Tech wrap: Apple’s iCloud on the horizon

June 3, 2011

Apple will pay between $100 million and $150 million to the four major music labels in order to get its music streaming service iCloud started, according to the New York Post.

Besides increasing the consumer appeal of future Apple gadgets because they’ll need less computer memory, the company’s iCloud service will make it more likely that subscribers will stick with Apple products, Robert Cyran writes. If users store data and programs remotely, devices blend together, Cyran argues.

Together with colleagues and analysts, I’ll be covering Steve Jobs’s keynote speech at Apple’s WWDC live on Monday at 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET). Chime in at:

The U.S. asked Beijing to investigate Google’s latest allegation of a major hacking attack that the Internet giant says originated in China, the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner declined to provide details on what was conveyed to the Chinese, or whether the U.S. government believes Beijing may have had a hand in the alleged hacking attack.

China must make mastering cyber-warfare a military priority as the Internet becomes the crucial battleground for opinion and intelligence, two military officers said. The essay by strategists from the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences did not mention Google’s statement on the hack attacks alleged to have originated in China.

Google acquired PostRank, a service that measures the spread of social networking activities like tweets, diggs and Facebook updates, online. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RIM has given up more ground to Apple and Google in the U.S. smartphone market, a report showed. RIM’s shares dropped after a research firm said the company’s slice of the U.S. market for high-end mobile phones narrowed in the three months to April. While Google’s Android platform jumped to a 36.4 percent share and Apple’s iPhone moved up to 26 percent, RIM fell to 25.7 percent from 30.4 percent in the previous quarter, according to the comScore report. The latest figures dropped RIM from second to third place.

A waterfront area in Brooklyn became the first city neighborhood to feature free wireless service on streets and in parks and plazas. DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, already has a reputation for innovative projects. Several formerly abandoned and neglected structures there have been transformed into eco-friendly offices and apartment buildings.

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