Archive for May 10, 2009

A group of Sun shareholders have gone to court in an attempt to block the Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison’s proposed $5.6 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc.

The lawsuits claim the amount offered for Sun is “unfair and inadequate.” The suits also charges Sun and its executive team with “claims for breach of fiduciary duty against the individual defendants and for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty against the corporate defendants.

The tender price offered by Oracle was generally considered to be a bargain, and came as Sun has been shopping itself around the industry.

Microsoft recently released a Facebook application that lets Windows Mobile 6 users create wall posts, share photos, send messages, update profile pictures and even upload videos.

The free software, dubbed Facebook for Windows Mobile 6, is the first app to lets users upload videos straight from their smartphones. It also offers core features such as the ability to call people on their Friends lists, manage Facebook profiles, confirm Friend requests, upload and tag photos, update statuses and more.

Apple instructed developers that it will no longer accept any iPhone and iPod touch applications that are incompatible with the operating system update. The advisory was made hours after releasing the iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 for general consumption

In an email sent to developers, Apple writes “Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved.”

Twitter is “not for sale”

Posted: May 10, 2009 in Tech

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has stated that the social networking company is not for sale.

“We’re just getting started, as I’ve said. The company is 2 years old, we have so much to do, so much product stuff to fix and so much growing to do,” Stone said on “The View” which is hosted by Barbara Walters.

Twitter has been the subject of fevered takeover speculation since the company turned down a $500 million acquisition offer from Facebook last year.

Microsoft made available its Windows Marketplace for Mobile to developers. Windows Mobile code developers with a Windows Live ID, valid taxpayer ID, bank account and $99 can sign up for a vendor account with Microsoft. Once approved, developers may begin submitting their Windows Mobile 6.5 applications for inclusion within the Marketplace.

The Marketplace is designed for Windows phones running Windows Mobile 6.5. Developers will receive 70 percent of the revenue from the sales of each application. Developers will also have the ability to set the pricing for their apps.

The move brings Windows mobile up to date with Apple’s App Store and the Android Market.