While we've been hearing about a possible fall update to the iMac line, including Blu-ray options, for a couple of weeks now, the online rumor mill has now consigned itself to expecting new MacBook laptops as well. And not just any laptops, but the mythical, long-awaited, low-cost MacBooks that true believers hope will usher in a new age of Apple-based computing for those who find laptops over $1,000 to be out of reach.
Twitter's long-anticipated business plan had better be close on the horizon, because according to the Wall Street Journal, the site has some new investors on board: Mutual fund T. Rowe Price, Insight Venture Partners, and a handful of others have reportedly pumped $100 million into the microblogging phenomenon.
TechCrunch reported last week that Twitter was putting together a round of funding at around a $1 billion valuation. But that report suggested that the company would do so by raising about $50 million--half of what it actually has, per the WSJ, in a deal expected to close Thursday.
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With the hype around Apple's near-certain upcoming tablet PC seemingly cooling off, our attention now turns to Microsoft--as the company is rumored to be preemptively working on its own Apple-tablet killer.
ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley reports that Microsoft plans to create a tablet, which is based in part on the technology behind the company's Surface project and has been developed under code names including "Oahu" and "Alchemy Ventures." In charge of the project--Chief Experience Officer J Allard, who was the main guy behind the Xbox brand for several years.
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Sky News, the 24-hour British news operation, apparently posted a story that cited Yoko One as saying the Beatles' catalog was coming to iTunes.
The story disappeared not long after, but not before someone took a screen shot of the headline and a tease, which said: "The whole of the Beatles back catalog will be made available to buy on iTunes, Yoko Ono has told Sky News." Sky News officials would not comment and has yet to issue a correction.
This is the kind of juicy what-if situation that Apple fans live for and the speculation that the … Read more
Engadget Mobile has received this leaked photo of what looks like the LG Chocolate Touch for Verizon, and wouldn't you know it, it doesn't look at all like the LG BL40 that the Europeans are all getting this fall. No giant 4-inch display, no 21:9 aspect ratio, that's for sure. Which makes us wonder if this truly is the LG Chocolate Touch, or if it's some other LG phone.
But since we're used to not getting the pretty European models, we wouldn't be surprised if this really is the Chocolate Touch that we … Read more
News Corp.-owned MySpace is "close to acquiring" social music service iLike, according to TechCrunch.
The price tag is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $20 million. Representatives from iLike were not immediately available for comment.
The deal, if confirmed as accurate, highlights the often complicated connections in digital media's elite ranks.
I popped by the MSNBC studios on Sunday morning to discuss the latest Apple tablet rumors with anchor Alex Witt. Check out the clip below.
This story was updated Tuesday with some clarification about the origin of the iPad reference. See details below.
There are a gazillion rumors swirling out there about a forthcoming Apple tablet of some sort. And while we certainly don't feel the need to point you to each and every supposed leaked photo or tip from a super-secret inside source, this potential clue is too interesting to pass on.
For all the breathless pontificating and predicting on the worst-kept secret in tech, the Apple tablet, most pundits have pointed to Apple's traditional September press event as the likely launch point for this new product.
Now, some are saying that Apple's unconfirmed September confab will be primarily about music devices, and any tablet PC will remain under wraps until sometime in 2010. According to Mac news site The Loop:Very reliable sources familiar with the product have said speculation of the tablet being introduced during the September event are flat-out wrong. The Apple tablet, they said, would not … Read more