Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:iPhone 5 part shows bigger display, iPad 2 available next week? — We reported a few weeks ago that the iPhone 5 would likely feature a 4-inch screen, an upgrade over its predecessors’ 3.5-inch displays. Now we have our first glimpse as to what that larger display may look like.
Apple unveils the iPad 2 today — but will it answer our 7 questions? – On Wednesday, we looked ahead at the iPad 2 launch and the key questions around Apple’s latest product.
Dozens of Android apps pulled from market due to malware infections — The infection is one of the worst to hit the mobile market.
Microsoft takes over Halo with launch of upcoming Defiant Map Pack (video) — The baton has been passed in the Halo video game franchise.
Will 2011 be the year of the iPad 2? (video) — Apple CEO Steve Jobs predicted this week that 2011 will be the year of the iPad 2. VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi says that Jobs is mostly, but not entirely, right.
And here are five more stories we think are important, thought-provoking, fun, or all of the above:
GutCheck wins the $1M prize at DEMO — GutCheck, the startup that wants to make focus group research more affordable, won the top prize at the DEMO conference co-produced by VentureBeat.
Why Windows Embedded Compact 7 should be Microsoft’s anti-iPad strategy — It’s just like Microsoft to have a perfectly good tablet solution and do nothing with it.
A sensor-driven life: IT companies wire up cities of the future — The software and technology are real and are being deployed in hospitals today, and not just by IBM.
FarmVille 2? Why Zynga needs to start making sequels, fast — Webtrends’ Peter Yared argues that Zynga, the San Francisco-based publisher of social games like CityVille, Mafia Wars, FrontierVille, and FarmVille, is inevitably going to get into the sequel business.
Loot Drop banks on talented game designers as it takes on social gaming’s giants (exclusive) — Getting the best talent together is a good strategy in any market. Loot Drop, a new social game developer, is banking on that idea as it takes on the likes of Zynga, Disney, and Electronic Arts in Facebook games.
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