It's Monday, and you know what that means. A whole weekends worth of news to catch up on, in order to start your week well informed.
Sharp announced that they are releasing an e-book reader in December. The device, which sharp has named named Galapagos is designed excursively for the Japanese market. The reader will be available in two screen sizes: a 5.5-inch LCD, and a 10.8-inch high-resolution HD LCD. The device should have roughly 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books at launch.
Researchers at Northwester University found that celebrity tweets just don't matter that much. As it turns out, the number of followers you have does not have a serious impact on how influential you are on Twitter. The research was preformed by Professor Alok Choudhary and Ramanathan Narayanan.
Netflix adds NBC to its line up. The deal, stuck with NBC over the weekend, will allow subscribers, to watch previous seasons of television shows, like Law and Order, and Saturday Night Live. It will also allow for day-after broadcast viewing of the content.
Rumors are swirling around that Windows 7 phone will launch in Novemberr. The proposed date was October 21st. Nothing official has been stated at this time.
iTunes released an update to Ping, its new social networking site. The update allows users to Like a song from their library, in a manner similar to the Facebook 'like' button. The update also includes a sidebar, which allows you to see Ping update from your library.
Law enforcement professionals want to wiretap the Web, and you're mobile devices. The bill, which is expected to be proposed next year, wants to mandate that any and all services that enable communications be technically able to comply with a wiretap order. This would include sites like Facebook, and tools like Skype, in addition to mobile carriers, with email functionality.
Face.com got $4.3 million in series B funding. The round was lead by Rhodium. The company makes facial recognition software.
XING reached 10 million members. The site, which is a European based rival to LinkedIn has shows a rapid member growth in the last 15 months. Nations with the largest amount of member growth include German, Spain and Turkey.
Chegg raised $75 million from Ace Limited in its series E, round of funding. Chegg is text book rental service. Act Limited is a a Hong Kong based investment firm.