Your Monday Tech News Round Up

by Sophie Russell · November 7, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg is going back to his roots to look for some new recruits; Steve Jobs' biography unleashes a new sort of obsession; Walt Disney will produce for YouTube; Siri takes a breather and Groupon watches the cash roll in. All this and more in today's tech news round up.

1) Mark Zuckerberg will soon be visiting Harvard, the school he dropped out of in order to create Facebook. His visit is will take Facebook back to Harvard as he will be looking for interns to recruit to the company. Zuckerberg will also be visiting schools such as MIT whilst on his East Coast recruitment tour. [CNN]

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2) Steve Jobs' biography is a celebrity in it's own right as Apple fans use it to direct a new fanaticism. Many Apple fans go through an 'unboxing' ritual - documenting their unpacking of their new Apple product and posting the pictures online; Steve Jobs' biography is no exception. The new biography has sold quickly and Amazon.com predicts it as one if the highest selling books of the year. [WSJ]

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3) Google is debating whether to launch cable TV. Google is researching the possibility of launching a paid-cable TV service which would bring huge competition to the current TV market. It's service would involve the distribtuion of major channels such as Walt Disney, Time Warner and Discovery Channel. [WSJ]

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4) Walt Disney has signed a partnership deal with YouTube to produce an original video series. The deal will see each company agreeing to spend between $10 and $15 million on a series of short videos that will be produced by Disney and uploaded to Disney.com and YouTube. [NY Times]

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5) Apple's iPhone 4S is still having teething problems as Siri takes some time off. Several users of the iPhone 4S were left unhappy as Siri stopped functioning on Thursday; instead of being helpful, Siri's response to many on Thursday was 'Sorry, I'm having trouble connecting to the network'. On returning, one blogger noted that Siri responded with a list of Day Spas when asked where it had been. [CNN]

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6) Groupon share sales have raised approximately $700 million after it's first IPO. The overall value of Groupon is now set at $13 billion after shares managed to sell at $20.  The amount held by shareholders is now about 5% of the company after Groupon decided to sell 35 million shares rather than 30 million. [BBC]

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7) Best Buy has decided it wants out of the UK in order to refocus attention on the US. Best Buy is paying $1.3 billion to Carphone Warehouse in order to focus on smaller stores in the United States. It's not the end for Best Buy Europe but Best Buy wants to prevent revenue sharing from those smaller stores which have proved to be a source of growth for Best Buy. [WSJ]

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8) Modern Warfare 3 will go on sale at midnight tonight. The latest in the Call of Duty series will soon be on sale to the masses. A campaign has been put out globally with locations such as England, France, India and the Middle East having been targeted. Many video game critics are looking to investigate whether staffing changes at the California base have affected either creation or production of the series. [BBC]

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