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Jan 14, 2011

Wikipedia founder sees biggest impact yet to come

LONDON (Reuters) – Wikipedia’s impact on the world has yet to peak as the open online encyclopedia aims to double its reach, mainly through expansion in developing countries, founder Jimmy Wales told Reuters.

Wikipedia already has about 400 million users and is in the top 10 most popular websites in the world. It aims to reach a billion through international expansion, starting with India, where it plans its first office outside the United States.

Nov 26, 2010

A newsworthy conversation with Twitter’s Biz Stone?

Earlier this week, I sat down with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on the sidelines of the Silicon Valley comes to Oxford event to conduct an interview for Reuters TV. Our interview ran for about 20 minutes and touched on a range of topics including fellow co-founder Evan Williams’ recent decision to step down as CEO and make way for former COO Dick Costolo, promoted tweets and the possibility of Twitter creating a news network through tweets.

I judged the latter topic to be the most newsworthy, and contacted a colleague of mine who wrote a text story based on my interview.  My video story went out the following day.

Nov 22, 2010

Twitter co-founder hopes to create news network

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Biz Stone, the co-founder of popular microblogging site Twitter, is eager to harness the vast quantities of information that it helps its users share to create a news network, he told Reuters on Monday.

A Twitter news network would not necessarily be run by Twitter itself but would be in partnership with several existing news organizations, and would be open, Stone said.

Jul 8, 2010

Swedish hotel aims to put you up in the trees

LONDON (Reuters) – A lofty new hotel concept is set to open in a remote village in northern Sweden, which aims to elevate the simple treehouse into a world-class destination for design-conscious travelers.

Treehotel, located in Harads about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, will consist of four rooms when it opens on July 17th: the Cabin, the Blue Cone, the Nest and the Mirrorcube.

May 29, 2010

Apple’s iPad goes global

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Fans mobbed Apple Inc stores in Europe and Asia as the iPad went on sale outside the United States on Friday, with some shoppers having queued all night to buy one of the coveted tablet computers.

The device, a little smaller than a regular notebook computer and with an open, color touchscreen, is designed for surfing the Web, watching movies and reading, and has been hailed by the publishing industry as a potential life-saver.

May 28, 2010

Apple iPad frenzy goes global

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Diehard fans mobbed Apple <AAPL.O> stores in Europe and Asia as the iPad went on sale outside the United States on Friday, with some shoppers having queued all night to buy one of the coveted tablet computers.

The device, a little smaller than a regular notebook computer and with an open, colour touchscreen, is designed for surfing the Web, watching movies and reading, and has been hailed by the publishing industry as a potential life-saver.

May 28, 2010

Apple iPad frenzy spreads abroad; supplies limited

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Diehard fans mobbed Apple Inc stores in Europe and Asia as the iPad went on sale outside the United States on Friday, with some shoppers having queued all night to buy one of the coveted tablet computers.

The device, a little smaller than a regular notebook computer and with an open, color touchscreen, is designed for surfing the Web, watching movies and reading, and has been hailed by the publishing industry as a potential life-saver.

Feb 15, 2010

Microsoft CEO mum on iPhone talk

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Microsoft’s new mobile software launched on Monday should speak for itself and the company has no current need to buy a mobile device maker or materially change its license fees, its chief executive said.

Steve Ballmer declined to comment on reports Microsoft’s new search engine Bing might replace Google on Apple’s iPhone, but smiled when asked the question in an interview at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona.

Jan 22, 2010

Tech group to launch digital music file successor

LONDON (Reuters) – A leading technology company is set to launch a new digital music file format which will embed additional content for fans including lyrics, news updates and images in what could be a successor to the ubiquitous MP3 file.

The music industry has been hammered by piracy in the last decade and is looking to develop new offerings to entice consumers to buy their music from legitimate sites, instead of taking it from illegal outlets.

Jan 21, 2010

Recorded music sales fell 10 pct in 2009: IFPI

LONDON (Reuters) – Global recorded music sales fell around 10 percent in 2009 and are down 30 percent since 2004 as rampant illegal downloading eats into legitimate digital and physical sales, the industry’s trade body said on Thursday.

The IFPI said in its annual report the industry had seen positive developments in 2009, with more than a quarter of all recorded music revenues now coming from digital sales after the industry embraced new ways to sell tracks.