This week saw a whole host of device launches as competitors tried to steal a march on Apple ahead of the iPhone 5’s impending arrival next week. Last Wednesday tech enthusiasts attended a Nokia show in New York to release its new Windows 8 powered Lumia phones before being whisked across town to attend the launch of Motorola’s first new devices since the Google takeover. Thursday also saw Amazon unveil a new tablet which would compete with the iPad Mini if it’s announced next week as expected.
On Monday Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, co-founder of file sharing site pirate bay was finally arrested in Cambodia following his conviction by a Swedish court in 2009 for copyright infringement.
Facebook shares hit another all-time low of $17.55 on Tuesday although they rallied somewhat after Mark Zuckerberg promised not to sell any of his shares for at least a year and are now trading above $19. Zynga tried to boost its flailing stock price by releasing ‘Farmville 2’ the follow up to the popular social game that made its name.
One of the week’s more unusual stories was around the leaking of 1 million unique identifiers of Apple products by hackers AntiSec which they claimed were found on an FBI computer. The FBI then denied that the data could have come from their computers and now it appears that a large proportion of the identifiers belonged to Irish devices.
Ireland surprisingly landed 10th spot in Tim Berners-Lee’s index which measured the state of the web in 61 nations around the world.