Dan Walker Smith

BlackBerry Blackout Reaches Third Day

Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America affected

BlackBerry users across the world are still reporting problems on Wednesday, after three days of disruption. Customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa have been left without access to…

Verizon FCC Case Heads to D.C. Court

Seen as “victory” for net neutrality opponents

A judicial panel has chosen the D.C. Court of Appeals as the venue for the latest legal action between Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission. Politico describes the choice as…

Microsoft Considering Yahoo Takeover?

Yahoo shares leap as reports spread

Yahoo’s share price jumped almost 10 percent amid rumors that Microsoft is planning a second attempt to buy the company, three years after its original bid was rejected, Reuters reports. Microsoft…

Samsung Seeks iPhone 4S Ban in France and Italy

Declares “all-out war” over patent dispute

South Korean electronics company Samsung will attempt to block sales of the new iPhone 4S in France and Italy, saying that the new Apple product infringes Samsung patents. The announcement…

Nokia Cuts 3,500 Jobs

Closes factories in Romania, Germany, and the U.S.

Finnish phone maker Nokia is cutting 3,500 manufacturing jobs in an effort to save costs. It is the latest round of layoffs for the company, which axed 6,800 research and…

Google+ Now Open to All

Social network to challenge Facebook

Google has opened its social networking site, Google+, to the public, after three months as an invite-only service. The search company has updated features for Google+, including video “hangouts," where…

Google Wallet Gets Limited Release

New app lets you pay by smartphone

Google has launched its mobile payments service, Google Wallet, on Sprint’s network in the US. The new app lets you pay for products by swiping your smartphone against a card…

Pirate Party Wins Seats in Berlin Election

Merkel coalition suffers losses

A political party that promotes Internet freedom has won almost 9 percent of the vote in Berlin’s state elections this weekend. The German arm of Pirate Party wants legal reforms on…

Mexicans Murdered for Reporting Crimes on Social Media

'Internet snitches' found hanging from a bridge

The mutilated bodies of a man and a woman have been found hanging from a pedestrian bridge in Nuevo Laredo, northern Mexico. They were apparently killed after using social media…

Groupon IPO Back On Track

Discount company preparing for launch as Facebook defers

Online discounter Groupon is preparing for its initial public offering, just weeks after reportedly postponing its investor roadshow. The New York Times now reports that the company is planning to…