Here’s a handful of interesting tech stories from around the web for Monday, May 21.
Microsoft Launches Socl Social Network: A Look Inside [Marketing Land]
Congrats, Mark Zuckerberg. You went public on Friday, got married on Saturday and now as a special present from part-owner and best partner Microsoft have a new social network to contend with: Microsoft’s So.cl. But don’t worry too much.
Entrepreneur Jack Ma is buying back up to half of a 40 percent stake in his Alibaba Group from Yahoo for $7.1 billion, in a deal that moves the Chinese e-commerce leader closer to a public listing.
There are four major groups that would be affected by a “Let’s Give a Nexus to Everyone” plan. Let’s explore how each of them might experience the policy shift.
There’s something strange about the thought of Hollywood reconstructing Steve Jobs’ early Los Altos, California home on a backlot somewhere in Southern California.
Still waiting for your HTC handset to make its way through customs? Ratchet your hopes just a smidge higher, because the company says it’s making progress.
Five of the nation’s largest cable companies are partnering to allow their subscribers free access to each others’ Wi-Fi hot spots in cities across the U.S.
An attack on his Web site pushed things out a few days, but John Mardini says Voyager Mobile is now ready to take orders for cut-rate cellphone service.
Amazon poised to get a cut of California sales taxes [L.A. Times]
Eager to host Amazon warehouses and receive a cut of the tax on sales to customers statewide, two California cities are offering Amazon most of the tax money they stand to gain.
Disassembling Apple’s diminutive inch-cube iPhone charger reveals a technologically advanced flyback switching power supply that goes beyond the typical charger.
Windows 8 Release Preview- RIP, Aero (2003-2012) [SuperSite For Windows]
Microsoft quietly revealed this week that it will kill off the Aero glass interface in Windows 8 and replace it with a flat, Metro-like Explorer that’s more in line with the company’s current design mantra.
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