DailyDose, your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: Is Lenovo going to buy Blackberry? And 13 other top stories from around the web.
Google updates design of Gmail’s Web app for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Offline app for Chrome. Google on Monday announced an update to its Gmail mobile Web app and Gmail Offline. The company says the new release is available to Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Kindle Fire users; you can try it out yourself now by simply navigating to gmail.com in the browser on your corresponding device. More here.
Microsoft enabling Flash by default in Internet Explorer 10 starting March 12th. Microsoft has just announced that it will permit Flash content to run by default in both Windows RT and Windows 8 beginning tomorrow, March 12th. Until now, compatibility in Internet Explorer 10 has been limited to a select number of sites whitelisted by Microsoft. (Windows 8’s traditional desktop mode has offered full Flash support from the get-go.) But moving forward — and after users apply a software update — the inverse will be true. Full story here.
Google shows off Glass apps: New York Times, Gmail, Path and more. Google just took some time at SXSW to show off Google Glass, and it’s pulled back the curtains on some apps that are currently in the works. As it turns out, Page and Co. have been working with the New York Times to build an application. Just ask for some news and Glass will deliver a headline, a byline, an accompanying image and the number of hours since the article in question was posted. What’s more is that users can tap and have the eyewear read the story’s text aloud. Full story here.
Digital Living & Gaming
New SimCity game climbing from launch wreckage. The new SimCity game is rapidly recovering from its trouble-plagued launch but problems are yet to be completely eradicated, company officials said.
Electronic Arts servers hosting SimCity online play were overwhelmed after the California company released its Maxis Studio game on March 5, and problems continued through the weekend.However, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw said in a blog post late Sunday that the “core problem” from the launch was close to being resolved. More here.
Authors and publishers objects to Amazon’s “.book” and “.read” names; future process unclear. The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, worried that Amazon will use new internet names like “.book” and “.author” to gain more power in the publishing industry, are asking the agency that assigns control of those names to refrain from giving them to a private entity. In a letter addressed to ICANN and posted on the Guild’s website, President Scott Turow stated the group “strongly object to ICANN’s plans to sell the exclusive top-level domain rights for generic book-industry terms.” More here.
BlackBerry Shares Jump as Lenovo CEO Mentions Possible Deal. BlackBerry shares jumped the most in more than a month after Lenovo Group Ltd. (992)’s chief executive officer was quoted in a French financial newspaper as saying his company may eventually consider buying the smartphone maker. More here.
Kodak posts bigger loss, but sees mid-2013 bankruptcy exit. Eastman Kodak Co fourth-quarter loss more than tripled, but the camera pioneer said on Monday that it is on track to emerge from bankruptcy in the middle of 2013 as it shifts its business focus toward printing from photography. Kodak’s quarterly net loss widened to $402 million from $117 million, as net sales fell 24 percent to $1.12 billion, according to regulatory filings. Full report here.
Icahn gets confidential look at Dell’s books. Dell Inc has agreed to give Carl Icahn a closer look at its books, less than a week after the activist investor joined a growing chorus of opposition to founder Michael Dell’s plan to take the world’s No. 3 personal computer maker private. More here.
Cyber security a challenge to U.S.-China ties: White House aide. Cyber security has become a growing challenge to the economic relationship between China and the United States and Beijing should recognize the scope of the problem, White House national security adviser Tom Donilon said on Monday. Full report here.
HP Says U.K. Serious Fraud Office Is Investigating Autonomy. The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by managers at Autonomy Corp., the software maker acquired and later written down by Hewlett-Packard Co. The SFO informed Hewlett-Packard of the investigation Feb. 6, and follows the U.S. Justice Department in probing Autonomy, Palo Alto, California-based Hewlett-Packard said today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Full story here.
LinkedIn to Buy Pulse Newsreader for More Than $50M: Sources. LinkedIn will buy the maker of the newsreader app Pulse, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
The price of the acquisition is in the tens of millions, they said — between $50 million and $100 million. Full report here.
Bitly CEO Peter Stern Steps Down From The URL Shortening And Analytics Company. In a statement on its blog today, Bitly has announced that CEO Peter Stern has stepped down as CEO. The reason is that Stern is to “pursue other interests”; further details aren’t known at this time.The NYC-based company has raised close to $23 million to date, with the last round being a monster $15 million one by O’Reilly, RRE and Khosla last July. More here.
Omniture Co-Founder’s Business Intelligence SaaS Company Domo Raises $60M From GGV Capital, Jeff Bezos, Greylock And Others. Domo, the SaaS business intelligence startup launched by Omniture founder Josh James, has raised $60 million in new funding, we’ve learned exclusively. The round was led by GGV Capital with Greylock Partners; Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos; co-CEOs of Workday Aneel Bhusri and David Duffield; Founders Fund; and Mercato Partners all participating. More here.