DailyDose, your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: Facebook may Launch Twitter Like Hashtags, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 and 9 other top stories.
Samsung Will Release Tizen-Based Smartphone This Year. Samsung Electronics Co, the biggest seller of devices using the Android operating system, plans to release a smartphone powered by the open-source platform Tizen as soon as August. “The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “The device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications.” Read the full report here. Samsung also took the covers off the Galaxy S4. You can read all about that here.
Google Translate gets new Phrasebook feature to let you save useful phrases for future reference. Google on Thursday announced a new feature called Phrasebook has been added to Google Translate. As its name implies, the new addition lets you save phrases on the service for future reference. More here.
Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Said to Fall Short of Predictions. Microsoft Corp. has sold about 1.5 million Surface devices, people with knowledge of the company’s sales said, a slow start in its bid to crack the fast-growing tablet market to make up for slumping ersonal- computer demand. Microsoft has sold little more than a million of the Surface RT version and about 400,000 Surface Pros since their debuts, according to three people, who asked not to be named because sales haven’t yet been made public. Full story here.
Apple Releases OS X 10.8.3 With Mac App Store Gift Card Camera Redemption and Boot Camp Enhancements. Following Tuesday’s seed of the latest beta, Apple today released OS X 10.8.3 to the public. The update brings several enhancements including support for camera redemption of gift cards in the Mac App Store to mirror functionality introduced for the iTunes Store in iTunes 11 last November. OS X 10.8.3 also adds several enhancements to Apple’s Boot Camp solution for booting Windows on Macs, such as Windows 8 support and support for Macs with 3 TB hard drives. More here.
More change at Google as Maps-Commerce chief gets new role. Google Inc’s mapping and commerce chief is stepping down in the latest senior management reshuffle after Android architect Andy Rubin moved on to a still-undefined role at the company on Wednesday. Google will split its Maps/Geo and Commerce group into two separate units. Senior Vice President Jeff Huber, who has led the group since 2011, is moving to Google X, the company’s experimental projects group known for developing self-driving cars and the Google Glass wearable computer. More here.
Hulu To Appoint Andy Forssell As Acting CEO Following Jason Kilar Departure. Andy Forssell will take over the position of CEO at online video company Hulu later this month, following the long-expected departure of the company’s current chief executive Jason Kilar which will occur later this month. The succession plan was announced today in an internal memo from Kilar to Hulu staffers that was subsequently made public on Hulu’s official blog. Full story here.
Silver Lake close to raising $10 billion fund – source. Silver Lake Partners, the technology-focused private equity firm backing a $24.4 billion bid to take Dell Inc private, is close to raising $10 billion for its latest fund, exceeding its initial fundraising target on strong investor demand, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Silver Lake’s fundraising performance indicates strong investor confidence in the firm at a time when it is trying to pull off the largest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis through its participation in Michael Dell’s consortium that has offered to take the world’s No. 3 PC maker private. Full story here.
Mobile Apps Put Users’ Privacy at Risk, EU Regulators Say. Applications for smartphones and tablets can pose “significant” privacy risks for consumers if they aren’t aware of how their personal data is used, European Union privacy regulators said. “Although app developers want to provide new and innovative services, the apps may have significant risks to the private life and reputation of users of smart devices if they do not comply with EU data-protection law,” the EU’s 27 data- protection watchdogs said in a joint opinion, according to a statement on the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s website. Full report here.
Facebook may emulate rival Twitter with introduction of hashtags. Facebook Inc is looking to improve its search and indexing capabilities by adding the hashtag symbol, one of the most recognizable features of its social networking rival Twitter, according to media reports. More here.
Google updates BigQuery with SQL-like queries, grouping of distinct values, and support for Timestamp data. Google on Thursday announced three new features for Google BigQuery, used for analyzing large amounts of data quickly, to let analytic teams deliver what organizations really need: “actionable and data-driven business insights.” In other words, Google has added some new capabilities that will help businesses work effectively with large amounts of data over a greater range of query and data types. More here.
Paul Graham Proposes A ‘Handshake Deal Protocol,’ Puts It Into Practice At Y Combinator. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham just published a blog post suggesting a new way to handle handshake deals, i.e. verbal commitments for investments and other transactions. That kind of commitment can be a necessary prelude to a more formal agreement. Graham writes: “Things can happen fast in the startup world … so both investors and founders need a way to reserve space in a transaction.” More here.