorkin social network 150x199Aaron Sorkin, the creative genius behind The Social Network, The West Wing, and upcoming HBO show The Newsroom was recently confirmed as the screenwriter for Sony’s upcoming movie based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs — though, Sorkin himself says he has a lot of work to do.

    Reuters reports that Sorkin held an interview with reporters and said he was still looking for something in Jobs’ life to hang the movie on.

    Sorkin noted that “The Social Network” saw the Facebook story through the lens of an acrimonious lawsuit that pitted CEO Mark Zuckerberg against his Harvard friends over the creation of the social media network.

    “Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia – doesn’t matter … And I need to find that event and I will. I just don’t know what it is,” Sorkin said.

    He noted that it won’t be a “straight ahead biography” because a biography has a natural “cradle-to-grave structure” that is very hard to overcome.

    Sorkin also disclosed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been hired as a consultant by Sony Pictures to advise the filmmakers on the technical aspects of computers and about Jobs himself.


  • Senator Asks Homeland Security To Bar Facebook Co-Founder From U.S.
    WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator has asked the Obama administration to immediately bar Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin from re-entering the U.S., based on a previously…
  • Facebook shares valued at $104bn
    Facebook prices its shares at $38 each ahead of one of the most eagerly anticipated share flotations in recent stock market history.
  • Facebook IPO Bingo: Finally, A Way To Enjoy All The Cliches
    Facebook the world’s largest social network, is poised to write history Friday when it makes its stock market deb — Nah, just kidding. This isn’t…
  • Country Sues Over Google Maps Dispute
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says it will sue Google over dropping the name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps. The threat comes after the…
  • Aaron Belz: Literary Twitter: @prodigalsam
    Add his position as a Christian campus minister at University of South Carolina to his wicked sense of verbal and situational irony, and Sammy Rhodes (@prodigalsam) has both the raw materials and intellectual giftedness to cultivate a Twitter following.
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