Daily: Your everyday technology news brief is here. In today’s edition: Sony Is Making Google Glass Rival, West Virginia Lawmaker Wants ’em All Banned & Other Top Stories.
Dell’s board evaluates rival bids: A special committee of Dell Inc’s board is evaluating separate takeover proposals from Blackstone Group and billionaire investor Carl Icahn to decide whether either or both are likely to trump an existing $24.4 billion take-private deal, a source familiar with the discussions said on Sunday. Icahn and Blackstone put in preliminary bids late last week, potentially upsetting the plans of the No. 3 PC maker’s founder, Michael Dell, and private equity firm Silver Lake to take Dell private. Full story here.
Also, Michael Dell May Lose Control Of PC Maker After Two Competing Buyout Bids Emerge. More here.
Apple Acquires Indoor Location Company WifiSLAM. Apple has acquired indoor-GPS company WifiSLAM, a sign that the war over indoor mobile location services is heating up. Apple paid around $20 million for the Silicon Valley-based company, according to a person familiar with the matter who said the deal closed recently. More here.
Shutterfly sues to shut down Kodak photo app. Photo service Shutterfly Inc has sued to shut down an Eastman Kodak Co app that lets users purchase photo albums made from pictures stored on Facebook Inc’s social media network, according to court documents. Shutterfly bought the Kodak Gallery online photo business for $23.8 million last year, and as part of the deal Kodak agreed not to set up a duplicate business, according to court documents. More here.
Windows Blue leaks online, includes smaller Live Tiles, new side-by-side Snap Views, and IE 11. An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online on the same day that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrates his 57th birthday. Build 9364, a partner version that was originally compiled on March 15th, has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. More here.
BlackBerry 10 set to invade iPhone and Android screens with full takeover ads. In a bold effort to promote its flagship Z10 smartphone, BlackBerry has commissioned a series of ads that will take over the screens of iPhones and Android devices, demonstrating key features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system as if it was installed on users’ phones. More here.
Unofficial tally indicates the Windows Store has passed the 50,000 app milestone. Today MetroStore Scanner (MSS) indicates that the Windows Store has passed the 50,000 application mark. MSS, an unofficial tracker, has been generally accurate in the past. That said, treat the 50,000 number with caution, and keep in mind that not all apps will be available in your area. Full report here.
Sony Patent Reveals Google Glass Competitor With A Head Mounted Display For Each Eye. A recently published patent application reveals that Sony’s head mounted display glasses are progressing down the evolutionary path rather nicely. What once amounted to just wide-eyed concepts, this latest patent filing, a continuation patent filed on November 14, 2012, shows that Sony, with perhaps a bit of inspiration for Google Glass, is nearing a practical model. And unlike Google’s take on HMDs, Sony’s has information displays for both eyes. Full report here.
F.A.A. May Loosen Curbs on Fliers’ Use of Electronics. According to people who work with an industry working group that the Federal Aviation Administration set up last year to study the use of portable electronics on planes, the agency hopes to announce by the end of this year that it will relax the rules for reading devices during takeoff and landing. The change would not include cellphones. More here.
West Virginia Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Drivers From Wearing Head Mounted Displays Like Google Glass. In short, a West Virginia lawmaker wants to outlaw the wearing of head-mounted displays while driving in his state. The devices would join other banned electronic communication devices like cell phones. The bill, while perhaps a bit laughable at first, is logical and smart. More here.