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Mobile Technology News, January 4, 2013

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.

  • VIDEO: Google’s Schmidt visiting North Korea
    The US state department has said a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt is unhelpful.
  • A Victory for Google as F.T.C. Takes No Formal Steps
    A finding by the Federal Trade Commission that Google had not broken the law by highlighting its own services in search results could strengthen the firm’s already dominant position.

  • Google’s Lawyers Work Behind the Scenes to Carry the Day
    Executives made frequent trips to Washington to press their case in an antitrust inquiry, laying out legal arguments and applying lessons from Microsoft’s bruising 1990s battle.

  • Former Windows chief Sinofsky pens new blog
    Looking to keep conversation about technology and products alive after his abrupt departure from Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky fires up a writing experiment.
  • Android Jelly Bean gains, Gingerbread seeing a slow fade
    Android 4.1 and 4.2 now run on 10 percent of the Android devices out there while Gingerbread fades — a bit.
  • Apple’s Pandora-like iRadio Service to Launch in 2013?
    BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield is predicting that Apple will debut its long-rumored Pandora-like iRadio service to compliment iTunes at some point in 2013. Previously, there were reports that Apple and the major music labels weren’t close in negotiations, but Greenfield says they’re still negotiating on song catalogs.

    “Consumer behavior (is) increasingly shifting toward access to a music catalog from ownership of specific songs. We expect iRadio to be incorporated into the iTunes iOS app with personalized radio functionality akin to Pandora, integrated with iTunes to purchase music and other music related content such as concert information/tickets/merchandise via Live Nation (LYV) and Ticketmaster.”

    Back in October, Bloomberg reported that Apple and music labels had re-entered intense negotiations and iRadio was set to debut in early 2013. CNET then reported in December that the sides were far apart because Apple’s terms left them “cold.”

    Apple SVP of Internet Services and Software is considered Apple’s “master negotiator” for content deals, so any potential negotiations with music labels would likely go through him. Greenfield also predicts that Apple’s long-rumored Apple TV wouldn’t debut in 2013 because of content restrictions.

  • Thousands Eat Mile-Long King Cake
    Tens of thousands of Mexicans wolfed down a 1.9-kilometer (1.2-mile) long king cake on Thursday, polishing it off in less than half-an-hour during the traditional…
  • An Inquiry Into Tech Giants’ Tax Strategies Nears an End
    Companies like Apple have drawn scrutiny because of their penchant for shifting profits overseas, resulting in low American tax bills.

  • Media Decoder Blog: Barnes & Noble’s Strategy Is Questioned as Holiday Nook Sales Decline
    The company’s Nook unit suffered a 12.6 percent decline in sales compared with the same period a year earlier, a blow to its hopes of building up its digital division to compete with behemoths like Amazon.com.

  • FTC Finds Google Rivals’ Pain Is Users’ Gain
    Google does indeed manipulate search results to favor some websites over others, federal regulators said in a much-awaited decision on Thursday. But none of this…
  • Windows 8 gains market share in December
    Macs take a slight dip in global market share as Windows 8 climbs higher in its second month of availability.
  • China’s freemium gaming revolution
    How China’s “freemium” model is upending the video games industry
  • PHOTOS: This Is What Social Media Looked Like In The 1970s
    Silicon Valley tends to be ahead of the curve when it comes to tech. And in the case of social media, it seems the area…
  • Instagram Still Promotes Eating Disorders, Charity Says
    Although Instagram has taken some steps to ban hashtags and images that celebrate eating disorders, one charity is still concerned that the photo-sharing app, which…
  • Brian Wong: Down With Mobile Banner Ads
    I’m of the opinion that there’s a better way to engage people on their phones than taking a billboard (a 70-year-old marketing technology) and shrinking it down to fit a four-inch screen.
  • Ashton Kutcher Movie ‘jOBS’ to Be Released in April
    Open Road Films has announced that it is the distributor for the Ashton Kutcher-led film jOBS, and that the movie will receive a full release in April of this year, reports Deadline.


    Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. jOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Inferno Entertainment is handling international sales on jOBS.

    The film will premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month.

  • Rob Leathern: The Most Powerful Facebook Mobile Ad Feature Most Marketers Don’t Know About Yet
    The Facebook Custom Audiences plus mobile combination will no doubt be a very important way for many marketers to start communicating their their existing customers on mobile in 2013.
  • Fake Turkish site certs create threat of bogus Google sites
    After a Turkish Internet certificate authority “mistakenly” issues two unauthorized e-documents used to verify Web site authenticity, another organization creates a fraudulent certificate that could let it impersonate various Google sites. Browser makers have responded.
  • Matthew Knell: 2013 Prediction: Your Social Media Team Will Add a Dedicated Content Strategist
    The pressure to produce content that works has never been higher, and it’s more necessary than ever to "fail fast," because the next shot at your audience is often just minutes or hours away.
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