MetaFix: Google announces Google+ Sign & 11 Top Stories

Your daily brief of top technology stories are here. In today’s edition: Google launches Google+ Sign-In to fight Facebook & 11 top stories from the tech world.


Instagram touches 100 million users: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote on its blog today that the photosharing site has touched 100 million users. “It was October 2010 when we launched Instagram, and San Francisco had dealt us a particularly unforgiving and chilly fall,” he said. More here.

GoogleGoogle announced Google+ Sign-In: Today we’re adding a new feature to the Google+ platform: application sign-in. Whether you’re building an app for Android, iOS or the web, users can now sign in to your app with Google, and bring along their Google+ info for an upgraded experience. It’s simple, it’s secure, and it prohibits social spam, Google wrote on its developer blog.

How Bad Did Analytics Bugs Fool Facebook Pages? Reach Looked Down 14% When It Wasn’t : Months of mysterious Insights bugs duped Facebook Page owners. The median Page’s analytics showed it reached 14.39 percent fewer people than it actually did, according to early data and graphs from EdgeRank Checker, a Facebook analytics startup that gave us the first look. The bugs may have caused people to mistakenly undervalue their Pages, change strategies or buy ads to make up for “lost” reach. Read More


Blackberry launches BBM Money in Indonesia: PermataBank, BlackBerry and Monitise join forces to bring mobile payments services to BlackBerry Messenger. More here.

IE10 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses: Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers. More here.


Apple CEO to Face Investors Seeking More of Cash Hoard: As Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook takes the stage at this year’s shareholder meeting, he may not get the reception he received in 2012, when investors lauded the company’s performance and rising shares.  More here.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Whitman to Evaluate Sale of Small Businesses: HP Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said the world’s largest personal-computer maker will evaluate selling small businesses or projects that don’t fit its plans while keeping its main operating divisions. More here.


Django 1.5 released: Folks at Django announced: After quitrk, today we’re proud to announce the release of Django 1.5. As always, the release notes cover all the good stuff in detail, but since this is a pretty big release let’s take a look at some of the highlights here.


Google and Spain wrestle over EU privacy law: Google did battle with Spain’s data protection authority in Europe’s highest court on Tuesday, in a case with global implications that poses one of the toughest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private? More here.


PayPal co-founder Levchin launches new mobile payment start-up: Max Levchin, co-founder of online payment giant PayPal, launched a rival business on Tuesday called Affirm that will compete in the crowded but fast-growing mobile payments business. More here.

Stuxnet Had Earlier, Potentially Explosive Version, Symantec Says: The developers behind Stuxnet, the computer worm that damaged an Iranian nuclear plant in 2010, began their work on the malware earlier than previously known and experimented with multiple attack techniques, according to new research by Symantec Corp. More here.

Former Square Executive Keith Rabois Joins Khosla Ventures. More here.

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