The Pentagon said Friday it has cleared Apple Inc. devices for use on its networks, setting the stage for the maker of iPhones and iPads to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. and BlackBerry for military sales. The Defense Department decision eventually may spur a three-way fight for a market long dominated by BlackBerry. The Pentagon on May 2 approved Samsung’s devices, as well as BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
Canada aims to woo tech talent
The Canadian government has launched an aggressive campaign to lure Silicon Valley tech workers frustrated by U.S. visa policies northward. Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area Friday for a four-day visit aimed at snapping up talent for his country’s high-tech economy by offering startup entrepreneurs a new visa. The new “startup visa” will grant permanent residency to entrepreneurs who can start a business in Canada and raise enough venture capital.
Yahoo reportedly may buy Tumblr
Will Yahoo buy Tumblr? That’s the $1 billion question, courtesy of a report from tech blog All Things D. The struggling Internet giant is reportedly in serious talks to buy the blogging service in a deal that could be worth as much as $1 billion. Since Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo last year, she has snapped up 10 small companies, all of which have something Yahoo does not: They are popular with the desirable 18-to-34-year-old set. “There was a kid in my high school who used to buy the popular kids lunch so he could sit with them. Yahoo has become that kid,” TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis wrote in response to the Tumblr reports.