Seattle’s TechFlash today has published a report on a new application that transforms your iPhone into a credit card terminal, so you can use the device to take customer payments. We’ve been speculating at the iPhone becoming a future digital wallet for a while, and think the new software marks a point at which such dreams have taken a stride closer to reality.
We reported on Facebook’s failed $500 million all-stock deal for Twitter last month, and now it seems money and monetization stood in the way of the deal.
Discussing the failed deal, Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams this week told the New York Times, “We explored it, as we should. We took it seriously. It definitely made sense – the strategy we talked about with them – but it wasn’t the right time.”
The game continues once again, on news this morning the iPhone Dev Team has successfully built software to unlock iPhones and iPod touch devices running software version 2.2, released by Apple last week.
The DevTeam has released Pwnage Tool and QuickPwn 2.2 Windows users only have QuickPwn.
“If you have a 3G iPhone and want potential soft unlock in the near future do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool,” the team warns.
The team notes that Apple’s new software updated the baseband on the 3G iPhone, which means the iPhone Dev Team are advising unlockers not to use Pwnage, as it will revert to the older (slower) baseband.
Former Apple evangelist and serial entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki explains why Twitter is the leading casual social networking. Oh, and social networks “broaden the mind” because you get to communicate with so many people from so many places.
Changewave’s senior researcher Paul Carton warns new research by his firm shows, “an accelerating collapse in US business spending that has reached historic proportions – with record pullbacks occurring both in the current fourth Quarter and going forward.”
RjDJ is getting big pop over at the App Store, it’s a fascinating application which sucks sounds in from the world around you using the iPhone’s microphone, and then mixes and tweaks those real sounds in lots of ways to create a unique, slightly tripped-out listening experience. Kind of like drinking lager on pain-killers (probably), but nowhere near as dangerous (probably).
The battle for smartphone industry continues, with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion today claiming ‘record’ downloads of new application, MySpace for BlackBerry.
In a joint announcement, MySpace and RIM claimed MySpace for BlackBerry software downloads to have exceeded 400,000 downloads in one week, “an all-time high for both MySpace and RIM in terms of first week application downloads,” the partners said.
Additionally, they reported users of the app sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status over two million times in the first week.
The BBC Trust has refused permission for the BBC to introduce its own local video service to cover local events in 60 parts of the UK, arguing that it wouldn’t be beneficial enough for the public and that it would have a “negative impact on commercial media”.
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, said: “It is clear from the evidence that, although licence fee payers want better regional and local services from the BBC, this proposal is unlikely to achieve what they want.