Been busy? Don’t worry- here is a quick round-up of some of the most interesting news and opinion in the digital industry from this week.

Digital Publishing & Media

Apple approaches 50bn App Store Downloads.

Samsung develops 5G technology.

YouTube launches paid-for content trial.

Samsung’s 5G mobile claims played down by experts.

Amazon launches Coins virtual currency.

Google now offering 15GB of free storage, shared across all services.

Blackberry to offer BBM for iPhone and Android but rivals wait.

Google challenges Spotify with all-you-can-listen subscription music service.

Young people ‘prefer to read on screen’.

80 percent of 18-24 year olds have never clicked on a Facebook ad on mobile.

Gartner: smartphone sales up by 42.9 per cent.

Google Play Books update adds ability to upload your e-book collection.

Content Marketing

Native Ads more appealing than Banner Ads.


HP unveils new Android and Windows hybrid notebooks.

Blackberry unveils budget-minded Q5 qwerty smartphone.

Nokia unveils slimmer top-end phone.

Sony announces waterproof Xperia ZR smartphone.

Rory Cellan-Jones reviews Google Glass..

Facebook Home receives poor reviews and slow downloads.

Surface Pro gets May 23rd UK release date, starts at £719.


US officials warn about corporate sabotage cyberattacks.

MPs Challenge Google over UK tax reporting.

Margaret Hodge on Google tax avoidance scheme: “I think that you do evil”..

Amazon faces whistleblower’s claims over UK business tax practises.

EU may probe China over illegal telecoms firm subsides.


20 ways to keep your internet identity safe from hackers.

Bill Gates reveals his respect and affection for the late Steve Jobs.

Anonymous bidder pays more than $600, 000 for coffee with Tim Cook..