Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Thursday, August 25.
You've probably heard by now that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple. This leaves us with many questions. What will Jobs do as chairman? What will Apple look like three years from now? Now for some answers. Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, e-mailed employees this morning to say that "Apple is not going to change."
You might be swiping your mobile phone to pay for things. In May, Google and Visa announced their digital wallet strategy. By storing people's credit cards and rewards info, people can pay for things with their phones. "We can see the transactions in real time," said Bill Gajda, head of Visa Mobile Global. "So consumers can receive alerts about offers from nearby merchants." Mastercard has a mobile payment strategy too.
AT&T gets into the ad business: It's expanding its ad network by launching a daily-deals site and testing out a location-based mobile marketing service. CNET's Roger Chen wrote: "The total interactive advertising market is a lucrative one. The area is expected to generate $34.46 billion in revenue this year and more than double to $76.62 billion by 2016, according to Forrester Research. Of that, the mobile advertising part is expected to grow the fastest, going from $1.65 billion this year to $8.24 billion in 2016."
WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more U.S. diplomatic cables, reports Reuters. Some of the documents are classified. The WikiLeaks Web site published 97,115 of the 251,287 cables it has. The group, Reuters reports, was frustrated by the lack of media interest. This is the first time the group has dumped this amount of data out all at once.
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