Adele’s ‘stock’ hits new 52-week high after Grammy boost

February 22, 2012

If Adele was a stock you would definitely go long. The young lady from north London, England has been breath of fresh air for the music industry as an artist and a person but especially for being the one truly bright spot of music sales over the last year.

Denzel Washington’s ‘Safe House’ grabs box office crown

February 20, 2012

The weekend box office title landed securely in Denzel Washington’s hands as his thriller, “Safe House,” beat love story “The Vow” over a long U.S. holiday weekend. 

Cage, Witherspoon feature in box-office battle

February 17, 2012

Three new movies compete for filmgoers over the long President’s Day weekend in the United States. Nicolas Cage is expected to lead the pack of newcomers with Sony’s 3D action sequel “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”

Tech wrap: Google bypassed Safari privacy settings

February 17, 2012

Google landed in hot water over revelations that the search giant and ad companies had bypassed the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple’s Safari Web browser, using special computer code that tracked their movements online. Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer discovered the code. Subsequently, a technical adviser to the Wall Street Journal found that ads on 22 of the top 100 websites installed the Google tracking code on a test computer, and ads on 23 sites installed it on an iPhone browser. Google disabled the code after being contacted by the Journal, the newspaper said, and Google issued a statement, saying: “The Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why. We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled. It’s important to stress that these advertising cookies do not collect personal information.”

Facebook’s Timeline: A catalog of nothing

By Kevin Kelleher
February 17, 2012

We have seen the past, and it doesn’t work.

Over the past few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out Timeline, its effort to remake its members’ profile pages into scrapbooks that, like nearly everything published on the social web, is told in a reverse chronology. While redesigns always inspire grumbling, the discontent seems particularly strong this time — 70 percent of users surveyed say they just don’t like it, and Facebook’s own blog page announcing Timeline is filled with complaints in the comments.

Tech wrap: Apple teases “Mountain Lion”

February 16, 2012

Apple released details on the successor to its “Lion” operating system for Mac computers, due out late this summer. OS X 10.8, dubbed “Mountain Lion,” will inherit features already running on iPhones and iPads such as iMessage, Notification Center and AirPlay mirroring, according to an Apple press release. Game Center will give Mac users the opportunity to square off against gamers on iOS devices as well as other Mac users. A new feature called “Gatekeeper” is meant to give OS X users more control over what apps can be downloaded onto their Macs, further distinguishing Apple-approved apps from third-party ones. The plan to introduce more iOS functions to Apple’s desktop and laptop OS comes as Microsoft prepares to make its desktop applications more mobile with a rumored fall release of Windows 8.

Microsoft’s msnNOW targets hot news, gossip

February 16, 2012

Microsoft’s MSN portal, like Yahoo’s, is finding it tough to compete with Facebook and Twitter as people’s first port of call on the Internet.

Users complain, AT&T blames data tsunami

February 14, 2012

AT&T took the opportunity to remind the world on Tuesday that is data traffic is doubling on its network every year, with all the growth adding up to 20,000 percent for  the past five years. John Donovan, a senior technology executive at AT&T,  said that the constant growth rate sounded like “a sign of stability”

OpenX opens kimono to reveal financials – prepwork for an IPO?

February 14, 2012

It’s the season for getting a peek at private Internet companies’ financial results.