Yahoo's Sneaky Email Plans and Other Top Tech Stories from the First Week of June
There were a few notable developments from Samsung, Microsoft, Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Sony, and a couple of interesting announcements from startups. But it seems that the biggest stories are being held for next week.
That said, there were a handful stories you won't want to miss.
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Yahoo Wants to Invade Users' Privacy
Last year, Microsoft told consumers to stop getting "Scroogled" by its competitor, Google. This year, Microsoft might want to tell them to stop getting "Yahoogled."
Yahoo has begun to force its users to agree to new terms, which allow the company to scan and analyze incoming and outgoing e-mails, as well as instant and SMS messages.
The firm wants this info to offer more targeted ads, but it might sound overly invasive to those who are unaware that Google essentially does the same thing.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Another Hulu Buyer Surfaced
From Yahoo and Time Warner Cable to industry execs and venture capital firms, everyone wants a piece of Hulu -- except its current owners, apparently.
AT&T has been added to the list of potential buyers. The telecommunications giant will apparently team up with Chernin Group (which also wants to buy Hulu) for a joint bid.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Apple Finally Persuaded Sony to Join iRadio
While iRadio is not yet the official name of Apple's mysterious and still-unconfirmed streaming music service, many assume that the company will announce it on Monday, June 10 at the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference.
Sony -- the last of three music companies needed to fill iRadio with plenty of songs -- reportedly signed a deal with Apple after months of negotiations.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
MacBook Air Refresh Could be Imminent
All eyes are on Apple and whether or not it will unveil iRadio next week.
That, however, is not the only new product announcement the company might make. In addition to its Pandora competitor, Apple is also expected to refresh the MacBook Air with new Haswell processors from Intel.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
ITC Banned Select iPhones, But It Didn't Matter
In a move that could be viewed as a slap on the wrist, Apple lost a court battle with Samsung involving 3G-based iPhones and iPads, many of which are no longer being produced.
According to multiple analysts, those that are still being manufactured -- including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G -- are unlikely to cost Apple much money.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
iPhones Are Being Throttled Organically
Unlike most Apple-related revelations, this surprise was not welcome.
It turns out that the iPhone has code built into it that allows carriers to cut the potential speed in half. It is unclear who added the code (Apple or iPhone carries), but consumers are angry nonetheless.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
54 Million Americans Use the iPhone
Apple may be struggling to beat Android overseas, but it is doing quite well in America.
A new report by comScore claimed that 54.3 million smartphone users in America (out of 138.5 million total) have purchased an iPhone.
This figure was based on a sample of 30,000 users, so it may not be entirely accurate. But it is an interesting report nonetheless.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Samsung Tanked on Lower Sales Expectations
Is Samsung the new Apple?
Investors were so impressed with Apple in 2011 and the first part of 2012 that they expected the company to continually outperform every expectation, no matter how lofty. When Apple beat its own records (but failed to live up to analysts' expectations), investors started to sell the stock.
Similarly, Samsung shares were hit hard this week after JP Morgan released a report claiming that the demand for the Galaxy S IV is about to decline.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Tech-Savvy Shirt Maker Gained a $1 Million Investment
OMsignal, which is producing a bio-sensing shirt that can capture a user's ECG, respiratory rate, breathing volume and other vital details, came out of "stealth mode" this week.
The new startup announced its product -- and its $1 million investment -- which it plans to use to change the world of wearable computer technology.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft Confirmed Xbox One's Many Restrictions
Is Xbox One the most restrictive game console in history?
This week Microsoft confirmed that it must connect to the Internet once every 24 hours. If the console does not connect -- either because of an internal outage within the company, an external outage with users' broadband providers, or some other issue -- the console will not be able to play games.
Microsoft did say that users will still be able to watch TV and movies during this period, which isn't all that surprising. Consumers already have the luxury of watching TV and movies without the Internet -- and without Xbox One.
In addition to the online connectivity requirement, Xbox One will only allow users to sell old games at specific retailers. Third-party publishers will have the option to deny this option, which means that Xbox One may ultimately lock out used games.Image Credit: Microsoft