Morning Briefing: 28 January 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Friday 28 January 2011, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at techgeek.com.au.

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Nokia’s share in the smartphone market has shrunk down to 31 percent, down from 40 percent in Q4 last year. The companyo announced that it had made an operating profit of 1.09 billion euros, down from 1.47 billion euros from the same time last year. The new CEO, Stephen Elop, is also hints at that new discussion should be made on dumping Symbian for Android or Windows Phone 7.
  • Five men have been arrested in the UK in connection to online attacks in support for Wikileaks, aged between 15 and 26. The arrest includes three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 19. This follows form a Dutch arrest of two teenagers.
  • Facebook has denied the story that it would be partnering up with HTC in order to have Facebook-branded phones in the market, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, there has been a leak of a new HTC phone, and it appears to run Android.
  • The Daily newspaper gets an official launch press date, with News Corporation set to bring out the iPad newspaper on February 2. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp, will be joined by Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of Internet Services.
  • Wikileaks alternative, OpenLeaks – created by Wikileaks defectors unsatisfied on how the site has now been run, is officially live… just not operational. The company will help third-parties access leaked documents. A beta of the site is planned for the second-half of 2011, when it will work with NGOs, media organisations and unions.
  • The BBC appears to have been finally nearing a release of a BBC iPlayer application for the iPad and the iPhone. Some Android users, however, are complaining that they won’t have an app. This will be only available in the UK, though expect an international one by BBC Worldwide with their version of a subscription iPlayer.
  • Weirdest story of the day: a man has decided to sue Facebook, asking for $500,000 in damages after the company disabled his account. He claims he is not doing this for the money (but we think he is) and is claiming that it is religious discrimination. Facebook has appeared not to comment on the story.
  • Finally, Google has helped in creating the web’s largest digital archive of Holocaust photos in partnership with the Yad Vashem museum as part of the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 (it is currently that in the US). The archive features some 130,000 high-resolution black-and-white and sepia-toned photos.