W3C (the Worldwide Web Consortium) has announced a plan to “recommend” (see: declare as ready) the HTML5 spec. Further updates (5.1 and onward) are expected to be given the okay every two years after that.
Google is reportedly funding, building, and helping run wireless networks in emerging markets. Markets include sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and will be used to make internet available to those outside of major cities, as well as improve connection speeds in urban centers. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]
Electric car company Better Place is reportedly planning to file for bankruptcy in the next few days. According to Fortune, over the last seven months the company has seen two CEOs come and go. [Source: Fortune]
UK network EE has confirmed that the HTC First — also known as the Facebook Phone — will not be available in the United Kingdom. According to Forbes this is so that Facebook can increase the customization experience of its Home screen before it gets released across the pond. [Source: Forbes]
Yahoo has entered into the bidding storm for video streaming site Hulu. According to AllThingsD, other possible contenders placing bids for the company include DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Guggenheim Digital. [Source: AllThingsD]
According to a French firm that specializes in camera optics, the camera inside Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone outperforms the iPhone 5 and Nokia’s Lumia 920. The iPhone 5, however, is better than Samsung for video. [Source: BGR]
In 2011, cloud-based human resources software company SuccessFactors was acquired by German software giant SAP. Today it’s been announced that SuccessFactor’s CEO Lars Dalgaard is leaving his post to become an investor. [Source: AllThingsD]
Foursquare announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Gnip, giving them access to all its data. The company says, however, that Gnip will only be getting the raw information (location, time, date), and that no personal information will be shared. [Source: VentureBeat]
Intellectual Ventures announced today a patent licensing agreement with Salesforce.com. The agreement, which IV’s first agreement in cloud computing, gives Salesforce access to 40,000 of IV’s patents and patent applications. [Source: GeekWire]
HP has announced that John McMullen will be retiring from his treasurer role after 32 years with the company. Replacing him is Jim Murren, a former senior VP and general manager in the Enterprise services business. [Source: AllThingsD]
Nest, the automated “smart” thermostat makers, have just unveiled an app for Google Glass. The app allows you to change the temperature with your voice, as well as tell the app when you plan on coming home. [Source: VentureBeat]
Facebook’s former global head of brand design Paul Adams has joined the team at Intercom as head of product design. Intercom is a startup that tracks customer interactions for businesses and uses the data to make more personalized messages. [Source: TechCrunch]
The Xbox One, the latest videogame console — if you can call it that — from Microsoft, will allow users to play games and assume control from their friends (to help with a difficult level, say) via Skype, Polygon reports. The report also states that Xbox One will talk back to users, becoming more and more like Siri or Google Now.
Verizon has launched a “Verizon Cloud” application on the iPhone, AppleInsider reports. The service costs between $2.99 and $9.99 per month, and is essentially an iCloud replacement that uses Verizon’s servers instead of Apple’s.
Intel may have scored its biggest win in the mobile sector with rumors indicating that its next-gen Atom chip, Clover Trail, will be featured in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. If true, the company would have beaten out rival NVidia’s Tegra chip and Samsung’s own Exynos processor. [Source: VentureBeat]