Benoît Huron

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Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world

Can a low-end Android phone be any good? For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake<p><i>"As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." — Sundar Pichai</i><p>At its root, Google’s Android platform has always been about growing the audience …

Victory for tech giants on EU data laws

Google, Facebook and other US tech giants have won an important victory against EU efforts to restrict the sharing of customer data after UK Prime …

Google's iron grip on Android: controlling open source by any means necessary

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open …

Apple's iMessage security claims 'basically just lies', say researchers

Security researchers say Apple’s messaging service iMessage is not as secure as the company claims and that Apple, the NSA or US government could intercept messages.<p>Cyril Cattiaux, a developer for penetration testing company Quarkslab, claimed that Apple’s assertion in June that iMessages are …

Google’s mobile strategy starts to pay off

Google’s advertising business is firing on all cylinders as the internet search company waits for all the pieces of its mobile strategy to fall into …

Declining wage shares undermine growth

There was an interesting Working Paper issued by the ILO – Is aggregate demand wage-led or profit-led? – last year, which finally received some …

Online social networks are too fragile to oppress us

As the social networking industry hits its 10th anniversary, those at the top are doing well. Twitter will soon undergo an initial public offering …

PRISM: The Impact on How People Engage Online

It’s been four weeks since the revelation of National Security Agency eavesdropping programme, PRISM and surprisingly, online behaviour and data …

Lunch with the FT: Daniel Ek

The elevated railroad that once ran down Manhattan’s west side was known as New York’s “Life Line”. Erected in 1934, it brought meat and other …

Continuous and larger budget deficits are required

There is a popular segment (that is, I assume it to be popular) on the national ABC television news in Australia each night. the Finance Report …

Jeff Bezos wants to delight you

Jeff Bezos has a big laugh. It's a shotgun; a booming sound that reverberates through a room. It can be a little scary, actually. It is not subtle, gentle, or otherwise restrained. But when he does laugh — which is often — it is a laugh trained squarely on the room. Not inward, but outward. A laugh …

SteamOS: could Valve's game console challenge Windows?

The Steam Box should have Microsoft worried<p>On Monday, the developer responsible for possibly the most critically acclaimed video games of the modern era — <i>Half-Life</i> and <i>Half-Life 2</i> — announced that it was building its own Linux-based operating system to deliver PC games to the living room. Sooner or …

Google and Facebook face tougher EU tax and privacy rules

US technology groups such as Google and Facebook face being regulated and taxed where customers use their websites under proposals France is pushing …

Five years on, Lehman still haunts us

Both the past and future of our financial system remain as poisonous a topic as they were five years ago, when Lehman Brothers failed. That is a …

Eurozone nowhere near creating a truly federal structure

I have been trawling through the AMECO database for part of today as a means to learn more about what is happening in Europe as austerity continues …

Google may ditch 'cookies' as online ad tracker

Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's Internet browsing activity for marketing purposes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google, the world's largest Internet search company, is considering a major change in …

Microsoft’s Office refusal risks opening door to rivals

Microsoft’s refusal to release its Office software for rival tablet computers risks eroding its most profitable product and has inspired a new …

Apple and Polaroid: A tale of two declines.

The founder of a tech company, departing the scene, hands off to his longtime deputy. Inside and outside the company, observers are relieved. The new …

Eurozone production and employment still going backwards

There are many pro-austerity commentators who have been pronouncing that the worst of the Eurozone crisis is over. Of-course, they follow these …

Why a Killer Twitter IPO Could End Up Killing Twitter

Twitter's IPO is going to be killer.<p>Looking at the latest data on social media advertising – the stuff at the core of Twitter's business model – the …

Google and Samsung soar into list of top 10 Linux contributors

And Microsoft's days of major Linux contributions have come to a halt.<p>Google and Samsung have become increasingly frequent contributors to Linux, and …

Going public: how the IPO could change Twitter

A new look, new products, and new ads will accompany the social network's public debut<p>Seven years ago, as the podcasting startup that he worked at was flailing, Jack Dorsey decided to try a side project: Twitter. Today the company is preparing for an initial public offering of its stock, bringing …

Layoffs hit HTC America as the company struggles to turn itself around

About twenty percent of HTC America employees were let go<p>The bad news for HTC keeps rolling in. <i>The Verge</i> learned today that the company has laid off about thirty employees and contractors out of its HTC America division. That division has a total of around 150 employees and contractors, so the …

Coming soon – an Apple product that you can eat

After watching the launch of Apple’s latest iPhone this week, it would be easy to conclude that the golden age of smartphone innovation is over. Pink …

EU to reach decision over Google antitrust probe within weeks

Google was served notice on Friday to expect within weeks a final decision on its settlement offer to Brussels, which attempts to draw to a close a …

Twitter transaction values it at $10.5bn

Twitter is trying to keep a lid on its valuation ahead of its much-anticipated initial public offering, pricing itself at $10.5bn in a transaction …

Australian Labour Force – bad and getting worse

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for August 2013 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells me two things. First, it presents the case …

Twitter’s short and simple tweet fails to answer key questions

A tweet running to 135 characters was all it took late on Thursday to launch one of the year’s biggest financial stories: that Twitter has taken the …