Weekly Geek Critique Vol.39

This edition of the Weekly Geek Critique is short and sweet - mainly due to the fact our regular editor @Lady_Hannah_J has been off for the past couple of days. In our round up this week; Microsoft, Yahoo, Google & the South London Business Awards.

Yahoo confirms its purchase of Tumblr for some $1.1 billion in cash.

We reported last week that Marissa Mayer and the Yahoo team were gearing up to acquire blogging platform Tumblr, on Monday the rumours were confirmed.  So what's in it for Yahoo ? Tumblr has only posted revenues of $13m, but with 108 million blogs and over 50 billion posts the answer may lie in the access to a huge audience.  Whether the Tumblr user base will stomach targeted advertising and on the flip side the content of a great many of the Tumblr blogs may not fit in to the wholesome Yahoo brand.  One to watch …

Microsoft announces XBOX One ..

Google with their product announcements last week, Yahoo with their purchase of Tumblr and Apple set for a keynote announcement on the 10th of  June.  Tuesday saw the turn of Microsoft to hog the tech news front pages. They announced Xbox One (lots of chatter on twitter about the lame name), the heir to the Xbox 360.  Details of forthcoming games are scant. This week is was all about the hardware; 8core x86 processor, 8GB of RAM  and a 500GB hard drive. With satellite or cable pass through (no switching required), it sets up Microsoft nicely to take on both the TV suppliers & box top market. Add to that an updated Kinect which dove tales in nicely with Skype, there will soon be absolutely no excuse to leave your couch.

Google Penguin 2 is Live

More Google news this week, they have rolled out their latest algorithm. This update is all about detecting 'low-quality' or unnatural links, ensuring the right sites are getting ranked for the right reasons. It's early days to see how the dust will settle. If you are signed up to Google's Webmaster Tools service - this will alert you to any such links and advise on how to rectify the problems. There is a great article by Shaun Anderson from Hobo Web.

Our Man in the Press.

Our lead developer Carl took time out from front line coding duties earlier in the month to write an article for .net magazine - detailing the top 10 PHP functions, classes and features used at Ecce Media. To read the article in full please click here.

Ecce Media named as a finalist in the South London Business Awards 2013

Fresh off our win of last years Bromley's Small Business of the Year award, we are proud to report that this week we have been named one of the finalists in the South London Business awards. Judging and interviews take place in the next couple of weeks with the winner being announced on 4th of July at the Park Plaza Hotel in London - please wish us luck.

Enjoy the long weekend & we wish Hannah a very speedy recovery.