If you didn’t have the opportunity to catch up on your daily fix of technology bits and bites over the weekend, the TNW Weekend Roundup will bring you quickly up to speed with what happened on Saturday and Sunday, linking you to the most popular and discussed stories here on The Next Web and elsewhere.
Why all the pros are leaving Flickr for 500px
The fate of Flickr has long been in question since Yahoo! decided to sunset Delicious many months ago. Dozens of competitive companies have popped up but none have had held much clout. Photography, being a visual art, attracts those with an eye for beauty, so its unsurprising that all the cool kids are moving their best work over to 500px because of its simple portfolio building tools and easy-to-navigate user interface. Read More.
Anonymous leaks cache of sensitive security data from FBI contractor
Hacking group Anonymous has today released an archive containing what it claims to be private emails and databases of IRC Federal, a contractor that partners with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of the Army. Read More.
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week
Why an Amazon tablet can rival the iPad
Without so much as a whisper from the retailer itself, Amazon’s Android tablet is heading our way. Rumoured to launch at the end of the third quarter in time for the holiday season, Amazon is hoping it can steal a little of Apple’s thunder and steal a little of its market share. Read More.
How the Pirate Party aims to shake up digital politics
In the digital age, politics can often seem stuck in the past and unable to keep up with the pace of technology. One exception to this is the Pirate Party movement. Emerging in Sweden in the middle of the last decade, it quickly spread around Europe and the world, with a political emphasis on issues like copyright and privacy. Read More.
Google+ suffers its first major bug: Multiple email notifications
If you used Google+ over the weekend, you may have experienced what looks to be one of the first major Google+ bugs; multiple email notifications. Read More.
Hours later “Is This You?” DM phishing scam still flooding Twitter
We received multiple reports earlier today from people who have received direct messages from friends on Twitter asking whether it was them pictured in a photo – with a link included. We refrained from covering the story in the hope that Twitter would have gained control of the situation but hours later, they are still rife and spreading fast. Read More.
Why Egypt wasn’t waiting for WikiLeaks to ignite a revolution
Ask any Egyptian how much of an influence the Internet was in the nation’s uprising, the first thing they’ll probably do is roll their eyes at you. I’ve certainly mentioned it countless times – International media found the perfectly convenient package of the Facebook revolution fueled by a Google executive. A better lede couldn’t have been written if they had made it up themselves. Read More.
Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC
ZDNet reports that Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC.
Specifically, tablet shipments were 7.2 million units worldwide. Although that tally failed to meet expectations, IDC still raised its 2011 shipment forecast to 53.5 million from 50.4 million. Read More.
Apple loses playlist patent suit, must pay US$8M
ZDNet reports that a federal jury in Eastern Texas has ruled against Apple in a case accusing the iPod maker of infringing on patents for downloadable playlists. The verdict requires Apple to award US$8 million in damages to the patent holder, Personal Audio, a nonpracticing entity–meaning it licenses patents but doesn’t actually have any other business. Read More.