Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We’ve assembled the weekend’s most newsworthy bits below.
News Corp head Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs are reportedly knee-deep in the Daily, a digital newspaper that combines “tabloid sensibility” with “broadsheet intelligence” and will appear exclusively on tablets like the iPad some time early next year. The Daily will cost $ .99 a week. (Guardian)
- Apple has apparently abandoned plans of building blank European SIM cards that would essentially take carriers out of the equation after some carriers threatened to stop selling iPhones. (The SIM cards would’ve allowed iPhone owners to choose almost any European carrier.) (9 to 5 Mac)
- Though Facebook acquired 10 startups this year, including Drop.io, Hot Potato and Octazen, the social network could very well do “double-ish” the volume of transactions next year. (Inside Facebook)
- SAP is readying mobile versions of all of its enterprise resource management software for RIM’s Playbook tablet early next year. (cnet)
- Rather than having a venture capital funding round, Groupon could hire a strategic investor as one potential way to raise new capital. (Deals & More)
- Accel sold “very significant chunks,” or less than 20% of its Facebook shares at a $34 billion valuation. Despite the transaction, it reportedly remains the social network’s largest venture shareholder. (Social Beat)
- Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg confirmed that a games-focused phone (ie. the Sony Playstation Phone) will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in February. It’ll “make a lot of noise,” said Nordberg. (WWWery)