The story that really got people's tongues wagging this week was Microsoft's rumoured - then quickly confirmed - acquisition of Skype. For $8.5 billion. Pundits all over have been questioning Microsoft's motives for paying what most people regard as a vastly overvalued price for the VoIP service.
Meanwhile, Google had people talking too, but for very different reasons. First of all, out of its I/O web developer conference came some pretty big announcements. The most exciting - for us non-web developer types - is the upcoming release of Google's Chromebook laptop. Google's betting the Chrome OS-based laptop will have the potential to revolutionise the way we use computers. And for those who can't stand the sure-to-be-long wait for Chromebook's release here, take your mind off the wait with the in-browser Chrome version of Angry Birds.
Thanks to an attempted smear campaign against it, Google stayed in the news even after I/O was done. The campaign was botched by a PR firm hired by Facebook to plant anti-Google stories in the media. Facebook decided it had a problem with privacy issues surrounding Google's new Social Circle tool. Seems like a case of the pot and the kettle since neither company has been immune from privacy-invasion concerns before and just this week Symantec revealed a security flaw in Facebook that may have given third-parties illegitimate access to user accounts.
Visa made big news with it's 'next-generation digital wallet' service its aiming to roll out across platforms and mobile devices beginning later this year.
Closer to home, the Datastor Forum allowed vendors to show their wares to big crowds in Auckland and Wellington. For those who couldn't make it to the event itself, we went along to get the low-down and have a two-part write-up. Part I and Part II.
In our regular Fibre Watch column, Simon Hendery wrote about the Government's apparent unwillingness to back down on the regulatory holiday provisions on UFB.
And don't forget to get your entry in for the TUANZ Innovation Awards. Entries close Monday 23 May.
Bits and bobs:
- Original group deal site launches in New Zealand.
- Huge potential for online shopping with Stipple.
- New Zealand Hi-Tech Award-winners announced.
- MHA introduces first local hosting for Microsoft CRM 2011.
- Nokia Symbian phones will have operator billing for app purchases through its Ovi store.
- Steven Joyce accepts Commerce Commission recommendations for wholesale broadband retail.
- Ben Gracewood departs Datacom for rival Intergen.
- AVG appoints Sam Hendry.