DailyDose, your everyday technology brief from around the world is here. In today’s edition: Microsoft launches new Office 365 for business users and 10 other top stories.
LinkedIn Surges to Record Amid User Growth Optimism: LinkedIn Corp, , the biggest online professional-networking service, surged to a record high after analysts from Evercore Partners Inc. (EVR) and Wunderlich Securites Inc. released bullish reports on the company’s growth prospects. The shares climbed 6.8 percent to a record $168.55 at the close in New York. More here.
Cook: Forget About Our Share Price, Apple Has Some Great Stuff Coming: Remarking on the value of Apple’s stock, which has plummeted by roughly a third since reaching a high last fall, Cook said the company is obviously unhappy with its price. “I don’t like it either,” he told attendees at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting today. “The board doesn’t like it. The management team doesn’t like it.” Read more here.
Groupon tanks on missed Q4 revenue of $638.3 million, unexpected loss of $0.12 per share: Today Groupon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $638.3 million, and earnings per share of -$0.12. Analysts had expected revenue of $640 million, and earnings per share of $0.03. At the end of its third quarter, Groupon had anticipated revenue to fall between $625 million and $675 million. In normal trading, Groupon was up nearly 8 percent. In after hours trading, the company has fallen more than 20%. More here.
BlackBerry not as secure as believed, memo warns federal workers: The federal department charged with overseeing cyber-security has warned its workers to think twice before sending a BlackBerry message, suggesting that the device believed to be the most secure in the world is more vulnerable than users may believe. The one-page policy memo from Public Safety Canada, updated in mid-January, attempts to dissuade government BlackBerry users from sending a PIN-to-PIN message largely because it could be read by any BlackBerry user, anywhere in the world. More here.
Huawei Plans Firefox OS Phone, but CEO Says Unclear How Consumers Will Take to It:“Whether the consumers will accept it or not, it is difficult to say,” Huawei Device Chairman Richard Yu said Wednesday during an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. – More here.
Microsoft launches updated Office 365 for business users: Microsoft has added three new packages to its Office 365 line-up for businesses: Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Midsize and Office 365 Small Business Premium. These complement the existing Office 365 Small Business and Enterprise offerings, which Microsoft is updating with many of the latest new features and functions that it introduced late last year for the on-premises complements of the products in the suite. More here.
Building A Paid App For Firefox OS: At first glance the Firefox Marketplace for Firefox OS may look similar to the Apple Store or Google Play Store but there is a key difference: it does not lock you into Mozilla or lock you into your Firefox OS phone. It enables you to sell a web app that will run on any open web device by way of the receipt protocol. Non-Mozilla marketplaces can participate in selling apps on Firefox OS out of the box by implementing the receipt format and users won’t notice anything different when running a paid app from either store. More here.
FreedomBox version 0.1 Released: FreedomBox is a community project to develop, design and promote personal servers running free software for distributed social networking, email etc (wiki). Read more here.
North Korea to Offer Foreigners Uncensored Mobile-Phone Internet: North Korea’s sole mobile-network operator will offer uncensored third-generation services for foreigners working or visiting the totalitarian state, Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding SAE said. Kim Jong Un’s regime has issued new policies to “avail foreigners with easier means of communications with the outside world,” Orascom Telecom spokeswoman Manal Abdel-Hamid said in a Feb. 25 e-mail. More here.
NATO, European governments, hit by ‘MiniDuke’ cyber attack: Hackers targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe through a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s (ADBE.O) software, security researchers said on Wednesday, while NATO said it too had been attacked. The alliance said its systems had not been compromised, although it was sharing the details of the attack with NATO member states and remained vigilant. More here.
Pandora Resurrects Its 40-Hour (Monthly) Limit On Free Music, But This Time It’s Capping Mobile Usage: As it struggles to deal with rising royalty costs, streaming radio service Pandora is bringing back an old idea by capping free mobile usage at 40 hours per month. More here.