London traffic is a snarl-up at the best of times, so the news that no less than 12,000 black cab drivers were undertaking a traffic-blocking protest on the streets made many commuters' blood turn cold. The cabbies were protesting the expansion of taxi-hire app Uber, which they say threatens their business, and could be against UK law. However, the protest hasn't quite gone as planned, and might actually have had the opposite effect. The huge spike in publicity for the app has apparently resulted in an 850 per cent leap in downloads. Jo Bertram, the app's UK and Ireland general manager, said it had seen its biggest day of downloads since it launched in London two years ago.
Google looks set to continue the growth of its satellite empire with the acquisition of Skybox Imaging, in a deal thought to be worth $500 million (£300 million). Skybox provides sub-meter resolution images, 90 second videos and can analyse changes to areas over a period of time. So far, the technology has been used to help identify pest infestation in crops, analyse supply chains by tracking ships and update commodity traders on oil storage. The satellite imaging firm had previously raised $91 million from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Asset Management Ventures, CrunchFund and others.
The popular notetaking and archiving software, Evernote, was struck down by a denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier this week. The company had managed to resume operations by early Wednesday and revealed that although the attacks were still ongoing, most of the effects had been alleviated. "We're continuing work to mitigate the attack and service has been available again since about 6:15 p.m. PT," Ronda Scott, a spokeswoman for Evernote, wrote in an email. DDoS attacks involve sending huge amounts of traffic to a server in order to slow it down or send it offline. This can involve hijacked PCs, where owners are unaware of their involvement, in what is called a botnet.
After his numerous gags made at rival technology companies' expense at WWDC last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been brought down to earth with a bit of a bump. The big boss, who isn't exactly renowned for his social media presence, decided to tell his Twitter followers about a recent visit he paid to an Apple production factory in Austin. "Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday,thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise," his update read. Apart from the lack of a space between the comma and the word "thanks", and the shameless US plug, it initially looks like a perfectly well-constructed, if a little dull, tweet. However, Cook decided to attach an image to his update, and he did not choose wisely. The picture shows him with a bunch of factory workers, standing before a pair of iMacs which appear to be running the Windows XP OS. Oh dear.