A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Om Malik on why Microsoft would buy Skype: "Skype gives Microsoft a boost in the enterprise collaboration market, thanks to Skype's voice, video and sharing capabilities, especially when competing with Cisco and Google. It gives Microsoft a working relationship with carriers, many of them looking to partner with Skype as they start to transition to LTE-based networks. It would give them a must-have application/service that can help with the adoption of the future versions of Windows Mobile operating system. However, the biggest reason for Microsoft to buy Skype is Windows Phone 7 (Mobile OS) and Nokia. The software giant needs a competitive offering to Google Voice and Apple's emerging communication platform, Facetime."
Android is presently streets ahead, but this is a great idea.
"We're mere days away from the big reveal of Alphagov, the prototype 'single domain' website which will set a challenging vision of what a unified, user-focused front end to UK government could look like.
"I've been relatively close to the project, from unofficial chats with project lead Tom Loosemore and others in dingy Lambeth North pubs before the thing had a name, to more formal advice lately on how Departments do their digital communications - and how Alphagov could help them do it better. (Though if I'm honest, an index card saying "F*** IE6" is the contribution I'm proudest of).
"Without giving the game away too much, here's a taste of what's coming to a browser near you soon, and some speculation on the stir it will surely cause."
Might not help you understand the film. Then again, it might.
"Today, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices, consisting of assets for Windows Phone, iOS and a preview of tools for Android.
"Using the toolkits, developers can use the cloud to accelerate the creation of applications on the major mobile platforms. Companies, including Groupon, are taking advantage to create a unified approach to cloud-to-mobile user experience."
That's right - Microsoft cloud tools for Android.
Can't speak to the performance on Windows (some people in the comments say it's fine, others don't) but some of the 'annoyances' seem to rank so low it's puzzling. Syncing automatically is more annoying than drag and drop? You can't delete a file in a 'smart playlist' (which is essentially a list of symlinks, so - obviously)?
"We regret to inform you today that our network has been compromised by a former IRC-operator and fellow helper named 'Ryan'. He decided that he didn't like the leaderless command structure that AnonOps Network Admins use. So he organised a coup d'etat, with his 'friends' at skidsr.us . Using the networks service bot 'Zalgo' he scavenged the IP's and passwords of all the network servers (including the hub) and then systematically aimed denial of service attacks at them (which is why the network has been unstable for the past week)."
We are Legion. And divided.
"Google has a habit of approaching gadgets with a software-maker's mindset. It likes to launch not-quite-ready projects and then quickly improve them on the fly.
"That works just fine on the Web. No one's paying for Google Voice, Google Maps or Gmail, so Google can release those applications and tweak them without many complaints from users.
"But when you're paying $600 for a Google TV, $200 for an Android phone or $800 for an Android tablet, you're going to want those things to work perfectly. That's just not how Google operates."
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