Another big week in the technology sector has come and gone, and in its wake, news from all quarters emerged. From hurricanes to Chinese search engines and everything in between, we were out on the hunt for big news. So settle in and let's run down the week.
First we took a closer look at Scott Forstall, who recently parted company with Apple. The question on a lot of people's minds was “why?” and as it turned out, there were plenty of potential causes. From issues with the famed Apple apology letter on iOS 6 Map to a difference of opinion on following what was known as a “skeuomorphic” design strategy, there were several possible reasons behind the separation. There were even some implications for Windows 8 involved in the process that we also examined.
Next was one of the biggest pieces of news, Hurricane Sandy. We took a look at the value of cloud-based technology in the midst of the disaster, and how having a plan to be able to work remotely may not only be a morale booster for employees, but may well be the crucial key to business continuity in the midst of disaster. There are a host of widely-known benefits to using cloud technology, especially for small to medium-sized businesses, and Hurricane Sandy drove those particular points home very effectively.
Then we asked a very unusual question indeed—should telcos sell electricity?--and proceeded to examine the pluses and the minuses alike to that particular equation. Frontier Communications Corporation—widely known throughout the Midwest—recently lent its name and marketing muscle to Crius Energy. After all, telcos frequently rely on electricity themselves. Routers need juice, as do set-top boxes and the like, so why not sell the whole thing and offer a one-price bundle? But there were plenty of drawbacks involved in such a move, and those were tough to ignore.
Next was a look at what has become known in China as the 3B War, a battle between Chinese search titan Baidu and a younger up-and-comer Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Qihoo, an anti-virus technology firm, went after Baidu's search crown by using a practice known as “crawslers” to get some extra data for their own search efforts. But the practice was not limited to battling between Baidu and Qihoo, and this led in turn to 12 of the biggest search engine operators in China convening to sign an agreement forbidding such practices and requiring them to stick to the terms of each others' robots.txt protocols.
Finally, another ban on insider sales was lifted for Facebook’s stock, and with employees now able to sell their shares on the open market—with up to 234 million such shares likely to hit the market—it looked like there was a rush for the door. Facebook's share price dropped more on Wednesday than any time in the five weeks preceding the drop, according to reports, and represented a 3.8 percent drop in the value of Facebook stock.
That was the week that was in technology, and there was, as ever, plenty of news making the rounds and changing our world in a lot of important and far-reaching ways. Our global online community is constantly on the hunt for more, so be sure to come back next week for more coverage, and of course, the Week In Review!