Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.
Blogger Claims Windows Phone Challenge Is Rigged
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A blogger's claim that his Android phone beat a Windows Phone in an in-store challenge, but Microsoft failed to acknowledge it and reward him with the promised $1,000 special edition laptop made the rounds Monday morning. The item, by Sahas Katta, CEO of Skatter Tech, was on the front page of Reddit and received more than 1,300 comments. Katta claims that he visited the Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft store over the weekend and signed a waiver to participate in the challenge. Using his Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Katta wrote that he was able to pull up the weather in two different cities within three seconds, which was faster than the Windows Phone. Despite winning, Katta wrote that he was told he lost "just because." Then, another Microsoft employee told him that he needed to pull up the weather in two different cities in two different states to win. "I calmly and politely tried pointing out that I was absolutely never told about having to show off two different states, but at this point I realized there was no point in even attempting to argue since the Microsoft Store employees clearly had no intention of even potentially discussing the possibility of considering me the winner," Katta wrote. Microsoft reps could not be reached for comment Monday morning on the report. Microsoft launched its Windows Phone Challenge at CES in January, but began using it in advertising in February.
Yahoo Appoints Three to Board
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Yahoo, facing a proxy fight with one of its largest shareholders, has appointed three new members to its board -- John Hayes, CMO of American Express,; Peter Liguori, former COO of Discovery Communications; and Thomas McInerney, the outgoing CFO of IAC/InterActiveCorp -- according to The Associated Press. Hedge fund Third Point, which owns a 5.8% stake in Yahoo, had suggested four other directors for the board last week, but Yahoo only accepted one, turnaround specialist Harry Wilson. Third Point issued a statement Sunday night expressing its saying its disappointment and added that it planned to launch a proxy fight.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits China
Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at an Apple Store in Beijing over the weekend, fueling speculation that he was in talks with Chinese telecoms over the next iPhone. Apple could not be reached to verify the reports, though pictures of Cook circulated among various blogs. Cook visited China last year as COO, but this would be his first time as CEO. Cook's predecessor, Steve Jobs, never visited that country.
This story originally published on Mashable here.