Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Microsoft’s Bing wrests search share from Google — Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, now has 27 percent of the search engine market and is quickly gaining on Google, according to Hitwise.
HP unveils a cool reclining touchscreen PC straight out of Star Trek — It seems like there’s no end of uses for the touchscreen.
Angry Birds get Super Bowl appearance and Android SMS payments — The Super Bowl ad represents huge exposure for Rovio, which was barely known more than a year ago, and its blockbuster Angry Birds mobile game.
Verizon iPhone launch is no AT&T iPhone launch — The much-hyped Verizon iPhone is finally available for purchase, and if you haven’t preordered or picked one up yet, there’s still a very good chance you’ll be able to snag one.
HP’s WebOS TouchPad reveals iPad’s multitasking weaknesses — Unless Apple significantly revamps iOS for the iPad, it’s going to be blown away by HP’s upcoming WebOS TouchPad tablet when it comes to multitasking.
And here are five more stories we think are important, thought-provoking, fun, or all of the above:
Symbian is dead: Nokia jumps to Windows Phone 7 — Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced a long-rumored partnership with Microsoft yesterday that would make Windows Phone 7 Nokia’s primary mobile platform.
Memo to the government: Nissan will not sell 25,000 Leafs this year — For such a hotly anticipated car, the Nissan Leaf has seen deliveries creep slowly off the assembly line — but don’t tell the Department of Energy.
Silicon Valley’s shopping spree: One Kings Lane, Abe’s Market and more — A new wave of e-commerce is coming, backed by tends of millions of dollars from Silicon Valley’s savviest investors, that’s reinventing more than just how consumers shop online.
AOL picks up The Huffington Post for $315M — so who’s next? — AOL has agreed to buy The Huffington Post, the fast-growing Internet-publishing startup backed by a controversial political figure, for $315 million in its third major acquisition of a power player in online media.
Bing Gordon’s love poem to the game industry, and to me (video and poem text) — Bing Gordon accepted one of the video game industry’s highest honors this week.