There's good news and bad news, as Best Buy Europe announces plans to close its 'big box' UK stores and Everything Everywhere cuts 550 jobs - while Jawbone UP hits the shops and the Simply Tap mobile shopping app goes live.
Sir Richard Branson has been announced as one of the new investors in Square Inc, although neither party has revealed the amount of investment involved.
The mobile payment company, which launched a year ago, has supplied over 800,000 card readers to merchants and is currently processing over $2 billion in payments annually.
Security researcher Charlie Miller from Accuvant has found a flaw in Apple’s App Store, demonstrating how it’s possible to create a malicious application that is accepted into the store.
Although all apps need to pass Apple’s review process, Mr Miller created a ‘proof of concept’ app that appeared benign but was able to steal data after receiving an online update.
Vodafone has published its half-year financial report for the six months that ended on 30th September 2011. It made £6.0 billion in operating profit and now expects to hit £11.4 - £11.8 billion for the full year, which is better than it anticipated six months ago.
Group revenue was up 4.1% year-on-year to £23.5 billion, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 2.3% to £7.5 billion.