Here’s our roundup of the week’s biggest tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Ikea’s war on Edison’s light bulb — The mass furniture and household goods retailer announced Tuesday that it will no longer stock or sell traditional light bulbs, making good on a plan announced last year.
Microsoft gives LCDs the power to see with Surface 2.0 — Microsoft’s Surface touchscreen technology for large displays has shed a lot of bulk in its newest iteration, and in the process it has also given liquid-crystal displays the power to see with its new PixelSense technology.
Just give up on using your iPhone as an alarm clock — One of the running jokes about the iPhone is that it’s amazing, unless you actually want to use it as a phone. I guess it doesn’t make a reliable alarm clock either.
AT&T’s answer to the Verzion iPhone: A $49 iPhone 3GS — AT&T has come up with one way to combat the fabled Verizon iPhone: Halve the price of the iPhone 3GS from $99 to $49.
Android 3.0 for tablets looks like a leap beyond iPad for Google (video) — Google previewed its upcoming tablet-friendly Android 3.0 update at the Consumer Electronics Show, and it looks unlike any version of Android we’ve ever seen.
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Privacy setting on Facebook financials to change in 2012 — A document sent to potential Facebook investors suggests that the social networking company intends to hold its initial public offering by mid-2012, though there is still plenty of ambiguity about Facebook’s plans.
Tesla employee: Model S alpha prototype up and running — A Tesla manufacturing team employee, commenting on Engadget, appeared to confirm a test of the much-anticipated all-electric sedan, Tesla’s first mass-market model. The company later showed off the prototype on its blog.
Exit activity leapt 25% in 2010, but is 2011 the “Year of the IPO?” — Successful exit activity for venture-backed companies rose 25 percent in 2010 from the previous year, reaching levels close to those seen before the recession.
Salesforce buys Web-collaboration startup Dimdim to bring Chatter up to speed — The race continues between enterprise-focused social networking services Chatter, run by Web-software giant Salesforce.com, and Yammer, a darling of the venture-capital set.
VentureBeat’s top 10 tech trends of 2011 (vote for your favorite) — We gaze into the crystal ball.