Twitter ramps up ad efforts, no rush for IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter is preparing to broaden the areas of its service where ads appear, but the company is in no hurry to undertake a hotly-anticipated initial public offering.

Gaddafi vows to fight on, Libyans try to move on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The voice of Muammar Gaddafi boomed out from his hiding place on Thursday, denying he had fled Libya and cursing as rats and stray dogs those whose efforts to start governing in his place are being frustrated by his diehard followers.

After Gaddafi: A spent force

Behind the facade of the Libyan Investment Authority lies an opaque organisation beset by poor investment decisions, write Lina Saigol and Cynthia O’Murchu

Apple Again Tops J.D. Power Rankings of Smartphone Consumer Satisfaction [iOS Blog]

J.D. Power today announced (via BGR) the latest results of its semi-annual reports on consumer satisfaction among U.S. smartphone and traditional mobile phone manufacturers. Apple once again topped the list in the smartphone category, marking its sixth consecutive victory in the survey.

For smartphones, the key factors are: performance (35%); ease of operation (24%); features (21%); and physical design (20%).

For a sixth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction. Apple achieves a score of 838 and performs well in all factors, particularly in ease of operation and features. HTC (801) follows Apple in the smartphone rankings.

The survey also measured mobile app usage among smartphone users, finding social networking apps and games to be most popular with over two-thirds of users having downloaded such apps. Over half of smartphone users have also downloaded entertainment apps and travel apps such as for mapping and weather.

Nato forces killed BBC reporter

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan admits a US soldier mistakenly killed BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in July.