Technology News Headlines for May 24 2012 ( Thursday )

Apple's Sir Jony Ive Quashes Rumors Of Leaving Apple
Apple's chief of design Jony Ive was knighted yesterday in his native Britain, technically making him Sir Jonathan Ive, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The event led him to speak to the media and Ive used an interview with the BBC to definitively quash some rumors swirling about his future at Apple: Asked where he wanted to go in the future he said "the same team I've been fortunate enough to work with for the past 15 years" to tackle the "same sort of problems." Ive also explained that Apple's goal is to remain producing the best products rather than simply trying to make money, which gives us an unusual insight into the company in the post-Steve Jobs era.

$78,000 Fine For Fake Angry Birds Android App Maker
A1 Agregator posted mobile aps to the Android marketplace that pretended to be big-name games like Angry Birds and other titles, but the software used Android's open systems to secretly send out a text message to a pre-arranged number, thereby triggering a premium SMS messaging service that cost users £5 (about $7.85). The UK's regulator in charge of premium rate services handed out a £50,000 fine ($78,300) to the firm, far more than the estimated £27,850 it made via the scam. The news comes as more attention is directed toward smartphone scams and security concerns because the devices are dominating the cell phone space and are taking over more functions in user's lives.

$200 Million Funds Ultrafast Broadband To Six Communities In U.S.
Startup Gigabit Squared revealed today, the New York Times reports, that it's raised $200 million to fund an experimental gigabit broadband network in six communities dotted across the U.S. Working with Gig.U, an university-centric enterprise aiming at building "islands" of ultrafast networks to improve economic and social conditions, the company will build the fast broadband infrastructure around six top research unversities and is in discussions with its first one. The entire endeavor is an attempt to push forward the technology where existing telecoms firms have perhaps proved reticent, which may mey explain why the U.S. is slipping down the list of most connected nations around the world.

Google Funds Teaching, Buying Raspberry Pi, Arduino Modules For UK Schools
Google's Eric Schmidt was speaking in Science Museum in London yesterday and revealed that Google would be investing in the U.K.'s Teach First campaign--an effort to make sure no British kid's education is compromised by their socio-economic background. Google's cash will go to funding 100 places for graduate teachers on the sex-week scheme before they go on to teach in schools, and also help buy Raspberry Pi and Arduino cheap computing modules to get kids up to speed early with the engineering principles of computing. The U.K. has a rich heritage of computer adoption, with widespread use of the BBC "B" Micro (built by folk who eventually went on to create ARM) in schools in the 1980s...although recent concern has been expressed that the U.K. is squandering this position, and there is a new effort to teach computing to youngsters. Schmidt notes Google's money will help around 20,000 kids in disadvantaged communities.
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