Today in Tech: News Corp.’s iPad paper, Google TV delays

December 20, 2010, 11:00 AM UTC

A curated selection of the day’s most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

“In my experience, entrepreneurs moving into Yahoo! often got stuck doing PowerPoints about “strategy” instead of writing code and shipping products.” — former Yahoo developer and current Etsy CTO Chad Dickerson (TechCrunch)

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    Rupert Murdoch’s much-talked about daily newspaper for the iPad, The Daily, will reportedly launch the week of January 17. Said a source to AllThingsD: “It will come out daily, it will sell for 99 cents a week, it will use lots of video, it will have cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some of kind 3-D effect that lots of people are very excited about.” (Fortune)

  • Though Google and Sony already have a deal in place for Google TV-enabled TV sets, the Internet giant is reportedly taking those negative reviews to heart. The Internet giant asked other TV manufacturers like Toshiba, LG Electronics, and Sharp to put off launches of their own versions so Google can have more time to tweak and improve the software. (New York Times)
  • The UK government plans to ask ISPs to block all pornography from home Internet connections by default. Customers would have to ask the ISP to regain access. (The Next Web)
  • Raj Vemulapalli, Yahoo’s Head of Engineering for Real Time Communications, is leaving the company. Vemulapalli, an 11-year vet, worked on Yahoo Messenger. (TechCrunch)
  • A look at 101 mobile apps revealed that 56 of them sent users’ device IDs to companies without the users’ awareness or consent, 47 transmitted the phone’s location, and five of them sent age, gender and other info. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Google retired its Latitude Location Alerts feature, which let users choose the option of emailing friends alerts about their locations. (TechCrunch)
  • Tumblr raised $30 million during its latest round of funding with investors like Spark Capital, Union Square, and Sequoia Capital. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Amazon added former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein to its board of directors. Rubinstein was given a restricted stock award of 5,000 company company shares to vest over a three-year period. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Chip sales, particularly of DRAM and Flash memory chips, grew to $304 billion, up from $229.5 billion last year. (AllThingsD)

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