Struggling with the changing desktop market and lagging behind Google on search and internet apps, today Microsoft forked out $240m (£117m) for a 1.6% stake in Facebook today. That values the hugely popular social networking site at $15bn (£7.3bn). Also to note is that Facebook had previously turned down an investment offer from Google; who… Continue reading Lock up your datas? Microsoft buys a stake in Facebook.
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6754621605046052935&hl=en This is an interview with Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google; taken from a conference held by the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. There’s a lot of theory here, but also some info about how Google are teaching their machines to learn.
The BBC are to offer their online service for free through The Cloud Wi-Fi network. This follows an annoucement that from O2 that the iPhone will be given free usage of the same hotspots, although the highly unclear “fair usage” policy applies to the iPhone. The BBC also confirmed that Mac users will be able… Continue reading BBC online services will be free via The Cloud Wi-Fi network
A single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7044606.stm
Time Machine is the backup software which will ship with Apple’s new Leopard operating system. I was one of the people who was pretty underwhelmed when it was released as a major new feature. Yeah.. it’s a backup?! Well done. I stumbled across this article today, giving me a new found respect for the engineers… Continue reading Leopard’s Time Machine explained via a quantum physics metaphor. It’s complex.