The Tech 10: Google Wants Your Files, Verizon Wants Your Apps and MySpace Wants to Feed Your Friends

Note: John Paczkowski is on vacation and won’t be writing or posting videos until he returns next Monday.

To keep you abreast of tech news while he’s away, we’re compiling a daily digest of 10 must-read tech stories. Our Tech 10 appears below.

  1. Google U-Store-It: The online search leader is prepping a service enabling users to store on the company’s computers any files (text, music, video) kept on personal-computer hard drives, reports The Wall Street Journal. The password-protected system would allow Internet access to the files from any computer or mobile device.
  2. Verizon Opens Wide and Says ‘Yah’: In a sign that “U.S. phone carriers’ iron grip on the wireless industry may finally be loosening,” (according to The Wall Street Journal) verizon.logo Verizon Wireless will open its network to wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company. Verizon plans a conference to detail “the standards and get input from the development community” about how so-called “BYO phones” will be allowed on its network early in 2008.
  3. MySpace Feeds You and Your Friends: The social-networking giant will unveil on Thursday “Friend Updates,” its news-feed feature. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch explains it all for you.
  4. InterActiveCorp to Activate China Web Site: IAC/InterActiveCorp plans to invest $100 million on an Internet start-up in China, shipping its Ask.com search engine to that hot market as well, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Intuit Grabs Homestead: The financial software firm has paidintuit.logo $170 million for the small-business Web service provider, a move Eric Eldon of VentureBeat posits will help the aging Intuit “stay relevant to the growing number of businesses that rely on Web-based services.”
  6. Reduce the Price, and They Will Buy: Deep discounts in its PlayStation 3 video-game console reaped high sales for Sony post-Thanksgiving. The 245% jump in North American PS3 units sold, according to Bloomberg, reflects price cuts Sony initiated to boost the console’s competitive edge against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii.
  7. NBC Universal Sees the TiVo Light: The broadcaster announced today that it had signed a deal to become the first of the major TV networks to use TiVo’s viewership research and interactive ad products, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  8. Yahoo Flubs Cyber Monday: Outages plagued the online company yahoo.logoyesterday during heavy holiday traffic on Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving when many online merchants offer discounts to woo consumers. Tech Check’s Jim Goldman says Yahoo scrambled throughout the day to fix the problem, but thousands of merchants were adversely affected.
  9. An End to Coal in Our Lifetime? Google is mobilizing its considerable resources to eliminate one resource: coal-generated electricity. The initiative, known as RE<C, will focus on solar, wind, geothermal and other potential breakthrough technologies. But there’s no guarantee Google’s push to develop electricity from renewable energy resources, says Doug Caverly of WebProNews“will have more luck than however many corporations and inventors have already tried their hands at this sort of thing.”
  10. Tiffany Miffed at eBay: The renowned retailer of fine jewelry has accused the online auctioneer of abetting the sales of counterfeits, reports the New York Times. Tiffany’s lawsuit seeks to force eBay to change its auction procedures, which, if successful, could jeopardize eBay’s business model.

–posted by Associate Editor John Sullivan


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