Apple Says Jobs Will Take a Medical Leave; The New York Times
Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Inc., is taking a new medical leave of absence.
The Takeaway: Despite Apple’s size and influence, it is largely viewed as a one-man show with its stock immediately dipping in foreign markets when the news broke.
Bing Bumps Up, While Yahoo Search Share Down in December 2010: comScore; eBrandz
While Google remains firmly atop the search engine heap, for the second month, Yahoo’s core search share in the U.S. had declined in December.
The Takeaway: More than ever before, Bing continues to close the gap between itself and Google, which means that strategy for the Bing is becoming just as important as Google.
Facebook Offers App Makers Your Home Address and Phone Number; Switched
On Friday, Facebook quietly announced that app developers will now be able to access users’ home addresses and mobile numbers, in a move that has already raised concerns among privacy advocates and security experts alike.
The Takeaway: Privacy is a constantly evolving field on Facebook, so be sure to continuously check your settings and the settings of your clients.
‘The Social Network’ Wins Best Picture at Golden Globes; AllFacebook
The Social Network took home four Golden Globes Awards, for best dramatic motion picture, screenplay, director and soundtrack. These wins signal that the movie has a strong chance of taking the top honor at the Oscars next month.
The Takeaway: While Facebook publicists maintain that the movie isn’t a factually correct account of the company, the public has come to regard it as such. So the multiple Globe wins, including best dramatic picture, seems to benefit the real-life social network more than anything else.