Daily: Blackberry’s surprise profits, Amazon acquires Goodreads & other top stories

Daily, your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: Blackberry’s surprise profits, Amazon acquires Goodreads  & other top stories.


Delicious Becomes A Bit More Social Again, Adds Twitter And Facebook Logins: After four months of slumber, the Delicious blog sprung into action today and launched a few new features that could make the site a bit more interesting for those of us who long ago abandoned social bookmarking for social networks like Twitter and Facebook. More here.

Facebook To Reveal “Home On Android” Sources Say Is A Modified OS On HTC At 4/4 Event: Facebook just invited press to an event at its headquarters on April 4th to “Come See Our New Home On Android”. Sources tell us it will be a modified version of the Android operating system with deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset. The evidence aligns to say this is the Facebook Phone announcement people have been speculating about for years. More here.


Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads: Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love. More here.

BlackBerry’s Lazaridis Says Board Wanted Him to Stay CEO: Mike Lazaridis, the inventor of the BlackBerry, announced plans today to leave the company’s board, severing the final ties to a business he founded nearly 30 years ago. Lazaridis had served as co-CEO until January 2012, when he and Jim Balsillie were replaced by Thorsten Heins — following years of losing ground to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices. More here.

Sharp Said to Consider Seeking Buyout Fund Investment: Sharp Said to Consider Seeking Buyout Fund Investment More here.

Liberty Global Buys $807 Million Ziggo Stake From Barclays: John Malone’s Liberty Global Inc. purchased a 12.7 percent stake in Dutch cable-television operator Ziggo NV from Barclays Plc after the British bank failed to find enough buyers last week in a share sale. More here.

BlackBerry Reports Surprise Profit After Cutting Expenses: BlackBerry, which is attempting a comeback with a new lineup of smartphones, reported a surprise profit in the fourth quarter after embarking on a cost-cutting program last year, even as sales continued to trail projections.  More here.

Microsoft debuts Web site to search all its patents: The Web giant and frequent target of intellectual property litigation says the move is designed to create greater transparency. It hopes other patent holders will follow suit. More here.

Google Starts Testing Google Shopping Express In SF, With Free Delivery From Target, Walgreens, Staples And More: Google is finally opening up its Google Shopping Express service to the public today, with the same day delivery service being made available as a test to select users in San Francisco and the Peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose. More here.

YouTube announces new live-streaming video API for game developers: YouTube has been making a big push into live streaming as a means of expanding the types of content it can offer users, and here at GDC the company has announced a new set of programming APIs to make the process even easier for game developers. More here.


Chinese regulator calls for tighter supervision of Apple: Apple Inc has come under criticism from a Chinese marketplace regulator, which called for stronger supervision of the iPhone-maker’s consumer policies within the country, according to state-run media. More here.

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