DailyDose, your everyday brief of technology news is here. In today’s edition: Dell CEO agreed to lower shares’ value to push $24 billion buyout, Sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signs book deal, Large Hadron Collider shuts down for two years of upgrades and more.
Google Shutters Commerce Search For E-Retailers: Google has shut its hosted enterprise search product to power online retail stores and e-commerce websites. More here.
Sony Revamps Aging PlayStation in Bid to Recapture Cool: On Feb. 20, Sony will announce a new version of the console with more realistic game play and more entertainment options, said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. More here.
Dell CEO agreed to lower shares’ value to push $24 billion buyout: Dell Chief Executive Michael Dell, aiming to clinch a $24.4 billion deal to take the No. 3 PC maker private, agreed to value his 16 percent stake in the company at about 2 percent below the price offered to other shareholders, company filings on Thursday showed. More here.
Sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signs book deal: Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, is writing a memoir about her years at the social network website where she was once director of marketing, publisher HarperCollins said on Thursday. More here.
Google app store policy raises privacy concerns: Google Inc’s privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal information, including email addresses, of everyone who purchased his mobile app. Read here.
Large Hadron Collider shuts down for two years of upgrades: No, finding the Higgs boson doesn’t mean the end of physics. But as of today, no atoms will be smashed at the LHC (the Large Hadron Collider at CERN) for approximately two years. During that time, every piece of hardware around the accelerator’s full circumference will get some attention, as will the detectors that track collisions. Read more here.
Tesla vs. The New York Times: Everyone’s A Media Company Now: More here.
Ex-BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie dumps entire stake: A year ago, Balsillie owned 26.8 million shares of stock in the smartphone maker. Now he’s down to zero. More here.
Judge throws out Netflix shareholder lawsuit: Netflix Inc won the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing the dominant U.S. video rental and streaming company of inflating its share price by concealing its rising costs, even as insiders like Chief Executive Reed Hastings sold millions of dollars of stock. More here.