Today in Tech: Steve Jobs on ‘LocationGate,’ Google video chat arrives

April 29, 2011, 10:30 AM UTC

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  • Microsoft‘s fiscal third quarter figures are out: profits jumped 31% and sales inched up to $16.4 billion, but several analysts noted that revenue from the division that includes the Windows operating system actually fell 4% to almost $4.5 billion, likely due in part to the overall decline in worldwide PC sales and rise of the iPad. (New York Times and eWeek)
  • All Things D snagged a rare interview with Steve Jobs, who weighed in on how the iPhone does (and doesn’t) use location information. (All Things D)
  • Redbox is officially getting into videogames. Starting June 17, the company’s 26,000-plus kiosks around the country will offer PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii game rentals for $2 a day. (Engadget)
  • Google Talk video chat is here. Over the next few weeks, the Internet giant will roll out an updated Google Talk with video chat, starting with the Nexus S and making its way to tablets and Gmail. Unlike Apple’s FaceTime feature which only operates over WiFi, Google’s version will run on 3G and 4G connections, too. Check out the demo video below. (VentureBeat)
  • Research in Motion lowered forecasts for its fiscal first quarter earnings: between $1.30 and $1.37 a share compared with analyst predictions of $1.48 per share. The culprits? Weaker-than-predicted BlackBerry shipments and a sales shift towards cheaper handsets. (CNET)
  • Accel Partners invested $35 million in 99designs’ Series A funding round. The 3-year-old startup pegs itself as a crowdsourcing marketplace for graphic design — clients can post work they need done, and designers compete for those jobs and win prize money by uploading their designs. (TechCrunch)
  • Early white iPhone 4 buyers are noticing their pearly devices are slightly thicker — emphasis on “slightly” — compared with their jet black counterparts. Call us crazy, but we doubt that “revelation” will change anyone’s minds about buying one. (MacRumors)

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