DailyDose: Firefox Wont Come to iOS & 9 Top Stories

DailyDose, your everyday technology brief is here. In today’s edition: Firefox wont return to iOS, GitHub is DDoSed again and other top stories from around the world.

Inc

Chairman of Sony Announces Retirement: Howard Stringer, who fought to bring a divided and struggling Sony Corporation together as the company’s first foreign president, is retiring as chairman in June. More here.

Square Loses Another Exec to Venture Capital: For the second time in nine days, a high-ranking executive at the payments startup Square has landed in venture capital. This time, it’s Jared Fliesler, who served as a vice president of user acquisition and business operations at Square, the San Francisco-based company that makes a credit-card reader for phones and tablets. Fliesler is joining Matrix Partners in Palo Alto, California, where he’ll be looking to invest in early-stage Web and mobile companies. More here.

HardCode

GitHub Hit With A DDoS Attack, Second In Two Days: Services on code-sharing site GitHub have been disrupted for over an hour in what started as a “major service outage” because of a “brief DDoS attack.” This is the second DDoS attack in as many days and at least the third in the last several months: Yesterday, GitHub also reported a DDoS incident. And in October 2012, the service also went down due to malicious hackers. More here.

Gov

Google Said to Near Accord With States Over Street View: Google Inc. is close to an agreement to pay about $7 million to settle allegations that the company improperly collected personal data for its Street View product, a person familiar with the matter said. The company has reached an agreement in principle with more than 30 states. More here.

U.S. top source of hacking attacks on country: China: The United States was the origin of more than half of the hacking attacks on China in the first two months of 2013, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington over the use of the Internet. More here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook May Testify in E-Books Antitrust Suit: Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook may testify in the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the world’s biggest technology company over e-books pricing. More here.

Stuff

FirefoxMozilla says no plans to return to iOS: During a SXSW talk, the not-for-profit’s vice president of product says the organization won’t build a version of its Firefox browser for iOS devices until Apple changes its ways. More here.

U.S. judge will not suspend Apple Siri patent case vs. Samsung:  A U.S. judge on Friday refused to suspend Apple Inc’s patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a case that includes search technology in Apple’s Siri voice assistant. More here.

Gaming

EA Apologizes For SimCity Disaster, Free Games: Electronic Arts’ SimCity was easily the most anticipated game of the season, but its launch was an unmitigated disaster because the DRM solution Electronic Arts and Maxis dreamt up means users have to always be online if they want to play. Sadly, EA’s servers weren’t up to the task and most players were either unable to connect or got kicked out of the game after a while. Today, Lucy Bradshaw, EA’s general manager for its Maxis label, issued an apology. EA is also offering players who were affected by these issues a free game from its catalog. More here.

Misc

Harvard Search of E-mail Stuns Its Faculty Members: Bewildered, and at times angry, faculty members at Harvard criticized the university on Sunday after revelations that administrators secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans in an effort to learn who leaked information about a student cheating scandal to the news media. Some predicted a confrontation between the faculty and the administration.  More here.

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