DailyDose: Ubuntu for touch phones to be launched on Thursday & Microsoft increases price for Mac Office

DailyDose, your everyday technology brief from around the world is here. In today’s edition: Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17%.Britain and India to agree cyber crime joint taskforce. French Publishers Forge Deal With Google, Breaking Ranks With Europe and more.ubuntu

Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu to be published on 21 February 2013:  Images and open source code for the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published on Thursday 21st February, supporting the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones, Ubuntu maker Canonical said in a blog. Read here.

Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17%: Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite. The move puts Office for Mac 2011 on the same pricing schedule as the new Office 2013 for Windows.  More here.

Bill Gates ‘not satisfied’ with Microsoft’s innovations: Software giant’s chairman says the company’s history in the cell phone sector was “clearly a mistake” during an interview on CBS This Morning. More here.

Britain and India to agree cyber crime joint taskforce:  Britain and India are expected to agree to set up a joint task force to fight cyber crime on Tuesday, a move London hopes will help it safeguard the personal banking and mobile phone data of millions of Britons, much of which is stored on Indian servers. More here.

The Brain is Not Computable: A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines. More here.

French Publishers Forge Deal With Google, Breaking Ranks With Europe: Publishers in France say they have struck an innovative agreement with Google on the use of their content online. Their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, however, say the French gave in too easily to the Internet giant. Read more here.

Billionaire Alwaleed Buys 360buy Stake for China Expansion: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bought a stake in Chinese online retailer 360buy Jingdong Inc., joining a group of investors in tapping one of the world’s fastest growing e-commerce markets. More here.

China Knocks Off U.S. to Become World’s Top Smart Device Market: Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. More here.

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