News@5: Sky Buys The Cloud, Gains 5,000 Wi-Fi Spots, Google Release Android 3.0 SDK & HP

UK cable services provider Sky has confirmed the acquisition of The Cloud, a company operating Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK and Europe. According to Cable.co.uk, the company disclosed the purchase in its six month financial results report.

Google has released an unfinished version software development kit (SDK) for the recently unveiled Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. In a post on the Android Developers Blog, tech lead for Android SDK Xavier Ducrohet explained that the new operating system had been designed from scratch to run on large screen tablet devices.

The details of one of HP's two upcoming Palm tablet devices has been leaked online. The leak comes after HP announced it will be holding a press event on 9 February. HP has offered no clues to its content, aside from the tag line “Something big, Something small, Something beyond.”

CA Technologies has agreed to acquire Australia-based telecoms consultancy firm Torokina Networks for an unspecified amount. The Sydney-based Torokina helps communications service providers in the Asia Pacific to manage their networks. CA plans to use Torokina's technology and expertise to extend its support to companies offering 3G, 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

The BBC's long-delayed iPlayer app for Apple's iOS is expected to be launched on the App Store in February. According to PaidContent, the iOS app for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices, will be launched towards the end of February, almost one year after it was originally announced.

Facebook is to roll out new security features to protect its users and their personal information from hackers. Users connecting to Facebook will soon have the option to access the site using a HTTPS secure connection, which ensures that users are safely logged in and encrypts data exchanged between the PC and platform.