DailyDose: The day Facebook and Google services went down
DailyDose of tech news from around the world. Today: FB & Google go down. Apps for children don’t disclose enough. Groupon shares go up as traders speculate a takeover by Google and Twitter’s new photo color filters.
FB & Google go down: It was a day of big outages. After Google’s e-mail service went down for many users, it was the turn of Facebook. The social networking site was reportedly down for a large number of users. Facebook was down for sometime last November. Facebook was down for nearly 15 minutes, reports suggest. According to FB, the outage was due to a change in Facebook’s DNS infrastructure. Meanwhile, Google confirmed the outage and said that updates will be posted on Apps Status Dashboard. The last time Gmail went down was in July.
Google Play Gets Carrier Billing
Mobile carrier billing company Bango continues its hot streak of signing up big name partners today, thanks to a new arrangement with Google to bring carrier billing to Google Play, beginning in Australia. Bango provides carrier billing services to Facebook in the UK, France and Germany, and also partners with RIM for BlackBerry App world billing. Earlier this year, it announced deals to work with Amazon and MasterCard, too. For Google, it could be a key ingredient in driving up conversions and revenue for Android developers. [Source]
Apps for Children Fall Short on Disclosure to Parents
Several hundred of the most popular educational and gaming mobile apps for children fail to give parents basic explanations about what kinds of personal information the apps collect from children, who can see that data and what they use it for, a new federal report says. The apps often transmit the phone number, precise location or unique serial code of a mobile device to app developers, advertising networks or other companies, according to the report by the Federal Trade Commission, released Monday. [Source]
Groupon up on Google Takeover rumors
Groupon Inc. surged to the highest price in three weeks on speculation that Google Inc. might consider buying the online coupon provider. The shares advanced 23 percent to $4.69 in New York, closing at the highest price since Oct. 19. The stock pared to 77 percent its loss since an initial public offering in November of 2011. The stock plunge since the IPO may spark renewed takeover interest from Google now that Groupon’s market value has slipped to $3.07 billion, said Tom Forte, an analyst at Telsey Advisory Group. Google had considered acquiring Groupon for $6 billion the year before its public market debut, people familiar with the matter said at the time. [Source]
Twitter launches photo color filters
Twitter on Monday introduced the ability to add color filters to user-uploaded photos, a step that sharpened its budding rivalry with Facebook Inc . The war over photos has been escalating recently with Instagram cutting access on Twitter. [Source]