Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!
Drop the Ballmer
After 13 years at the company, CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from his position at Microsoft after news of a company re-organization, prompting rumours that the CEO’s move was more of a push. The move has caused shares in the company to soar to 8% higher by shareholders who felt Ballmer was a CEO who missed the shifts in tech that Apple and Google led the way on over the last few years. Current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is reported to be on the shortlist of possible names to replace Ballmer.
Google Glass is being heralded as the next surgical assistant with some surgeons in San Francisco using the technology to help save lives in the operating theatre. Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon at UCSF Medical Center, said of his experience; “There was a cognitive integration between what I saw in front of me and the radiographs. It was extraordinarily helpful.”
The state has forwarding-thinking automotive tastes also this week, as sales in the area of Tesla Motors outsold all other luxury car brands, including Porsche and Land Rover.
China’s internet hit by the country’s “largest ever” attack
This weekend China experienced what it is now calling its “largest ever” cyber attack, causing many of the country’s websites to go offline for some hours. The attack specifically targeted sites with the ending ‘.cn’. There has not yet been speculation from authorities as to who may have been responsible for the attack.
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Companies including Instagram, Netflix, Vine and Airbnb suffered over the weekend due to software trouble at an Amazon cloud data centre. The glitch in service is said to be due to a “partial failure of a networking device”.
Facebook to compensate users for sharing details on ads
How screens, speed and networks are changing the future of online video
Vogue And The Tech Hard Sell
Tesla chief Elon Musk also revealed he has been getting inspired by the film Iron Man, tweeting; “Will post video of designing a rocket part with hand gestures & immediately printing in titanium”.
A community in Greece has created its own private Internet
Tesco to launch own version of the iPad
A lovely Woodpecker alarm clock project (link thanks to Tim)
How X Prize Contestants Will Hunt Down The Health Sensors Of The Future
Stats! 30% Of U.S. Adults Don’t Have Broadband; 10% Use Smartphones As Sole Internet Access; 20% Have Nothing
You Can Steal Bitcoins. But Good Luck Laundering Them
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