Facebook’s No. 1 music app raises $16 mln

August 31, 2011

Rihanna is one of BandPage's most popular artists

RootMusic is not one of the better known names in the digital music business, but in just 18 months  it has built the most popular music app on the world’s largest social networking platform, Facebook.

Facebook is facing the music — is Google calling the tune?

August 26, 2011

Pssssst — wanna know a secret? Facebook is feeling the heat from the surprisingly successful launch of Google+. There is vigorous competition from the search-and-advertising giant many assumed couldn’t shoot straight when it came to social media.

Now showing on Facebook: Pulp Fiction and other Miramax movies

August 22, 2011

Have you ever logged on to Facebook to watch a movie?

Film studios are betting you will.

On Monday Miramax announced a special Facebook app that will allow users to rent, and eventually buy, movies and view them within Facebook. The studio is releasing 20 movies, including Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting and Spy Kids, in its new Facebook app. Users can rent the movies with Facebook Credits, the virtual currency that Facebook has developed for its 750-million user social network, and watch them on their laptop, iPad or TV.

Tech wrap: HP spinning off PC division

August 18, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is close to a deal to buy software company Autonomy for $10 billion and will announce a long-rumored spinoff of its PC division.

Tech wrap: Cisco beats “low bar”

August 10, 2011

Cisco Systems Inc’s quarterly results edged past Wall Street’s scaled-back expectations as IT spending held up despite fears of a severe pullback, buoying its shares in extended trading. The world’s largest networking equipment maker reported sales of $11.2 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter, surpassing expectations for under $11 billion.

Facebook creates mobile messaging app

August 9, 2011

Facebook has yet to release an app for use on Apple’s iPad tablet.

But the social networking giant gave users of Apple’s iPhone and Android smartphones a new app on Tuesday.

Tech wrap: Is Groupon’s IPO window closing?

August 8, 2011

As the Nasdaq Composite index continued its week-long tailspin, tech investors and analysts are wondering what the stock plunge could mean for the pending IPOs of companies like Groupon and Zynga.

In a twist, Zynga brings mobile game to Facebook

August 1, 2011

On Monday, Zynga said it would be bringing its most popular mobile game, “Words with Friends,” to Facebook. The social games maker said the game would be coming soon.

Tech wrap: Amazon impresses

July 26, 2011

Amazon wowed investors when it reported a 51 percent surge in sales for the second quarter and said revenue for the current quarter would beat expectations. Shares of the e-commerce giant shot up more than 6 percent on the figures in after-hours trade, even though second-quarter net profits fell as the company’s margins continued to be pressured by heavy spending on distribution, technology and digital content.

Tech wrap: Fake Apple Store defiant

July 22, 2011

Customers at an apparent Apple Store in the Chinese city of Kunming berated staff and demanded refunds after the shop was revealed to be an elaborate fake, sparking a media and Internet frenzy. Staff were also angry at the unwanted attention after more than 1,000 media outlets picked up the story and pictures of the store from the BirdAbroad blog. Apple declined to comment on the fake store or others like it dotted around China.