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Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps: WSJ
News Image(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores' home pages and features lists, the daily said. Apple had struck a deal with Electronic Arts Inc last August to promote the game "Plants Vs Zombies 2" prominently in its App Store, and had a similar arrangement with ZeptoLab to promote the sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope", which released in December, the Journal reported.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:12:59 -0400
Perfect World joins consortium offering to buy out Shanda Games
(Reuters) - China's online game developer Perfect World Co Ltd said it joined the consortium offering to buy rival Shanda Games Ltd. Perfect World said it would buy 30.3 million class A Shanda Games shares for $100 million from Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd, a shareholder in Shanda Games. Shanda Interactive and an affiliate of investment firm Primavera Capital, who together own 76.2 percent of Shanda Games, offered to buy the company in a deal that valued it at $1.9 billion in January. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:58:21 -0400
At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape
Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in TokyoBy Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:04:38 -0400
Apps link people with new places in real world
News ImageNot sure if friends would want to venture to a new cafe or bar? Superb, an iPhone app that launched last week, lets users create lists of popular places they would like to visit and shows them a list of other people who would also like to go there. "It's all about hanging out in the real world and getting offline, and the best way to do that is to know where people want to go," said Eddy Lu, co-founder and chief executive of Venice, California-based Superb. It also reveals friends who would like to visit a venue.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:03:53 -0400
Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug
News ImageBy Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. HealthCare.gov, a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:56:59 -0400
Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords
News ImageBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including Apple's late chief executive Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:31:31 -0400
High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:26:04 -0400
You can now pay for your Domino's Pizza with Google Wallet
News ImageDomino's has already made it pretty easy to order your favorite stuffed crust using your smartphone, but today things are getting even simpler for US Android device owners. The pizza giant has confirmed that it's added Google Wallet to ...
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:16:00 -0400
Heres why you still have to wait for popular mobile games to launch on Android
News ImageAndroid fragmentation may be one of the reasons developers still choose iOS over Android at first, even though there are more Android device users in the world than iOS users. However, The Wall Street Journal says theres one more reason why users on Android have to wait for some popular mobile games to launch on Android: platform exclusivity. Apparently Apple, Google and Amazon are engaged in a fierce battle for scoring exclusive games, which could convince certain smartphone and tablet buyers to switch sides in order to play a certain title. Games like EAs Plants vs Zombies 2 or ZeptoLabs Cut the Rope 2 were iOS exclusives at first, as the companies behind agreed to delay the Android launch in
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:33 -0400
Best paid Android tablet apps of all time
Get the most out of your Android tablet by downloading the very best apps. Weve compiled a list of the paid apps that should get your attention -- they require a little extra investment, but trust us when we say theyre worth having. They are great for getting the most out of your Android tablet. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:10:09 -0400
Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller
News ImageA fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customersinto buying it, even though it didnt really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store once the fraud had been uncovered, but the fact still remained that more than 10,000 users purchased it The Guardian saysmore than 30,000 buyers were duped. However it looks like Google has taken the issue into its own hands and its making amends to those affected. Android Police reports that Google is now refunding those Android devices users that purchased Virus Shield, and throwing on top
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:30:03 -0400
You can forget about buying a new Nike FuelBand
News ImageNike has decided against making wearable hardware, CNET reports, as the popular sportswear company has fired the majority of FuelBand employees. Instead, Nike will focus on software in the future, with the rumored slimmer FuelBand having been canceled. As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities, Nike spokesman Brian Strong told the publication. As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs. We do not comment on individual employment matters. As many as 55 people of the 70-employee Nike FuelBand were let go on Thursday, although the number has not been officially confirmed. Some of the team members will be staying on
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:25:12 -0400
Inside Microsoft's '90s chat war with AOL
News ImageMicrosoft might have killed off its Messenger service in favor of Skype recently, but back in 1999 it was the centerpiece of a heated war between the software giant and AOL. At the time, Microsoft had just introduced its MSN Messenger Service as a direct rival to AOL's popular AIM instant messenger. David Auerbach, a former Microsoft engineer who worked directly on MSN Messenger, recounts his unusual role in a chat war with AOL. Auerbach had reverse-engineered AOL's chat protocol to allow MSN Messenger to sign into AIM, a process that AOL wasn't happy with when Microsoft first released its instant messaging client in July 1999.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:00:01 -0400
Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today
News ImageNow we feel really old.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:30:00 -0400
Bitcoin boss Karpeles easily led, not dishonest: mother
By Lionel Laurent PARIS (Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, CEO of failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was a bright child, but a poor student, a lousy communicator and "too conciliatory", allowing others to take advantage of him, his mother Anne said in a telephone interview. Speaking from her home in Switzerland last week, Anne, 57, said Karpeles was a "terrible" student, but was admitted to Mensa, a global society of those with a high IQ, as a teenager. Mt. Gox, at one point last year the world's biggest exchange for the bitcoin digital currency, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan in late February, blaming hacking of its computer system for the loss of bitcoins worth more than $450 million at today's rates. Recalling Karpeles' early days in Dijon in the Burgundy region of France, his mother said: "Difficult, never. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:04:38 -0400
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