Dan Walker Smith

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…

Facebook Delays IPO Until Late 2012

Postponement for product development, not market conditions

Facebook has put off its initial public offering until the end of next year to allow developers to come up with new products. The social networking site was expected to…

Google and Intel Team Up for Android

Intel “spurning” Microsoft?

Intel has announced a partnership with Google to produce Android-based smartphones and tablets using Intel Atom chips. Google senior vice president Andy Rubin and Intel CEO Paul Otellini showed off prototypes…

Blendr—The Grindr for Straight People

Founders say the new app is ‘less focused on sex’

Grindr, the popular location-based gay dating app, has launched a new version for straight people, called Blendr.  Grindr's founder and chief executive, Joel Simkhai, told the Guardian that he created the…

Twitter to Launch Chinese and Hindi Versions

Company now reaching 100 million active users

Twitter has announced that it is adding support to Asian languages versions, including Hindi, Malay, Filipino, and traditional and simplified Chinese. Twitter has been banned in mainland China since 2009. But…

YouTube Founders to Revamp Delicious

Relaunch planned for later this year

YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley have announced plans to reinvigorate the social bookmarking site, Delicious. “We want to simplify things visually, mainstream the product and make it easier for…

Worldwide Outage Hits Microsoft Customers

Hotmail, Office 365 and SkyDrive all affected

Microsoft suffered a major power failure overnight, leaving millions of users unable to access its online services. The BBC reports that Microsoft was still analyzing the cause of the problem…